Agreed. It's like people didn't even read the article. You're not getting 10 years for wearing a mask so relax...
The new law, which takes effect immediately, makes it illegal to wear a mask in Canada "during a riot or unlawful assembly." (Because apparently Canadian laws against rioting aren't dissuasive enough?) Those caught wearing masks during riots could spend up to six months in jail, not including additional charges for rioting; masked miscreants caught "inciting" a riot face a potential 10-year sentence. CBC reports that "exceptions can be made if someone can prove they have a 'lawful excuse' for covering their face such as religious or medical reasons."
You keep talking about peaceful protests... this law is not for peaceful protests. READ IT.
And I get what you're saying about the cops in the crowd etc but let it go. If you want to rant about the article rant accuratly please.