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Saskatoon cop breaks ranks and quits after attending family freedom rally

Nathan Lynchuk said he serves the public in a different way now as he speaks to crowds at freedom rallies.




Little did police officer Nathan Lynchuk know a trip to take his kids to a rally would lead him to give up his badge and gun.

“I got a call from one of my superiors that I wasn’t allowed to come into work Monday because I had allegedly gone to an event. I didn’t deny it right off the go because I’m not ashamed of what I did. And I’m not gonna lie about what I did,” the Saskatchewan Police Service (SPS) officer told the Western Standard.

The April 24 outdoor event, which contravened public health orders, was billed as a “Children‘s Freedom Rally” in Saskatoon’s Kiwanis Park. A poster for the event said it featured hula hoops, jump rope, bubbles, and a magician. Yet Mayor Charlie Clark condemned the “dangerous activity” of the “super-spreader event” as “insidious,” “insane,” and “the last thing we need in our community.”

While Lynchuk brought his children to have fun, some of his colleagues were there in uniform to reroute traffic and ensure public health orders were enforced.

“Police officers, you have each other’s backs and their trust is everything. So when I saw that people were actually taking pictures of me there and everything and going to my higher-ups, not approaching me first — trust is gone there now.”

Lynchuk knew his time with Saskatoon Police Service had to end.

“I decided to quit, I wouldn’t say they pushed me out. At the end of the day, there would have still been a public hearing, everything in that regard. I just wanted to go out on my terms and get everyone to see things from my perspective rather than from theirs first because there was a leak to the media that on officer was at the … children’s event. And I wasn’t even walking around there saying I was SPS, anything of the sort. But they still were trying to make an example of me, I guess I wasn’t gonna have it.”

Lynchuk lives on a ranch near Saskatoon and will continue to make a living in agriculture. He might have kept a low profile thereafter except for a “pretty amazing” visit to the Whistle Stop Café in Mirror, AB.

“I was in Alberta to go pick up some goats for the farm, and I ended up stopping at the Whistle Stop. My family ate some burgers, just talked to some people. Ends up coming up that I was the officer who resigned, and it had already hit the paper. People started asking if I wanted to do interviews. I said, ‘Yeah I’ll tell my story. I’m not a cop anymore, what difference does it make right now?’”

Lynchuk said he serves the public in a different way now as he speaks to crowds at freedom rallies.

“I’m very uncomfortable with these kinds of things. I’m not a public speaker or anything. But someone had to do something, someone had to stand up. And I decided I couldn’t look my kids in the face and sit there, and say, ‘We’re living under communism’ within a few years or even sooner,” he said.

“I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself knowing that (my children) looked at me and said, ‘Dad, did you do anything?’ Can’t do it.”

At the Regina event on Saturday, local resident Josh Rees expressed his gratitude to Lynchuk and also spoke to the Western Standard.

“The average person leading by example goes a long way. But somebody in a position such as a police office who sees what’s happening and sees what the system is making him do to other people, and infringing on their rights, and then standing up and with integrity, saying, ‘I’m not participating in this anymore,’ then people watch that. And that’s the way that you change people’s behavior.”

Rees said he hopes his own example will make an impact, just like Lynchuk.

“That’s why I do it. I’m a local realtor. I can be in trouble for being here. But I don’t care. I’ll sell houses until they take my licence away. And then I’ll do something else.”

So far, Lynchuk doesn’t know any other cops who are willing to break ranks.

“A few guys in my service that I know are against this stuff and are against what’s happening. There’s 600 members. So. there’s some guys that I never even talked to, and they’re texting and showing support in that way. And they’re telling me to come over for coffee anytime,” Lynchuk said.

“Things are starting to catch fire here a little bit. But someone just needed to be that first guy to step up and do it. And that’s why I did it. I said, ‘They’re trying to dictate what I do with my family on my days off. And that’s not something I signed up for.’”

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Political Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and is the former Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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  1. Capt'n Beeb

    May 24, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    That’s what I like to see. Someone actually looking out for the public and their family.
    I appreciate your courage. I wish there were more like you. Bunch of cowards.
    I trust GOD and his plan. We are living in terrible times. Not end times yet though…
    Love You ALL. (even those who do not know better and those with no common sense)

  2. Lynne Doucette

    May 18, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Thank you to him, you, and everyone else like you. I pray you both come out better than you would have otherwise. Keep sharing stories like this, and let people know how and where they can help.

  3. Kevin

    May 17, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    God on him for standing up, hopefully he joins the police on guard for thee to continue the fight and defend the people.

  4. Matt C

    May 16, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    What is scary is that if he had attended a BLM rally, I suspect that no one from the police service would have been taking photos.

  5. Karl Friesen

    May 15, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    You are absolutely correct. Shame on the Saskatoon Mayor and the Saskatoon Police Service…totally!

  6. Mars Hill

    May 15, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Nathan is a Canadian Patriot, because of people like him others are waking up to the fact that this won’t stop till we the people stop it. WWG1WGA keep praying and watch God move, things are not as they appear….For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. Proverbs 2:21-22

  7. Woodrow George

    May 14, 2021 at 11:14 am

    The disgusting/no-backbone Saskatoon Mayor, Police Chief, et cetera are the useful idiots of the woke/progressive/marxist/antifa/blm domestic terrorists that are destroying our country.

  8. Left Coast

    May 14, 2021 at 10:44 am

    The Saskatoon Mayor, Police Chief and so many public figures are just way out of control.
    These people are either bat-chit too stoopid for understand the Virus and what is going on . . . or they are Closet Despots enjoying their time in the sun.

    None of these co-called “Leaders” ever call leaders of successful jurisdictions where they have done a much better job dealing with the CCP Virus. Why is that?

    Reality is . . . the insane Lockdowns should have stopped a YEAR AGO . . . the problem would have all but disappeared by now as it has in South Dakota, Florida, Texas and many other regions. But these loons just soldiered on . . . doing the same thing over & over while expecting a DIFFERENT Result. Einstein said that was the Definition of Insanity!

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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.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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