They threatened to read - so a PC MPP's office called the cops - 2019-05-09
Throw the book at 'em has taken on a bizarre twist down in the Niagara West region of Ontario. That's where Progressive Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff's constituency staff called the cops on a group of library-loving seniors who showed up to read books as a way of protesting the Ford government's library cuts.
Now, it's awfully hard to imagine how Oosterhoff's staff felt so under siege after just a few minutes with some 15 retired librarians and book club members that such drastic action was necessary. Was it the craft paper book covers, with neatly typed quotes about the importance of libraries and reading, that left staff feeling they had no choice but to call 911?
"I don't think we looked threatening," said one retired librarian and member of a local book club.