A Kelowna woman who was charged after allegedly disrupting a Remembrance Day ceremony with anti-vaccine rhetoric, appeared in court Oct. 31.
Linda Jackson was charged with disturbing the order of a solemnity meeting after a group of approximately 100 anti-vaccine demonstrators commandeered the Nov. 11, 2021, Remembrance Day ceremony in downtown Kelowna.
“The Kelowna RCMP support persons or groups right to protest. But when they choose to willfully interrupt the assembly of citizens at a Remembrance Day ceremony, this is a step too far,” said Insp. Adam MacIntosh at a press conference on Nov. 12, 2021.
The incident took place during an informal ceremony at the cenotaph in Kelowna’s City Park. The group of protesters showed up with a microphone and speakers, hijacking the ceremony meant to honour local veterans.
Jackson was supported by notable anti-mandate protestors David Lindsay and Bruce Orydzuk, during her court proceedings in the Kelowna Law Courts building. The matter was put over and Jackson will be back in court on Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m.