Mayor, MP post bail to get out of the hoosegow

'Jailbirds' Mayor Lyn Hall (left), Supt. Warren Brown, and Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty at the Jail and Bail fundraiser for the Tour de North. RCMP photo
‘Jailbirds’ Mayor Lyn Hall (left), Supt. Warren Brown, and Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty at the Jail and Bail fundraiser for the Tour de North. RCMP photo

Mayor Lyn Hall and Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty were arrested this afternoon.

Well, it’s not as dramatic as all that.

They was participating in the RCMP’s Jail and Bail event to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Cops for Cancer Tour de North cycle trek, which got underway in Williams Lake on Tuesday and will wind up in Dawson Creek on Monday, September 18.

The Jail and Bail involves members of the community nominating prominent, high profile citizens to be ‘arrested’ and placed in a make shift jail in a very public setting, Northland Dodge.  The arrested ‘jail-birds’ are required to raise ‘bail’ before being released back into society.  In an effort to avoid disrupting the busy lives of some of the would-be ‘jail-birds’, some participants are allowed to fundraise prior to the event, potentially reducing or eliminating their time in ‘jail’.  Organizers set a minimum bail and some arrestees may set a substantially higher fund raising goal.

Supt. Warren Brown, the Officer in Charge of the Prince George Detachment, joined other prominent persons in the community and was voluntarily ‘arrested’.  He raised bail and stood by to support Hall and Doherty.

The event has raised more than $17,000 go to pediatric cancer research, support programs and Camp Goodtimes.

The Tour will stop in Prince George tonight before traveling 185 kilometers to Mackenzie tomorrow.  For more information about the Cops for Cancer Tour de North or to donate, go to www.tourdenorth.ca.