Toronto man climbs cherry tree, gets arrested, fined $1,150

Man climbs tree, gets arrested, receives $1,150 in fines

Toronto Police have issued more than $1000 in coronavirus fines to a man who swung from an off-limits cherry tree in High Park in the dead of night.

In a series of tweets, the Toronto Police Service credited significant social media attention for the arrest.

“On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the man was located and issued three Provincial Offence tickets for Enter Into Area of Park Posted to Prohibit Admission; Walk Where Prohibited in Park; and Use Park Between 12:01 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Without Permit. These tickets total $1,150. “

The man and a possible male accomplice were caught in the city’s “BloomCam” livestream in the early hours of May 4, scaling a cherry tree in High Park. In the video, the man is seen walking into frame with a bicycle, later before climbing a tree, swinging and then resting in it momentarily before climbing back down.

The BloomCam is a 24 hour live broadcast of the cherry trees inside Toronto’s historic High Park, an attempt to satisfy the desires of city dwellers for whom visiting and photographing the blossoms is an annual “rite of spring.”

Today, the park is completely fenced off to crowds of eager Hogtown flower sniffers as part of Mayor John Tory’s social distancing policies meant combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Rebel News’ own David Menzies paid a visit to High Park yesterday and erected a banner calling on Tory to “Tear Down This Wall.” As is so often the case with a Menzies caper, the police were not far behind and definitely not eager to answer his questions.