The Vancouver Police Department held a press conference today announcing that they were putting a small number of the anti-gentrification protestors outside Gastown’s Pidgin restaurant on notice that they will be arrested for “criminal acts” (watch video above). The following document – which contains the legal definition of criminal mischief (for the kids) – spells out the VPD’s position:
The restaurant, which is co-owned and cheffed by Makoto Ono (the first Canadian Culinary Champion), has endured protests by anti-gentrification activists ever since it opened on Carrall St. across from Pigeon Park some two months ago. What’s lost in all this brou-ha-ha is the food. The picketers decry it as “upscale”, but it’s cheaper than Earls and not a little better. Give it a try.