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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Canadian Proud Boys Embrace "Fashy" Image, Message, and Ideology; POTUS Emboldens American Proud Boys During Debate

As the United States barrel towards an election which may very well decide the future of the democratic experiment in that country, extremists such as the Proud Boys (among others) have ramped up the violence in both rhetoric and action with Portland being one of the key flash points:

While Canada has not yet seen the level of violence associated with their erstwhile American counterparts, the Canadian Proud Boys, after being more or less moribund for a couple of years but for a couple of chapters in Ontario, appears to be growing and spoiling for a fight. 

In Calgary on August 27, Proud Boys showed up to counter-protest a BLM/Defund the Police rally at City Hall:


A member discussed the reason for their presence on Reddit later that week as well as the rationale for carrying an American "Back the Blue" flag:


Based on the Alberta Proud Boy website, it seems that they have difficulty distinguishing the differences between our country and our southern neighbours:


August 27 was the first time, at least to our knowledge, that the Proud Boys had made a public appearance in the province aside from some very brief instances in 2017 and 2018 and those instances were mostly of outsiders. Since this first public appearance they have been busy. On September 22, members left a banner on the pedestrian overpass, eastbound Glenmore by the golf course. Earlier flyers attributed to the Proud Boys were found in Edmonton:


Finally it appears that some people, either members of or affiliated with the Proud Boys, were in attendance at the Red Deer counter-protest on September 20 as evidenced from their Telegram chat which will be referenced frequently through the rest of this article:


The group has also been active in other locations including in Winnipeg where a chapter had existed but which had been for all intents and purposes kicked out of town as well as a number of communities in Ontario:

Winnipeg, MB

Far left: Wayne Skorodenski.


It is then interesting to note now that the Proud Boys in Canada have, by and large and with only a remnant adhering to the "civic nationalist, western chauvinist" window dressing of the American movement, come out as overt fascists, anti-semites, and white supremacists.

This shouldn't be entirely surprising as we had already seen the Canadian movement going in this direction. In July 2017, a rally in Toronto to show support for the Proud Boys in Halifax who disrupted an indigenous ceremony took place. One of the attendees was white supremacist Paul Fromm who was also given an opportunity to speak:


Though the national Proud Boy leadership claimed to "disavow" Fromm a number of Proud Boy members voiced support for the old bigot and formed the "rebel" Proud Goys:



A few years later the rejection of Fromm my the larger Proud Boy movement would be called into question when a number Proud Goy members seen in this photo accompanied Proud Boy elder Tim Kelly to Hamilton less than a year later:

If there were any lingering questions about the views of the Canadian branch of the Proud Boys however, they seem to happily answer them in full here:

"Horse Renoir" is Tim Kelly

In fact the Canadian Proud Boys have been overt in their racism and anti-semitism for some time including their continued promotion of Faith Goldy, ID Canada, Northern Dominion, and other hate groups:










Their anti-semitic beliefs are also on full display:





To be clear, it doesn't appear that the Canadian Proud Boys are Holocaust deniers, but that isn't a virtue. They appear to acknowledge the Holocaust occurred and are happy that it did:



As noted earlier, the Canadian Proud Boys have not yet engaged in the levels of violence that their American counterparts have which isn't to say that they don't promote, celebrate, or prepare for violence however:




However, after the presidential debate on Tuesday September 28, this propensity for violence has become much more serious:
Enrique Tarrio is the PB chairman; Joe Biggs a prominent PB organizer.

This further escalation in rhetoric combined with the tacit approval by the President of the United States for the violence committed by the Proud Boys in the United States can only serve to further embolden not only American extremists, but extremists elsewhere including this country.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Red Deer Aftermath and Some Identifications

This past Sunday the group Red Deer Against Racism with speakers from the Rural Alberta Against Racism (RAAR) and the Black and Indigenous Alliance Alberta (BIAA) had planned on holding a rally in the city of Red Deer, AB. Similar rallies had been held in other rural communities where members of those communities spoke about their experiences with racism in rural Alberta. The events attracted people from both outside these communities and within and were always peaceful and included families.

Then Pat King decided to Pat King all over their efforts:

Despite being the one who threatened the members of RAAR and their supporters with violence should they come to "his town", King unsurprisingly claimed that they were the ones who were violent. The thing is, King knows this to be untrue. He harassed members of RAAR at another event and at still another he hid in the bushes filming the rally. In neither incident was he touched and in the second he was ignored:

No Pat, this isn't creepy at all.

But then the truth isn't of great importance to these people.

So on the day of the rally a large group of hatriots showed up to harass, threaten, intimidate, and attack people who showed up for the rally:

Now the hatriots, who included in their number such august groups as the Soldiers of Odin, Yellow Vests, and Woke Onez Rebellion (I mean, they have to be kidding with that name, right?) were pleased as punch to have been able to shut down an anti-racist rally. However, one thing they never considered were (a) optics and (b) intel gathering opportunities.

First with the optics.

Media that reported on the event, at least Edmonton City News which has been widely shared, clearly showed that the hatriots were the ones who where there to cause problems and to hurt people:

The backlash appears to have surprised the hatriots who genuinely seem to think that their actions would be viewed favorably. To be clear, they were not and political figures from accross the spectrum condemned the attacks on the anti-racist rally goers:

Granted, some readers may be reasonably skeptical about the condemnation of the racists by certain figures listed above, but it still goes to indicate that even they realize that aligning one's self with groups such as those who attacked the anti-racist rally isn't politically expedient. 

Then there's this:


Again, I'm certainly not about to hold my breath that anything is going to happen (hope springs eternal however), but it is the result of pressure from the public that resulted in an investigation in the first place. This has to be at least somewhat jarring to those hatriot who believe the public are on their side, at least to the few who have any ability to engage in a degree of critical thinking.

Then there are the intel gathering opportunities.

Sure, there were a lot of people we already recognize from elsewhere. There was Pat King of course as well as members of the SoO from both Calgary and Red Deer:

Ashley Wagner, Richard Wagner, and Terry Lefranc

By the way, if these particular members of the SoO claim their aren't racists we invite them to take a look at this article published earlier in the month:

Also, their claims to support the police ring just a wee bit hollow when their Red Deer leader posts comments like these:



Sort of makes this sign a bit awkward, eh?


We also see that Steven Lane made an appearance:


He mostly shaved his very unfortunate facial hair off.

Good choice.

And there's Ricky "Honey, I Shrunk the Patriot" Tollekko (aka Ricky Rush) and his partner Chantel Miller:


Finally we see ubiquitous Calgary Yellow Vests protester Chris Harrod who incidentally was caught on camera assaulting two Indigenous women in Calgary:


There were of course other known figures that we may post here eventually as more photos and/or screen captures are sent to us.

We also were sent images of people we didn't really know much about or at all, such as Cody Frederickson (apparently a QAnon supporter based on his t-shirt) who is holding the blowhorn:


We also got to met Jack Schultz who was especially aggressive during event and who also has an interesting story that may find its way to the blog eventually:


Again, there were others who we plan on discussing in the future.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights Held a March That Was Attended by Fascists

On Saturday September 12 the Canadian Coalition for Firearms rights organized a march in Ottawa. It was attended by probably between 2000-3000 people.

Also credit to the CCFR for promoting the use of masks and social distancing for the event.

The rally was a decent size but it's important to point out that it was attended by some members of the Canadian far-right. Neo-nazis Paul Fromm and Thomas Liko were both in attendance.

Fresh off of his court case where he plead guilty to assault with a weapon, the unlikeable Chris Vanderweide attended in full boogaloo gear and wearing his weapon of choice on his head. Chris was bleating on his megaphone, but I think the CCFR people told him to give it a rest. He was accompanied by Leigh Stewart. Rick Boswick and Wayne Peters were also there.

Chris Vanderweide speaking with Rick Boswick

Most of the signage for the rally was very much on point. Almost all the signs were related to either firearms or the Trudeau government's firearms legislation. There were one or two signs calling for Justin Trudeau to be charged with treason, some Trump support signs, an anti-U.N. sign, and Derek Storie was holding a sign about pedophilia.

Apparently someone also had a "No New Normal" sign available 







  

Attempting to keep messaging on point seems to be a theme with the CCFR. Their Facebook group contains evidence that even though they attract members of far-right hate groups, they do actively police content. Some hate speech does manage to slip through the cracks but to be fair, it is often refuted by both administrators and group members.

Just a sample of CCRF Facebook members that would qualify as far-right

Defending Eric Brazau is obviously a bad look, but to be fair people did not respond well in the comments


Evidence that group members will combat hate speech

Stating that homosexuality is a choice is not a good take

More evidence that moderators actively remove hate speech


This screenshot captures the dichotomy in CCFR discussions, some group members are supportive of Muslim gun owners, others are very hostile

The CCFR admin team also wisely took a strong stance against Kyle Rittenhouse posts within their Facebook group, which probably caused some division as some of their CEOs and administrators have posted that they support Rittenhouse.

Reese Yankee is Reese Yearwood, a CCFR admin and director for BC

Richard Bone is the CCFR director for Alberta


James Boulerice is an admin for the CCFR Facebook group

Ryan Holyoake is an admin for the CCFR Facebook group

I think it's also important to point out that a few of the CCFR admins/CEOs have shown some poor judgement in their use of social media.

As pointed out James Boulerice is an admin on the CCFR Facebook group, comparing BLM to the KKK is a horribly racist take

Tracy Wilson is the CCFR VP of public relations and follows white nationalist Lauren Southern's Facebook page

Sandro Abballe is CCFR director for Quebec and is also a member of the YVC Facebook group

To sum the CCFR up, they are attempting to present themselves as a legitimate firearms advocacy group, and on the surface are having some success distancing themselves from members of the far-right that they've clearly attracted. As we've shown more can be done to clean up their social media behaviour, and push out members and groups that engage in hateful actions.