Ottawa, Ontario –The Ottawa Police Service has arrested and charged Tamara LICH, 49 years old, of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
LICH has been charged with:
Counselling to commit the offence of mischief;
She is scheduled to appear in court today.
Yesterday, the Ottawa Police issued a notice to protestors advising that anyone blocking streets, or assisting others in the blocking streets, are committing a criminal offence and could be arrested.
Protestors were also informed to cease further unlawful activity, or they would face charges or fines.
Ottawa Police Service
Ottawa, Ontario – You must leave the area now. Anyone blocking streets, or assisting others in the blocking streets, are committing a criminal offence and you may be arrested. You must immediately cease further unlawful activity or you will face charges. If you are arrested you may be released on bail depending on factors contained in Part XVI of the Criminal Code.
The people of Ottawa are being denied the lawful use, enjoyment and operation of their property and you are causing businesses to close. That is mischief under the Criminal Code.
Charges and/or convictions related to unlawful activity associated with the demonstration may lead to denial in crossing the USA border.
The Federal Emergencies Act allows for the regulation or prohibition of travel to, from or within any specified area. This means that anyone coming to Ottawa for the purpose of joining the ongoing demonstration is breaking the law. The act also provides police with a number of measures including the ability to seize vehicles that are part of this demonstration.
Ontario law (EMCPA) now prohibits interference with any critical infrastructure including 400-series highways, railways, airports and international border crossings. It prohibits you from preventing someone from travelling to or from walkways, bridges and highways (other than 400 series highways) or preventing anyone from using them. It also prohibits someone from seriously interfering with the safety, health or well-being of members of the public.
Anyone who commits these illegal actions could face fines or be required to appear in court. Commercial vehicle drivers’ licences and private drivers’ licences can be suspended or revoked.
Ottawa Police Service
A further Notice to Demonstrators
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:53pm (Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service wants to inform you that under provincial and federal legislation, you will face severe penalties if you do not cease further unlawful activity and remove your vehicle and/or property immediately from all unlawful protest sites.
You may be arrested and charged with criminal offences including but not limited to mischief, and potentially charged with a variety of other non-criminal offences.
Your vehicle and property may be seized or removed.
Your driver’s licence may be suspended or cancelled.
CVOR (Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration) certificates may be suspended or cancelled.
Your personal or business bank accounts, including virtual currency, may be subject to examination and restriction.
If you bring a minor (a person under 18) with you to an unlawful protest site, you may be charged and fined up to $5000 and/or potentially spend up to five years in prison.
Those who are delivering fuel and other supplies to those taking part in the unlawful demonstration can be charged.
Persons traveling to any other unlawful protest sites to participate in or support the unlawful demonstration can be charged.
Be aware that legislation now prohibits interference with any critical infrastructure including 400-series highways, railways, airports and international border crossings.
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