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Topless Junos protestor pleads guilty to trespassing, agrees to pay fine

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, says 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 says $100 of her fine will go to a victims’ support group.

She says the timing of her fine is interesting, with the Alberta provincial election having wrapped up on Monday.

A woman wearing a bandana, turquoise eyeglasses and a green coat speaks outside the Edmonton courthouse.
Hatherly, shown here speaking with CBC News in March, is involved with a climate advocacy group called On2Ottawa and says they are planning more action. (Samuel Martin/CBC)

“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 says. “People are not paying attention and I definitely don’t think the work is over.”

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