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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 Editor 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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Third pastor arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID lockdowns

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon.

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A Calgary baptist preacher has become the third religious leader arrested in Alberta for breaking COVID-19 regulations over church attendance.

Pastor Tim Stephens, of the Fairview Baptist Church, was arrested by city police on Sunday afternoon. He had been the subject of repeated warnings from Alberta Health Services for having too many people at his services.

Earlier this month, on the church’s website, Stephens vowed to contiue services.

“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” wrote Stephens.

“This, above all, is the reason why we have been gathering and will continue to gather … the consequences may be severe. But we stand before Christ rather than bend before consequences.”

Pastor James Coates, of the GraceLife Church, outside Edmonton, spent a month in jail after he was arrested by the RCMP for breaking lockdown regulations repeatedly. His case is still before the courts.

Last week, Pastor Art Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for continuing to flout the regulations at his street chruch.

Calgary police at the AHS issued a joint statement saying Stephens was “arrested this afternoon for organizing a church service that was held today at Fairview Baptist Church, located at 230 78 Ave. S.E., that did not comply with public health orders, including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits. Police did not enter the church during today’s service.

“CPS has received repeated calls from concerned citizens regarding church services held at Fairview Baptist Church over the past several weeks. Last weekend, Pastor Stephens was proactively served a copy of the Court of Queen’s Bench Order obtained by AHS,” the statement said.

“The pastor acknowledged the injunction, but chose to move forward with today’s service, ignoring requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees.

“For several weeks, AHS has attempted to work collaboratively with leadership at Fairview Baptist Church to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site. It is only when significant risk is identified or continued non-compliance is noted that AHS resorts to enforcement action.

“Once again, CPS acknowledges it is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we are still in a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

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

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LETTER: Hypocrisy in high school rodeo approval

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

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RE: Hinshaw grants approval for high school rodeos

Dr. Hinshaw approved school rodeos after Premier Kenney thought the rodeo near Bowden was a bad idea. It’s the mixed messaging these two are giving that is making me mad. A lockdown with very minimum exemptions is what I thought Hinshaw wanted, but apparently not. A school rodeo can bloody well wait until after the lockdown is completed!! Let up on the Whistle Stop Cafe then, Dr. Hinshaw. What a bully.

It’s a real kick by Hinshaw, at the Whistle Stop Cafe owner. With his cafe now in chains, while Dr. Hinshaw gives out approvals during this so-called circuit breaker lockdown.

I see the hypocrisy Premier Kenney, can you?

Steven Ruthven
Calgary, AB

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Opposition calls for crackdown on animal activists

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

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By EMMA GREGORY

A coalition of federal Conservatives, NDP and Bloc MPs want to increase punishment for animal rights activists trespassing on farms, because they might make the animals sick.

A proposed private members bill, C-205, would amend the Health of Animals Act to punish trespassers on farms with a maximum $250,000 fine and/or a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Chief Veterinary Officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there are no proven instances of an animal rights activists spreading a disease to animals while protesting at a farm.

“To our knowledge, there are not many documented cases from trespassing or from people having demonstrations. The one that I heard is the one in Quebec, but I’m not actually sure if there is evidence of transmission from the activists to the pigs. So in the scientific literature, we have not seen much evidence of transmission of disease from these activities,” said Dr. Jaspinder Komal, to the agriculture committee earlier this month.

The one instance Komal mentioned was an allegation made by Porgreg, a pig breeding facility in Saint Hyacinthe, Que.

The activists involved in that protest, members of the group Direct Action Everywhere, are charged under the Criminal Code with breaking and entering and mischief. Whether or not they gave pigs rotavirus is a matter before the court.

Rotaviruses are common amongst pig herds and typically are transmitted from pig to pig, via the fecal-oral route.

If a human were to spread a novel rotavirus to a pig it would be in a similar fashion.

When asked if she or any of her associates pooped in the barn, activist Jenny McQueen said, “No.”

Komal said the CFIA does not police activists.

“The CFIA enforces the Health of Animals Act and regulations which address disease and biological, chemical, physical agents that may affect animals or be transmitted to persons and in the same way to protect animals from these risks…CFIA inspectors are public officers they are not peace officers… In contrast, peace officers are generally police officers, their powers include the ability to detain or arrest individuals. Peace officers may also be armed where public officers such as inspectors are not,” he said.

There are several new provincial laws that seek to lay blame for disease outbreaks in farmed animals on activists.

The Canadian Biosecurity Guideline lists an intentional act of contaminating animals with a disease is considered a possible threat of bioterrorism.

Gregory is a Vancouver-based freelance reporter

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