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A Canadian BBQ restaurant owner was arrested, detained for over 18 hours and then handed a slew of strict behavioral restrictions last week for the alleged crime of opening his business in defiance of equally strict coronavirus lockdown orders.
The only good news is that Adam Skelly, the owner of Adamson Barbeque, has since raised over $250,000 and counting via the fundraising platform GoFundMe. Assuming the platform doesn’t suspend him, it appears he’ll be OK.
According to reports, Kelly kept reopening his restaurant despite a lockdown order in Toronto prohibiting already financially struggling, embattled bars and restaurants from opening til at least mid-December.
“Skelly announced Monday night that he was going to open his Queen Elizabeth Boulevard location on Tuesday as a protest of a provincial order that bans indoor dining in Toronto for 28 days,” the Toronto Sun reported.
“Confusion reigned Tuesday after diners lined up and were able to dine inside while police officers watched. City officials announced they had closed the restaurant, upon receiving an order from Toronto public health chief Dr. Eileen de Villa — at 4 p.m., its normal closing time.”
After Skelly reopened once again, authorities announced nine charges against him, including “violating lockdown rules, operating without a business licence and breaching de Villa’s order,” and subsequently arrested him Thursday morning.
A video of him being arrested soon went viral.
RAW FOOTAGE: Adam Skelly being arrested!
SIGN THE PETITION: https://t.co/z5k8w61dND
Footage by @lincolnmjay #adamsonbarbeque #TOpoli #FreeAdamSkelly pic.twitter.com/YV6Uu0IEL5
— Rebel News (@RebelNewsOnline) November 26, 2020
He was reportedly held for 18 hours and then released on bail with a plethora of stipulations, including that he stay off social media, that he obey all lockdown orders and that he even stay 200 meters away from his own business.
The social media order was reportedly motivated by him having used his Twitter account to urge customers to show up at his restaurant for indoor dining.
See everyone tomorrow at 11AM for more barbecue and good times! Share with your friends and come by to show Ford who runs Ontario! 7 Queen Elizabeth Blvd in Etobicoke. #adamsonbarbecue #FordFailedThePeople
— Adam Skelly (@adamskely) November 25, 2020
Listen to him speaking about the stipulations below:
#NEW: Adam Skelly speaks to Global News after getting released on bail tonight, said one of his conditions for release is that he’s not allowed to communicate on social media. #adamsonBBQ pic.twitter.com/RC81NEXeFN
— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) November 28, 2020
Adam Skelly, of Adamson BBQ has been released on bail. His conditions:
Must stay 200 meters away from Adamson BBQ.
Can only operate a business in accordance with Ontario’s reopening act.
No communicating on social media.
Must obey Health Protection Act & Public health orders.
— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) November 27, 2020
A GoFundMe page erected to assist him in his legal efforts had accrued over $250,000 by Sunday morning.
“Ontario’s Adamson BBQ has been opening every day to serve people lunch. And owner Adam Skelly is paying a high price for carrying that cudgel of liberty. Over the past 24 hours he’s been hit with numerous fines totalling tens of thousands of dollars for violating unconstitutional and draconian COVID ‘public health orders,”” the page reads.
“All because he refuses to let your politicians—who are out there enjoying their fat salaries that we all pay for, wag their fingers at us and tell us we don’t have a right to earn a living too. After all, ‘we’re all in this together’ right?”
Here it is 👇🏼
One small business is standing up for the rights of all the “little guys” Support if you can#FreedomMatters #IStandWithAdam 🔥🍁🔥https://t.co/M9dmhGxu0X
— HaveWeAllGoneMad (@HaveWeAllGoneM1) November 26, 2020
The fundraiser does face a risk though of being suspended. GoFundMe is a demonstrably left-wing platform with a history of allowing convicted pedophiles to raise money but shutting down the fundraisers of Trump supporters.
Despite now being under the hammer of so-called “justice,” Barbeque is continuing his resistance against Toronto’s oppressive lockdown rules.
On Saturday he reportedly attended a lockdown protest to urge other business owners to also take a stand against the decrees.
“Go ahead and do it, open up. Let’s see how it goes,” he said during the protest.
A message from owner of Adamson BBQ Adam Skelly to small business owners and the people who support him: pic.twitter.com/PPczx8epKT
— LΞIGH (@LeighStewy) November 28, 2020
In a statement delivered on the floor of the Canadian Parliament last week, independent MPP Randy Hillier echoed this exact same sentiment.
“I want to recognize and applaud a speaker today for his courage, convictions and resolve. Yesterday Adam Skelly opened his restaurant, Adamson Barbeque bar, and is testing the government’s unlawful orders,” he said.
“I have no doubt, indeed I’m certain these unlawful orders will be struck down by the courts. I encourage all restaurants, all businesses and all people to do the same and stand with Adam Skelly.”
Today I recognized Adam Skelly of Adamson BBQ for his courage & conviction. He tested the law & I encourage others to do the same.
I will be testing the law tomorrow @NoLockdowns1 pots and pans rally @ 10 AM in front of the Legislature, join me!#onpoli #NoMoreLockdowns pic.twitter.com/6lasrNXW0o
— Randy Hillier (@randyhillier) November 25, 2020
Meanwhile, Skelly’s restaurant remains under constant surveillance by local police officers who apparently have nothing better to do.
JUST NOW: At least 8 police cars are still at the @adamsonbarbecue Etobicoke location.
SIGN OUT PETITION: https://t.co/3vfEqm6jpJ#FreeAdamSkelly #adamsonbarbecue #Topoli #onpoli pic.twitter.com/4EoMTY9XP4
— Rebel News (@RebelNewsOnline) November 28, 2020
Day 5 update from Adamson Barbecue!
There are a minimum of 8 police vehicles still here. I spoke with an officer on scene regarding if they are on “paid duty”:
“I can tell you that I’m on regular duty, these officers with me are on regular duty”
Reporting for @RebelNewsOnline pic.twitter.com/gLKsmFJcXB
— Efron Monsanto (@monsanto2000) November 28, 2020
The scene at @adamsonbarbecue in Etobicoke, there are still at least nine police cars on location.
SIGN THE PETITION: https://t.co/3vfEqm6jpJ#AdamsonBBQ #topoli #onpoli @fordnation pic.twitter.com/sMu1XnIEDH
— Rebel News (@RebelNewsOnline) November 28, 2020
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