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Your Ward News Sentencing Update: One Down. One to Go.

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:47
As the sentencing hearing for Your Ward News editor, James Sears, and publisher, LeRoy St. Germaine, resumed this afternoon, I started taking bets with friends about whether it would drag on longer. It was clear after my last post that Paul Fromm, if no one else, maintained his enthusiasm and I felt like this case was not done yet.




My personal bet was that St. Germaine would be sentenced today and that the Sears grandstanding circus would continue.

I was completely wrong.

BREAKING NEWS James Sears of Your Ward News sentenced to one year in prison for hate. Stay tuned.— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) August 22, 2019
In deciding that Sears could not reopen the case, Justice Blouin not only put an end to Sears' shenanigans, but also cleared his lawyer, Dean Embry, of any wrongdoing. He clearly stated that "Mr. Embry approached the case tactically and professionally. This was not incompetence or worse. This was a lawyer doing his job. It just didn't work."

In sentencing, Blouin did not mince words. He stated that “any position communicated that essentially denies that an entire half of the world's population are human beings is so outrageously reprehensible that the word ‘hate’ is starkly inadequate." He went on to explicitly make the important link between online/printed hate and extremist violence when he added, "Mr. Sears...promoted hate to a vast audience in an era where online exposure to this material inexorably leads to extremism and the potential for mass casualties."

In his Reasons for Sentence, which can be read in its entirety at the end of this piece, he concluded:

Looking at the appropriate sentence through the lens of fundamental principle of sentencing in s 718.1 (that is the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender), my view is that both counts should attract an 18-month jail term. Obviously, as indicated above, the procedural maximum sentence I am permitted to impose is one of six months on each count (consecutive). Accordingly, Mr. Sears will be incarcerated for one year." 
This declaration caused emotional responses from some of the fash who, according to sources, were out in force to support Sears and St. Germaine. Thanks to some great reporting from Adrian Ghobrial, we've been able to piece together some of the aftermath. First, a woman started ugly crying saying "that's not right" and ran from the room.

A woman in a blue dress, who’s obviously a James Sears supporter ran out of the courtroom crying.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019
This woman, apparently, wasn't Sears' wife. Said wife brought their young son up to say goodbye and collected Sears' personal effects, except for one important item he decided to keep with him.

Before being led away in handcuffs, James Sears gave all his belongings to a woman he identified as his wife, who was holding James Sears son in her arms. He gave her all his belongings but repeatedly tells her that he wants to hold onto his “crucifix”— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019
From what I understand, he opted not to hug his family before being put in cuffs. As he was led away, he simply said "see you guys."

While I imagine this was a relief for many of those in attendance, I am somewhat disappointed that we will now never see the "impressive list" of expert witnesses Sears and Fromm were working on. The ironic thing is, since Sears fired his lawyer and created all this extra work for his friends and the court, he may now have to do a lot of extra work himself while he attempts to navigate the process for requesting an appeal, and possibly bail pending said appeal, which seems fitting, really.

There was one small victory for Sears, however. The Crown had requested that as part of his probation he be prohibited from writing or publishing anything for three years. Blouin agreed with Embry's assertion that that was too broad, saying that he was entitled to his free speech rights and that he was free to publish anything he wants, "even if unpopular and objectionable, as long as his words do not offend the Criminal Code." It will be interesting to see what, if anything, Sears feels inclined to publish in the future.

In the matter of LeRoy St. Germaine, Blouin indicated that since the sentencing circle option did not work out, he would need more time to prepare to for his sentencing. Court will resume August 29th for St. Germaine.

One down. One to go.

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You can read the background from this sentencing circus at the following links:









James Sears, Editor of Racist, Antisemitic, and Misogynistic Rag "Your Ward News" Sentenced To One Year

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:07
More information will posted in another article but in the meantime here are a few reactions:

James Sears, who was convicted of two counts of willfully promoting through his publication, Your Ward News has had his application to have his case reopened denied by Justice Richard Blouin. @CityNews— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

Justice Blouin says he sees no reason why Sears should serve “any less than 18 months.”— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

For clarity, the judge said he believed that James Sears deserved 18 months but because the prosecution proceeded with a “summary conviction” James Sears will serve two consecutive six month sentences. So 12-months in jail.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

A woman in a blue dress, who’s obviously a James Sears supporter ran out of the courtroom crying.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

BREAKING: James Sears, editor of the hateful #YourWardNews publication has been sentenced to 12 months in jail after a being convicted of willful promotion of hate against Jews and women.

Statement forthcoming.— CIJA (@CIJAinfo) August 22, 2019

One year in jail for James Sears for promoting hate against women and Jews. #onpoli #cdnpoli #yourwardnews https://t.co/HLGmASMsPL— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 22, 2019

#BREAKING: Your Ward News editor James Sears sentenced to 1 year for promoting hate https://t.co/7rsrXKPg47— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) August 22, 2019

More information to come.

Meet A PPC Candidate: People on Social Assistance Should Be Denied Voting Rights

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 16:36
So for a change of pace here's a story that isn't connected to a nihilistic racist death cult.... so far as I know at least.

PressProgress picked up ARC's story on the scuffle between white nationalist Derek Harrison who shoved the nearly 70 year old anti-Muslim conspiracy promoter Tarek Fatah who then proceeded to swat Harrison with his cane. It was an incident where no one came across looking good but I have to say that if you're a man in his later 30s or early 40s and you shove a septuagenarian in almost any context, you're really the asshole.

Derek doesn't seem to feel the same way as he responds to the PressProgress story by accusing Fatah of being a communist and suggesting he go back to his "shit hole country":


I included my own editorializing.
The incident occurred at the PPC meeting where Bernier unveiled his immigration platform such that it is. Harrison himself has become a rather big booster for the PPC and might even be credited with finding them a candidate.
With that in mind, meet Kelly Day:

Day claims to be a former leftist who "walked away" from the ideology. She has also been boosted by the likes of Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media":

Perhaps her most high profile engagement was performing in the UK for football hooligan Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a man convicted of multiple crimes including numerous assaults, using a false passport (he was trying to enter the United States where he was banned for drug offenses), and mortgage fraud; he's currently serving time after being convicted for breach of the peace and contempt of court. He also has a history with the BNP:
But hey, he hates Muslims so Ezra and company are happy to overlook these character flaws. Here Harrison introduces a video in which Day performing what appears to be the song "Hallelujah" for Yaxley-Lennon but with the lyrics significantly changed:


Leonard Cohen would not approve.


She has also promoted the views of self-styled counter-terrorism Tom Quiggin whose expertise and credentials have been called into question; his primary claim to being an expert on the subject is that he appeared before a parliamentary committee along other "experts" on Islamic extremism as (ironically) Tarek Fatah:





Did you do 30 seconds of background for your @nationalpost story? These are 2 guys in a basement reading Breitbart. https://t.co/5fZ6CoQhxm— Stephanie Carvin (@StephanieCarvin) August 23, 2016


So of course, Kelly Day is a perfect PPC candidate!


Accepted AND vetted, eh?

Soooo, are the folks in the PPC aware that she agrees people on social assistance shouldn't be allowed to vote?


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Patrik Mathews: Once Again, Sometimes Life Comes At You Hard

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 00:07
And in  the case of Patrik Mathews, very hard.

ATTN: Swat teams are now in Beausejour. In this video you can hear his commanding officer call him to come out of the house. He was seen leaving the house in cuffs. If we have anymore information we will update it here. #mbpoli #wpgpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/nhcwlOJ9oR— Peg City Don’t Play (@FF1_ywg) August 20, 2019
UPDATE: People claiming to know Mathews (went through basic training or worked with him) occurring on Reddit.





Meet Cpl Patrik Mathews, Winnipeg Recruiter For Violent Hate Group The Base

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:06

Ryan Thorpe has published the name of the individual responsible for the posters found in Winnipeg recruiting people to join The Base, a secretive and violent hate group with links to Atomwaffen Division:

The man who is recruiting in Winnipeg for a neo-Nazi paramilitary group holds a leadership position in the Canadian Army Reserve and is a trained explosives expert. https://t.co/FhzpCmLzme— Ryan Thorpe (@rk_thorpe) August 19, 2019This is like finding a member of ISIS in the Canadian Armed Forces. In fact, it's the second time in two years that a member of a neo-Nazi death cult has been found in the reserves.

Time for the CAF to take this seriously.https://t.co/q33IVyiWhp— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 19, 2019
The individual discussed in the story has shut down his Facebook profile.... but he wasn't fast enough:





Meet Cpl. Patrik Mathews, working out of the Minto and McGregor armouries in Winnipeg:
Mathews is a trained combat engineer, which makes him an explosives expert, and is an active member of the army reserve. Combat engineers are responsible for conducting a number of construction and demolition tasks under battle conditions. As a master corporal, he is considered to be in a leadership position and oversees and instructs privates who work under him.UPDATE: I'm guessing Patrik has had better days.

Military, RCMP investigating Winnipeg neo-Nazi army reserves leader https://t.co/MVtzJ79XJ2— Winnipeg Free Press (@WinnipegNews) August 20, 2019

Before he shut it down ARC was able to do a bit of a deep dive into his Facebook profile finding a few interesting things.

For example, seems Mathews is a supporter of Donald Trump and Bernier's PPC:



He is also a fan of Fireforce Ventures, an online store glorifying the apartheid state of Rhodesia profiled by Ricochet which had active CF members engaged in racist banter (and which one Keean Bexte, now a "Rebel Media" personality was involved with):


We also found something that turned out to be rather ironic.

Two days ago we mentioned that Mathews had a number of Twitter accounts and discussed one of those accounts, The Sober Philosopher, in some detail. A second account, PunishedPhilosopher, was used also used to harass antifascists:








He also made similar threats of violence:





However it is this one that jumped out for me:


It jumped out because it seems that Mathews didn't always feel this way:


First, she could (and hopefully has) done better.

Second, I wonder if Mathews told other members of The Base that he was at one time romantically involved with a woman of colour?

I end this by noting that hate groups like Atomwaffen, The Base, and others like them like to believe they act in a cloak of anonymity. That they can plan, encourage, and (in some cases) commit acts of violence without being concerned about the consequences feeling they are untouchable while trying to create a climate of fear for those they deem as the enemy.

The anonymity of at least this member lasted a little over two weeks, and while we are still looking for the person putting up The Base posters in Saskatchewan who is also rumored to be a CF employee, that person should probably be very, very, worried right about now.

For anyone else considering joining groups like this, this should give you some pause for thought.

Letter in today’s Toronto Star. Please ask your local federal candidate what their Party proposes to do. @HarjitSajjan @CanadianArmy @antihateca @ARCCollective pic.twitter.com/tJ2ufn35kx— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) August 19, 2019

"Winnipeg Free Press" Journalist Uncovers Identity of Winnipeg Recruiter For Violent Hate Group

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 01:37
It has been hard to keep up with all the information coming out about the far-right in Canada and internationally, especially those related to the more underground and violent movements that have come into existence during the past few years. The tragedy in El Paso and the arrest of a man in Las Vegas who appears to have been planning a similar attack has made the danger posed by the far right much more clear.

The Las Vegas suspect, whose plans look to have been known of and perhaps assisted by the international members of the Atomwaffen-affiliated Feuerkrieg Division, also had a connection to a Barrie, ON man who was profiled on the blog. And earlier this month ARC and other groups became aware of another violent, and perhaps more dangerous, group in Canada:

The screen shot comes from the now deleted Gab profile for The Base, a secretive hate group that has been recruiting members in the United States, engaging in survivalist and combat training, and preparing to attack targets with the goal of helping to create conditions for a societal collapse from which their members and like minded individuals will emerge to create their vision of a whites only society. Those considered undesirable -- racial minorities, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ -- as well as white who don't subscribe to the racist ideology and are thus deemed traitors, would be eliminated.
As journalists Mack Lamoureux and Ben Makuch noted in a Vice story published Friday morning The Base is also now active in Canada:
Been monitoring The Base (neo-Nazi extremists): evidence shows it's recruiting across the US and Canada and already undertaking live-fire paramilitary camps. One set of images shows them shooting a target with the Star of David. https://t.co/ulqL8szqTY w @MackLamoureux for @VICE— Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) August 16, 2019
Those of us who keep an eye on hate groups were already aware that groups like The Base could be active in Canada and we had seen some indications of some level of paramilitary activity. It wasn't until the posters started showing up that it was confirmed however:


These posters started showing up in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan earlier this month. Myself and groups such as Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, FF1, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (among many others) have been trying to figure out who might be responsible. On Friday Ryan Thorpe of "The Winnipeg Free Press" published a story detailing how he was able to gain access to the group and learn the identity of the Winnipeg recruiter:
Homegrown hate on the front of Saturday's @WinnipegNews #wfp pic.twitter.com/vTG7IYPGjf— Winnipeg Free Press (@WinnipegNews) August 17, 2019
Online, he goes by the names Dave Arctorum and "coincidence detector" (a reference to a Google Chrome extension used by anti-Semites to identify Jewish-sounding names in news articles). He said his real first name was Patrick and that he was 26 years old. He said he grew up in the countryside and at some point lived in Winnipeg, but now resides in Beausejour. He later said his father owned land near Lundar.....Recently, he’s begun putting up flyers that attempt to intimidate and threaten local anti-fascist activists. He claimed to have joined the military out of high school, training as a combat engineer, but indicated he plans to leave the military soon because he feels he can no longer "serve the ZOG."....During his years in the military, he said he tried to turn other soldiers onto neo-Nazism and felt he had made progress with two individuals. Patrick also revealed that in addition to his social-media accounts, which promote his political views, he set up multiple other accounts to spread misinformation among local anti-fascist activists. At one point in the conversation, which lasted roughly an hour-and-a-half, he said in a well-ordered society such activists would be dragged out of their homes and "strung up." He also discussed plans to find the addresses and phone numbers of these people and post them publicly....."At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote. "At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote.While we don't know Patrick's Patrik's last name, ARC and others did learn at least a few of Patrik's online identities including this one:

Patrick, the neo-Nazi terrorist group member, says "social media will be a wonderful record for figuring out what surviving whites get the rope." The first three accounts Patrick followed on Twitter are us, @ARCCollective and @ebalgord. For context: rope = murder by hanging.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 17, 2019Read more »

Patrick Kuhn of Kelliher, Saskatchewan Arrested

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 10:41
So remember this past spring when Patrick Kuhn of Kelliher, Saskatchewan made the news for flying a Nazi flag (and the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy) outside the home he was living in? And remember how he was just described as someone as a kid who didn't grow up which minimized the damage he caused and infantalized him? Oh, and you remember that the police didn't investigate him, but DID investigate the FNMI man who took down the flag himself?

Well, funny story....





He's a keeper alright....

Everyone else is talking about Talya Davidson, so I figured we should, too

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 23:58
On August 12th, 28-year-old Toronto resident, Talya Davidson, was videotaped hurling racist insults and spitting on a man in Nathan Phillips Square while holding a sign supporting CPC leader, Andrew Scheer. She was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of assault and 3 counts of assaulting a police officer.



The video, taken by her victim, Farhan Rana, quickly went viral and many people condemned the behaviour, including Scheer himself.


However, people quickly realized something wasn't right. When they dug into her history, it became clear she did not have the type of social media footprint one would expect of an overt racist. Davidson, who is originally from South Africa, seems to have an affinity for Latin American cultures. She claims to have studied at both the University of Guelph and UBC, worked as a journalist in Guadalajara, and has an interesting blog of stories based on her life and travels. She recently participated in a literary event hosted by Carolyn Bennet, and has a YouTube channel of her efforts to learn the guitar.




As eagerly reported by The Post Millennial, (more on them later), Davidson declares her political interests as being substantially left of centre on her couchsurfing profile.



Judging by Davidson's accomplishments, she is smart and driven. At the age of 25, she opened a Venezuelan restaurant called El Arepazo with her then boyfriend, Luis Vega, in Kensington Market. It did quite well for a while and even won a Now Magazine award in 2017.



Vega, however, was a bit of a hothead and got into the news for his own viral video of assaulting a graffiti artist outside his restaurant in 2015. Apparently he was attempting to make a citizen's arrest.


In addition to assault, he also decided to badmouth his suppliers online, and at one point used Talya's Now Magazine account to do so. This comment garnered a response claiming that Vega is homophobic and that anyone who is LGBTQ, or considers themselves an ally, should boycott El Arepazo. Davidson did not appreciate all of this and asked Now to remove Vega's comment.


The most controversial post I found of hers was another Now comment where she compares the hijab to a bra. My first take on it was admittedly not favourable, but upon reflection I can see that while it is awkward, it wasn't intended to cause harm.


So, how does a bright, driven, left-leaning person who is concerned with her social media footprint end up hurling racist insults and writing stuff like this on Facebook? 


As expected by many, Davidson was ordered by the court to have a psychiatric evaluation at CAMH, and for the moment, that is the extent of the answers the public has about the case.

Certain media outlets -- mainstream and otherwise -- and racist extremists jumped on this story between the video going viral and Davidson's transfer to CAMH. What follows are but a few screenshots of an avalanche of stomach-churning Tweets from people who were determined to mould the story to their liking.

First up is Paul Fromm. Before much was known about Davidson beyond the viral video, Fromm claimed that, despite all evidence to the contrary, there was no hate, no crime, and most certainly no hate crime here. It was just "bad manners," and, of course, it is really our diverse society that's at fault.




But once people started digging in, things got really out of hand, starting with supposedly mainstream publications, like The National Post, that ran a headline quoting Michelle Rempel saying the attack was staged.


The article does condemn Davidson's actions, but the headline fans the conspiracy theory flames that this was a hoax. Others went much farther, including The Post Millennial who blamed the mainstream press for falling for an elaborate trick.


Ezra Levant jumped on the hoax bandwagon too, because of course he did. This is apparently what passes for "telling the other side of the story."


And then there is Faith Goldy's fan club, I.D. Canada. Apparently, we need to "wake up."



The articles, Tweets and posts promoting the hoax narrative were unrelenting. They were nauseating to read because they added another layer of insult to Rana's experience by claiming he was either to blame, or in on the conspiracy with Davidson.


The racist attack Rana experienced was very real, and I cannot imagine how seeing Tweets like Bexte's made him feel. Davidson will be back in court on September 12th. Here's hoping the discussion around this case will become more productive and compassionate soon.


Marc Lemire Out in Hamilton

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:12
Former neo-Nazi hate group leader Marc Lemire is no longer working for Hamilton by mutual agreement. We provided evidence to investigators that he continued to host hate materials on his now-defunct blog after the story broke.https://t.co/y9SMd23ktn— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 16, 2019
Marc Lemire will not return to work for the city following investigation: sources. https://t.co/ULDqCSeJs1 #HamOnt pic.twitter.com/pPgYJwP7SP— CBC Hamilton (@CBCHamilton) August 16, 2019
Sources say Lemire won’t be coming back, but for lots of us questions remain about how a known Neo-nazi got hired and may have been deliberately hidden at the City for years. It’s possible that other employees should face discipline. https://t.co/onIVxxtNxJ #CanLab #HamOnt #OnLab— Sarah Molyneaux (@Sarah_Molyneaux) August 16, 2019

Right to the end, Lemire continued to deny his long-time involvement with the Heritage Front, involvement that ranged from simple membership early on, work on the hate group's website and later hosting it and numerous other hate sites, and finally the leadership of the hate group. This is all outlined in "Marc Lemire: A Summary of Information" that includes links to article written about Lemire's involvement in organized hate.

While the removal of Lemire is positive, there are still a lot of questions regarding his employment and why he appears to have been protected by Hamilton government officials. We also still have questions about his access to sensitive information and whether that information could have been shared with his fellow travelers.



Far Right Infighting Part ∞: Ron Banerjee vs. Goldy Supporters

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 15:44
So one of the bigger stories in the world of Canadian far-right personalities was that Faith Goldy willingly gave up on Twitter to spend more time in thoughtful contemplation. However this might be more meaningful if (a) I was convinced she will stay off Twitter and (b) didn't have nearly half a dozen other social media avenues through which she can continue to be an awful human being:


Goldy has become polarizing even for members of the far right. There are those out there who venerate her as a sort of virgin "Madonna of the Rocks" figure and those who came to loathe her for"selling out by trying to appeal to "the ethnics" during her Toronto mayoral campaign; her alleged relationship with Richard Spencer might have answered the virgin part.

I'm here all week folks! Try the veal and make sure you tip your server!

In any case, we have an instance now where people have taken a firm side on the argument.



Despite his recent humiliation and groveling apology, Rob Banerjee still has to Ron Banerjee. He's still active in anti-Muslim protests and his Hindu nationalism has perhaps become even more overt of late.

He also continues to style himself as Canada's #1 Trump fan and defender:



When Faith Goldy was critical of Indian and Chinese immigrants in some of her last Twitter posts, well, Banerjee went on the attack using Trump as a hustification. This resulted in an extended argument by a few others but especially one Ryan Walker who I've seen posting on numerous extremist Facebook groups




Now this thread was quite mild compared to what came later as Walker posted this on Banerjee's wall:

Yep, 220 comments.

I'm not about to re-post ALL of them, however the ones I will post are instructive. To summarize Banerjee continues to troll, write about the superiority of Hindus and Hindu culture, attack Muslims, and claim that women find him desirable. Ryan Walker and his supporters continue to state that non-Europeans need to "go home", quote white supremacists such as William Pierce, echo Trump's language ("go back where you come from" and "shithole countries"), hint at a violent "purge" of non-European Canadians as being imminent, and then threaten to find and harm Banerjee who bravely provides them with an obviously false address claiming that he's not afraid of them.

It really is quite the show:

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

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 01:34
.... 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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Your Ward News Sentencing Update: Make it stop already!

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 19:08
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.

Paul Fromm with Maxime Bernier: Pleased With PPC Immigration Platform

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 10:24
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:





Guest Article: The Canadian Far-Right an Eco's Hallmarks of Fascism

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 16:54
I had been planning on writing an article for the blog detailing Umberto Eco's fourten hallmarks of fascism and even started gathering some relevant screenshots (some of which I have included). However last month I saw that Twitter user Seussterhoff had already posted a series of tweets providing an outline of the hallmarks. As such I asked Seussterhoff if they would be willing to write an article on the topic for the blog and more fully flesh out the connection between the far right groups ARC, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, and others have been reporting on.

I would very much like to thank Seussterhoff for this article; if you aren't following this Twitter account, you really should be.

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The alt-right is like a box of chocolates - or, in the words of Dr. Umberto Eco, ""fascism was a fuzzy totalitarianism, a collage of different philosophical and political ideas, a beehive of contradictions." Therefore, in the spirit of tarring the alliance/cross-contamination between PEGIDA, Yellow Vests, hate preachers, Wolves/Soldiers of Odin, Northern Guard, and their good buddies with the same brush, I present Eco's fourteen hallmarks of fascism.

Eco, for the record, grew up in Mussolini's Italy. He got to know fascism firsthand. I've often found his fourteen points a useful reference for analyzing groups and movements that are prone to going off the rails. And I see every one of those fourteen points, to some extent, in the Canadian alt-right.

References: Eco's 1995 original (partially paywalled); OpenCulture's summary; Paul Bausch's point-form summary.

My thanks to the good people of ARC Collective for inviting me to expand on my Twitter thread about this. And while the screencaps may not be the world's best or most pointed examples of all the points below, the vast majority of them came from less than half an hour of casual browsing on the Facebook page of Derek Storie, a prominent Yellow Vest.

#1: The cult of tradition....




...."nourished by...syncretistic, occult elements." 

I've got a pagan friend who's prone to rage about all the ways the alt-right has appropriated and twisted Norse and pagan heritage - throwbacks to romanticized days when men were MEN and so forth. The iconography is everywhere:


Note one-eyed Odin, a reference to sacrificing for hidden truths. Ravens, incidentally, reference similar ideas, with a slant toward uncovering secrets and omniscience.

'Syncretism,' for context, is about blending the appealing bits of various cultures and traditions. Observe:


Middle is a Norse valknut symbol, with as many historic and modern interpretations as you can shake a stick at. Very watered-down, basically meaningless apart from its occasional association with white supremacy. Top right is Norse. Top left, in the words of my heathen symbologist friend, is a "Medieval Christian Icelandic 'runesign' most neo-pagans don't realize is Christian." Bottom is a Celtic triskelion. The logo is just one big syncretic mishmash. Neo-pagan or pseudo-Norse iconography like this is all over their social media.

And that's only one small example of their veneration for skewed tradition and heritage. Think about how many of them fly the Red Ensign, Canada's old flag from colonial times, and what they mean by that.




Think, too, what they mean when they try to appropriate and possess the Canadian flag: they're trying to radicalize it as a symbol and position their critics and targets as un-Canadian. Cult of tradition all over the place.

#2: Modernism is the enemy. "The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity." 


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Keean Bexte, Associated With Members/Supporters of ID Canada Hate Group, Harassing Congresswomen Attacked By Trump

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:20
I decided to follow up the article I posted yesterday concerning the Canadian far-right's celebration of Trump's overtly racist Tweet attacking four Congresswomen of colour (followed by a rally in North Carolina where he reveled in the crowd chanting "send them home!" before lying and claiming he didn't like it and tried to stop it despite video evidence showing the opposite) with a little more Canadian content on the subject.
NOTE 1: Wait just a little while, and Trump can be relied on to be completely unreliable as he reverses his reversal and defends the racist chant now.Phew! Holy run-on sentence Batman!

Anywho, on to the point....


Once again, meet one of Rebel Media's latest propagandist personalities Keean Bexte. Before I get into the meat of the issue, let's address the elephant in the room.

Yes, he actually chose to look like this:


I mean.... damn dude!

Your mother let you out of the house looking like that, did she? I mean, mine loves me enough to tell me that if I sported that haircut like that I should probably just shave it all off because I would look absolutely ridiculous.

And do you actually own another t-shirt? I legit looked at a number of photos of you and this one was rather ubiquitous:



Is it your dress t-shirt? You're "report'n" t-shirt? Did you loose a bet that requires you to wear it continuously for a year? Do you think that t-shirt is the source of your strength like Sampson's hair (sorry, I know that hair is sort of a touchy subject). Do you wear the t-shirt to prevent nipple chafing? Does it promote nipple chafing (I won't judge your kink, man)?

THESE are the questions the people really want answers to Crutchie!

If you know Bexte, you do so likely for one or more of a number of reasons. He was a member of the Calgary Wildrose executive who was involved in some Roger Stone-esque dirty trickery in his effort to support Jason Kenney's campaign for leadership of the United Conservative Party. He managed to get a resolution at the Conservative policy convention eliminating birthright citizenship in Canada to pass before leaving the party in a huff because he didn't get his way over dairy products. He is suspected to have been one (if not the one) to have promoted a men's rights "documentary" by claiming that everyone knows that "feminism is cancer" and then create another online persona to take the blame for the email.

Those who read this blog are also aware of his links to Fireforce Ventures (an online store exposed by Ricochet which glorified the racist regime of the former Rhodesia and made liberal use of racist epithets) as well as a number of individuals associated with both Alberta conservative campus politics and the hate group ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada):



With a pedigree like that, it was only a matter of time before Ezra Levant, who has jumped started the careers of alt-right and alt-light figures such as white nationalist Faith Goldy, propagandist Lauren Southern, hate group founder Gavin McInnes, career criminal Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, former British Nationalist Party's Jack Buckby, serial liar Jack Posobiec, and Laura "My Life Is Meaningless Without Twitter" Loomer amongst others:As a Rebel Media personality, Keean has recently been tasked with covering American politics by which I mean harassing Democratic politicians. Here for example is his hard hitting report (ie badgering) of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar which also appeared on another virulently Islamophobic website late last month:

The whole "Omar married her brother to commit immigration fraud" slander seems to have begun in 2016 though it was quickly and definitively debunked:

That of course hasn't stopped the likes of Bexte and others from continuing to promote this slander (one can see it continually being referred to in screen shots posted in the article yesterday) as evidenced by the past several days:


NOTE 2: More on Avi Yemini who Bexte retweeted:
  • Tommy Robinson's Australian wingman, Avi Yemini, has pleaded guilty to unlawful assault and admitted throwing a chopping board at his former wife's head, the Herald Sun reports.— Josh Halliday (@JoshHalliday) July 18, 2019 
I can't stress enough how much this Ilhan Omar smear — now on Fox and talk radio, and coming from the president himself — is based on absolute nonsense. It's Pizzagate-levels of delusion. https://t.co/YGabsKxL82— Will Sommer (@willsommer) July 19, 2019

In the world of racist misogynists like Bexte, a woman (and in this case a woman of color) refuses to talk to or acknowledge him is all that is the real crime.
In fact this really brings me to the main point of the article here. As Canadian Trump supporters, members of Rebel Media have been acting as one of this country's primary propaganda avenues. Bexte himself is a fan of Trump and after the current occupant of the Oval Office posted his racist tweet Bexte decided to jump on the train:




The question he continues to ask in the video is of the "have you stopped beating your wife?" variety.  Bexte, a person for whom acting in bad faith seems as natural as breathing, isn't at all interested in an answer. He wants a reaction as evidenced by this exchange with journalist Emily Leeham whom he berated along men who had accompanied him at a Linda Sarsour speaking engagement in Winnipeg. The telling moment occurs at about the 1:00 mark:
Keean Bexte from the Rebel Media other local men cornering me while asking inflammatory questions to get an emotional response. This is how the Rebel Media works. Video taken April 26, 2019 outside the Ukrainian Labour Temple in Winnipeg. Please share. pic.twitter.com/zvm6PDpk1M— Emily Leedham (@Emily_Leedham_) April 28, 2019
Like Ms. Leeham, the four Congresswomen dealt with Bexte in the best way possible (and really, he should be used to women ignoring him by this point in his life). He's also disingenuous as hell since he himself makes it clear he's prefectly fine with violence and threats of violence as illustrated here when he defends border agents who posted rape and murder fantasies about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on social media:


Bexte after all really isn't a journalist:

He's an agenda-driven propagandist who already has a narrative that he's going to push:



Now because Rebel Media is, in this writers ever so humble opinion, less a journalist endevor than it is primarily a business profiting from the anger and hate it stokes, Bexte and Ezra Levant (if not Levant personally than as part of Rebel Media's business model) have as they do bought a domain name and created a petition where the supporters can (a) impotently sign to voice their anger based on half truths and lies which won't actually accomplish anything but will make the signer feel as if he or she is doing something concrete and (b) provide Rebel Media marketers with personal information and email address that can be used to contact the signers and solicit donations.... allegedly. And of course there also has to be some sort of public stunt involved too:

He also received a visit from former (if short-live in his tenure) Rebel alum Jack Posobiec:

It should be noted that Posobiec is a nutbar who:He was also fired by Levant because he was too dishonest even for Rebel Media.
Let that fact sink in there.
The campaign Bexte is engaged on is patently dishonest, but it does conform with the current toxic political environment on the right and as such will get an audience in those circles:


When should we start taking bets on when Bexte starts going down the same path as Goldy?

Just kidding. He's already well on his way:

Canadian Far Right Celebrate Donald Trump's Most Recent Example of Overt Racism

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:36
In 1947, a short film was produced by the American War Department warning Americans to be wary of racist demagogues and the dangers they pose to democratic institution:


The film was produced in response to horrors of a global war still fresh in the memories of the American public in which a man who had been a failure through most of his life but who had a gift for public speaking and manipulating public was able to achieve power in part by dividing citizens of his adopted country into Aryan übermensch and untermensch who's citizenship and humanity were stripped from them.
Now 71 years later, another demagogue is using (not reading because he proudly doesn't read) the same playbook:

In some ways this isn't a surprise. American politicians have for years used racist dog whistles to rile up their supporters, the Southern Strategy and Ronald Reagan's reference to "welfare queens" being two cases. And Donald Trump has a long history of racial animus; the refusal to rent to African-American tenants in the 1970s for which he and his father, the Central Park jogger case, his claims in 1989 that African-Americans had an advantage over whites, a 1991 book quoting him as suggesting Black Americans were lazy and that the only people he wanted counting his money were Jews whick also plays on stereotypes, his attacks on Native Americans during an effort to prevent tribal competition with him in the gambling industry, his birther attacks on President Obama, his claim that a judge couldn't be objective in a case he was being sued in because of his Mexican-American heritage, his efforts to stop Muslims from entering the United States and the lie that Arab-Americans were seen celebrating the 9/11 attacks, and so many more.

This was a man who, immediately upon entering the presidential race in 2015, labeled Mexican migrants as rapists and criminals, though he did allow that there MIGHT be some good people.

The racial animus is what in part attracted the bulk of Trump's supporters. When it was reported that he didn't want immigrants from "shit hole countries" his supporters began parroting that line while at the same time denying that he said it. So it can't be at all surprising when these same supporters embrace the overtly racist "go back where they came from" line while denying that it is racist but also assuming that the four congresswomen are foreign and Muslim (two of the four are) because of the colour of their skin.

The Canadian far-right who admire Trump have embraced this same xenophobic and exclusionary rhetoric:



Kevin "The Poodle" Johnston, fresh off being on the receiving end of a multi-million dollar defamation judgement for his attacks on a Muslim-Canadian businessman for which he is unrepentant and doubling down, and long time white supremacist (and promoter of the recently outlawed Blood & Honour/C18 terrorist group) Paul Fromm aren't the only two examples of course:



Similar posts can be found on the Yellow Vests Canada, Northern Guard, and a host of other far-right Facebook groups. Some of the most vile of the rhetoric can be found on the profile of Georges Hallak, a Quebec racist, Islamophobic, theocrat who ARC has discussed in detail and in passing in past articles:


Hallak is a huge fan of Trump and of course embraces the same xenophobia about immigrants and refugees despite himself being an immigrant from Lebanon:


The response to this post might be the most telling regarding the character of the far right:





It is hard to get through to people who believe that Donald Trump has class, but I do digress.

The term "stochastic terrorism" has been used to describe Trump's tweet and other similar examples targeting political opponents, critics, and those he feels are not sufficiently loyal to himself. Stochastic terrorism has been defines as, "the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted."

Given the reaction of the far-right in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere, it seems to be an apt term:







Hallak and his friends also gets in on the dehumanizing and dangerous rhetoric....








.... while throwing in some Canadian content:




The "non-citizens" in the Canadian government are naturalized citizens who aren't white, thus are not and never will be truly "Canadian" in the minds of these posters.

And if Trump's xenophobia is criticized by the Canadian prime minister, the "patriots" on the III% Alberta militia page have an answer.

Threaten to break away from the country and kill the prime minister in support of the racist foreign leader:



Of course, we know that if Trump's tweets do have their (I presume) desired effects....

This is one of the single most racist moments in modern American political history. As Trump began attacking my friend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the crowd began chanting “SEND HER BACK, SEND HER BACK.” It’s utterly despicable and dangerous. We are here. We are in THAT time. UGLY. pic.twitter.com/6M0PBXe4Lr— Shaun King (@shaunking) July 17, 2019
People will be assaulted, attacked, perhaps even killed as a result of Trump's racist incitement. Hate crimes have increased. A terrorist killed 11 in a synagogue as revenge against "invaders." When will your rage be exhausted? How many of us must suffer for you to feel great?— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) July 18, 2019
People are saying Trump’s rhetoric will “get someone killed” like the President’s rhetoric hasn’t already got people murdered.— Solomon (@Solomon_Selby) July 18, 2019

....we already know the same people profiled in this article will claim it as a false flag.

Sears and St. Germaine's sentencing delayed yet again

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:15
Here we are with yet another chapter in what seems like the never-ending saga of the James Sears/LeRoy St. Germaine sentencing hearing. Those of you who have stuck with me through this mess will recall that Sears and St. Germaine of Your Ward News were convicted of wilfully promoting hatred against women and Jews back in January. The sentencing hearing began on April 26th, and devolved quickly when Sears' delivered a truncated version of his 62 page allocution. Sears should have been sentenced on May 31st, but then he decided to fire his lawyer for, to use his words, "throwing the case." He had all sorts of grand plans for launching a constitutional challenge, among other things, now that he is self-represented, so I knew we were in for a rough ride on July 15th. 

Unlike Sears' last appearance in April, I had no illusion that this would be the end, but I also didn't expect it to feel like a new beginning either.

Your Ward News editor hate trial could be re-opened as judge delays sentencing | CBC News https://t.co/vmJgxPTuuO via @cbcnews— The Lawyer's Daily (@lawyersdailyca) July 16, 2019
Determined to "have his day in court," Sears compiled a 79 page submission, with a 29 page addendum, dealing mainly with what he perceives as violations of his Charter rights. Justice Blouin determined none of these had any merit, however, he was willing to entertain the possibility that Sears did not have a fair trial due to his lawyer, Dean Embry's, decision not to call any witnesses. 
Blouin, who is set to retire at the end of August, is widely quoted as telling Sears and the court that:“My overarching obligation is to ensure a fair trial. I’m allowing Mr. Sears an opportunity to satisfy me that this is an exceptional case and I should re-open this trial or declare a mistrial at this late date. [Sears has] made the argument that Mr. Embry basically threw the case. That’s an issue I’m going to have to decide.’’Sears now has two weeks to put forward a list of potential witnesses, their credentials, and what they would add to the proceedings. According to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, Sears intends to call Embry as a witness, along with "experts" in satire, and a former YWN columnist who is apparently an Ethiopian Jew. Blouin will then have to decide whether to reopen the case, declare a mistrial, or press on with sentencing.

The standard "I'm not a lawyer, but..." caveat applies here, however, it is my understanding that satire has only successfully been used as a defence in Canada for copyright issues. Other racists, including Gary Schipper from the Heritage Front days, have tried to lean on humour as a defence in the past, but without success. If Blouin does reopen the trial, I'm very interested to see how they determine who can be considered an expert in satire for this case, and whether anyone could possibly argue about Sears' intentions regarding his hate-filled rants in YWN without relying on a psych evaluation.

While this circus plays out, St. Germaine's sentencing is also up in the air.
B'nai Brith Canada attended court today with regard to Your Ward News, but neither editor James Sears nor publisher LeRoy St. Germaine were sentenced today, for different reasons.— B'nai Brith Canada (@bnaibrithcanada) July 15, 2019
St. Germaine, who is Metis, had his lawyer present the findings of his Gladue Report, which showed that due to the trauma suffered by his father, and the challenging upbringing St. Germaine experienced as a result, these factors should be taken into account for sentencing, and that alternatives to a custodial sentence should be considered. A source who was in attendance said that there was a discussion of having a Victim Offender Reconciliation Meeting, however, that has yet to be decided.

St. Germaine, who we learned has only a grade 8 education, and a criminal record from the 1980s for "break and enter, theft, assault causing bodily harm and assaulting a police officer," (DiManno), had an opportunity to deliver his own allocution. While I'm hoping to find more details, he appears to remain angry and unrepentant, and is quoted as saying:
“I believe in free speech. And I think I’ve done my due diligence in checking Mr. Sears’s material. Besides, there were only some 200 complaints made against the paper over the years, during which 6 million plus editions of the Your Ward News were distributed. If it offends people, for the number of people reading to the number being offended was a wide gap.”There is some good news, however. St. Germaine has apparently decided to permanently cease publishing YWN and plans to disassociate himself from Sears. He presents such a mixed message of being both unrepentant and yet ready to move on that it is hard to predict what the judge will finally decide with regards to sentencing.

Clearly, Justice Blouin will have a lot to consider prior to reconvening on August 1st. He is probably quite looking forward to retiring, given the headaches this case is causing. Hopefully he will be motivated to finally sentence these two, since most people, including me, would like this circus of a case to finally end. Sears' stalling tactics and theatrics have an impact on the identifiable groups and individuals targeted by the hate rag:
FSWC encourages the court to reconsider this latest turn of events and take into account the many people, including Holocaust survivors, victimized by Your Ward News.https://t.co/bqLVbsExdD— FSWC (@CanadianFSWC) July 16, 2019Sears and St Germaine have been found guilty. It is my hope that before the summer is over, those targeted by YWN will find some closure and peace.

 

Islamophobe and Racist Eric Brazau's History of Violence

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 15:58
This might be a bit dated, but ARC just received some information that makes it relevant again.

Back in July 2014, Eric Brazau entered a crowded subway car along with fellow bigot Ron Banerjee. His intention was to "debate" (read: harass and harangue) individuals on the car about the dangers of Islam and Muslims while Banerjee, acting as if he didn't know Brazau, took a video of the exchange:


Not long after, Brazau was arrested:


Cut to January 2015 when he was convicted of mischief, causing a disturbance, and breaching probation. He was sentenced to 9 months in jail but was released pending an appeal:


At the time of his conviction, Christine Blatchford wrote an opinion column for the "National Post" in which she seemed to mock the sentence and overly sensitive Torontonians. One part stands out for me:Astonishingly in a province where those convicted of more serious offences regularly receive suspended sentences or house arrest, Mr. Brazau was denied bail and has been in custody since his arrest that day, July 29, or for five months and nine days.Yeah, about that....
Brazau did appeal his sentence which was perhaps not surprisingly rejected. ARC received a link to a copy of that appeal where we learned that Eric Brazau has a criminal history that includes assaults, uttering threats, and use of a weapon that goes back more than 30 years:


So, maybe a long criminal history and a history of failing to comply with the conditions of his probation has something to do with the reason he was held in custody prior to his trial?

Just throwing that out there.

Suffice it to say ARC will be updating our "History of Violence" article very soon.

Yellow Vest Guelph Ontario Admin Calls for Weapon Use at Rally

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 03:55
The admin and organizer for the yellow vests in Guelph Ontario recently posted that he will be organizing a rally, and pressured his members to bring weapons.




Let's take a little look into the social media posting history of Danny Donovan.



 As you can see, he posts the usual Islamophobic garbage. He also posts anti-LGTBQ material as well.


Threats like this need to be taken very seriously. Yellow vest rallies in Hamilton have been attended by people carrying weapons. In particular an attendee swung a telescopic baton at counter protestors.
Not surprisingly #yellowvestscanada members are defending this. However this person is not being truthful regarding the laws. Owning a baton like this is legal, however concealed carry and using it on someone is absolutely not. @HamiltonPolice @CBCNews @antihateca @CBCHamilton pic.twitter.com/DygztPJARN— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) January 14, 2019







Suspected Active Military Member of Northern Guard

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 11:52
As a result of Yellow Vest Canada Exposed's efforts to bring attention to a far right concert hosted by one former and one (maybe) current member of the white nationalist Northern Guard, the mainstream press has taken an interest. For example Mack Lamoureux of Vice News Canada published a story on July 2 detailing the effort as well as the connection to a Canadian Combat Coalition rally occurring at the same time.

We've covered similar events such as this. Last year a group of Proud Boys, Northern Guard, Nouns of Odin, and other extremists planned on going to Hamilton ostensibly to support businesses in the community but was really an effort at self-promotion as well as to antagonize anti-fascists so they could be ambushed and assaulted.

These far right groups also seem to be military fetishists in how they both glorify the armed forces and attempt to emulate them with the ridiculous quasi-military gear which allows them to "play" soldier without actually ever having to put themselves in harms way; the III%ers are the most notorious, but they certainly aren't alone:


Now as bad as it is when they are playing soldier, a greater concern are those who are in the military who have been radicalized by right-wing extremism:


I will continue to write about this danger to our country until action is taken. My latest in @TheCJN https://t.co/IYVtLVVwFM  @antihateca @ARCCollective #cdnpoli @CanadianArmy @HarjitSajjan— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) June 27, 2019


ARC has documented a few such instances in the past:

There's of course more.
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