By Letter to the Editor on September 30, 2020.
After reading about the group of people led by Lee Mein holding an illegal protest, not wearing masks, not practising social distancing and crashing the council meeting, I decided to contact the mayor’s office to inquire why these people that have no regard for the law were not charged or fined for their actions.
I received a reply from the executive assistant to the mayor. In part she stated the following: “The City of Lethbridge endeavours to focus on education as opposed to enforcement in directing citizens to comply with the bylaw. As you can imagine, attempting to fine 60+ individuals in the situation that occurred would present a great challenge.”
So, good people of Lethbridge, apparently if we gather in a large, intimidating group to protest any bylaw the City of Lethbridge may impose upon us, we are exempt from said bylaw! We may ask the City to educate us rather than face a fine or some other form of punishment. As I pointed out to her, when we held the legal protest against the SCS, we respected the amount of people that were allowed inside council chambers and were told by the mayor if we said one single word, we would be thrown out. Different rules for different groups of people, I guess.