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Blood & Honour/Combat 18 Listed as Outlawed Terrorist Organizations

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 17:14
I created the blog in November 2007 in large part to monitor the Aryan Guard, a Calgary-based hate group founded by Kyle McKee that I saw as having an incredible potential for violence. Eventually the Aryan Guard "patched over" to become Canada's first official (though there had been individuals affiliated long before) branch of the Combat aligned Blood & Honour.


As both the Aryan Guard and Blood & Honour, this hate group was implicated in numerous assaults, arson, a pipe bomb, weapons charges, uttering threats, and attempted murder. Two former members who created the rival WEB were later charged and convicted of murder. Another Blood & Honour group aligned with Volksfront was also implicated in a number of assaults.



My primary goal had been to warn people about this group. Though I've certainly expanded the scope of the blog significantly since its original creation, I've tried as best I could to keep tabs on the members and supporters of Blood & Honour as they became much more discreet online but no less dangerous in the real world.

As such, I view news as a significant event in the effort to combat hate:

1. Neo-Nazi groups have been placed on Canada's listed of terrorist groups for the first time. https://t.co/i97QERG0Ww— Stewart Bell (@StewGlobal) June 26, 2019
Extreme right groups (Blood & Honour/C-18) were added to Canada's list of terrorist groups for the first time. I suppose it's fitting to announce that our (@Palgrave_) book on right-wing extremism in #Canada is set to be released in September (co-authored w/@OT_FSSH's B. Perry). pic.twitter.com/hCKrbrs7H1— Ryan Scrivens (@R_Scrivens) June 26, 2019

NEW (!!): Canada has added international neo-Nazi groups Blood & Honour and its "armed branch," Combat 18, to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations, alongside groups including al Qaida, ISIS and Boko Haram. https://t.co/fmm9nom2aj— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) June 26, 2019


I was interviewed by Vice News earlier today when the news of the designation of Blood & Honour and Combat 18 as outlawed terrorist organizations. I was asked about the activity of the group in recent years and noted that while not engaged in the overt activities of the past, it was still very much active as this 2016 screen shot indicates:


Rather than engaging in marched in Calgary or, as in the case of the last march Edmonton, the Calgary Blood & Honour instead engaged in surreptitious flyering and nearly monthly get togethers sometimes featuring guests who had been in the news:




I kept track of these events and while they were reasonably good at maintaining security, their failures were duly recorded:














More recently, Blood & Honour has been promoting a camp out that is to take place in both Alberta and New Brunswick:



McKee himself no longer lived in Calgary. He and his partner have moved to New Brunswick where McKee now runs a tattoo business.

Based on interactions on the business' Facebook cite, he seems to be one of the go-to tattooists for members and friends of the Northern Guard in the province:


I also mentioned in the interview that as happy as I was that Blood & Honour and Combat 18 have been designated at terrorist groups, I also hope to see further scrutiny on groups such as the III% militia, Northern Guard, Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin (or any of the other Nouns), and the Yellow Vesters which often serve as "gateway drugs" so-to-speak for entry into even more extreme groups.

On this readers need not take my word for it:


In the Iron March forums, a Blood & Honour organizer told a student on Vancouver Island in 2016, “If you really want to stop the leftists at your school you’re going to have to use more than just arguments, but at least it’ll be a permanent solution.” Thankfully it didn't happen.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) June 26, 2019


Long time readers won't be at all surprised to know that long-time figure in the hate movement Paul Fromm is a bridge between the extremist Yellow Vests and the even more extreme Blood & Honour:



Ten Pointed Questions for CPC MP Alex Nuttall

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 15:36
Something stinks in Barrie Ontario. In March of this year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Barrie City Councillor, Keenan Aylwin, called out two local CPC MPs, John Brassard and Alex Nuttall, for remaining silent after Scheer spoke at United We Roll. He also pointed out that Nuttall was Facebook friends with Faith Goldy and stated that the two MPs were "playing footsie with white supremacists." They didn't take kindly to this accusation, but, instead of doing something productive, like denouncing white supremacy, they decided to sue Aylwin for defamation instead.
.@JohnBrassardCPC and @AlexNuttallMP are each suing Barrie councillor @KeenanAylwin for $100,000 for a Facebook post criticizing their silence on Andrew Scheer speaking at same event as “neo-Nazi sympathizer Faith Goldy,” and playing footsie with white supremacists. #cdnpoli 1/— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) May 31, 2019was Facebook friends with Faith Goldy before Goldy was banned from Facebook under its policy against white nationalism, which they recognize is indistinct in its expression from white supremacy. Rather than an explanation or an apology, he's suing a critic. 2/— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) May 31, 2019 @AndrewScheer promised that “there is absolutely no room in . . . Canada for intolerance, racism and extremism of any kind. And the Conservative Party of Canada will always make that absolutely clear.” 3/— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) May 31, 2019 Now it’s time for you, Mr. Scheer, to prove that you mean it. Condemn Faith Goldy and Yellow Vests Canada, apologize for taking so long, and tell your MPs to drop their lawsuits. Otherwise your promise is meaningless. Full post: https://t.co/s5ZmIGvD1H 4/— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) May 31, 2019
I assumed Barrie city council would stand behind Aylwin, but unfortunately, I was wrong. Instead, on June 12th they voted unanimously to reprimand Aylwin, and demanded that he remove the "offending" Facebook post. As reported by Fatima Syed in the National Observer, the Integrity Commissioner had introduced a new code of conduct, and Council found Aylwin had run afoul of it "by denigrating a fellow elected official in a public forum and fail[ing] to treat him with "dignity, understanding and respect.”

As Syed's article explained, council had a tough choice to make. If they voted to reprimand their colleague, it sends a message that they are censoring criticism of dog whistle politics, but if they didn't reprimand, they would potentially be disrespecting the role of the integrity commissioner.

While I appreciate this is challenging, it is worrisome that councilors would rather repeat "He broke the code! He broke the code!" than fully consider the important issues of racism, dog whistle politics, and censorship, before making what this writer believes was a blind decision en masse. 

Even after having a couple of days to consider it further, the councilors remained unmoved. On June 14th, Global News reported that they decided to uphold the reprimand. In response, Brassard opted to drop his lawsuit, stating that “I am satisfied with the findings made by Council and the Integrity Commissioner." Nuttall also dropped his suit on the same day and it seems the matter is considered closed. 

Except, it is anything but. The issues that prompted Aylwin's Facebook post remain, and now there is the added concern of politicians being censored for speaking out about other elected officials. Aylwin reflected on his experience with Syed:
“I think the problem here is that there are some politicians out there that are walking a very fine line (and some would call it dog whistling), where in one breath they will denounce racism, as they should, and then in another breath will support groups like the Yellow Vest movement or United We Roll that we know are rife with white nationalist elements and hateful elements. And they fail to make the connection between the harmful views and those in those movements and the creation of an environment where violence can fester. If there’s anything we can learn from my experience, it’s that there is a great risk to calling out white supremacy in this country.”The fine line Aylwin mentioned can come in the form of associations, dog whistling, enabling, or blatantly offensive remarks, among other things. Given that Nuttall was indeed Facebook friends with Faith Goldy while she was on that platform, more digging was in order. 

Based on what I found, I have some questions. 

As I don't want to get sued, I will say up front that I found no direct posting of Nuttall's that indicates beyond a doubt that he is "playing footsie with white supremacists." What I found were several troubling social media associations and potentially related concerns that should be addressed.

I'll start with the most pressing:

Ahem

1. If Nuttall is concerned enough about his reputation around the issue of white supremacy to sue for defamation, why on God's green earth is he still following Faith Goldy on Twitter? 


It seems like common sense that if you don't want to be accused of playing footsie with white supremacists, don't follow them or their sympathizers on social media. 

2. Speaking of following white supremacists, why was he Facebook friends with Kevin J. Johnston, the white supremacist who targeted Barrie's mayor, until at least late May?
This is alarming. Nuttall allows a man who was charged with a hate crime on his FB. Brassard was out on Twitter cheering on the Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa. The rise of white supremacy being overlooked by elected MPs is something we should all be worried about. @VestsCanada https://t.co/GZ0LXa8s7n pic.twitter.com/A5Bjio6iwO— Aylan Couchie (@AylanX) May 23, 2019  


It appears that sometime since this Tweet went live on May 23rd, Nuttall unfriended Johnston.

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Violence After Pegida March: Northern Guard Attack Counter-Protester an Rick Boswick Admits to Assaulting People

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 19:20
Well, this didn't take long:



As counter-protesters were making sure the fascists left the Toronto downtown after the Pegida rally, this video shows two members of the Northern Guard assaulting one of them. ARC has heard of a number of instances of counter-protesters being isolated at attacked. One evidently ended up in the hospital.

UPDATE: Another incident which occurred on a downtown mall involved numerous fascists attacking a single counter-protester; Chris Vanderweide (the man who assaulted two individuals with a helmet at the Hamilton Pride event) was thick in the middle:


Rick Boswick and Derek Story posted the following video which, and I know they don't actually believe this, incriminates them as having engaged in assaults (at least Boswick) themselves:


Holding someone on the ground, tearing off an article they are wearing by force, and taking a picture or video of the encounter isn't a "citizen's arrest." It is assault, and I'm not sure that the judge in Boswick's court appearance will be especially impressed should Boswick actually publish the video he claims to have produced.

I'm still working on other videos from earlier in the day, however here are a few highlights from Wayne Peters' video and commentary:


I'll have more on this as well as the events that took place in Hamilton involving the Yellow Vesters led by antisemite and Paul Fromm associate Justin Long as well as Tim "Braying Jackass" Kelly's Proud Boys tomorrow.

Pegida Canada Rally In Toronto Vastly Outnumbered

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:07
Given the events in Hamilton, we expected that there would be a large contingent of the far-right attending the Pegida rally in Toronto today. We also expected a much larger group of counter-protesters who would come out to oppose them.

We were half right:

Good afternoon from the location of a far-right (specifically PEGIDA) rally that will be taking place near Toronto pride. Here’s hoping there’s just a bunch of yelling and no violence like last weeks situation in Hamilton. There’s cops, counter protestors here but no PEGIDA. pic.twitter.com/zayxQPpGrO— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Their numbers certainly improved, but the hate groups -- Pegida, Nouns of Odin, Yellow Vesters, Canadian Nationalist Party, etc -- look to be outnumbered by close to 4 or 5 to 1 minimum. Vice journalist Mack Lamoureux has been covering the event from the start:

A couple of the yellow vest citizen journalists sporting cameras are here now. There is also some dude with a 4chan sign. They’ve are in a corralled area the cops set up. pic.twitter.com/fJ5aU5RJS8— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Update: Not much is happening for but I did get an iced coffee. pic.twitter.com/dB5LvfMYt4— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
I think some of the members of bunchoffuckinggoofs are here.— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
It hasn’t officially started yet but it sure seems like the PEGIDA crew isn’t doing much, has no coherent message, and are just here to... get yelled at by the counter protestors? pic.twitter.com/kpBa9ewkjV— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Big ol contingent of cops just showed up. pic.twitter.com/iPqDIvqM1j— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
The 4Chan guy is bumming me out. He’s like my age. pic.twitter.com/7yVGnBIgnM— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Police move the counter protestors to one side and things get a tad heated. No arrest so far as far as I can tell. pic.twitter.com/2pty0aNtHW— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
The two sides are pretty well separated and it’s just kinda yelling right now. No signs of violence in the least. pic.twitter.com/1tL1W8zdwd— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Not surprisingly, Chris Vanderweide also showed up to continue bask in his 15 minutes of alt-right infamy:

Seems he’s repping the Wolves of Odin.— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
The far-right side seemed to be a little bolstered by his appearance but it’s still just yelling. pic.twitter.com/QRYGd7ASaC— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
People are taking photos of him with a helmet while he’s also wearing a helmet.

Really into helmets. pic.twitter.com/aQxKPCsvkh— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019Now while Chris is clearly visible and could be arrested, the police seem to be more concerned about the people who have been peacefully opposing the hate groups:

.@TorontoPolice literally choking and roughing people peacefully protesting neo-nazi bigots holding a hate rally. I was hit in the face asking why I couldn’t cross the street. “For our safety”.. never felt so unsafe. pic.twitter.com/le1GEsPmal— Mexie (@mexieYT) June 22, 2019
I'll be posting more soon. Also watching a live feed from the Pegida side (suffice it to say they are sort of losing their shit about being outnumbered yet again). Yellow Vester Wayne Peters from Alberta is present. His first live feed cut out after more than an hour. He did a brie second live feed before it too seemed to cut out:


I'm currently down loading the first video but a few highlights in his commentary are:

  • When the counter-protesters troll the Pegida side about being paid by George Soros, Peters actually believes that this constitutes proof of the ridiculous claim.
  • Urged people to spy on groups such as YVCE to help "add to his case file."
  • Refers to the LTGBTQ community as "alphabet soup" community.
  • Claims that abortion rights are leading to the murder of full term infants and that this is a means to diminish the number of "real" Canadians and to bring in immigrants to replace "our people."
  • Claims that people supporting diversity are supporting the end of their blood line.
I'll post more on that when I finish the download and start looking for clips.

The energy levels of both side seems to be waning in the sun. I’ve heard that the far-right group may eventually march and if so it could get a little hairy. pic.twitter.com/2e7JFnbFMQ— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Far-right group is on the move. Police are splitting the street. Anti fascists are chanting “send them home.” pic.twitter.com/UoAxpUo0ju— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Now the police have said that the hate groups aren't marching:

Cops are adamant that the far right crew is going home “not marching”— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019

I'll believe that when it is confirmed by other parties.

Anti fascists walking down the Dundas chanting “nazi scum off the streets.” Seems some sort of skirmish happened but I dunno exactly what. pic.twitter.com/CsOUEFQOCm— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
The antifa crowd continues to march down Bay and, folks,I think that’s the end of it. Pretty mellow as far as these things go.

Thanks for following along. If anything changes I’ll keep you posted but more likely than not things will taper out and I’ll go get a beer. pic.twitter.com/so3RWcWtEC— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019

Rick Boswick and Derek Storie: More Fallout From Attack on LGBTQ Community By Far-Right

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 16:45
The days since Christian Taliban members, Yellow Vesters (as represented by Rick Boswick and Derek Storie among others), Canadian Nationalist Party members, and a Wolves of Odin have been interesting in that it tells us a great deal about the mindset and character of the people who attacked LGTBQ members and counter-protesters at a Hamilton Pride event.

The face of that violent encounter has become this guy:


Chris Vanderweide was caught on camera striking two individuals with the helmet he was wearing. Despite wearing faux body armor and said helmet, Vanderweide claims he and the other far right protesters were not there to start a fight which is a rather unbelievable claim given the footage.
Still, it hasn't stopped Boswick and Storie from trying to turn him into a hero for the far right akin to Kyle Chapman:

The edited video has been shared quite widely on YouTube and has attracted comments from the usua assortment of alt-right shut-ins:









For his part, Vanderweide has tried to monetize his new found infamy:
Not surprisingly, Go Fund Me removed this page:
Chris Vanderweide attempted a GoFundMe and the campaign seems to have been quickly removed
Cc @ARCCollective @AntiFashGordon pic.twitter.com/6Bw00O9Xzd— McLeod Free Library (@LFL_McLeod) June 20, 2019
Hey, grifters gotta grift, eh?
But despite what they seem to believe is a "slam dunk" which proves their claim to have been the victim of a violent attack by counter-protesters despite.... you know.... the actual video evidence they themselves have provided, Boswick and Storie have been frustrated that they haven't been able to control the narrative because normal people can actually see what happened.
As such, they are lashing out and urging their members to harass those who have either spoken out against them or provided coverage of the event that doesn't paint the far right as patriotic superheroes: 

I'm not sure if two unemployed drifters and members of hate groups
really constitutes what Canada is.

They reserve special ire for yours truly:


By the way, suggesting your side has "real hitmen" as an implicit threat doesn't help your claim of being non-violent:

"Lawrence" who also attended the protest and was taken into custody expresses his concern about moles in their movement providing us information:

First, duh!
Second, it really isn't that hard to figure out what you all are up to, so don't flatter yourselves that this is an Operation Overlord sort of thing.
However, even in their own circle, people aren't especially happy with the publicity Hamilton has garnered for their movement:

Even Leigh Stuart apparently isn't happy:
Are we instigating civil insurrection that will lead to conflict? Fundamentally yes.That's quite the admission Rick despite saying this earlier in the evening:

Oh, I suppose I should have mentioned that I grabbed the videos Boswick and Storie posted a couple of nights ago?

They really, really, hate when I do that. ;)
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Served by Peterborough Police, Peace Bond Sought Against Kevin Goudreau

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 18:04

Kevin "No Show" Goudreau may finally be facing the consequences years of making online threats. Today he was served by Peterborough Police with a summons to appear this morning for a peace bond hearing in Ottawa on June 25th.

The peace bond is reference to these posts in which he threatened yours truly and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAHN) as well as journalists and occurred in the aftermath of the Christchurch murders that Goudreau references directly:




Goudreau later denied making the threats and claimed he was going to sue those who collected the screen shots:

CAHN, or will, be releasing the following in response to the news:

A neo-Nazi counselled people to murder us but we won't be intimidated. We're bringing a court application in Ottawa to hold Peterborough neo-Nazi Kevin Goudreau accountable for his threats. In the wake of the tragic events in Christchurch where a terrorist murdered 51 Muslim men, women, and children, Peterborough neo-Nazi Kevin Goudreau posted online that we were in a state of Racial Holy War and counselled readers to attack "priority targets" such as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), human rights commissions, reporters with the CBC, VICE, and the National Post, and those of us here at the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. Goudreau suggested people shoot victims twice in the brain "because some people survive a bullet to the head". We believe in the rule of law and reported Goudreau counselling murder immediately to the Peterborough Police Service as we've done at least 4-times for his online threats over the past 10-years. Bravo to all of you who did the same. As in the previous cases, however, the criminal justice system failed and police announced that after consultation with prosecutors, no charges would be laid. But we won't be intimidated. We've brought a court application to have a 'peace bond' (link to https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/victims-victimes/factsheets-fiches/peace-paix.html) issued against Kevin Goudreau under the Criminal Code that would require him to obey conditions for the next year such as stopping his online threats and incitement to violence and surrendering any firearms or other weapons he may have. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that anti-racism advocates have used this self-help remedy to deal with threats of violence from those involved in the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements in Canada. Here at CAHN, we're standing up because it's more important than ever to continue the fight against the politics of hate.
The threats made by Goudreau are really just the more recent of a very, very, long list of online threats going back more than a decade and which ARC has dutifully documented. That list includes but isn't limited to the following:









As per his posts on the far-right social media platform of choice these days (he has been booted from Facebook) Gab as well as his own blog, it would seem that "No Show" Goudreau hasn't grasped the seriousness of the situation that he is in:



I mean.... Goudreau does know he's posted videos too, right? And that ARC and others have saved them?

In any case ARC will provide more information when we learn more.

The Far-Right Continues To Eat Itself: Milo Yiannopoulos Attacks Lauren Southern

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 21:17
Sometimes one reads a story and walks away hoping that everyone involved crashes and burns:


I hadn't planned on talking about Lauren Southern, who had just released another in a line of dubious propaganda films, since among other things  I didn't think her "retirement" was a real; I was sure she would pop up again like a bad rash when she decided she needed affirmation from her particular army of incel alt-righters. I'm still not convinced that she's gone for good, but the timing is especially interesting in light of a story posted by alt-right (or at least alt-right adjacent) personality Milo Yiannopoulos to his blog:


Readers may remember the name Caolan Robertson as he was featured in a controversy regarding his time with Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media" where he was once employed. In fact the Yiannopoulos post discusses this incident at some length. The article discusses how Robertson and his partner George Llewelyn-John are lying grifters who stole from the likes of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and who spend their ill-gotten money lavishly on themselves.... which I think is a rather rich accusation since Yiannopoulos is a grifter who spends money lavishly on himself. However the parts dealing with Lauren Southern are what I find to be especially interesting considering that Yiannopoulos and Southern, who worked with Robertson and Llewelyn-John on both the propaganda film released in May of this year as well as a strategically edited (ie. lying) ambush of a human rights lawyer representing refugees in Greece, at one time were thick as thieves:





That relationship seemed to be at the very least on shaky ground when plans were being made for an Australian tour which ultimately collapsed:


Given his desire to be the center of attention and to undermine those who he believes are challenging his status as well as the rather obvious professional (if one can call what these people do as a profession) jealousy one might be inclined to take Yiannopoulos' bitterness with a grain of salt.

Still, there's certainly enough here to indicate just how awful everyone involved in this really are:


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In The PPC, QAnon Conspiracy Theories and Bigotry Appear To Be A Feature, Not A Bug

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 21:23
A few days ago I read an article written by the amazing Caroline Orr concerning the "weaponization" hate propaganda targeting especially Muslims under the guise of a "conservative news" source:

By hiding behind the facade of a "news network," this Facebook page managed to stay active for 3 years and amassed a following of 200,000+ people — all while peddling virulent anti-Muslim hate speech and disinformation.

My latest for @NatObserver:https://t.co/TBeMdwC0fl— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) June 3, 2019

While none of this is a surprise to readers of ARC, it does highlight the concern of the growing polarization that exists in Canada and elsewhere as well as the tribalism that is resulting in the impossibility of finding common ground.

There is a temptation to cry out, "a pox on both their houses" however if one is to be honest one would have to recognize that this is a growing tendency on the right. In the past mainstream conservatives might have called out the conspiracy nutbars as William F. Buckley did the Birchers more than 50 years ago. Now it seems that too many are seeing the mob as a means to win political power.

Take for example the People's Party of Canada:


It seems that the founder and leader of the PPC has decided that promoting a QAnon conspiracy proponent is good politics:



That's @MaximeBernier, leader of a Canadian political party, sharing a video by a QAnon conspiracy theorist, in which she claims that white supremacist murderers were leftists & that Muslims are thinking up ways to destroy Canadian culture, then endorses @MaximeBernier. *perfect* https://t.co/WUdbRibGtw— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019

from February https://t.co/afhzdZYmwk— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 6, 2019In the video that Maxime Bernier shared, 'Amazing Polly' also attacks @Your_AMPAC, saying that "their whole gig is to sit around all day dreaming of ways to undermine Canadian culture"; and thinking "how can we poke holes in Canadian culture" pic.twitter.com/r5mN7TaLZX— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019'Amazing Polly' liked and pinned a comment from a fan who says that we should blame Jack Layton for the Quebec Mosque shooting pic.twitter.com/5uSnP5auxh— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019
Here are a few of the more.... shall we say interesting Tweets made by Ms. Polly during the past 24 hours:



She also seems to think that this is perfectly okay and that the arrest of the ass clown proves Canada is a totalitarian state:



Not surprisingly, her support for free speech only goes as far as the speech she personally finds acceptable:

Yep, this is the person whom Max Bernier thinks is a "must watch."
And of course there's more.
Recently, this story about a PPC regional coordinator in BC has been making the rounds:

A former People's Party of Canada organizer claims he accidentally received a racist email from a party exec. The PPC claims it’s a forgery. It's a bizarre twist in an ongoing party feud. FULL STORY: https://t.co/Fb9xh86PV8 #cdnpoli #bcpoli— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) June 1, 2019
When the story from Ricochet came out concerning an email accidentally sent to a former member, now critic, that the executive was attempting to bar people of colour, it was hard not to believe it for reasons that I will explain soon. For a lot of people it didn't quite pass the smell test. Sure enough, evidence came out indicating that the message was fraudulent:

Important update on this story: https://t.co/mCFMfL7vAJ— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) June 2, 2019

On person suggested to me that the email may have been a plant by the PPC who immediately attacked Ricochet for their report to prove the "fake news" narrative when negative stories have been published about them, however there isn't any evidence for this speculation.

Still, one doesn't need emails to see how the PPC is copying up to the far-right:




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Your Ward News update: James Sears fires his lawyer

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 17:10
Today was supposed to be a good day. James Sears was supposed to be sentenced, which would likely have meant handcuffs and jail for him this morning, May 31st, 2019. But then, yesterday news broke that it wasn't going to happen. At least not yet.


I thought maybe it had to do with LeRoy St. Germain's sentencing delay, due to his late Gladue Report, which is also scheduled for July 15th. Perhaps sentencing them both at the same time would cut down on their shenanigans and otherwise make life easier for everyone.

Nope. Nothing that logical.

The Toronto Star reported yesterday evening that James Sears fired his lawyer, Dean Embry, claiming that he had thrown the case. He also apparently plans to launch a constitutional challenge of S319(2) prior to his July 15th sentencing, and, unless something changes, he will do this without legal representation.

For his part, Dean Embry claims he didn't throw the case, and, despite once being described as "vicious and astute" in Your Ward News, Embry appears not to have understood what he was signing up for when he took Sears on as a client. He had trouble controlling Sears during their last court appearance when he wanted to present a lengthy "allocation." Embry stood by helplessly while Sears, during said speech, brought his friend Johnathan forward as an example of someone who's anger was supposedly redirected away from violence due YWN.

To give Embry some credit, he admitted on record that his client's work did devolve into hate speech and called it repugnant. Outside of court, Embry experienced backlash from the general public when a woman threw hot coffee on him at a shop near court. (I can't find the link right now. I'll add it when I do). I suspect Embry is relieved at being dumped by his client. It's a shame, however, that he did not see fit to dump his client first.

In any event, sometime between now and July 15th, the James Sears circus will begin again, this time without the restraints of legal council. One can only guess how, exactly, he plans to "reason with the judge" since he failed to do that last time. To give you an idea what we're in for, here's a clip published earlier on the blog that illustrates his "thought process" when it comes to legal proceedings. WARNING: n-word used.


Yup. Self-representation will be a disaster.


Who Is To Blame For Forest Fires? Apparently Muslims, Left-Wing Politicians, Environmentalists, and "Lazers"

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 21:03
It began in Constantinople -- well, to be fair it actually began somewhere along the silk road in Central Asia -- in 1347. By the time the Black Death had run its course between 1/3 and 1/2 of Europeans who contracted bubonic plague were dead. While some kingdoms, duchies, and principalities were hit hard than others, locations as far as Iceland and Greenland were decimated.

We know that the plague was caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis contained in the guts of fleas and carried by Black Rats combined with poor understanding about hygiene as the cause now, but at the time other supernatural and superstitious causes were invoked. The plague was thought of as a scourge sent by God to punish the wicked for their evil. Conversely Satan was invoked as the cause when men and women of unimpeachable repute were struck down. People believed that the disease was caused by cold and wet climates, that it could be prevented by opening northward windows, the pestilence was the result of an unusual alignment of the planets, and that one could remain safe with the right combination of herbs and spices stuffed into the beak of a mask that made it's wearer look like a crow:

 
Many others however looked to scapegoats. One group included wizened old women accused of being witches. Another group was the old stand-by scapegoat of Medieval Europe:
Jewish people were made scapegoats and accused of causing the plague by poisoning wells, food and streams. They were often tortured into confessions, which only fueled the persecutions. Europe saw the mass execution of Jewish men, women and children, with Jews rounded up in town squares. The burning of Jews quickly spread throughout the Low Countries, Spain, France and Germanic areas. A chronicler, Michael de Leone, said that “the Jews deserved to be swallowed up in the flames” for causing the plague with poison. In Barcelona, Jews were killed for the sin of being Jews, not because they were suspected of poisoning. Basel burned their Jewish inhabitants on an island in the Rhine. In Strasbourg, approximately 2,000 Jews were burned in local cemetery on St. Valentine’s Day in an attempt to stop the pestilence. The Jews who agreed to be baptized were saved and some young children were pulled from the fire and baptized against the will of their parents. After the burnings, both the councils of Basel and Strasbourg made an oath that Jews would not be allowed to enter the cities for hundreds of years.


There were those who spoke out against this and suggested more natural causes even if they didn't comprehend how (an understanding of microbiology would be centuries in the future) but these voices in the darkness were invariably ignored, ridiculed, or suffered similar fates to those women and Jews who were burned.

Thankfully, we now live in a much more enlightened time when such superstitious and paranoid claptrap could never result in the scapegoating of an entire ethnic group, culture, or religion again. We're all just too clever.

Right?


Notorious Islamophobe Sandra Solomon who has been written about a number of times on the blog already is referring to the forest fires in Northern Alberta. ARC has also discussed the phenomenon of much of the membership of groups such as the III% militia and Yellow Vests accusing Muslims of starting the fires. They claim that these fires, "never happened before 'those people' came" despite the very long historical record of fires that often occur naturally. Rather than accept the possibility the fire is the result of a (a) lightning strike (b) careless, but not necessarily malicious human activities (such as tossing away a still hot cigarette butt, driving an ATV through dry tinder, failing to put out a camp fire, etc) they now seem to automatically view every fire as suspicious.

Now it is true that fires have started earlier and have become more intense as northern boreal forests have become increasingly dry as a result of less snow fall in winters and less rain in the spring. In fact this was predicted by climate scientists as a result of human triggered climate change.

But rather than being convinced by the actual evidence, the members of the far-right ARC has been monitoring consider this proof of a leftist and environmentalist conspiracy to destroy the oil industry, impose new regulations to combat "fake" global warming and open up northern Canada to become a sub-Arctic caliphate. They believe that the current federal Liberals and former Alberta NDP government are working with environmentalists and Jihadists to start fires and that the "real Canadian" need to rise up to stop it:





The same thing is being said on other social media sites ARC monitors, including Yellow Vests Canada, a group with over 100,000 members and a movement that people like Max Bernier and Andrew Scheer are courting:


The thread is long, and one could justifiably perhaps accuse me of giving this hate group undue coverage, but I think in this case it is relevant:

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The Hypocrisy of Faith Goldy

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 21:23
During the past few weeks south of the border a number of state governments controlled by Republicans have passed and signed into law increasingly regressive restrictions on reproductive rights in a rather transparent effort to challenge and ultimately overturn the right of women to choose to end a pregnancy. All of these anti-abortion bills have been terrible, however the worst is probably that which was passed in Alabama as it doesn't even consider rape and/or incest as a mitigating factor.

None of these laws are currently enforceable by the way.
The Alabama legislation is so bad that even the likes of Pat Robertson thinks it is extreme. Others on the right have also come out in tepid opposition:

That Ann Coulter's mini-me Tomi Lahren came out in opposition to the Alabama abortion ban isn't entirely surprising since reproductive choice is one of the very, very, few instances where she holds a moderate position. This post did give at least one individual frequently featured on the blog an opportunity to trumpet her own ideological and religious purity however:




I believe the folks on the right call this "virtue signaling":
But then something rather interesting occurred in the thread someone called Goldy out:

The events of Charlottesville have been discussed on this blog and elsewhere paying some attention to Goldy's participation in the event:

Ultimately Goldy was fired from "The Rebel" when even Ezra Levant decided her biased reporting (too biased even for "The Rebel" which is really saying something) and her participation on a neo-Nazi podcast was a bridge too far. In fact it seems that Levant had implied that Goldy had engaged in what would be incredibly unethical behavior with one of the subjects of her "reporting':

The women posting on Twitter as "Liberal, Not Lefty" appears to be a friend of Megan Bobonick. This is significant since Bobonick claims to be engaged to alt-right toad Richard Spencer:

Rather than extinguish this particular fire, Bobonick threw gasoline on the flames:

Now, I truly don't give a damn about Goldy's or anyone else's sex life (still, Richard Spencer?!? Ew!). What I do care about is the puritanical, holier than though hypocrisy of people like Goldy who rail against what they claim to be sexual deviance and the need for some sort of state regulation (i.e. restrictions on abortion and contraception, legal rights for LGBTQ, etc)....
Here is Faith Goldy at a conference speaking about the 'Evils Of Sex Education'

also included are a bunch of tweets with Richard Spencer's girlfriend confirming Faith Goldy fucked him in Charlottesville behind her fiancés back.

The world sucks, folks. Savor this. pic.twitter.com/vRUziNv5Fu— HeyIt'sVadim (@vadimnewquist) May 17, 2019
  .... often privately engaging in the same acts that they condemn publicly.Read more »

Boswick's and Storie's Tête a Têtes With Max Bernier and Paul Fromm

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 00:16
Because I've decided, at least for the next few weeks or perhaps months, to limit the amount of research and writing I've been doing (trying to create a bit of a balance between real world work, anti-racist activism, and a social life) there will be a few articles that are a bit dated but which are still of relevance.

Such as this article.

Over the past number of months we've been paying a bit more attention to unemployed drifters Rick Boswick and Derek Storie who instead of doing something productive with their time instead pretend to be journalists. Of course as we've seen their understanding of journalism means accepting every crack pot conspiracy theory they read, posting drunken rants on Facebook, and threatening actual journalists:


I feel that I need to stress that Boswick and Storie published this video exactly as it has been posted. I have not edited it at all. They think this video makes them appear good.

They've also taken on the cause of a mentally ill man arrested when he arrived an an event featuring the Prime Minister with plans on making a citizens arrest and having threatened to harm Trudeau online:


Now Boswick and Storie have interviewed the usual miscreants associated with the fringe right in the country including Faith Goldy (who is currently trending because of some accusations concerning just how Faith-full she has been) and Kevin "the Poodle" Johnston lately paying special attention to his recent legal problems:


However, they did recently get an interview on May 3 with someone who at one time had some mainstream credibility:

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Report Pegida/YVC Members Boswick & Storie's GoFundMe

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:24
In light of PEGIDA Canada's Jenny Hill's failed attempt to crowdfund for her $11,000 judgment, we thought it prudent to bring to the public's attention another PEGIDA related GoFundMe that deserves similar attention and action.

Yellow Vests Canada members, PEGIDA supporters, general hatemongers, and self-professed "Domestic War Reporters" Rick Boswick and Derek Storie also have a GoFundMe campaign to fund their "Facts vs. Feelings" podcast. (Note: we are unclear how they reconcile this name with the fact that they are driven entirely by their emotional response to people who are different from them, such as women who don't want to be pregnant, LGBTQA+ folk, and Muslims.) At least Boswick has moved on from being the VP of the Canadian Combat Coalition.

Special thanks to the National Observer for covering this from a more mainstream angle. We were happy to work closely with them on the piece. You can read it here.

I asked about Kevin Johnston's GoFundMe, which he set up after losing a $2.5M defamation suit (GoFundMe took it down). Did you know Canada's alt-right frequently use crowdfunding to raise $$ to spread hate? Many pose as journalists

My latest @NatObserver: https://t.co/uo5yu8nqiO— Fatima Syed (@fatimabsyed) May 16, 2019
Let's break down some recent episodes of Facts vs. Feelings where they give a platform to hate groups, Islamophobes, and neo-Nazis.

1) In support of Toronto PEGIDA rally, where Storie set off smoke bombs and helped Canadian Nationalist Party member Andre Chiasson, Proud Boy Tim Kelly, Wolves of Odin, Soldiers of Odin, Northern Guard, and Canadian Combat Coalition burn a Quran. 


2) In support of anti-Muslim hate group the World Coalition Against Islam. Also in this video is footage from Islamophobe Kevin J. Johnston who still faces hate crime charges.



3) An interview with noted neo-nazi and white supremacist Paul Fromm. The discussion centered on what they feel is the "persecution" of James Sears, of the racist, anti-Semitic and misogynist Your Ward News, and his hate crime charges. It should be noted that Hamilton law enforcement is also investigating Fromm as a result of his distribution, and agreement with, the Christchurch shooter's manifesto.



4) The pair use footage from alt-right white nationalist Lauren Southern.


5) They were interviewed by white nationalist Faith Goldy.


6) They support known Islamophobe Sandra Solomon.


7) They harassed people, Westboro style, in Ottawa during Winterpride.

The pair recently appeared on a Facebook live with Winnipeg Alternative Media/Todd MacDougall, an "alternative" news Facebook page run by a Proud Boy that claims to be libertarian but is really just an alt-right, super budget version of what Boswick and Storie do. Now that's saying something.

Anyway, they appeared on MacDougall's "show," and confirmed they are unemployed drifters, after complaining that ARC has called them... unemployed drifters. Aren't these the same people who complain about how refugees aren't contributing to our economy?

They also admitted to exploiting their indigenous heritage to deny the claims that they're Nazis. (You can still hate Muslims and be indigenous.)


More to come on WAM and MacDougall at a later date.

Boswick and their friend Cory Scott are now potentially facing charges for uttering threats, due to this video, where they threatened an anti-racist activist and journalist with violence.


They also stalked and harassed this individual outside of the Brampton courthouse:

#YellowVestsCanada / PEGIDA members (& assoc w other hate grps) Boswick and Storie stalked and harassed @kbmetcalf as he was leaving the Brampton courthouse, due to his lawsuit against Islamophobe Kevin J. Johnston, separate from his hate crime charges. /1#cdnmedia #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/DnEdS0fevT— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) May 11, 2019
GoFundMe needs to remove this campaign, and stop allowing hate groups to crowd source on their platform. Please report this campaign to GoFundMe, citing the information provided.

Please report this campaign for violating their terms of service.

Edson, AB Hate Crime Suspect Identified; Linked to Blood & Honour in Alberta

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:35
Earlier this week someone drove a stolen vehicle into a provincial building/court house scrawled antisemitic vandalism on the walls in Edson, Alberta. Police said at the time the case would be investigated as a hate crime.

At the time I was trying to remember if I knew anyone in Edson who could have been a suspect but I drew blank.... as it turns out mostly because I'm growing older and my memory sucks these days because it turns out that it WAS someone who I was aware of and who has made an appearance on the blog:
The man accused of driving a stolen vehicle through the Edson courthouse on Saturday and vandalizing the property with anti-Semitic slurs is a part-time rapper who appears to hold a dark fascination with Hitler. Kelvin Zawadiuk, who lives in Edson, is a part-time musician who performs under the moniker La Haine, French for The Hatred. "He's very clearly, a fairly traditional neo-Nazi," according to Barbara Perry, a criminologist specializing in hate crime at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.Kelvin Zawadiuk was associated with Blood & Honour when the group was especially active in Alberta. Back in 2011, three members of the hate group were charged with committing a series of assaults in Edmonton as they were engaged in flyering. One of those individuals, James Brooks, was also the "star" of a film being directed and produced by Zawadiuk:
Brooks plays the lead role in a forthcoming low-budget film, Blue Eyed Devil, directed by Edson-based filmmaker kelvin Zawadiuk, about a violent neo-Nazi. "James is a really intelligent guy, really charismatic," Zawadiuk said. "He has a real screen presence and he was perfect for this, a skinhead character. It's an ode to the 1970s and 1980s exploitation movies, a character study, a man descending into madness. It's just meant to terrify you."But Zawadiuk wasn't just interested in the far-right for "artistic" reasons. He also very much shared the ideology of Brooks and the other members of Blood & Honour and was supportive of Robert Reitmeir when the latter was accused (and later convicted along with Tyler Sturrup) of murder:


Despite supporting two members of WEB that had broken with the then Aryan Guard, Zawadiuk also appears to have been close to Aryan Guard founder/leader (later rebranded as Blood & Honour) Kyle McKee and other members of the group:







Finally, Zawadiuk was invited to B&H events in Calgary as recently as 2015, though it isn't certain if he attended:







Now while Blood & Honour in Alberta seems to have declined since McKee and his partner Chelsea moved to New Brunswick to become one of the go-to tattooists for the Northern Guard, the hate group is still a going in the country even as they attempt to remain under ground.

Far Right Rallies and Counter-Rallies: Montreal and Toronto

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 12:36
I'll be updating this as more information comes out.

Two rallies are ongoing. In Montreal members of La Meute (unofficially, of course) and other hate groups are rallying in support of the illiberal policies of the current Quebec government targeting religious minorities. In Toronto Pegida Canada is trying to march.

In Montreal Jon Milton is one of the journalists covering the event. He reports police in that city as having aggressively attacked counter-protesters as members of the far-right cheered them on:

Today is the "vague bleu" in Montreal, maybe the largest far right demonstration in Quebec in a long time. It's a demo in favour of the prov. gov't's ban on hijabs for public sector workers.

A few hundred people are assembled for a counter demo. Will post updates through the day— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
In the meantime, some context on the "vague bleu" organizers by @MontrealAntifa https://t.co/SO8dMX2VRA— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
The counter demo is moving. Chanting "tout le monde deteste les racistes," or "everybody hates racists" pic.twitter.com/UAlTxzhHdq— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Some far right activists are already at their meetup point, an hour early. Under heavy police protection, both local and provincial police. pic.twitter.com/99ET8tO8qr— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
This cop just pointed a rubber bullet gun at my face, and threatened to shoot the people taking photos of him pic.twitter.com/g4WSnkHMt2— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
So the counter demo got close to the far right, amd the police immediately tear gassed the counter demo. Will check my video later but it all happened very fast— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Just got chased through an alley by cops on bikes, they charged straight into a crowd of people. Also almost got hit by a riot van. Shit is chaos— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Having been to multiple counter demonstrations as a journalist, I've never seen a police violence like this. As soon as anti-racist protesters got within shouting distance of the far right, police immediately and brutally attacked the counter protest, to cheers from the far right— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Despite being brutally dispersed, the counter demonstration is regrouping at the original meetup point. Few hundred people here again. Not sure what's going to happen, lots of cops around.— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
The counter demonstration is right at the far right. No police dispersal happening yet.

Seeing decent III% militia presence on the far right side, including Robert Proulx, the guy in the first photo pic.twitter.com/s48FZJCT96— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
*sorry, they're calling themselves the "groupe de secruité patriotique" now, not the III%— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Occasionally straddlers from the far right demo accidentally walk into the counter demo, very confused. In most cases, anti-racists are just talking with them and explaining their opposition to the far right. One known far right dude who was provoking anti-racists got chased out— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019

In Toronto I've been following some of the live videos posted by far right members on social media. Some in the crowd (and those posting in the comments section) are encouraging the far-right protesters to attack the counter-protesters. Given the police presence separating the two sides, that might be a tall order. Groups present include members of hate groups including Canadian Combat Coalition, Northern Guard, Nouns of Odin, and members of Travis Patron's Nationalist Party of Canada:

Also present are Rick Boswisk and Derek Storie fresh of their interviews
with Paul Fromm and Max Bernier; more on this in a later article.
Suffice it to say they aren't having the best of times right now:


After about an hour the Pegida and co. supporters tried to march.

They didn't get too far.


Justin Long's videos suggest the fascist supporters are having a lousy day again:


Yep, a very lousy day....


.... which includes at least one Yellow Jacket arrest:


Journalist Kosalan Kathir covered the event from the start:

Security is tight. A second cordon of police officers are to the side. 80 counter protesters compared to 30 far right protesters— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police have complete blocked off the cross walk to prevent counter protesters from occupying both sides of the road #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/ursl5EHFG7— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police are in here in force today including Mounted Police and I've noticed that much more police officers are carrying teasers today #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Another strange twist. A Russian parade sporting the flags of the USSR and the flag of the Russian Federation has taken the attention for a moment #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/HhnPKwMGFF— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
It might be a protest but some are still in #StarWarsDay mood #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/FdPBF80PWa— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Not much has happened besides tense words being thrown around but far right protesters may be prepping to march. Police have moved this Police Bus to the same side of the street. #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/XlKrkzPQdO— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Far right protesters got do a hand of an Antifacist sign and smashed it. Tense exchange continues #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/jkXOhA7JWQ— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police have moved up. Words of a march has intensified #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/Q70N2FTOlz— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Tensions high. Threats being thrown around openly March has begun aggressive and suddenly #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/BlMb6CegjB— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
The individual decked out in camo isnsporting a III% (3 precenters) patch, a violent milita group #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/M6qEoRyUsl— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Arguments and tensions continue #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/HJQAExIqMP— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Much of the Far right protesters have been allowed out one at  a time. A few have sat down refusing to leave, while others a few with helmets and vests have moved back to the original site of the protest #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/BrdmI5RTJX— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019

Readers won't be surprised that unemployed drifters Boswick and Storie are among the remaining petulant children who are engaging in the equivalent of holding their breath until they get their way. Video edited for length because holy HELL are they whiny!



Update more are heading to Queens Park. This is the say that won't end #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Counter protesters have also dispersed. Things have come to an end. #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019


Tim Keizer Arrested For Uttering Threats

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 21:35
So remember that article where we discussed a man who is clearly suffering from mental illness who wrote that he was going to arrest and, he hoped, injure the prime minister? And remember how others encouraged his delusions?

Well, it went just about as well as you would think:


In further news that shouldn't surprise anyone, Boswick, Storie, Kevin Johnston, and others familiar to readers were also there to video the encounter. Subsequent videos posted by Boswick show their group of Yellow Vest clad conspiracy theorists descend on a police station and threaten the arrest of the arresting police officers.

There will be more on Boswick and Storie in an upcoming article. 

Pat and Jay Rollin' Part: 2 Like the Hunger Games But Not

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 16:54
Pat King and Jay Riedel have been touring the country under their “Rollin With Pat & Jay” banner, hosting “town halls” in various towns in western Canada and, currently, Ontario. YVCE have largely ignored them, save for one tweetstorm of their Drayton Valley, AB town hall where a number of ridiculous claims were made:

THREAD

I noticed this today, and realized we’ve been neglecting Pat King and Jay Riedel, and their “town halls” across SK and AB (so far.) /1#YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/BwwtLBW1dd— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 31, 2019


We figured they weren’t entirely worth spending much more time on. That is, until one of our Twitter followers started contacting Ontario legions, requesting they review their bookings. Legions in Arnprior, Finch, and Cornwall were canceled, and the good folks behind this campaign began receiving a barrage of messages on their social media accounts from the kids(oh we’ll get to that). So, in true YVCE fashion, we said “fuck these guys” and got busy.

CBC interviewed King and Riedel Harry and Lloyd about the cancellations, during which Riedel live streamed the entire interaction. We’ve provided a more journalistic debunking of some of the claims made in their live feed(link), however we figured we aren’t done.

Firstly, King claims that the mainstream media has failed to report on what a success the United We Roll Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa was. The media did report on it, extremely favourably given the circumstances (such as Northern Guard, Canadian Combat Coalition, and white nationalist symbolism being present) but I would hardly call 200 people on Parliament Hill a “success.” Beaver Tails on the Rideau have longer lineups. We were there; we know.


Secondly, Pat uses Christy, his new girlfriend that he met on the convoy who has kids of color, as a defense against being racist. Imagine in 2019 still using people of colour in your life as a defense against racism. Except they’re sharing Islamophobic and anti-Muslim memes on their Facebook, which is a more specific racism towards middle eastern, south Asian and black people.




Whether Pat is or isn’t racist is irrelevant for this point, but I find it really disgusting that he’s propping up the children of a woman that he’s only been dating for a short period of time as evidence that he isn’t racist.

In the video Pat and Jay pass a man asking for money. He claims to be a homeless veteran. Pat hugged the man and they gave him some money. Now obviously there is nothing wrong with an interaction like this, however I take issue with the fact that it was live streamed to make Harry and Lloyd look like good guys. This is exploitation, pure and simple and given Pat’s propping up of his girlfriend’s children that seems to be par for the course.

Another thing worth mentioning is the dynamic between Harry and Lloyd and their followers. Many of their followers refer to Pat and Jay as dad, and themselves as kids, which is a little weird, and almost cult-like.






Here are just a few examples but they do this all the time and it’s really creepy.

Harry and LLoyd have claimed that they are trying to create a healthy dialogue and want people to have conversations with them yet are known for blocking people that criticize them. They also want people to show up at their events for discussion, but I have to ask, what difference does that make where the conversation is had if the criticism is valid? Being in a room full of people that are hostile towards dissension is meant to intimidate, but I think the biggest reason for this is that it’s a lot harder to fact check someone in real time.



They attempted to advertise their town hall in a Facebook group called What’s Up Arnprior?, and after receiving a ton of backlash they deleted the post. Sure sounds like they’re interested in a dialog. One of the likely reasons the thread was deleted is that they were caught blatantly lying. It was mentioned that they were a part of the yellow vest movement which they denied.





If they’re so proud, why the lie? Also, why would it be a problem if they were in the yellow vest movement, if YVC aren’t racist?
One of the funniest things that Pat says in their town halls, is that the UN will turn Canada into something like the hunger games.
https://www.facebook.com/RollinWithPatandJay/videos/2354296651516854/
Around 2:34:00

Harry and Lloyd insist that they’re touring the country to spread the truth and they do their research yet when we research them it’s blatantly obvious that they don’t understand what the truth is. I truly believe Pat King is one of the biggest bullshitters in the yellow vests movement, which is a really high bar, but I stand by that assessment.

If you want a take down of their town halls (specifically Arnprior) that's is better than anything we could write, check out this opinion column from Inside Ottawa Valley. https://tinyurl.com/yyq7c6m7

Rollin with Pat & Jay Part 1: Debunked

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 06:47
ARC is pleased to let our readers know that the good folks at Yellow Vests Canada Exposed have joined the blog to write about the reactionary Yellow Vests movement in Canada. 

After participating in the United We Roll/Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa, Alberta resident Pat King and Saskatchewan resident Jay Riedel decided to embark on a tour they’ve called Rollin’ With Pat & Jay. Traveling across the country, they claim to “educate” Canadians on various issues they find important, however these “town halls” also include UN conspiracies, anti-refugee sentiments, and far-right ideas.

Riedel was the organizer of the Estevan Yellow Vests, although it’s unclear if he is currently. Both are members of the main Yellow Vests Canada page on Facebook. Much of the content shared on their personal and Rollin’ feeds is similar to what is found on various YVC pages and groups.

They’re currently traveling through Ontario, and have been met with some resistance. A largely community based effort was made to notify the legions (and other venues) at which they had planned their town halls. Yellow Vests Canada Exposed has tracked this activity, but has not made any active attempts to stop these town halls from going ahead as planned.
Both legions where the duo had planned to appear - Finch and Cornwall - canceled their reservation. King had previously stated this was due to the fact that they had not paid for the space, and he and Riedel both advised that when you pay for the legion’s space, you are entitled to “say whatever you want.”

Here’s Pat King and Jay Riedel claiming that if they pay for the legion, they’re entitled to talk about whatever they want, and that the reason Arnprior’s legion canceled was because they didn’t pay.

Disgusting.

/1#yellowvestscanada #cdnpoli #onpoli

cc: @RoyalCdnLegion pic.twitter.com/HCJs3937yd— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) April 22, 2019

On April 25, 2019 King and Riedel spoke with Robyn Miller of CBC Ottawa for a lengthy interview, which they live streamed themselves to Facebook prior to the piece being published. (Source: https://bit.ly/2UWJOFg) Numerous false and misleading claims were made to the CBC while King and Riedel remained largely unchallenged. We feel it’s important to provide accurate information, and context.

Note: The intent of this piece is to challenge just some of the false claims made during the interview, which was live streamed by King and Riedel, and not to debunk or discredit the article published by the CBC.

King claimed that the accusations of xenophobia and racism are “false accusations,” claiming the truth is “absolutely the contrary” and citing his girlfriend, who has African-Canadian children. Both are adamant that this is not true.

However, multiple posts illustrating xenophobic views have been documented from both of their personal social media pages, as well as their Rollin’ With Pat and Jay Facebook page.

Claim #1 - Racism and xenophobia are “false accusations





Claim #2 - Our ancestors were vetted, while present day immigrants and refugees were no/open borders

King advised CBC that the ancestors of Canadians were vetted and that currently, immigrants and refugees are not.

The historical reality is that immigration was largely unrestricted (except for Chinese people who had to pay the head tax and South Asian people who were barred from landing due to “continuous journey” regulations) until 1919, when the amended Immigration Act imposed restrictions or exclusions on more groups, mostly those involved in the first World War.
Meanwhile, the current process to vet immigrants and refugees is extensive, based on merit, and well-documented. When an individual presents at the border, they are entered into the legal process to apply for official refugee status, which involves vetting. If they are found to not meet the criteria, that individual is deported. Our immigration system even impresses people like Donald Trump, who stated that the US should have a system more like Canada’s immigration  process.

At the end of their live feed, the CBC producer advised them that some of their information is incorrect and suggested they speak with individuals responsible for ensuring appropriate vetting of newcomers. King and Riedel responded enthusiastically.

Claim #3 - Drama over King’s girlfriend’s job loss

When a social media user located in Arnprior saw King and Riedel were coming to their town to host an event, they reached out to the various legions they were planning on appearing at. YVCE amplified this message on Twitter, and King and Riedel’s followers soon started to send this individual messages demanding they cease their activity. Including one from Christy Marie Scheff, King’s girlfriend, who he states he met “because of the convoy” to CBC. The recipient confirmed that after the message was sent, Scheff blocked them from further contact.


YVCE shared this message, along with screenshots from Scheff’s Facebook profile. These posts included inflammatory and bigoted remarks about Muslims, and UN conspiracy theories.

Pat King’s girlfriend is threatening people who try and have venues cancel their dumb town halls.

Thought these clowns were defenders of free expression? pic.twitter.com/0LXcM7224C— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) April 22, 2019







An email was sent to Scheff’s employer by another social media user, advising them of the content their employee had posted online, and demanding action on their part. Scheff was fired, as confirmed in Facebook messages between the individual and the employer, however the cause was not specifically confirmed.


During the interview with CBC, King claims he spoke to person who sent the emails, as he had their telephone number and email address. We confirmed with the individual who sent the email that while he has received some calls from strange numbers lately, he did not speak with King, or Riedel. King also claimed that the Ontario Provincial Police is investigating the matter, yet the individual has not been contacted by authorities.

Scheff was allegedly advised her employment was terminated due to “attendance issues,” as told by King to the CBC producer after the interview had concluded.

Claim #4 - “All are welcome”

Both Riedel and King tell CBC that all are welcome to their events. In Pembroke, they identified who they believed to be a “troll” - an individual no one knew, who they claim was on their phone the entire time.

The comments directed toward this person in the live feed comments were not welcoming, and a few were outright threatening, with one referencing a taser (King and Riedel showed a stun baton in a previous live feed, claiming “if anyone starts any trouble, this is what you’re going to see.” source: https://bit.ly/2Pypbce timestamp: 2 min, 15 sec)

It is clear that anyone who may disagree with them may be subject to real-time online harassment, and have their photo shown to their followers. These are intimidation and harassment tactics, and not indicative of a healthy and open dialogue. Note: followers of King and Riedel refer to themselves often as “the kids,” and in turn, to King and Riedel as “dad/s.”



Claim #5 - Radicals are “vetted and kicked out”

In the interview with CBC both King and Riedel claim that radicals are “vetted and kicked out.” They aren’t clear if they are referring to Yellow Vests Canada or their own following, but both are demonstrably false, as heavily documented by YVCE. Riedel himself has made radical posts on social media.

The pair’s own views are radical. In addition to an average of 3 live feeds a day, lasting from an hour or more in length, they also either stream these town halls on Facebook live, or upload them to their YouTube channel. YVCE has previously tweeted the content of a town hall, filmed in Drayton Valley, AB. The event goes into detail about their experience with United We Roll, but also delves into far-right ideologies and conspiracy theories, as well as whitewashing problematic associations:

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I noticed this today, and realized we’ve been neglecting Pat King and Jay Riedel, and their “town halls” across SK and AB (so far.) /1#YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/BwwtLBW1dd— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 31, 2019

One of the more troubling claims of recent town halls is their propagation of the Rothschild global banking conspiracy, referring to them as an “ethnic group” that controls the World Bank, and claiming they are direct descendants of Hitler:

This is like south park.
Pat: Do you know who owns the federal reserve?
audience: China? nuh-uh. India? nope. The UN? nope. OK who? Hang on I forget I have to check my copy of The Protocols..
That's right, the Rothchilds, who are direct descendants of Adolph Hitler @VestsCanada pic.twitter.com/PNyoOsItp2— Will Banks (@willybrotten) April 24, 2019
At the Drayton Valley town hall King told the crowd that there is a “flooding of refugees,” which will “abuse and destabilize our banking system,” advising that this is “intentional by the UN, to bankrupt Canada” and to impose Agendas 21 and 23, and a “one world government.” King went on to state that “there is a bigger, darker entity trying to overthrow the world.”
They have hinted that this entity is the spooky RoThScHiLdS family. It's 2019 and the Rothschilds still get blamed for everything, from funding Hitler, to the creation of Israel, to controlling the weather.

The Rothschilds family were a real familybut have been the victim of anti-semitic propaganda for quite some time. The Rothschilds did not benefit from the second world war, like most Jews, they had their assets seized by the Nazis. When did the first rumor start of the evil Rothschilds? In Nazi Germany where a movie called "Die Rothschilds Aktien auf Waterloo" talked about how Nathan Rothschilds had manipulated the market.
He didn't, but that is the story the Nazis told their supporters.


The Rothschilds don't own the Bank of Canada, the Canadian government does. In fact, because the government owned the bank and it could only lend to the federal government. This changed in the Basel Committee solution.

These are things that are well documented but Pat and Jay do not know the history of their own country, and would rather get information from people like Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck, who lies for money.

The Rothschilds opened their own banks and they do business pretty openly. You can do a simple search to find them online.

These people don't deserve any level of serious consideration