Police officers warned parents of children enjoying time at a playground that the children’s welfare agency could be notified for them disobeying lockdown orders.
The exchange, posted on social media last weekend, shows the Peterborough County police officers approaching a group of parents as they spent time in Havelock Park. The officers stated that neighbors called the police on the small gathering, and further stated that the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) – could be contacted.
“This is what happens when you play at the park in Havelock…the community calls the police,” Facebook user Tiff Ani declared.
The officers claimed that neighbors contacted the police to complain about the small gathering in the wake of new lock-down measures imposed by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, as reported at RAIR Foundation USA.
From the CBC:
Effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, outdoor gatherings will be prohibited except for members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone.
Police will have the authority to ask anyone outside their residence to indicate their purpose for leaving home and provide their address. That includes stopping vehicles and potentially issuing tickets of approximately $750.
Non-essential construction will be shut down and outdoor amenities like golf and playgrounds will be restricted. Retail capacity will be limited to 25 per cent in all settings where in-store shopping is still permitted.
Inspectors will also visit law offices, accounting firms and other such locations to confirm that only essential workers are in the building.
Effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, religious gatherings, weddings and funerals will be limited to 10 people, whether indoors or outdoors. Also beginning Monday, Ford said, there will be checkpoints at provincial borders with Quebec and Manitoba with exceptions for essential travel.
While the police officers were not combative with the parents in the park, they did make it clear that they were authorized to call child welfare services. “[F]or some of these situations we are being asked to call CAS to advise them,” one of the officers stated. The officers asked the parents for their names and addresses. One of the mothers said “I don’t feel like I need to give my information.” It is unclear if she relented.
“My God people!! You see people and no masks and you call the police?!,” Tiff Ani said on Facebook. “YOU are the problem!! YOU are what is encouraging and lengthening these lockdowns!!,” she declared.