Doug Ford, Faith Goldy, white nationalists, cops, guns and gangs — what is going on in Toronto?

The Toronto Police Service is defending two TPS members who posed with their uniforms and vehicles for a group photo with a far-right mayoral candidate known for espousing pro-police, white nationalist and neo-Nazi talking points. “We get asked countless times a day to pose for photos with members of the public and that’s what they were doing.” said Mark Pugash, Director of Corporate Communications for TPS. “This was just a job.”

On August 27, 2018 two members of TPS were featured in a photo tweeted from the account of fringe mayoral candidate Faith Goldy. The photo was taken in a…

People publicly expressing extreme and hateful ideologies can still buy guns in 2018. That needs to change.

On Friday August 10, Matthew Vincent Raymond a 58 year old from Fredericton, New Brunswick killed four people, including two police officers with a long rifle. As of this writing, no motive has been formally acknowledged by the police, though several reports have suggested that the precipitating incident was domestic in nature. It has been reported by people who knew him that Raymond had a great affinity for cycling and military video games. He was also known locally for expressing extremist political views and had been banned from local businesses for his outspoken anti-Muslim tirades.

The stats are clear: 98%…

Adam Patrick Bryer, 28, has been identified as the suspect accused of menacing people with a knife outside of an anti-racist fundraiser in Hamilton, Ontario on August 18, 2018.

The incident occurred on Main St. outside The Doors: Taco Joint and Metal Bar, a local music event venue.

The event being held at The Doors was a Hamilton Against Fasciscm (HAF) fundraiser. According to eyewitnesses, the event concluded at about 11:30PM and the small crowd dispersed throughout the bar, with many leaving the venue.

“A group of folks left the bar and headed home, but a few minutes after, we…

The Toronto Sun has taken its journalist hat off for good. (Still image source: YouTube)

CBC’s Robyn Urback published an opinion piece regarding an alleged (note: It’s alleged, Robyn) “assault” of Toronto SUN photographer Stan Behal at a Toronto rally against hate on Saturday, August 11. Urback’s Twitter bio explains she formerly worked at the conservative and foreign owned National Post and holds “Bad political opinions”. When a journalist says “Bad political opinions” in that self-effacing tone, it can generally be read as code for some mixture of views espousing centre-right, far-right or anti-political correctness sentiments. At least the statement was true, her opinions are terrible!

In the “opinion” piece she engages in histrionic pearl-clutching…

(Brussels) Following the July 2018 NATO summit in Brussels, the military alliance has announced a sharp increase in military aid to America’s antifascist movement (Antifa) which expands the secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Donald J. Trump, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of Antifa commanders.

The airlift, which began on a small scale in late 2016 and continued intermittently into 2017, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights…

A terrible Toronto Police Service (TPS) communications strategy made a bad situation worse.

We should be wary when the police communicate in a way that politicizes information, increases public fear and fuels hate.

On July 12, 2018 the Toronto Police Service acknowledged on Twitter that there was some truth in a leaked rumor about imminent risk of an ‘attack’ on a high-profile target downtown. They also tweeted that people should expect increased police presence throughout the region. Tweets and Facebook posts from eyewitnesses indicated that a number of downtown Toronto intersections had been overtaken by police, particularly in the area surrounding Queens Quay, Union Station and the CN Tower.

As far away as…

A screencapture of the Capital Gazette website landing page taken June 28, 2018.

‘He wasn’t politically motivated’.

‘He was mentally unstable’.

‘He lost a lawsuit, #soreloser’.

The spin is real in the wake of Thursday’s horrific mass murder at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a Maryland newspaper owned by the Baltimore Sun. The June 28 attack was the worst mass killing of journalists on American soil in the country’s history and represented a rock-bottom moment for democracy and freedom of the press. …

“Implying We Can Discuss Pan-Islamism 3: Return of the Caliph”

I spent the last year hanging out in an edgy Islamist meme group on Facebook and it didn’t take me long to figure out that whether they’re guided by Islamism or by White Supremacism, the angry young men of the alt-right sound and act the same everywhere you go.

Whenever the ‘alt-right’ is mentioned, it is easy to conjure up an image of polo-clad white nationalists participating in the August 11 torchlight march in Charlottesville Virginia chanting “White lives matter!” and “Jews will not replace us.” …

Kevin Metcalf

Kevin Metcalf is an activist and polemicist based in Toronto, Ontario, writing at the intersection of national security, extremism and free expression issues.

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