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WATCH: Calgary police arrest Pastor Pawlowski for breaching COVID lockdown

Police said they were acting Saturday on a new AHS-sought court injunction this week that enabled them to immediately arrest protest ringleaders.




Calgary police have arrested a Calgary pastor and his son, who have been flouting COVID-19 regulations by holding packed church services and organizing protests.

Police said they were acting Saturday on a new AHS-sought court injunction this week that enabled them to immediately arrest protest ringleaders.

“Earlier today, police arrested an organizer of a church service who was in violation of a new court order obtained by Alberta Health Services (AHS) in relation to mandatory compliance of public health orders for gatherings,” said CPS in a statement.

It was later when police arrested Pawlowski, after he had left the church. He was pulled over driving westbound 17 Ave. at Deerfoot Tr. He exited his vehicle and was handcuffed while kneeling in the middle of the road. He is then refused to stand and is dragged to a police vehicle. Police likely waited to arrest him to avoid the large crowd at his church.

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As he is being cuffed, Pawlowski calls the officers :”Gestapo physcopaths.”

He refuses to stand yelling: “Do it the Nazi style. Taser me!” He is then dragged away.

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He and his son are eventually put into police vehicles.

Pawlowski’s son carried away

“On Thursday, May 6, 2021, AHS obtained a Court of Queen’s Bench Order that applies to gatherings including protests, demonstrations and rallies. This order imposes new restrictions on organizers of protests and demonstrations requiring compliance with public health orders including masking, physical distancing and attendance limits,” said CPS.

“Earlier this morning, CPS lawfully enforced this order by proactively serving an organizer of a church service with the court order in an effort to ensure that citizens attending the Saturday service were abiding by the current COVID-19 public health orders. The order was served prior to the church service, and CPS did not enter the church during the service.

“The service organizer acknowledged the injunction, but chose to ignore requirements for social distancing, mask wearing and reduced capacity limits for attendees, and continued with the event.

“As a result, Artur Pawlowski and Dawid Pawlowski have both been arrested and charged with organizing an illegal in-person gathering, including requesting, inciting or inviting others to attend an illegal public gathering, promoting and attending an illegal public gathering.

“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 find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.”

Last month, Pawlowski had his Easter service interrupted by Calgary police and provincial health authorities.

And to say Pawlowski was furious at the interruption, would be an understatement.

A half dozen police, bylaw officers and Alberta Health Services officials visited a Good Friday service at The Cave of Adullam – a residential home in a community.

Pawlowski met the group at the top at the stairs and began screaming at them, all the while filming the confrontation.

“Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately,” Pawlowski tells the group.

“I don’t want to hear a word out of you. Out of this property until you come back with a warrant. Get out and don’t come back. I don’t want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here.”

Pawlowski repeatedly yells over the spokeswoman for the group, who appears to be a AHS official.

“Do you understand English? Get out of this property and do not come back. Nazis are not welcome here. Do not come back without a warrant… you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievely evil, sick people, intimidating people at church on passover.

“You Gestapo Nazi communist fascist.

By this time the group has backed down and are last seen walking away down the street.

Several other people follow Pawlowski out the front door, with cell phones in hand.

Pawlowski has received numerous fines over the last several months.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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. Erik Tarves

    May 11, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    When are they going after imams? Or are they afraid of a car bomb?

  2. Rob Porter

    May 10, 2021 at 11:41 am

    No doubt the manner of Pastor Pawlowski’s arrest, on his knees, was designed to humiliate and also pay-back for his kicking police out of his church. Lest the Calgary police have any illusions to the contrary, this was a cowardly act, performed by cowards who knew he would not punch them.

    So mindless are many of Canada’s police, it’s evident that many could easily have served in the Gestapo or Russia’s KGB. Pushing around citizens is their delight.

    I came to Canada to get away from policies and authoritarian government in South Africa, but now I watch this increasing Canadian circus that is now a shadow of the democracy this country once was.

    As to Canada’s police my disgust knows no bounds. When in Ontario, at Caledonia, aboriginals beat up civilians, the cowardly and stupid Ontario Provincial Police within a few meters of fracas stood and watched. Years later the Caledonia mess has never been resolved, the politicians too weak and stupid to work out a solution. In Montreal police delight in pushing around and arresting citizens. In 2019 Muslims of al Qud held an illegal demonstration in Toronto and 100 police officers turned up, not to arrest, but to make sure that the Muslims were not bothered and could do a peaceful illegal march through the city. A man who held up am Israeli flag was castigated by a police officer, but to his great credit refused to take down his flag. Such is policing in Canada today, different rules for different people.

  3. adam

    May 10, 2021 at 10:13 am

    The man seems over the top but he does have experience of life behind the iron curtain and understands that civil disobedience as uncomfortable as it may be is the only peaceful opposition to government tyranny. People need to learn from him that government tyranny always finds an excuse for taking away peoples rights and freedoms. But once those rights and freedoms are taken away the next time no excuse is needed. From what I heard his church is more of a soup kitchen for the homeless more then anything else. If he suspended his service vulnerable people who are dependent on his aid would go hungry. The ultimate law in Canada is the constitution and the actions being taken by the government are in violation. Being free means people are given the ability to choose what they feel is best for their wellbeing. In Canada you have the right to refuse any medical treatment, and now you can even get assistance in dying. You have a right to assemble, to religious beliefs… all being violated. Why? Because the government does not want you to get the flue? If the government cared so much about our health I wonder why the number one casualties of this pandemic were people who were most dependent on the government. Im talking about the old age homes that receive funds from the government and should be regulated by them. Where is the accountability for all this? Its all a smoke screen. Just another excuse to erode peoples rights and freedoms. In eastern europe it was the same story. People complied with the erosion for decades and ended up living in a Orwellian nightmare. This man is the canary in the mine sounding off the alarm. This polarity that we see in the world must stop. we need to adopt a common ground, return to some sense of common sense. Allow this man to hold his service, allow people to take precautions and learn from their mistakes.

  4. Wesley

    May 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    This is outrages! Wicked judges and spineless police who do not honor Charter of rights! Shame on these police.

  5. Left Coast

    May 9, 2021 at 10:18 am

  6. ghost

    May 9, 2021 at 9:42 am


  7. D Gordon

    May 9, 2021 at 8:24 am

    First they come for a Polish Canadian pastor. Then they come for you. Great article here:


  8. Baron Not Baron

    May 8, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Is there a go fund me page to help this man and his son?

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.




An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.


“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.


Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.




Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.




The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

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