Monday, August 20, 2018

85 Years (and Four Days) Since Christie Pits

I'm a little late but I thought that it was still worth commemorating.

A few days ago Duke Willis had three people as guests for the viewing pleasure of 8 people. There was Ed Jamnisek who has been seen a number of times on Willis' videos and who was one of the few who attended the failed WCAI march. Scott Bacheldor who runs a tiny group called the "Native Born Canadians Movement" which is in dire need of an editor for the website:

Then there is Canadian Combat Coalition member, III% supporter, and man who looks like his voice is putting his face to sleep Ryan Dunn.

In the the video that begins with Ed speaking about Cuban communism, Dunn then expresses his confusion as to why Jewish groups might be participating in a gathering in Christie Pits:

Well Ryan, I'm pleased to provide you with a reason.

On August 16, 1933, Jewish-Canadian and some Italian-Canadian Torontonians kicked the shit out of some fascists:

I sort of think that is an event worth celebrating:

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Vancouver Island Soldiers of Odin Don't Appear At Discontent City in Nanaimo

Though they had threatened to remove the homeless camp in Nanaimo by force, it appears at this point that the Soldiers of Odin have not made good on their threat. Instead upwards of 1000 people arrived to show support for the people living in the tent city:

Still, not all who showed up were supportive:

I would further note that since the SoO were likely aware that there would be a large group protesting their presence, it isn't beyond the realm of possibilities that they might carry out their proposed assault another time.

Incidentally, I'm not the only person to make the connection to child sex abuse conspiracies being used as a justification by the SoO:


Storm Alliance Staged Confrontation With Prime Minister

Back in January when Justin Trudeau was participating in a number of town halls across the country, he was also being heckled by some of the folks ARC has covered on the blog. One of those groups was the Storm Alliance, a group created by the former president of the Quebec Soldiers of Odin chapter (and the vice-president of the national group). They generally remained silent during the town hall, though their presence was intended to be intimidating I suppose.

A few days ago, the Storm Alliance confronted Mr. Trudeau in a much more overt manner:

Our friend in Quebec "Le Troupeau" on Twitter has the story:

This next one is especially important:

UPDATE: "Le Troupeau" provides an English-language summary as well.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

They Really Just Can't Get Along: Ronny Cameron, Kevin "No Show" Goudreau, Robert Jones, and the Proud Boys

I suspect that all of this is in part a fallout from the failed WCAI rally in Toronto last Saturday. If there is any consolation for members of the Canadian far-right, they aren't the only ones having a lousy time:

In fact it isn't even the WCAI failure that should be blamed at all. These people are toxic in general and since familiarity breeds contempt the more they associate with each other the more they come to despise each other as well.

For example, here Ronny Cameron modestly proclaims himself King of the Canadian Alt-Right.

Really, that's only a very slight exaggeration:

Not that it is a burden he wishes to bare. Oh no, he would much rather someone else take up the mantel but sometimes greatness is thrust upon individuals who rise to greatness. You know, like Moses, George Washington, and Happy Gilmore:

Yeah, it's all a bit melodramatic and patently ridiculous. Though I'm not inclined to think of Ronny Cameron as being the voice of white nationalism in Canada anyways, it isn't exactly the honor he seems to believe it is. Honestly, winning a hot dog eating contest would garner greater awe and respect.

Still, there are those who aren't happy to have Cameron usurp this particular status since they believe themselves to be the voice of white nationalism:

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the saddest fucking online argument you've seen this year:

This.... this is just so.... beautiful!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Soldiers of Odin Plan Attacking Tent City in Nanaimo; III% Alberta Continue Promoting Anti-Muslim Conspiracies

So, do you all remember when the Soldiers of Odin tried to intimidate homeless people in Nanaimo but were outnumbered significantly by people opposing them? At the time, the SoO claimed that they were merely providing "security" and that their intentions were not violent or confrontational.

Today they decided to dispense with that pretense:

The Facebook group page appears to have been deleted since the news of the SoO plans have emerged.

The suggestion regarding child sex trafficking is interesting; I'm not certain if they are suggesting that the people in the camp are guilty of or victims of trafficking (in general vulnerable people are far more likely to be the victims of crimes, sometimes committed against them by people who society might consider "good" because they aren't homeless). The claim may be true, or it may simply be a justification to do something that the SoO wants to do anyways. The problem is that groups such as the SoO always seem to use the specter of "child trafficking" or "pedophile rings controlled by powerful people" to make their potential lawlessness seem noble. We've seen this with the Pizzagate conspiracy and the more recent QAnon craziness that is being disseminated online. It can be traced back at least as far as the satanic ritual abuse panic of the 1980s and early 90s that resulted in a number of false allegations that put a lot of innocent people in prison for a time and which, perhaps not coincidentally, coincided with the rise of the religious rights whose members believed in a literal heaven and hell and that the forces of darkness were temporally active.

The point is that these folks seems to be especially credulous when it comes to conspiracy theories.

Speaking of which, here's the latest from "Beau" Welling of the Alberta III% militia:

I looked up demographics for New Haven, Connecticut where the story originated. I have no idea where Welling came up with the idea that the overdoses occurred in a "Muslim controlled area" but given what I was able to find, I might have to question his claim:

What Welling is claiming is one of the newer Islamophobic conspiracy theories that has started finding a home on far-right social media; "Muslims" are behind the opioid crisis. Basically we're at the point where if something bad happens, Muslims are being blamed. I've pointed out in the past that the Fort Mac forest fire was, and still is, being claimed as a Jihadist conspiracy. The current crop of forest and prairie fires are being offered as definitive proof that Muslims are attacking the country:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

State of the Far-Right: We Must Remain Vigilant

After the humiliation the far right faced not only in Toronto this past Saturday but also in Washington D.C. on Sunday (to add insult to injury, the organizer of the failed D.C. "Unite the Right 2" rally was emasculated during a podcast by his father), anti-racist and anti-fascist activists are rightfully celebrating as their hard work made all of this happen. The far-right racists, Islamophobes, and antisemites are a fractured movement right now and it really is hard to see how they coalesce in any significant way to hold the mass rallies they envision in an attempt put on a show of strength, though I don't doubt that they will continue to try.

It is important however not to be lulled into a false sense of security:

"Fantastic banner drop"? "Operation"? Jesus, this is a far cry from Barbarossa.
ID Canada (formerly Generation Identity Canada) did a banner drop on the same day as the failed WCAI-organized rally in the Don Valley River Parkway in Toronto. I don't no the city, but those who do suggest that it was likely the bridge connecting Riverdale Park East and West. Based on photos posted to their Facebook page, it looks like a little over a dozen ID Canada members were present:

Is it just me, or does this look like if could be a great cover photo for a magazine named "Incel Quarterly"?

ARC has already established that ID Canada is tied to a number of individuals and groups in Canada of concern:
....Shawn Beauvois-Macdonald who is/was connected to La Meute and who participated in the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally (he may hold a position of leadership within ID Canada), "Katrin Kujo" (real name Kate Ollers) who participated in Ronny Cameron's anti-Muslim event in October, and "Winston Smith" (real name Jesse Sanderson) who also participated in Cameron's event as well as being busted hanging "alt-right" flyers at the University of Toronto
More recently, ARC published a story that identified Athan Zafirov as the leader of the Montreal chapter of ID Canada. Zafirov is also known as "Date" on the leaked Discord chat logs and was a frequent guest on the Canadian alt-right podcast "This Hour Has 88 Minutes" which shut down soon after the identity of "Zeiger" as Gabriel Sohier Chaput was published. Other co-hosts of the podcast were exposed later:
ARC has been able to identify least two individuals participating in the ID Canada banner drop on August 11:

Tyler Hover has been identified as the leader of ID Canada and, in spite of his age, has a long online history of promoting racism and violence through Stormfront and other social media:

The second individual, despite not getting a clear look at his face, is believed to be Mark Stewart:

We need to be aware of the activities of such groups as ID Canada who, for example, continue to place their stickers in public places in cities where they have members and supporters in an effort to grow their numbers. However we have to be even more concerned that so-called mainstream political parties are trying to stoke the artificial "white anxiety" fears of some Canadians in a cynical effort to gain real power:

Maxime Bernier has always been quite popular amongst members of the far-right whom this blog keeps an eye on. Prior to the disastrous WCAI rally in Toronto, Ronny Cameron and Proud Boy member Tim Kelly spoke well of him while trashing Andrew Scheer who defeated Bernier in the Tory leadership race:

The following Sunday, Bernier endeared himself to the far-right even more when he decided to dig up Kellie Leitch's play list:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

There Really Is Life After Hate Part IV

Earlier today I received a link to an article published in the "National Post." It is a piece written by Brag Galloway, the former head of the Canadian chapter of Volksfront which provides some thoughts on getting out of the movement:

If you haven't done so yet, I encourage you to read it.

In addition, our friend who managed to get out of the movement has kindly provided another article in her ongoing series:
Extremism: Individuals, Community and FamiliesAn open letter to those who are still entangled 
It's been close to 6 years since leaving and I haven't forgotten all the false information I was taught and then later dished out. All the claims about how the white power movement was in defence of families, community and the individuals has been proven wrong with my own experience during active involvement. The reality is that it's not in defence of these things; it actually destroys them. 
I live with some life long repercussions because of my poor choices when I was younger. 
Tattoos can be covered and lasered off, amends to the community can be made and real friendships/connection can be made as well. Traumatic brain injuries never fully heal though. I was jumped and had my head slammed full force against a brick wall at the hands of the group whom I thought were my friends. It happened because of inner drama and a vandalism act which they thought I ratted them out to the police for. 
I was helped and had to go through physio therapy to try to function reasonably well again; it's a very slow process. At first I couldn't even hold a simple conversation without becoming disoriented and confused. I was the laughing stock of everyone around me who didn't know what happened that night, while I struggled to walk in a straight line. I certainly didn't feel like myself either; I subconsciously hated myself before that, so I wasn't even sure that I missed the old me. 
Today I can hold down a job and meaningful volunteer work, which I'm eternally grateful for. I currently experience issues with short term memory and on some occasions, speech. 10 years after the incident, I continually remind myself that quality of life still exists even with this demon hanging over my head. I will not allow myself to play the victim in this one either; it was my choice to engage in toxicity. 
I know that my family was hurt by my involvement. I ended up homeless and my mom wouldn't welcome me back home while I was actively involved in hate groups. I got emails from her and other relatives, however most of the time I didn't respond or I responded with anger and resentment. During my time on the streets, I know they worried about what might happen; waiting for the phone call that no parent deserves but hoping they'll never receive it. The only occasions they heard anything about what was going on with me were when police became involved. 
People who didn't know the full degree of what I was into would ask about me. My family didn't know how to answer; humiliation took a huge toll on them. We were by no means a perfect family to begin with, however my endless search for another "family" through the movement only escalated our problems. 
I have a good relationship with my mom and brother now, however I had to leave extremism and shed my ego for that to happen. 
Being on the other side of the fence now a days, I've watched the toxic subculture become worse on the news. My Facebook news feed was flooded with posts about the events that took place in Charlottesville last year. There was this immediate retreat into myself; the guilt of standing for the far-right once upon a time, yet extremely grateful for the second chances I've been given since I walked away. Seeing the victim's family, as well as the community who was in support of her become torn apart was awful. Those around me expressed how thankful they were that I got out when I'd talk about my thoughts on the matter. People in our society are very forgiving for the most part, as long as we aren't out to make the same mistakes we once did. 
I'd encourage anyone who's on the fringe of the movement or trying to leave to ask yourself this: what good has hatred ever done for you or those who truly love you? 
I know that we have all been through hell of some kind even before involvement in the hate club, but those voids can be filled with better and more constructive things; things where you aren't self destructing or hurting those around you.
Other articles in this series include:

Monday, August 13, 2018

We Are At The Airing Of Grievances Point In The Program Featuring Ronny Cameron and "No Show" Goudreau

Alternate title 1: "Cameron and Myatt: Friends Off"

Alternate title 2: "'No Show' Claims to Have Minions"

It is very clear that the WCAI rally that was supposed to be the biggest show on the Canadian white nationalist, white supremacist, Islamophobic, and antisemitic calendar before being cancelled then proceeding (sort of) resulted in such a crushing humiliation (much like the American counterpart yesterday) instead continued to expose the deep personality conflicts between members of groups of this far-right movement. There has been so much fighting prior to and since the failed Toronto rally that it really is hard to know exactly where to start.

Prior to the day of the event, Ronny Cameron posted a lengthy video that was really an extended beef. He attacks the usual suspects: Ron Banerjee, Dan Dubois and the Canadian Combat Coalition (really, such a stupid name), Andrew Scheer, the JDL and Jews in general while promoting various conspiracy theories, and a few others. There was one person who I was genuinely surprised to see him go after because there had been no indication of animosity prior to the video:

Cameron claims that his issue is with Myatt's ridiculous efforts launch a class action law suit against Justin Trudeau, suing him for treason (because he really thinks that's how it works). ARC has followed Myatt's efforts for a while:

While Cameron is actually correct on ridiculing the law suit effort and questioning the finances, is also seems very clear in the video however is that there might also just a bit of jealousy:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Cancelled WCAI Toronto Rally Unmitigated Disaster For Canadian Far-Right

The recriminations resulting from the disaster that was the cancelled Charlottesville-North WCAI rally will continue for some time. Here are just a few examples of the fallout.

First it should be acknowledged that one of the reasons for the failure of the rally was that this guy was going to show up:

In fact Kevin "No Show" Goudreau indeed lived up to his nickname and didn't show up to support the stripped-down effort of Sandra Solomon (more on that in a moment) but that didn't stop him from posting a video attacking those who didn't turn out to support it and attack Meir Weinstein and the JDL. He spent much of the brief video making threats and promising another video, but then his girlfriend yelled at him so he timidly turned off the recording:

UPDATE: "No Show" has been drinking it would seem.

Responding to his own brief video

Joey Deluca also continues to blame the JDL and is now suggesting a nefarious conspiracy was afoot:

Islamophobe Rally In Nathan Phillips Square Updates

Well, we're 20 minutes in right now and here is what we have.

Despite the WCAI cancelling because someone hurt Joey Deluca's feelings, an estimated 500 counter-protesters arrived to show the Islamophobes, antisemites, and racists that they aren't welcome in the city. This photo is from about 10 or 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the rally:

And here is what showed up:

Wow... even if more do show up, what a pathetic scene.

It looks like the counter-protesters are enjoying themselves as well:

On the other side, the fascists are feeling a bit uneasy:

I know you all will be shocked, but it appears that "No Show" Goudreau once again did not show.

I suspect though that the counter-protesters aren't very concerned about Sandra and Ed showing up:

While all of this was going on Sandra, Ed, and the very few other Islamophobes fled into a building because people were saying mean things to them:

And then this happened:

In the meantime, Sandra is having a hissy fit and her fellow Islamophobes are engaging in conspiracy theories while endorsing Faith Goldy for mayor believing that she and Doug Ford have control over Canadian immigration policies.:

Now that THAT is all over....

As things appear to have settled down, I'm going to go out for a while. If anything happens between now and my return I'll be sure to update the blog.

In the meantime, don't give away the homeworld.

UPDATE 1: Far-right racist demonstration in Toronto a complete failure
Anti-racists reclaim Nathan Phillips Square from fascists and Islamophobes 
Toronto, Saturday, August 11, 2018 -- Hundreds of anti-racists gathered at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto in anticipation of a possible far-right racist rally. The Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) had publicly promised a large demonstration on the anniversary of the Charlottesville 2017 Unite The Right demonstration which resulted in the killing of anti-racist Heather Heyer by a neo-Nazi protester. 
However, due to a combination of infighting and fear of a concerted anti-fascist counter-demo, the WCAI announced a cancellation of their demo. Some of these far-right boneheads wanted to concentrate on hating just Muslims, while others wanted a big tent racist approach, to include open hatred of Jews, refugees and other targeted groups. 
More details of the far-right in-fighting is described in these reports by Anti-Racist Canada:

In a blatant lie, the WCAI organizers tried to claim they were simply "postponing" their demonstration due to a Bollywood festival in the square. There was no scheduled festival, although the many South Asian anti-racists present for the demo had a great time speculating about possible anti-racist Bollywood dance routines and song lyrics (all involving Shah Rukh Khan for some reason). 
At the high-point of the anti-racist demo, upwards of 300 people had gathered in the square, ready to confront and chase away any racists and Islamophobes who were promising to show up, despite the official cancellation. 
There were random far-right people who showed up, in groups of 1 or 2, who were confronted and chased away. And, the publicity-seeking Islamophobe, Sandra Solomon, made literally a 3-second appearance with two supporters, before running away in fear of the protesters. 
Dozens of Toronto police, likely over 100, mobilized to protect an empty protest zone intended for the racists who might show up. That did not prevent the police from attacking protesters, including the arrest of at least one comrade, as well as an attempted dispersal by police horses. 
Nonetheless, the spirit of the anti-racist protesters -- which included people who traveled from Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and beyond -- was determined and exuberant. In the past year there have been at least six small far-right gatherings in Toronto's iconic Nathan Phillips Square (always confronted by anti-racists) and today's anti-racist mobilization was widely acknowledged to be the largest so far. 
Today's protest in Toronto was also a tangible gesture of solidarity and support for anti-racist/anti-fascist comrades mobilizing in both Charlottesville and Washington this weekend against the racist alt-right. 
-- Report and photos by Jaggi Singh, for No Borders Media.fb:

UPDATE 2: Evidently Sandra Solomon's group wasn't the only one that showed up. This guy for example:

We later learned what might be the name of this person:

Slawomir Przeczek

However they were just as ineffective as Solomon.