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Megaphone toting Coldstream bylaw officer put on blast for over-zealous enforcement of social distancing

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April 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM
Coldstream resident Jacqueline Correia witnessed some over-zealous bylaw enforcement last weekend and she's hoping it won't happen again.

Correia was in her front yard Monday when she saw a mother and daughter being berated by a bylaw enforcement officer who was shouting social distancing commands over his megaphone as they walked their dog in Creekside Park.  It, like all other parks in the District of Coldstream,  was closed March 23.

When she confronted the officer about what she deemed "an aggressive and disproportionate action of enforcement,” he told her to take it up with the District of Coldstream.

So she did.

After posting about the issue on Facebook, Correia emailed the District of Coldstream with her concerns.

"Please note that the actions of the enforcement officer, in using an amplified sound device, were not at the direction of the District of Coldstream,”  Chief Administrative Officer Trevor Seibel replied.

"This individual took it upon themself to use this device."

He also explained that their bylaw enforcement services are supported through a contract with the Commissionaires of B.C., and he had contacted the Commissionaires to inform them that the officer’s actions will not be tolerated.

Correia is happy with Seibel’s response. She hopes that the incident, which she described as “Martial Law,” will not happen again.

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