(Warrant Officer James Topp leaves the Royal Westminster Regiment during an adjournment during his court martial in New Westminster, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ethan Cairns)
November 21, 2023
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A former soldier and reservist who defied the Canadian Armed Forces’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate has been fined $4,000 and received a severe reprimand at the conclusion of a court martial in British Columbia.
Warrant Officer James Topp pleaded guilty to two charges of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline in relation to two videos he posted to social media, criticizing the military’s vaccine policy while in uniform.
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