An Edmonton- area pastor who repeatedly broke COVID-19 restrictions to hold services has been thrown in jail.

A judge threw James Coates, of Spruce Grove, in the slammer after he twice refused to tell the court he would stop his services.

“On Sunday, Feb. 14, the RCMP, with AHS, attended the GraceLife Church to assess compliance in relation to conditions issued to the Pastor on Feb. 7. Observations were made that James Coates was not complying with his Undertaking release conditions, and the church was not in compliance with the Public Health Order,” said RCMP in a release.

Written by Dave Naylor

Full report at Western Standard

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