The Canadian Anti-Hate Network is concerned about demonstrations being held by far-right groups on Parliament Hill in Ottawa this weekend, July 14-15, 2018.
The demonstrations, being promoted as a ‘Canadians for Canada’ rally and a ‘Unite the Right’ rally are being organized by the Canadian Combat Coalition (C3). The leader of C3 claims it will include groups like Storm Alliance, Soldiers of Odin, Sons of Odin, the Canadian Jewish Defence League, the III%ers, and Northern Guard.
Members of La Meute, Storm Alliance, and other groups at a previous demonstration on Parliament Hill.
As originally reported by Anti-Racist Canada, part of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network team, the Soldiers of Odin and Northern Guard have leaders and members with demonstrated ties to white supremacy and neo-Nazism.
Members of the Canadian Jewish Defence League have been charged with a hate crime in the United States for their role in the beating of a Palestinian professor at the AIPAC conference in 2017.
The III%ers are an anti-Muslim ‘militia’ group which is stockpiling weapons, conducting paramilitary training and staking out mosques. In the United States, members of a III% militia group plotted to blow up an apartment full of Muslim immigrants. The Canadian leader, Beau Welling, has posted “The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim,” on Facebook.
Speakers include Kevin J Johnston, a Youtuber from Mississauga who is currently charged under S 319 of the Criminal Code for spreading hate propaganda. His videos often target Muslims and LGBTQ+ persons.
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 that are overtly and demonstrably hateful.
The event will run on both Saturday and Sunday. One of the organizers of a connected ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ event has said he “really wants to get in mainstream media’s face” and they may march on the nearby CTV office on Sunday. According to Hope Not Hate, Robinson is a "Far-right Islamophobic Extremist." He has been put in jail for breaking contempt of court laws in the UK.
Update 2018-07-13: Members of La Meute tell the Canadian Anti-Hate Network that they won't be attending the C3 rally. "We don't want to be associated with the mess of Saturday," says Sébastien Chabot, a member of La Meute.
The murderous neo-Nazi terror group Atomwaffen is in Canada. They're calling themselves Northern Order and have put up stickers or posters in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network will continue to investigate.
Read this analysis about a recent case that makes it clear that hate is NEVER in the public interest by CAN board member Amira Elghawaby: “This is a case about freedom of expression. But it is also about the limits to that constitutionally protected right. Expressions of hatred and bigotry towards racial, ethnic, religious, or other identifiable groups have no value in the public discourse of our nation.” - From the Judge’s ruling
Toronto's most prominent far-right organizer, Ronny Cameron, has cancelled his 'white priviledge is a myth' event (which had over 100 shares but fewer than two-dozen rsvps) and says he quits political activism.
A demonstration in Montreal on Canada Day hosted by La Meute, an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, far-right group, didn't amount to much. They were outnumbered by anti-racist and anti-fascist activists.Read more
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network welcome news that CSIS reopened investigations into right-wing extremism following the Quebec mosque shooting in January, 2017. "It was an error in judgement for CSIS to suspend investigations into right-wing extremism," said Bernie M Farber, Chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. "Hate movements go through peaks and valleys, but they never fully disappear. These groups should always be monitored and countered." He goes on to note that "CSIS played an important role in the dismantling of the neo-Nazi Heritage Front in the 90s and we are glad to hear they are recommitting to this work. We hope they devote the appropriate resources to this threat, especially as we are becoming increasingly aware of dangerous far-right extremism in Canada.Read more
"The shadowy figure known as “Dark Foreigner”—one of Atomwaffen’s chief propagandists, once described as its “graphic designer”—is a 21-year-old Canadian man based somewhere in Ontario, and his extensive online footprint shows he is supporting far-right groups within Canada and elsewhere."Read more
The leader of the neo-fascist group Atalante Quebec, Raf Stomper, has been arrested and charged for his role in storming the VICE Quebec offices on May 23rd. The charges are "breaking and entering, mischief, intimidation and criminal harassment."
The Toronto Police Service has reportedly charged notorious homophobe Bill Whatcott for Public Incitement of Hatred, aka hate speech. Whatcott infiltrated Toronto Pride under a fake name in 2016 to hand out ‘anti-sodomy’ pamphlets.Read more
Neo-Nazis are endangering our neighbours and we have to stand up to them. At the same time, we can help some human beings exit hate groups, make amends, and earn a second chance. This is very timely, as many are being exposed.