Toronto Anarchists Make A Mockery Out Of Idle No More… (feat. Zach Ruiter & Derek Soberal)

Maggie Helwig, and Zach Ruiter's Crew...

Anglican Priest Maggie Helwig, and Zach Ruiter’s Crew…

Theoretically, if it was your intention to make a movement like Idle No More look bad- what would you do? Well, don’t worry, this isn’t a quiz, the answer has been provided to us  (on a silver platter) by Zach Ruiter. Of all the Idle No More actions I’ve been to or read about, today’s event at the GE-Hitachi uranium pellet plant really takes the cake.

Yes, there were a few native people there- but, the sad reality is that there were more native flags than native people. The rest of the crowd were the ‘usual suspects’- Occupiers, anti-nuclear campaigners, Marxists and a rather impolite Anglican priest named Maggie Helwig. There’s no better way to explain how rediculous this protest was than to say that the most sensible seeming person in the group was Derek Soberal– yes, it was really that bad…

I arrived at the uranium plant at around 1pm. The crowd was already in full-swing, Ruiter had everyone lined-up for a group picture. The photographer was standing on the other side of the road and there were protesters blocking traffic to make sure they had the perfect shot. That set the stage well for the rest of the day.

When I arrived I was greeted by one of the home owners who lived across the street from the plant. She, and her neighbours, are one set of Ruiter’s victims today. True, it’s important to move the plant outside of the city- but, all of the fanfare, publicity and crowds of protesters across the street from their homes will likely take a hit on their property values.

One of the protesters went and climbed on the homeowner’s fence to take a picture- but, it wasn’t the type of fence strong enough to do that. Luckily, she was able to shoo away the protester before any damage was done- the police then came over to stop others from doing the same. Right after a protester walked into her yard trying to hand her a leaflet. It was a bit of an invasion of her privacy, she was standing in her garden- had the protester been more polite, they would have asked her before opening the gate.

Meanwhile, Derek Soberal (one of Toronto’s most notorious cop-baiters) walked over to the police and decided to give them a lesson on how they should respond to protests. He explained to them how the police in Sarnia did nothing to break-up their recent rail blockade. He explained how the Sarnia cops went as far as to ignore a court order- he told the police that they had the opportunity to be ‘heroes’ like that too. It almost seemed like Derek already knew what would be coming next.

Derek Soberal baiting the police...

Derek Soberal baiting the police…

As the crowd began to march south down Landsdowne, a person I knew came up to me, said hi, and told me that the CP Police were waiting on the sidelines. They slowly marched while blocking an entire side of the road- continuing until they hit Dupont street. At this point they decided to occupy the intersection. Way to go guys- you’re really punishing GE-Hitachi by blocking innocent people whose only crime was to be enjoying a precious day off work!

It was impossible for many of the cars (and buses)  to turn around at the north side of the intersection- they were stuck under the railway bridge. People from all sides were trapped- the 99% were paying hard for GE-Hitachi’s sins. To add insult to injury- the bystanders had no idea what the protest was about. There was little clarity of their message- many people with different signs, flags and not a lot that mentioned GE-Hitachi.

About 7-8 minutes into the intersection blockade there was a short moment of enlightenment. Derek Soberal must have realized the stupidity of what was happening and decided he would see if he could get a single lane open to let some of the cars through. This didn’t make Ruiter happy at all- he immediately went up to Soberal and stopped him from executing his plan. It seemed clear at that moment that Ruiter’s intention was to make the 99% pay.

The crowd then marched around some more, banged their drums, did some cute uranium chants and marched towards a railroad car crossing a block east of Dufferin. They stopped when they got to the crossing an started to blockade the tracks. This seems like an improvement- right? At least they weren’t inconveniencing the 99! (Outside of the employees of the train company.)

The question is though- how does blockading a CP Rail track help the movement to get rid of the GE-Hitachi plant? The only relation the plant has to the train lines is it’s proximity. All of the materials shipped into, and out of, the plant are carried by trucks. CP has no holdings in GE-Hitachi and no apparent business partnerships. There’s also the small fact that trains are the probably most carbon-friendly mode of industrial transportation we have. (They’re much more efficient than trucks and ships).

While the blockade was up, Ruiter told the media that the miscreants activists wouldn’t leave until they had a commitment that the GE-Hitachi plant would move out. During his speech Ruiter yelled out the declaration:

“From the river, to the sea, Palestine will be free! And so will Turtle Island!”

Oy vey…

Then, about half an hour later, the miscreants activists magically decided to disperse. No, GE-Hitachi didn’t roll-over on their back and play dead. There was no victory- all it seems is that when Ruiter made his announcement to the press he was only full of hot air. He wanted to get a quote in the newspaper, the protesters did not have the resolve to live-up to their commitment.

To recap, let’s look at the winners and the losers in this protest. The 99% lost most today- there were at least 50 people who got stuck in traffic, and the homeowners were certainly not amused. Next there’s the taxpayers of the City of Toronto- there were at least 20 police officers deployed to manage this group of 25-50 protesters (it’s a uranium plant, they had to man it that way). CN Rail had some minor expenses too.

Then there’s the cost to Canada’s indigenous communities. Put frankly, today was a total shit-show for them- this protest created much more negativity than positive results. All of the city people who saw the native flags and drums were either amused (in a bad way) or seriously angry. If some of these people end up being polled on the importance of native rights and Idle No More, they’re likely to give a more negative response than they would have the day before.

Who are the winners today? Well, Zach Ruiter most certainly is- he got to perform in front of the cameras and get quoted in the media. The people who came in the spirit of getting into trouble were also probably quite pleased.

The anarchists had a lot of fun today- everyone else lost. Except, of course, GE-Hitachi, not one minute of their operations were interrupted. If I didn’t know any better- I’d swear these anarchists are working on behalf of the government. What better way to discredit the genuine claims in the Idle No More movement…

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    • F*#%$ Rich Brats on February 4, 2013 at 01:47
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    I just can not get over how idiotic these people are. Oh well, good for a laugh I guess.

    1. Yes, good for a laugh. Unfortunately, the result of what they did today is that the genuine people with good intentions at Idle No More lost a bit of credibility with the public. That is tragic…

    • The Hammer on February 4, 2013 at 09:24
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    Oh man. I think Zach Ruiter is getting to be more fun than Jason Bowman. His protest chants are great. Just a usual mix of activistocrat causes. Reminds me of the “Cause Heads” from PCU.

    1. Zach is a bit of a Bowmanesque character- but, despite the fact he didn’t go to Harvard, he’s a slightly more intelligent version. Actually, I get the feeling he’s quite bright. This is what concerns me the most- if he’s smart enough to understand his own BS, what’s his real intention doing these things?

      He, apparently, left the Media Co-Op(t) and is splitting-off to do his own thing. He recently made an interesting video with Tami Starlight, it seems he’s teaming-up with her. According to the Deep Green Resistance’s Macdonald Stainsby, Starlight got booted out of the Vancouver Media Co-Op(t)for, amongst other things, taking money for writing a story and not producing the story. So, it looks like we’ve got two Media Co-Op(t) rejects here.

      It could be true that Zach is ‘grassroots’ now, as he claimed at the blockade on Sunday. That said, this conflicts with the fact he’s intelligent enough to see through his own BS. So confusing…

        • The Hammer on February 6, 2013 at 12:45
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        Well, he did go to Trent University where I am pretty sure you can dispute a grade if you say you were too stressed or the prof hurt your feelings…….

        In all seriousness. When I compared him to Bowman it was more a comparison of how entertaining I find the two rather than a comparison of intelligence. Zach is smart enough to see through the Judy Rebick rabble agenda. It looks like he could be an extremist along the line of Zoe Blunt. Or his primary objective could be to feed his own ego. A more sane and intelligent version of Julian Ichim.

  1. Are you thinking ” Reacharound Ruiter ” ?

    1. I bed Zach can’t grow as much of a beard as Jason Reacharound Bowman though!

    • The Hammer on February 4, 2013 at 15:13
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    Oh, Jason deserves that name all to himself. I was thinking “Will protest anything” Ruiter. But that is too wordy.

    BTW undercoverkity. Love your 3 part series on occupy.

    • James on February 4, 2013 at 15:57
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    Sort of wish you spent more time in Mtl. I heard on the news today that the biggest pain in butt of the student groups, ASSE, plan on protesting again if they don’t get free tuition.

    Should be another fun filled summer.

      • The Hammer on February 5, 2013 at 07:51
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      Try complaining to your MLA and MP. Complain early and often. Encourage others to do the same. Standing in the street and screaming like an idiot is not the only way to protest something.

      1. I did- but, the only result was that my MLA & MP showed-up supportively at Zach’s meetings! They’ve still to have responded to me…

          • The Hammer on February 5, 2013 at 12:00
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          Ouch, I have found mine much more responsive. For an MP that is a national pariah for trying to open up the abortion debate I and others I know have found him fairly accessible. Whether we agree with his politics or not.

          My friend ran into a jam with immigration problem with her husband when Canada closed the embassy in Syria. They are from Jordan and Jordani applications were processed through Syria. I told her to go to the MP. She did and the MP fixed everything for her and she will be reunited with her husband shortly.

          • The Hammer on February 6, 2013 at 13:52
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          If Zach has declared war on the Rabble crowd I would not expect your NDP representatives to remain supportive of Zach.

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