A woman, mother and small business owner, who happens to be exempt from wearing a mask, seems to have become worthy of a significant proportion of the RCMP’s time and resources in the small B.C. town of 100 Mile House.
Nicole Weir, 100 Mile House resident and owner of the Village Hair Studio, is one of our newest Fight the Fines cases. She can’t seem to shake RCMP officers, who refuse to accept her repeated statements of being exempt from mask wearing.
Weir has been served with a notice to appear in court, fined hundreds of dollars, and alleges that she has been threatened by the RCMP to have the business she’s worked hard nurturing for 15 years potentially be taken away from her. All because she is one of the groups of people who qualify as being exempt from wearing a mask, according to section 4 in BC’s USE OF FACE COVERINGS IN INDOOR PUBLIC SPACES (COVID-19) ORDER .
Watch the full report to learn about how 100 Mile House RCMP officers seem to be following Weir a bit too close for comfort, causing her to start fearing the RCMP — something she never thought she would ever feel before.
Weir is just one of hundreds of Canadians that we at Rebel News are providing with free legal counsel to help fight outrageous fines issued in the name of COVID-19 restrictions.
To help us continue to help people like Weir, and like Valerie Ann Foley, the mom who was aggressively arrested and charged after trying to take B.C. TransLink home while exempt from wearing a mask, please donate at FightTheFines.ca.
UPDATE (January 8, 5am ET): Statement received on behalf of 100 Mile House RCMP:
I appreciate you have many questions however we must respect that this matter is now before the court and as such reserve our comments accordingly.
The business owner has been compelled to court through an Offence Act Appearance Notice not as result of the non-compliance of the mandatory mask order but rather as a result of other numerous complaints of non-compliance of business owners under the COVID Related Measures Act. Specifically failing to comply with patron requirements.
Since December 8, 2020 RCMP has been working with our partners at Work Safe BC, and Interior Health to provide education and information in an effort to bring the business into compliance. Despite being warned of possible enforcement, the business owner allegedly failed to put into the place the protocols required for small business owners.
Following numerous complaints and violations observed at an in person inspection conducted by the representatives from Interior Health Environmental Health Office, the business owner was served with the Appearance Notice in middle of December 2020.
We all have a role to play in this pandemic and business owners are held to a higher standard. Standards intended not only to protect themselves, but every person who walks through the business doors seeking service.