posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 11:28 AM
I know you won't believe this, so I am providing a link below as proof.
Her name is Audrey Tobias. This 89-year-old veteran of WWII is an active member of Veterans Against Nuclear Arms. She refused to file her 2011
census in protest because she claimed it is processed using software from Lockheed Martin, an arms manufacturer.
Even though about 98 percent of Canadians filed their forms, Audrey did not and received a couple of visits from government types who decided to lay
charges against her under the Statistics Act that carries a penalty of 3 months in jail. I could not find where anyone has ever been charged before
under this Act, ever.
Audrey said that if found guilty she would not pay a fine because it would be a way of admitting she was guilty.
Her day in court was today. Well thanks to her activism, all Canadians know something we didn't know before.
The Crown argued this morning that Tobias had no lawful excuse for her refusal, which led to the charge against her under the Statistics Act.
Outside the courtroom after the ruling, Tobias thanked the judge for his decision and said her first thought was "goodness gracious" when the
ruling came down.
“I would have done whatever was necessary,” she said. “Under no circumstances would I have paid a fine, which was a way of saying I was
In making her defence before the court, Tobias had argued that forcing her to complete the census would have violated her freedoms of conscience and
People in the courtroom heard the judge blast the Crown for choosing to bring this kind of case to his court.
Un-bloody-lievable that a respected veteran would acquire a police record suddenly at 89 for such a stupid charge. The judge thought the Crown was
acting unwisely and foolishly in choosing to prosecute this particular case. He acquitted Audrey and found her "Not Guilty."
Well I never thought I would find a new hero in this day and age, but I'll happily raise a glass to the continued health and spunkiness of this lady.
Well done, Audrey Tobias!
edit on 9-10-2013 by aboutface because: (no reason