Herbert Hildebrandt sentenced to probation, community service

Herbert Hildebrandt and his wife walk into court at the Elgin County Courthouse in St. Thomas on Friday October 22, 2021. Herbert is son of firebrand reverend Henry Hildebrandt and has been charged with assault.
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Herbert Hildebrandt of Malahide was sentenced Thursday afternoon, Feb. 23, by Justice Mark Poland to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service for the December 2020 assault of Malahide resident Jack Dykxhoorn.

Mr. Hildebrandt was also fined $1,000 plus a victim surcharge of $300.

Mr. Hildebrandt, 37 at the time of the incident, was charged with assault after pushing Mr. Dykxhoorn, 84 at the time, to the ground. Mr. Dykxhoorn sustained injuries to his ribs.

The assault was in response to Mr. Dykxhoorn and some of his friends placing a “Be Kind, Wear a Mask” sign on John Street North road allowance near the driveway entrance to the Church of God in Aylmer.

The church and its members, including Mr. Hildebrandt, had taken a public stance against measures to help minimize the spread of Covid-19 during the pandemic.

Mr. Hildebrandt pleaded not guilty and claimed self-defence during the trial. Justice Poland found him guilty in August 2022.

More in the March 1 Aylmer Express.

  • Drake Larsen

    The science is clear now that masks don’t help to prevent contagion whatsoever. There’s nothing kind about them & they are actually quite detrimental to one’s health. If Mr Dykxhoorn hadn’t been out spreading this misinformation, the encounter never would have happened.

  • T Burg
    • Drake Larsen

      Thank you for sharing those un-cited pamphlets, but that’s not even “simple research”. Conversely, the latest review of 78 studies with 610,000 participants concludes:

      ‘“Wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference,””


      • T Burg

        Gramps always said; “Dummies don’t ask Question”

        My question is how many research articles did you read to find one leaning towards your personal views? Of the many I’ve browsed statistically 99% confirm.

        “Masks have been effective in reducing transmission of respiratory viruses; and places and time periods where mask usage is required or
        widespread have shown substantially lower community transmission.”


        • Drake Larsen

          You don’t understand how science works. At that time (Jan 2021) the Cochrane review was also in support of masking like your PNAS paper – citing many of the same studies in their review as PNAS; most of them based on computer models, policy scenarios, and gimmicks like laser lights shined on masks to illuminate “droplets”. To be published in Jan 2021 that information is from fall 2020 at best. Now 25 months later we know much much more, instead of model scenarios and gimmicks we actually have 78 studies involving more than 610,000 people wearing masks in the real Covid-19 context and they conclude: “Wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference”.