An Alliston woman charged with mischief for climbing the Cookstown Outlet Mall's water tower in April is facing about $50,000 in potential restitution costs, including a $36,921 bill by the Bradford fire department because the truck that responded to the call, broke down on the way back to the station.
Paulette MacDonald, dressed as Bat Girl, climbed the tower to draw attention to Parental Alientation Awareness Day, made a second court appearance last week, and learned from the Crown's disclosure the total cost being sought by South Simcoe Police, Innisfil Fire, and Bradford Fire, is $48,944.
Ms. MacDonald had scaled the tower before sunrise, unfurled a banner supporting her cause, then spent several hours unnoticed before "I finally yelled down to a group of young ladies coming out of the mall and requested that she notify the mall security for me."
Police were called, as were firefighters, first from Innisfil, but then Bradford for its aerial truck.
"When the fireman asked me to come down the ladder of the firetruck, I didn't want to," said Ms. MacDonald in a press release from the group Fathers 4 Justice (F4J). "I felt much safer getting back down the way I came up."
The F4J has also weighed into the situation, suggesting that Bradford should thank "Bat Girl."
"In my eyes, Ms. MacDonald should receive thanks for highlighting flaws in the fire department's equipment before it was actually needed in an emergency," said Kris Titus, F4J National Coordinator. "This might have more to do with with the competence of their maintenance system than our featherweight superhero. We're obviously glad that she was safe during the rescue, considering the circumstances."
Ms. MacDonald is due back in Bradford court July 23.My letter to the editor, the Mayor and Fire Chief of Bradford West Gwillimbury Date: 2009/6/29 Subject: Letter to the Editor ~ Bradford fire wants Alliston's 'Bat Girl' to pay for broken truck To: email@example.com Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
I'd like to see the maintenance records on the 9 self propelled vehicles in the Bradford Fire Department to ensure the tax payers of this municipality their Fire Chief, Lorne Arscott, actually has a grasp on the areas he needs to manage. They send out #1016 (10 one six) - 100' Aerial (E-ONE) truck to a Grandmother standing steadfastly, strongly and resolutely on a water tower, it is not an emergency by any stretch of the imagination, and they say their truck breaks down. Not overly encouraging is it?
The Fire Chief is playing games with a Crown's Office in Barrie, already under scrutiny for corruption relating to breaking the law in having the police, who are also breaking the law, use the Criminal Conviction data base known as CPIC to pre-screen jurors. Simcoe County used to have more going for it than this. Is this Chief also getting sucked into a prosecutor’s questionable judgment or is this the usual manner that public services pick on citizens in this county?
It is using what power they have to intimidate legitimate protest in aid of children. Did the Chief in Toronto send the bill to the Tamils for the overtime and double shifting of emergency personnel in the city recently? Does the Fire Chief want to cover up their possible mistakes by billing a grandmother that kind of money? Something smells in Bradford. What is it? Power does have its corrupting influences.
Michael Murphy CC Mayor Doug White , Bradford WG, Fire Chief, Lorne Arscott, Bradford WG
- 1011 - Rescue Pumper (Almonte/Spartan)
- 1012 - Pumper/Tanker (Rosenbauer/Spartan)
- 1014 - Tanker (Dependable/WhiteGMC)
- 1015 - Pumper/Tanker (Rosenbauer/Spartan on order, currently using a loaner apparatus)
- 1016 - 100' Aerial (E-ONE)
- 1019 - Dodge Ram Pickup
- 10401 - Dodge Ram Van
- Car 10-1 - Dodge Durango (Fire Chief)
- Car 10-2 - Dodge Durango (Deputy Fire Chief)
- Specialized Rescue Trailer