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Alberta NDP leader Notley demands GraceLife Church be shut down

Her demands come the same day as when Pastor James Coates returned to the pulpit after spending a month in jail for holding packed services that violated Alberta COVID-19 laws.

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Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley has repeated her demand that RCMP and AHS officials shut down the GraceLife Church, just outside Edmonton.

Her demands come the same day as when Pastor James Coates returned to the pulpit after spending a month in jail for holding packed services that violated Alberta COVID-19 laws.

“Enough is enough. GraceLife must be shut down,” Notley tweeted Sunday afternoon.

“So many other congregations across the province has made sacrifices and adapted their services to comply with public health orders.

“The people attending this church are not above anyone else. Their refusal to follow the rules puts others at risk.”

It’s not the first time Notley has demanded the church be shut down.

“We cannot have open defiance of public health orders while the vast majority of Albertans do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Notley earlier this year

She urged the premier and the Alberta government to “step in and stop” those who continue to evade efforts to flatten the curve. 

Sunday was the first time Coates has been back in his GraceLife Church since spending nearly a month in jail for refusing to stop preaching and breaking COVID-19 laws.

Once again, as it has been for weeks, the church was packed with parishioners. At one point the RCMP and AHS officials tried to enter the church but they were blacked by church elders.

On March 17, the Crown dropped most charges against Coates.

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. John Clark

    April 1, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    I agree with her. Kenny continues to hand out 500.00 tickets to people getting a hair cut. Why has the congregation not been ticketed? none were wearing masked all ignored the limit on gatherings.

  2. dwood439@protonmail.com

    March 31, 2021 at 10:40 am

    How about we follow the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
    Notley is a tyrant?

  3. Doug Shortt

    March 29, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    I would like to see Notely shut down, but that would infringe on her right to have an opinion. We in this province are against stopping anyone from their God given rights as outlined in the Alberta Bill of Rights, including freedom to congregate and freedom to worship.

  4. Austyr

    March 29, 2021 at 11:07 am

    How did the Alberta NDs get to this unholy place? Demanding the closure of churches. Instead of at least pretending to understand the scamflu & fraudemic for what it is, they obviously want to throttle all freedoms and worse. Repulsive to say, but,…Rachel & co. are enjoying having their bank accounts filled during this farce. Yup. Follow the filthy lucre. And don’t depend on the NDs to be “for the people”. Their new watchwords are “screw the ordinary folk at every turn”.

  5. Left Coast

    March 29, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Ms Nutley is an insane Marxist . . .

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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Twenty percent of Canadians bet pro sports is fixed

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

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One-fifth of all Canadians think pro sports is rigged, says the feds’ own research.

Blacklock’s Reporter noted cabinet legalized bookmaking August 27.

Asked: “Do you think there is match manipulation in the NHL, Major League Baseball, the NBA or CFL?” 21% said yes, according to the Survey On Ethics, Equity And Safety In Sport 2021.

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

A total of 19% of Canadians said they were convinced there is match-fixing in college sports, with 18% saying junior hockey is crooked.

A larger number, 24%, said the Olympics are fixed and 37% agreed “there is corruption within Canadian sport organizations” at the Olympic level.

Cabinet on August 27 brought into force Bill C-218 that repealed an 1892 ban on single-event sports betting.

The bill sponsored by Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood) set no limits on sports wagering through provincial gaming monopolies.

Provinces have said Vegas-style bookmaking will be fully introduced by the year’s end.

The Department of Canadian Heritage commissioned the survey using questionnaires with 10,932 people nationwide. The department paid Advanis Incorporated $78,563 for the research.

“The survey gauges awareness, perceptions and understanding of key issues related to ethics,” said the report.

Questions of honest play were “fueled by negative media and public attention,” it said.

The Centre for Ethics in Sport in June 4 testimony at the Senate Banking, tTade and Commerce Committee cautioned legal bookmaking could see corrupt practices spread to “university sport, college sport or the Canada Games.”

Match-fixing “is already occurring in Canada,” testified Paul Melia, CEO.

“Importantly, it is not an issue that only impacts professional sport In fact, match manipulation is often targeted directly at lower-level sport where athletes are not paid or not well paid and are therefore far more vulnerable.”

“Match manipulation is linked to organized crime. It takes advantage of vulnerable athletes, officials, coaches and other support staff in order to fix the outcome of a sporting competition.”

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WATCH: Picnic protest takes over downtown Calgary’s Stephen Avenue

“Bring your picnic tablecloths and pack a lunch because we are takin over Stephen Avenue” the social media circulated invitation stated.

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Nearly five hundred people gathered on Stephen Avenue between 1 St. and 2 St. S.W. to picnic in protest of Alberta’s vaccination passport scheme.

Calgary’s “Picnic Protest” resembled similar gatherings that started in France after the country instituted a health pass system that restricted access to bars, restaurants, cinemas and other businesses for unvaccinated people.

“Bring your picnic tablecloths and pack a lunch because we are taking over Stephen Avenue” the social media circulated invitation stated.

Picnic protest

“We’re tired of it,” said a participant, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job working with children.  

“We’re tired of no firm answers, no real research to show these (vaccines) are safe.”

Betty, a retired teacher, spoke with the Western Standard but did not want her last name printed.

“I’m the guardian of a person with Down syndrome. She’s a Special Olympics athlete and it’s her whole life. I worry about her getting this shot but I know if she doesn’t, she won’t be able to participate anymore. It’s put me in a really hard position,” Betty said.

Although Calgary police and peace officers were nearby for the two-hour duration of the event, it ended without incident.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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