Since the beginning, COVID-19 conspiracy protests have welcomed anybody who will march with them. Conspiracy buffs, Instagram ‘life coaches,’ QAnon cultists, the who’s who of Canada’s hate movements and neo-Nazis have all been rubbing shoulders.
As adherents continue to attempt to recover and regroup from sweeping bans on Facebook and YouTube, and now TikTok and Patreon, even the most far reaching members of the QAnon ideology have been affected.
The Public Policy Forum is going to be making recommendations to the government on online hate as part of its Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression. They have been inviting Facebook, human rights advocates, lawyers, and free expression advocates to share their opinions.
QAnon began as a wild myth built around US President Donald Trump’s cult of personality. It’s grown to a resilient and dangerous Frankenstein's monster, stitching together previously disparate conspiracy theories.
The University of Ottawa's Right Wing Politics club was set to host 23-year-old Tyler L. Russell from London, Ontario on October 2nd. The event was cancelled by the university, but highlights the interconnectedness of far-right campus clubs and the kind of speakers they are trying to platform.
Publicly, they're a political youth group. Privately, they share Hitler quotes -- one owns a real Nazi officer's dagger -- and they want influence in the Alberta separatist movement to create a "new nationalist West."