Investigation underway into pandemic confrontation at Cornwall outdoor rink

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“At one point, she told us she would be calling the cops if we kept it up,” he said.  “We didn’t really respond to what she was saying.” Walker said the woman then said she would be calling the city on the group — more precisely, her husband. The man in question is alleged to be a municipal worker for the City of Cornwall.

“As soon as he showed up he kind of demanded that we stop playing,” said Walker. “I don’t know if he thought he had a lot of authority over us. No one showed him disrespect — he’s the one that showed up in a matter that was very disrespectful towards all of us.” According to Walker, the city employee began cursing at the group, subsequently telling them if need be, he’d “melt the f–cking ice out tonight.” He, along with what appears to be a second municipal worker, are seen in the video hauling the two nets away in the back of a city truck with the number 30 on it.

Walker stayed at the rink for about 10 or 20 minutes more before leaving for good. Nowadays the young man is hoping to create his own ice rink in his backyard. “I don’t want to deal with anything like that again,” he said. “I’m done skating at that outdoor rink.”

Cole Smith, who also happened to have stayed at the rink longer than Walker, said after the city workers left, they were visited by members of the Cornwall Police Service. “They told us that we weren’t allowed to be playing hockey but that they didn’t want to give us fines,” he said. This didn’t stop Smith from being at the rink once more on Thursday.

Although he told the Standard-Freeholder that if too many people show up, he will more than likely head home to avoid any confrontation.

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