CCC continued: “For years the City has been waging a battle against the ministry, getting more and more aggressive with members being manhandled, Christian materials confiscated, and volunteers wounded from rough treatment. Street Church ministries has made several attempts to have their Charter rights restored and have made several pleas for justice and mercy which have, to this date, fallen on deaf ears.”
CCC is “is launching an awareness campaign and will be contacting thousands of their supporters across the country to notify them of what injustices are going on in the City of Calgary.”
Jim Blake, National Chairman, Concerned Christians Canada, said “During this altercation three volunteers were arrested, one of which for recording the behaviour of the police from a nearby sidewalk, and still other ministry members were intimidated by being surrounded by squad cars, paddy wagons and police officers. Ironically drug dealers and drug users were conducting their business right in front of the officers and they did nothing to stop them. It’s just so hypocritical. It’s high time that City council step up to the plate. They need to lay down their battle gear and allow Street Church to care for the less fortunate in peace. The very things that City officials harass Street Church about they allow others to do regularly without attacking them. This is a precisely targeted campaign against a ministry that preaches the gospel. It is bigotry and it must stop.”
People who want more information about this case can reach Jim Blake at 403-690-4636 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
CALGARY – The City of Calgary is appealing a court decision that acquitted a street preacher of five bylaw charges and called two civic bylaws overly broad. City solicitor Paul Tolley said the city believes the 91-page provincial court judgment, released earlier this month, has “both errors in fact and errors in law.” An appeal to the Court of Queen’s Bench will be filed by the Jan. 6 deadline, he said. Art Pawlowski, who preaches in public while feeding the homeless, has been in a battle with the city over the use of a loudspeaker to spread his message and for placing material on streets, including boxes of food, a large wooden cross and speakers. On Monday, he called the city’s decision “very unfortunate. “The city, instead of focusing (on helping the homeless) are wasting taxpayer money,” Pawlowski said. “We are not the city’s enemies. The city continues to fight us.” In a Dec. 7 written decision, provincial court Judge Allan Fradsham said while there is “little dispute that the accused engaged in most of the impugned behaviours,” he also heard arguments for Pawlowski made under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Tolley said the city believes “the charter principles have not been factually applied and extend too far.” There is also concern, he added, that the streets bylaw and the parks and pathways bylaw, under which Pawlowski was charged and which have been in place for years, were called overly broad and vague in the judgment. As well, because the charter applies across the country, the decision could have an impact on other bylaws in other cities, Tolley said. Pawlowski, who preaches in front of Old City Hall and in a park near the drop-in centre, has argued he needs the loudspeaker to be heard by drug dealers, prostitutes and others. The city has said the amplified voice generated complaints, including from residents across the river. Tolley said the city is concerned about Fradsham’s comment that the actions of some city officials “fall precariously close to being excessive and . . . an abuse of power.” “We don’t believe they have,” he added. http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/City+challenges+Calgary+preacher+acquittal/2369791/story.html
PS: Look at this, due to the undeniable Recession, budget and tax cuts, Municipalities across Canada have been cutting back even on their services, snow clearing now too, which has been leading up to more car accidents, and cause the police cannot tell the truth about their employers, the police now lie, and divert the truth, saying that speeding vehicles were the cause of most of the accidents. In reality now also speeding also still is not the main reasons for accidents but driving while impaired is.. https://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/drivers-will-face-significant-insurance-rates/