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Vancouver police investigating vandalism ‘spike’ at city churches

Rocks being thrown through windows, buildings defaced with paint, and threats of arson.

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Vancouver police are calling on witnesses to report suspicious activity around churches, following a major spike in crimes at religious properties.

“We’re reminding people to be proactive and to report anything unusual at church properties, because we’re concerned this could escalate into a situation where someone gets badly hurt,” said Sgt. Steve Addison.

“If you see anyone who looks suspicious and you think they’re about to commit a crime, please don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.”

The department is currently investigating 13 incidents of “mischief and vandalism” relating to churches and church properties that have taken place since June 2.

Rocks being thrown through windows, buildings defaced with paint, and threats of arson are among the incidents listed by VPD, who has assigned specialized investigators from the Property Crime Unit to gather evidence.

Incidents of note:

  • A church building near Little Mountain was vandalized around 9 p.m. on June 8 by four people dressed in black. They threw red paint on property, posted signs, and painted graffiti that referenced residential schools;
  • An unknown person threatened to burn down a church in South Vancouver on Canada Day;
  • A church in Renfrew-Collingwood was vandalized 10:45 p.m. on Canada Day by two women who threw orange paint on the side of the building;
  • Sometime between July 4 and July 7, someone threw a rock through the window of a church in Kitsilano;
  • The pastor of a South Cambie church was making his early-morning rounds on July 20 when he discovered a gallon of lighter fluid and rags near the side of the building at 4 a.m. He also saw a suspicious man standing in the middle of the road staring at the church.

While most of these crimes took place at night or early in the morning, many churches and church properties are occupied around the clock, putting people in danger, said police.

“Fortunately, nobody has been hurt in these Vancouver incidents and most of the damage has been minor,” said Addison.

“However, we’re growing more concerned each day by the escalation of these crimes and their brazen nature, and we’re calling on the people responsible for these crimes to stop.

“There are more productive ways to voice your anger and express your views.”

A common response to the concerns raised by Addison is to focus on identity, with some saying that a white man, being in a position of “privilege,” has no business lecturing “racialized” minorities on what an appropriate means of expressing their concern is.

Focusing primarily on ones identity is an easy way to dismiss the validity of their words without addressing the message behind them. In Addison’s case, the message simply being: vandalism and arson is wrong.

First Nation’s leaders across Canada agree that arson and vandalism is wrong, and have publicly condemned such incidents.

“To burn things down is not our way,” said Perry Bellegarde who served as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

“Our way is to build relationships and come together.”

Some public figures – such as former executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), Harsha Walia, who famously tweeted “Burn it all down” amid attacks on Canadian churches – represent a louder and more forceful faction of culture.

In response to Walia’s inflammatory statement, plenty of such individuals joined the party.

Journalist Erica Ifill tweeted, “This seems appropriate but as usual Canadian whiteness is gleefully tone-policing and harassing a powerful, racialized woman from telling the truth.”

An Ontario MPP, Dr. Rima Berns-McGown, who describes herself as a biracial, Jewish, Muslim, fighting “systemic isms & schisms” wherever she finds them, also jumped to Walia’s defence saying, “She is smart, principled, thoughtful, fierce in the best way. You know you’re effective when ppl who support inequity & the old racist colonial ways come at you. Change is gonna come regardless, & Harsha is a true leader.”

Walia’s “leadership” also captivated Canadian lawyer Naomi Sayers, who said that she would help Walia burn it all down and defend anyone charged with arson if they “actually did burn things.”

Both Sayers and Walia have since claimed that their words weren’t intended as “literal.”

On Wednesday, Calgary police released a set of three grainy photos of suspects who they believe are responsible for a series of church attacks, including arson.

As for the incidents in Vancouver, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call 604-717-0613. Crimes-in-progress or suspicious activities should be reported immediately to 9-1-1.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Clash

    July 23, 2021 at 7:12 am

    The loss of these Church Buildings is sad, and hurtful to Christians and Non Christians alike. But the larger picture, behind the destruction of our histories, our heritage, our freedoms, etc., is that this is only a small part of the Communist agenda that is being pushed by our current Prime Minister and his cronies. The restrictions of Free Speech, banning of books, the indoctrination of our children, mass House Arrest (Covid-19), the destruction of small businesses, Police confronting peaceful Freedom Protesters, etc. is also part of the Communist Agenda, and it is all happening in Canada. Whenever you get something for free from the Government, there is a price to pay. Everything in Communism is Free, everything except the People. Justin Trudeau is merely the Frontman for a World Wide movement of Globalization and one world government. He is trying to turn us into Cuba.

  2. berta baby

    July 22, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    if it was going on at Mosques it would be a hate crime and the police would be assaulting every white man in town looking for clues… the police force is a total joke…. they can spot a prayer meeting but some leftist Antifa communist , nahhhh thats to hard

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Truckers: ‘We are not separatists or terrorists’

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks-alone- going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks.

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Truckers on the Freedom Convoy are rejecting characterizations they are “separatists” and “terrorists.”

“A small team of Alberta truckers, their family members and friends, came to the decision that the Government of Canada has crossed a line with implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports and vaccine mandates. As of today, we now have the support of millions of Canadians from across the country,” group organizers said in a press release.

Demands from the Freedom Convoy to the federal government are:

  • Terminate all vaccine passports, including inter-Canada passport systems.
  • Eliminate mandatory programs of vaccination and contact tracing.
  • Respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  • Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.
  • Cease limiting debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

“A unified and free Canada can be our future, and it starts now with reminding the government they serve the people,” stated the truckers.

“We have an opportunity for all of us to come together irrespective of our differences and do what is needed to ensure our freedoms are protected now and for future generations.

Statements claiming the convoy participants are ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ are “categorically false and an attempt to smear” the movement, organizers said.

“It is saddening this kind of rhetoric is coming from Prime Minister Trudeau and his government. Instead of protecting our basic freedoms outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin and his government seek to do the opposite. He is continually issuing defamatory comments and maligning large segments of the population. If history has taught us anything, these are actions that cannot be ignored. We are peaceful, hard-working Canadians who love our country and want the betterment for all Canadians.”

The organizers said due to the mass support of the movement, they can no longer guarantee the average Canadian will not be disrupted by the protest.

“For that, we are truly sorry, and we will do our very best to limit the disruptions to your lives. We ask that Canadians remember we are fighting for everyone’s freedoms and it’s the political class that has abandoned us all,” said the release.

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks. One driver going the opposite direction told the Western Standard he measured the convoy at 100-km long as it approached Winnipeg.

Some supporters are unable to commit to the whole trip, but are finding ways to still participate.

“A lot of vehicles just join the parade while it’s close to their homes and then peel off later, so it’s dynamic,” Martin Halvorson, a driver in the convoy, told the Western Standard.

“The amount of people is unknown because we are not counting … The numbers are big,” convoy organizer, Andy Draaistra, told the Western Standard.

“All the support is unbelievable, we hope the overpasses will hold the tons of people,” said Draaistra.

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The protest is against federal COVID-19 mandates and is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa January 30 and then hold a mass demonstration the next day, Monday, when Parliament reumes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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China changes Fight Club ending to cops busting anarchists

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

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The classic film Fight Club has been changed for viewers in China, with a ‘happy ending’ that complies with domestic censorship rules.

An altered version of the 1999 film was released on streaming platform Tencent Video in China over the weekend.

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

Many in China had seen the original film pirated online and were surprised when streaming the newly released version.

Instead of buildings exploding at the end, the version shows authorities step in and win. 

Original closing scene of Fight Club

In the closing scenes of the original the narrator kills off his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden and then watches multiple buildings explode with Marla Singer, suggesting his character’s plan to bring down modern civilization is underway.

In the censored version released in China, the narrator still kills off Durden, but the exploding buildings scene is replaced with a written message on black screen.

“The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”

As well as Tyler, figment of the narrator’s imagination was sent to a ‘lunatic asylum’ for psychological treatment and later discharged.

Revised ending to Fight Club

China is home to some of the strictest rules regarding censorship, and only a handful of foreign films are released each year.

In the past Hollywood has created alternative cuts in order to comply with Chinese censorship rules, in hopes to access millions of viewers in the country.

It is unclear if the cut was made by western movie producers, or the Chinese government.

Tencent did not comment on the matter.

Authorities under President Xi Jinping have been working to eliminate society of influences classified as unhealthy, including within movies, television, computer games.

This effort was also extended to cracking down on the country’s local celebrities for perceived immoral behaviour.

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced earlier this week an organized month-long ‘clean’ web campaign to create a ‘civilized and healthy’ online atmosphere.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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Butt launches Twitter tirade on Scheer for supporting truckers

“It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened?”

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The former top aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched a Twitter broadside against former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer after he supported the truckers’ convoy rolling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates.

“Thank you Truckers! Trudeau is attacking personal liberty and threatening everyone’s ability to get groceries because of his overreach on vaccine mandates. He is the biggest threat to freedom in Canada,” Scheer tweeted.

Scheer tweet

That was enough to set Butts off.

“A breathtakingly irresponsible thing for a former Leader of the Opposition to say. Calling the prime minister — any prime minister — the biggest threat to Canadian liberty? This isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a welcome mat,” he tweeted.

“Politics is a rough business and not for the thin of skin or faint of heart. But the people in these enormously important offices have to respect those offices, even if they don’t like each other.”

Butts tweet

In a later tweet, Butts said: “Have been thinking about Mr Scheer’s comments all day. It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened? I almost wish I were a Conservative, so I could fight for my party’s soul.”

On the weekend, Butts took a run at organizer Tamara Lich in an attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of Convoy For Freedom 2022.

“An Alberta separatist has collected almost a million bucks on a GoFundMe page to ‘support’ trucker protests. Where will the money go?” asked Butts in a tweet. 

More than $4.5 million has been raised to date as thousands of truckers are expected to descend on Ottawa this weekend.

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