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Man filed ‘assault’ complaint over woman running for UCP ‘tapping’ his back

“Tapped me. Tapped me, I think, pretty – I’m not saying I was injured. I don’t, I don’t think she was trying to beat me up. You know, let’s be reasonable.” – Karim Jivraj

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Part V in the Western Standard’s investigative series into the feud between Karim Jivraj and Caylan Ford.

The feud between UCP star candidate Caylan Ford and former federal Conservative candidate Karim Jivraj came to a head at a Calgary coffee shop in January 2019.

The former close friends had fallen out over a series on fake emails and made up Twitter accounts by Jivraj, which helped destroy Ford’s run for the UCP. Jivraj had also used fake Twitter accounts to spread false sexual gossip about Ford and other female candidates in Ontario.

It was all over for Ford when a fake story was published the NDP-linked website Press ProgressBroadbent Institute that they had been given by Jivraj. A former Conservative candidate from Toronto, Jivraj testified that he was a longtime informant to Press Progress-Broadbent Institute and had also given details on Ford to the CBC.

The depth of the feud can be shown the day when Ford spotted Jivraj in her neighbourhood coffee shop.

Caylan Ford. Courtesy uleth.ca

Ford walked in and tapped Jivraj on the back to get his attention, leading to an allegation of assault against Ford by Jivraj, to the Calgary Police Service.

“In February 2019, Jivraj filed a vexatious police report against me, claiming that I had assaulted him a month earlier in my neighbourhood cafe,” said Ford in an interview with the Western Standard.

“He later acknowledged that the alleged ‘assault’ constituted a tap on the back. I was told by a mutual acquaintance that his purpose in filing a police report was to publicize it in the media and end my political candidacy.”

Jivraj admitted under questioning during a deposition that the “assault” was in fact a tap on the back to get his attention while he sat in Ford’s local coffee shop.

“How did she aggressively touch you?” asked Ford’s lawyer, R.E. Harrison.

“She walked up to me, put her hands on my back,” replied Jivraj.

Pressed for details, Jivraj elaborated.

“Tapped me. Tapped me, I think, pretty – I’m not saying I was injured. I don’t, I don’t think she was trying to beat me up. You know, let’s be reasonable.”

Entirely reasonable. That the assault did not injure Jivraj, and he doesn’t think that she was trying to beat him up. The deposition hearing heard further testimony.

“So our client walks up and taps you, and that is the same as “aggressively touched [you] in a non-consensual way?” continued Harrison.

Jivraj tries to strengthen his case for reporting an assault.

“Given that she called the police on me twice previously, that I was petrified of being anywhere near her, yeah. I’m sorry. I’m a guy, and I’m embarrassed to say it, but someone who’s called the police on you that walks up to you and touches you, it’s weird, yeah, and it’s very intimidating.  And then threatened me with a lawsuit…She walked up to me. She established physical contact with me.”

A man could quake at the prospect of such an “assault” at the hands of a woman.

Harrison had more questions.

“Let’s be real. She walked up to you. She tapped you, which is your evidence. Where did she tap you?

“On my back,” responded Jivraj.

Where was the blow struck?

“I don’t know. Do you want a diagram? I mean, she – I’m sitting on a chair.  She walks up behind me and taps me.”

The Calgary Police Service was less than impressed with the harrowing tale of a woman’s unprovoked assault against man who was just sitting in a coffee shop and didn’t even bother to investigate.

Assault charges were laid against Jivraj himself in a separate incident.

In March 2021, Ford was contacted by Jivraj’s Toronto roommate who said he was living in fear of Jivraj and that he had been assaulted by him

Toronto police have confirmed to the Western Standard that Jirvaj was arrested on March 9 and charged with assault.

“It is alleged that two men had a verbal altercation which turned physical,” said a Toronto police spokesman.

Jivraj is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall in Toronto on May 19.

Ford is suing Jivraj, Press Progress and several media outlets for a total of $7 million.

None of Ford’s allegations against Jivraj have been proven in court.

The saga of Karim Jivraj’s campaign against Ford and other conservative women is just too incredible to be told in a single feature article.

NEXT: Jivraj  goes to extraordinary lengths to stop Ford interview with Florida broadcaster

PREVIOUSLY: 
How a Conservative candidate worked with the NDP to bring down star UCP candidate
Tory candidate admits using a fake Twitter account to spread false sexual rumours
Jivraj admits to undercover online campaigns against women
Jivraj admits planting fake stories with Press Progress, CBC

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. Left Coast

    April 17, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Why doesn’t this guy want a real job?

    Last thing Canada needs is another Know-nothing Politician . . . .

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Civil service mag promotes immunization passports

Any mandatory scheme would see Canadians required to carry proof of vaccination to eat at a restaurant, visit a shopping mall or go to a baseball game, said the magazine.

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A magazine for Canadian public service managers says the country must introduce vaccine passports, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The immunity of the population is detrimental for the safe reopening of the economy and various jurisdictions across the world are exploring the idea of immunity certificates as an enabler,” said a commentary in Canadian Government Executive, a periodical published for federal public service managers.

“After a rigorous analysis of the issue of immunity certificates, this article concludes the necessity of immunity certificates in Canada as a key enabler for the safe reopening of the society and economy in a post-Covid world.”

Any mandatory scheme would see Canadians required to carry proof of vaccination to eat at a restaurant, visit a shopping mall or go to a baseball game, said the magazine.

“They can also be used to promote economic activities such as workplace safety, tourism etcetera,” said the periodical.

The magazine acknowledged Canadians were divided on the issue and numerous foreign jurisdictions have banned vaccine passports.

“It is important to note in the United States several states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona etcetera have either banned or prevented the mandatory use,” said the commentary.

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien in a May 19 statement said vaccine passports breached the Privacy Act since they compelled users and non-users alike to disclose personal health information to access public facilities.

“There must be clear legal authority for introducing use of vaccine passports,” said Therrien, adding Parliament would require “a newly enacted public health order or law” before any mandatory scheme could be introduced.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a January 14 podcast called it a divisive issue.

“I think the indications that the vast majority of Canadians are looking to get vaccinated will get us to a good place without having to take more extreme measures that could have real divisive impacts on community and country,” said Trudeau.

“I think it’s an interesting idea but I think it is also fraught with challenges. We are certainly encouraging and motivating people to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. We always know there are people who won’t get vaccinated, and not necessarily through a personal or political choice.

“There are medical reasons. There are a broad range of reasons why someone might not get vaccinated. I’m worried about creating undesirable effects in our community.”

Federal research shows about 12% of Canadians would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine under any circumstances. A total of 26% said they did not trust the Public Health Agency, according to the Statistics Canada report.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Canada Post to make bank on lending operations

The union said loans would be issued in a test project at post offices in Halifax and Bridgewater, N.S. and surrounding rural areas, as well as Calgary and Red Deer by year’s end.

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“A roll of stamps and $30,000 please.”

That will soon be possible as, for the first time in 53 years, Albertans will be able to go to the post office for a loan.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Canada Post on Thursday confirmed outlets in Alberta and Nova Scotia will broker cash loans for the Toronto Dominion Bank.

“The market test goal is to offer the new financial service in over 249 Canada Post locations before the end of 2021,” the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said in a statement.

Post offices would offer Toronto Dominion loans of $1,000 to $30,000 at “competitive rates.”

Post offices currently sell money orders, gift cards and process electronic cash transfers but disbanded deposit-taking postal banks in 1968.

The union said loans would be issued in a test project at post offices in Halifax and Bridgewater, N.S. and surrounding rural areas, as well as Calgary and Red Deer by year’s end.

“CUPW continues to support the creation of an independent postal bank despite our current partnership with Toronto Dominion Bank,” said the union.

“Partnering with a financial institution does not put an end to the goal of an independent postal bank.”

Parliament in an 1867 Postal Act allowed post offices to hold cash deposits and offer cheque-cashing services. Postal banks at their peak in 1908 held the equivalent of a billion dollars on deposit.

A 2016 Department of Public Works survey found 39% of small business owners nationwide, and 44% on the Prairies, said they would use Canada Post banking services if offered.

The department paid $142,137 for the study by Ekos Research Associates Inc.

“I think Canada Post is very open to increased financial services, not necessarily ‘postal banking’,” Brenda McAuley, national president of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association, said in an earlier interview.

“I think the word ‘banking’ scares a lot of people. The banks don’t think it is necessary.

“There are islands in British Columbia where people have to take a ferry to get to a bank. We will look at pilot projects. I’ve got quite a few places on my radar.”

Canada Post in its 2020 Annual Report said it was “reinventing our retail model” at 6,084 post offices nationwide, including “assessing new financial services and options” mainly in rural Canada.

“Our vast retail network of post offices and dealer outlets across the country provides convenient locations and services with many of them offering evening and weekend hours to meet the changing needs of Canadians,” wrote management.

Jessica McDonald, then-chair of the Canada Post board, in 2018 testimony at the Commons government operations committee said the Crown corporation was “very open-minded” on resuming postal bank services.

“Postal banking has been under a tremendous amount of discussion and continues to be,” said McDonald.

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

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park shut down at night because of fire threat

“The closure is being activated in an effort to reduce the fire risk to the park, which is extreme due to the current drought conditions and sustained heat events.”

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The risk of fire is so extreme in Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park, officials are to start closing it on a nightly basis.

“The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation will be temporarily closing all non-essential access to Stanley Park between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am beginning tonight,” said the board in a Friday statement.

“The closure is being activated in an effort to reduce the fire risk to the park, which is extreme due to the current drought conditions and sustained heat events.”

The board said park rangers will set up temporary overnight access control points at five locations.

“The current conditions in Stanley Park are extreme right now and given the size of the park, the risk of a fire breaking out overnight when fewer people may notice it or report it presents a significant threat to the wellbeing of the park, its trees, wildlife, and everyone who relies on the park and its ongoing health,” said Amit Gandha, Director of Park Operations.

“We have been in close contact with our partners at Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services as well as the Vancouver Police Department and they fully support this proactive measure to reduce the risk of a catastrophic fire in the park.”

Vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and anyone who does not require access to the park will be turned around at access control points. 

Anyone requiring entry into the park during the closure, including the #19 bus, emergency services, patrons, and staff of park businesses, will be permitted to enter through the control points. Individuals who remain in the park after the closure begins will have unrestricted access to leave the park through the control points, said the board.

The access control points will be positioned at the following locations:

  • Traffic circle off Georgia St
  • The corner of Barclay and Park Lane
  • The corner of Beach Ave and Park Lane
  • The south exit of the Stanley Park Causeway
  • The north exit of the Stanley Park Causeway

The Causeway will remain open but access to the seawall will be closed.

The temporary closure will be in effect seven days a week beginning Friday, July 30 and will extend indefinitely until the fire risk has been significantly reduced.

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s largest urban park, with more than 400 hectares of naturalized West Coast forest. The park has approximately half a million trees – mostly cedar, fir, and hemlock – some of which are hundreds of years old.

Hundreds of wildfires are currently burning across BC.

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

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