Fairview Presbyterian Church is not normally the site of demonstrations.
The congregation adheres to the "Living Faith", embracing its Christian mission in service with "a call to help people in need and to permeate all of life with the compassion of God".
But that compassion was tested on December 19 when a group of "No New Normal" protesters held a noisy rally outside the church at the corner of Fir Street and West 11th Avenue during Sunday services.
The anti-mRNA-vaccine activists objected to the church's COVID-19 safety plans that require everyone to present a B.C. Vaccine Card and wear masks to gain entry.
Yvonne Sunshiney Coelho and Raoul Taylor van Haastert appeared in a Bitchute video speaking to the crowd.
As a Christian, Coelho expressed consternation that she wasn't allowed inside the church because she has refused to be vaccinated against the virus.
"We need to stand up for God because that is not it," Coelho told the activists. "God connects; he does not separate. So anywhere there is a disconnection, you know that God is not around. It's so sad to see this in the churches today in Canada. It's insane what's happening here—time to take a fierce stand here."
The other speaker, Taylor van Haastert, spoke about the vaccine as being the "mark of the beast", noting that in Sweden, people are receiving microchips in their hands that can be picked up by cellphones.
"Now, you're going to need the mark of the beast to buy a can of pop," Taylor van Haastert said.
When one resident pulled up to the demonstrators in her car and complained about the noise in her apartment, she was told that the vaccine was a bioweapon created by U.S. public-health official Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.
Elsewhere in the video, Coelho said that up to 330 soccer players have dropped dead on the field as a result of side effects from the vaccine. She also claimed that there have been "hundreds of thousands of vaccine deaths".
Health Canada has a webpage devoted to COVID-19 vaccine side effects. One or more adverse side effects have been reported by 30,900 people in response to 64,197,951 vaccine doses administered until December 17.
"Most adverse events are mild and include soreness at the site of injection or a slight fever," Health Canada states. "Serious adverse events are rare, but do occur."
For example, there have been 705 reports of severe allergic reactions. Moreover, there have been "very rare events of blood clots associated with low levels of platelets following immunization" with the AstraZeneca vaccine, as well as capillary-leak syndrome.
Other very rare side effects have included myocarditis, pericarditis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell's palsy, immune thrombocytopenia, and venous thromboembolism.
More than 30,000 Canadians have died of COVID-19, according to government statistics.
"The benefits of vaccines authorized in Canada continue to outweigh the risks," Health Canada states.
At one point in the video, Taylor van Haastert suggested that B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, was in a "pseudo church" when she was photographed for a New York Times article.
According to Taylor van Haastert, this was because a stained-glass window included a killer whale. The reflection from the window made Henry's hands appear red, according to the image in the Bitchute video.
"Blood on her hands: the symbolism is everywhere," Taylor van Haastert declared. "Afterwards was when I noticed that killer whale was on the stained glass. I didn't notice it until afterwards, but there are all these little signs that tell us when you're in this satanic cult.
"They say the world is made of numbers and symbols—you know, it's hiding," the COVID-19 vaccine opponent continued. "It's right in front of us but we don't know it unless you know to look for it."
In the past, Taylor van Haastert has stated that history of the Second World War is a lie.
A sign on display at the rally showed Henry's face along with a mention of a new version of the Nuremberg trial.
Another demonstrator at the protest is seen on video describing the nearby house of worship as a "church of Satan".
There was also a lot of talk at the rally about Dr. Robert Malone, the self-described founder of the mRNA vaccine who is now an outspoken opponent of giving these immunizations to children.
Malone was the subject of a critical profile in the Atlantic, which noted that his LinkedIn account "has twice been suspended for supposedly spreading misinformation". Malone has dismissed the Atlantic as a "propaganda tool".
In discussions with a masked parishioner on the sidewalk, Coelho made the case that public-health officials and media have been engaged in a massive cover-up. To support her arguments, she pointed to bans on the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloraquine to treat COVID-19.
In addition, Coelho noted that a Vancouver physician, Dr. Daniel Nagase, was "fired" after he claimed to have treated three COVID-19 patients successfully with ivermectin. [Nagase was stripped of hospital privileges across Alberta.]
Health Canada has pointed out that the ivermectin is only approved as an antiparasitic drug.
The federal health regulator also stated on October 19 that Canadian poison centres saw an increase in reports related to this treatment over the past summer.
Nagase was one of two B.C. doctors who spoke at a rally outside the B.C. legislature on December 9 where three high-profile B.C. politicians were hanged in effigy. That protest coincided with the 75th anniversary of the beginning of a Nuremberg Tribunal trial of doctors accused of committing atrocities on behalf of the Nazis.