"The Munk Debates is inadvertently sanitizing Steve Bannon in inviting him to participate in a debate on -the rise of populist politics in Western societies.' This is a white washing of Bannon’s racist, misogynistic, and white nationalist agenda."
Canadian Anti-Hate Network board members Amira Elghawaby and Bernie Farber take on the Munk Debates decision to invite Steve Bannon in this piece for the Toronto Star.
On Saturday September 8th, PEGIDA is holding a demonstration behind Old City Hall.
PEGIDA, an anti-Muslim group, isn’t militant or physically dangerous itself. However, their rallies tend to attract more militant and violent far-right groups. Assaults, the majority of which are started by members of far-right groups, are commonplace at events of this kind.
Fifty people have RSVPd on Facebook, including members of the Soldiers of Odin, Wolves of Odin, Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, Jewish Defence League, Northern Guard, and several members of the Proud Boys.
Toronto anti-racist and anti-fascist activists are holding a counter-demonstration.
On Sunday September 9th, the Canadian Combat Coalition (C3) is holding a demonstration at Danforth and Logan, which they say is for the victims of terrorism.
The Jewish Defence League has been promoting the event, though fewer than 40 people have RSVPd. The Canadian Combat Coalition has been unpopular among the far-right of late, with groups like La Meute claiming C3 are Nazis because Kevin Goudreau, a neo-Nazi with a swastika tattoo on his chest, has been welcome at their demonstrations.
Toronto anti-racist and anti-fascist activists are holding a counter-demonstration to this event as well.
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A Parti Québécois candidate with alleged ties to anti-Muslim group La Meute won’t be allowed by the PQ to run after a social media post saying Islam should be “banned like pit bulls” came to light.
The Edmonton chapter of the Soldiers of Odin, a militant anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant group founded in Finland by a self-identifying neo-Nazi convicted of racially motivated assault, failed at a public relations stunt to give granola bars and water bottles to the poor in the face of community opposition. For context, doing charitable works to try to improve their image is a common tactic of hate groups. Meanwhile, a labour organization was holding a BBQ and giving out free meals only a few blocks away.
Fredericton shooter alleged to have murdered two police officers and two others holds anti-Muslim views, gets his news online and from Rebel Media.
"As we enter an era of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, it’s time to reconsider what to do with such symbols from the past," writes co-author Bernie Farber, Chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. "We offer a few arguments in support of the removal of a statue of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, from the steps of Victoria’s city hall."
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"Despite any good that may be attributed to Macdonald, his record of cruelty, barbarism and even genocide should preclude him from receiving any honours, statues included. We cannot change Canada’s past but we can, by working together, change our future for the better."
On August 9th, the first rainbow crosswalk in Burnaby, BC was vandalized. The outline of the graffiti comes from an antisemitic meme and the dot in the question mark is a Star of David. The alt-right neo-Nazis believe in a Jewish conspiracy to promote lgbtq+ rights, which they view as degenerate. In context, this is both an antisemitic and anti-lgbtq+ hate crime.
The Worldwide Coalition Against Islam failed to hold a rally in Toronto on August 12th in the face of a planned counter-demonstration and far-right infighting. Instead, an anti-hate rally was held at Nathan Phillips Square. Coverage of the victory against the WCAI was overshadowed by coverage of an incident during the event in which an anti-racist demonstrator took a photographer’s hat, laying hands on him in the process. That individual has been charged with assault.
Also on August 12th, ID Canada (Identity Canada), a group associated with the alt-right movement with chapters across Canada, did a surprise banner drop over the Don Valley Parkway.
The Soldiers of Odin claimed they would use force to break up a homeless encampment in Nanaimo, BC on August 19th. The SOO were a no show. Some opponents of the camp came to protest anyways, and were outnumbered by anti-racist demonstrators.
The National Citizens Alliance held a 5-person strong demonstration in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - also on August 19th. They were outnumbered by 60-80 counter-demonstrators.
The NCA warns about what they call ‘extreme multiculturalism’. Its founder, Stephen Garvey, is a regular speaker at anti-Muslim rallies and has stood alongside the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, which calls Muslims sewage, scum, and has called for their execution.
Toronto’s anti-fascist and anti-racist community held a community BBQ on Sunday to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the riot at Christie Pits. In 1933, a group called the ‘Pit Gang’ unfurled a swastika banner at a baseball game. Jewish and Italian immigrants fought back, reinforcements were called, and the brawl lasted for six hours.
"An important ruling was handed down recently by Ontario Superior Court Judge Shaun Nakatsuru that is sure to have a major impact on hatemongers," writes Bernie Farber, Chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network in a piece for the Canadian Jewish News.
"Until this ruling came down, it was unclear if defamation suits could be brought against people who spew racist rants that target an individual, at least in Ontario.
Thanks to one brave Canadian Muslim, Mohamad Fakih, so-called “free-speech” advocates no longer have free reign to spew hateful abuse and then invoke Ontario’s anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) legislation, as a shield for their racist histrionics."
Convicted criminal and British Columbia resident Arthur Topham has been arrested this week for breach of probation conditions that he stop spreading hate propaganda through the Internet. The probation conditions stem from his 2017 conviction for spreading anti-Jewish hate propaganda that the trial judge described as "vile and degrading" at sentencing.
"Harry Abrams and B'nai Brith have demonstrated great leadership in holding Arthur Topham accountable for his criminal hate propaganda attacking the Jewish community," says lawyer and CAN Board Member Richard Warman.
Warman worked in cooperation with Abrams and B'nai Brith throughout the case and would like to thank the investigating police officers from the British Columbia integrated hate crimes team noting that "even Arthur Topham describes them as polite and professional - high praise from a criminal hatemonger you're arresting."
Len Rudner, another part of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network team, acted as an expert witness at Topham's trial.
For more on the original case, see: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/curfew-and-internet-ban-for-b-c-man-who-promoted-hatred-against-jewish-people-online-1.4022817
A joint Canadian Anti-Hate Network and VICE Canada investigation reveals that a prominent member of the Neo-Nazi terror group Atomwaffen Division is serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Atomwaffen Division is organized in cells primarily based in the United States that has gone international, with chapters in Canada and Europe. Members are allegedly responsible for five murders in the span of eight months in the United States, and one cell was apprehended while preparing for an explosive attack.
Brandon Cameron, part of the Supplemental Reserve Force and a former soldier, acted as the go-between for Atomwaffen members in the United States and the Northern Order, an Atomwaffen affiliate in Canada.
Cameron advocates for the genocide of the Jewish people in the now-defunct neo-Nazi Iron March forums that gave birth to Atomwaffen. The Southern Poverty Law Center preserved posts on the forum, and provided that information to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.
In online postings, he celebrated the murder of Blaze Bernstein, a gay Jewish student who, it is alleged, was stabbed to death by a member of the neo-Nazi terror organization. He has also advocated for killing journalists that expose their activities and identities.
“Cameron must be criminally charged for the distribution of hate propaganda and advocating for genocide,” says Bernie Farber, Chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. “We hope this finally leads Canada’s security services and law enforcement to acknowledge that right-wing extremism is a significant threat in Canada and to commit significant resources towards investigating and preventing the violence these groups aspire to inflict on Canadians.”
According to a Angus Reid poll on radicalization and homegrown terrorism published on July 12, 44 per cent of Canadians say that white supremacy is cause for “a great deal of concern.”
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network has now exposed three prominent Canadian neo-Nazis since its May launch. As a result of Canadian investigations, the alt-right neo-Nazis have closed one of their largest international forums to the public and deleted their largest Canadian podcast. This means it’s harder for them to radicalize and recruit.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network is deeply concerned that Faith Goldy, a prominent figure in the alt-right movement who associates with neo-Nazis, has registered to run in Toronto’s mayoral campaign.
Formerly a Rebel Media personality, Goldy was fired after she appeared on a podcast associated with the alt-right neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, where Heather Heyer was murdered by a neo-Nazi.
Goldy shares neo-Nazi talking points and slogans such as the infamous Fourteen Words coined by the leader of the neo-Nazi group The Order, which was responsible for the murder of radio host Alan Berg.
Goldy has been associating with members of Students for Western Civilization, which is named in the Alt-Right Montreal leaked chat logs that led to the expose of Montreal neo-Nazi ‘Zeiger’. The logs reveal that the leader of Students for Western Civilization met the Alt-Right Montreal crew in person and was in their internal chat room. They provided ‘security’ for Goldy when she was invited for a talk at Wilfrid Laurier University in March, organized by Lindsay Shepherd and the Laurier Students for Open Inquiry.
Goldy has been kicked off fundraising platforms, like Patreon, which cited her sincere recital of the Fourteen Words in its explanation. Last week she retweeted a tweet from a 4chan account referencing an antisemitic conspiracy theory that Jewish people control finance and the media: “As shown by the deplatforming of @FaithGoldy, the financial system is run by a nasty group of people that has controlled the will of the people for far too long.”
Her activism also targets Muslims and other non-white Canadians and she has called for another crusade in the Middle East.
“We expect her to try to use her Mayoral run as a platform to spread hate,” says Amira Elghawaby, board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. “She should not be invited to debates and we call on the Mayoral candidates to pass on any debates where she will be present so not to legitimize her hateful ideology and alt-right neo-Nazi supporters.”
The operator of the Facebook Page Never Again Canada tells the Canadian Jewish News it's not their responsibility to moderate the page, which is full of anti-Muslim posts, comments, and debunked news stories. In fact, it is their legal responsibility, according to Richard Warman, Canadian Anti-Hate Network board member and human rights lawyer.
From the Canadian Jewish News article:
The Facebook page Never Again Canada "is by far the largest-reaching and fastest-growing Canadian Jewish page on Facebook, with more followers than B’nai Brith Canada, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, UJA Federation of Canada, the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee and The Canadian Jewish News combined . . .
The majority [of posts] – 33 per cent – conveyed negative news about Muslims and Muslim-majority countries, while 13 per cent condemned everyday instances of anti-Semitism around the world, such as vandalism and public harassment.
Other recurring topics did not explicitly relate to anti-Semitism: derogatory posts about European migrants, political correctness and free speech comprised 22 per cent, while six per cent promoted federal and provincial Conservative party agendas, or attacked Canada’s mainstream media. Emotionally uplifting posts – often pro-Israel or hopeful interfaith messages – made up another six per cent . . .
'There’s definitely legal responsibility there,' [Warman] says, noting a court precedent that found those kinds of disclaimers invalid. He adds that as the page’s creator, Shomer bears a legal responsibility to 'only create something you feel you can properly administer.'
In order for NAC to be legally prosecuted, Warman says that an extremist would need to commit a hate crime and there would need to be clear evidence that the person was inspired by NAC.
That hypothetical inched toward reality in March, when police investigated NAC administrator Sandra Solomon for visiting multiple Mississauga, Ont., mosques, where she tore up pages of the Qur’an and harassed local Muslims."
In response to the Canadian Jewish News Story, Never Again Canada posted an acknowledgement of the issue, a statement that "anti-Muslim incitement is . . . morally wrong (and illegal)," and an appeal to their followers to "drown out the voices of the minority who are indifferent as to whether their bigoted comments undermine our overall mission." The full statement can be found on the NAC Facebook Page.
July 14 to 15, the Canadian Combat Coalition and other far-right groups held a ‘Canadians for Canada’ rally in Ottawa which was also billed as a ‘Unite the Right’ rally.
The rally touched off controversy in the far-right ecosystem over the participation of neo-Nazi Kevin Goudreau, who sports a large swastika tattoo on his chest.
Dan Dubois, the leader of the Canadian Combat Coalition (C3), claimed the rally would include groups like Storm Alliance, Soldiers of Odin, Sons of Odin, the Canadian Jewish Defence League, the III%ers, Northern Guard and La Meute.
Before the rally, a member of the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant group La Meute posted in a closed Facebook group that they would be furious if any La Meute members attended, saying “These are neo-nazis, regardless of what they try to say, and we will have NONE of it.”
The Jewish Defence League also did not attend.
Responding to news that La Meute wasn’t coming, Dubois told the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, “It's a total mystery to me why La Meute wouldn't want to associate with us our beliefs are virtually identical.” He went on to post that C3 doesn't endorse "any racist or hate ideologies."
That evening, Dubois did a video interview with Kevin Goudreau to address allegations that Goudreau is a neo-Nazi and is associated with C3. In the video, Dubois accuses groups on the right of “spreading lies and deceit.” Goudreau claims that he’s not a Nazi, but an ethno-nationalist.
Anti-Racist Canada, part of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network team, has documented Goudreau’s extensive antisemitism and use of neo-Nazi signalers like 14/88 (referring to the 14 words and 88 standing for ‘Heil Hitler’).
“My problem is with people that come here to take advantage of what we have,” Goudreau says in the video with Dubois. He says they aren't real asylum seekers or refugees. “They are just here to rape us. Islamification of Canada, bringing their Sharia law here and when giving these people that are using a con special privileges and rights we don’t have.”
Dubois says Goudreau isn’t a member of C3. “What this is about is that Kevin doesn’t like this government,” says Dubois, “and C3 and Dan Dubois don’t like [this government] so mine enemy is my ally till we get this fight done.”
Only 80-100 people showed up on Saturday and were cordoned off from the public on Parliament Hill. Groups including C3, Northern Guard, Storm Alliance, and the Canadian Nationalist Party attended.
As originally reported by Anti-Racist Canada, Northern Guard has included leaders and members with demonstrated ties to white supremacy and neo-Nazism.
Far-right groups use rallies and events to network in real life and build capacity. This event continues a pattern of far-right groups claiming they aren’t racist while standing shoulder to shoulder with groups and individuals that are demonstrably hateful.
More speakers were scheduled for Sunday, but pictures from the event show perhaps as few as 40 people attended.
Some members of the far-right rally made their way over to a nearby #sexedsaveslives demonstration, which was protesting against the government's decision to roll back Ontario's sex ed curriculum. According to a participant, four or five people came over and “yelled some things/questions at the crowd and pointed their cameras at people.”
In an interview, Dubois told the Ottawa Citizen they expected 1,000 people and are disappointed with the turnout.
"For the fake Groups that didn't attend Shame on you," Dubois writes in a post on Monday. "Putting personal feelings ahead of your country just exposed you as fake Patriots !"