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23 Canadian churches and counting under attack

As of publication, there have been almost 23 attacks against churches – including at least five completely destroyed by fires, at least three damaged by fires, and more than 15 vandalized to varying degrees.

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Churches in the West – and increasingly across Canada – are on fire.

A spree of arson and other acts of destruction have been occurring against Christian churches, focused mostly on Indigenous Catholic congregations. The acts range from petty vandalism to lighting fires in or around the churches, destroying many.

As of publication, there have been almost 23 attacks against churches – including at least five completely destroyed by fires, at least three damaged by fires, and more than 15 vandalized to varying degrees.

The rash of attacks comes on the heels of several discoveries of mass unmarked graves at former residential schools, and several activists openly calling for the burning of churches.

Most RCMP units investigating the fires have been hesitant to officially link the discovery of the gravesites with the attacks, but have labelled the fires and other attacks as “suspicious.”

The most destructive fires have mostly been occurring across Western Canada, but there have been other minor fires and acts of destruction towards Christian in the East.

The attacks were condemned by federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not condemn the attacks for several days until asked about them by reporters on Wednesday June 30 – a full week after some of the first fires began on June 21.

Indigenous leaders have condemned the attacks and called for more peaceful approaches to process the strong feelings of rage, frustration, and pain brought on by the recent discoveries of the unmarked graves.

“To burn things is not our way,” said Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. “Our way is to build relationships and come together.”

The most damaging attacks were in Alberta and British Columbia. These Western provinces saw five separate churches set ablaze and destroyed.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church: Princeton, BC

  • 3:52 am June 26 Princeton RCMP received a call saying the church was on fire
  • The church was destroyed

Chopaka Church: Keremeos, BC

  • 4:45 am Keremeos RCMP got a call that the church was in flames
  • The church was destroyed

L’église de Saint-Jean-Baptiste: Morinville, AB

  • Historic church, more than a century old, of significant importance to Alberta’s Francophone community
  • The church was destroyed

Sacred Heart Church: Indigenous band lands in Penticton, BC

  • Built in 1911
  • RCMP spotted the fire while on patrol at 1:22 am
  • The church was destroyed

St Gregory’s Church: Osoyoos Indigenous Band Land near Oliver, BC

  • Built in 1910
  • Oliver RCMP received a tip at 3:10 am that the church was on fire
  • The church was destroyed

In all cases, the RCMP have stated that the fires are “suspicious”. Oliver RCMP said they are “sensitive to the recent events, but won’t speculate on a motive.”

A number of churches were also set on fire, but not destroyed.

Siksika First Nation Catholic Church: Siksika First Nation 60 km east of Calgary, AB

  • RCMP responded to a tip at 12:30 am on Monday June 28 about a structural fire on Map 8 of the Siksika Nation
  • Siksika Fire Department put out the fire before any significant structural damage could be caused to the structure
  • The church was empty at the time, no one was injured as a result of the fire

Siksika Anglican Church: Gleichen, AB

St Kateri Tekakwitha Church: Sipekne’katik First Nation 64 km north of Halifax, NS

  • Set on fire at 4:20 am June 30 but sustain only minimal damage

Concerns about the fires are especially amplified in BC, where summer forest fires are of heightened concern during the dry season and higher than usual temperatures.

The following churches have been vandalized – mostly with red paint to symbolize blood – in some way over the past week:

  • St. Joseph’s in Kamloops, BC was branded with spray painted words “banished” and “crime scene” on its walls.
  • St. Augustine Church in Vancouver, BC had “release the records” and “killers” written on its walls in red.
  • St. Joseph Parish in Port Moody, BC was vandalized on the morning of June 13.
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Edmonton, AB had their statue of Jesus targeted with red paint on June 26.
  • Sacred Heart Church in Calgary, AB also had their statue of Jesus get red paint thrown on it.
  • St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Calgary, AB
  • Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Calgary, AB
  • Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Calgary, AB
  • Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, AB
  • Saint Luke’s Parish in Calgary, AB
  • Holy Trinity Church in Calgary, AB
  • All Nations Full Gospel Church in Calgary, AB
  • Saint Anthony’s Catholic Parish in Calgary, AB
  • Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Calgary, AB
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Calgary, AB

As of publication, several individual Catholic diocese have issued apologies to the Indigenous community, including Saskatoon Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Ottawa Archbishop Marcel Damphousse, and Calgary Bishop William McGrattan.

The Vatican has yet to issue an official apology or release its residential school records, however on June 30 Pope Francis stated he will be meeting with Indigenous leaders soon.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney called the church burnings “unacceptable.”

“The Government of Alberta unequivocally condemns recent arson attacks that have targeted Christian churches across Canada and Alberta,” said Kenney.

“This is unacceptable in Alberta. It is unacceptable in Canada. These attacks targeting Christian churches are attempts to destroy the spiritual sites that are important to people of faith across Alberta, including many indigenous people.

“The Canada we know is not one where hate-motivated arson attacks targeting religious communities are common place or allowed to continue.”

In an attempt to combat these acts, Premier Kenney announced he will be doubling funding for the Alberta Security Infrastructure Program from $1 million annually to $2 million, which had previously been focused on religious minority communities.

Jackie Conroy is a Correspondent for the Western Standard
jconroy@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. GS Uddin

    July 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Christians and Whites must look at their own behaviour to understand why they are so hated by so many groups.
    Maybe the genocide and abuse of Natives, enslavement of blacks, attacks on Mosques and Muslim women (so common in Conservative Christian ALBERTA!) and invasions of Muslim countries, racist attacks on Asians, bombings and harassment of Abortion providers and other attacks by Conservative Whites Christians and White Nationalists is responsible for this backlash?
    Nah, it’s the fault of left-wing professors at Berkeley. No critical thinking allowed!

  2. Andrew

    July 6, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    This is horrible to see in Alberta.

  3. Matt C

    July 6, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Comments like: “The Vatican has yet to issue an official apology or release its residential school records…”, which are frequently included in articles on the residential schools, are used for the same purpose as the term “mass graves” has been frequently repeated…. and that is, to imply guilt without providing facts.

    As Fr Moyle pointed out, the Vatican would not have been given records pertaining to specifics of residential school operations. How can the Vatican turn over what it doesn’t have?
    An example of misleading comments (thinly veiled accusations) and/or lazy reporting.

  4. K

    July 5, 2021 at 7:42 am

    More Hegelian Dialectic at play. Problem, reaction, solution. Problem: Residential Schools Reaction: Burning churches Solution: TBD

  5. K

    July 5, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Yet a hideous pride sidewalk defaced with accidental skid marks would garner more outrage from these devils.

  6. Fr. Tim Moyle

    July 5, 2021 at 6:43 am

    “The Vatican has yet to issue an official apology or release its residential school records…”

    The Vatican wouldn’t possess any such records! The Catholic Church does not have some sort of giant centralized archive from every diocese in the world. Only those dioceses that participated directly in the Residential Schools Program would have any records and virtually all of them were already handed over to the Federal Government. The only exception that I am aware of is with the Oblates and that’s because they recently amalgamated their Canadian ‘provinces’ and have only recently discovered that they still possess some unreleased records. They have requested help from the Federal government’s archivists to help organize and find any records that have been overlooked.

    The facts are that the Federal government is the one organization that has destroyed the records from 1936-1944 and has gone to court to obtain a mandate to destroy more of them. To date they have shredded or burned 200,000 ‘Indian Affairs’ records. Here’s a paragraph taken from another news source dealing with this issue:

    “Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the academic director at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia, stated that the records from the Kamloops residential school had not been provided to the Truth and Reconciliation group. However, she admits that the “churches handed over most residential school records, but in a few cases, the narratives were withheld, notably at Kamloops and St Annes (in Ontario)” So the Church records, like the children’s bodies were and are hiding in plain sight. The fact that no one has acted on them is probably the story that should be pursued. “

  7. Matt C

    July 5, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Every great lie has a seed of truth. Did abuses take place in the residential schools? Yes. Was corporal punishment meted-out beyond what is considered acceptable today? No doubt. Did sexual abuse take place? No doubt. Were the residential schools run by serial killers? Are there mass graves full of murdered indigenous children? Were the schools a form of genocide? I don’t think so.

    There are bad apples in every bunch.

    The goal of the media is clearly not to expose truth and correct past wrongs… it is to smear and marginalize anyone and everyone who poses a threat to their agenda…. which I believe is, to remove God from society.

    The media is selective of what facts to present and who to target (just compare the non-stop smears directed at President Trump and the gloss-over coverage about Jack Layton getting caught getting a rub-and-tug).

    Who are the continous targets of the media?
    White, Christian, traditionally-minded, heterosexual and male.
    Why? Answer: If I want to push a nefarious agenda and re-shape society, I need to break the existing power structure. That involves bullying people into compliance…. marginalizing fathers….labeling white people as bigots … etc.

  8. Fred Monninots

    July 3, 2021 at 9:00 am

    The mob has been mobilized against Whites and their institutions, aided and abetted by wokester politicians and a do-nothing police force.

  9. William

    July 2, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Trudeau has gotten a lot more upset over a mosque getting spray painted.

  10. Left Coast

    July 2, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Canada is just as full of Idiots as any other country today . . .
    We are home today to every Gang on the friggin planet, some linked to the CCP. Our Media & many Politicians are on the take . . . some outright fans of the CCP, like the Crime Minister.

    When the FakeStream Media and the PM come out and create a Fictional Narratives over a number of 100+ year old cemetaries . . . and then act surprized when bad things happen?
    This is no different from the Antifa/BLM affiliated Demokkkrats we have watched in the USA for the last few years creating destruction & mayhem.

    And today our Feckless RCMP are getting maybe “Suspicious” that something might be going on . . . way past friggin Insane !

    NONE of this is Accidental Folks . . . these are our Bolsheviks/Antifa in Action working hard for the Lieberal Party of Canada.

  11. Baron Not Baron

    July 2, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Kenney is the last one to have any right to talk on behalf of Christians, since he proved himself an enemy of Christianity! I believe he’s rather quite happy about what is going on. He’s Godless and his religion is money.

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Timeline of Kenney’s seesaw COVID-19 protocols

Kenney announces Alberta returns to a state of emergency. After many promises from the premier that Alberta will not introduce a vaccine passport, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will now be mandatory for participating businesses and social events.

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On the heels of new lockdown measures in Alberta, The Western Standard reviews Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s seesaw approach to dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

March 20, 2020 – Four days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Alberta cities including Calgary declared local states of emergency and shut down most non-essential businesses and serviced. Alberta also declared a provincial public state of emergency and closed all schools.

May 13, 2020 – Alberta enters a Stage 1 re-opening plan allowing businesses, like restaurants and retailers, to reopen with social distancing restrictions.

June 12, 2020 – Stage 2 is introduced earlier than expected, allowing theatres, massage therapists and hair salons as well as libraries to open. Alberta’s state of emergency ends after nearly three months.

August 4, 2020 – The province mandates back-to-school mask use for students in grades four to 12.

October 26, 2020 – Alberta introduces a limit of no more than 15 people for social gatherings.

November 12, 2020 – Tighter restrictions are introduced in restaurants and bars, including an earlier last call for alcohol.

November 24, 2020 – The province announces new and even tighter restrictions banning social gatherings, limits attendance numbers in churches and funerals and closes Alberta high schools.

November 25, 2020 – A Facebook post from Kenney states “We decided not to proceed with a lockdown because of the profound damage it would cause to Albertans, thereby deepening the mental health crisis and leaving many to despair. We will not let political pressure or ideological approaches cause indiscriminate damage to people’s lives and livelihoods.”

December 8, 2020 – Despite Kenney’s announcement less than two weeks earlier, the province is plunged into another full lockdown. All indoor and outdoor social gatherings are banned and non-essential businesses are forced to close including restaurants.

January 14, 2021 – Restrictions on outdoor gatherings are eased and personal service businesses, including massage and hair salons, are allowed to reopen.

January 29, 2021 – Premier Jason Kenney announces “The Path Forward” framework, allowing for an incremental easing of restrictions over three stages. Benchmark metrics were set based on hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients and a minimum wait period of three weeks between each phase.

February 8, 2021 – “Step 1” of The Path Forward plan begins with Alberta easing some restrictions on restaurants, kids sports and indoor fitness.

March 1, 2021 – Kenney announces “Step 2” phasing in low-intensity fitness classes; however, earlier benchmarks were ignored and the remainder of Phase 2 was delayed until March 8 when libraries, retailers, banquets, etc. were permitted to resume at varied levels of capacity. Sports programs were also allowed to resume with limits on participants and social-distancing measures.

March 22, 2021 – Again ignoring previously-set benchmarks, the province announces, due to a surge in COVID cases brought on by variants of concern, “Step 3” would be paused until COVID patients are under 300 and declining.

April 6, 2021 – Premier Kenney rolls Alberta back to “Step 1” until further notice moving the goalposts yet again, stating restaurants in the province were only allowed to offer outdoor dining service.

April 29, 2021 – Kenney announces targeted heath measures specific to regions where there were higher numbers of COVID cases. Schools in those regions were to switch to online learning, indoor gyms were to close and all indoor sports activity were to be suspended. This would last for two weeks.

May 4, 2021 – New restrictions are announced again province-wide. All schools including post-secondary institutions were moved to online learning, indoor recreation activities were shut down and in-person dining was prohibited as of May 10. In those areas with high case counts, gatherings were limited to 5, retail stores went to 10% capacity, personal care services were closed and outdoor gatherings were limited to immediate family members only. 

May 25, 2021 – Students were permitted to return to in-person learning. The next day, Kenney announced he was replacing his “Plan Forward” strategy with the “Open for Summer” plan, based on vaccination progress and hospitalization numbers.

June 18, 2021 – Kenney announces “Step 3” would be implemented July 1.

July 1, 2021 – Kenney announces Alberta is “Open for Summer” and nearly all remaining public heath orders are lifted including mask mandates, self-isolation requirements, scaled back testing and contact tracing.

July, 2021 – Kenney, while attending a Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast, is recorded saying he swears to God the province is “open for good.”

July 29, 2021 – The province announces major changes to the COVID-19 protocols on testing, self-isolation and contact tracing. Testing would now only be for the symptomatic; self-isolating is no longer mandatory and AHS would stop close-contact contact tracing.

Sept 4, 2021 – Alberta brings back mandatory masking for all indoor public spaces and work places. Restaurants are ordered to end alcohol service at 10 p.m.

Sept 15, 2021 – Kenney announces Alberta returns to a state of emergency. After many promises from the premier Alberta will not introduce a vaccine passport, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will now be mandatory for participating businesses and social events. As of September 20, restaurants will have to shut their dining rooms and only provide service on their patios or take-out meals until they have a vaccine passport system in place which will then offer them exemptions. The province will also continue a curfew of 10 p.m. for liquor sales. Forced social distancing returns and it will be illegal for unvaccinated people to attend social functions in homes. Vaccinated families can have friends come over from one other vaccinated house to a total of 10 people. Along with other restrictions, mandatory work from home orders are also back in place.

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MAKICHUK: TOP SECRET – Meet the real-life James Bonds

“We haven’t had a female Bond in the films, but there are already lots in real life.”

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Like James Bond, they cross borders with fake identities and passports.

They operate in small isolated teams and have access to the full array of 007 gadgets designed by the spies’ Q section.

Its members are famed for not always looking like soldiers. Some speak different languages and can pass as foreign nationals.

The standing joke is that they could fit in at an embassy party or a whorehouse in Istanbul.

And just like Bond, they are all highly trained in firearms and hand-to-hand combat.

In fact, their training is considered “amazing even by SAS standards.”

But unlike the fictional 007 character, these assets don’t work for MI6, the famed British Secret Intelligence Service.

They are an elite section of the SAS, known as “The Increment.”

According to a report in the UK’s The Sun, the existence of the secret unit, “E Squadron,” was inadvertently confirmed this week when bungling Army top brass leaked the personal details of more than 70 Special Forces troops.

Buried deep in a spreadsheet of 1,200 soldiers’ names, trades and military units was a single reference to “22 SAS E SQN.”

It was the first written proof that the unit exists.

E Squadron is the fifth and newest limb of 22 SAS, the world’s most famous Special Forces regiment, whose motto is Who Dares Wins.

But its work is so secret that its troops are kept apart from the other four Sabre Squadrons, A, B, D and G, at their headquarters in Hereford, the Sun report said.

The squadron’s main task is to work with MI6 on top missions all over the globe.

SAS legend Andy McNab spent three years with the unit from 1991 to 1993, after his patrol in the first Gulf War which he wrote about in his book Bravo Two Zero.

He said the unit — which was hand-picked from the SAS — was “the closest to what James Bond does” of any British secret service.

But almost 30 years after he left, he said his work was still too secret to reveal, the Sun report said.

Another former member, who asked not to be named, said: “We were moving in and out of countries on different passports. Always in civvies, overseas all the time. It was busy.

“It was the James Bond stuff — use your imagination.”

The ex-member added: “You had to be able to blend in. People were picked for their ability to do undercover work.”

While some MI6 officers are firearms trained, it is never to the same level as their counterparts in E Squadron.

The former soldier said: “MI6 and MI5 are always distancing themselves from James Bond, saying they aren’t really like that. It’s true — spies aren’t like James Bond, they’re eggheads. Give them a gun, they wouldn’t know what to do with it.

“E Squadron solves that problem but they do a lot more as well.”

The places where they often have to work, using civilian cover identities, make it impossible to be armed, so they are all trained in deadly hand-to-hand combat, the Sun report said.

SAS author Chris Ryan served with Andy McNab on the 1991 Bravo Two Zero mission, in which a SAS patrol was deployed into Iraq during the first Gulf War to destabilize Saddam Hussein’s war strategy.

Says Ryan: “To be in the Increment is to be the best of the best.”

According to SOFREP.com, The Increment are strictly black ops — deniable missions that would be disavowed by the British government if compromised.

These could include:

  • Secret military assistance to foreign powers
  • Clandestine insertion and extraction of intelligence agents
  • Covert reconnaissance/intelligence gathering

Today E Squadron’s members are drawn from the three Tier One Special Forces units — the SAS, the SBS and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, the Sun report said.

The SBS provides specialist frogmen and mini-submersibles which can be used to insert teams undetected on foreign shores.

The SRR, whose soldiers specialize in plain-clothes surveillance operations around the world, provides a large number of women.

The unit was formed out of 14 Intelligence Company, which was known as the Det, and operated undercover in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.

A source said: “Women are often the best at this sort of work. If a group of blokes turns up, it always looks suspicious.

“We haven’t had a female Bond in the films, but there are already lots in real life.”

The Increment’s troops were among the first British soldiers in Afghanistan, ahead of the US invasion in 2001.

They were also involved in the 2011 uprising in Libya which toppled Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the Sun said.

A former E Squadron soldier said the unit was heavily involved in Iraq in the run-up to the 2003 invasion.

He said: “E Squadron are military people. They have rules of engagement.

“Is it a licence to kill? It is certainly not carte blanche. But the nature of soldiering means it’s sometimes necessary to take life. Everyone is trained in deadly force.”

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald. He is also the military editor for the Asia Times.
makichukd@gmail.com

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Why does this BC area have the rudest postal code in Canada?

The area of Canada that easily takes the title for most unfortunate postcode has to be a street in Delta East Central: V4G1N4 (VAGINA). 

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A U.K. online business — apparently with buckets of time on its hands — has researched and unveiled what it calls “Canada’s rudest” postal codes.

Research by Money.co.uk shows the most unusual and awkward postal codes (the wacky Brits called it a “postcode”) in Canada and the UK and looked at the potential it can have on house prices.

As every maple-syrup blooded Canuck knows, Canadian postal codes contain a six-digit string of numbers and letters to create the final outcome, if one ignores the hyphen that splits the codes 

Using numeronyms —words where a number is used to form an abbreviation — the Brits discovered some odd pairings.

For example, in Timmins, Ont. you’ll find the postcode P4N-1C5. Nothing too eye-popping there until you dissolve the hyphen and are left with P4N1C5 (PANICS).

M4X1M5  (MAXIM) is more associated with a mens’ mag, not a vibrant area of downtown Toronto.

In another example, one area of Winnipeg sports the R3L1C5 (RELICS) code. 

However, the area of Canada that easily takes the title for most unfortunate postcode has to be a street in Delta East Central: V4G1N4 (VAGINA). 

The Brit release noted with the average Canadian house price currently around $716,828, living in a postcode such as V4G1N4 may actually effect your house price. However, no proof of the claim was offered.

Here are the top 21 most unusual/amusing postcodes in Canada:
• B3G1N5 (begins) Eastern Passage, NS;

• B4N4N4 (banana) Kentville, NS;

• L1V1N6 (living) Pickering Southwest, ON:

• L3C3L5 (levels) Orilla, ON:

• L4G3R5 (lagers) Aurora, ON;

• M4G1C5 (magics) East York (Leaside), ON;

• M4L1C3 (malice) East Toronto (India Bazaar / The Beaches West), ON;

• M4R1N3 (marine) Central Toronto (North Toronto West), ON;

• P3N1L3 (penile) Greater Sudbury (Val Caron), ON;

• P4N1C5 (panics) Timmins Southeast, ON;

• R3J3C7 (reject) Winnipeg (St. James-Assiniboia SE), MB;

• R3L1C5 (relics) Winnipeg (River Heights East), MB;

• R3M0V3 (remove) Winnipeg (River Heights Central), MB;

• R3T1R3 (retire) Winnipeg (Fort Garry NE / University of Manitoba), MB;

• S3N1L3 (senile) Yorkton, SK;

• S7R0K3 (stroke) Saskatoon Northwest, SK;

• T1R1N6 (tiring) Brooks, AB;

• V1C4R5 (vicars) Cranbrook, BC;

• V1K1N6 (Viking) Merritt, BC;

• V1X3N5 (vixens) Kelowna East Central, BC;

V4G1N4 (vagina) Delta East Central, BC.

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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