In 1970 it was exposed that two companies polluted Ontario’s English-Wabigoon water system with methyl mercury- a substance they used to create caustic soda and chlorine for pulp mills. With an abundance of hydro electricity the most cost effective option was to use mercury based solution- despite the availability of other technologies. The people of the Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations were downstream, some in their community were diagnosed with mercury poisoning.
The legal complexities of the case were enormous, so it was eventually decided to make a settlement. Millions of dollars were paid out, but the water is still polluted. Estimates claim it could take 100 years for it to fully recover. There are, rightly, many angry people- it was a well known fact that mercury is toxic centuries before the plant was constructed.
When there’s anger to be cultivated in indigenous communities Canada’s radical left obedience cults are never far behind. The story of the Grassy Narrows is the perfect example. People there have partnered with some of the most problematic pro-violence anarchists in the country. Sunday’s protest at Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s house was an excellent opportunity to observe the radicalization – also to expose some of the players behind the scenes.
The event’s Facebook page was setup by some heavy hitting anarchists including Syed Hussan of No One Is Illegal, convicted G20 ringleaders Alex Hundert and Leah Henderson, and Jessica Bell of the registered charity Earthroots. David Sone (who’s listed as an employee at Earthroots was introduced to the media as the leader- he was a media contact during the G20, working with Harsha Walia of No One Is Illegal (she’s one of Canada’s most outspoken supporters of political violence).
Next were the the more quiet organizers from the Mennonite funded Christian Peacemaker Teams. The CPT are a Christian anarchist organization that campaigns against mining, on behalf of Palestine, and has built strong relationships within the Grassy Narrows and other first nations. Readers of this site will recognize their member Dave Vasey. He played the leader at Occupy Toronto, wears the Love Is The Movement tattoo, and he ran as the Green Party candidate for Kenora in the 2006 federal election.
Two visible representatives of the Christian Peacekeeper Teams who came to the protest- both wore the CPT’s trademark red cap, and wore dark armbands made from torn cloth. Armbands can have many meanings- sometimes they indicate someone is a parade marshal, others it indicates a willingness to get arrested. It’s unknown what their purpose was this at this march.
Less quiet was the marching band- their music was upbeat, fun, and had a carnival vibe. Dozens of people with instruments made as much noise as was humanly possible. Many in the band came from the Rhythms of Resistance- like others present, they’re supported by York University’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group. OPIRG is funded by student fees on an opt out basis- many students are paying for revolutionary socialism without even knowing it.
No One Is Illegal (NoII) is funded and supported by OPIRG York- even processing the intake from from their PayPal account. People from other OPIRG supported organizations included the (Maoist) Revolutionary Student Movement, and Rising Tide.
G20 anarchist Alex Hundert was noticeably absent- he was on site at an ‘action camp’ at the Grassy Narrows. Hundert has spent time in prison for his part organizing the G20 violence, but this doesn’t appear to deter people in “peace” churches from standing in solidarity. Many try to justify this using a twisted logic that “property damage isn’t violence”. Many ignore the fact that Hundert has been violent towards individuals who question his decisions (including women and a trans person.) Perhaps they never heard that a police officer had to be rescued from the G20 cop car that got set on fire.
Interestingly, this protest wasn’t the first time Earthroot’s David Sone crossed paths with Kathleen Wynn. He shared a stage with her in 2003 at an education conference at the University of Guelph when he was the External Affairs executive for Guelph’s Central Student Association. Working with a Student union is one of the major paths towards being a professional protester.
Outside of campaigning for environmental causes, Earthroots takes a key role in radical activist education. Their employee Jessica Bell works as the co-ordinator for Tools For Change- an initiative that teaches courses based on manuals from the Ruckus Society (who were responsible for the violence at the WTO in Seattle). Some of those courses teach people how to conduct illegal activities. Earthroots are a registered charity, and therefore is prohibited from any involvement in illegal activities.
Outside of a few minor provocations, Sunday’s event was peaceful and felt more like a carnival than a protest. But, the underlying message was deeply sinister- a group of violent thugs told Kathleen Wynne: “we know where you live”. If it’s not already been done, the Premier may wish to get a security assessment.
And, while she’s doing that, it’s probably a good time to audit the non-profit organizations operating behind the curtains…