SIMCOE—A southwestern Ontario mother of four was shocked when the Ontario Provincial Police fined her $880 as part of COVID-19 restriction enforcement, Global News reported.
Officials said they received several high traffic reports about a Norfolk County residence. The mother in question, however, contends that she was merely picking up her children from their grandparents’ house.
In a video posted by Global News, Natasha Kohl said, “I think it’s crazy because I did explain to the officer that that was my father-in-law who had my kids and he clearly watched me pick up my three kids from that house … But there was no warning, there was nothing! It was just here’s your ticket; you can plead guilty, you can plead not guilty.”
The provincial Reopening Ontario Act allows people to obtain childcare. Yet, because of this incident, Kohl and one other person have been charged with failing to comply with the stay-at-home order.
“I had to stop working to stay home with my kids…So an $880 ticket is quite expensive when I’m not working.” Kohl told CTV News. “I did have a couple of paralegals and people that are legal representatives who emailed me to represent me for free,” she said.
OPP’s West Regional Office disputes Kohl’s claim that she did not breach the rules, yet the mother asserts that the officer may have been profiling her.
“I don’t want to make out as a racist thing, but to be honest I was a single white woman who got in a vehicle drove by him he ignored me the first time. I came back, and three of my kids who I picked up are biracial, they are half-Jamaican, and that’s when he decided to pull a [U-turn] and come follow me?” Global News reported.
This mom intends to fight the fine by pleading not guilty. Parents across the province will be observing to see what constitutes a breach of the rules.
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