Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) has released an update to its 2017 report on cyber threats to Canada’s democratic process, warning about the likelihood that “Canadian voters will encounter some form of foreign cyber interference ahead of, and during, the 2019 federal election.”
The report goes on to state that “since the 2015 federal election, Canadian political leaders and the Canadian public have been targeted by foreign cyber interference activities.” Canada’s Magnitsky human rights sanctions are problematic for Russia’s corrupt oligarchs who support the Putin regime — and the handful of Canadian companies they do business with — and desperately seek the repeal of them. The threat of foreign disinformation targeting Canada’s democracy is therefore not just a theoretical possibility, it is happening now.
The foreign actors will be Liberal Party Friendly, count on it.
A recently released OPV report entitled “Extremism and Hate-Motivated Violence in Alberta” indicates a 78 per cent increase in hate crimes reported to police from 2014 to 2017.
Alberta is home to a disproportionate number of extremist movements — including far-right groups and people travelling abroad to join armed groups such as ISIS — according to a new report billed as the first of its kind.
The upcoming study, Extremism and Hate Motivated Violence in Alberta, runs nearly 100 pages and provides a taxonomy of the province’s extremist groups. It includes provincial membership estimates for violent or potentially violent ideological movements, and assessments of whether the groups are growing or shrinking.
The Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV), which produced the report, received a $1.2 million grant from the federal government last year as part of a plan to counter hate and violent extremism in Alberta, which has seen a rise in police-reported hate crimes. The report is poised to be made public next month.
This seems a reasonably balanced assessment.
CSIS Director David Vigneault told a Senate committee earlier today that his agency is very troubled by “the number of ultra right-wing extremists” active in Canada, citing the 2017 firearm attack on a Quebec City mosque and a 2018 vehicle-ramming attack in Toronto.
During the counter-terrorism raids in Kingston on Jan. 24, tactical officers watched over snowy neighbourhoods, investigators carried evidence bags out of homes and Mounties in blue serge announced charges from a podium.
But out of sight, a very different fight against terrorism is getting underway — one that aims to knock Canadians on the fringes of radical violence off that trajectory before they start to build bombs and scout targets.
Drawing on the same kinds of strategies used to combat drugs and gangs, Canadian police are now aspiring to prevent terrorism sooner by identifying those in the initial stages of radicalization and steering them to help.
How long until anyone speaking out against Islam is recommended to this sort of intervention?
Peterborough white nationalist Kevin Goudreau denies writing an online statement calling for violence against immigrants, aid workers and journalists in the wake of the New Zealand mosque shooting that left 50 worshippers dead.
Peterborough police first confirmed Monday they are aware of the statement regarding “potential threats or hate crimes. “We are investigating fully and cannot provide further information at this time as it is an active and ongoing investigation.”
Goudreau, the chair of the Canadian Nationalist Front, denied writing the statement that appeared under a profile bearing his name.
He blamed “leftists who feed hysteria about ethno-nationalists” because of what happened in New Zealand. Goudreau accused them of doing things like making fake accounts or hacking accounts before writing posts and taking screen captures.
I was intrigued by Anthoney Furey’s tweet about this yesterday. The rant seemed “over the top” to say the least but people read it as credible which is understandable given recent events. It may be possible he was hacked or a false account was created under his name, time will tell.
Public Safety Canada Launches National Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence
Them/They is an expert!
Like in France, formerly rare extremism is now becoming a new normal in Canada.
A Kamloops, B.C. radio host has been on the receiving end of a torrent of threats and abuse after posting a critical tweet about Canada’s Yellow Vest movement.
Radio NL host Brett Mineer took to Twitter on Wednesday to comment on what he felt were the uglier elements of the movement, including what he described as racist elements and conspiracy theories.
Apparently writing “I wish the death of all MSM” is considered a direct threat of violence nowadays. While many of the reported comments are over the top threats you would be wise to be a little suspicious of the origin of some of these tweets.
Here is a Polish joke our conservative Polish-American friends should love.
A two week gathering of diplomats and climate ‘experts’ on man-made global warming started in Katowice, Poland this week. The purpose of the meetings is to strengthen the Paris Climate Accord to stem purported climate damage, which the environmentalists claim, is caused by burning fossil fuel. Note that the greatest bugaboo to the enviros is not oil; it’s coal. To them, coal is so evil that President Barack Hussein Obama promised to shut down the entire U.S. coal industry through the heavy hand of government regulations….
Gavin McInnes, founder of the right-wing Proud Boys men’s group, has been refused a visa to enter Australia after reportedly failing the country’s character test.
A petition to oppose McInnes’ planned Deplorables tour with Tommy Robinson in Australia gathered more than 81,000 signature and was presented to the Federal Parliament on Thursday. It called on the government to block his entry because of his extreme views and calls for violence.
The FBI now classifies the far-right Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism”, according to a document produced by Washington state law enforcement.
The FBI’s 2018 designation of the self-confessed “western chauvinist group” as extremist has not been previously made public.
A Polish official says the president and the prime minister are organizing a march at which all Poles can join together Sunday to mark the centennial of Polish Independence.
The announcement of the state event comes after the Warsaw city mayor earlier in the day banned a march by radical nationalists that has marred Poland’s international reputation in the past and proven deeply divisive at home.
Last Friday an unruly mob of protesters greeted well-heeled Munk Debate attendees with hostility as they lined up to enter Roy Thompson Hall to watch the debate between two intellectual heavyweights. Toronto-born American conservative pundit David Frum faced-off against former Trump White House chief strategist and co-founder of conservative firebrand news website Breitbart Steve Bannon. The motion argued: “Be it resolved, the future of western politics is populist, not liberal…”