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Coates remains in custody on indictment, trial before a judge and appearing before a judge this morning.
On Sunday February 14, 2021, the RCMP and AHS visited GraceLife Church to review the conditions imposed on the pastor on February 7. James Coates was found to have failed to comply with the terms of authorization of the compromise and the Church has failed to comply with the Public Health Ordinance.
— Randy Hillier (@randyhillier) February 19, 2021
On February 16, Coates surrendered to Parkland Detachment. He was charged with violating the public health law (x2) and violating a condition of his appointment under the criminal code. After a trial before a justice of the peace, Coates should be released on condition. He was arrested overnight after refusing to accept these terms.
At Stony Plain Provincial Court this morning, he continued to refuse to accept these terms and received a court order requiring him to appear in court on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
“We have been following Pastor Coates constantly and were hoping to find other ways to solve this problem,” said Inspector Mike Lokken. “The pastor’s actions and the consequent impact that such actions could have on the health and safety of citizens have determined our response to this situation.”