Canadians have racked up $5.8M in coronavirus fines, a report says

CCLA executive director Michael Bryant says issuing fines for lingering in a public park isn’t helping the public or protecting people from COVID-19.
Global News

Date of Publication: May 6, 2020

Source: Global News

In a report recently published by Policing the Pandemic, a mapping project to track COVID-19 enforcements nationwide, over 4,500 Canadians have received tickets or been charged as a result of new COVID-19 restrictions, totalling $5.8 million of fines. Many academics, criminologists and human rights organizations have criticized these enforcements, questioning the logic of fining individuals during a time when many are applying in record numbers for federal financial support. Michael Bryant, executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) warns that real figures are likely higher than published numbers due to inconsistent reporting across districts and that marginalized populations are disproportionately affected. Moving forward, Bryant says many tickets may be inherently invalid due to out-of-date information on tickets issued during the COVID-19 period regarding payment options and that the CCLA will be pushing for amnesty for some tickets, particularly those given to people experiencing homelessness. When asked regarding this specific issue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not provide a direct answer.

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Summary by: Sophia Duong