Aug 07

[Updated] Canadian Social Justice Warriors Promote Sex Tourism Guru (Feat. Roosh Valizadeh)

Montreal's AnarchoPanda   promotes sex tourism guru...

Montreal’s AnarchoPanda promotes sex tourism guru…

Update: Despite the slacktivist’s efforts Roosh Valizadeh has arrived in Canada without any problems at the border.

After a quick scan of his work, I get the feeling that Roosh Valizadeh is a bit of a douchebag. Roosh is a pickup artist guru with a twist- he not only promises to teach lonely men how to pickup women in their hometown, he also gives advice how to score in cities and countries around the world.

Roosh’s blog entry 5 Things You Should Know About Russia reads like contributor Mark Ames’ now defunct Moscow newspaper The Exile– tired old advice on how to get into Moscow clubs and into the трусики of Russian women. What he doesn’t explain in his comparison of Moscow and Ukrainian women is why the latter were easier for him to exploit. Many of their lives are so miserable they’re desperate enough to escape that they’ll lower their standards to the likes of Roosh Valizadeh.

The guru’s entry on why Toronto is The Worst City In North America For Men paints a different picture- the vast majority of women here live safe and comfortable lives and aren’t desperate enough to hook-up with Roosh. Many Canadian women are understandably angry with Roosh, so it’s no surprise his upcoming visit would be met some resistance- a coalition of feminists, anarchists, and a panda bear have already declared war.

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Aug 06

GAE Twitter Trial Update: Did The Crown Change Her Story In Mid-Trial?

Occupy Toronto's "Occupod", built by Gregory Alan Elliott

Occupy Toronto’s “Occupod”, built by Gregory Alan Elliott

[Note: I’m not a lawyer. I’ve done my best to understand yesterday’s hearing, but it’s possible there are complexities in the law that I don’t fully understand- if so, I openly welcome corrections]

Wednesday morning marked a new and unexpected chapter in the prolonged misadventures of Gregory Alan Elliott’s trial. Elliott was charged with criminal harassment for his communications over Twitter with three politically connected Toronto social justice warriors. Elliott lost his job and has been banned from using the Internet for over three years.

There were six other people in the courtroom yesterday morning; judge Brend Knazan, Crown prosecutor Marnie Goldenberg, a couple court staff, Elliott, and his dedicated son Clayton- neither the alleged victims nor anyone from the media showed. Elliott’s defence lawyer was on holiday and unable to attend the hearing so a speakerphone was placed under a microphone for him. While waiting for the judge Goldenberg commented to one of the clerks “I’ve never been in court on the phone”.

Adding to the unusual circumstances of the morning’s unscheduled hearing, the Judge had an unusual announcement. It appears that the Crown either made a colossal mistake or changed her story part way through. The results of this error could have a significant impact on Elliott’s case.

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Aug 05

Gregory Alan Elliott’s Twitter Criminal Harassment Trial Back In Court This Morning

Why would WoTOPoli  want to stop this guy?

Why would #WiTOPoli want to stop this guy?

There might be big news to report about Gregory Alan Elliott’s Twitter criminal harassment trial tomorrow. Elliott’s next court date was originally set for October 6th but, in a surprise move, the court will be called into session this morning at 10 am. No further information is available at this point, the court will be open to the public and I’ll be there to give as impartial of a report as I can.

The last time the court’s proceedings were interrupted in this case was after the judge received a letter from a “stranger” claiming that Elliott’s alleged victims “conspired, in my presence, to fabricate a criminal harassment complaint” against him. The letter went on to allege the conspiracy leads “to the ministry of the attorney-general”. The judge claimed the letter was signed and included contact information.

There are many possibilities tomorrow. Speculation has included that the potentially politically damaging case might get shut down on a technicality, the court might have received other new information, or that one of the two remaining alleged victims will be withdrawn from the case (one already has), or perhaps the judge has seen the video of city councillors encouraging Guthrie’s vigilante behaviour. But regardless of this morning’s outcome there’s one thing we’ll know for certain…

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Jul 27

BC Homebuyers Unwittingly Fund Misleading Water Campaigners (Feat. Real Estate Foundation of BC)

Real Estate Foundation of BC board members with Waterwealth Project in 2014

Real Estate Foundation of BC board members with Waterwealth Project in 2014

One of BC’s loudest activist campaigns over the past couple of years has been the fight against Nestlé’s water bottling plant in Hope, BC. Organizations battling against the company’s operations have complained that Nestlé was “tapping the water for free” in a “multi-million dollar giveaway” that’s “removing the water from the watershed” that could “suck Hope dry”. More recently, activists have been using BC’s regional water shortages to add fuel to the fire.

The “outrage” has received wide attention. Local BC media has been all over the story, there’s been some national coverage, and it was even covered by Russia Today– Putin’s propaganda channel that’s taken a special interest in attacking Nestlé. It would be hard to find a Canadian environmentalist’s Facebook stream without a link to one of the stories.

But there’s one minor problem, well perhaps a big problem, the activist’s claims are horribly misleading. More importantly, the solution they’ve called for has the potential to damage Canadian sovereignty. Adding insult to injury, BC home buyers have been unwittingly paying for the campaign…

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Jul 20

“Twitter Troll” Trial: City Councillors Encouraged Cyberbullying At 2012 WiToPoli Meeting (Feat. Carroll, Wong-Tam)

Shelley Carroll: "Where's our cyberbullies, why aren't we bullying the people that say things like that?"

Shelley Carroll: “Where’s our cyberbullies, why aren’t we bullying the people that say things like that?”

Women in Toronto Politics is a “non-partisan” political group started by Stephanie Guthrie, the primary complainant against Gregory Alan Elliott in the “Twitter troll” trial. The group has attracted the support of several far-left leaning city councillors including Shelley Carroll and Kristyn Wong-Tam. The group’s blog promotes a litany of left leaning causes including Black Lives Matter- a group Guthrie recently marched with, led in-part by a man who promotes killing cops.

On May 30th, 2012 WiTOPoli (rhymes with “monopoly”!) hosted a public event at the Centre for Social Innovation called “The Front Page”- including a panel to “explore how female players in the political sphere are discussed on Twitter, in the media, and elsewhere”. Carroll and Wong-Tam were on the panel- Elliott was in the audience, Guthrie tweeted him saying “Yay. Welcome!” on hearing he’d arrived.

The meeting was discussed in Ellott’s defence lawyers final submission as an example how Guthrie’s claim to be “afraid” of Elliott were less than genuine. But there’s one part of the night’s events that wasn’t discussed in the court and perhaps should have been. Shelley Carroll called on people to cyber-bully political opponents, and Wong-Tam defined insults as threats “threats” while cheering the virtues of taking vigilante action against such “trolls”.

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