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Pastor charged with breaking COVID-19 health orders to appeal bail conditions

Last Updated Mar 4, 2021 at 6:15 pm MDT

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.