Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bat Girl Cookstown Mall story updated

Alliston Herald

A firefighter escorts a woman dressed as Cat Woman down from the water tower at the Cookstown Outlet Mall Saturday. She scaled the tower to hang a protest banner.

Rick Vanderlinde

'Bat Girl' arrested after publicity stunt

BY Rick Vanderlinde, Staff April 25, 2009 14:04

A woman dressed as Bat Girl climbed to the top of the water tower at the Cookstown Outlet Mall jut before noon Saturday and unfurled a banner in the name of Fathers for Justice.

Firefighters from Bradford West Gwillimbury used an aerial ladder truck to climb to an upper platform of the tower to bring the unidentified woman down.

Before the ladder was raised a lone firefighter climbed up the tower’s metal and spoke with the woman for about 10 minutes.

A large banner the woman hung from the side of the tower, which overlooks Highway 400, proclaimed the cause of Fathers for Justice, a group that has criticized Ontario’s Family Court system as being unfair to divorced fathers.

The banner read: Parental Alienation Awareness; Love is For Everyone.

Mayor Mike MacEachern of New Tecumseth and Mayor Tom Walsh of Adjala-Tosorontio both made the proclaimations.

The woman was escorted down the fire truck’s ladder as dozens of mostly bemused spectators looked on.

When she reached the parking lot she was immediately arrested by South Simcoe Police officers, who escorted her to a waiting cruiser.

A mall maintenance worker said it wasn’t clear how the woman managed to access the tower’s ladder to carry the large banner to the top.

The ladder is locked from the bottom and is raised six feet from the ground for safety reasons.

April 25 is Parental Alienation Awareness Day. The group Fathers 4 Justice Canada hosted an event to raise awareness for their cause last Saturday at Zehr's in Alliston where a similar banner was displayed.

Over the past two weeks representatives of Fathers 4 Justice have attended local municipal council meetings and asked for proclamations setting aside April 25 as Parental Alientation Awareness Day.

The 49-year-old Alliston woman is now facing charges of mischief as a result of the stunt.

She was released on a Promise to Appear and a Recognizance with several conditions. She will appear in a Bradford Court on May 28 to answer to the charge.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Woman Dressed as Bat Woman Climbs Water Tower

by Catherine Thompson

Talk about taking your cause to new heights.

Police and fire fighters were called to the Cookstown Outlet Mall yesterday after reports a woman in a Bat Woman costume had climbed the mall's water tower.

The area was closed to traffic and the public for about an hour while police investigated.

It turns out the woman wasn't planning on jumping, she had secured herself to the platform and hung a large banner to raise awareness of parental alienation awareness day.

The 49 year old Alliston woman was convinced to come down and arrested for mischief.

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Posted 5 hours ago ( April 27, 2009)


COOKSTOWN -- A caped crusader atop the water tower at Cookstown Outlet Mall kept area police and fire departments busy Saturday morning.

South Simcoe Police, Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury firefighters and county paramedics were called to the scene where a 49-year-old Alliston woman dressed in a Bat Woman costume had climbed the tower and was threatening to jump.

The area was closed down to traffic and the public while the matter was investigated for about an hour.

The woman was pulling a publicity stunt to create awareness of parental alienation awareness day (April 25) and had hung a large banner over the tower railing.

Emergency crews realized she had secured herself on the platform with fall protection equipment and was not suicidal.

She was eventually convinced to come down with the assistance of a firefighter and a large ladder truck. She was charged with mischief and released on a promise to appear in court on May 28..

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