Interactions with government agents/police - clergy

Interactions with Government Agents/Police – Clergy

Section 176 C.C.

176 (1) Every person is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment who

  1. by threats or force, unlawfully obstructs or prevents or endeavours to obstruct or prevent an officiant from celebrating a religious or spiritual service or performing any other function in connection with their calling, or
  2. knowing that an officiant is about to perform, is on their way to perform or is returning from the performance of any of the duties or functions mentioned in paragraph (a)

(i) assaults or offers any violence to them, or

(ii) arrests them on a civil process, or under the pretence of executing a civil process.

Disturbing religious worship or certain meetings

(2) Every one who wilfully disturbs or interrupts an assemblage of persons met for religious worship or for a moral, social or benevolent purpose is guilty of an offence

(3) Every one who, at or near a meeting referred to in subsection (2), wilfully does anything that disturbs the order or solemnity of the meeting is guilty of an offence

Enforcement Agent/Police Engagement

  • Record the interactions (audio, video)
  • Advise you are exercising your foundational RIGHTS
  • Provide your name and title immediately
  • You have a right to remain silent – Less is More
  • Do not answer any questions!
  • Always be respectful, polite, non-combative, verbally stand your ground
  • No legal Warrant = no entrance onto or into properties
  • Ask the enforcement agent/police constable for identification, badge
  • Make notes (DIARY) on any contact with date and time
  • You are not required to surrender documentation of Identification – verbal is acceptable
  • ASK if you are being detained or are under arrest
  • If they state no, then you state you no longer have any further business with that Agent/Police constable
  • You state to officer that you wish to have no further communications
  • If the Agent or Police Constable persists, you must request that they leave the property
  • If they do not comply, you must state that they are now trespassing and are subject to the Trespass Act

Tickets and Summons to Court

  • Respectfully accept the ticket
  • Immediately dispute the ticket on the back of the summons
  • Check off the section, you intend to dispute the fine/ticket
  • Take photographs/copies of the tickets as a record your file
  • Include any other notes taken at the time of interaction in that same file, add the date/time and sign each page of notes
  • Included what is said and who said it during the interaction
  • Review any video/audio to aid in writing your notes
  • These notes can be used to refresh your memory if required during court-as long as they are made shortly after your encounter

Provincial Courts

  • Courts are currently closed;
  • Our experience in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario is No Apparent Trials as these tickets to be tried in court will set judicial precedents and based on Charter of Rights they will lose;
  • All these fines are for deterrent purposes designed to further instill fear
  • If arrested, and only when taken into custody (Canada wide), you must be given access to your preferred lawyer or free legal aid lawyer as soon as is possible following any arrest;
  • When provided access to our lawyer, you must be given full privacy for that conversation;
  • Following that conversation, maintain your silence.