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Vancouver talk derailed as free speech versus hate speech conflict escalates

VANCOUVER—An event featuring controversial far-right speakers is now in limbo as a conflict between two UBC student groups this week continues to escalate, prompting the planned venue to pull out Wednesday morning.

The event was planned by the UBC Free Speech Club, which has gained attention since its inception in 2016 for bringing in far-right speakers. Friday’s headliners were to be Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, who have been widely condemned as racists, fascists and white nationalists.

Far-right speakers Molyneux and Southern canceled!

Far-right speakers Molyneux and Southern canceled!

News Release

March 14, 2019

According to Stand Up to Racism, the Hellenic Centre in Vancouver has been forced to cancel the event planned for Friday March 15, 2019 with far-right speakers Molyneux and Southern thanks to protests and letters to the Centre. 

The UBC Students Against Bigotry have therefore canceled their protest at the Centre. This is a victory for anti-fascists!
Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society

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U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant allegedly plotted mass terror attack targeting Democrats, journalists

A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist has been arrested after allegedly plotting a massive domestic terrorist attack targeting several Democratic politicians and prominent media personalities.
Christopher Paul Hasson stockpiled weapons and maintained a hit list of people he wanted to kill, according to court documents shared with Global News by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, who first noted the case.


Maxime Bernier’s alt-right problem

Note — February 12, 2019: This article is subject to legal complaint by Nicola Hanson.

Last Halloween, the hosts of a white nationalist podcast called The Ensign Hour discussed how to propel their ideology into the mainstream of Canadian politics. Although they pined for a “European homeland,” the co-hosts were all too aware of just how unappealing their movement remained to the political mainstream.

How Canadian populism is playing out in the Burnaby South byelection

By MELANIE GREENStar Vancouver
Sun., Feb. 24, 2019        
BURNABY—Twenty minutes before the first Burnaby South byelection debate, a sudden influx of People’s Party of Canada supporters with shiny signs and newly minted pins filled all the remaining chairs in the room.
And they were ready to be heard, not just seen.

A supporter of the People's Party of Canada cheers while waiting for the arrival of party leader Maxime Bernier at an event in Burnaby, B.C.  (JESSE WINTER / STAR VANCOUVER)