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Dave and the 628$ skateboarding ticket in MTL


My good buddy Dave Bouthillier is fighting the ridiculous fine imposed by the city of MTL and the police. Dave was given a whopping 628$ ticket for skateboarding (even though he was just standing around) at Montreal’s “Peace Park” on the corner of St. Laurent Blvd. / René Lévesque Blvd.

Skateboarding at peace Park has helped – not hindered. It’s brought people who are not junkies to an area of town which was lost/dangerous in the past years. No doubt having skaters there has made it somewhat safer.

The most interesting part to this is that Dave is right in the middle of a full length documentary about the spot/the culture and people surrounding it which has received hefty support from provincial and federal arts-funding juries.

I have known dave since he was in grade 8. He’s a great guy with a good heart. Do what you can to support Dave and spread the word. His summons date is March 23 in Montreal Municipal Court.

This is truly not what I want my tax dollars used for. Maybe you feel the same.

Read the Montréal Gazette piece here

17 replies on “Dave and the 628$ skateboarding ticket in MTL”

Well, the city has a budget deficit for this year and I guess they have decided that just making more laws and charging higher fines (taxation without representation) is one way they will fix it.

I mean, what? Do we expect them to actually make sane and responsible decisions about how to run the city? Should they really stop practicing the cronyism, nepotism and lining of their pockets that they have been for years? Sheeesh, we’ll mess up their sweet gig!

I have written to the mayor of Montréal as a start:

Good day Mr. Tremblay,

I’m writing you today to bring to your attention the case of my good friend Mr. David Bouthiller.
The Gazette has an article about his situation here:

Dave is facing a 628$ fine from the Montréal police for skateboarding. He is facing a summons on March 23rd and intends to fight the case.

David is a good citizen and an artist. He truly loves Montréal and I see this as an injustice.

I have written about it on my Montréal based blog also:

Your understanding and thoughtfulness are appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
Steve Bissonnette
(514) 875-0003
Plank Multimedia,
Montréal, Quebec,261805&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Not sure who else I should contact? Any ideas?

I feel the pain!
I just got a $315.00!!!!! ticket for urinating on an abandoned building.
There is something definitely up with these coppers.
Serve and Protect…questionable.

I took your example, Stevey, and sent this:

Dear Mayor Tremblay,

I’m writing you today to bring to your attention the case of Mr. David Bouthiller.

The Gazette has an article about his situation here:

Steve Bissonnette has also written about it on his Montréal based blog, which brought my attention to the case:

Dave is facing a 628$ fine from the Montréal police for skateboarding at Montreal’s Peace Park, at the corner of St-Laurent and René Lévesque. He is facing a summons on March 23rd and intends to fight the case.

David is a good citizen and an artist. He truly loves Montréal and I see this as an injustice.

This is, in my humble opinion, especially true provided that Peace Park is in fact being saved by skateboarding and similar activities (bmx, inline skating). I use the word saved because this park is nothing but a well-known breeding ground for drug dealers and other thugs, who actually end up steering clear instead, thanks to the increased activity which brings attention to their presence.

Your understanding and thoughtfulness would be most appreciated by our ever increasing segment of the Montreal voters: skateboarders, bmx and mountain bikes riders, inline skaters.

Yours sincerely,
Stephane Daury
Montréal, Quebec

Good work Steph !! Thanks for the support. I grew up skating with dave and “mentored” (for lack of a better term) him for a bit when he was young.

You can actually contact the Police Representative at any City Hall meetings (held monthly). You can always try to SHAME them into downgrading the ticket.
For more info:
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At the end of every meeting there is a question period. Believe me, you’d be surprised how it pays to complain to city hall.
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Received a reply:

(sounds like they’ve fwd-ed the message on to the people rick mentioned)

Dear Mr. Bissonnette,

Mayor Gérald Tremblay received your e-mail of March 5, 2009, in which you comment on the statement of offence that your friend David Bouthiller received.

I fully understand that it is unpleasant to receive a ticket. However, I must inform you that Mayor Tremblay cannot influence the decisions of the Municipal Court. In Québec, political or administrative institutions do not have the right to intervene in the administration of justice. The issuing of a statement of offence is, in itself, a gesture of a legal nature. For this reason, I have sent a copy of your letter to Ruth Desmeules, Division Manager, Section du traitement des appels et des plaidoyers at the Municipal Court, and have asked her to give the matter her full attention. A city official will contact you as soon as possible.

Sincerely yours,

Richard Thériault
Director of Administration and Communication

What you need to do is send a note to the people as well – the contact info for Ruth should be available – somewhere. It may not help him with the ticket – but it may keep others from suffering the same fate. May even show the city the need for MORE SKATE SPOTS. It’s great that every suburban burrough has a small skatepark – there are NONE in the city. There should be.


Thank you so much for the support. I’m going to try and contact the Police Representative at the City Hall meeting this month.
Much respect.


One more reply:



Please advise Mr David Bouthiller that he have to transmit his written plea of not guilty if he wants to contest the statement of offence. After the reception of his plea, the file will be fixed for trial. At this moment, Me Bouthiller could be present his defense.

Yours truly

Ruth Desmeules
chef de section – traitement des appels et des plaidoyers

—– Réacheminé par Ruth DESMEULES/MONTREAL le 2009-03-19 16:54 —–
2009-03-11 09:05
Tr : RE Contact the mayor of Montréal

I lost in court yesterday… there is a write up about it in todays Gazette.
Again, Thank you to everyone. The scary thing is that I can only imagine that policing and ticketing will get worse. What will be the consequences for skateboarding in 5 years … $1200… jail?

I know that guy… and I heard about it because I know the cop…
and Dave was like… you don’t know me, I’m crazy Dave.
attitude time.

this is not peace park but “place de la pais”

also ticket is not more than 600$ for no reason… that’s impossible. Mr Dave did something bad out of skating for sure… or it’s because it’s not the first one. Stop skating this pieac of shit spot and that’s it…

This last statement from Ben is false.
The police told me to leave the park even though I wasn’t skateboarding, and added that if I was still present when he returned he would give me a ticket, which he did.
Also, several tickets for 600 dollars have been handed out, I was not the first, I was only the first to speak out.

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