EDMONTON – An Alberta pastor accused of holding Sunday services that violated COVID-19 rules is to appeal his bail conditions Thursday.
James Coates with GraceLife Church, west of Edmonton, has been in jail for just over two weeks.
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Coates is charged with violating Alberta’s Public Health Act and with breaking a promise to abide by conditions of his bail release, which is a Criminal Code offence.
The church has been holding services that officials say break public-health orders on attendance, masking and distancing.
A lawyer with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor.