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OPSEU offers to pay ‘ridiculous’ chalk message fine

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas speaking into a microphone in front of an Ontario flag.

CTV News is reporting on OPSEU’s offer to pay the “ridiculous” $1,400 bill sent to a 15-year-old activist who wrote a protest message in chalk on the Queen’s Park parking lot.

“What knucklehead came up with a bill of $1,444.51 for a cleanup? Come on, a couple of buckets of water or a half decent rainfall would have taken care of it,” OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is quoted as saying.

“Chalk one up to bullying our youth by a legislative kangaroo court.”

Thomas urged Speaker Ted Arnott to rescind the fine. If he won’t, Thomas said OPSEU will pay it.

“In a time when it is so difficult to get our young people engaged in the political process, we should be applauding them for getting involved. We shouldn’t be trying to beat them out of their allowance.”