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Protesters charged with conspiracy to commit murder

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on February 16, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Seven people arrested Monday in relation to the protest at Coutts have been released from custody, while four others remain behind bars pending further court hearings.
Three of those four are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Chris Carbert, 44, of Lethbridge, Christopher Lysak, 48, of Lethbridge, and Anthony Olienick, 39, of Claresholm, face charges of conspiracy to commit murder, as well as charges of mischief to property over $5,000, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Lysak faces an additional charge of uttering threats.
None of the three accused was released Tuesday following a bail hearing in Lethbridge provincial court, and will need to address their bail another day in Court of Queen’s Bench. In the meantime, their next hearing is set for Friday in provincial court.
The fourth accused who was not granted bail Tuesday, Evan Colenutt, 23, of Raymond, is not charged with conspiracy, but faces charges of mischief to property over $5,000, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. His matter also returns to court Friday.
Also facing charges of mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose are Ursula Allred, 22, of Magrath; Johnson Chichow Law, 39, of Calgary; Justin Martin, 22, of Raymond; Eastin Stewart Oler, 22, of Raymond; Joanne Person, 62, of Coutts; Janx Zaremba, 18, of Raymond; and Luke Berk, 62, of Red Deer.
RCMP reported that they arrested the individuals Monday during the protest at the Coutts border, after becoming aware of a cache of firearms and ammunition. A blockade of trucks and vehicles has been at the crossing since Jan. 29, but protesters began dispersing Tuesday in response to the discovery of weapons.
“The development with weapons and the personal armour was not associated with us, and to keep that distance we decided to leave peacefully,” said Marco Van Huigenbos, one of the protest organizers.
Police said they believed a small organized group within the protest was willing to use force against the police if any attempts were made to disrupt the blockade. During the early-morning raid Monday, police uncovered 13 long guns, as well as handguns, a machete, and a large quantity of ammunition and body armour. Two additional weapons were seized later in the day.
The accused who were released on bail Tuesday are required to abide by several conditions, including a promise to pay $2,000 if they breach any of the conditions. They must not contact each other, or go within 200 metres of any protests or protest events, and, with the exception of Person, they can’t be south of Milk River. They are not to possess any weapons and they must reside at specific addresses. Oler, Allred, Law and Zaremba were granted permission to live in Calgary, while Berk will reside in Red Deer, Martin in Turner Valley, and Person in Coutts.
All seven accused are set to return to court March 15.

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Very sad that we have a leader that is making Canada look like a laughing stock and these people will be the ones that spend time in jail, as they should but with a leader like justin these types of push backs will get more and more common, until we can get an actual human being running our country.