Ontario Church Locked After Judge Grants Temporary Injunction Over Its Ignoring of Coronavirus Restrictions

The doors to Trinity Bible Chapel have been locked for the weekend after a judge granted a temporary injunction.

The Attorney General’s office asked for an order to have local law enforcement lock the doors on the property on Friday afternoon.

“Trinity is playing games with the court,” said Richard Ogden, who was representing the Attorney General’s office, in his closing arguments ahead of the judge’s decision.

Part of the Attorney General’s office’s arguments included 75 pages of historical legal interactions that individually mentioned each church elder, including the pastor.

The factum repeatedly referred to the most recent Sunday services in April.

“The officers observed on their arrival that several recreational vehicles were parked adjacent to the rear entrance of the church, which had the effect of completely obstructing the view of the rear entrance,” the factum reads in part.

Despite the visual obstructions on Apr. 25, “municipal law enforcement officers and Waterloo police service officers observed approximately 102 vehicles enter the church parking lot. They further observed 17 individuals head toward the church, and at least 27 vehicles empty during the service. For the 11 a.m. service, the officers observed 106 new vehicles enter the church parking lot and over 50 vehicles appear empty during the service.”

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SOURCE: CTV News, Krista Sharpe and Katherine Hill

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