The order prohibits Johnston from uttering or posting any threats or hate speech against AHS or its employees in the media or on social media platforms. It is not permitted to solicit names, addresses, phone numbers or any other personal information from AHS personnel.
The ordinance continues at least until June 30. If Johnston violates the order, he can be arrested and summoned to court.
In a press release, AHS said the legal step was necessary to protect and support its staff.
“Any hate speech or assault on our AHS team is unacceptable and unjustified,” the statement read.
“The AHS teams worked to serve Albertans during the pandemic. AHS stands alongside our employees and also thanks all Albertans who reached out with words of support and encouragement.
Earlier this week, concerns emerged over Johnston’s mayoral bid, as candidates typically receive a database of voters’ names, addresses and phone numbers. Candidate Jyoti Gondek said Elections Calgary should not disclose the voters lists to anyone during this election so as not to “open the door to violence”.
– With files from Bill Kaufmann