Peaceful gathering planned for Saturday

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A social media event has been created for an in-person gathering that is to take place in Lions Park this Saturday. The event is being called a peaceful democratic gathering, as opposed to a protest or rally, where those in the Cardston area can engage in the democratic process. Event-goers plan to gather in unity and bring signs to voice their concerns. The focus seems to be on concerns with the federal and provincial government as the social media page suggests that letters also be written to Cardston’s Member of the Legislative Assembly, Joseph Schow, and Member of Parliament, Glen Motz, as well as Premier Kenney and Prime Minister Trudeau.

As of Wednesday morning, 22 people have rsvp’d that they are going to the event and another 64 are interested in attending. The event looks like it will be an aggregate of many concerns that citizens want vocalized. Some concerns include feeling isolated due to provincial restrictions, some are upset about kids not being in school due to recent COVID-19 cases in Cardston schools, others feel that their mental health is being affected by the pandemic, and some may bring non-pandemic-related concerns. It looks like the goal is to have people bring signs, dress warm, and peacefully gather in unity (masked and six feet away). While outdoor social gatherings of more than ten people are not permissible due to pandemic restrictions, freedom of peaceful assembly is constitutionally protected, although that has not stopped police and bylaw from ticketing attendees of such events elsewhere in the province.

Elizabeth Thompson-Christensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temple City Star