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Courtroom listening to scheduled as standoff at St. Brigid’s enters second week


An eviction listening to has been scheduled for Sept. 2, a neighborhood lawyer says, however The United Individuals of Canada say that its lease continues to be legitimate

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A standoff continued Friday on the former St. Brigid’s Church in Lowertown between a gaggle that had rented the house to create an “embassy,” a landlord making an attempt to evict them and upset Lowertown residents who need The United Individuals of Canada (TUPOC) to depart their neighbourhood.

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It’s now getting into Week 2 of the battle at St. Brigid’s and it seems nothing could also be resolved for just a few extra days.

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The bailiff working for the owner arrived Friday at 6:30 p.m. to attempt to serve authorized papers for an eviction listening to in an Ottawa courtroom on Sept. 2.

He was on the lookout for William Komer, one of many three administrators of TUPOC. Komer was apparently in his hometown of London, Ontario, in response to the telephone dialog carried out by the bailiff. It’s an opportunity to plead his case in courtroom, the bailiff instructed Komer.

A couple of minutes later, the bailiff handed the courtroom paperwork for Komer to one of many TUPOC supporters on the church. However after the bailiff left, that man mentioned he didn’t need the papers. Samuel Rizotto, one of many protesters, grabbed the courtroom paperwork and was poring via them on the sidewalk.

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A termination of lease order was posted on the door of the majestic outdated stone church on Aug. 18 however a deadline of simply after midnight on Thursday for TUPOC to depart got here and went.

In keeping with the discover of termination, TUPOC was behind on hire, had not proven proof of insurance coverage and had violated the Ontario Heritage Act by making modifications to the looks of the constructing.

Komer says that’s all unsuitable. So far as he’s involved TUPOC nonetheless has a sound lease. TUPOC tried to pay the hire however the landlord refused to simply accept it, and there’s up-to-date insurance coverage, Komer maintains on livestreams and at press conferences.

The bailiff, Dave, mentioned in a quick telephone interview Friday that the matter is “earlier than the courts” and he’s not that acquainted with the method as a result of in his expertise it’s uncommon. “Usually once I go (to implement an eviction order), individuals are honourable they usually go away, however these individuals aren’t.”

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He mentioned he locked among the doorways on the property however “they broke in.” The property consists of the church and a former rectory that homes artist studios.

Dave, who’s a privately-contracted bailiff, scoffs when requested for his final title. “Yeah proper! It’s not public and I hope it isn’t.”

Dave says he’s not “overly involved” concerning the TUPOC supporters, “however I actually don’t need them realizing my final title as a result of then it simply could possibly be dangerous.”

The scene on the church was quieter on Friday than the day earlier than, with solely a scattering of TUPOC supporters of their pink T-shirts and protesters standing vigil throughout the road.

There was no signal of Komer, who on Thursday had put in himself on a pink Muskoka-style chair on the church steps carrying a crown, tinfoil sceptre and yellow gloves in an ironic touch upon what he calls the unfolding comedy of the scenario.

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A few TUPOC guards with super-soaker water pistols had squirted anybody deemed a risk, from protesters to journalists, and there was a scuffle.

However rain on Friday morning knocked down the TUPOC tents on the entrance garden of the church, and by late afternoon there have been solely a few individuals on the garden, arguing with protesters.

4 police cruisers have been on the scene.

Rosie Martens, known on social media as Rosie Convoy, waits inside the former St. Brigid’s Church, where The United People of Canada await a bailiff to enforce their landlord’s eviction notice.
Rosie Martens, identified on social media as Rosie Convoy, waits inside the previous St. Brigid’s Church, the place The United Individuals of Canada await a bailiff to implement their landlord’s eviction discover. Photograph by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

Komer has mentioned his group’s personal safety pressure is ready to “arrest” the bailiff for trespassing if Stop Bailiff Providers returns to evict them.

TUPOC has mentioned it desires to create an “embassy” for public dialogue on points and is open to individuals with totally different viewpoints.

A few of its administrators and supporters are a part of the so-called freedom motion, which contains individuals who oppose COVID-19 vaccines, mandates and public-health measures, oppose Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and have varied different grievances.

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Some neighbours and the Lowertown Neighborhood Affiliation have expressed issues concerning the presence of TUPOC of their neighbourhood.

Heather Cole, a close-by resident who was protesting on the church Friday, mentioned she is each involved and scared about what she calls the “circus” unfolding on the church.

“I’m placing my neck on the market as a result of I really feel actually strongly that the occupation of the church is harmful, I felt the Freedom Convoy (that occupied downtown Ottawa final winter) is harmful, and I really feel that placing the 2 collectively is a tragedy ready to occur.”

Earlier this summer time TUPOC made a proposal to purchase the church property to function an “embassy,” however that deal apparently has fallen via. The group was renting the church within the meantime.

St. Brigid’s had been working as a neighborhood arts and tradition centre, however actions had come to a halt due to the pandemic.

The property is owned by a numbered company, 6844987 Canada Inc., whose sole director is Patrick McDonald. He has not returned calls and texts from the Citizen.

The property was listed on the market July 29, 2021, in response to actual property data.

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