Two men have been charged for allegedly dumping literal poop outside the Ontario Premier's office. The Doug Ford manure protest happened back in December and was shared to social media. Climate change activists Extinction Rebellion claimed responsibility for the move.
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Police began an investigation into the December 22 incident after video footage posted to social media showed two men shovelling manure from a truck onto the ground in front of Ford's office on Albion Road in Etobicoke.
The Hamilton chapter of Extinction Rebellion said at the time that they were protesting against the province’s climate action program.
Now, two men from that city have been charged for the stunt, per CTV News. Cameron Topp, 49 and a spokesperson for the Hamilton XR branch, and Dennis Alvey, 55, are each charged with mischief under $5,000. Both are due to appear in court separately later this month.
A press release issued by the Hamilton branch states: "Two Hamilton small businessmen have been arrested on charges of criminal mischief for helping to bring attention to the global climate emergency while the Ford Conservatives deny climate science...
"The two Hamilton Dads were put in handcuffs for reminding the people of Ontario that the Auditor General effectively declared that the Ford Conservatives’ climate action program is a pile of crap, full of lies and exaggerations."
Video: This morning in front of Doug Fords MPP https://t.co/JdoPHE144Y— Martin Reis (@Martin Reis)1577027772.0
The release stresses that Topp and Alvey were both "cordial and fully cooperated with police."
In an Instagram post back in December, Hamilton Extinction Rebellion wrote: "Members of @xrhamont dumped cow manure outside of Premier Ford’s constituency office this morning to protest his government’s complete bungling of climate action initiatives.
"From killing Hamilton’s LRT to the (expensive!) cancelling of clean energy projects to his attempts to open the Greenbelt for development, it’s clear the premier is putting our children’s future in danger. We think that’s bullsh*t."
Topp told CTV on Friday, February 14: “I... like a lot of people, have been in climate despair for the last couple of years. I am terrified that my sons … I’m terrified that their life is not going to be the same amount of quality as ours.”
He added that Hamilton XR wanted to do something "that would make a splash, that was a little fun."
"If a response is what they’re looking for, they won’t get one from Premier Ford," a spokesperson for the Premier told CP24 at the time of the incident.
@BikeLaneDiary @blogTO @nowtoronto @CBCNews https://t.co/AC9H7T06C7— Extinction Rebellion Hamilton (@Extinction Rebellion Hamilton)1577027192.0
The poop-dump was just one of a number of high-profile actions by Extinction Rebellion in southern Ontario in the latter part of 2019.
In October, protests at the Bloor Street Viaduct halted rush-hour traffic in some areas of Toronto.
And it's not just in Ontario, as notable action also hit Vancouver when they staged a mock funeral for what they describe as a "dying planet."
For what it's worth, Topp describes the turd-drop as "self-defence" against the government's environmental policies.
It remains to be seen what punishment the pair may face.