Saturday, November 12, 2011

Two arrested during Ford's Remembrance Day speech

TORONTO - Two people arrested during the Remembrance Day service in front of the Old City Hall cenotaph won’t be facing criminal charges.

Both incidents happened around Mayor Rob Ford’s Remembrance Day speech just after 11 a.m. on Friday.

“They were in the audience and they were acting up,” Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said.

One woman, 55, was arrested as she shouted through a megaphone while Ford delivered his Remembrance Day speech. Ford continued speaking as the woman could be heard screaming “Shame!”

The shouting continued until cops arrested her for breach of the peace.

Immediately after Ford’s speech a 58-year-old man started to yell at the mayor, walked into the VIP area and approached him.

An RCMP officer waiting to lay a wreath grabbed the man and handed him over to Toronto Police.

The woman was released with no charges and the man was charged under the Provincial Offences Act with being intoxicated in a public place, police said.

Councillor Josh Matlow, who was one of the city councillors in attendance at the ceremony, called the protest of the mayor at a Remembrance Day ceremony “completely inappropriate.”

The man appeared to be yelling out Ford’s name and “didn’t seem to be too happy with the mayor,” Matlow said.

“There is always time to assert one’s positions on municipal affairs but at a Remembrance Day ceremony, that’s the time to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans,” he said.

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