CALGARY – A Calgary church leader previously indicted under the Alberta Public Health Act (PHA) posted a new video of a recent interaction with authorities about COVID-19 rules.
Artur Pawlowski, pastor of Calgary Street Church, held a service on Saturday in the building at 4315 26 Ave. SE from.
In the YouTube clip, Pawlowski confronts a group of six officers made up of members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS), Alberta Health Services (AHS), and City of Calgary Bylaw Services.
You can hear him yelling at them and calling them “Nazis” and “Gestapo”.
AHS VISITED CHURCH TO WATCH
AHS confirmed to CTV News that they attended a meeting on April 3 at the Adullam Fortress (Cave), the building where Pavlovsky held a meeting of his street church.
A spokesman said the inspector was “there to see if the organization is following Alberta’s health guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic”.
However, due to the confrontation, they were unable to complete their work.
“Our inspector was not allowed in, so he was unable to confirm that (Chief Medical Officer of Health) instructions were followed,” said Marni Kuhlmann, Senior Communication Advisor at AHS, in an email to CTV News.
She adds that the inspectors’ work is vital to maintaining public health in the face of the pandemic.
“Our inspectors have an important job to do and we ask business owners and organizations to treat them with respect. We stand by all of our public health inspectors who do an incredible job in difficult and challenging circumstances,” she said.
“We expect all places of worship in Alberta to follow CMOH restrictions and we thank everyone who continues to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this holiday weekend and throughout the pandemic.”
CPS TASKS TO KEEP THE PEACE
Calgary police said they were called on Saturday to help in a situation at Pavlovski’s street church. According to the CPS, a police officer was sent to the scene.
“The concern was that those present were failing to comply with the government’s COVID-19 public health regulations, which are in place to ensure the safety of all,” police said in a press release.
Officials say the police officer’s presence was only to maintain the peace during the incident and while “the organizer of the gathering was not cooperative” with investigators; No tickets were issued at this time.
However, this does not mean that they will not be given at a later date.
“It will be up to our partner agencies to determine the subsequent enforcement measures in response to this situation,” police said in the statement.
The AHS health inspector and all other parties left the building a short time later. They say they stayed in the street church for about a minute.
The CPS says it has no intention of interrupting anyone’s holidays or religious events, but it has a duty to assist its partner agencies charged with complying with the PHA.