More than 200 “reckless and careless” folks who went to a massive party in Brampton, Ont., have been slammed by Ontario’s Premier by indicating the full extent of the law should be thrown at these “yahoos.” On Saturday night, Peel Regional Police stated that they were called to a home with parked cars all over the yard and the nearby area in the area of Countryside Drive and Goreway Road, indicating a house party was taking place inside.
Officials reported that the homeowner erected barriers above the home’s backyard fence so that nobody could view inside and hired security to park cars. Police also said they took around an hour to disperse the party by sending everyone home. Peel is among the three Ontario regions held back from advancing to Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan as physical gathering limits are still restricted to 10 people or less.
On Monday, Ford stated, “You got health care workers working around the clock to protect us, you have the police protecting, emergency services, you have everyone in the province sitting there bending over backward, and you’ve got a bunch of jokers out there that think it’s no problem.” “The full extent of the law needs to be thrown at these people, throw everything in the kitchen sink.”
The owner of the home has been apprehended under the Emergency and Civil Protection Act, and if found guilty, he will be fined ranging anywhere from $750 to $100,000. Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said on Monday morning that the homeowner was going to be a proud owner of a very expensive fine. He also noted that several homeowners were also charged under the act after holding parties in Brampton on Saturday. Christine Elliott said these parties don’t help the situation even as Peel Region eagerly awaits moving into Stage 3 of the reopening plan. Ontario’s top doctor will consider these large gatherings on Tuesday night when he makes the last call on if the area can advance to Stage 3.
Elliott also said that this does a disservice, and it would mean disrespect for the tremendous work that’s being done by their frontline healthcare workers and all of the other emergency personnel. Recent COVID-19 infections in the Ottawa area have been linked to Parties. Ontario’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe also indicated that she knew these earlier few months have not been cool for everybody, and people had to make sacrifices, big and small, as they navigate their way through this unprecedented time.