Anti-mask rally organizer appears before court

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Laura Myers, seen here at the Nov. 21 Chatham-Kent Freedom Group rally in Tecumseh Park in Chatham, will have to wait until at least April to know about the outcome of charges laid against her under the Reopening Ontario Act 2020, following a brief virtual court appearance Wednesday.

By Jenna Cocullo, Local Journalism Initiative 

A court matter involving a Wallaceburg woman facing a charge for organizing an anti-mask rally will continue in April after new evidence appeared.

On Wednesday, Laura Myers, 32, was represented in Provincial Offenses Court via teleconference by her lawyer Antoine d’Ailly.

Myers is charged with failing to comply with an order under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020, section 10.1(1), after she allegedly organized the Nov. 21 Chatham-Kent Freedom Group rally in Tecumseh Park, Chatham, followed by a march through the downtown core.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent By-Law Enforcement alleged that their investigation concluded that the number of attendees exceeded the numbers permitted for an outdoor gathering. At the time, the limit on outdoor gatherings was 100 people.

If convicted, Myers could face a fine ranging between $10,000 to $100,000, along with up to a year imprisonment.

During court on Wednesday, the crown requested an adjournment stating that further video evidence was recently received.

The court was told the additional time was needed to provide Myers’ counsel with the evidence and continue resolution discussions.

The matter was postponed until April 14.

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  1. The Chatham Freedom Group had nothing to do with it. The flyer was shared by a group member but otherwise that group had nothing to do with it. So if you were wrong on that fact, what else are you wrong about? Government and media should get its facts straight before seeking to slap down life altering fines or jail time to an innocent woman who had nothing to do with organizing the rally

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