Canadian Soldier With Ties To Neo-Nazi Terrorist Groups Arranged For Illegal Weapons Sale In Bosnia
Moonlord aka Nikolajević told another Blood and Honour member that he was outed in 2016 and that an officer gave him the opportunity to leave the neo-Nazi group
November 14, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Blood and Honour group photo. Source: anti-racistcanada.blogspot.com
‘Nick’, who identifies as a fascist, a racist, and a “violent fanatic,” says he is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), according to private messages and posts on the now-defunct Iron March forum.
The Iron March forum existed for self-identifying fascists and neo-Nazis and gave rise to terrorist groups such as the Atomwaffen Division (AWD). It had approximately 87 users with Canadian IP addresses, according to a newly released dump of information which included private messages. Nick and Zeiger (aka Gabriel Sohier Chaput of Montreal) were administrators. Nick encouraged people to join AWD, and called the members killed in Florida by one of their own “my associates.” Chaput is wanted in Quebec and his current whereabouts are unknown.
Nick was active in the forum and reaffirming his membership in the Canadian Armed Forces until it went down in November of 2017, claiming to work in an office-based noncombat role with the Navy. On the forum he would promote fascist reading materials and glorified terrorist attacks.
“100 Breiviks who fight the system using violence are worth more than a million ‘fascists’ who think about what their image will be.”
Breivik murdered 77 people, including children, at a Worker’s Youth League camp in Norway in 2011.
Nick, who’s profile includes the description “worshiping school shooters,” told a frustrated high-school student on Vancouver Island: “if you really want to stop the leftists at your school you’re going to have to use more than just arguments, but at least it’ll be a permanent solution don’t break the law though.”
Nick also encouraged other fascists to join the military, as previously noted by VICE, but he says he wouldn’t follow orders that went against his fascist beliefs and told others that you “can always go AWOL [away without leave] or shoot your CO [commanding officer].” He says he wants a system collapse, a “cleansing,” and to “re-establish order with extreme violence.”
“No one hates Canada and the Canadian military more than me, yet here I am . . . they pay you to teach you the methods you need to destroy them.”
In private messages he told another member of Blood and Honour (B&H) that his membership in B&H was discovered and an officer gave him the option to leave the neo-Nazi group:
“I was talked to by an officer at the base about ‘not divulging sensitive military information’ and ‘not being a part of any racist groups’, I wasn’t accused or threatened but I got the message. They could have just discharged me immediately.”
He says it was an easy decision because he was already planning to leave Blood and Honour – other posts suggest he was disillusioned with B&H because it wasn’t extreme enough. However, Nick remained affiliated, telling another user in September 2017 that he still “see[s] them every few weeks but I am not in the forefront anymore.” Elsewhere, he brags about having set up the B&H website.
Blood and Honour, which has since been designated as a terrorist entity, is not listed as one of the six hate groups the Canadian Armed Forces acknowledges has been in its ranks in a November 2018 report on ‘White Supremacy, Hate Groups, and Racism in the Canadian Armed Forces’.
The Canadian Armed Forces says they are investigating and that they have taken several steps in the last year to address hateful conduct, including improving its screening process, requesting an ombudsperson inquiry into racism in the CAF, working with national security agencies to establish best practices, and addressing each of the 36 serving members identified as having engaged in hateful conduct in the 2018 report. The full response is at the bottom of this story.
Between March and June 2017 Nick arranged for an arms deal in Bosnia with ‘FrenchSoldier’, another forum user who says they are from Marsaille and are looking to buy handguns, assault rifles, and an RPG-7. FrenchSoldier told Nick “If I can have such material, the future of France will be changed.”
They made arrangements for a sale of handguns in August and larger weapons in November if everything went well. They may have moved their conversation to another chat platform and it is unclear if the deal went through. However, according to other posts, Nick was in Bosnia in June when he said he would be checking on the weapons before the deal in August.
Nick also tried to connect with former soldiers and a trainer in the Azov Battalion in order to set up a US-based private military company that would apply for government contracts in Africa.
Here’s what we know about Nick:
- He is a dual Serbian and Canadian citizen, and is an ultra-nationalist. He started as a white nationalist but explicitly disavows white nationalism later and identifies as a fascist and racist.
- On September 16th 2017 he said he was 23 years old, but he also used the username nik1991. Today he would be in his mid to late 20s.
- He give his name as “Nick” and also went by Николајевић.
- He lived with his parents in Calgary while attending University in 2015. He started in an accounting program and moved to a “’Science and Technology’ program focusing on anthropology, minor in History."
- He was with Blood and Honour since 2013 or 2014 and formerly with the Aryan Guard ; he says he was open about his beliefs in Calgary and wore his “terrormachine/combat18 shirt to [his] favourite bar.”
- According to Nick, he was in the CAF in 2016, and participated in training in Quebec in late May /early June 2016; he says his “tent mates are an autistic antifa weeb, a pajeet, a 25 year old Chinese guy also probably autistic, and a aspie from New Brunswick;” was with the CAF in Alberta in July 2017; and was “going away with the military from July to September.”
Screenshots from the Iron March forum can be found here: http://anti-racistcanada.blogspot.com/2019/11/iron-march-leak-forum-moderator.html.
If you have any information that may lead to the identification of Moonlord aka Nikolajević aka Nick, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From: Defence spokesperson Daniel Le Bouthillier
To: Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Firstly, I think it’s important for me to say that we truly appreciate the Canadian Anti-Hate Network’s important work in responding to hate group activity in Canada. It certainly isn’t an easy task.
That said, I also want you to know that I have passed on the information you have provided to internal authorities for follow-on as they see fit.
Now, it might be difficult to positively identify an individual based on the information provided, especially given the vagueness of their claims, but it is certainly a matter we are taking seriously.
In any case, and as we have oft stated before, individuals whose behaviour reflects disrespect for Canadian values, including acceptance and respect for diversity, are simply not welcomed in the CAF.
There is no place for them in a military that often engages with local populations of diverse cultural beliefs, at home and abroad.
The making or sharing of statements – whether verbal, written, online, or otherwise – which the CAF member knows, or ought to know, would promote discrimination or harassment on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination as defined in the Canadian Human Rights Act is completely unacceptable. Prohibited statements include those that express racism, sexism, misogyny, violence, xenophobia, homophobia, ableism, and discriminatory views with respect to particular religions or faiths.
Discriminatory conduct and / or associations threaten operational effectiveness of the CAF and undermines trust and cohesion required between our members. Any form of discrimination on the basis of prohibited grounds under the Canadian Human Rights Act runs completely counter to military ethos and the national values that the CAF exists to uphold and defend.
CAF members are expected to respect the dignity of every person. This is a fundamental principle of our Code of Values and Ethics. Members of the armed forces must treat everyone they encounter with respect and fairness, while promoting diversity and the strengths that come from a diverse workforce, CAF members must encourage a workplace that is safe, healthy, and free of harassment and discrimination, and work together in a spirit of openness, honesty, and transparency that promotes commitment, collaboration, and respectful communication.
As such, the Canadian Armed Forces has measures to ensure our leaders, our investigators, and our recruiters are properly trained, and that prospective applicants are thoroughly screened.
Recruiting detachments members are often able to recognize signs that could point to a belonging or affiliation to groups that do not share CAF values. Indications of hateful beliefs or activities disqualifies applicants from enrolment into the CAF.
Screening and verification procedures include interviews, a criminal records check, cross-referencing employment history and qualifications, medical and aptitude tests, and suitability screening. Recruiters who conduct suitability screening interviews undergo training aimed to identify members who are not suitable for military service.
Furthermore, psychological tests such as the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT) assesses a candidate’s learning ability, while the Trait Self-Descriptive Inventory (TSD) assesses the normal parameters of personality for employment purposes.
All applicants to the CAF sign a Statement of Understanding requiring them to refrain from racist and discriminatory behaviour. If they do not sign the document, they are not eligible for enrollment in the CAF.
The CAF is not immune to societal problems, and recruiting detachment members realize, despite their best efforts, some applicants affiliated with groups that promote hatred or discrimination may still make it through the screening process. However, the screening process remains robust and flexible, and lessons learned will result in improvements in how the CAF identifies and denies the enrolment of undesired applicants.
Another important point is that all CAF members are educated early in their careers regarding regulations on discrimination and hateful conduct, along with the legal and career consequences of failing to meet our high standards.
Commanding officers receive training on these issues annually. Members, overall, receive increasingly sophisticated ethical and leadership training at each stage of career advancement.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) has made it quite clear that hateful conduct will not be tolerated within the CAF and so, since last year, several things have happened.
For instance, this past summer, the Minister of National Defence contacted the Ombudsman to request an inquiry into racism in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The Ombudsman’s office is currently reviewing the matter to determine potential avenues of investigation and timelines and will respond to the Minister once the review is completed. We welcome this endeavour and will cooperate fully across all levels and ranks, while continuing our efforts internally to stamp out hateful conduct across the organization.
Concurrently, the CDS has asked for a stocktaking to better understand the issue, as well as a review of best practices and consultations with experts, and a plan to study this issue further within the CAF. That work is currently underway.
For example, we are actively working with national security agencies in order to establish best practices to tackle the issue of hateful conduct. Our military police, Canadian Forces National Investigations Services and National Counter-Intelligence Unit are also fully engaged in the matter.
Furthermore, last year’s report into the matter, which found that 36 serving members might have had associations with such groups, have either been – or are in the process of being – addressed by the Chain of Command.
While we can’t comment on individual cases, we can say that the Chain of Command is engaged and is following this issue closely.
As an example, measures have ranged from counselling, warnings and disciplinary measures (in 16 cases), while 7 are no longer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Some of the other cases are ongoing.
Simply put, in any instance where information indicates discriminatory behaviour by a CAF member, action is taken.
Our ongoing efforts to change our culture are crucial as we work to make the CAF a modern, forward-looking organization where people are welcomed, feel safe in their workplace, and are judged solely on their competence and contribution to Canada’s defence goals.
I look forward to reading your piece and I hope you manage to stay warm in what feels, at least for us here in Ottawa, like a very early winter.
Why was the alleged leader of Atomwaffen’s Washington State cell travelling in Canada?
Kaleb James Cole was detained, deported and banned from the country
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
November 13, 2019
Kaleb James Cole (left) and posing in front of Auschwitz (right). Source: court documents.
On Sept 26, the Seattle Police Department seized a stockpile of weapons from 24-year-old Atomwaffen cell leader Kaleb James Cole. Thanks to court documents, we have learned that Cole was travelling in Canada and has a girlfriend in British Columbia.
Atomwaffen Division is an international neo-Nazi terror group founded in the United States which follow an accelerationist ideology – meaning they believe in the use of terrorist attacks to accelerate what they see as an inevitable societal collapse and race war. They are collectively responsible for five murders, and two members were arrested with weapons and explosives which they were allegedly planning to use to “harm civilians, nuclear facilities and synagogues."
Atomwaffen in Canada:
The now defunct Iron March forum for self-described fascists and neo-Nazis which spawned Atomwaffen had approximately 87 members with Canadian IP addresses, including some of its key admins and propagandists.
Atomwaffen-affiliated cells in Canada have operated under the names Northern Order and The Solar Contingent. Northern Order has put up stickers and posters in Toronto and Ottawa. The Solar Contingent involved at least four individuals who put up a series of posters in Toronto in May 2018, but has not since been public under that name. Artwork for both groups was produced by or copied from ‘Dark Foreigner’, Atomwaffen’s one-time graphic designer. Dark Foreigner posted on the Iron March forum in June 2017 that he and his friend ‘Bobby Fasher’ are from Ontario, and would now be in their early 20s.
Our investigation with VICE Canada revealed an Atomwaffen member who had served in the Canadian Armed Forces and was serving in the reserves. Thanks to the new Iron March data dump, we know that Montreal man Gabriel Sohier Chaput, aka ‘Zeiger’, was also in contact with Atomwaffen. Chaput, currently wanted and on the run from a Quebec warrant, was a key figure in the Iron March forum and to the Alt-Right Montreal group.
Canadian Atomwaffen members may have travelled to the United States to participate in hate camps.
Here’s what we have learned from the Seattle Police Department’s Petition for an Extreme Risk Protection Order against Kaleb James Cole:
Kaleb James Cole, born October 13, 1995, resides with his father in Washington State. His listed occupation is as a general labourer. According to ProPublica, he lives in Blair, Washington, a suburb of Seattle.
Cole, who used the alias Khimaere, was identified in a February 2018 ProPublica piece. He is believed to have organized hate camps in Washington State.
He travelled to Prague, Wroclaw, Kiev, and Krakow in December 2018, taking an Atomwaffen flag with him, and took a photo in front of Auschwitz. He was travelling with Aidan Bruce Umbaugh and Edie Allison Moore.
Cole was interviewed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon returning to the United States. He told them he was travelling to see a music festival in Kiev and that he doesn’t use email or social media.
Cole was in Quebec in May 2019, and flew from Quebec to B.C. to see his girlfriend in late May/early June.
He was then detained for 42 days, deported under Section 34 (1)(F) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act on the grounds that he is a “member of an organization that may engage in terrorism,” and banned from Canada for life. Note: While Atomwaffen has not been officially designated as a terrorist organization in Canada, this may indicate that the Canadian Border Services Agency and other security entities have internally (formally or informally) recognized Atomwaffen as a terrorist group.
We have filed an ATIP (access to information) request for Cole’s deportation order and any supporting materials, which we hope will shed light on his activity in Canada.
The Seattle Police Department says Cole “poses a significant danger” and confiscated a number of weapons, including weapon parts which could be combined to make untraceable firearms.
If you have additional information about the Canadian activity of Atomwaffen or affiliated groups, please write us at email@example.com.
The Al-Soufi family is facing new threats as police investigate individuals responsible for the harassment campaign
Rick Boswick, Lily, and Ed Jamnisek are under investigation after disrupting restaurant re-opening
October 14, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Dr. Mohamad Fakih (centre) intercepts Lily (red vest) Rick Boswick (filming) and Northern Guard member Ed Jamnisek (right) as they try to enter Soufi's restaurant. Source: YouTube.
Police are investigating after Rick Boswick, Lily, and Ed Jamnisek disrupted the reopening of Soufi’s Restaurant, a much loved Syrian eatery in downtown Toronto. The restaurant had closed days earlier after a barrage of death threats and abuse, only to reopen with the help of Dr. Mohamad Fakih, owner of Paramount Fine foods.
Boswick, Lily, and Jamnisek went to the restaurant and were intercepted at the entrance by Fakih. Filming the interaction, Lily asserted (without evidence) that the family came as refugees and demanded to know where they got their money. She then started yelling about communism and ‘Antifa’.
Comments on one of Boswick’s videos from that interaction refer to Fakih and the Al-Soufi family as invaders and parasites, and say it’s only a matter of time before they are attacked with a molotov cocktail.
Boswick and Lily are also setting their sights on Mohamad Fakih, who is no stranger to this type of harassment. Earlier this year Fakih won a landmark defamation suit against video blogger Kevin Johnston, who made similar comments and is facing a hate crime charge for his videos which target women, LGBTQ+ persons, and Muslims. Johnston is an associate of Boswick, Lily, and Jamnisek.
The harassment campaign against the Al-Soufi family began on August 22nd with a now-deleted video Lily posted on Youtube. In it she claims the Al-Soufi family is connected to ISIS, that their food is tainted, and she names the restaurant and gives its address. This was in retaliation to their son monitoring one of Rick Boswick’s court dates, who faces a charge of uttering threats towards an anti-fascist. In the now deleted video, she also says they filmed the son within the courthouse, which is illegal.
“They’re fucking ISIS militants. Former militants . . . You come here. You have a plan. You don’t like Christianity. Okay. You want to wipe out Christianity. You want to turn this country into Sharia law . . . we know everything, where you located. And we want Canadian people to know if you order food from [address], you are supporting terrorists. Did you know that they send money back home and Canadian soldiers die in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq. When you go to that restaurant [address] you’re supporting terrorists.”
This harassment campaign escalated after a video went viral showing the son standing next to anti-fascists who are blocking an elderly woman’s path and shouting at her at a People’s Party of Canada event at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. The son and the family apologized, but the harassment continued.
Boswick and Lily quickly made more videos identifying the son, publishing information on his family and their restaurant, and calling them terrorists because they are Syrian. For the next week the far-right ecosystem in Canada had one target: the Al-Soufi family. The family started receiving a barrage of death threats; some were posted as comments on Boswick's videos.
After news that the restaurant would close due to these death threats, far-right video bloggers started claiming these threats were made up. In a video dated October 10, Lily says “[the son] is not a good Muslim. He’s a terrorist . . . [the Al-Soufi family] got advice from Muslim Brotherhood . . . to play victim . . .just tell that you’re getting death threats.”
If you have any information that would assist in serving these individuals with legal documents, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RICK BOSWICK, OTTAWA ON
- Is facing criminal charges for threats towards an anti-fascist
- Rick is a video blogger, primarily targeting anti-fascists, LGBTQ+ and Muslim persons
- Has disrupted various LGBTQ+ events, including the attack on Hamilton Pride
- Participated in the pre-meditated brawl in the Eaton Centre after a PEGIDA rally in Toronto
- Former Vice President of Canadian Combat Coalition, an anti-Muslim group, and associates with most hate groups in Ontario, including those with neo-Nazi ties
- Has claimed mass shootings by right-wing extremists are fake or media spin
- Supporter of Faith Goldy, self-proclaimed “propaganda arm” for the alt-right neo-Nazi movement
LILY, HAMILTON ON
- Video blogger primarily targeting anti-fascists, LGBTQ+ and Muslim persons, and regular demonstrator at Hamilton Yellow Vests Canada and Toronto PEGIDA rallies
- Supports the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party, whose leader is under investigation for a video in which he calls for Jews to be removed “once and for all” from Canada
- Attended neo-Nazi Kevin Goudreau’s court dates to show her support; Goudreau is now subject to a peace bond for encouraging supporters to murder us, journalists, and government workers.
- Has neo-Nazi merchandise in her home (note the totenkopf)
ED JAMNISEK, MARKHAM ON
- Member of the Northern Guard, a militant anti-Muslim group with neo-Nazi ties and a regular at Yellow Vest Canada and PEGIDA demonstrations
- A regular on conspiracy theorist video streams (such as Duke Willis), including alongside neo-Nazi Kevin Goudreau
* ALERTE COMMUNAUTAIRE *
PARTI POLITIQUE NEO-NAZI ACTIF A MONTREAL
10 octobre 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Ralston (Ray) Coelho Source: Canadian Nationalist Party website.
NEO-NAZI PARTY ACTIVE IN MONTREAL
October 10, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Ralston (Ray) Coelho Source: Canadian Nationalist Party website.
NEO-NAZI PARTY ACTIVE IN SCARBOROUGH
October 3, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Gus Stefanis at an anti-LGBTQ+ demonstration. Sept 28,2019. Source: BITCHUTE.
Gus Stefanis is running in the Toronto riding of Scarborough-Guildwood for the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party.
The party is run by Travis Patron, who is under RCMP investigation for publishing a video in which he calls for Jews to be removed from Canada “once and for all.” On Facebook he likes quotes by George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party. The party has attracted members like Paul Fromm, infamous neo-Nazi networker and supporter of the terrorist entity Blood and Honour, and the endorsement of persons like John Beattie, founder of the Canadian Nazi Party (1967).
Stefanis is a supporter of James Sears, the editor of the neo-Nazi newspaper Your Ward News who was found guilty for promoting hatred towards women and Jews. He shared videos by former KKK leader David Duke, posts by Fromm, and blog posts from neo-Nazi websites in a closed Facebook group called the ‘National Socialist Canadian Labour Revival Party’. In the Canadian Nationalist Front, another closed group, he called for a boycott of Lululemon for a “Interracial and Gay” ad campaign.
The neo-Nazi party wants to establish a paramilitary force, "revise if not repeal . . . the Bill of Rights and Charter of Rights and Freedoms," and bring in the death penalty for people they say are guilty of treason. They have attracted hardcore neo-Nazis with criminal histories like Bill Noble, former member of the Aryan Guard (pictured on the right).
Members of the party crashed Hamilton Pride, and Stefanis was part of a so-called Christian demonstration in Toronto last weekend which aimed to march down Church street, and shouted "sodomites" and "degenerates" at the anti-fascists blocking their path.
The neo-Nazi party has also threatened that they will “pursue alternative methods of implementing the political change we desire” if they are not democratically successful.
If you see Stefanis in the community, or if he knocks on your door, please be nonviolent but direct and tell him what Scarborough thinks of neo-Nazis and their threats.
Spread the word.
Here's How You Can Help
While we don’t have the resources to run an organized volunteer program, there are several ways you can help and stand up to hate groups in your own community and across Canada. The most important thing is to organize with other likeminded people in your own community, collect information, and be ready to respond to hate group activity.
Monitor Hate Groups
We couldn’t do the work we do without dozens of community members across Canada that monitor the public social media pages of hate groups, taking screenshots and documenting examples of:
- Overt bigotry and racism
- Celebrations of violence and incitement to violence
- Death threats and targeted harassment
- Event planning
- Infighting and leadership changes
Read more about this vital and often invisible work done by anti-fascist and anti-racist members of your community and all across the country.
Some groups or collectives primarily monitor one group. For example, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed began by documenting and exposing the hundreds of examples of overt racism, bigotry and death threats shared by Yellow Vests Canada and its affiliated pages. Others, like Halifax Against Hate, focus on local groups, particularly when they plan events. We recommend this level of specificity rather than trying to cover everything at once. Pick a group and individuals (especially if they're active locally) that you find concerning and don't be afraid to switch focus as you learn more.
Archive.org is useful for saving individual pages, but it doesn't work on social media pages. We recommend copy and pasting entire Facebook pages and Twitter feeds into Word documents and taking screenshots of the most important pieces. Make sure what you find is well-documented and can be verified by other observers.
Keep your files organized, and please send an email to email@example.com if you hear about events, or find death threats or targeted harassment campaigns. Try not to work in silos - flag important information for our attention, but please also connect with others doing this work and share your publicly available findings.
Infiltrate Hate Groups
Some individuals take on the necessary work of infiltrating hate groups online, creating a false persona and posing as supporters to gain access to less public online spaces where hate groups often share the worst and most telling examples of hate and racism, and encourage and plan violence and events.
We will not recruit individuals to infiltrate groups, but will work with individuals already undertaking this necessary work. If you are infiltrating groups you must be responsible for your own safety. You should not attempt this work without first learning deeply about the group over several months and taking a number of precautions, including protecting your identity. We also recommend reading the Anti-Racist Canada blog to gain some insight into the methods used.
Cancel Hate Group Events
Individuals and groups have been very successful in getting hate group events cancelled by convincing venue owners to make the principled decision to cancel events. Be polite but firm. Start by speaking with the venue and providing information on the hate group that has booked their space. If they won’t cancel the event, talk to your friends and family and use local Facebook groups to encourage community members to send emails and make phone calls. It’s always in their best social and business interest to have a good relationship with the community, which you should emphasize. Stand by the venue if they receive any backlash, and be sure to thank and support them in the coming days if they cancel the event.
Events held in public spaces are more difficult to cancel. While no city has an obligation to provide venue space (eg. a library) to hate groups, there’s less they can do when a group is planning an unpermitted event in front of city hall, for example. If you can’t get the event cancelled, the best way to disrupt and demoralize hate groups is to participate in a counter-demonstration with a coalition of anti-fascist and anti-racist community groups that use direct but nonviolent tactics and massively outnumber the hate groups and their supporters. We do not organize demonstrations, so we encourage you to find and connect with your local organizations.
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We take story pitches that deal with hate groups, often about upcoming events or ones that just occurred, or explainers that will get our audience (and your community) up to speed on local events. Send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org that explains the story, why it matters, and what information you have to back it up. We can pay $100 for stories from members of the community and $200 for stories from individuals with some kind of professional writing experience, i.e. writers/researchers/journalists.
We Convinced an Art gallery to Cancel a People’s Party of Canada Event in Winnipeg
You can too with a little persistence and the help of an informed and supportive community
Special to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network
August 8, 2019
Neo-Nazi Paul Fromm (left) pictured with Maxime Bernier at Mississauga, Ontario immigration policy announcement. July 24, 2019. Source: Facebook.
On July 25th 2019, the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) was supposed to have their first candidate rally in the riding of Winnipeg Centre.
I contacted the venue and convinced them to cancel the event with the help of Winnipeg’s anti-fascist and arts community.
This peaceful tactic has disrupted hate groups across Canada, forcing them to cancel public events, and can be initiated by any community member. It does, however, require awareness and support. That’s why Winnipeg FF1, an anti-fascist group I’m part of, puts community action and education at the forefront of anti-racist activism.
The People’s Party of Canada, led by Maxime Bernier, attracts supporters and sympathizers of hate groups. Its immigration policy was endorsed by Faith Goldy, a self-proclaimed “propaganda arm” for the alt-right neo-Nazi movement, and neo-Nazi Paul Fromm. Not long after one of its candidates issued a call for more hate speech so that right-wing extremists won’t resort to murder, an argument that was thoroughly debunked by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. Bernier told journalists he stood by his candidate's comments.
In the past two years FF1 has counter-demonstrated a Manitoba branch of the militant anti-Muslim Soldiers of Odin, which hasn’t been back since, convinced hotels to cancel an event planned by Paul Fromm, and exposed local activity of the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party, among other victories.
These successes are the result of an entire community that springs into action any time hate groups try to organize in our neighbourhoods.
On July 19, a community member sent us a photo of a poster for a Winnipeg Centre People’s Party of Canada rally at the Cre8ery gallery. They were upset the gallery, known to be an inclusive space, would host an event for the PPC given Maxime Bernier’s anti-trans statements and close proximity to hate groups.
Winnipeg Centre is one of the most ethnically and economically diverse ridings in Canada, with a large indigenous, refugee and immigrant population. It’s also home to our arts community.
Only a week earlier, the entire PPC executive in another Winnipeg riding, Elmwood-Transcona, quit due to concerns about their own members, the sort of people that would have attended this rally at Cre8ery gallery:
"The biggest problem we face locally though, are our own supporters. Racists, bigots, antisemites, and conspiracy theorists have large presence in the public conversation surrounding the People's Party of Canada. Many of these PPC supporters would deny freedoms to Canadians and close our physical and economic borders. Many more spread disinformation and distrust online via their personal, and sometimes official party channels. None of these are things we would have expected you [Maxime Bernier] to stand beside during the leadership campaign. We are appalled to see it encouraged with a wink and a nod now."
We consulted with folks in the art community and we agreed to give Cre8ery the benefit of the doubt and raise our concerns privately, which we’ve done with other venues in similar situations.
I emailed the gallery owner with examples of the PPC’s transphobia, islamophobia and racism from their leaders, candidates and members, and shared with them the resignation letter of the PPC Elmwood-Transcona executive. I suggested it would be in the best interest of the gallery and the community it served to cancel the event and keep the gallery an inclusive place for folks in marginalized communities.
Our exchanges can be found here.
Gallery owner Jordan Miller responded kindly, but said she isn’t into politics, has no interest in the party or its platform, and as a business that rents space, was obliged to keep the $75 booking.
I offered to cover the cost, and promised that we would rally the community to support her and the gallery if there was any backlash from the PPC. We also made it clear that if the gallery decided to host the PPC that we would make that decision public and urge people to boycott the gallery. This is one way we use our free expression rights to counter hate group activity.
We don’t take the promise of a public boycott lightly. As was the case with the Canadian Nationalist Party’s event at the Belgian Club last year, our exposing this kind of activity can lead to financial consequences for organizations that host hate groups. In this case, because the art community for the most part embraces anti-fascist principles, I knew that the gallery would be doing itself a disservice by hosting a PPC event.
Up to this point we were keeping our exchange private, hoping that the venue would cancel on its own. Unfortunately, Miller told me the PPC rally would continue as planned.
We therefore made the decision to inform the community that, despite all efforts made with the gallery owner, they were still planning to host the PPC rally. The community sprung into action and made phone calls, sent emails, and made posts urging the gallery owner to cancel the event for the sake of inclusivity in our community. Community members provided education and made their feelings known.
It worked, as it usually does. The gallery owner cancelled the PPC rally, returned their money, and declared that they won’t do political events and that they are proud of being an inclusive space.We took our post down and replaced it with one informing everyone of the good news. Folks responded with their support, and thanks to Miller and the gallery for making the right decision.
We expected some backlash from PPC members for ruining their day, and later that night they went after me personally.
Monique Choiselat, the head of the Winnipeg Centre PPC riding executive, made multiple posts calling me a “terrorist,” including my picture, address, and phone number. Those posts were removed by Twitter and Facebook, including those posted by the PPC Winnipeg Centre account. To be clear: this is a racist and defamatory accusation that further demonstrates how PPC organizers and supporters target racialized people like myself.
The important takeaway here is that we were successful. All it takes to disrupt hate groups when they are planning events is staying vigilant, sharing research, and asking the community to help convince venues that they don’t want to associate with hate groups. You can do it too, either by getting one of these campaigns started, or by making phone calls and sending emails.
I want to thank my friends at FF1 and this fantastic and active community that has always been there to help keep hate groups out of Winnipeg and make this one of the hardest places in Canada for them to organize. As we say here in the Prairie capital:
Peg City Don’t Play.
Omar Kinnarath is an anti-fascist activist and organizer with FF1, an organization that monitors, exposes, and organizes against far-right activity in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Hate Groups Find Foothold on East Coast
Here's what you need to know
Olivia Boonstra & the Canadian Anti-Hate Network
July 29, 2019
New Brunswick and Halifax members of the Northern Guard. Source: Facebook.
White supremacist and far-right groups have been trying to gain a following in the Maritimes for almost a year now. Their activities are escalating and they’re carrying out ‘patrols’, rallies, and demonstrations.
Three groups are particularly active on the East Coast: The Northern Guard (NG), The National Citizens Alliance (NCA), and the remnants of Yellow Vests Canada (YVC), now producing content under the name 'NL Media'. Stephen Garvey, leader of the NCA, is running in the riding of Cumberland-Colchester, Nova Scotia, in the federal election.
The escalation started about a year ago, when the Soldiers of Odin (SOO) began carrying out so-called patrols in Halifax in late 2018. SOO rebranded as the Northern Guard in NS in early 2019 and continued these ‘patrols’, which sometimes included giving pizza to the homeless.
This kind of hate group ‘volunteerism’ is commonplace and part of a simple public relations strategy. Elsewhere the Soldiers of Odin pick up needles and the neo-fascist, neo-Nazi Atalante Quebec give meals to white people who are homeless, for example.
Fagan has been banned from all Domino's locations in Nova Scotia.
A post from Northern Guard president, Norman English, took umbrage with what occurred, including a statement acknowledging, “yes we are against any ppl that come here to change our way of life”.
A recent video also shows Northern Guard member Tobin Parker threatening people on the street with pepper spray during the a National Citizens Alliance rally on June 22nd.
The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) is a federal party led by Stephen Garvey, who has done events in the past with the explicitly anti-Muslim Worldwide Coaltion Against Islam, a neo-Nazi tied organization which refers to Muslims as vermin and sewage. NCA aims to put a ‘temporary pause’ on immigration and a massive reduction in immigration over time.
The party is working hard to secure a following in Nova Scotia, attending popular festivals and attempting to hold rallies and demonstrations. However, it has now been banned from events and has been met by counter-protests.
On June 22nd, National Citizens Alliance held a rally in Halifax in an attempt to recruit members in the area. The NCA were largely outnumbered by counter protestors organized by Halifax Against Hate (@HFXAgainstHate), a Halifax collective documenting far-right activities in Halifax and organizing against their actions.
During the rally, and shortly following the rally, police arrested two counter-protestors. Video shows a man being arrested after knocking Garvey’s hat off (without otherwise making contact with him).
Following the rally, the Halifax Regional Police arrested another counter-protestor for allegedly damaging an NCA banner. A video appears to show the counter-protestor being attacked by NCA members, ostensibly after damaging the banner, and it’s alleged that they were pepper sprayed by an officer while NCA members attacked them.
Only one National Citizens Alliance member was arrested, allegedly for public intoxication, according to a Halifax Against Hate press release.
The party has rallies planned in cities across Canada, and according to their website, have raised $16,520 dollars in donations.
On July 19th, 2019, NCA announced that leader and founder, Stephen Garvey, would be running in the Cumberland-Colchester, NS federal riding in the 2019 federal election. Eight more NCA candidates were also announced, running in ridings in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Alberta.
NCA is planning more rallies across Canada in cities like Hamilton, Kingston, Charlottetown, and Nova Scotia.
Another somewhat recent entry in the East Coast hate scene is the Yellow Vests Canada movement, which began holding regular demonstrations across Canada, primarily targeting Muslims and Trudeau, in late 2018.
The Newfoundland & Labrador chapter of Yellow Vests Canada has been particularly active over the past few months, despite the general decline of the movement across Canada.
The group has organized small demonstrations in the St. John’s and Mount Pearl area. They are more active online where leader Kenny Winsor launched NL Media, one of many far-right, content-producing pages. NL Media primarily targets Trudeau and the LGBTQ+ community, with a particular focus on Liberal candidate Hasan Hai.
Winsor went to Hai’s campaign headquarters in May of 2019 to confront him directly after months of online harassment. Winsor harangued Hai and his staff before eventually leaving. Law enforcement was called but have not laid charges to date.
Winsor works with other content creators like Yellow Vests Canada alumni ‘Rollin with Pat and Jay’ who are touring across Canada, and have had several venues cancel on them after outreach by the anti-racist community.
‘Rollin with Pat and Jay’ hosts Pat King and Jay Riedel share anti-immigrant, anti-muslim, and anti-semetic sentiments, including Holocaust denial. King and Riedel were planning on touring Newfoundland & Labrador, however that leg of the tour has been cancelled due to the “great possibility they will face fierce opposition.”
The Northern Guard (NG) is a militant anti-Muslim group with neo-Nazi ties that is active across Canada. Their members have engaged in premeditated assaults targeting anti-racist, anti-fascist demonstrators.
The Northern Guard is an off-shoot of a similar group called the Soldiers of Odin (SOO), which disbanded in Nova Scotia and was reformed as the Northern Guard. The SOO were founded in Finland by a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi who has been found guilty of multiple racially motivated assaults. SOO chapters have been active in Canada since 2016.
There is some dispute over what motivated this ‘rebranding’ in Nova Scotia. Some sources say that there was internal conflict within the NS chapter of SOO about letting women join the group, which led to the creation of the ‘men only’ group, the Northern Guard. Women interested in being a part of the Northern Guard are encouraged to join their ‘sister’ group, the Northern Maidens, which works as a support group for the Northern Guard.
A statement from the Northern Guard insists that the split was due to financial conflicts within the group, with one post alleging that the president at the time, Billy Rushton, was stealing from the group.
National Citizens Alliance
The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) is a small federal party that was accepted by Elections Canada in January of 2019. Their website boasts that they will put a moratorium on all immigration, reduce foreign aid by 75%, reduce ‘bureaucracy’ by 50%, and make 9 amendments to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Their overall platform is anti-immigration, anti-globalization, and climate emergency denial.
Much like the Northern Guard, there is a specific anti-Muslim focus. The party itself walks a fine line so as to not portray itself as openly racist. It betrays itself, however, by it’s past associations with anti-Muslim and neo-Nazi groups such as the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, and by its actions. Garvey attended the Arab Festival in Calgary last weekend where he livestreamed himself asking attendees where they came from and their immigration status.
Yellow Vests Canada
Yellow Vests Canada (YVC) is a far-right movement and Facebook page that has come to be characterized by hundreds of documented examples of death threats and overt racism, primarily targeting Muslims. At its peak it included members and supporters of virtually every anti-Muslim hate group in Canada. YVC is, by and large, a spent movement that can no longer carry out any significant demonstrations, however there is a particularly stubborn faction in Newfoundland & Labrador that remains active.
Today, it’s not so much a movement with any organizational capacity, but rather a Facebook page and a collection of content creators, including NL Media, Rollin with Pat & Jay, Rick Boswich (currently charged with uttering a threat), and Derek Storie.
Olivia Boonstra is a Masters student currently working in the areas of Harm Reduction and countering Right-Wing Extremism. She is completing a placement with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network as part of the Criminology and Social Justice MA program at Ryerson University.
The Evidence Against Hamilton's Neo-Nazi Employee Marc Lemire
City-commissioned independent investigation into Lemire underway
July 16, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
On May 8th the city of Hamilton put former neo-Nazi Heritage Front leader and IT employee Marc Lemire on leave pending an independent investigation as a result of media coverage. Lemire was hired by the city around 2005, which was in the same time period he was active in the neo-Nazi movement.
Lemire operated a blog with neo-Nazi and racist materials while he was a city employee. He took the blog down after being exposed in the media earlier this year.
With the Lemire investigation likely to wrap up soon, we are releasing a summary of the racist and hateful material hosted on his blog. We previously provided this information to the investigators.
While this investigation is ongoing, the Hamilton Police Service, Mayor Eisenberger, and city council, are presently facing criticism for setting an example of what not to do in the face of hate group activity.
Our original letter to the Mayor and City Council:
Dear Mayor Eisenberger and Members of Hamilton City Council:
I am a human rights lawyer in Ottawa and brought the successful human rights complaint against Marc Lemire for online hate (http://canlii.ca/t/1q60s).
I have commented in numerous media stories about the recent exposure by Mack Lamoureux of VICE Canada that Marc Lemire is an employee of the City of Hamilton. I note that since the VICE article, various media reports have indicated that Marc Lemire denies any ongoing role in the neo-Nazi movement, minimizes any prior role despite Federal Court findings to the contrary, and claims that this was all many years in the past and that he is now reformed.
I do not believe this to be true. Marc Lemire openly acknowledges that he is responsible for the website http://www.freedomsite.org/. It took me less than 5-minutes to come up with multiple examples of Holocaust denial material from Marc Lemire's Freedomsite website that remain available as of right now.
Marc Lemire continues to publish to the world columns by Holocaust denier Philip Belgrave and others and at the bottom of the columns readers are invited to submit material to the webmaster (Lemire) for publication.
The first article is titled "What is Anti-Semitism" and states that Jews were not exterminated nor were they the principal sufferers in WWII, links to Ernst Zundel's Holocaust denial website calling it a "Detoxification Program to Cure the Politically Correct of the Hollywood version of the Holocaust", and links to 3 other Holocaust denial websites - URL link below and pdf version attached:
"In the Second World War many Jews suffered, but the European Jews were not exterminated, nor were they the principal sufferers."
Graphic from the Zundelsite - "A Detoxification Program to Cure
the Politically Correct of the Hollywood version of the Holocaust"
The second and third examples repeatedly refer to the Holocaust as the "Holocaust Industry" using this common neo-Nazi term to imply that the Holocaust is a manufactured or grossly exaggerated event to extort money rather than a genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime:
The Latest in Holocaust Mania
The Holocaust industry is like the toy rabbit in those battery commercials that is seen enthusiastically pounding a drum to a voice-over stating "It just keeps going and going...." The message is that the brand of battery that is running the rabbit outlasts all other brands and operates well past expectancy. The Holocaust campaign seems to have a similar battery.
The art world is known to be the ideal place for practicing shams and pretentiousness and unearned money-making at the expense of the despised bourgeoisie. Therefore it is no wonder that the Holocaust Industry has expanded from its successful and continuing rip-off of the World’s banks, into the national art galleries of the World.
I am confident that if I continued my search, I would find further such hate propaganda. Based on the fact that Holocaust denial material remains available on Marc Lemire's website, I submit to you that he is not fit to be an employee of the City of Hamilton.
Canadian Anti-Hate Network to Publish Names of 250 Neo-Nazi Party Members in Canada
The Canadian Nationalist Party is about to become an official federal party
June 10, 2019
Canadian Anti-Hate Network
Travis Patron, leader of the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party. Source: Facebook.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network will publish the names of 250 members of the neo-Nazi Canadian Nationalist Party if they are successful in becoming a registered political party.
The Canadian Nationalist Party is a neo-Nazi party led by Travis Patron, who recently released an anti-Jewish video about the “parasitic tribe” that calls for Jews to be “removed once and for all” from Canada. Another post on their Facebook page promises they have the cure to Jews. They are also explicitly anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-Muslim.
We filed a criminal complaint, and Travis Patron is currently under RCMP investigation.
There is no mechanism for Elections Canada to prevent a neo-Nazi party from becoming a registered party, and they expect that Patron will be successful in registering his party before the next federal election.
Patron is required to submit over 250 party membership declarations; each individual is then contacted by Elections Canada to confirm their membership.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network has learned that information on these 250 members will become part of a public record. We plan to publish these names and their cities of residence as soon as they become public, and will encourage local media to run stories naming neo-Nazi supporters in their communities.
This kind of naming and shaming is part of our mandate of exposing hate groups to make sure communities are well-informed, and to ensure that there are significant, nonviolent social consequences for supporting hate groups.
If any of members of the Canadian Nationalist Party want to avoid being named and facing the social consequences of supporting a neo-Nazi party, they can email Elections Canada at email@example.com to withdraw their support.
If you want to support our mission to monitor, expose, and counter hate groups, please visit antihate.ca/donate. Thank you!