Regina Police Lay Charges in Unifor/Co-op Labour Dispute

Regina, Saskatchewan – On Monday, January 20, 2020, the Regina Police Service arrested fourteen individuals as the result of enforcement action at one picket line outside the Co-op Refinery Complex.

On Monday, January 20, 2020, police learned that Unifor members had completely blocked the entrances/exits to the Co-op Refinery Complex, not allowing vehicles to enter or exit the property, in spite of a recent court order which sets out the rules of engagement for both sides in the dispute. Regina Police Service members attended to Gate 7 at the Refinery, the afternoon of January 20th. Picketing members of Unifor were notified, once again, that blocking ingress or egress was in violation of the court order. Unifor members who are not members of Local 594, were informed that they may be subject to arrest on criminal matters if they chose to ignore the court order or interfere with the lawful operation of the business. Starting at approximately 5:15 p.m., members of the Regina Police Service arrested seven adult males, whose arrest was the subject of a previous news release. An additional seven adult males were arrested later in the evening.

Regina Police Service
Regina Police Service

All fourteen were subsequently charged with mischief:

Sixty-one year-old Jerome DIAS, of Milton, Ontario, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Sixty year-old Murray GORE, of Surrey, British Columbia, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Sixty year-old Barry LINES, of Toronto, Ontario, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Fifty-five year-old Karl DEFOREST, of Kitchener, Ontario, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Fifty-three year-old William REID, of Scarborough, Ontario, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Fifty-three year-old Michael BYRNE, of Belle River, Ontario, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Fifty-one year-old Kenneth ANDERSON, of Tecumseh, Ontario, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Forty-seven year-old Joshua COLES, of Clinton, Ontario, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Forty-seven year-old Michael SMITH, of Delta, British Columbia, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Forty-six year-old Gavin MCGARRICLE, of Surrey, British Columbia, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Forty-four year-old Mario SANTOS, of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Thirty-nine year-old Trevor Robert LESPERANCE, of Regina, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Thirty-three year-old Bjorn Edwin PERSON, of Regina, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

Thirty-one year-old Charles GRIEVE, of Windsor, Ontario, is charged with mischief under $5,000 [430(4) CC].

The fourteen charged are scheduled to make their first appearance on these charges in Provincial Court on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.

Regina Police Service



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