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Jivraj used false accusations of sexual harassment to cancel show on cancel culture

When he heard about the looming interview, Karim Jivraj went to great lengths to make sure it didn’t happen.

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

Karim Jivraj and Caylan Ford had been feuding for several years.

Jivraj helped scuttle Ford’s Calgary candidacy for the UCP party in the 2019 election by helping spread fake news to several media sites.

But even after Ford announced she was ending her political career before it started, Jivraj continue to try and meddle into her affairs.

In September 2019, Ford started the process of setting up an interview with Florida broadcaster Andy Signore about her experiences being a victim of cancel culture.

When he heard about the looming interview, Jivraj went to great lengths to make sure it didn’t happen.

“He emailed a series of veiled threats to Signore, and then sought out (Signore’s) former associates for the purpose of collecting incriminating personal information against him,” said Ford in an interview with the Western Standard.

“Jivraj’s stated purpose was to use that information to prevent the podcast interview from being published.”

Jivraj even made up his own narrative involving stalking and sexual harassment.

The incident was brought up by Ford’s lawyer, R.E. Harrison when he questioned Jivraj in a court deposition.

Harrison asked Jivraj about a December 10, 2019 email he sent to Signore.

“Do you see where Mr. Signore on December 10, 2019, writes: (as read) “We’ve clearly all learned the hard way that no internet correspondence is ever truly private. That is the story, Karim.  So please check your ego and quit coming at me… with false criminal charges. I’m not. And I’m telling Caylan’s story of cancellation, and you weren’t even really a part of it, until you emailed me. Your note forced me to ask more questions. And your veiled legal threats, CC’d lawyers and constant attempts to connect to my accusers and now their names, are beginning to feel a little scary.  I mean, I didn’t even give you this email address, why are you writing me here?” Do you see that?”

During the deposition, Harrison asked Jivraj when he heard the interview was taking place and he replied August or September 2019.

Jivraj told the hearing it was his own lawyer who told him about the upcoming show. He told Harrison that his lawyer “monitors Ford’s social media.”

Harrison then asked Jivraj about a second email he sent to Signore where he wrote: “I am the guy who Ms. Ford has apparently accused of being a sexual predator, a stalker, a violent and dangerous criminal, and a man who may have attempted a break and enter into her family home.”

Harrison told Jivraj none of his accusations were true.

“That I am not a stalker, nor a sexual predator, nor a harasser, nor -_”

Signore’s interview with Ford

Harrison interrupts, asking when Ford called him a sexual predator.

“Well, the false allegations about my lewd sexual comments to her, combined with her calling me a “predator,” I believe the “Apologia” and the rest of her remarks – it paints a picture.  Now, it’s very craftily done. Okay.  I will concede it’s – it’s very careful. It’s even artfully done. But people who read the “Apologia” come across with the impression that I am a stalker and a sexual predator.”

Despite Jivraj’s intervention, the interview eventually went ahead this year.

“It seems that it was not enough for him to have destroyed my career and reputation with false accusations. He then wanted to silence me, and make sure I wouldn’t have a platform to talk about what he had done,” Ford told the Western Standard.

“He went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the truth would remain buried, so that he would walk away with impunity.”

The last act in the drama is expected to play out in the coming months in a courtroom. Ford has sued Jivraj, The NDP-linked website Press Progress and several others for more than $7 million.

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. More coming soon.

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

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. Kelly Carter

    May 4, 2021 at 12:29 am

    I listened to Caylan’s interview with Dnieele Smith. I found her to be a very intelligent and considerate lady. I wish her all the best in the future, and she diserves every penny of the $7 mill she is suing these jerks for. Hope she wins!

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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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