May 8, 2021, the Alberta RCMP were on site for a preplanned public gathering at the Whistle Stop Café near Mirror, Alta. The RCMP's initial response for this event was to ensure that all participants were aware of the Court of Queen's Bench Order issued on May 6. The order clearly outlines the definition of an illegal public gathering and gives officers authority to arrest and/or remove those who are organizing, promoting and/or attending these illegal public gathering. Officers served, posted copies, and discussed the Queens Bench Order at length with the participants.
In conjunction with Alberta Health Services, and discussions with legal council, the Alberta RCMP deemed this event as meeting the definition of an illegal public gathering as set out in the order. In addition to issuing tickets under section 73(1) of the Public Heath Act, an arrest of the organizer of the event was made under the provision of the Court of Queen's Bench Order.
The Alberta RCMP is currently in the process of gathering additional information with respect to other individual's participation in the organization of this event. Details on this may be provided later, after further investigation.
The RCMP's primary role is, and always will be, keeping Alberta safe, while upholding the law. This includes enforcing public health orders for the health and safety of all Albertans.
Officers will remain on scene until the illegal public gathering has dispersed.