Cancer patient who sprayed foam into parking meter won't be charged, police say
Winnipeg police officers ask Collin Kennedy to stop vandalizing meters
A Winnipeg cancer patient who made headlines for spraying foam into a parking meter, to protest high parking rates patients have to pay outside health centres, had a visit from police this morning.
Kennedy has multiple myeloma, a form of leukemia. He filled a city-operated parking meter with spray foam on May 30 near the CancerCare Manitoba clinic, where he has had all his treatments.
He said he did it because he is fed up with the City of Winnipeg and Impark charging sick people to park near CancerCare and other treatment facilities around the Health Sciences Centre.
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On Thursday, Kennedy told police he won't fill any more parking meters with spray foam until he meets with Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman to find out what, if anything, will be done about the meters.
A CBC News video of Kennedy's spray-foam feat has been shared thousands of times on social media, with at least one Facebook meme calling him a "Canadian hero."
Earlier on Thursday, local businessman Michael John offered to pay Kennedy's parking fees and help Kennedy pay his son's education costs.
John said he understands Kennedy's frustration, as he had to use the same parking meters when his mother was ill. He also expressed concern that police may charge Kennedy for vandalizing the machines.
With files from Meagan Fiddler