Thursday, January 17, 2019

Canada is facing a growing threat from right-wing white supremacists and neo-Nazis: minister

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People hold candles at a vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary of
the Quebec City mosque shooting, in Quebec City, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.
Canada’s minister for public safety says right-wing, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups are an increasing concern and threat to Canadians.

Ralph Goodale said the groups promote hate, which manifests itself in violent anti-Semitism or in other crimes.

“The van attack along Yonge Street in Toronto earlier last year had those kinds of roots,” Goodale said Tuesday after a speech on national security at the University of Regina.

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch, mowing down pedestrians.

Goodale also used the example of six people murdered inside a Quebec City mosque in 2017 because they were at prayer.

He said the suspects were inspired by what they saw on the internet.  (more...)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Private school teacher’s sexual relationship with student leads to firing

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TORONTO — A female teacher at Pickering College, a prestigious private co-ed school in Newmarket, Ont., had an inappropriate relationship with two male students, one that turned sexual and appears to have lasted for 18 months.

Avery Jean Wilson, who was immediately fired, was found guilty of professional misconduct by a discipline committee of the Ontario College of Teachers on Dec. 7.

The decision, publicly posted on the College website this week, notes that Wilson “engaged in acts of professional misconduct as alleged” with the two boys, identified as Student 1 and 2.

Details of the allegations were contained in a formal Notice of Hearing dated May 15 last year. The notice says that the relationship with Student 1 began in September of 2015, when he would have been in Grade 11, and saw the two go camping alone together and Wilson allow the boy “to take a photograph of her naked body from her chin to her waist.”  (more...)

'He knew what he did': Sexual assault victim breaks his silence

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“He knew what he did.”

A 47-year-old Barrie man is forced to relive a painful past.  A time in his life that he pushed into the deepest, darkest caves of his mind with the hopes that it would never see the light of day again.

But today is about closure as he chooses to share his story publicly for the first time since 1984 after being sexually abused by his Catholic school teacher.

“For a kid, he took you places, bought you stuff… And he wined and dined you as a kid, more or less.  You get dragged into it.  It just happened.”

He’s talking about Steven Vincer, known to him as 'Tom Vincer,' who taught for more than 40 years at Angus’ Our Lady of Grace Catholic School.

On Wednesday, Vincer was convicted of sexually assaulting two young boys in the 1980s and sentenced to 18-months behind bars.

The Barrie man didn’t go to court to face his abuser; instead he chose to drive by the courthouse in hopes of watching Vincer being lead out in handcuffs.

“It gave me closure that he admitted that he did something wrong.  He’s going to do some jail time.  That’s where he belongs.”  (more...)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Mediterranean Merry Go Round: Who Shot the Pope?


In view of James Grein's testimony regarding his disclosure of McCarrick's crimes to Saint Pope John Paul II, we must contemplate what great duress the Pope must have been under during his reign. The nature and sinister influence of the St. Gallen Mafia, the penetration of the Vatican by criminal fascist elements and the oppression of the awareness of the threat to his own life, added to the knowledge of the corruption and filth in the hierarchy must have been crushing. What mere man could bear such a burden? What mere man could bear the suffering of his children?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Graphic novel draws lessons from anti-Semitic 1933 riot in Canada

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Xenophobic extremists arrive at park, followed closely by counter-protesters. The extremists carry flags with swastikas, and make Nazi salutes. Insults are hurled, scuffles devolve into clashes. Dozens are injured, and a woman killed. The governor declares a state of emergency. This was the scene that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 & 12, 2017 at the Unite the Right Rally.

Eighty-four years earlier a similar scene overran the streets of Toronto, after Adolf Hitler was named chancellor of Germany in 1933. Simultaneously, North America was experiencing a rise in immigration, including Jews fleeing persecution in Europe. In the midst of the Great Depression and ill-equipped to absorb the newcomers, some living in the Americas began identifying with the ideas of the Nazi party and harboring resentment against the newcomers who weren’t like them. Swastika clubs began popping up with the intent of expressing their displeasure with their Jewish and other foreign neighbors.

After months of building tensions, a group of Canadian youths displayed a banner bearing a swastika at a baseball game between the mainly Jewish and Italian team “Harbord”, and “St. Peter’s”, a team sponsored by a Catholic church of the same name. A confrontation between the gang holding the banner and Jewish youth supported by Italian immigrants devolved into a six hour riot as 10,000 people flooded the park and streets.

Little remains of the coverage of that riot except a single photograph and a few local newspaper clippings. Many of that generation are now gone. But Winnipeg-based writer Jamie Michaels is determined not to let the story of the Christie Pitts riot fall through the cracks of history. Michaels teamed up with illustrator Doug Fedrau to combine history and graphic storytelling to bring the Christie Pitts riot into the 21st century, at a time where strikingly similar events and sentiments are again gaining popularity.  (more...)

Twisted echos in today's Toronto:

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Having studied in and lived on the campus that produced the above young lady, I took the opportunity to observe the social strata and diverse population of that institution. Faith Goldy would have certainly had access to the upper echelon of that microcosm of society, as I did. Her role as provocateur could be seen as the influence of that upper echelon on the commoners. She has little in common with the rabble that she seeks to lead and much more with the elites. Observers should focus less on the goons who have gathered around her, and more on the links to power and wealth that she seems able to tap into. She is no grass-roots organizer. Whose interests does she serve?


Friday, January 11, 2019

Former Guelph teacher pleads guilty to sex crimes involving former students

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A former College Heights Secondary School teacher has pled guilty to four sex-related charges, two of them involving a student.

Brian Hathway, 50, attended the Ontario Court of Justice on Wyndham Street on Wednesday morning and pled guilty to sexual assault and sexual exploitation — both counts involved a student under 18 years of age.

He pled guilty to sexual assault and communicating with a person for the purpose of obtaining sexual services. These charges involved two former students who were over the age of 18 at the time of the incidents.

A publication ban protects the identities of the victims from being released.

There were originally four reported victims and eight charges laid, but offences involving one victim were dismissed due to the unlikelihood of a conviction.

The court heard that between June 2016 and September 2017, a student went to Hathway’s house on multiple occasions (more than 10, less than 20). When he arrived, the victim was given alcohol, marijuana, money and expensive clothing by Hathway. Initially, these items were presented as gifts, but eventually the items were given with strings attached.  (more...)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Brock cancels course to be taught by professor disciplined for sexual harassment

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Brock University has cancelled a history course that was to be taught by a professor who was disciplined following a sexual harassment investigation.

David Schimmelpenninck was scheduled to teach a non-compulsory second-year course during the Winter 2019 term following an almost three-year absence from the classroom. The absence was a result of discipline following an investigation into sexual harassment, the university confirmed to CBC News.

A statement issued by the university Wednesday said the decision to cancel the course was a personnel matter and Brock would not be commenting further.

"The university takes very seriously the right of every member of the Brock community to work and study in a respectful and safe environment," the statement added.

"Brock will be accelerating the previously scheduled review of its Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy."  (more...)