Les plaintes des résidents de Clarence-Rockland concernant les contraventions et les amendes pour les infractions aux décrets d'urgence du gouvernement provincial en cas de pandémie arrivent à l'hôtel de ville. Mais le maire Guy Desjardins a peu de sympathie pour ceux qui refusent de suivre les règles de sécurité en matière de santé publique.
Les plaintes des résidents de Clarence-Rockland concernant les contraventions et les amendes pour les infractions aux décrets d'urgence du gouvernement provincial en cas de pandémie arrivent à l'hôtel de ville. Mais le maire Guy Desjardins a peu de sympathie pour ceux qui refusent de suivre les règles de sécurité en matière de santé publique.

Mayor Desjardins: Follow the pandemic rules

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
Frustration over pandemic restrictions is starting to bubble up in Clarence-Rockland but there is little sympathy from the city’s mayor.

“If people don’t want to follow the rules,” said Mayor Guy Desjardins, “we will use severe methods to make them obey.” 

The mayor’s comment came at the beginning of the April 19 council session. The “severe methods” the mayor referred to during the Monday evening meeting are the fines that the bylaw enforcement department is starting to impose on individuals and businesses for infractions of the provincial public health safety orders and restrictions imposed in an effort to curb the third wave of COVID-19 and its variants. 

Mayor Desjardins noted many complaints coming in to the city from people about tickets for infractions of the pandemic safety rules. One person, he said, phoned him at home, telling him that the ticket fine was “too severe and should be annulled.” 

The mayor reminded residents that they have had repeated warnings through the municipal website and other sources about the pandemic guidelines and restrictions and the potential penalties for infractions. Desjardins said that anyone who wants to dispute the ticket they received under the public health orders should take the matter to court.