The popular Canadian singer at the Vancouver Cannock Hockey Games says he knew he could lose his job because he opposed what he described as a “tyranny” of KOVID-19 restrictions.
Mark Donnelly sang the anthem at an event called the Vancouver Christmas Freedom Rally on Saturday, where hundreds of people protested against restrictions imposed by the BC County Health Officer.
Vancouver Canux owner Francesco Aquilini tweeted late Friday that Donnelly was now a former singer of the Canax anthem, followed by the hashtag wearamask.
Donnelly told the crowd, many of whom wore no masks or physically distanced themselves, that he decided to sing because he questioned “draconian locking protocols”.
“What was originally sold as a 15-day sprint for the common good has turned into a 10-month marathon from hell, where the goal is constantly moving farther,” he said.
He said he did not think the health authorities had done a cost-benefit analysis, looking at the harms of the restrictions compared to preventing the spread of KOVID-19.
“As someone known for singing our great national anthem, I stand against what I feel is tyranny, plain and simple,” he said to the applause and cheers of the crowd.
Donnelly said his dismissal was a censorship of an institution he had been following for 50 years and had been associated with since 2001.
“Sports figures, entertainers, politicians, etc., can stand as long as it supports the narrative. “You can support riots, robberies, destruction of livelihoods and reputations, but take a stand against the narrative and you are worthy of persecution or worse.”
Donnelly said he had no direct contact with Aquilini or Canux and if he was no longer with the team, a phone call would be a more respectful way to find out his reasons for attending the rally.
He hoped that the ownership and management of Canox would have the “courage to uphold freedom of expression”. [a] “a science-based position that is for the greater good of the country,” he said.
“Follow the provincial health orders”
On Saturday, CANUX CO. Trent Carroll said in a statement that the organization hopes people understand that Donnelly does not represent the team with his views.
“Mark Donnelly acts independently,” the statement said.
“We encourage everyone to wear a mask and follow the provincial health orders. They are available to help everyone in BC. to stop spreading KOVID-19 in our province. “
After listening to art galleries in Vancouver on Saturday, protesters then took to the streets in protest.
Vancouver police spokeswoman Tania Visintin said police should have discretion with large groups of protesters violating public health orders, saying public safety was a priority.
She said mass arrests or tickets could escalate an already tense situation.
“This position does not automatically guarantee anyone special protest privileges. The bottom line is people who violate the public health order can be issued a ticket. “Officers use discretion in any situation that arises.”
Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry said last month that “there is no time for people who believe that wearing a mask is somehow making them sick or a sign of a lack of freedom”.
Instead, she said wearing a mask is a tribute to those suffering together from the pandemic.