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John Carpay, Christine Blatchford, and Paul Fromm Walk Into An Award Banquet....

.... and this isn't the set-up for a joke, though one might suggest the subjects are a bit of a joke in their own right.

Back in November I wrote an article in which it was noted that Ezra Levant provided press credentials to a man involved in a number of hate groups, who had just gotten off house arrest after being convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend, and who would in the new year make news for harassing members of an Edmonton-area mosque:


Also at this event was John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, ostensibly a grassroots organization promoting freedom of speech but which seems to be yet another AstroTurf group promoting a right-wing agenda.

Last year Mr. Carpay, a close associate of now Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, faced criticism for comparing the rainbow flag used by the LGBTQ community and supporters to the Soviet and Nazi flags not once...

NEWLY DISCOVERED: Here’s a video of @jkenney's personal friend, John Carpay, comparing the Swastika to the rainbow flag on April 21, 2017. Turns out Carpay was lying when he said he “unintentionally” made the comparison earlier this month. (1/2) #yyc #ableg #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/YVKP3CyADZ— Kyle Morrow (@kylemmorrow) November 26, 2018

.... but at least twice:

BREAKING: Jason Kenney's friend and donor John Carpay just compared the pride flag to the swastika and the hammer/sickle. Will @jkenney return this bigot's campaign contribution? And—revoke his UCP membership immediately? (Video credit: @mbueckert) #yyc #ableg #abpoli pic.twitter.com/vQs9r8lxec— Kyle Morrow (@kylemmorrow) November 11, 2018

And while Kenney did comment on the issue, he didn't boot Carpay from the UCP as had been demanded:

I acknowledge that John Carpay apologized for his offensive remarks. But this tendency to trivialize the unique meaning of Nazi and Soviet terror must stop. Genocidal totalitarianism has no relationship to political disagreements in our liberal democracy. https://t.co/X3NN9Qi2Da— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) November 12, 2018

Kenney's alt-right Rebel Media contingent also came to Carpay's defence:





Cut to June 2019. Carpay's Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms was having their second annual banquet and "free speech" award ceremony. Who was the first recipient of the George Jonas Freedom Award you ask?


Of COURSE it would be Mark Steyn!

In any case, true to form the second annual recipient of the award was the equally noxious Christie Blatchford (her article about Rehtaeh Parsons alone should inform readers about the lack of human decency that she has). The award was given to her in the middle of June though ARC didn't learn about it until this Sunday when Paul Fromm posted this photograph to his Facebook profile:


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White Nationalists Praise El Paso Attack and Mock the Dead

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 13:01
White nationalists, who have employed terroristic rhetoric with increased enthusiasm in recent months, expressed solidarity with the man who police say killed at least 20 people in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

Your Ward News Sentencing Update: Make it stop already!

The victims are tired. The journalists are tired. The judge and crown attorneys are no doubt tired. I'm tired of writing about it, and heck, I think even the racists are tired. But the sentencing hearing for Your Ward News' editor James Sears, and publisher, LeRoy St. Germaine, has been delayed, yet again, while Sears is busy "absorbing all this."

I wish I was joking.

It's hard to believe that they were convicted of promoting hatred against Jews and women back in  January and have managed to drag out sentencing through April, May, and July.


Sears with supporters on April 26th (that's Gus Stefanis on the left).
Now we're into August. On the first of the month, Sears and St. Germaine were in court with every sort of excuse and delay tactic at the ready. For St. Germaine, who is Metis, the sticking point is the offer of a sentencing circle where he would have the opportunity to engage in a mediated dialogue with his victims. Justice Blouin believes that a discussion in a "controlled, thoughtful arena" would be beneficial, however, St. Germaine doesn't want to do it if he has to apologize up front.

Again, I wish I was joking.

Sears, who is now self-represented and is trying to have his case reopened, was supposed to have his affidavit and list of potential expert witnesses ready for Justice Blouin, but of course he had neither. Instead, this man who loves to hype his intelligence and wit complained that academics were very difficult to reach over the summer months and that he is not a lawyer. He (surprise!) needs more time.

Justice Blouin, who is retiring at the end of August, admits he has never dealt with an application to re-open a case, which he said is an unusual procedure. It is certainly not made any easier given Sears' decision to self-represent. In an effort to avoid another failed court appearance, Blouin gave Sears deadlines in advance to ensure all documentation is complete and submitted beforehand. He has until August 8th to submit an affidavit and obtain one from his former lawyer, Dean Embry. Sears then has until the 15th to produce a list of witnesses complete with their qualifications and what he feels they could add to the case. Court will resume on August 22nd for both Sears and St. Germaine.

Those who have been at the forefront of this case are not pleased. Lisa Kinsella said on Twitter that while she recognizes that the Judge is trying to ensure that the sentences, once they are finally handed out, cannot be contested, these delays are hurting the victims:
Extremely disappointing outcome today. The judge is clearly trying to make sure the convictions are appeal-proof but enough is enough. #TimesUp https://t.co/I29Q3glzPo
— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 1, 2019
They were convicted of promoting hatred against Jews and women in January. Sentencing was supposed to occur in March. Then July. Then today. Now, maybe, August 22nd. We deserve justice. #TimesUp https://t.co/ACH1amwDmC— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 1, 2019
For Sears at least, publishing hateful rhetoric in Your Ward News is not new behaviour. In 2009, footage of Sears taken for a documentary film about his alter-ego, Dimitri the Lover, has him admitting to "banging [his] patients" and shows him harassing and groping women in downtown Toronto.

He claims that his paper acts as a "safety valve" for angry men, but in reality, it encourages more of the same hatred and objectification we have seen from Sears for decades. The victims in the Sears/St. Germaine case deserve justice, and they deserve it at more than the glacial pace we have seen so far in this sentencing hearing. It is well past time that they face the consequences of their actions, and I hope that August 22nd will bring some much needed closure and relief.

El Paso Shooting Suspect May Have Authored Manifesto Containing White Nationalist Talking Points

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 15:04
The suspect in a shooting that left 20 people dead at an El Paso Walmart may have posted and liked anti-immigrant leaning remarks on what appears to be his Twitter account.

PRESS RELEASE – Anti-Fascists outnumber “Free Tommy Robinson” demonstration in Central London

Stand Up To Racism - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 07:43

Over 800 anti-facists joined a counter demonstration today in Regent Street, Central London, against a “Free Tommy Robinson” demonstration of 3-400 people supported by various far-right organisations, a tiny fraction of the numbers at the “Free Tommy” demonstration last year in Whitehall. … Read the rest

Weekend Read: The SPLC fights an internal threat to our democracy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 05:59
In his recent testimony before Congress, Special Counsel Robert Mueller pointedly warned the nation about Russia’s ongoing attempts to meddle in our nation’s elections.

Militias Capitalizing on GOP Rhetoric Heading Into Election Season

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:27
A militia network’s enthusiasm to lend paramilitary support to Oregon’s Republican senators last month could be a bellwether for the 2020 campaign season.

How We Did It

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 13:40
To put together this report, the SPLC submitted a public records request to obtain Community Corrections Plans sent to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), most often annually, for each county or group of counties operating a community corrections program.

Opportunity Costs: Unequal Justice in Alabama’s Community Corrections Programs

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 13:36
Tella Barnett fears she’ll end up behind bars again if she gets behind on her payments.

New report reveals employers, other details about troubled J-1 summer work travel program

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 14:23
The students from the Dominican Republic were told that they could experience American culture while working at resorts and ice cream shops.

Texas sheriff who stars on reality show fails to publicly address sexist images posted on Facebook by one of his top officers

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 14:21
Stories about law enforcement officers disciplined for posting offensive images or words on Facebook are increasingly popping up in the news.

Demonstrate Against Fascist “Tommy ROBINSON” Nazi Friends This Saturday 3 August, London

Stand Up To Racism - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 07:41

Next Saturday the supporters of imprisoned fascist Tommy Robinson will be on the streets of London supporting his racist ideas and calling for his release. 

Stand Up To Racism is calling for all anti-racists and anti-fascists to come together to oppose Robinson’s Nazi mates taking over the centre of London promoting their racist message. … Read the rest

Weekend Read: School Lunches

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:45
Pennsylvania officials came under fire this week when they attempted to collect money owed for school lunches in one of the poorest districts in the state.

Paul Fromm with Maxime Bernier: Pleased With PPC Immigration Platform

So rather than engaging in the usual long-winded lead up I engage in, let's just get to the point on this one:


Yep, white supremacist Paul Fromm, seen here with Max Bernier happily patting him on the back, is pleased with the PPC platform regarding immigration.

Though he's not as happy that a former PPC candidate was removed for merely posting the link to a white supremacist group with ties to terrorism:


Fromm has been a fixture on the far right in Canada since the late 1960s and has associated with such groups as the Heritage Front, Volksfront, the KKK, American Front, and the recently illegal terrorist group Blood & Honour/Combat 18 (among others):




Bernier himself has seemingly decided to throw his lot in with extremists including the Northern Guard:



Proud Boys:


ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada):


The Yellow Vesters:


And an assortment of other alt-right and racist figures:





Identity Dixie Leaders Helped Plan Deadly Rally

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 09:42
Behind the shield of anonymity, members of a neo-Confederate hate group appeared to have emerged without consequences for their participation in a deadly Virginia rally. But that shield has vanished.

Family of Herbert Lee to visit Civil Rights Memorial that honors his sacrifice

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 06:20
Clifton Franklin was a high school football running back who – at 16 – wanted to play in a big game between Louisiana rivals. His mother, however, had other plans.

SPLC: Resuming barbaric practice of federal executions serves no useful purpose

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 07/25/2019 - 13:27
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it plans to resume the executions of people who are awaiting the death penalty in federal prisons, ending nearly two decades in which the federal government had not imposed capital punishment.

More families seek damages for harm suffered due to Trump administration’s family separations

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 07/25/2019 - 06:28
After seeking asylum from Guatemala at a port of entry in 2017, M.C.L. and his 7-year-old son spent two days in various cells where the temperature was kept extremely cold, with only a thin blanket and a single mattress to share.

SPLC: Trump administration plan to kick millions off food stamps is ‘cruel and arbitrary’

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 07:43
The Trump administration announced a plan this week that would “tighten” the rules governing who qualifies for food stamps, a move that would likely take basic food provisions away from about 3 million people.

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