The last time we posted an article
asking a similar question back in 2012, it resulted in a fair amount of msm attention
, though to be fair that was mainly because Warren Kinsella published the following image
we forwarded to a mutual friend before we did and he’s sort of a bigger deal than we are:
We should mention that despite our feelings about the late Rob Ford’s tenure as mayor of Toronto, we were not suggesting that he was sympathetic towards neo-Nazis (the explanation provided by his office did a good job of putting this to bed), but that his handlers should have been more diligent in preventing Latvis from being photographed with Mr. Ford. In any case, Latvis himself denied his entire history of being involved in the biggest White Power bands of the 1990s and suggested he would sue Mr. Kinsella for defamation.
Considering that the Internet exists which documented his active and enthusiastic involvement in the neo-Nazi movement, as well as the following post made on his own Facebook profile explaining to his friends why he publicly denied his involvement, it would have been a very difficult case for him to make which is probably why he didn’t sue:
Now, fast forward a few years.
Last weekend, the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival took place in Toronto. It is an event, like other similar festivals, that celebrates Ukrainian culture including food (we loves us our perogies), dance, and music. As this writer also has connections to Ukraine, it sounds like a good time and a blast to attend.
But based on what the good folks at the Left Chapter observed while watching a video of the parade, there was a bit of a fly in the ointment:
|The portrait on the side of the banner closest |
to the viewer is that of Stepan Bandera.
Yeah, those are members of the Canadian chapter of Right Sector.
And who are Right Sector?
Glad you asked:
Critics at home say the party’s inflammatory rhetoric and violence is helping Russian media to depict Ukraine as overrun with “neo-Nazis” who threaten the Russian-speaking population.
Activists claiming to be Right Sector members were involved in Kiev’s Maidan protests from late November, but the group did not attract much attention until violent clashes with police in central Kiev on 19 January, in which it played a leading role.
A leading figure in the Right Sector, Andriy Tarasenko, says it aims not for closer ties with Europe but rather to “build a nationalist Ukrainian state and stage a nationalist revolution”.
Dmytro Yarosh calls himself a follower of Stepan Bandera, a nationalist leader who fought Polish and Soviet rule in the 1930s and 1940s but is seen in Russia and eastern Ukraine as a Nazi collaborator.
Some far-right activists interviewed by the BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse in Kiev in early March made it clear that they wanted a Ukraine “just for Ukrainians”.
Other articles on Right Sector are equally enlightening:
Now, much like Rob Ford who was pictured with Jon Latvis, we don’t believe the organizers intended on having a far-right ultranationalist group join in on their parade, however we would apply the same criticism as we did in Mr. Ford’s case when we suggest they should have done a more thorough job checking into the groups participating.
But it might be of interested to our readers to know that Latvis actually has a bit of a connection here as well:
Yep, he’s a supporter of Right Sector:
Read more » . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: What’s Jon Latvis Up To These Days?
We don't usually refer to ourselves as "media" though in the absolute sense, we suppose we are. We run a niche blog who's members have a realistic understanding concerning our national exposure. Still, we like to think that at least o… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Soldiers of Odin: Canadian Media Paying Attention
We don’t usually refer to ourselves as “media” though in the absolute sense, we suppose we are. We run a niche blog who’s members have a realistic understanding concerning our national exposure. Still, we like to think that at least on occasion we’ve been able to punch above our weight by breaking a few stories before the msm have.
As far as we know, we were amongst the first, if not the first, “media” source that began covering the entry of the Soldiers of Odin onto the Canadian scene. However since we began, there has been some really good journalism focused on the SOO. Not too long after our first exposé, Vice published a story by Mack Lamoureux who was able to infiltrate a meeting by the Alberta chapter of Soldiers of Odin. And last week, CBC’s Samantha Craggs wrote what we would regard as a pretty hard hitting profile of the SOO and the group’s efforts to organize in the city of Hamilton.
Some members of the SOO took notice, including co-leader of the Saskatchewan chapter of the Soldiers of Odin:
In the article, the national president of the Canadian Soldiers of Odin, Joel Angott, claims that the group is opposed to racism:
The presence in Hamilton is informal right now, with about eight or nine members getting organized, said SOO national president Joel Angott. There’s a lot of interest, but potential Hamilton members are being carefully vetted.
SOO members do neighbourhood patrols, Angott told CBC Hamilton in a phone interview from Winnipeg. Right now, its Hamilton plans focus on cleaning up local parks.
He denies that the group is anti-immigration, or anti-Muslim, although the group’s bylaws lament the government “accepting refugees from countries that hate us” and “letting illegal aliens into this country and giving them the ability to vote and drive.”
Denying that the SOO is not anti-immigrant or anti-Muslim sort of flies in the face of what is routinely posted on the various provincial Soldiers of Odin chapters’ Facebook pages however. For example, here are a few from the British Columbia chapter group page:
Read more » . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Soldiers of Odin: Canadian Media Paying Attention
So PEGIDA Canada held another rally today without telling anyone. The results were as sad as the previous effort despite the spin they placed on it: In related news, we're still following the aftermath of our recent article detailing the often vio… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: February 2016 Bits and Bites
October was a big month for Paul Fromm. He was running for mayor of Mississauga in an election which, if it can be believed, he actually did worse than in his previous effort. Earlier in the month he was in Budapest to attend and speak at a conference organized by the racist National Policy Institute, . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Paul Fromm and the Morality of the Movement
Well I'm back.
Did I miss anything?
There are a lot of stories I would like to get to eventually. For example I've been digging up some information on a Winnipeg misanthrope posting on Stormfront as "vikingwarlord14" named Jonathan (and trust us when we note that the online moniker is yet another example of a . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Reaction to the Tragedies in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa
As today is a day where people will be getting together to spend time with their loved ones, we thought we would give some attention to those bonehead, who will be spending this day alone, perhaps eating a can of corned beef over the sink while blaming the Jews for their social isolation.
Our first . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: October 2014 Bits and Bites: Thanksgiving Edition
On August 10, we posted an article concerning Jeff Goodall's efforts to win a seat on the Oshawa city council. As an unrepentant member of the old Edmund Burke Society and as an unrepentant racist, we were quite interested in his campaign. His friend, former leader of the Canadian Nazi Party John Beattie who is . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: John Beattie’s Blind List and the Civic Election in Minden
You know, Paulie really isn't trying anymore. Point of fact is he hasn't been trying for a few years. There was a time when he tried at least to maintain a semblance of mainstream respectability, but it looks like those times have long past.
This weekend, Paulie is speaking at a Tom Robb's Klan gathering . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: April 2014 Bites and Bites
What does it say about ol' Sebastian here that he continually "likes" his own posts on Facebook?
Yep, Craig Cobb has pleaded guilty to one charge of felony count terrorizing (along with a firearms ban) in exchange for the other five terrorizing charges being reduced to misdemeanors. The reality is, and it's a shame it . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: March 2014 Bits and Bites: Status of Cobb and Clifford
On January 24, we posted an article on Luke Northmore's efforts to convince his fellow travellers that he is a player on the racist scene in Canada. We MAY have made light of his efforts.
It looks like he wasn't particularity pleased with our characterization of him and his "group" because he decided to respond . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: (Aryan) United Front Führer Responds to ARC Article
Yeah. We've never heard of 'em either.
Be that as it may, earlier in the year they made a triumphant announcement on Facebook (yeah yeah we're trolling Facebook let's move on):
You know, when you're struggling to type the name of your own racist gang, you might want to consider taking some sort of . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Big News From the Aryan United Front of Kingston, Ontario!!!
"Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God." — Benjamin Frankin
"And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: The Far Right’s Reaction To Mandela’s Passing
…. by picking a little low hanging fruit.
That's right. Yesterday marked our sixth year of documenting the activities of some of the more colorful members of the far right in Canada. Truth be told we hadn't planned on being around this long, but we've been having too much fun to leave.
With that in . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: ARC Celebrates Six Years of Online Activism….
Occasionally, we like to check in on the Goudreau.
The Goudreau is the one on the right…. we think.
Our readers are all quite aware of the Goudreau from his attempted mating habits to his inability to adapt to his chosen habitat. Truly, the Goudreau is an endangered, though unlamented, species.
Yep. Still a . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Is Paulie Even Bothering Anymore?
Michelle Erstikaitis and her "friends" responded to an article in which we questioned her "White Nationalist" bona fides. Our argument is that she basically latches on to anything that will result in her getting some sort of publicity, something that we admit to being complicit to.
But among the more interesting claims Erstikaitis made was . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Michelle Is Still Trying Too Hard
If there's one thing we've come to expect from Paulie it's his pimping of the venerable Red Ensign and his efforts to turn it into a White Nationalist banner:
Hmmm, wonder who likes the Goudreau's reference to the SS and the fevered rantings of a violent racist?
Well, one person who doesn't like the flag . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Sebastian Ronin: NOT A White Nationalist!!!
Not surprisingly, Paulie and his cohorts are quite pleased about the demise of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act:
Seig heil, eh?
But as happy as Paulie and company are, even he realizes that there are still a couple of sticking points. As Paulie notes:
Read more »
. . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: July 2012 Bits and Bites: Paul Fromm Edition
Ever hear of the Renaissance Party of North America? No? Not a surprise. It's yet another fringe white supremacist group with intellectual pretensions. The following are excerpts from their mission statement:
We do not call for the overthrow of the American and Canadian governments. We do call for the perception and recognition of the innate . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Another Bonehead Protest Goes Bust
Last week we received a message from someone proporting to be Michell Erstikaitis. As the message is chock full of da krazy, we are going to assume that it is indeed her.
Suffice it to say she REALLY wants it to be known that she is a neo-Nazi. Really. She actually wrote that she is . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Michelle L. Erstikaitis Really IS a Super, Duper, Nazi! No Fool’n!
Free Dominion has evolved.
No, really. Let us explain.
There was a time, in spite of any evidence to support the claim, that some members accused us of supporting violence against our ideological opponents. We provide the following example:
In fact, we were not just accused of being violent, but we were all but accused . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Backanded Compliments and Unintended Comic Relief
Yesterday, in the middle of a lighthearted article we posted on the blog, we included the story of a murder that took place sometime on November 27. Kevin Goudreau, who's no stranger to those who are readers of this blog, claimed that the accused w… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Kevin Goudreau’s Brother Involved in Homicide
Things here at ARC have been pretty slow, and we couldn't be more happy about that. Still, we thought we'd post a very brief update.Our readers on Facebook will be aware of items such as this being posted as status updates:In response to the ne… . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: December 2012 Bits and Bites
Original, uhm…. "art" by Patricia Manignal who also gave us this.
It's been a while since we've written about, "the Goudreau" pictured on the right (well, sort of…. she really is awful, isn't she?). Last we saw he was now posting on VNN claiming to be the leader of a vast movement in Canada. . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Kevin Goudreau Threatens to Kill Mark Zuckerberg
Last week we witnessed what might be termed a feeding frenzy as the msm wrote a few stories about a simple little picture posted first on Warren Kinsella's website (and thank you Warren for crediting us with tracking it down).
Mayor Ford did offer a credible explanation which we accept without reservation, though our criticism . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: July 2012 Bits and Bites