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BURNABY, British Columbia, March 2, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Staff at a Canadian Tire store wrestled to the floor and handcuffed a man who refused to wear a mask last week, highlighting again the apparent use of excessive force by non-governmental actors to impose mandatory mask mandates in Canada.

One video of the ordeal was posted on Twitter by a user named Dan Dicks. The clip shows the maskless man being apprehended by five Canadian Tire staff in Burnaby. They struggled to subdue the man for his apparent non-compliance with mask mandates inside the store.

“You’re f–king pushing me … Get your hands off of me, get your f–king hands off of me,” the man can be heard shouting in the video, while store staff tried to subdue him.

He can be seen in a chokehold by one of the store staff members while on his knees. It is at this point in the video clip that the man strongly resists while screaming, “Get your hands off of me.”

A voice can be heard saying, “get your hands behind your back.” The man, with his face visibly red, then said, “I can’t breathe.”

He accused the staff of assaulting him, saying, “You guys aren’t the police,” to which a staff member responded, “It doesn’t matter.”

At this point in the video, the man is planted to the floor to be handcuffed, while still screaming, “Get your hands off of me.” He also said, “You’re hurting me.”

RCMP eventually arrived at the store and took the man into custody, where he was investigated for assault. According to a CTV report about the incident, Burnaby RCMP said that they are currently investigating several videos of the incident which took place on Monday, February 22.

“The information we got originally, and from the statements, is that he did punch some of the staff,” said Cpl. Michael Kalanj according to the CTV report. Police also stated they cannot say at this time if “excessive force,” or “not enough” force was used by store staff against the maskless man.

Canadian Tire spokesperson Cathy Kurzbock issued a short statement about the incident, saying the “matter is under investigation and we’re working with the RCMP as they examine the entire circumstances.”

A Press For Truth report said the mainstream media has launched a “smear campaign” against the man, whom they identified as Chris Ivany.

A video posted by Ivany and included in the Press For Truth report allegedly shows events leading up to the apprehension by store staff of Ivany.

The unedited video shows Ivany tell store staff that he will not leave the store, after being told to do so. “Hey, you’re done! Get out of the store!” says the employee at one point in the video. “You don’t get to punch us, buddy.”

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PETITION UPDATE (3/22/2021)

Pastor James Coates has been freed!

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, the legal counsel which has been representing Pastor Coates, just issued a statement saying that Alberta's Crown Prosecutors have decided to drop all but one charge against Pastor Coates, paving the way for him to be released soon.

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While Pastor Coates will still have to stand trial for the one remaining charge in May, he will at least be free to prepare for the hearings, and to celebrate Easter with his family and congregation.

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Of course, with a trial still pending, he's not out of the woods, yet. But, this is a gigantic step in the right direction.

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There have been two important, recent updates to the ongoing imprisonment of Pastor James Coates in Alberta, Canada.

First, Alberta's Premier, Jason Kenney has spoken out about Pastor Coates' incarceration.

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Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church in Alberta, Canada has been ARRESTED for refusing to comply with extreme and likely unconstitutional government Covid regulations that ban people from gathering to worship in their church of choice.

You read that right: Even churches aren’t exempt from Trudeau Liberals’ all-out attack on peoples' freedoms in the wake of this pandemic.

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Pastor Coates, who leads Grace Life Church in Edmonton, Alberta, originally suspended in-person services and church gatherings in good faith and out of concern for his congregants after Trudeau’s government first introduced Covid restrictions last spring.

However, the church reopened over the summer when it became clear that Trudeau’s shutdowns were here to stay, and that congregants would be indefinitely limited in their worship size or again banned from in-person worship altogether under their guidelines.

After Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, enacted new restrictions in November that cap all faith-based gatherings at 15% of building capacity (a major blow to churches that wish to resume worship for their members), Pastor Coates kept Grace Life’s doors open to anyone and everyone who wished to proceed with normal practice of their faith.

However, this simple exercising of congregants’ Charter rights was met not only with governmental resistance, but an unreasonably disproportionate legal response.

Pastor Coates was arrested and then quickly released on February 7th for practicing his faith alongside congregants, and arrested AGAIN on February 16th for the same reason.

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Ivany can be heard responding, “I didn’t punch you,” and, “Stop assaulting me.” He then went on to say, “If you keep touching me, I’m going to f–king drop you, kid.”

“My human rights are trumping your bull–it mask mandates,” the man screamed at one point.

The province of British Columbia has had mask mandates for all indoor areas in effect since November 19, but exemptions exist for those unable to wear one, such as those with a health condition, or a mental, physical, psychological, or behavioral condition. 

It is not clear at this time if any exemptions would apply to Ivany.

According to Press For Truth, Ivany has been contacted by independent Ontario MPP Randy Hillier and is seeking legal counsel.

Hillier blasted the incident on Twitter last week. “BLOODY outrageous! How was your shopping experience at [Canadian Tire]. Were you assaulted, tackled and handcuffed-how was yours? I’m shopping at Amazon & businesses that treat people & customers with respect. Businesses that treat people like this deserve to get smaller not bigger,” wrote Hillier.

Last week’s Canadian Tire incident is one of many regarding mandatory mask mandates in Canada, which have seen alleged aggressive behavior by store staff and security agents directed at people not wearing masks.

In December of 2020, a four-time Paralympic athlete born with no hands was evicted from a bookstore in Vancouver for not wearing a mask, despite the fact she is physically unable to put one on herself without help. 

An Ontario man last year found himself one of the latest victims to his provincial COVID-19 rules after mall “cops” slammed him to the floor for violating the mall’s rules of mandatory mask-wearing and banning eating in its food court.

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