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Far-right Canadian Yellow Vest Reactionaries - Promoters of Violence and Conspiracy Theories, Already At Each Others' Throats

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 19:25
As they did last week when they unoriginally co-opted the French Yellow Vest protests (Mouvement des gilets jaunes), the far-right reactionaries organized another Saturday of protests in a number of Canadian cities. In most cases the numbers were down significantly from the previous Saturday (and even then outside Ottawa, Calgary, and Edmonton they weren't much to speak of). However Calgary and Edmonton still appear to have numbered in the 100s.... though even this is a bit of conjecture since many law enforcement officers were also wearing yellow safety vests:

Peace officers are wearing yellow jackets, which has caused some confusion. The smell of cannabis wafts through the air— Omar Mosleh (@OmarMosleh) December 15, 2018At least one of the yellow vest protestors has been detained by police, as as one of the counter protestors— Omar Mosleh (@OmarMosleh) December 15, 2018Several of the yellow vest protesters I’ve spoken to have reasonable concerns with the economy. Then there are people like this. Also, they all tell me they’re not racist.— Omar Mosleh (@OmarMosleh) December 15, 2018I forgot to tweet that several people wearing 'Wolves of Odin' jackets (Edmonton splinter of Soldiers of Odin) attended the protests, but wouldn't speak to me. I wonder if people would admit they're anti-immigrant to me if I looked different and wasn't named Omar. Story to come.— Omar Mosleh (@OmarMosleh) December 15, 2018
At least some of the co-ordination for these protests is occurring on Yellow Vests Canada. 

Currently there are roughly 65,000 members of the group, though I suspect that most of those who were added, like those in the past who had been added to the WCAI group, aren't really aware of what the group is about since members could add others fairly indiscriminately. Also, before making it a closed group, there were quite a few people taking the "true believers" to task:

Tyler Malenfant is the founder and administrator of this and a few other Yellow Vest Facebook groups. It might be of interest then to ARC readers to note that Malenfant is someone who has appeared on the blog back in December 2015 in relation to his apparent connection to Students For Western Civilization, something that a number of readers noticed even before I did:
This appears to be the gentleman that is running that Yellow Vests Canada group on Facebook.— Sudbury Against Fascism (@SudzAgainstFash) December 13, 2018
Malenfant eventually responded and his explanation for his racist and antisemitic posts is absolutely hilarious:

Malenfant claims the screen shots of his posts are fake, which suggests he expects people to believe that ARC posted fake screen shots in December 2015 knowing that in November 2018 massive protests would occur in France resulting in Canadian far-right supporters co-opting the imagery of said protests in December 2018 and that Malenfant would become an organizer in this astroturf movement... all in an effort to discredit him.
Sure or, and stay with me on this, might a simpler explanation be that Malenfant posted racist and antisemetic comments three years ago and now he's desperate to try and explain them away even though one can still see many of these posts online?
I mean, either/or, right?

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My Observations Concerning Saturday's Anti-UN Migrant Compact Protests

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 18:03
As I watched protests in a number of Canadian cities which were ostensibly about opposing the UN's non-binding agreement setting up guidelines for the orderly and safe movement of people as a violation of Canadian sovereignty but which were in fact anti-immigrant (read: non-white) and Islamophobic in nature, I couldn't help but make a few observations.

First, the choice to wear yellow vests to mimic the French protests (the vast majority of whom are not racist trash and who have endeavoured to remove that element from their midst) indicates a distinct lack of originality on the far-right in this country. I mean, are they not capable of any sort of creativity? They copy the name Pegida even though the acronym makes no sense in the Canadian context. They form groups such as the Soldiers of Odin which originated in Europe and the III%ers based on an American model which itself is mostly myth. It's all rather disappointing.
Second, despite some media coverage of the events, the numbers of those who participated in the events haven't really grown that much and still consist mainly of the same people I've seen year after year.

Take Ottawa for example.
This was supposed to be the marque event and was to have featured Maxime Bernier who ultimately no-showed. Some have suggested this was due to not wanting to associate with the extremists (some 14 or 15 groups in total) who organized the Ottawa event, however one speech suggests that he might be comfortable with these bigots after all:
Remember how Maxime Bernier bailed on that anti-UN rally hosted by 15 fringe extremist groups, including Storm Alliance & La Meute?

He didn’t distance himself from them. According to a speaker, Bernier “sent his regrets,” “He knows that he’s got a lot of fans here.” #cdnpoli— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 10, 2018
He has certainly not been shy about appearing with individuals belonging to.... shall we say questionable groups such as the Proud Boys?

Or having supporters of white nationalists work in his new political party:
Btw, the @peoplespca official in the previous tweet (EDA interim president for Etobicoke Centre) was also a campaign worker for white nationalist and neo-Nazi sympathizer Faith Goldy h/t @AlliRothberg— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 9, 2018
Had he shown up to the Ottawa event, he might have felt quite comfortable with organizers such as Le Meute and the Storm Alliance as well as participants including the Northern Guard, Soldiers of Odin, III% militia, Canadian Combat Coalition, Donald Trump supporters, Christian Heritage Party supporters, and QAnon conspiracy theorists among others:

Still, despite being the largest of the protests with more than a dozen groups participating in the organization of the event, they may have attracted a little over 200 people. The anti-fascists countered with roughly 100. The same could be said of most of the protests that occurred across the country and though they claim they will be holding more events including this Saturday, I'm not sure if they will improve on these already low numbers given the weather growing colder and the upcoming holidays.
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Canadian Connection To Man Who Murdered Heather Heyer

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:12
Not long ago, members of the far-right in the United States were inexplicably confident that the man who struck and killed Heather Heyer and injured several others in Charlottesville would be acquitted despite.... you know.... the actual evidence.

On December 7, he was instead found guilty of first degree murder and nine other charges.

Suffice it to say the racists who cheered him on are upset.

Of further interest is information that a man featured on this blog was also connected to the murderer:— The Trial of James Alex Fields (@TTOJAF) December 9, 2018

Shawn Beauvais-Macdonald had been a member of La Meute (one of the groups that helped to organize yesterday's protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa) and participated in at least one more additional Le Meute event after "leaving" the group. He is now associated with the much more overtly racist Atalante, a neo-Nazi gang based in Quebec and ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada). Beauvais-Macdonald's, posting as "FriendlyFash", was one of the participants in the now leaked Discord chat, the transcript of which can be found here. And of course he also participated in the Charlottesville event of 2017:

Here, Christopher Cantwell shakes hands with Shawn Beauvais-Macdonald of Quebec.— The Trial of James Alex Fields (@TTOJAF) December 10, 2018
Online posts identify Beauvais' buddy as Vincent Belanger-Mercure.— The Trial of James Alex Fields (@TTOJAF) December 10, 2018
Here is video of Cantwell and Beauvais at McIntire Park on August 11th.— The Trial of James Alex Fields (@TTOJAF) December 10, 2018

 More information on Beauvais-Macdonald, including his connection to other prominent far-right/alt-right/racist personalities can be found in the links below:

Anti-Migrant Protests: Maxime Bernier No-Shows in Ottawa and Brief Notes on Other Protests

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:12
Last month we saw Faith Goldy and roughly 40 alt-right (including ID Canada) supporters hold a protest opposing Canada signing the UN Migration Compact. Today in Ottawa was another anti-migrant rally which also features a whose who of racist and Islamophobic groups including La Meute, Storm Alliance, III% militia, Northern Guard and speakers such as Thomas Quiggin.

Also amongst this group was to have been former Conservative Party of Canada leadership hopeful and now leader of the breakaway PCC Maxime Bernier who has made opposition to immigration and multiculturalism key components of his far-right party's identity:
Il paraît que @MaximeBernier sera avec la panoplie de groupes far right a #Ottawa demain.#FuckOffRacists#cdnpoli— JAKearn (@lingerence) December 7, 2018
The bigots who have been profiled on ARC have been drawn to Bernier like a moth to a flame since he left the Conservative Party (which appears to have been pulled even further right in an effort to draw those supporters back) since Bernier left to form the PCC. He seems to be very comfortable associating with these groups:
So.. tomorrow in #Ottawa, Maxime Bernier will headline a rally against the UN migration compact. The rally is hosted by a bunch of fringe far-right groups that promote anti-Islam, anti-Soros, & 'white genocide' conspiracy theories. Let's take a quick look: #cdnpoli #ppc— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 7, 2018
Organizer 1: CitizenGO Canada creates rightwing petitions. It currently has a petition calling on Trudeau to hold a referendum on signing the UN migrant compact, saying it is pushed by "Soros" and "globalist elites" to gain "global control." These are classic anti-semitic tropes.— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 7, 2018
Organizer 2: Canadian Coalition for Responsible Government. Total conspiracy theorists who hold anti-Soros events, say the UN compact is an "evil document" and a "plan" to move "massive amounts of migrants," share content from white supremacists Faith Goldy and Stefan Molyneux.— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 7, 2018
Organizer 3: Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens. This group is calling for the death penalty for the "traitor" Justin Trudeau, shares "white genocide in South Africa" memes and saying "Coming to Canada Soon," says "globalists" are "pedophiles," shares white nationalists...— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 7, 2018
Organizer 4: ACT! FOR CANADA. Anti-Islam group with apparent ties to white supremacist Richard Spencer, shares "white genocide in South Africa" conspiracy theories with direct implication that if whites become a minority in Canada they will be murdered (this is very racist).— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 7, 2018
Oh right, and Maxime Bernier will be sharing the stage with Tom Quiggan, the author of "SUBMISSION: The Danger of Political Islam to Canada," who last year claimed that the Quebec City mosque was targeted because it was giving money to terrorists #cdnpoli— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 7, 2018
Oh right, and Maxime Bernier will be sharing the stage with Tom Quiggan, the author of "SUBMISSION: The Danger of Political Islam to Canada," who last year claimed that the Quebec City mosque was targeted because it was giving money to terrorists #cdnpoli— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 7, 2018
Correction: I wrote that ACT for Canada is tied to Richard Spencer, but the website actually appears to reference Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer. Extremely hateful man,
surely, but not a neo-Nazi. Apologies!— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 7, 2018
According to @AgainstFash613, far-right groups incl. La Meute & Storm Alliance will also be in #Ottawa tomorrow to protest the UN global compact. At least 1 organizer is also behind the event @MaximeBernier is headlining -- or is it the same event?— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
Oh shit, yeah. This is the same event. @MaximeBernier is set to headline an event co-organized by Storm Alliance, an anti-immigration group that broke away from Soldiers of Odin. Eric Trudel is the head of Storm Alliance.— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
More from @antihateca about the event tomorrow that @MaximeBernier is headlining. Organizers include III%ers (armed militia) and other far right groups with neo-Nazi ties #cdnpoli— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
The Carleton University chapter of Maxime Bernier's @peoplespca has endorsed and will be attending tomorrow's event, which is organized by Storm Alliance, Northern Guard, III%ers, Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Le Meute, and other right-wing extremist groups #cdnpoli— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
Who wants to tell him?— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
On the day of the event however, Bernier seems to have conveniently found a scheduling conflict:
The anti-migrant rally is happening now, follow @Justin_Ling for reporting from the scene. No sign of Bernier yet, apparently, although he e-mailed his supporters he'd be in attendance, and he's considered a "confirmed guest" by organizers as of yesterday— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
Bernier didn't show after all, despite previous promises to organizers and PPC supporters. The Carleton University PPC chapter said they were going. Despite the no-show, he hasn't distanced himself from extremist organizers & must be confronted about it— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
His university fan club however did show up:
Here's the Carleton University chapter of @MaximeBernier's @peoplespca, joining their compatriots La Meute, Storm Alliance, Northern Guard, III%s, and a host of fringe racist, anti-semitic, and extremist far-right organizations. #ppc #ppc2019 #cdnpoli #ottawa #onpoli— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
For what its worth, a PPC field organizer was very recently assuring supporters that both Maxime Bernier and the PPC's Executive Director would be attending today's anti-migrant rally in Ottawa, & clearly the PPC base strongly supports these rallies.— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018
"WHITE PRIDE", fascist militia, La Meute, ID Canada, ... that's quite some protest that you have endorsed, @MaximeBernier @peoplespca #cdnpoli #ottawa— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) December 8, 2018

Justin Ling attended the event and reported as follows:
I'm in Ottawa this morning, where a demonstration is planned for 11 to protest Canada's signing of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Opposition has been growing to the compact, including from the Conservatives and Maxime Bernier. They've contended it'd sacrifice Canadian sovereignty on the issue — it doesn't.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
"The GCM is a voluntary, non-binding document that introduces no additional obligations to states."— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Here's the scene. Maybe 200-300 people, and a small army of cops.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
A guy in a security hat stopped me — realized pretty quick he wasn't with the RCMP.
"Who are you with?" He asks
"Who are YOU with?" I reply
"We're with La Meute."
And so I walked away.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Plenty of gilet jaunts — yellow safety vests. Folks obviously taking their inspiration from the Paris protests.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Lots of La Meute vests and signs. (Even a La Meute drawstring bag! There's money in memorabilia, evidently.) Spotted one makeshift Q-Anon placard, so that's literally a bad sign.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
There's lots of "security" here — protesters playing dress-up in fatigues.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
I went to go check out the antifa contingent but they just headed away from Parliament Hill so. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Oh, heard my first reference to having "our laws imposed on us by the global banking elite."

So if you're playing the home version, fill in the "barely coded antisemitism" square.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Some of the alt right types thought Maxime Bernier was gonna show, but I don't see him. And I'm not sure this is the crowd any politician would wanna be in.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
The U.S. embassy warned folks of 1,000 protesters. lol. Nowhere near that number.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Some of the "security" brought their own ziptie handcuffs. Would love to see the actual security reaction if they tried to use it on anyone.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Oh so Maxime Bernier emailed supporters this week saying he'd be attending this rally. But I don't see him.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Here's the full crowd. Speaker says Trudeau is a "traitor," then there was some conspiracy stuff about locking up critics and the "globalist elite."— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Here's the full crowd. Speaker says Trudeau is a "traitor," then there was some conspiracy stuff about locking up critics and the "globalist elite."— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Tom Quiggin is here. He's the self-styled security research behind this:— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Tom Quiggin is here. He's the self-styled security research behind this:— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
I'm officially bored.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Seems I'm not the only one. People are slowly filtering away as Quiggin continues his speech (which went, suffice it to say, wide.) Still maybe 200ish here. (At max it was 350 or so.)— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
There's some dude from Denmark speaking. I think he was introduced as a rep from the far-right Danish People's Party. So that's fun.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
He's talking about "no go zones" in Sweden. So definitely a quack.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Oh, I put it together. He's Rasmus Paludan, head of upstart ethnonationlist party Stram Kurs. He's saying lots of very stupidly Islamophobic things.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
The current speaker, who I think is a rep from LA Meute, is managing to tie together the migration compact with the media bailout with M-103 and about a half-dozen other greatest hits.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) December 8, 2018
Looking through the social media pages of the folks covered here, I find the following. First a video by Travis Patron of the neo-fascist Nationalist Party of Canada and accompanying comments:

The Dan Dubois of the Canadian Combat Coalition reposted one of Patron's videos to their group:

Just to get a flavor of what these folks are about for any new readers, these following screen shots should prove instructive:

The Northern Guard and former Proud Boy member Robert Jones chimed in with their thoughtful critique of the Anti-Hate Canada article discussing the events planned for today:

Also, Canadian Combat Coalition supporter, Northern Guard supporter, and QAnon conspiracy nutbar Duke Willis who attended the Ottawa protest and uploaded a video"

It also looks like there are other anti-migrant protests in both Toronto and Calgary, though there appears to be no more than a couple of dozen individuals participating in each; Steven Myatt is involved in the one in Calgary where he now lives and Ron Banerjee is in Toronto.

Here's Banerjee leading a chant to "lock [Trudeau] up":

Here is a brief video of Calgary. Note the Soldiers of Odin are present. The claim that there are over 100 people appears to be exaggerated:

The III% militia in Alberta also commented on the Anti-Hate Canada article, some making not so veiled threats:

The leader of a fringe Alberta separatist party, Dave Bjorkman who was part of the story involving Soldiers of Odin members attending a United Conservative Party event (see here and here) claims to be one of the organizers for an anti-migrant event in Edmonton as well. In the first video Bjorkman suggests that the UCP are involved in the rally as well:

Alberta Has Declared Dean "Sovereign" Clifford To Be A Vexatious Litigant

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 15:10
I've occasionally wondered what the self-proclaimed Wolverdean has been up to since he was released from prison after having received a three years sentence on drugs and weapons charges related to his "freeman-on-the-land" pseudo-legal woo. Upon his release Dean was relatively quiet and wasn't the tax avoiding go-to guru he had been prior to his incarceration, so much so that I stopped paying attention to him and as a result missed this update from November:

Dean Clifford, a Freeman on the Land previously involved with the neo-Nazi Stormfront forum, has been declared a vexatious litigant in Alberta. Freeman on the Land is a sovereign citizen movement that believes laws don't apply to them (they do).— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) December 2, 2018

Costs have been awarded against Clifford's 'client' and himself. See the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Decision here: CC @R_Scrivens— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) December 2, 2018
Dean Clifford started promoting himself as a freeman-on-the-land guru in earnest back in 2012. At the time we (when I could still say "we") at ARC teased an upcoming article focused on Dean which resulted in this reply:

Bring it on you communist mother fuckers. I have room for one more target, and my organization is MUCH larger and world-wide. Every freedom loving man and woman on this planet despises groups like you who try to stifle societies and individual freedoms with communist oppression and a police state of government control and laws. There's 10 of you in a room on welfare somewhere on Canada. This will backfire worse than the smear sHit Piece "The National" did. Of course, I'll be shocked if you actually allow this comment to be posted. Bring on the poo flinging, and violence, because that is all you people are capable of. Your smears are pathetic, your followers are so intellectually stagnant that it is terrifying, and you're all worse 'dead-beats' than the people you claim to hate. You're motto could not be more perfect to explain your organization, "We are against hate, and we hate anyone who doesn't go along with that." You must be the dumbest fuckers alive, a literal living oxymoron. I notice every single one of your staunch supporters hides and even posts as anonymous. Yeah, you must all truly believe in what you do, and most certainly are willing to assume liability for your statements and claims. Attach a face to your smear, you gutless shitheads. Every one of your front page stories is published by a fag who thinks he's a vampire. IS there more than one person even on this site? Oh man, this is going to be EPIC, I cannot wait! Talk soon ass-clowns. P.S. "intellectually on par with that of the Occupy Movement." Now that was just plain insulting, they're about as intelligent as you people, you are all a celebration of underachievers.Suffice it to say we never did actually "talk soon" and Dean's attempt to intimidate ARC failed spectacularly. What Dean was trying to stop ARC from publishing (my own laziness resulted in not publishing much sooner) was his long history of posting on the American hate-site Stormfront:

Here are a few relevant posts:

We also learned that Dean was in continual correspondence with former Aryan Guard member (and man who spent time in prison on hate crime charges) Bill Noble:Some of the exchanges indicate that Dean was aware that Aryan Guard leader Kyle McKee, then a suspect in an attempted murder targeting a member of a breakaway hate group (who would later be convicted on murder charges himself), was apprehended in Winnipeg while hiding out at Noble's residence.

The Continued Collapse of the Proud Boys: A Bried Look At Gavin McInnes, Tim Kelly, and Matt Linder

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:16
It has been a pretty lousy fortnight for the Proud Boys.

While the beginning of the collapse goes back to October which has resulted in a number of arrests, it really picked up steam two weeks after the FBI designated the Proud Boys as an extremist group with ties to white nationalists. As a result Gavin McInnes, the racist antisemite who founded the Proud Boys, quit the violent gang he created though the Canadian expat won't be able to avoid the consequences. For example, McInnes' travel options might be more limited than they once were:

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes denied entry to Australia for ‘Deplorables’ speaking tour— Raw Story (@RawStory) November 30, 2018
In the meantime there has been somewhat of a power struggle. Austin "Augustus Sol Invictus"Gillespie (who appears to have dropped the Mid-Atlantic accent shtick) claimed leadership though this turned out to be short lived. This is probably for the best since leading a violent hate group would probably get in the way of his goat-blood drinking.

Next to assume leadership was Texas-based lawyer, Stormfront member, and all around violent nutbar Jason Lee Van Dyke. Van Dyke is a lawyer for the gang who himself has faced legal difficulties recently when he was arrested for lying to the police. His leadership lasted a few days before he also stepped down:

The Proud Boys' newly canned lawyer, Jason Lee Van Dyke, emailed me a nice goodbye after his short reign over the extremist gang— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) November 29, 2018
He seems really nice.

Now the gang is being run by a "council of elder", because of course they are. This also turned into a bit of a fiasco because while they tried to redact the names of said elders, they failed spectacularly:

The name Timothy Kelly should be familiar to readers as I do think it is the Tim "the braying jackass" Kelly who has been featured on this blog:

Kelly with Damion Bates and Brandon Vaughan who his still being sought after
being indicted for his part in a violent assault in Washington DC in 2017.
In fact Kelly was referred to as an elder in March 2018:

Personally, I don't see the slovenly human slug Tim Kelly as being much of a leader of men. Hell, I'd genuinely be surprised if he made his own bed.

Now between the gang assault in New York in October and a little over a week before the declaration of the Proud Boys as an extremist group, someone this blog has been keeping an eye on was initiated into the second degree:

Matt Linder was profiled on the blog as a result of his involvement in campus conservative politics.... well as his association with people likes of Connor Langdon, Jake Findell, and Adam Strashok who became well known as an antisemite who glorified the former apartheid state of Rhodesia and who worked on Jason Kenney's UCP leadership campaign which sort of makes this post by Linder rather interesting:

Here Linder is at the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam event in Calgary from June 2017:

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Anti-Racist Canada Is 11 Years Old

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:38
Hey, I'm as surprised as you are.

There Really Is Life After Hate Part V

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 22:11
ARC continues the series from our regular contributor. Other articles in the series can be found here:

White Pride: When You Feel You Have Nothing ElseI was a disaffected teenager when I got sucked into the far-right. Often feeling isolated, I was looking for significance. I was emotionally attracted to this secret club which my recruiter told me about. It became an addiction in the sense that I felt I needed a world I could escape to where I felt important in my own head. When I first met other members in this group, they would often mention the white pride idea; they said it was a place where we could be proud of our heritage. In retrospect, we never talked about our heritage. The conversation was more often about what other races were allegedly doing. For a bunch of people who claimed to be proud of their family tree, we knew very little real facts about our own backgrounds. For instance, some of my family heritage is British and I have ancestors who fought against National Socialism. By being involved in a neo-fascist group once upon a time, was I really proud of my ancestry? Or was I ignoring this small part of myself to feel like I belonged to this toxic clique? I was estranged from my family at this time too, as they were very opposed to the ideology fabricated by these groups. I gave them nothing to be proud of me for; all I gave them was grief and anxiety. Years later I had to sit down with them and have a brutally honest discussion in order for us to be a family again. Unfortunately I was careless enough to get a hate symbol tattooed on the side of my neck shortly after I joined the racist right. I did this to prove a point to myself of how committed I was. I lost count of the many times people would approach me on the streets, asking what it meant. I'd often tell them some made up meaning, as opposed to telling them the truth. I did not have the best social skills in the world back then and probably couldn't have kept the conversation very civilized. I have re-visited those memories before during recovery and when I took a close look at my responses to others, it's obvious that under the surface I was ashamed and scared of who I had become. I was secretly bi-sexual when I was subscribing to hateful ideology. Ironically, I remember the movements blatant homophobia as well. All this did was create more internalized anger in me; I kept trying to push this part of myself away and I was never successful in doing so. If I had to try to push part of myself aside, how could I have rightfully said that I was proud of myself back then?  Many adherents of the far-right claim that the movement is not about hate. It was about hatred for me though; I hated myself. I couldn't live a life of false pride anymore by the time I chose to walk away from the movement. One question which always crossed my mind in the first few years of leaving was "how did I lose myself to hate?" I know the answer to that: I felt I needed to wear a mask in order to feel better about myself. In this present moment, I do not use a false sense of pride as a mask anymore. I choose to live an honest life where I can be the real me; I learn new things about myself every day.

Faith Goldy and ID Canada Protest United Nations Migrant Pact In Toronto

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 21:06
I know ARC is running the risk of becoming the "all Goldy, all the time" station on this series of tubes, but damn it if she just doesn't keep providing the fodder on which the blog is currently dining on:

The Global Compact on Migration has become one of the latest hobby-horse of far-right nationalists who tout the intergovernmental agreement as a conspiracy (George Soros' name often being invoked) to diminish the sovereignty of the nation-state. Some nationalist governments have since reject the pact though given that most of these regimes govern countries that (a) owe their existence to migration and (b) are either composed of or (as during the cold war) were leading nations from which refugees originated, one can't help note both the irony and hypocrisy of their stance. In this country Maxime Bernier has spoken out against the agreement which isn't of particular surprise.

Today Goldy and other far-right nationalist held their own protest against the agreement in Toronto. They were countered by what looked to be at least an equal (if not slightly greater) number of individuals who support the agreement or support the rights of migrants and refugees:


So, that's the facial expression you decided to go with, eh Goldy?

A bold choice. Not one that I would have gone with myself, but you do you.

Along with Goldy were members of ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada), a racist "identitarian" group that she has willingly aligned herself with and who heeded her call to bring their particular nationalist flag:

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Goldy's Gotta Goldy

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 18:43
So it has been a while since ARC checked up on failed mayoral candidate Faith Goldy since her.... well.... failed mayoral campaign. Last I checked she was calling for a boycott of Bell Canada which I'm sure was a totally principled stance and not at all self-serving:

I thought I'd take a look to see what she was up to lately and found that despite her very brief and transparent (and, I stress, failed) attempt to appeal to a diverse Toronto electorate, she has re-embraced ethnic nationalism. One of her most recent screeds was to complain about honoring Viola Desmond on the ten dollar bill:

Uhm, she ultimately DID fight it but her conviction was upheld based on a bit of a loophole. Also, Borden isn't on the $10 bill. He's on the 100% bill.

Goldy appears to be trying to get back into the good books of the "alt-right" identitarian crowd who she alienated during her campaign, retweeting a Students For Western Civilization post also complaining that about Viola Desmond and a Generation Identity tweet complaining about something else:

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More Members and Associates of Calgary University and College Conservative Clubs Linked to "Alt-Right" Racist Ideology

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 18:13
Almost the entirety of this article is the result of the hard work of a source who asked to remain anonymous. I would like to thank this individual their hard work over the past several months

Well, I've done an especially lousy job of taking a break.

More information emerges about the Nazi-meme-sharing Instagram account that UCP nomination candidate Phil Schuman was trying to set up with wealthy donors.

It was run by the communications VP for the University of Calgary Conservative club. #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) September 21, 2018
Since September, I and others have become increasingly aware of a rot in some of the conservative student clubs in Calgary universities and colleges. The start of this revelation learning more about Jake Findell who (along with another individual) was caught in the act of flyering for ID Canada which was formerly known as Generation Identity Canada:

He was also one of the participants in the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam rally on June 3, 2017:

It soon turned out that he also connected to UofC campus conservative politics. Findell, along with Keean Bexte, supported the hate group FireForce Ventures which was presented as an online military surplus store specializing in items from the former state of Rhodesia but which seemed also to serve as a front for the dissemination of racist ideologies. The news site "Ricochet" initially broke the story focusing on active members of the military, however it also became apparent that one member also had links to the current leader of Alberta's Official Opposition:

Adam Strashok (who also posted online as "Alexei Kuznetsov") ran Jason Kenney's call center during his campaign to become leader of the United Conservative Party. Strashok was also active in UofC campus conservative groups, including the Wild Rose and the Conservative Club. Strashok was also one of the founders of the University of Calgary Firearms Association along with Delano Civitarese and Henry Lung (Lung was also a partner in FireForce Ventures):

Well it turns out that Findell, Bexte, and Strashok were not the only people associated with Calgary campus conservatives, past and current, who are involved in far-right politics:

The image above is of the WCAI anti-Muslim event from June 3, 2017. I published it in a few articles already (I'm assuming Findell might have been the one to conceal the face of the individual on the right). However I later learned the identities of the other three members whose faces can be seen:

Full disclosure. The bulk of the research for this article (and I mean 90% to 95%) was done by an individual who wishes to remain anonymous but to whom I and others owe a great deal of gratitude.
Word of warning. This is a very long post with a lot of screen shots to back up the statements made.
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Antisemitic, Racist, Misogynistic, and Islamophobic Rag STILL Barred From Using Canada Post

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 22:43
Minister issues final order barring Canada Post from delivering Your Ward News, tabloid accused of promoting hate 

Victory! Neo-Nazi rag barred from using postal system!— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) November 15, 2018
Congratulations to the Kinsellas who spearheaded this.

Now let's wait and see how the criminal case pans out, though after this I'm feeling mighty optimistic.

Also, this:

@CIJAinfo⁩ claiming credit for the work of others. Pretty pathetic. #cdnpoli— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) November 16, 2018

Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media" Event Provides Media Pass To Hate Group

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 22:51
Hey, so you know how Maxime Bernier wanted to have ridding officials for his new party sign a pledge not to embarrass him and his new People's Party of Canada? I wonder if that applies to far-right media outlets who provide press passes to hate groups who's founder was recently convicted of domestic violence?

More on that in a moment.

Since publishing the story on Keean Bexte yesterday, the media outlet "Ricochet" picked up the story and provided further details:

NEW: A Ricochet investigation has revealed that Keean Bexte, a Rebel Media reporter, former CPC staffer and UCP member, is the pseudonymous "Anton" who worked for white supremacist web store Fireforce Ventures. #cdnpoli #ableg— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) November 13, 2018

Mr. Bexte acted as I had anticipated:

Now this weekend Bexte was one of the speakers at a "Rebel Media" event in Calgary that was headlined by Maxime Bernier. Also speaking at the event was John Carpay whose presentation was.... let's just say not well received by decent and not bigoted people:

Speaking at #TheRebelLive, John Carpay of @JCCFCanada just compared the rainbow flag to a swastika, and said that protecting LGBTQ rights is totalitarianism. In case you were wondering if they were bigots. #cdnpoli— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) November 10, 2018

Though he was roundly condemned, Carplay found support in young Bexte....

.... as well as one other person folks who read this blog are familiar with:

Ryan Dean, a man who has been kicked out of every single racist and Islamophobic group he has joined including one he actually founded, has decided to chime in.

The last time ARC wrote about Dean was when he was kicked out of an NDP-sponsored anti-racism event. ARC also wrote about the ejection and made fun of Dean's over-the-top cries of victimization which he responded to eventually on Twitter:

Keep in mind, Ryan says he isn't a racist:

That's right, not a racist.

And certainly not an unapologetic, unrepentant, and violent misogynist who just served a sentence for domestic assault:

Yeah, he's a charmer.

He's also not a fan of the police as our readers are already well aware:

Well you see, we already know that he isn't law abiding since he quite literally did not abide by the law and was convicted of domestic assault for his attack on a former girlfriend whom he continues to publicly malign.

But to tie this all back to the "Rebel Media" event this past weekend, Dean also posted this:

Yep, Ryan Dean and a +1 attended the event:

Dean also made it out as if his new "group" (and I use the term "group" in the loosest sense of its meaning) was a sponsor of the event:

This is typical of Ryan Dean's delusions of grandeur and self-importance, however in this case there's a bit of a twist.

It appears that Ezra Levant granted Ryan Dean a press pass:

Oh, Lanny! Not you too?

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University of Calgary Conservative Club Members Linked To FireForce Ventures

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:48
UPDATE 2: Just learned that there is currently a warrant for the arrest of Gabriel Sohier Chaput (aka "Zeiger":
BREAKING: Arrest warrant issued for alt-right neo-Nazi propagandist Zeiger, aka Gabriel Sohier Chaput of Montreal, according to B'nai Brith press release. Chaput has been quiet since being exposed and may have moved.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) November 12, 2018
More will be posted in another article as more information becomes available.
So, about that break I said I was taking.... it seems that there have been some updates on the FireForce Ventures front:

Nice to see Canadian Armed Forces take prompt action.

"Four military members suspended over alleged connection to racist website"— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) November 12, 2018
Earlier, we learned that former executive on the UofC Conservative Club Adam Strashok was also identified as having been associated with FireForce Ventures. Strashok participated in the racist Worldwide Coalition Against Islam rally on June 3, 2017 and ran Jason Kenney's call center during his UCP leadership campaign had joined Bernier's PPC, though he appears to have been a member for a very short time before being kicked out of that party as well.
It turns out though that Strashok isn't the only person associated with the University of Calgary Conservative Club who had some association with FireForce Ventures:

ARC first learned about Jake Findell when he and another man were caught in the act of flyering for the hate group ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada) on the main campus of the University of Calgary. 

He also was somewhat active on the ID Canada Facebook page:

Like Strashok, Findell also participated in the WCAI rally (along with three other individuals who may very well be making an appearance on this blog in a short time):

Before shutting down his Facebook page (or perhaps just making it difficult to find) Findell had "liked" FireForce Ventures along with a number of hate groups:

This however is FAR from the most interesting connection to conservative politics on the University of Calgary campus:

A number of people had been trying to figure out who this is. Sure, the face was mostly whited-out, but I figured there were a number of identifying features that could still lead to a definitive identification; the hair (color and cut), glasses, and especially the ear which is very distinctive in it's shape. As the photo was taken on the subject's laptop, it would likely be a flipped image.
Yesterday I received an email from someone who provided a picture of who this person is:
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Taking A Short Break

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 17:42
That last post was made prior to the midterm elections in the United States. I watched the results and initially was pleased, though not ecstatic. The Democrats did a little better in the House races and the Republicans took a seat more than I had anticipated (Florida) in the Senate. At the state level, I had thought the Democrats would pick up six governorship and they ended up with seven, though not Florida where I thought it was a near certainty until I realized that is the state where hope goes to die.
In the days since though, the numbers continue to improve. As absentee and mail-in votes continue to be counted, more House seats are going to the Democrats. In Arizona the Democratic candidate has just leap frogged over the Republican and is now in the lead. I learned of a number of applet courts in Texas that were flipped. And even Florida MIGHT reverse itself as more votes are counted but as it is Florida I'm going to wait and see.
Watching the Canadian far-right Trump fans has been interesting. Some are claiming the vote was rigged and that Soros stole the election (because of course). Others who have no concept of the American political system -- not a surprise since they don't understand the Canadian system either -- believe that the Senate has veto power over the House so this was really a "red wave" despite.... you know.... reality. And, of course, there are predictions of a civil war where Canadian militia-loving gun nuts will help the American right kill off all the nasty lefties before coming up to Canada and doing the same thing thus ushering in an right-wing Age of Aquarius where the ammunition is unlimited, the Pilsner flows like water, and people can burn tires in their front yards with impunity.
I thought for a while that I might post some of these comments. I still might eventually. However, I decided instead that I was going to take a break for a week or two. I realize that I've been sort of focused on the blog for two straight years with the rise of far-right populism and that this might be a good time to take a bit of a breather.
Now, I am somewhat notorious for ignoring my own good sense and may very well, should something significant occur, start posting and researching tomorrow. And I'll likely still be active on Twitter. Still, I decided that I've earned some "me" time.
See ya'll in a week or two.... or tomorrow. Suffice it to say I'll be back eventually.

Election Eve in United States: What Will Not Happen Immediately If Democratic Party Wins

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 19:08
To write that I was gutted as a result of the November 8, 2016 presidential election really undersells how I felt about it. Then again I suppose there were a lot of like minded people in North America and the world who felt the same way. I knew that the ugly, authoritarian, populism of Donald Trump would infect every aspect of political discourse throughout the world but as bad as I thought it would be, the reality turned out to be even worse. Other authoritarian regimes, the most recent being Brazil, have followed the Trump model of fear, scapegoating, overt racism, and division to political success. In Canada we had a candidate for a major political party propose a "Canadian values test" to screen new immigrants despite herself not being able to articulate what those "Canadian values" were. She was defeated, though the current leader of the Conservative Party has adopted the same anti-migrant rhetoric and the new governments of Ontario and especially Quebec have embraced ethnic nationalism.

Then there have been the killings. Alexandre Bissonnette, James Jackson, Sean Urbanski, Jeremy Christian, Lane Davis, James Fields, William Atchison, Matthew Riehl, Samuel Woodward, and most recently Robert Bowers. All partly products of a toxic political environment of dehumanization and perceived victimization by "the Other" which in many cases echoed Trump's own rhetoric:

On November 6, 2018, midterm elections are being held in the United States. At this point it looks good for the Democrats who look like they may retake the House of Representatives and do very well at the state level in the governor races, though the Republicans seem likely to retain the Senate.
While I am cautiously optimistic, it would be wrong to be over confident. Over confidence resulted in November 6, 2016.
But should the Democratic Party retake even part of the legislative branch, it will not be an end to the toxicity that pervades political discourse. In fact I expect things to get a lot worse before things start to improve. 
To "fix" this will not occur as a result of one election, or two, or five, or more. I think this will take at least a generation and it will be a long, hard, slog every step of the way.
The hatred the likes of Trump has unleashed was always there. It wasn't anything new he discovered. Unlike others though he had no shame in nakedly and constantly stoking resentment for his own purposes. Others have done this as well, but in most cases there were lines they didn't cross even if they toed right up. Trump never had similar moral restraints and neither will those who decide to follow his example because there is a subset within the population that craves authoritarian control.
And don't for a moment think that Canada is immune to this kind of authoritarianism:
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Failed Mayoral Candidate Faith Goldy Returns To Her Default Position

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 19:33
Last week one of the big stories I was following involved the removal of the Proud Boys on Facebook, both group pages and personal profiles. Now one can still find a few there still, but of those that have been removed Proud Boys Canada and Ontario member Tim Kelly are among those that had been removed:

There was the usual histrionics from the usual suspects. For example, the Alberta III% militia started anticipating their own deplatforming:

The award for most over the top reaction to a private company making the decision to remove groups and individuals violating the terms of service though goes to Faith Goldy:

Ms. Goldy has been on a bit of a roll lately when it comes to hyperbole. For example she seems genuinely angry that she didn't win the mayoral election in Toronto and has decided to blame both the media and Toronto voters for not being sufficiently "red pilled":

Then again she might be a bit angry because she could very well be on the hook for close to $100,000:

Bell Media seeking costs of $43,000 against Faith Goldy after her lawsuit against them was tossed out, according to a video FG posted earlier today. If that happens, our work (and yours) will have cost her and her alt-right neo-Nazi supporters $93,000+. Boo! Happy Halloween!— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) November 1, 2018

Aside from the rather breathtaking arrogance of her post, coming so soon after the tragedy in Pittsburgh it is especially interesting that she has decided to continue to parrot the talking points of the current American president who has used the murders to sow more fear and mine grievances for political purposes:

I suppose this really marks Goldy's return to the white nationalist, conspiracy promoting, fold after a brief and superficial flirtation with "civic nationalism" in her effort to win votes in perhaps the most ethnically diverse city on the planet. For example, while she made a point to hype Meir Weinstein's and the Jewish Defence League's endorsement of her, the only things she had to say about the murder of 11 men and women in a synagogue by a white supremacist was to suggest it might have been a conspiracy to make Trump and the Republicans look bad, complain about her (and ally's) own victimization, and use the opportunity to promote her own political views:

To put this comment in perspective, I suggest readers
take look at this article
concerning homicides in Canada.
And despite her efforts to ingratiate herself to, among other communities, the Toronto Chinese-Canadian community, Goldy has once again started to express the ethnic nationalist views that have become her calling card since at least August 2017, echoing both the synagogue shooter and Trump in promoting dehumanization of migrants and refugees:

Finally she has started once again to promote overtly fascist political figures and "alt-right" AstroTurf efforts including the recent flyering campaign that took place in some Canadian cities:

So as Goldy attempts to reassert her white nationalist bona fides one has to wonder if she'll be accepted back into the fold. Time will tell I suppose.

a decade ago, faith goldy and i starred in a high school production of 'the laramie project' together. now, she's a white nationalist internet celebrity who hangs out on daily stormer podcasts. so... what the fuck happened to her? listen:— Anna Silman (@annaesilman) October 30, 2018

Ryan Dean Is Genuinely A Clown

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 22:39
It has been an interesting 24 hours. One of the biggest stories has been the general deplatforming of the Proud Boys primarily on Facebook but on Twitter as well. The Proud Boys Canada page has been taken down and it also appears that some familiar faces, such as Tim Kelly, have had their profiles removed though it remains to be seen if this is a permanent feature.

I'll be discussing all of this, as well as the related issue of Faith Goldy returning to form after briefly trying not to speak like a white nationalist, in an upcoming post. In the meantime though, I thought the readers could use a bit of a laugh:

Members of Patriot Pride Canada Wide, Ghost Squad Canada and The Clann were thrown out of an anti-racism event hosted by NDP MLA Trevor Horne last night. They seem to be mad about it #ableg— Progress Alberta (@ProgressAlberta) October 31, 2018
It looks like Ryan Dean's house arrest may very well be over. On October 30, he and one other person (at least based on the video he uploaded which I will include later) attended an anti-racism event that took place in St. Albert, Alberta. Dean is continuing to pretend that he is some sort of significant figure in the far-right movement in the country even though he has effectively alienated himself from everyone. As such he has started at least three groups in which he is likely the only member:

Member of PPCW, Ghost Squad Canada and The Clann attended the event this evening only to be thrown out and discriminated against. PPCW founder Ryan Dean and a member of Ghost Squad were blown away when the organizers surrounded the two and asked them to leave based on a post by Ghost Squad member Greg Huck an hour prior to the event.Ghost Squad?

Wow.... just wow.

Anyway, the post that Dean claims "Greg Huck" posted is this one:

Remember folks, Dean wrote that this was posted by "Greg Huck"

He goes on to write about how hard done "they" were by the organizers who eventually asked "them" to leave:
Organizers Nigel Hakeem, a Muslim man from Spruce Grove, NDP supporter and member of the Legislative Assembly of Canada and son of Sheila Detbrenner along with Labiqa Nazar Khan, a Muslim woman and Co owner of Spot on Donair & Kebab approached the two white Canadian males with an entourage of social justice warriors. As MLA of Spruce Grove and St.Albert for the NDP watched, Hakeem first approach the two men to inform them the are aware of who they were and that if they don’t follow the communist rules of this event, we would be kicked out. Dean explained that they were there to listen and observe and promised to cooperate and act in a civil manner. Hakeem then joined his crew of leftist morons and proceeded to be gossiping like a 13 year old girl at a Nsync concert. A woman who has been identified as Teresa Colombina then approached our table and asked to speak with the African woman sitting next to us, after they returned the black woman grabbed her stuff and moved tables. Seems to me that this wasn’t an open minded crowd and we were targeted because the organizers felt intimidated by our presence and the fact that we came prepared as Hakeem made a comment about the notes that Dean was taking. That wasn’t the only preparation that was made, Ghost Squad and the Clann member was equipped with a hidden camera on himself.I'm sorry, but I simply can't keep a straight face when I read this.

Ghost Squad!!!! Come on man! You can't actually be serious about this! You have to know how ridiculous you sound! It's like you think you are a character in Call of Duty, except instead of a special ops soldier you're a pudgy, marginally employed, domestic abuse convicted, jack ass with delusions of grandeur.
Knot head Notley along with her puppet Eggen pledged 2 million dollars into a Anti Racism Advisory Council made up of 25 snowflakes and fruitcakes who will try to find ways to remove barriers in Alberta to eliminate racism. The program information can be found at … for the plug Ryan.
The 2 Antifa members clearly like to incite hatred and violence as we can see in their Facebook profiles. This is the type of people these globalist puppets are catering too and anyone who opposes their views then gets removed. The organizers believe in Diversity, the condition of having or being composed of different elements and the inclusion of different types of people’s including those of different race or culture. Obviously the only culture that was accepted tonight was that of the Islamic community, the LGBT and the NDP parasites. If you are a proud, white, conservative Canadian you are not included in the private world of the leftist diverse population.He then proceeds to invite any supporters to harass the organizers and those who participated in the event.

All of this is worthy of the most merciless mockery one could muster, but remember the video I mentioned earlier? While he didn't post the superdupertopsecrethiddencamerafootage that he implies he has, he did post a self-pitying video of himself outside the venue. THIS is funny as hell!

He has spent time creating the fake persona of "Greg Huck" online (though he has been called out numerous times for this obvious fake) and evidently tried to convince people that was real by attending this event and using the "Greg Huck" pseudonym in real life.... but in his own video he forgot to take off his name tag:

I think that this is what the kids call a "self-own."

Oh, Ryan "Greg Huck" Dean, you are indeed a special kind of stupid.

Adam Strashok: ID Canada, WCAI, and Conservative Politics in Alberta

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:27
On October 29, Ricochet broke a story regarding a group of men running a white supremacist website who were also active members of the Canadian military:

A Ricochet investigation has unmasked the operators of a white supremacist web store, and they're active members of the Canadian Forces. Our military says there is no violation of their code of conduct. Full story: #cdnpoli— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) October 29, 2018
One of the figures profiled was this guy:

Though he was known as "Alexei Kuznetsov" his real name is Adam Strashok:

As it turns out, I had posted some photos of Strashok back on September 15 in reference to a story about Calgary members (or supporters) of ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada) being caught in the act of posting racist flyers on the main campus of the University of Calgary:

While he wasn't with Jake Logan Findell on the evening of September 10 when Findell and a yet unidentified individual were caught flyering, Strashok was photographed with Findell at a Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) anti-Muslim rally back on June 3, 2017:

He is also a fan of former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall, Doug Ford, and Jason Kenney:

It is this last link that is the most interesting since PressProgress has uncovered Strashok's links to the United Conservative Party:

NEW: Meet the anti-Semitic white nationalist who ran Jason Kenney’s call centre #cdnpoli #ableg— PressProgress (@pressprogress) October 30, 2018
According to PressProgress, Strashok served on the executive of a University of a Calgary conservative club and worked as a staffer for Conservative MP Bob Benzen:

Strashok also appears to have been the leader of Jason Kenney's call center during the latter's campaign for the leadership of the UCP.

PressProgress has uncovered a litany of racist and antisemitic posts made by Strashok under his real name and a number of online handles. I invite ARC readers to read the article on the PressProgress website, but here are a few of the low lights:

Readers will also be familiar with Brad Salzberg who has appeared fairly frequently on this blog, especially in relation to his partnership with WCAI:

How many stories like this are there going to be uncovered about the United Conservative Party and the company they keep? How long before people come to realize this is a feature and not a bug?

UPDATE: Life comes at you hard sometimes.

How many disavowals does this make?

Extreme Rhetoric Results in Political Violence: Pipe Bombs and Mass Murder

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 18:19
Given the events of today especially as well as the preceding days, to write that it has been a bad week would be a horrible understatement.

On October 22, a package was found at the home of financier George Soros containing a pipe bomb. Soros has been set up as a boogeyman figure by many on the right and figures prominently in their conspiracies including funding antifa (or really any protest against Trump and his policies):

The attacks against him consistently contain antisemitic tropes. The following day, a similar package containing a pipe bomb was delivered to the home of former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though the secret service intercepted the package before it arrived.
The response of much of the right in the United States was to suggest that the pipe bombs were a "false flag" and were carried out by left-wing groups. They blamed the Democratic Party, antifa, George Soros, the Clintons, and Obama. In Canada, the reaction of the groups and individuals I follow on social media followed a similar trend. For example, on the Canadian Combat Coalition page, members simultaneously celebrated the attempted assassinations and denied that they had actually occurred. It was also claimed that anyone who would be arrested was a patsy; the far right knew the "real" truth:

More pipe bombs followed. Between October 22 and 26, George Soros, the Clintons, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, John O. Brennan, Joe Biden, Robert De Niro, James Clapper, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Tom Steyer. Almost all of these packages were intercepted at a postal facility. The commonality of all these individuals is that they are prominent critics and political adversaries of Donald Trump. Every one of them have been personally named, attacked, and been dehumanized by Trump.
It shouldn't be all that surprise that this occurred. Violent rhetoric has defined the Trump presidency and that of many of his much of his base. He has encouraged his supporters to attack protesters at his rallies. As recently as last week he praised a Republian congressman for assaulting a journalist. He routinely calls for the arrest of his political opponents (to which his supporters bleat "lock her up" on cue). He refers to the press as the "enemy of the people."
And even after all of this, he still can't help but return to form:

Just moments after Trump calls for unity at a WH event, he references "globalists," prompting several audience members shout "Soros" -- who was a target of one of the bombs -- and others shout "lock him up" to which Trump chuckles, points and repeats "lock him up"— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) October 26, 2018
As in the United States, those few Canadians who support Trump refuse to acknowledge that his rhetoric has contributed to this current political climate even as they themselves continue to post comments regarding the need to "purge" society of the left; when someone actually attempted make the online threats a reality, they deny that it could possibly be one of their own:

On October 26, a suspect was arrested:

He was a registered Republican....

.... and a virulently racist who routinely threatened people on the left as well as the press on Twitter and Facebook:

His posts attacking President Obama appear to go back to at least 2011:

However, don't think that something as insignificant as "evidence" or "facts" will sway the far-right in the United States or Canada:

Echoing the antisemitism of many who are claiming the attempted political assassinations are a "false flag" a leader in the Canadian Combat Coalition has posted the following:

They also undermine themselves with posts (and the accompanying comments) such as these:

Many of us who have been concerned about the violent political discourse emanating from the White House have said that it was a matter of time before it would result in a tragedy; truth be told there were numerous instances that I could point to where this has already occurred. Thankfully in this case a tragedy was averted.
If it was lucky that the attempted political assassinations were not successful, the luck ran out today in horrible fashion:

-11 confirmed dead
-Six injured, including four police officers. One of the injured, a 70-year-old man, was shot multiple times in the torso & is in critical condition
-Robert Bowers, the suspect, had an assault rifle and at least 3 handguns— Tess Owen (@misstessowen) October 27, 2018The Anti-Defamation League says this is likely the biggest single murder of Jews — just for being Jewish— in US history. An ignominious record.— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 27, 2018They were in synagogue for a religious baby naming ceremony, a Jewish tradition. What occasion could be more joyous? Until a maniac with an AR-15 and and arsenal of handguns started shooting. God bless the victims and the heroic 1st responders. And save our country from hate.— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) October 27, 2018The perpetrator of the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh--a horrible anti-Semitic sequel to Dylann Roof's attack--appears to have been a white supremacist. For the current state of that hateful movement, see our recent report at— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) October 27, 2018“The moral inadequacy is vast. Murderous acts of hate have occurred, on a national scale, several times this week. It is a tragedy that the President is not able to see them for what they are.” He is not willing, I would argue. Or he can, and doesn’t care.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) October 27, 2018Churches and mosques across the U.S. are extending love and support after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 27, 2018Vigil in Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh for shooting victims at Tree of Life synagogue— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) October 27, 2018
Unlike the pipe bomb suspect who was obsessive in his devotion to Trump and who turned his van into a veritable shrine, the suspect in the murder of (as of this writing) 11 men and women at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh was not a fan of Trump. However this isn't because he was a progressive. In fact his criticism of Trump was that he wasn't nationalistic and extreme enough:

Another MAGA terrorist, this one fed on a steady diet of antiSemitic ideology against George Soros, strikes again. My deepest & sincerest condolences to this wonderful Jewish community that stood by the true teachings of Judaism in helping the wayfarers & vulnerable.— Mubin Shaikh (@MrMubinShaikh) October 28, 2018
However his hatred was based in large part on the anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, Islamophobic, and I'd say antisemitic atmosphere of fear, resentment, and blame fostered by people like Trump. For example, these are among the Tweets this month from Trump regarding a caravan of refugees traveling north to the US border:

While the suspect in the synagogue massacre might not have liked Trump, he was still dipping into the same well:

The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting wrote on social media that Jews were helping transport members of Latin American migrant caravans— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) October 27, 2018

This last post was made shortly before he allegedly attacked the synagogue:

The dehumanization of immigrants and refugees in this country may also have played roll in what could very well have been a horrible tragedy:
Point A to Point B: Did A Series of Anti-Refugee Posts on Social Media From Far-Right Figures Result in Attempted Murder?
Thus far after monitoring the reaction of Canadian rightists, I see a few general themes even though most of these posts were made after the suspect had been arrested and named. They blame antifa:


The Jews and George Soros:

And, of course, all of the above including the old "false flag" chestnut:

I have to admit that right now, I'm not feeling especially hopeful for any of this ending any time soon:
Trump warned there will be "violence" if the Republicans lose their majority in Congress as a result of the 2018 midterms, in a recording now heard by CNN.— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) October 27, 2018