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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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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

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“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

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Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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