convergence

stephen taylor, metacanada, and the search for answers

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Starving online trolls won’t stop far-right ideas from going mainstream

Facebook recently announced it is banning a number of Canadian far-right figures and groups from its platform. Those expelled from Facebook include the “alt-right” activist Faith Goldy and the hate groups Soldiers of Odin, the Canadian Nationalist Front, and the Aryan Strikeforce.

The decision comes on the heels of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a white supremacist killed 50 worshippers and injured 50 more at two mosques in the city.

Andrew Scheer Joins White Nationalist Faith Goldy, Hate Group Members to Endorse Yellow Vests Convoy

Andrew Scheer and members of his Conservative caucus attended and spoke at the Yellow Vests Convoy rally in Ottawa. Attendees of the rally included white nationalist Faith Goldy and members of prominent far-right anti-immigrant hate groups.

Scheer delivered a speech at the rally, assuring participants the “we’re fighting for you. We’re standing with you.”

The Convoy has been plagued by controversy as it made its way from Alberta to Ottawa.

Facebook bans Faith Goldy and 'dangerous' alt-right groups

Social media giant says platform can't be used to spread hate

Faith Goldy, who was supposed to speak at Wilfrid Laurier University but was interrupted by a fire alarm, speaks outside the university on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Goldy has been banned from Facebook as part of the social media platform's rules on dangerous individuals and groups. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press)

‘Footsy with Freaks’: How Kenney Makes Room for Bigots in His Party

In Alberta, many fear a UCP win on April 16 will threaten their rights and safety.

UCP leader Jason Kenney: In his 2016 drive to unite Alberta’s right, he bussed hundreds of Christian college students into a Progressive Conservative policy convention. The only two women candidates, saying they’d been abused for their pro-choice views, quit the party afterwards.

Sarah Elder-Chamanara just can’t bring herself to vote for a party whose candidates make homophobic remarks and want to restrict abortions — no matter how much she agrees with its other positions.

White NationalistsFrom Around The World Are Meeting In Finland. Here’s What You Need To Know

Far-right extremist groups from around the world have, for years, been quietly working behind the scenes to amplify their messaging through forging international alliances. And they’ll be building those bonds in person this weekend in Finland, at an event that underscores the growing internationalization of the white nationalist movement.

Andrew Scheer can’t be tough on crime if he is soft on hate

The Conservative Party of Canada is “tough on crime.” Its website even has a section dedicated to this stance. 

Log on and behold the enormous black gavel pounding the bottom of the webpage, and right beside it, behold the capitalized phrase itself: “TOUGH ON CRIME” (in case you aren’t already convinced these guys mean business).

The strange thing is that for a party so tough on crime that it states its position in capital letters, its leader is arguably less than tough when it comes to a force that drives crime: hate.

People's Party of Canada president withdraws

Accusations of racism and homophobia within the top local ranks of a new federal political organization are being strongly denied by party leaders.

Daniel Joseph, who is black, says he has quit the People's Party of Canada after encountering "utterly hateful views".

He had been elected president of the party's Kelowna-Lake Country riding association last November.

"Unfortunately, with newly-appointed executives in charge - very vocal officials with utterly hateful views and policy positions - I no longer feel like there is a place for me in this party," Joseph says.

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