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Student gets $1,444 bill for chalking outside Queen's Park at Toronto protest

A 15-year-old girl received a $1,444.51 invoice from the province after drawing protest messages against Premier Doug Ford’s government with chalk outside of Queen’s Park in May.

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario said this was “vandalism” and that the cleaning crew that erased the chalk messages cost $1,444.51.

The student was part of a high school group protesting provincial cuts to education. Participants ranged from 10 to 18-years-old.

Gordon said the “profane and inappropriate” words were written on "roadway, walkways and statuary." One drawing illustrated the middle finger over the words Doug Ford.

The demonstration organizers met with security staff before the protest and signed a permit application, but it was never mailed to them. Jackie Gordon, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, said the protest didn’t have the “requisite approval.”

The students have not paid the invoice yet.

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