A Canada Day gathering led to the issue of tickets and the seizure of vehicles in Whitby, Ontario on Wednesday according to DurhamRegion.com. During the holiday festivities, a large group of car enthusiasts had gathered in a parking lot in the suburb just east of Toronto.
After being alerted of the get-together, the Durham Regional Police "brought in a large police presence," that included municipal bylaw and OPP officers. Spokesman Dave Selby said, "we found a large group of people, more than 700 vehicles and over 1,000 people congregating in a large parking lot," adding that the officers took an "educational approach" to the enforcement.
The officers then issued "35 provincial offences tickets for Highway Traffic Act, liquor and cannabis infractions," Selby claimed, adding that four vehicles were also seized.
The Canada Day crackdown comes in stark contrast to other recent large gatherings in the Durham Region, including two comparably sized Black Lives Matter rallies.
On June 9 organizers – led by former federal NDP candidate Shailene Panylo – estimated 2,000 people gathered for a rally downtown in neighbouring Oshawa.
Durham police were on scene, but there were no reports of warnings or tickets issued.
Meanwhile, on June 6 at a march in nearby Ajax where hundreds of protestors were gathered, the police involvement was merely limited to an officer handing out face masks.