Two men have been charged after allegedly dumping manure in front of Doug Ford’s constituency office located in Etobicoke in December.
Cameron Topp, 49, and Dennis Alvey, 55, both of Hamilton, have been arrested by Toronto police and each has been charged with Mischief Under $5,000.
Both were arrested in relation to the alleged dumping of manure onto a “parking lot on Albion Road, Etobicoke,” on December 22.
Extinction Rebellion, a group best known for blocking roadways across Canada as part of a nationwide protest against the government’s inaction on reducing carbon emissions, took responsibility for the actions both at the time and now, in the midst of the arrests.
“On December 22, 2019, Extinction Rebellion (XR) shovelled a truckload of organic cow manure onto the doorstep of Ford’s constituency office,” reads a release by the organization.
The release describes Topp and Alvey as “two Hamilton small businessmen,” and their actions as “helping to bring attention to the global climate emergency while the Ford Conservatives deny climate science.”
“The two Hamilton Dads were put in handcuffs for reminding the people of Ontario that the Auditor General effectively declared that the Ford Conservatives’ climate action program is a pile of crap, full of lies, and exaggerations,” it reads.
According to the release, Topp turned himself in following a warrant being issued for his arrest.
Alvey was reportedly arrested at his home.
The release says that should the case go to trial, Topp and Alvey will argue that dumping a pile of manure in front of the Premier’s office is “legally justified,” in order to protect people from “climate catastrophes.”
With files from Peter Smith.