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Calgary police defend threatening to taser man for playing hockey

Bylaw officers were called to the rink in response to a group of men and children playing an outdoor game on Thursday.

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A tense confrontation between Calgary police officers and a group of outdoor shinny players ended with an arrest and a public relations nightmare for the force.

“I will fucking taser you!” one Calgary officer screamed at a young man playing hocking on an outdoor sheet of ice in the southwest community of Southwood.

Bylaw officers were called to the rink in response to a group of men and children playing an outdoor game on Thursday.

A woman who appeared to take credit for calling the police tweeted a picture and referred to the men as “#covidiots”. She has since deleted her Twitter account.

Tweet of woman appearing to take credit for calling the police on hockey players

When bylaw officers couldn’t get the players to move on, police were called in as backup.

Outdoor gatherings are now banned by the UCP government in a bid to stop the increasing rates of COVID-19.

The two-and-a-half-minute video begins with two female officers yelling at the skater – called Ocean by his friends – to get off the ice. Another male officer explained to bystanders that gathering is against public health regulations.

People in the crowd yelled “bullshit” as the two female officers struggle unsuccessfully with “Ocean”. One of them kneed him in the back in a repeatedly failed effort to take him to the ground. One of the officers fell down on the ice and Ocean was able to skate a short distance away.

“Get on the fucking ground before I taser you!” one officer screams at Ocean, who, ironically is wearing a “Bolts” jersey. The officer unholstered and points her weapon.

Another struggle ensuing with Ocean pleading: “I haven’t done anything wrong.”

During the time the video were taken, a total of four-mintues-forty seconds, the police officers failed to respond to Ocean’s questions about what law he was breaking or was being charged with.

It is unconstitutional for police to make an arrest in Canada without disclosing the charges being laid.

Provincial restrictions state that outdoor physical activities are still permitted for people from different households if the number does not exceed 10 people and individuals maintain two meters distance.

The Calgary Police Service released a statement claiming that there were 40 in attendance before the video began to record. The statement says that civilians are required to give their identity to police when ordered, however, the UCP government recently banned the practice of “carding” as discriminatory and arbitrary.

Bystanders asked the police to let Ocean take off his skates while another said: “This is going on the fucking news, for sure.”

Ocean was eventually forced to his knees and then receives three knees from one of the officers into his back as bystanders yelled “police brutality.”

As officers struggled to handcuff Ocean, other people began taking phone videos from less than a foot away. Another officer stepped in to take control of Ocean’s legs.

“This is our life. We are fucking humans,” Ocean yelled as the handcuffs were clamped.

“What kind of life do we live in?”

Other officers cut Ocean’s skates off and he was taken away to be charged with violating a public health order, obstruction, and resisting arrest.

Speaking to CTV News over the phone on Saturday, Weisblatt confirmed receiving the tickets, including for violating the Public Health Act, which carries a fine of $1,200.

“The rules are getting ridiculous,” he said to CTV.

The video already has caused a storm of controversy.

“And people thought I was exaggerating when I warned unreasonable restrictions would result in excessive use of force. You own this @jkenney and @nenshi. #ableg#yyccc” tweeted QR77 talk show host Danielle Smith.

Smith tweet

Supt. Ryan Ayliffe defended his officers actions.

“We are seeing officers continually put into these untenable positions where they have to diffuse and support bylaw,” Ayliffe said at a Friday press conference.

“What’s happening through our lens is good people are trying to find pieces of what they want to do in a changing environment and it is stressing people out to the max.”

Rebel News owner Ezra Levant tweeted that his organization will sue the Calgary Police Service on behalf of the hockey players.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Guest

    December 25, 2020 at 12:34 am

    This isn’t, as the article points out, an instance of carding. Were the officers their in support of Calgary By-Law Officers? This is were the ice becomes thin for the skaters & fines would/should be issued for non compliance of a Health Order.

    If I were a By-Law or Police Officer, I’m thinking the FIDO method of enforcement would be administered and the situation monitored videoed along with license plates taken for follow-up fines.

    This wasn’t an outside event that would warrant confrontation by By-Law and or Police.

    The police, during an anti-mask demonstration at Calgary City Hall, did just exactly that. Because, the officer in charge thought this would be the better way of handling the situation and it was.

    My opinion.
    Police are going to keep running into these types of fuck you confrontations, because our freedoms and civil rights have been eroding from Prime Ministers Trudeau’s Office at a steady pace. Such as freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to defend ourselves, freedom to bare arms. Comment on any that I’ve missed

  2. Pat Blanc

    December 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Just 2 stupid pussies who think they’re all mighty and powerful great example of our police system.

  3. Mars Hill

    December 20, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    This is a stain on our city.

  4. Larry A Singleton

    December 21, 2020 at 12:29 am

    “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The Western Standard.”

    Usually code for: “Hold on, this is waiting to be censored/deleted by The Western Standard.”

  5. Scott Michael

    December 20, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Constable Karen should be fired for her unprofessional behavior.

  6. Elmer Fenderpuddy

    December 20, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    “…with Ocean pleading: “I haven’t done anything wrong.”

    When law enforcement asks you to leave, you leave. You can ask them why of course and they’ll give you a reason, but after they’ve done that you go. You leave. If you have a problem with ‘why’ you had to leave, you take them to court. If you don’t leave, which is what these people did, then you’re not only breaking the law but you’re doing it deliberately and intentionally. When you deliberately and intentionally break the law then pleading “I haven’t done anything wrong.” falls on deaf ears. You have done something wrong; you didn’t leave when you were requested to.

    We have procedures and protocols with laws in this country, and as citizens we’re asked to abide by them. When we don’t, we should expect consequences to our actions. Those in defiance of laws have the ability to question and fight those in a court setting …when you decide to forgo the normal process and ‘fight’ right there and then with the law …again, expect consequences.

    Don’t expect support.

    • Larry A Singleton

      December 21, 2020 at 12:28 am

      Don’t forget your armband.

    • Larry A Singleton

      December 21, 2020 at 12:34 am

      And big surprise: Elmer Fenderpuddy: “This user’s activity is private-Deal With It”

      Just like all the cowards I see hiding/cringing behind phony monikers and “Private” Fakebook pages.

      And preaching about principles. Give me a fucking break.

      Never hid behind a phony name when I was speaking out about the issues at city and county meetings in my hometown of San Bernardino.

  7. ninetyninepct

    December 20, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Community rinks are now useless and a horrible waste of money. Bring in Nenshi’s heavy equipment and destroy all this ice as it attracts lawbreakers. Entrapment is illegal. A strong warning would have been proper.

    A city worker fell through the ice at Lake Midnapore. Why is the ice being cleared, it is against the law to skate anywhere.

  8. bcdemon

    December 19, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve watched my share of MMA fights, those knees were absolutely pathetic lol..

  9. Harry Seaward

    December 19, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    These two tyrannical tarts won’t die of old age. I support law enforcement as long as they deserve my support. These two deserve “attitude adjustments” and termination.

  10. warrenzoell

    December 19, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    This has always been my first major complaint regarding the police, and that is their tendency to be mindless automatons. Obeying whatever edict is handed to them from on high. No matter how immoral and reprehensible those edicts may be. Very little individual thought among them. That’s sad.

    As for the disgusting pig Karen who started all this. It’s apparent that she is not only young and stupid, but full of herself and arrogant as well. I wouldn’t worry too much. Life will take care of her. May she live in interesting times.

  11. markerc .

    December 19, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Embarrassing…these women need a few lessons on police service….instead of threats that they obviously can’t back up.

  12. #SAND

    December 19, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    The RCMP used to have a size requirement for new recruits.

    This is hilarious.

    • Pat Blanc

      December 21, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      The 2 bitches could do nothing to the guy it is embarrassing.

  13. #SAND

    December 19, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Yep, public enemy number one.
    The idiot cops and politicians, that is.

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MLA Barnes slams proposal for Alberta chopper changes

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Report has 11 recommendations including having just one provincial air rescue operation, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS).

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Independent Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes is sounding warning bells to the UCP after it received recommendations to centralize air rescue operations under STARS.

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Report has 11 recommendations, including having just one provincial air rescue operation, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS).

The proposal said STARS would work with other helicopter emergency medical providers to ensure consistent, safe coverage across Alberta. Provincial funding for STARS would rise to 50% of their operating budget from the current 23%.

“This delayed report’s recommendations are not only bad news for prompt, full coverage air ambulance services for hundreds of thousands of southern Albertans, it is also bad policy for all Albertans,” Barnes, the MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat, told the Western Standard.

“Southern Alberta’s emergency air helicopter ambulance (HALO based in Medicine Hat) can not only provide faster service with fewer stops, but it also operates much more efficiently and allows for operating reliability for the entire province with a second flight Operations Certificate.  

“It is essential all Albertans be treated equitably with government-funded life-saving air ambulance health services, and the UCP government’s refusal to fund southern Albertan’s air ambulance (HALO) the same as STARS must change immediately.”

Currently, Alberta Health Services provides about $8.4 million per year to helicopter emergency medical services funding. Approximately 1,450 helicopter flights take place each year; 7,300 are flown using fixed-wing aircraft.

The government said it will examine the report over the coming months.

The recommendations also include:

  • Legislation: A new air ambulance regulation would establish consistent deployment, operational, clinical and aviation standards.
  • Dispatch integration: The dispatch of STARS would be integrated with other emergency medical services to allow for the best use of all services to achieve the most efficient response.

The report can be read here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Pastor Coates gets GraceLife Church back on Canada Day

The church has been barricaded since early April after a dawn raid by Alberta Health Services and the RCMP.

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It will be a extra-special Canada Day for Pastor James Coates who will get his GraceLife Church back when the Alberta government cuts off the padlocks on his church.

The government confirmed in an e-mail to CityNews Edmonton its restrictions will be dropped July 1, the same day Alberta is dropping all its COVID-19 restrictions.

The church has been barricaded more than two months since an early April dawn raid by Alberta Health Services and the RCMP.

Coates was jailed for more than a month in mid-February because he was defying provincial COVID-19 lockdown orders by holding services at a capacity not authorized by the government.

At two bail hearings, Coates said he refused to abide by conditions that he stop preaching.

After being released from jail, the church continued to see large services, leading to AHS — with the help of the RCMP — raiding the facility and building three fences around it.

While large protests erupted at the walled-off church Coates continued with his services at a secret location, and then posted them on YouTube.

They have since been holding services at undisclosed locations.

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro personally approved the AHS-RCMP raid and barricading of the Grace Life Church, according to a UCP MLA that spoke to the Western Standard on condition of anonymity. Shandro has denied the story.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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China, Russia, Iran call for UN investigation into Canada’s treatment of indigenous peoples

Chinese officials cited the discovery last month of what are believed to be the unmarked graves of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops.

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A coalition of countries – including China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – is demanding the UN probe Canada’s handling of it’s indigenous peoples.

“We are deeply concerned about the serious human rights violations against the indigenous people in Canada. Historically, Canada robbed the indigenous people of the land, killed them and eradicated their culture,” said Jiang Duan, a senior official at China’s mission to the UN in Geneva.

“We call for a thorough and impartial investigation into all cases where crimes were committed against indigenous people, especially the children.”

CBC report Jiang cited the discovery last month of what are believed to be the unmarked graves of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops.

Jiang said the probe demand was on behalf of China, Russia, Belarus, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is much better than China at dealing with historical injustices.

“The journey of reconciliation is a long one, but it is a journey we are on. China is not recognizing even that there is a problem. That is a pretty fundamental difference,” Trudeau told reporters.

“In Canada, we had a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Where is China’s truth and reconciliation commission? Where is their truth? Where is the openness that Canada has always shown and the responsibility that Canada has taken for the terrible mistakes of the past, and indeed, many of which continue into the present?”

Trudeau pointed out China’s “systemic abuse and human rights violations against the Uyghurs.”

He added Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Leslie E. Norton delivered a statement on behalf of 44 countries calling for China to allow international observers “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” to Xinjiang, where the Uyghur minority are based.

“We are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” said Norton.

“Credible reports indicate that over a million people have been arbitrarily detained in Xinjiang and there is widespread surveillance disproportionately targeting Uyghurs and members of other minorities and restrictions on fundamental freedoms and Uyghur culture.”

His statement was on behalf of countries including Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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