Ontario Federation of Labour’s Communications Director Attacks UndercoverKity’s Camera! (feat. Joel Duff)

Joel Duff- OFL Union Thug...

Joel Duff- OFL Executive & Union Thug…

Today was Toronto’s second major protest over the police shooting of Sammy Yatim, a young man who was shot nine times and Tazered by a Toronto police officer after refusing instructions to drop his knife while standing in a streetcar. Videos filmed by people who watched the shooting look pretty bad for the officer who pulled the trigger- public sentiment is that it didn’t have to end that way.

The first march was led by  the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and No One Is Illegal- two of the most pro violence organizations in the country. Both groups have close affiliations with the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)- an umbrella group for provincial unions that’s not shy to promote purveyors of violence. Riding on the coattails of OCAP’s cooptation of the Yatim family’s quest for justice, the OFL called a press conference today to make themselves the centre of attention in the family’s cause.

UndercoverKity and Your Humble Narrator showed up for the presser- we’ve both been reporting on the story, and were interested to hear what they’d have to say. Upon our arrival, it took less than a minute before UndercoverKity was attacked by a union thug…

The thug is a man named Joel Duff- the Communications Director for the OFL. Duff first came up to UndercoverKity and told him he wasn’t allowed to be there. But, as the event was being held at the office for Social Planning Toronto, Duff had no authority to make that request, so UndercoverKitty politely declined.

Duff then talked to a man who was standing beside him and tried to explain himself saying that UndercoverKity has “been writing negative things about unions”. This is correct – Kity has been exposing corruption at student unions for a few years now – but, how is this related to a press conference about police shootings?

Frustrated that his demands were being ignored, Duff decided to go a step further and try to use physical force to stop UndercoverKity from filming. Putting his hand over the lens of Kity’s camera and trying to push it to the side.

But, once again, UndercoverKity refused to take Duff’s (unauthorized) instructions- he’s stubborn that way, no union thug is going to push him around. Kity & Duff have had a long history together, from back in the days when Duff was a thug with the Canadian Federation of Students (a stepping stone to working with organizations like the OFL).

Duff looked a bit shaken when he noticed that I’d been filming his bad behaviour. After, he came up to Your Humble Narrator and demanded to know my name. Like Kity, I’m not one to jump at the demands of any old union thug, so I politely declined. He then looked at me and tried to challenge me to give my name saying “you’re afraid, you’re a coward- a pussy”. This was the height of tastelessness. First, for the obvious reasons that we shouldn’t be using genderized insults like that in polite society- but, also, this is the same word Yatim yelled out at the cops shortly before he was killed. Nice.

The big question that comes out of today’s incident is what does Joel Duff think that the OFL has to hide? His only excuse for his what he did was that UndercoverKity has been critical towards the unions- so, what did he think we’d discover?

At the minimum, it appears that Duff had a bit of a guilty conscience. As we were leaving, he came up to Your Humble Narrator with a copy of the OFL’s press release and tried to justify their involvement. He pointed out the list of names of families of people who have been shot by the police saying “see, we have all these people here!”. He looked a bit dismayed when I pointed out that nobody from Yatim’s family showed up. Massive fail.

Stay tuned for the story behind today’s march- it was a wild afternoon…

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    • Standing Water on August 14, 2013 at 00:34
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    The impunity with which these union thugs assault people makes me wonder if they are mentally ill—some sort of psychotic disorder. He clearly assaults Kity by touching his equipment. That is provocation. For most of history, at that point Kity would have been justified in putting him on the ground. If this is what these union people do with cameras rolling, who knows what they do behind closed doors? Something needs to be done.

    1. UndercoverKity has experienced much of this behaviour from people writing about trade & student unions. The things they do in front of cameras indicate to me that they are in a panic when they’re doing them. Why else would an executive from the union of unions make such a bloody fool of himself?

      What would UndercoverKity had captured on his camera any different than the rest of the media anyhow? Was there something they wanted to hide that Kitty would have caught onto? Or is it simply that Joel Duff is so infantly immature that he couldn’t control his emotions? Perhaps I’m missing something?

      Either way, what happened today made the OFL look like keystone cop amateurs.

      What happened today was ve OCAP’s John Clarke made a bloody fool of himself yelling out to at least a half-dozen network TV cameras that I’ve been “stalking” OCAP and No One Is illegal- organizations whose entire purpose is to attract media attention. In that case, I have no doubt that it was a panic….

  1. WOW, I always thought I was there to cover events, not become the event. Nice work Greg on getting this on video. A rather detailed story on Mr. Duff will be forthcoming very soon.

    • The Hammer on August 14, 2013 at 08:49
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    Maybe he should have started yelling “I’m media! I’m media”

    So, now will the Occupy crowd be crying about this assault?

  2. Hammer, its not very likely that occu-cult will even acknowledge this took place. However, I have a great story ready to go on good ol” Joel Duff . He can’t escape my cameras :-)

    1. There’s already one nutjob out there who’s saying that Joel’s attack wasn’t true- they can’t help themselves, but video always proves them wrong…

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