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Hamilton climate group behind manure dump at Doug Ford's Etobicoke office

The Hamilton branch of a global climate action group has claimed responsibility for dumping manure outside of Doug Ford's Etobicoke constituency office — a video of which went viral on social media Sunday. 

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Members of Extinction Rebellion Hamilton pose outside of Premier Doug Ford's constituency office in Etobicoke with a pile of manure. (Extinction Rebellion Hamilton)

The Hamilton branch of a global climate action group has claimed responsibility for dumping manure outside of Doug Ford's Etobicoke constituency office — a video of which went viral on social media Sunday. 

Members of Extinction Rebellion Hamilton can be seen in the video shovelling "organic cow manure" from the bed of a pickup truck onto the doorstep of the office.

Cameron Topp, a member of the group, said the act of civil disobedience was in response to a recently released report by Ontario's auditor general about the provincial government's climate action plan. 

Bonnie Lysysk wrote in the report the Ford government's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change is "not yet supported by sound evidence."

Topp said in a media release they were at the premier's office "to deliver a message that the Ford Conservative government climate change plan is complete bullshit" and not based in "scientific fact."

"Lack of large-scale government action is threatening all families and we will no longer object politely," Topp said. 

A spokesperson for the Office of the Premier wrote a brief statement regarding the incident over email Monday.

"If a response is what they're looking for, they won't get one from Premier Ford," said spokesperson Laryssa Waler. "We wish them a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and hope they have a more productive and joyous time with their families."

In a phone interview with CBC News, Topp confirmed there will be more acts of protest by the group to prompt the government — rather than just individual consumers — to act on climate change and "listen to the experts."

"We need system-wide change," he said, that "has to come from all levels of government." 

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