The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) is one of Toronto’s most violence-prone activists groups. OCAP was one of the primary leaders of the violence that resulted in smashed windows and set police cars during the 2010 G20. OCAP’s leader John Clarke is one of the few people in the history of Canada ever to be accused of inciting a riot (during the extreme violence at Queens Park in 2000).
I’ve personally been assaulted four times while covering OCAP events. The scariest was in 2013 when their members egged on a woman with a learning disability who eventually came after and tried to stab me with a shank. At a February, 2013 protest in City Hall OCAP member Gaétan Héroux tried to use force to push me out of the building (in front of half a dozen TV cameras)- City Hall security ignored his wishes, Clarke was grilled on the stand by the Crown for this behaviour when he appeared in court to answer for his crimes.
Put simply, in my four years studying the dirtiest corners of Canadian activism, I’ve never seen a more disgraceful group of people than OCAP. So when I learned that a Toronto NDP candidate donated to their cause – despite what I already know about the NDP – I was a little bit shocked.
Three months ago OCAP setup a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their 2015 campaigns. Reflective of how many Torontonians are aware of OCAP’s despicable practices, only 31 people have donated a (pitiful) total of $1,610 of the $6,000 they were hoping to raise.
Looking through the list of donors I noticed (see above screenshot) that the NDP’s Toronto-Centre candidate Linda McQuaig donated $50 with a message cheering on the violent thugs saying “Keep up the fight!”. Considering OCAP’s violent history, and the shame they’ve brought to the city of Toronto, it’s outright despicable she chose to give them money. Way to go Linda, you’re such a (crap) role model for Toronto’s kids!
I’ll leave you with a video of OCAP’s Queens Park riot, keep an eye out for the jerks throwing Molotov Cocktails- and be sure to send the NDP a note that it’s time to boot McQuaig…