This past Labour Day weekend, my family and I piled up our car and headed for the most Canadian long weekend destination, the campground. Something about cooking over a fire, stars overhead, and sleeping in a tent with the rustling of animals providing the only soundtrack harkens an authentic Canadian experience. Why do so many Canadians seek the outdoors as a place to relax when it’s not always the most comfortable or relaxing? A 2017 Study by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) revealed that in North America camping is on the rise, especially amongst the younger generations. The connection to nature as emblematic of North American, and specifically Canadian culture has long historical roots, which in part explains the continued popularity of camping. But as with any cultural activity, many on the social justice obsessed left see that as precisely the problem with activities like camping. Like many of their crusades, this one against the outdoors and camping doesn’t mesh with the contemporary evidence.
In the past few years, scholars in the leisure and recreation sphere have begun to make arguments that activities like camping are racist or sexist. This has now leaked into the mainstream. Groups like the Sierra Club publish stories like this: The unbearable whiteness of hiking. Mountain Equipment Co-Op, a Canadian camping goods company, similarly staked the outdoors as a racial battleground to be overcome.
In a newly released clip taken during the protests outside of Saturday’s GIDYVR debate featuring Jon Kay, Meghan Murphy, and myself, professional anti-bigotry activist Amanda Jabbour is seen racially abusing an interracial couple.
“Is that your mail-order bride?” Jabbour is seen repeatedly pointing at the Asian partner of the attendee, before asking “How much? How much did you pay?”
Jabbour, who identified herself to Press for Truth reporter Dan Dicks in a separate video as representing the PACE society with colleagues at the protest, is also seen yelling at and following the police officers protecting the entrance of the Pan Pacific Hotel, stating “your only purpose is oppressing people” and demanding to be allowed inside the private venue, where the debate was taking place in the conference room.
In Dicks’ video, Jabbour is also seen confronting an unidentified cameraperson. Jabbour aggressively approaches the woman, goading “next time you kick me, it better be f*cking hard, b*tch!” Jabbour had tripped over the camera person’s leg moments prior. Jabbour then attempts to lick the woman’s camera before rushing back to Dicks and holding her hand over his filming cell phone. Both journalists are also targeted by Jabbour blowing cigarette smoke at them.
Jabbour is listed as the Occupational Health and Safety Facilitator for the PACE Society, a charity focused on de-stigmatizing sex work and supporting sex workers. Jabbour is also the founder of Sault Ste. Marie Sex Workers’ Rights.
PACE Society’s most recently published annual report states the 62% of their funding is provided by the government, with the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia appearing to provide the majority of the support. While this information is not provided in any subsequent reports, the 2015 annual report stated that 82% of PACE’s funding was spent on salaries for staff.
The Post Millennial reached out to Jabbour via the PACE Society, but PACE instead offered an email where “comments or concerns” could be sent. When clarification was sought on whether or not a comment would be given, PACE hung up, and subsequent calls were not answered.
Two more videos of racist rants have surfaced showing people in the Vancouver area telling others to leave Canada.
The first video shows a Richmond man washing his car outside of his condo building, specifically in a no-wash area of the parking lot. An Asian woman, who also resided in the condo, decided to approach the man and his vehicle to take a photo of the man’s license plate, as his hose was splashing on his vehicle.
According to the woman, it was at this point that the man started spewing racially-charged language at the woman.
The man can clearly be heard saying, “I hate the f*ckin’ Chinese … This is a f*ckin’ invasion.”
The incident, which was captured on video on Saturday, Nov. 2, was the second racist incident within the last week in the Vancouver-area to be captured on tape.
Another video, captured just days before, caught a woman in a Shoppers Drug Mart telling a couple of Chinese employees that they’re “rude” for speaking Mandarin in front of her at the checkout counter.
“Shut up, you’re rude. Speak in English in Canada. Rude as f*ck, who do I complain to? Shut up. You’re rude. You are rude. Go somewhere else,” the woman can clearly be heard saying, before demanding the clerk for the store number.
The first video was captured outside of a condominium in Richmond, B.C., a city that is no stranger to rising racial tensions and a struggle to find harmony between groups. According to the city of Richmond’s website, the predominant minority group in Richmond is Chinese, at 53% of the total population (the highest proportion in Canada). The next most common minority groups are the South Asian group (for example East Indian, Pakistani), at 7.3% of the total, and Filipino at 6.9% of the total.
The city has been forced to have uncomfortable conversations about how to handle the challenges that come with immigration, such as stores that advertise solely in Chinese, or underground taxi cab services that only serve Chinese patrons.
In Burnaby, where the Shoppers Drug Mart incident was captured, the total visible minority population makes up 63.6% of the local population. This includes South Asians, Chinese, Blacks, Filipinos, Latin Americans, Arabs, and other groups. Chinese people make up nearly 34% of the total population.
Update: Ontario Provincial Police say they have no record of the September 2017 incident involving Javaid being reported to them.
A Muslim hockey coach’s story about being the victim of a parent’s hateful text message is falling apart upon scrutiny and the revelation he made a similar allegation in 2017.
Last week, Talha Javaid, a 23-year-old immigrant from Pakistan who lives in Windsor, Ontario, posted screenshots on Twitter purported to be a text from a bigoted parent unhappy with the free coaching sessions he provides to children in East Lansing, Michigan.
“I’m not racist or anything but I don’t feel comfortable with you teaching him and the influence you will have on him,” a parent named “Chase” allegedly wrote. The text continues: “It’s hockey right? It makes more sense if it’s not some Muslim guy teaching it.”
Javaid’s tweet went viral. Within a week, his post racked up more than 11,000 retweets and more than 56,000 likes. An outpouring of support came from the public, hockey stars and journalists, who praised Javaid and condemned racism and Islamophobia. He received job offers to coach in both Canada and the U.S.
Feminist Muslim writer Shireen Ahmed first publicized Javaid’s story for Yahoo Sports. In the sympathetic profile, it details how Javaid travels an hour-and-a-half across the Canada-U.S. border from Windsor, Ont. to provide free coaching sessions for hockey players age five to eight in East Lansing.
But key facts in Javaid’s story don’t add up. This week, Christiana Ford at NBC-affiliate WILX-TV reported that all ice rinks in East Lansing and the surrounding area deny having ever heard of Talha Javaid, or someone on the coaching schedule with that name. The Post Millennial can independently confirm this.
While the Yahoo Sports profile of Javaid doesn’t name the specific ice rink in Michigan that he allegedly coaches at, a source in communication with him provided The Post Millennial with screenshots where he names Suburban Ice East Lansing as the arena.
Suburban Ice East Lansing strongly denies any association with Javaid.
“We’ve never heard of him,” a staff woman tells The Post Millennial. “He never taught here. He had no ties to Suburban Ice whatsoever.”
Javaid’s “best friend” and co-coach volunteer who is named as “Sebastian Nystrom” in the Yahoo profile, also could not be located. Reporter Shireen Ahmed did not respond to inquiries seeking comment on how she verified Javaid’s claims.
This is not the first time Javaid has claimed to be the victim of a racist message after leaving an ice rink. In September 2017, he said he found a note on his car after leaving the Tecumseh Arena that read: “Stop coming to the rink! (Expletive, expletive) Muslim! Go Home! Make Canada Great Again. MAGA. MCGA.” He posted a photo of the note on Twitter and spoke to the media. A suspect was never identified.
Javaid’s original tweet last week generated over 10,000 responses overwhelmingly in support of him. But by Thursday afternoon, he locked his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. He did not respond for comment.
The Liberals are standing behind their Nova Scotia candidate, despite the candidate’s history of highly offensive tweets.
The Liberal candidate, Jaime Battiste, was revealed by the Toronto Sun to have penned numerous racist, sexist, and homophobic social media posts, dating back to 2012.
Such posts include, a tweet that reads, “Cleaning, Folding, Cooking, Feeling like an Epic Fail that i havent found a woman who can stand me long enough to do this for me. #FML”
Another from 2012 reads, “Why do I assume every skinny aboriginal girl is on crystal meth or pills?”
He also made jokes about “accidentally sexually assault[ing]” a cast member if he were on the set of the television show Cheers.
Additionally, Battiste said that watching men’s tennis is essentially like “watchin gay porn,” which he coupled with the hashtags “#nothomophobicJS” and “#tennis sucks”.
In response to the damning article, Battiste apologized, put his Twitter on private mode, and wrote a statement to the Sun.
As the Toronto Sun reports, “He stated he thought the “crude jokes” were “funny at the time” but now realizes they were “offensive.” He also stated: “These were things I said during difficult times in my life, and they are not a reflection of my beliefs or who I am today. I apologize unreservedly.”
However, despite his admission of holding highly offensive views in the past, the Liberal Party has no intention of removing their candidate from the race or their party.
According to 680 News, when asked, Justin Trudeau said he does not condone his candidate’s behaviour, but is happy that he apologized.
“Trudeau called the language in the posts unacceptable, but that he is pleased Battiste has apologized unreservedly,” reports 680 News.
“Trudeau sidestepped a question about whether he feels limited in his ability to censure candidates for past racist behaviours after photos and a video emerged in the first week of the campaign showing the Liberal leader wearing blackface makeup.”
The CBC reached out to the Battiste, but were turned away by the Liberal Party, who responded with a robotic response, and a reissuing of Battiste’s statement.
“I would like to apologize for my comments,” he said. “At times in my life, I have made crude jokes that I thought were funny at the time, but I realize now that these words were offensive.
“These were things I said during difficult times in my life, and they are not a reflection of my beliefs or who I am today. I apologize unreservedly.”