Toronto Star’s story about Ezra Levant is fiction — and video proves it

Maybe you’ve read Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter’s account of my encounter with her and her daughter at Sunday’s Queen’s Park protest. The trouble is, the central facts of Porter’s story are made up. And we have the video to prove it.

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  • glasnost

    Yes it is an important lie and the columnist should be accountable. The headline would be simple “Catherine Porter is a Liar”.

    Waiting…

    I just decided to contribute more money to TheRebel.

    • Alain

      Totally agree. In answer to Ezra’s question “Does it matter?”, it most certainly does on so many levels. First it is slander/libel and second it promotes a false view to those relying on the newspaper for information.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Oh, I think Ezra is completely aware of all that.

        • SMC_BC

          I doubt Ezra is going to leave it alone. I bet he’s got a plan and I bet it’s a good one.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Methinks you’re onto something.

          • andycanuck

            SDA Kate’s Twitter feed has several Ezra tweets on it including one about researching her past columns to see if there’s any more fabulism there.

    • 1st good job on keeping this uberlib accountable.

      But I am becoming very disappointed with people who make a joke out of man induced global warming.
      Its simple, in the past there have been ice-ages and there have been periods of warmer climates. The earth is billions of years old so there is a lot of evidence what happens when more and less carbon’s are in the air. More carbon will and does warm the planet. The carbon fossil fuels are keeping carbon locked away out of the atmosphere. If we use up all the oil in Saudi Arabia its over folks. The earth will be toast. Forget about life outside of bunkers for a few million years.
      Enough with the jokes, things are going to get ugly the next few decades. We need to have a serious discussion without letting idiot uberlibs get in the way of having a serious discussion about how continued use of fossil fuels at the rate we are doing will render the earth a very nasty place for humans.

      • El Martyachi

        Well I’m sold.

      • Clink9

        Proof?

        • Surele Surele

          I wish all prophets had to revisit their ‘prophecies’, and eat their words.

        • what would you like proof of? Do you not believe that once there were ice ages? Have you not heard that once the earth was much hotter than it is today? How can you be so naive to believe that for 4 billion years of earths history it has been EXACTLY like it is today??

          It is not rocket science buddy. If more carbon is released into the atmosphere more of the suns heat gets trapped. This is a simple fact.

          • Clink9

            Proof?

          • You want proof that once there were ice ages?!?!

            If you do not believe that there were once ice ages then anything i tell you will definitely be over your head. Go to sleep child, let the grownups speak.

          • Clink9

            Uuummmm. Not talking about the ice age pops.

          • So you believe that never before in the 4 billion years of earths history that it has EVER been warmer than it is now.

            You are not making a convincing argument that you have the mental capacity to understand the issue.

          • Clink9

            Uuuummm. Not talking about the past pops.

          • simus1

            Er, no.
            You are misleading yourself.
            The bedrock of the Globull Warming scam religion is that unless the climate becomes stabilized for evermore EXACTLY as it is today by deindustrialization and massive population reduction we are all going to hell in a handbasket. It is absolute nonsense.

          • HAHAHA!!
            100 years ago there were 1.5 billion people. Today, a mere 100 years later, we are well over 6 billion. Has your food bill gone up over the past few decades?

            How many people do you think the planet can sustain at current fossil fuel usage levels?
            12 billion. 24 billion, 120 billion?
            Maybe you have lived a long life and these things do not matter to you, but dont be so heartless about the people who have yet to live a life as long as yours

          • Clink9

            Then you know what you have to do.

          • Get the word out. We are now entering an age where we are not REQUIRED to use fossil fuels. We can use other sources of energy and maintain the same standard of living.

          • Clink9

            Help with the overpopulation. Give till it hurts.

          • Is that a death threat!!!!

            Wow.

          • Clink9

            Is this Catherine Porter?

          • Is that all you got. Lame accusations?

            So you know I am an American conservative, so you as a Canadian conservative are an uberlib to me.
            I am born and raised in Oklahoma. An oil state. Many of my best friends work in the oil business.

            Just answer this to prove your point.

            How much is too much? How much fossil fuels can we consume and not have it change the atmosphere. ALL OF IT??

          • ntt1

            we have over 100 big forest fires burning in BC right now. Its a bit more than average for most years . The fires are all belching out CO2 which is actually a very beneficial plant food . then there are volcanos all vastly more CO2 productive than industrialized north america, The entire cult is based on seizing and destroying western economies and reducing the planets population through deprivation,drought, food shortages and disease.

          • andycanuck

            And for some reason Russia’s huge forests mean she gets carbon credits internationally but Canada’s huge forests don’t for some strange reason.

          • ntt1

            its politics not science,thats why.

          • Waffle

            Nah, he’s the spawn of Malthus. It’s in the genes.

          • It is not a threat.

          • A suggestion that i should “give till it hurts” to help with the overpopulation. So you endorse this view as a mod?

          • Well, he was suggesting that if overpopulation is such a concern to you you could always ameliorate the situation by offing yourself. I doubt he was being terribly serious, but at any rate it doesn’t constitute a threat.

            He wasn’t offering to do it for you.

          • Wow
            I asked him how much population was too much for the planet to sustain. Can you answer that??

            I like living in an inhabitable planet, maybe you don’t. I guess that makes us different then.

          • ntt1

            why can’t your need for population reduction be lead by stalwarts like yourself ? or is it a directive for others only?

          • Clink9

            You clearly have a case of the vapours.

          • hahahah you spell vapors with a “u”

          • Clink9

            Sorry. My dopey iPad got me.

          • so what does a “case of the vapoUrs” mean anyways? are you telling me to go shoot myself again?

          • ntt1

            it refers to the habit of over corseted victorian ladies swooning with nervous exhaustion, they were resurrected by a sniff of burnt hair in a bottle or more likely a goodly shot of Gin.

          • AlanUK

            No need to apologise (or apologize). VAPOR is American English usage. VAPOUR is British English usage.
            I understand that Canadians prefer the -our form to be distinctive from USA usage (and to be more consistent with Old French usage, perhaps?).

          • Alain

            Please note that vapor is American spelling and that not all of the English speaking world uses it.

          • Well I dont hold that against you, but I still think its funny, or kinda cute. Either way go right ahead and do it.

          • ntt1

            that is the correct spelling for Canadian English and Zee is a toilet tissue Zed is the letter.

          • Alain

            It was clearly a suggestion for those preaching the population bomb. That one, the population bomb, was already tried and bombed on its own.

          • Clink9

            No snowflake.

          • So name calling is your proof that INFINITE usage of fossil fuels will do nothing to the atmosphere.

            Not very convincing.

          • Clink9

            Oooooooops. That’s a Canadian Conservative Uberlib term. I meant sensitive soul.

          • You are still not convincing me that we can use fossil fuels to infinity without consequences. Go ahead, convince me of that.

          • Clink9

            I don’t have to convince anyone of anything. Get a grip.

          • hold on a second. are you saying that using fossil fuels to INFINITY without it having consequences is your OPINION. You dont have any proof of this. You can not convince me that it is not having ANY negative impact at all????? Cmon, do you believe in using up all the fossil fuels for giggles or not??

          • ntt1

            why would we bother? your confusion is kind of amusing.

          • Alain

            Those other sources of energy are what?

          • The sun for starters

          • Alain

            Right. The problem is that to date it has not produced enough energy on a large scale, and in fact no energy when it does not shine. Then there is the other thing of how much environmental damage is done to produce the solar collectors and what effect that has.

          • HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!
            You are concerned about environmental damages from solar panels, but not concerned about burning fossil fuels to infinity. I bet you cant say that in person with a straight face.

          • Alain

            I have no trouble stating what I stated with a straight face. Based on your ideology, and I must assume you remain faithful to it, your lifestyle is totally without any fossil fuels or products derived from them. I trust you will confirm that.

          • I never said that. I am a redneck american. I live in an oil state, oklahoma. Our entire economy is based on the oil business.

            I drive cars, and like nascar and monster trucks.

            SO WHAT!!!!

            I do all that and I am very aware that one day this will come back to bite us in the place where the sun dont shine.

          • Clink9

            Still just your opinion.

          • Atmosphere retaining more heat due to an increased amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is basic science, not opinion.

          • Waffle

            The heat retention is owing to a lot of hot air produced.

          • tell me about it. some people think that our atmosphere can become 100% co2 and nothing will happen. personally seems to me some people already fried their brains.

          • ntt1

            it has been 5 times as high ..after a prolonged warming period not as a result.Our arctic was tropical and dinosaurs frolicked in Frobisher bay.

          • ntt1

            Guelph?

          • ntt1

            large portions of Canada lose the sun for months at a time. I guess there is always walrus fat lamps but they are dreadfully smoky.and the vegans resent them.

          • Then go ahead and do so.

          • Clink9

            Please help with the over population. Give till it hurts.

          • ntt1

            its a pretty good religion though, the disaffected united church congregations are flocking over to it.

          • Alain

            Funny how all that happened prior to the industrialised age.

          • what do you mean? its funny that there is 4 billion years of earth history before the industrialization age?

          • Alain

            Well let us see. You are claiming that it is the use of fossil fuels by an expanding human population that is causing global warming, so I am pointing out that this global warming has occurred in the past, actually more than once, all on its own without people and without using fossil fuels. It seems pretty simple to me.

          • Do you know where fossil fuels come from????
            How do you think they got there. They were created by REMOVING co2 from the air.

          • Alain

            Do you have any idea how much co2 is released by volcanos? Actually the very premise that co2 is bad is inaccurate from the start and not in the least science.

          • Waffle

            U of Oklahoma is very good for oil and gas contract law — science? not so much.

          • no matter.
            its so simple even a toddler could understand. More CO2 traps heat. To much heat we fry. Any questions?

          • ntt1

            are you nuts?

          • ntt1

            carbon is a very weak GHG.water vapour is far superior and the carbon dioxide, not carbon which is a solid element, the carbon dioxide levels rise as a product of the warming not a cause. analysis of core samples including the 35 other tree ring samples rejected by the met office all show CO2 lags behind any warming trend.

      • Brett_McS

        Except that the ice core record shows that the warming after each ice age preceded the release of CO2 into the air by an average of 500 years. Al Gore’s graph of CO2 and temperature over the millennia – featured in his famous crockumentary – actually shows that if you look carefully enough, but he was quick to gloss over that inconvenient fact.

        • Who cares about what al gore said, he is an idiot.

          But tell me this, when was the last time that CO2 was released into the atmosphere, via NATURAL circumstances, at a rate we are doing consuming fossil fuels?

          • Brett_McS

            You miss the point: CO2 is not an important driver of temperature; if anything it is the other way around. Also, if it were important the massive release of CO2 into the atmosphere in recent decades (thanks to China and India) could not have allowed the ‘pause’ of almost two decades we are experiencing now. (And thanks is appropriate – the increased CO2 has helped plant growth immensely).

          • you want to measure only a couple decades. I am talking about over 4 billion years of history.
            Maybe it will not take 2 years like some crackpots say. But what about 20 years, or 200 years.
            A couple hundred years is nothing in cosmos time. If you think we can continue to pump INFINITELY pump CO2 into the atmosphere you are naive. Sooner or later it hurts.

          • Brett_McS

            Why would there be a delay in the CO2 atmospheric warming mechanism? That would be hitherto unknown science. There isn’t in any such delay in the models, and the modellers have admitted that they cannot explain the ‘pause’.

          • You have not answered the fundamental question I asked before: when was the last time that CO2 was released into the atmosphere, via NATURAL circumstances, at a rate we are doing consuming fossil fuels?

          • Brett_McS

            I have no idea. Is there some scientific theory that says rate of CO2 increase is relevant, or is it your very own hypothesis?

          • Is there a scientific theory that says the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is irrelevant to humans being able to breath?

            Are you really trying to say that even if all the earths fossil fuels were consumed it would have ZERO impact on the environment?? If that is not what you are saying, could you at least narrow the field a little. How much until it starts to matter?

          • andycanuck

            Every living thing on the planet, even under the seas, would be dead without CO2, numbnuts, that would ‘solve’ breathing for everything.

          • ntt1

            yes CO2 levels in your blood trigger the autonomous nervous system making you breathe.

          • ntt1

            Well,… it is the bubbly stuff in overabundance in most American beers, even cletus the honest citizen has probably experienced that.

          • andycanuck

            95-97% of CO2 is natural, dipshit, 5-3% is human-sourced. BTW, it’s a trace gas of 0.04% so figuratively shouting about it becoming 100% shows you’re either an idiot, a troll, or over-exaggerating so wildly that you shouldn’t be taken seriously. Or, you know, all three. And thanks for going OT, concern troll.

          • andycanuck

            And this just out from Ezra about the B.C. fires and their CO2 output:
            http://www.therebel.media/how_forest_fires_provide

          • ntt1

            Every time a volcano blows off and every time there are massive wild fires. like right now.

          • ntt1

            We don’t have 4 billion years of history as far as weather goes we have about 150 rough observational years with detailed measuring only dating back about 80 years.

          • ntt1

            Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines released millions of tons of CO2 per day for a month or so,wrecked one of your bases i think and right now as several hundred square miles of BC is on fire.

  • Surele Surele

    Who would’ve thought? A story in the Star…. and a lying columnist. Curiouser and curiouser! (not)

    • Boy that is a shock!

      • BillyHW

        It gets worse. Michael Coren is writing there now.

        • k1992

          Well, he’s pretty well a perfect fit now. He just needs to convert to Islam to put the finishing touches on his personal makeover.

          • BillyHW

            Now he’s making fun of fat people on facebook. How much lower do you think he can go?

          • ntt1

            man, He could rock a turban, no fear about getting turban hair.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Many failed journalists seem to end up there.

        • SMC_BC

          Worse? I think Michael Coren and The Star are a good match….they have so much in common.

          • 2maxpower

            yes Coren is a clown

          • BillyHW

            A clown in bald-face!

          • BillyHW

            He’s even been getting luvvy-duvvy with Linda McQuaig. Prepare to barf:

            https://twitter.com/michaelcoren/status/599941777290833922

          • Surele Surele

            can be just as bad? oh! Coren.

          • Linda1000

            Maybe the Michael Coren type of guy should not be allowed to vote? 😀

          • andycanuck

            That makes it look likes Coren’s abandoned pro-life now too. Maybe his Anglican conversion is, finally, a sincere one?

          • BillyHW

            Yes, he is also pro-abortion now.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Personally, my world just imploded. I am beyond shocked, well passed devastated, and headed for a complete meltdown. Who knew that a Toronto Star journalist would make things up out of whole cloth? I mean, really! At The Star?!?!?

  • truthdareisay

    and so I tweeted…..Vardit Feldman ‏@feverpitch65 now

    @TorontoStar If you like Catherine Porter, one of yr columnists, pls do watch the entire video, u will be surprised.. https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/2015/07/07/toronto-stars-story-about-ezra-levant-is-fiction-and-video-proves-it/

  • Clink9

    What a great video. She was bowled over by the Ezra Express.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Flattened by the EzraExpress you mean. 😉

  • WhiteRabbit3

    Did it not occur to Porter that the encounter was being taped, and thus her story could be checked? And that Levant is just the guy to make public the fact that Porter … um … misreported?
    How dumb is that?

    • BillyHW

      Woman-voter dumb.

    • Justin St.Denis

      She was thinking with her lady parts, not her lady smarts.

    • Surele Surele

      she knew for whom she was writing. those people will never ‘lower’ themselves to watch the Rebel, thus never realize she is lying.

  • Alleena

    The truth is not elastic, and it is always wrong to lie.

  • Exile1981

    It’s the star when was the last time they didn’t lie?

    • Alain

      Good point, but perhaps if they start having to eat their own lies as in this case they just may learn to smarten up.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Game, set, match, Mr. Levant!
    (I’d say that Ezra landed the knockout punch with that video, but, Catherine Porter would make an issue out of the metaphor.)

    A few weeks back Catherine Porter took her same daughter to go gawk at dead birds in a column titled…..

    ‘Activism bootcamp inspires children: Porter’

    ‘Lyla unwrapped each bird, and held it tenderly in her hands. She didn’t say much on the subway ride home. I think it’s still sinking in.’

    http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2015/05/25/activism-bootcamp-inspires-children-porter.html

    Way to traumatize your 9 yr-old child with a collection of bird corpses.

    Good job, ‘Mom’!

    • Cripes.

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        She took those same two kids to Senegal for a year as well.

        Let your kids be kids.
        If they want to become activists, let them.
        Otherwise, let kids be kids.

        • WalterBannon

          They already start off with the inherited genetic deficit of a low IQ, so she is just adding to things with her mental abuse. Perhaps someone should set child protective services on her,

  • passerby1969

    1) All kids are going to be indoctrinated into their parents’ values. It’s really their right and responsibility to raise children in a way they see as responsible. Catherine Porter is doing no different than Jewish parents making their child have a bar mitzvah.

    2) I agree with Catherine Porter. Some decisions about the environment have to be made at the top and trickle down. For example, successfully buying an electric car means it is necessary to have fueling stations available. Only government creates the setup for fueling stations.

    • SDMatt

      Demand creates fueling stations. Governments waste money.

    • glasnost

      “All kids are going to be indoctrinated into their parents’ values.”

      Only up until the parents no longer have control, which these days is about
      Kindergarten.

      • jayme

        Children are “indoctrinated” as opposed to “taught”. Passerbg69 certainly has the progressive lingo down anyway.

    • Clink9

      She’s a liar. Great example for the daughter.

    • Xavier

      Hybrids can be purchased at almost any dealership and there’s no special fueling necessary. It’s hypocrisy to insist others do as you do not.

    • LauraS

      With respect, I think you are missing the forest for the trees.

      Catherine Porter is free to raise her child as she sees fit. You are free to agree with her global warming opinions. However, A proper journalist does not fabricate a story. This is Media 101.

      As Ezra noted on Twitter, if she’s lying about this, what else is she lying about? Also…does the Toronto Star condone this practice? If so, what does it say about the quality of their reporting? Good on Ezra for exposing Porter as a fraud.

      • passerby1969

        I’m only talking about Ezra’s objections to C. Porter taking her daughter to a demonstration and him asking her to be 100 percent pure in her demands that renewable energy be a priority for government.
        I don’t think Ezra was in any way offensive to the child.

    • Surele Surele

      Governments create nothing, it’s corporations and small businesses.

    • ntt1

      look up the hydrogen highway in BC it was a top driven trickle down edict that went nowhere in fact the Hydrogen Buses at Whistler had to be fueled by ridiculously expensive hydrogen from quebec, they are all scrapped now.

  • Chatillon

    I don’t know how many letters I have sent to the Toronto Star objecting to one or the other of Haroon Siddicqui’s columns and corresponding freedom with the truth, never to even receive an acknowledgement that the letter was received.

    With little expectation of publication, I think this story warrants another letter.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      The Star wouldn’t print your letters, but, they’ll print letters like this one, eh……

      • Sick.

        • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

          Yep. Sick.

          ‘as clean-shaven as King Jong Un’

          As if KJU could even grow a beard.

          Annnnnyways……..

          • G

            Why not write to their advertisers?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Fu Manchu.

  • Petey

    “Progressives” take facts and experiences and try to adjust them to fit their worldview – not the other way around, as it should be. So they have a terrible time learning from experience because when facts don’t fit with their model of how things *should* be, those facts are modified or outright discarded.

    • Surele Surele

      Oh, this is not even a new thing. I had a culture shock when I, years ago, first traveled to a Western country from Poland: I was sure I will see oppressed workers in slums, working 18 hours shifts and eating their dry bread crust with a drink of dirty water. They ARE LYING to us, that was my first thought.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Yes!
    What shall the Canadian government do about electric car companies in California?
    Damn, and I make fun of Americans that don’t really know that Canada is a separate country.
    Sure, almost all of us know that Canada is a separate country, but it never really occurs to many of us is that it REALLY is a separate country. It’s a weird cognitive block.
    Before you even have to ask, yes the State of California will be more than happy to suck up any Canadian government subsidies you wish to send our way.
    I’m confidant in saying that.

    • Talk to Kim Dong Wynne, she gives you Free Electricity.

      • Petey

        Actually, on occasion when the market price is low enough, she’ll pay someone to take it. Now that’s progressive.

        • Surele Surele

          my hydro bill just arrived today. can’t she pay me, to take it?

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        We would take it!
        In fact, I’m pretty sure that we are already getting electricity from B.C.
        Thanks Canadian electrical surplus!
        Come to think of it, I bet if you were to cost-out what money we send north for electricity, you might find a lot of California money in strange Canadian places.

  • Tom Forsythe

    I like Catherine Porter. Her first-hand account of the beheading of Anne Boleyn was riveting.

    • Not as good as Brian Williams account!

      • Justin St.Denis

        Williams’ account was riveting, especially the part where Henry VIII tried to behead Williams himself. A good thing Williams’ training as a Navy Seal kicked in at just the right moment. It was unfortunate that Williams’ camera was irreparably damaged and that photo documentation of the event was lost. Mercifully, Williams himself survived to tell the tale…

  • lolwut?
  • BillyHW

    Remember folks, they close the comments when they know they are lying.

    • Surele Surele

      but the twitter is buzzing

  • Xavier

    This is progressivism in action. Make the story fit the agenda and if a retraction is forced on you, print it on page 17.

  • Petey

    Vox Day’s first law:

    Social justice warriors always lie.

  • simus1

    Truth is just a white patriarchal construct.
    Ask any commie.
    Ezra should have asked the poor kid if she and her friends had any plans in mind for summer fun. The answer might have opened up even more interesting facets.

  • Petrilla

    I haven’t seen any video but I read the story with NO comments, first clue. What bored mother wouldn’t take her kid to a Greenpeace warehouse with all those crayons and bristolboard free for the kids? Wow! And then use her kid to tell we the unwashed what her kid thinks? I am so impressed, not. Oh wow, Greenpeace, Jane Fonda, Suzuki, maybe All Gore. Breathless mother using her daughter. Do you think her little girl said the words her mother said she did? Seems quite usurious and untrue to me.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Ezra responds to the Star, via a letter. Alright!

    From the Star’s website……

    http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2015/07/07/ezra-levant-begs-to-differ.html

    • k1992

      Polite and non-confrontational, but I think he made his point. Good job, Ezra! I wonder if any Star readers will check out the Rebel link provided in his letter – it would do them some good. 😉

  • andycanuck

    It looks like she broke three Toronto Red Star ethics rules: avoid actively taking part in protests (and other similar political opinion expression like signing petitions); they’re not supposed to pick fights with journalists from other organizations; and they have an obligation not to be compromised by open political displays or taking part in personal axe-grinding on issues. A “John Groves” quotes the passages in his Twitter feed that Kate at SDA has linked.

  • Gary

    The STAR and the CBC rely on their followers that have a very low IQ and need other people to tell them what’s going on around them .
    Ms.Porter just helped prove my point that she assumed she would get away with overt lies and the child-abuse to exploit her own daughter and drag her to a protest because her readers aren’t to swift to do some fact checking.
    Remember , the CBC and STAR painted Omar Khadr as a saint and victim which the vast majority of readers or CBC viewers fell for and many think ISIS is a few bad apples .