Calgary mayor Nenshi calls for tougher enforcement of COVID-19 measures in courts

CALGARY — The mayor of Alberta’s largest city says he’s frustrated to hear that tickets given to people for breaching COVID-19 public health orders are being thrown out in the courts.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the justice system needs to take the matter as seriously as police do and should be holding violators accountable.

Nenshi made his comments during a city council meeting today as Calgary Police Commission chairwoman Bonita Croft presented.

Croft says officers are doing their best, but that the level of accountability from convictions and fines has not been enough to deter people bent on violating orders.

The comments come as Premier Jason Kenney and chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw are to hold a news conference later today about COVID-19 and Alberta’s vaccine rollout.

Both are likely to face questions about what consequences, if any, there will be for attendees of a “No More Lockdowns” rodeo held in central Alberta over the weekend in flagrant violation of public health rules.

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