Mar 14

ACORN Canada Gets Their Hypocrisy On “Exploiting” Low Wage Professional Protesters

Toronto city councillor Mike Layton with Alejandra Ruiz Vargas of ACORN Canada

Toronto city councillor Mike Layton with Alejandra Ruiz Vargas of ACORN Canada

Anti-poverty group ACORN is one of the most ethically challenged social justice NGOs known to mankind. The group was originally conceived in the US and had close ties to the Democratic Party. They were a growing organization back in the day but this all changed in 2009 when James O’Keefe filmed undercover videos where they offered help as he played the role of a pimp trying to register his “underaged” prostitute to cheat the IRS. ACORN USA shut down the next year.

ACORN Canada claims that they’re an independent organization with no connections to their dirty cousins in the USA. They work closely the Canadian labour movement, including the First Nations abusers at Unifor, the child abuse advocates at OPSEU, the cop baiter allies at CUPW, and the Ontario Federation of Labour’s militant anarchist heavy Ontario Common Front. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson is a known associate of ACORN USA founder Wade Rathke.

Wait, didn't they say they were unrelated?

Wait, didn’t they say they were unrelated?

Being an anti-poverty NGO, it should come as no surprise that ACORN has an interest in the minimum wage. ACORN has complained that “Canada’s elected leadership has been disturbingly timid on the wage-raising front”. They’ve been actively working on the labour movement’s campaign to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and to index it against inflation. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, like many labour-backed social justice warriors and poverty pimps, ACORN Canada is yet another hypocritical “do as I say, not as I do” organization.

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Mar 11

Open Letter To Environment Minister Catherine McKenna About Copyright

Sue me Cathy!

Sue me Cathy!

Dear Catherine,

I’m glad you’re enjoying your trip to Washington DC. Canadian taxpayers should be proud to pay for your photo-op with President Obama. I noticed on the photograph you sent out that you copyrighted the picture- are you kidding, or do you actually think it’s ethical to spend Canadian’s money on a jolly down to the US and then tell us the photographs aren’t ours to use as we please?

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve taken the picture and posted it at the top of this story. Yes, I’m breaking your copyright- think of it as an act of civil disobedience. I dare you Cathy, double dog dare you, send me a DMCA copyright notice and tell me to take the picture down. Even better than that, why not stop disrespecting Canadians by telling them what they paid for isn’t theirs.

Sincerely,
Greg

P.S. I notice your copyright notice is only in French. I know you’re new at the job, but don’t you understand that as a government minister you’re required to produce it in both official languages?

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Mar 05

GAE Twitter Trial: Apology Hearing Raises Questions Of Injustice & Journalistic Integrity (Feat. Toronto Star)

Greg Elliott: Innocent, but still getting screwed over

Greg Elliott: Innocent, but still getting screwed over

On January 22nd, Gregory Alan Elliott was found innocent of criminal harassment after a prolonged two-way disagreement with two politically connected social justice warriors. There were originally three complainants but the third, who had a working relationship with the Toronto Police Service’s social media team, was mysteriously withdrawn from the case just moments before she was scheduled to testify.

Elliott lost his job, his reputation was smeared by a gang of journalists closely related to the complainants, he fell deep into debt, and was forced to to cash-in a lifetime of savings he’d built up in his pension. Sadly, the injustice against Elliott continued long after he was found innocent. The smears continued in the media, including shameful coverage by the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star & NewsTalk 1010, and a shameful and defaming radio broadcast by an anti-bullying advocate. The complainant’s friends continue to gaslight and smear Elliott online to this day.

Unfortunately, despite having been found not guilty, Elliott’s reputation was further damaged by a mistake in the court’s final ruling- mistakenly attributing a homophobic tweet made by a Twitter account created to impersonate him. A hearing was held yesterday for the judge to correct the error. The results opened up new questions about the credibility of Ontario’s justice system- and Canada’s most widely read newspaper.

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Mar 01

Environment Minister Plays Useful Idiot In Chinese Soft Power Flash Mob! (Feat. Catherine McKenna)

Hello Kitty Kongzi on the stairs of Canadian Parliament

Hello Kitty Kongzi on the stairs of Canadian Parliament

Back in 2010 former CSIS leader Richard Fadden warned Canadians that some of our politicians might be under the influence of foreign governments. Fadden explained how CSIS was concerned that cabinet ministers in two provincial governments and elected officials in three BC municipal governments might be at-risk. In particular, he warned about influence by China’s communist government.

Last year the Globe and Mail reported that CSIS had concerns about how Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Michael Chan “had developed too close a relationship with China’s consulate in Toronto.” The Globe explained how Chan had become a conduit to the Chinese community and about Canadian concerns that country has engaged in economic espionage. China denied this accusation, they’d never steal another other country’s ideas and patents- right?

Let me introduce you to Hello Kongzi, a rip-off of the famous Japanese character Hello Kitty- only, HK isn’t a cat, but a cutified image of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. On February 8th, Kongzi made a visit to the steps of Canada’s parliament for a soft power extravaganza in the form of a Chinese New Year flash mob. The event featured Canadian cadets, songs about wheat production & taking from Canada, and Liberal Environment & Climate Change minister Catherine McKenna.

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Feb 24

Why I’m Considering Filing A Human Rights Complaint Against Buzzfeed Canada

Is this acceptable behaviour for an employer?

Is this acceptable behaviour for an employer?

I woke up on Saturday morning to read a shocking article about Buzzfeed Canada’s Senior Writer Scaachi Koul. I wasn’t upset with Buzzfeed’s intention to hire a diversity of writers; variety is a good thing, particularly when it comes to words and ideas. There’s also nothing illegal about running ethically managed affirmative action plan.

If you’ve read most responses in the Canadian media you might have been fooled into thinking that Koul was a victim of a great wrong. BuzzFeed writer’s harassment just the latest example of why Twitter is broken for women, wrote the Globe and Mail; It’s Unacceptable That Scaachi Koul Was Harassed Off Twitter, said the Huffington Post. But as we learned from the Gregory Alan Elliott case, writers for the Globe and Huffington Post aren’t averse to publishing misleading articles for their allies.

Scaachi Koul’s call for submissions wasn’t a simple request for diversity, it was written in a way that left many seeing it as a bigoted and hateful attack. I have no problem if Koul wishes to demonstrate her bigotry, always prefer to know who the bigots are. That said, she crossed the line when she put it into the context of a job ad. Not only is it unlawful to ridicule an identifiable group in an employment situation- but it’s also a slippery slope, one that could hurt people of all identifiable groups.

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