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Canadian Pastor Jailed for Violating COVID-19 Mandates Expected to Be Released This Week

Christian Headlines - A Canadian pastor charged with violating COVID-19 restrictions is expected to be released from jail this week, his attorneys reported on Wednesday.

As Christian Headlines previously reported, Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested James Coates, pastor of GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, on February 16, 2021 for violating Edmonton public health mandates.

According to the Edmonton Journal, GraceLife Church was accused of not re-structuring their worship times in accordance with the public health mandates in place due to COVID-19. The church was “accused of repeatedly holding services without capacity restrictions, social distancing or face coverings, in violation of COVID-19 health restrictions.”

Ultimately, Pastor Coates was cited under the Public Health Act for violating the mandates; but continued to hold services, in violation of his bail conditions. Coates, who eventually turned himself in, maintains he did not agree to the ....READ MORE is brought to you by a group of Christian writers and editors who are dedicated to creating a well-rounded look at what’s happening across the globe from a Christian worldview. Our vision is to inform and inspire productive discussion about the current events and online trends that shape our lives, our churches and our world. includes blog posts about current events and Christian media, breaking news, feature articles, and guest commentaries, many written by respected Christian thinkers.



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