Jul 15

Blatchford Nails “Twitter Troll” Case, But Misses One Important Point (Feat. Gregory Alan Elliott)

Stephanie Guthrie

Stephanie Guthrie: Social Justice Princess

Yesterday marked the closing remarks of Gregory Alan Elliott’s trial. The best single word I can think of to describe the charges against him is “creepy”. The hardest evidence presented against him was testimony from alleged victim Stephanie Gurhrie saying he made her feel “creepy”. Elliott originally had three accusers until one dropped-out in the middle of the trial- the case against him has looked increasingly weak ever since.

The creepiest part of Elliott’s charges is that they actually made it to court- Toronto Detective Jeff Bangild testified that Elliott never made threats, sexual innuendo, or anything else of the sort. It was equally creepy listening to Guthrie testifying how she felt she was justified putting another man’s life at risk of harm in one of her many slacktivist campaigns against people she disagrees with.

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Jul 14

Shadows Of G20 Misinformation Loom Over Media’s Pan-Am Coverage (Feat. Colin Freeze, James Moore & Cam Wooley)

Harjap Grewal & Harsha Walia providing cover for the Black Bloc during the G20

Harjap Grewal & Harsha Walia providing cover for the Black Bloc during the G20

One week before violence came to the streets of downtown Toronto during the 2010 G20 Sid Ryan of the Ontario Federation of Labour and Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians issued statements that helped launch one of the year’s biggest conspiracy theories. Ryan and Barlow warned the government not to plant agent provocateurs into G20 marches- pointing out Quebec Provincial Police sent undercover officers dressed as Black Bloc protesters at Montebello in 2007.

Meanwhile, in parallel, associates of Ryan and Barlow’s organizations who were leading the protest openly admitted some participants planned on violence. Websites were published, Youtube videos filmed, and militants wheat pasted signs across the city- making it clear some protesters came for a battle. Moments before the violence Canada’s most prominent supporter of Black Bloc tactics Harsha Walia led the militant bloc with her husband Harjap Grewal of the Council of Canadians at her side.

Media reports, both before and after the violence, were so commonly inept they helped fuel a conspiracy theory that the police were behind it all- many Torontonians still think this today. Last week, five years after the G20, the very same organizers led a march through Downtown Toronto to protest the Pan-Am Environmental summit- it was a great opportunity to see how and if quality of the media’s coverage changed.

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Jul 07

Toronto Star Prints Lies About Jobs Justice And Climate March! (Feat. Jane Fonda)

Lies, lies, lies, yeah!

Lies, lies, lies, yeah!

Yesterday afternoon, reading through media reports on Sunday’s march for Jobs Justice and Climate I noticed an anomaly in the Toronto Star. Their article, as you can see above, claims that David Suzuki, Jane Fonda, and Naomi Klein “marched loudly through downtown Toronto on Sunday”.

One of the habits I have when reporting on a march is to stand at the front with my video camera and make an end-to-end recording of the march. On Sunday I did just that, not only wanting to catch the video, but looking out for David Suzuki- I had a brief encounter with him earlier (he recognized me, guessing he’s a reader), but I had some questions about Suzuki and his grandson’s bad behaviour on Burnaby Mountain.

So I wrote to both the Star and their staff writer Tamara Khandaker, and asked them to confirm to me where they saw Suzuki and Fonda in the march. The only response I got was from CUPE’s communications staffer Kevin Wilson, a nasty little man who tried to deflect my questions spreading FUD. Well, today the evidence has come in- the Toronto Star’s article was a fabrication.

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Jul 03

Pot For Kids & Pets: Have Vancouver Marijuana Activists Reached Their Sell-By Date?

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Seriously?

Vancouver’s pot activists have come a long way since Marc Emery opened his Hemp BC store in 2004. After years of high-profile arrests, closures, re-openings, and seeing Emery locked-up in a US federal prison- the city is now home to more medical marijuana dispensaries than BC Liquor stores.

It’s common knowledge that the majority of pot bought from “medical” dispensaries is used for recreation- despite this, the City of Vancouver recently made the controversial decision to legitimize dispensaries with a new licensing program. The new regulations, virulently opposed by the federal government, require a $30,000 licensing fee and require outlets to be no closer than 300 meters to schools, community centres, and other dispensaries.

While 2015 has been a victorious year for marijuana activists, their protests have been less successful. Their annual 4/20 protest in March attracted over 30,000 people, cost $52,000 for policing, and resulted in 64 people being sent to the hospital. Concerned about a replay, the city asked activists to hold-back on their Canada Day event. Thumbing their noses, the activists ignored the city’s request and held it regardless. Their insolence turned into a national embarrassment after a damning video was released of a gang of the event’s participants fighting with the police- four people were arrested, including three high-profile pot activists.

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Jul 01

Hockey Riot Hero & Dispensary Owner Arrested In Violent Cannabis Day Conflict With Vancouver Police!

Bert Easterbrook showing plumbers crack...

Bert Easterbrook showing plumbers crack while battling Vancouver PD…

Ignoring orders by the City of Vancouver not to setup their annual event cannabis protesters defiantly setup shop on the grounds of the art gallery (the location where Occupy Vancouver was held) today. Protesters setup speakers on the art gallery’s stairs, vendors sold pot and related paraphernalia. The “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery was seen walking around with a giant joint he claimed was made from an ounce of marijuana.

Part way through the day protesters and police got into a violent confrontation. It’s unknown at this stage what prompted the conflict, but a video shows an angry group of protesters who outnumbered the police struggling against the cops as they were trying to make an arrest. The crowd was shouting at the cops as they tried to hold back the crowd, news reports indicate that at least four people were arrested.

Two of the people arrested today are familiar to long-term readers of this website- the first was an outspoken cannibals activist who owns a dispensary, the second was widely acclaimed by the media in 2011 as the “hero” of Vancouver’s Stanley Cup hockey riot- he was also arrested as part of a similar clash during Occupy Vancouver…

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