Topless Junos protester pleads guilty to trespassing, agrees to pay fine
Casey Hatherly says $100 of fine will go to victims' support group
A woman who protested topless onstage at the Juno Awards in Edmonton in March says she has agreed to pay a $600 fine.
Casey Hatherly, who goes by the name Ever, said she pleaded guilty to a charge of trespassing.
The environmental activist, who initially faced a charge of mischief, walked onto the Junos stage while Canadian musician Avril Lavigne was introducing a performance.
Messages written on the protester's bare torso read "Land Back" and "Save the Greenbelt," referring to Ontario's decision last year to open a protected area of land for housing.
Hatherly said $100 of her fine will go to a victims' support group.
She said the timing of her fine is interesting, with the Alberta provincial election having wrapped up on Monday.
"Why would I wanna give $500 to this province that literally just elected an oil lobbyist, while a third of the province is on fire?" she said in a phone interview, referring to Premier Danielle Smith. Smith is the former president of business lobbying organization Alberta Enterprise Group.
"What do they want my money for? Do they need to throw it in the fire?"
The activist, who is involved with a climate advocacy group called On2Ottawa, says they are planning more action.
"It's only May, and how much of this country is actually on fire right now?" she said. "People are not paying attention and I definitely don't think the work is over."
- An earlier version of this story's deck erroneously referred to Casey Hatherly as Catherine.May 31, 2023 1:10 PM ET
With files from CBC News