Kelowna RCMP investigating racist tirade hurled at security guard by anti-vaccine protester

Racist tirade investigated

Cindy White

UPDATE 4 p.m.

The verbal abuse directed at the security guard has outraged Kelowna City Councillor Mohini Singh.

“Horrible, deplorable, unacceptable. I could go on and on. It made me very, very angry, very angry,” said Singh.

“What really upset me was here’s a guy just trying to do his job, to keep Canadians safe, park their vehicles safely, and get to have a vaccination, get in a timely fashion, had to take this abuse. It was horrific, horrific. Unacceptable. This is not Kelowna.”

“All I know is I can speak up and say we as a society can not accept this, can not condone this. We need to stand up against this,” added Singh.

The Security company Paladin Security also took to Twitter to comment, praising the security guard for his professionalism.

As well, Interior Health issued this statement: "Security staff support our vital public health efforts against COVID-19 and ensure the safety of staff and clients. It is disappointing and completely unacceptable that one of our security staff was disrespected based on their race. We strive to create communities that are accepting of all people, regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation. During these ongoing challenging times it is more important than ever to be kind and respectful to each other."

ORIGINAL 12:21 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP are investigating after public outcry over a video showing a well-known anti-vaccine protester unleash a racist tirade against a security guard at the vaccination clinic at Trinity Church on Springfield Road.

“The original complaint was that protestors were impeding access to the clinic,” says Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the Kelowna RCMP. “Officers attended, spoke with staff, and dealt with the protestors. No arrests were made at that time.”

Since then, a video showing the man yelling racist comments at the security guard has received a lot of attention, sparking outrage in the community.

The video published by InfoNews showed the man, Bruce Orydzuk, yelling at the South Asian security guard for trying to get the protesters to move along.

"You're not a Canadian, you are disgusting. Go back to your country," Orydzuk repeated several times.

“We are now investigating this incident through the lens of the willful promotion of hatred under Section 319 of the Criminal Code,” says Cpl. Noseworthy. “Racism has no place in our community, and I want to reassure the public that this matter is being given the full attention of our General Investigative Support Team in consultation with the Provincial Hate Crimes Unit.”

Anyone who witnessed this confrontation and has not spoken to police is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at (250) 762-3300.

Premier John Horgan has condemned the incident on Twitter.

Castanet will be publishing more on this story later today.

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