The Canadian media is smearing conservatives as “alt-right”
Although the “alt-right” has faded into total irrelevance in mainstream American political discourse, the term has found new life in Canadian media.
If you were to believe shows like Steve Paikin’s The Agenda and CBC’s The Weekly with Wendy Mesley, evil alt-right agents have infiltrated the Conservative Party of Canada hoping to turn the true north strong and free into a despotic fascist state with Andrew Scheer as its dictator at large.
While I’m sure most Canadians find this premise to be laughable at best, it’s interesting to see how far the press is willing to take it.
For example, just last week on TVO’s The Agenda they featured a segment on a “re-branded alt right” raising the alarm about the alleged tendency of Conservatism to move towards the far-right.
Originality is hard to come by in a rigid parliamentary system, so often Canada is left with no other choice but to mimic and adapt to the antics of our southern neighbours.
Canadians like to think of themselves as ahead of or somehow different than your friendly American yokel, but it’s hard to take that premise seriously when we’re so inclined to feel the need to participate in American politics.
Take CBC News for example, who seems more inclined to cover Donald Trump’s debunked collusion claims than to deliver front-page coverage of Trudeau’s scandalous last few months.
And why not? Canadian legacy media is taking on water like a sinking ship and needs a boost in views. It follows that a vicious Trump-style election in Canada would make for a nice return in profit.
However, it’s not only the media which has an interest in the alt-right paranoia prevalent in popular discourse, but academics and “hate experts” as well who make a living from further propagating the looming threat of hate to sell education seminars and books.
After all, hate can be a profitable business.
If history repeats itself, then American history repeats itself in Canada. Only three years after Donald Trump’s startling victory and already we’re seeing much of the same rhetoric being peddled by pundits and commentators with a uniquely Canadian twist.
Instead of the Republican Party being infiltrated by the alt-right, it’s the Conservative Party of Canada.
Instead of Donald Trump being a white supremacist, it’s Andrew Scheer, or Maxime Bernier (depending on who fits the pre-defined mould best that particular day).
Instead of the Proud Boys, it’s the yellow vests.
It’s almost like Canadian outlets have wholesale adopted a pre-written Hollywood script for the federal election with the hope that it will actually succeed in Canada. Surely, Canadian journalists looking on at the disgraceful conduct of their American counterparts have learned from their mistakes?
Unfortunately, they have not and are likely to suffer the same consequences: bad ratings and a further loss of public trust in the press.
Everybody knows that remakes are never as good as the originals.
While our prime minister can survive a blackface scandal, the same can’t be said for these pumpkins.
Bed Bath & Beyond has removed all black Jack-o’-lanterns from their shelves after a News 12 uncovered complaints that a law firm’s display had generated outrage.
The niche jack-o-lanterns are incredible festive, adding a moderate touch of Gothic to the already dark holiday.
However, it’s 2019, and some colours must not be appropriated. Due to complaints from community members, the plastic pumpkins were removed from the Feerick, Nugent, MacCartney Law Offices in Nyack to take the pumpkins down less than 48 hours after setting them up.
“We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down,” says law firm partner Mary Marzolla.
“We represent people of all colors and faiths, and we would never do anything to exclude anyone from any community.”
The pumpkins had also been custom made, each being engraved with the name of a partner at the firm. Marzolla asserts the pumpkins were purely meant to be festive and not designed to offend anyone.
” It’s just nothing I take offense to personally, but since it did offend someone we took proactive steps to take it down,” says associate Alak Shah.
However, taking them down wasn’t enough.
Local NAACP Director Wilbur Aldridge said it shows an “extreme lack of sensitivity,” and now both attorneys have scolded Bed Bath & Beyond over their insensitivity and lack of foresight.
Bed Bath & Beyond, of course, bent the knee and capitulated, removing all of the pumpkins from sale.
On Monday, two children in Montreal were found killed by their father, who later committed suicide. The children, one girl and on boy, aged five and seven respectively, were found by their mother at 9 p.m. on Tuesday when she returned from work to her house on Curatteau St. at Pierre-De Coubertin Ave. in the Tétreaultville district, reports the Montreal Gazette. The father was found dead in the next room, and police ruled that it was a suicide.
Police report that neighbours had seen the father outside at roughly 3 p.m., only hours before the bodies were discovered.
“The father had his head down and didn’t say hello,” said another neighbour.
One woman, whose son was friends with one of the children, said the boy had come over to play just last Saturday, and that he will be missed by her son.
“They played in the basement for two hours,” said Mayela Sandoval. “They met this year and my son really liked him, they played together every day.”
Neighbour Manoj Chandarana told reporters that he saw four police cruisers and two ambulances hurrying to the scene and knew something was terribly wrong.
“There are suicides, we know that, but to take the lives of children is not acceptable,” he said. “Just think, if they were here today, they would be at school or daycare. Children look to their parents for protection.”
Police are still investigating the circumstances which led the 40-year-old man to commit such a terrible act.
On Wednesday, October 23, Essex Police discovered a transport truck containing the dead bodies of 39 people believed to be from Bulgaria. 38 have been identified as adults, while one was a teen. All 39 were pronounced dead on site.
According to police, one 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, the driver of the vehicle, has been arrested and remains in custody on suspicion of murder.
“We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead on Saturday 19 October and we are working closely with our partners to investigate,” says Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills in a press release.
“We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident who remains in police custody as our enquiries continue. I appreciate this cordon is going to disrupt the activity of local businesses in the area and we will work to ensure that disruption is kept as short as possible. We are working with Thurrock Council to mitigate against any impact our investigation scene will have locally.”
Police say they were alerted to the existence of the truck shortly before 1.40 am Wednesday morning. They received reports that a number of people had been found inside a lorry’s container at the Waterglade Industrial Park on Eastern Avenue in Grays.
A full murder investigation into the tragedy and role the driver played is now underway. Police say that they have so far been unable to identify any of the victims and anticipate that it will be a lengthy process.
The circumstances surrounding the truck and the transport of so many people remain unknown to the public.
“This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened,” says Mills.
“We are in the process of identifying the victims, however, I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process.”
Today, the BC Human Rights Tribunal released their bombshell ruling in favour of all of the defendants Jessica “Jonathan” Yaniv had brought suits against for declining to provide services to her male genitals. In three of the cases, Yaniv was ordered to pay $2,000 in damages each to Sandeep Banipal, Marcia DaSilva, and Sukhdip Hehar for “improper conduct.”
The details of the ruling, released in a 60-page document, includes stunning detail of the Tribunal’s decision, with Yaniv being described as “engaging in extortionate behaviour,” and “being untruthful” with details, as well as “offering evidence calculated to mislead the Tribunal.”
Most shockingly, the Tribunal recognized the reality that the majority of defendants in the case were racialized women, and documented a condemnation of Yaniv as being on a mission to “punish” certain racial groups for not “assimilating into Canadian culture.” According to the ruling documents, Yaniv allegedly attempted to explain away the volume of suits against racialized women as an unavoidable consequence of “these are the only people” who provide these aesthetic services.
The Tribunal didn’t buy it.
Speaking with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom’s Jay Cameron, one of the key lawyers who worked on behalf of the women pro bono, the excitement over the ruling rang through his voice.
“One of the clients I spoke with was crying. It was a very heavy weight off her shoulders—the stress, the loss of income. She was exceedingly relieved.”
Commending the Tribunal for their comprehensive ruling, Cameron discussed the details of the document released by the BCHRT.
“It became evident there was a [racial] pattern with the complaints once there was more information about them.” Cameron says, noting that the pattern wasn’t immediately clear due to the publication ban, which obscured the details from case to case. But once the individual respondents were named, all became clear. Cameron also stated that the comments made by Yaniv at the tribunal proceedings itself revealed a highly charged racial sentiment.
“Yaniv’s perception of why there was a refusal to provide a service—whether because of culture, religion, or failure to conform to Canadian social norms as Yaniv sees them.” Cameron says, “That became something obvious that we had to advance on behalf of the defendants—that there was an improper motivation for the complaints.”
The Tribunal ruling revealed that Yaniv had also used fake Facebook profiles and profile images to solicit services from the women in an attempt to present as either a biological female, or significantly more feminine and far along transition than Yaniv in fact was.
On this, Cameron says “Yaniv realized when using their ordinary physical presentation on Facebook, that the women were saying look, we don’t provide this service to men because we don’t service male genitalia,” continuing, “So to work around that, Yaniv thought to work around that I will present as something stereotypically female and then spring it on them later.”
Cameron adds that the Tribunal found it was improper and calculated to obtain sufficient evidence against a service provider to ground a human rights complaint.
While Cameron said he could not comment on whether or not he foresees Yaniv attempting to ground a complaint against him in the wake of his latest victory, he offered that the Justice Centre was a public constitutional firm that did pro bono work on public interest cases.
“The friction between self-identification and service providers, that’s of public interest. The theatrical aspects of some of the complainant’s behaviour, that’s of public interest. The Justice Centre exists by virtue of the fact that people make donations.”
While the Tribunal cases for the estheticians may have come to a close, Yaniv has already launched two additional suits… One in the BCHRT against anti-LGBT Christian activist Bill Whatcott for allegedly misgendering Yaniv, and one in the BC Civil Courts against a Vancouver-area physiotherapist after the table Yaniv had been lying on allegedly broke.
In both cases, Yaniv is seeking the maximum allowable claim of $35,000.