Calgary pastor and brother appealing sanctions for COVID-19 civil contempt

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Artur and Dawid Pawlowski, pictured just before their arrest in Calgary. The pair have been flouting public health restrictions for months, holding large church gatherings indoors, without masks, despite the pandemic. (Artur Pawlowski/Facebook - image credit)
Artur and Dawid Pawlowski, pictured just before their arrest in Calgary. The pair have been flouting public health restrictions for months, holding large church gatherings indoors, without masks, despite the pandemic. (Artur Pawlowski/Facebook - image credit)

A Calgary pastor and his brother are appealing sanctions they received for violating Alberta's COVID-19 rules.

Justice Adam Germain issued the sanctions for civil contempt last month for Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski, which included stiff fines, periods of probation and paying Alberta Health Services costs.

The two men, as part of their probation, were also ordered to include in any public speeches that criticize COVID-19 measures a reference to the fact their views are contradicted by the majority of scientific opinion.

In their appeal, the two argue that the punishments are unreasonable, excessive and violate their Charter rights by forcing them to give opinions which are not their own.

They have already filed appeals of their convictions for civil contempt.

Artur Pawlowski was fined $23,000 and Dawid Pawlowski $10,000 plus an additional $20,000 in costs to Alberta Health Services for holding church services that flouted rules on masking and physical distancing.

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