Another week, another roundup! This week was a little crazier than usual with a move by the Mayor of Hamilton that baffled even the police, attacks against a surprising target, and one United Conservative Party (UCP) member in hot water over a presentation in Alberta, all on this week’s Canadian News Roundup
Anarchy Symbol Is Hate Speech?
Mayor of the City of Hamilton, Fred Eisenberger, recently struck out against The Tower, a meeting space for anarchists within the city, demanding that the anarchy symbol be taken down. His reason? He and other city officials have deemed the symbol “hate material.” Back in March, the city faced a vandalism spree from a group calling themselves “The Ungovernables” who caused over $100,000 in damages and spray painted the anarchy symbol all across town.
Something particularly interesting with this issue is the stance of the local police department. City officials claimed they were taking the lead from the police department. The police department, on the other hand, claims that the anarchy symbol isn’t on their list of hate crime signs. As this classification comes effectively out of the blue Margaret Kohn, Political Science Professor at University of Toronto, said that “This seems like a constitutional lawsuit waiting to happen.” At least the police are on the side of the anarchists, and that will likely be the only time I get to put those words in that order.
Polish Daycare Vandalized
Speaking of Vandalism, daycare of St. Casimir’s Polish Parish in Vancouver was covered in graffiti. Phrases such as “Nazi Raus,” “Refugees welcome,” and “Antifa” were spray painted across the doors and walls of the building. The attack against their building came on the 100th anniversary of the nation’s independence. The vandalism also included the symbol of Poland’s far-right National Rebirth of Poland party crossed out along its walls.
The attack came as a surprise to the parishioners not only because they were uninvolved with the party, but also the irony of accusing the Polish of being fascists or Nazis. Of those killed during the Holocaust, there were approximately 3 million Polish Jews and an additional 1.5 million Polish citizens taken as forced labor during WWII. I suppose the communists still hold a grudge.
Pride Flag A Sign Of Totalitarianism?
Calgary lawyer and UCP member John Carpay found himself in hot water over a part of his recent presentation on totalitarianism. He made a 20-minute speech on November 10th at a conference hosted by Rebel Media wherein he stated the following:
“How do we defeat today’s totalitarianism? You’ve got to think about the common characteristics. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a hammer and sickle for communism, or whether it’s the swastika for Nazi Germany or whether it’s a rainbow flag, the underlying thing is a hostility to individual freedoms.”
Replying to CBC News, he went on to explain that his stance was that the external symbols used by those that would attack the freedoms of the individual mean nothing in the face of the freedoms of the individual being attacked and that he had no intention of comparing the LGBTQ+ community to Nazis.
He is also currently in a lawsuit challenging Alberta’s Bill 24, a law related to gay-straight alliances on campus and in schools. Between the speech and the lawsuit leaders of the LGBTQ+ community have called for his removal from the party; a request that had been dodged by the UCP.
You can read more from Killian Hobbs on Think Liberty here.