Mind Virus Goon Squad Walls Off Church Defying Lockdown Superstition

Physically fence off popular church in Canada that was packed over the holidays

RCMP and members of Alberta Health Services were on scene at GraceLife Church west of Edmonton Wednesday morning to “physically close” the facility as temporary fencing was put up around the building.

Police were at the Spruce Grove church before 8 a.m. Crews could be seen putting fencing up around the building’s perimeter, as well as blocking off several parking stalls.

“Alberta Health Services physically closed GraceLife Church and has prevented access to the building until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s chief medical officer of health’s (CMOH) restrictions,” AHS said in a statement Wednesday morning.

Alberta RCMP confirmed officers were on scene to assist with enforcement.

For months, the church has been routinely holding services that violate COVID-19 restrictions.

Under Alberta’s public health orders, face masks are mandatory and churches are restricted to 15 per cent of fire code capacity.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said when it comes to enforcement of the public health measures, he and the premier have been clear that an arm’s length agency — whether that’s AHS or police agencies — is responsible.

Shandro said this particular case dates back to December when AHS started enforcement at the church.

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“The prosecutors, the public health inspectors and the police who were involved showed a great amount of patience and trying to work with the community as a first response to get them to comply,” he said Wednesday afternoon.

“Obviously we want to be able to work with our faith communities. And I should say this too, our faith communities throughout this province should be commended for wanting to take care of the congregations who are wanting to comply with the public health measures. So this one situation, we have seen a lot of recalcitrance over an extended period of time, and AHS and the police, the RCMP, have felt compelled to take these next steps.”

Over Easter weekend, GraceLife Church’s parking lot was once again packed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

AHS said Wednesday that for “several months” the health authority has “attempted to work collaboratively with GLC to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site.”

According to AHS, steps taken prior to physically closing the site include:

  • an order issued by AHS on Dec. 17, 2020, requiring GLC to comply with CMOH restrictions
  • a Court of Queen’s Bench Order obtained on Jan. 21, 2021, requiring GLC to comply with the previous order
  • a Closure Order issued on Jan. 29, 2021, requiring closure until compliance with the restrictions was attained
  • on March 27, 2021, AHS sent a letter to the church’s pastor information on the continued spread of COVID-19
  • last week, AHS invited the pastor to meet virtually to discuss the risks presented by COVID-19, but the church has not provided any dates to meet

“GLC has decided not to follow these mandatory restrictions, nor have they attempted to work with AHS to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” AHS said.

RCMP and AHS inspectors have appeared at the church property several times during services to ensure public health measures are being followed and in previous weeks, officers have said “the church did not comply with the restrictions.”

In a news release Wednesday, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said it is outraged at the government’s “decision to enter private church property early this morning and put up a double barrier wall around GraceLife Church to prevent Albertans from exercising their Charter freedoms of peaceful assembly, association and worship.”

The group said it plans to challenge the constitutionality of Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s health orders in court, “arguing that they are an unjustified violation of Charter rights and freedoms.”

On March 28, an AHS spokesperson said environmental public health inspectors were denied entry to the church, while noting what “appeared to be breaches of the current CMOH (chief medical officer of health) restrictions related to capacity, physical distancing and masking.”

The church, along with its pastor James Coates, are set to appear in court in May. They are charged with violating measures under the Public Health Act related to capacity limits, physical distancing and masking.

Coates was released from jail on March 22 after he breached a bail condition to stop holding services that did not follow regulations. He pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500.

AHS said between July 10, 2020, and April 6, 2021, AHS has received 105 complaints from the public about GraceLife Church. AHS inspectors have conducted 18 inspections at the site since July 10 and “violations were observed at each visit,” AHS said.

In a news release sent Wednesday, the Justice Centre, which is representing Coates, said it is “in the process of filing a subpoena to require Alberta chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw to testify at the trial of Pastor Coates on May 3, 2021.”

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Alberta and AHS said there is an urgent need to minimize spread to protect all Albertans.

The church closure comes one day after Premier Jason Kenney announced additional restrictions to help curb the third wave of COVID-19 in Alberta.

Source: Global News

  1. Emmet John Sweeney says

    The shape of things to come

    1. Andra says

      Hope; Pray; Act to dispel that notion!
      An embattled Calgary, Alberta, Canada pastor strongly issued a challenge on his Fox News interview…we/everyone should follow the example of “Solidarity” in Poland and gather, etc. in the 100s of 1000s everywhere to force the same “gov’t” change they did.

    2. Richard Monette says

      What a lame comment. Its people like you who make this world suck.

  2. ken says

    If this doesn’t tell you who is the main target and who is behind this virus fiasco then there really is no hope.

    Instead of milling around tourist like and taking pictures they should have been ramming that fence down and running off the Royal Commies.

    Berwick is right,,, Canada is a communist/fascist hell hole.

    Ya know, you do have the right, and duty to defend yourselves, your culture and economic livelihoods from terrorists foreign AND domestic.

    If your government no longer represents you then you have the right to change it. The American Declaration written by men that suffered under tyranny explains it pretty good.

    1. Juan says

      Ok but please avoid using that disgusting photo op by color revolution commies. You’re supporting the same scum that burned cities in the US. The ugly hag insulted, spitted, gave the finger and hit the police officer pictured, and all he did was stare her down. All on record.

  3. Joe_Below says

    The same needs to be done to prevent the spread of idiocy from government facilities.

  4. Mark says

    What sort of government model should prevail after the hysteria has died down? It is obvious our ‘leaders’ do not represent us, and do not deserve to continue pretending to serve as the scoop up generous paycheques and fat pensions in return for helping the public-health zealots to confiscate our rights. None of the people presently in government deserve to remain after this – the opposition considers it its job to ridicule the government’s actions and policies, but ridicule is not an alternative plan. Nobody has a plan that looks further than everybody get vaccinated, then we’ll see where we are.

    The only governments that should be considered for further service supported by their constituents are those governors of states who aborted lockdowns and took their chances with opening and a return to the old normal, which the remaining leaders are desperately trying to prevent us from doing.

    1. Mark says

      Sorry, that should be “as THEY scoop up generous paycheques…”

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