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City hall shouldn't be a barrier for good Samaritans, say councillors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Artur Pawlowski   
Monday, 08 February 2016 21:53

Trevor Howell, Calgary Herald

A grassroots organization that has helped feed and clothe hundreds of Calgary’s homeless won’t face fines or require city permits after bureaucrats discovered the volunteers were hosting the events on private property. 

The group, YYC Helping Homeless, has been gathering downtown to hand out donated winter clothing and homemade meals to the city’s homeless each Saturday for nearly five months. 

Last weekend, city bylaw officers urged organizers to look into getting proper permits saying the event was being held on city property and to check in with Alberta Health Services because food was being served. 

Organizers say they were subsequently told by the city to buy a $50.50 permit each time they held a potluck, dinners already paid for by volunteers. 

The group has since received dozens of offers from strangers to help pay for the permit fees if another arrangement can’t be reached with the city. It has also raised hundreds of dollars through an online site, YouCaring.com. 

But it now appears the group won’t need to purchase any permits from the city because officials have since learned the spot being used by the volunteers is managed by its subsidiary overseeing the development of the East Village, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.

“It’s managed by them so it’s seen more as private property as opposed to public property so they don’t have to go through us in booking a green space or anything like that,” said Jennifer De Vries. 

The CMLC did not respond Friday to the Herald’s request for an interview. 

Councillors say the city should not be a barrier for citizens trying to comfort and nourish some of Calgary’s most vulnerable or other noble ventures. 

“If we have community groups that are willing to undertake activities like this it is incumbent on the City of Calgary to help facilitate that,” said Ward 8 Coun. Evan Woolley.

“We need to have rules and processes in place but if they become impediments and barriers to people wanting to help those who need help that is a problem,” Woolley said. 

It’s not the first time good Samaritans have run afoul of city regulations. 

In the mid-1990s, municipal mandarins prohibited an organization called Food Not Bombs — a then-well known outfit with affiliates across North America — to hand out free meals to hungry Calgarians at Olympic Plaza or in front of the municipal building. 

City hall was later involved in a lengthy, and costly, legal battle with street preacher Artur Pawlowski, who delivered impassioned sermons to the homeless and drug dealers through an amplified sound system.

While the church no longer uses loudspeakers, its members continue to hand out food — and religious doctrine — to many living on the streets outside the municipal building. 

Coun. Brian Pinott, recently appointed to the board of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, said the city should do everything it can to empower well-meaning groups before enforcing bylaws. 

“Organizations like this one are … just out helping,” Pincott said. “We’ve got to find a way to facilitate people who are assisting rather than throwing up barriers. It’s as simple as that.” 

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Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 22:02
 
Catholic leaders and NDP face showdown in Edmonton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Artur Pawlowski   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 03:22

Rick Bell

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 11:30 PM

Whatever else you think, you’ve got to admit one thing about Bishop Fred. He’s got a spine.

This week, Calgary Catholic Bishop Fred Henry gets into the ring for round two, now going toe-to-toe with his critics.

And there’s no bobbing and weaving. He’s a straight-ahead puncher, no fancy footwork.

The bishop is not blinking.

In fact, he puts pen to paper again on the Notley NDP government’s guidelines for gender identity and expression in schools.

These are provincial guidelines for school boards as they develop their transgender policy.

For example, if a boy self-identifies as a girl they could play on a girls’ sports team, could use the girls’ change room and girls’ washroom, dress as a girl and be addressed as “she” or some other pronoun.

School boards will submit their plans on how they will follow the guidelines to the province by the end of March.

A couple weeks back Bishop Fred told the Sun: “The government, because we’re not willing to kowtow and accept the LGBTQ agenda, is all of a sudden starting to try and play a little hardball with us.”

The bishop’s latest offering is titled Totalitarianism in Alberta. Part II.

“If you are reading this piece in the hopes of discovering an apology and/or retraction you might as well stop reading now,” he writes.

“That’s simply not going to happen.”

You see, in our apology culture some inhabitants of social media demand the bishop say sorry and do a U-turn on his remarks, not realizing the freezing over of hell is more likely.

Then there’s those who figure the bishop is somehow going rogue, offside with his own church.

So the bishop quotes Pope Francis — at length.

Then there’s those asking the bishop who is he to judge. You’re not supposed to judge, they say.

Bishop Fred fires off quotations from the Old and the New Testament.

“Only God can judge the state of the human soul but it is pure nonsense to suggest we cannot and should not judge human behaviour,” says the bishop.

Another zinger follows.

“We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as certain.”

Bishop Fred is not alone.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith says the principle in the guidelines where “self-identification is the sole measure of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is “not congruent with Catholic teaching.”

“From this principle stems a number of suggestions for creating an artificial gender-neutral atmosphere in schools, often without proper regard to the rights and protections previously upheld for girls and boys and their mothers and fathers.”

Nowhere near as colourful as Bishop Fred but still a tune from the same songsheet.

By the way, the archbishop also quotes Pope Francis and adds “a Catholic school can’t reasonable be expected to deny its faith base in its day-to-day operations and activities.”

“Our school boards will no doubt keep this in mind as they formulate policy.”

Two other Catholic bishops from north of Edmonton join the chorus. One says the province’s guidelines are “flawed from the beginning” and rejects them, complete with words from Pope Francis.

The other bishop says being funded by public dollars means Catholic schools must respond to laws concerning education “but must do so in a way consistent with Catholic belief and practice.”

It is a full court press.

Calgary Catholic schools say they’re welcoming and caring and are building inclusive communities where everyone is respected and everyone belongs.

As for Bishop Fred …

“We work closely with our bishop. He is our faith leader and guides us on moral and spiritual issues,” says Jennifer Woo, down at the Calgary Catholic school board office.

The next step. David Eggen, the education minister, will meet with Catholic leaders early next month in the capital.

Bishop Fred is expected to be at the sitdown.

“I’m looking forward to having a constructive conversation,” says Eggen.

Oh, for the chance to be a fly on that wall. 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 03:28
 
Big thank you to all of you that came to the Vigil in Calgary City Hall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Artur Pawlowski   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:05

Big thank you to all of you that came to the Vigil in Calgary City Hall for the Persecuted Church in the world!

You have proven that you are real and you care not just in words, but also in deeds. May God greatly reward you for not being ashamed of Jesus and your brothers and sisters around the world that are suffering for the cause of Christ. The Bible is very clear that we are to stand with the persecuted and you did just that.

Bless you!

Here are the videos from the rally:

Part 1

Part 2 and 3

Part 4

 
Street Church Celebration! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Artur Pawlowski   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 03:13

Another year has passed finalized by a celebration brought together by Street Church whom took the Gospel to the ever populated Olympic Plaza. Built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games and being the only refrigerated outdoor ice surface in the city whereby hundreds of families make use of the ice rink, the opportunity was seized to plant seeds of hope by preaching the Good News to this whole field.

Leland was welcomed to perform dressed as Elvis yet converting the late singers music into Gospel and words of praise. definitely a creative way to catch people's attention and direct them to the Name above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord. A witness to those in the field who may not have otherwise have heard, been taught, or warned of the Gospel given by the grace and mercy of the Living God.

Directly east of the Plaza, crowds of homeless people were being fed with an abundance of steaks, salads, breads, hot beverages and much more not unlike the four days of the week where this is conducted, week in and week out. Street Church commits to meeting the very basic of needs to feed people that are hungry and clothe them, imperative when trying to survive in temperatures that do reach to -40 Celcius in the winter making it close to impossible to survive for some that do not make it. Alongside meeting these needs, the Gospel is preached, via loudspeaker making it even possible to those people within the surrounding blocks to hear.

Banners, our voices, praise and worship, were all lifted up in proclamation of the Gospel to the Glory of God alone in the midst of constant battle contending for the faith with the police and bylaw officers, drug pushers, scoffers and mockers, yet standing relentless in plowing forward with the charge of the Gospel. Praise, honor, and glory be to the Most High God who shares His glory with no other!!

In every season and in every land and to every creature, preach the Good News!

Leland Johnson as "Gospel Elvis" www.lelandjohnson.com

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