Saturday, November 17, 2018

St. Mike's Unmasked: I went to St. Michael’s College. I’m not surprised by the news

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Bill Dunphy is a Toronto-based writer.

St. Michael’s College School is a storied, prestigious and expensive Toronto high school run by the Basilian Fathers, that produced hockey greats such as Dave Keon (my teenaged hero) and Frank Mahovlich; and Canadian basketball pioneers like the Rautins brothers, George and Leo.

It’s also my alma mater.

It’s the same all-boy, Roman Catholic private school where, we learned this week, a teenaged boy was allegedly sexually assaulted with an object while members of the football team held him down.

Where another student was bullied, assaulted and humiliated – in some form of water torture? – by members of the basketball team.

I don’t know the victims, but I can imagine they are somehow “other” – brown or black or gay or maybe just thoughtful.  (more...)


Keep'n it clean:

Did that trigger any St. Mike's alumni?

Friday, November 16, 2018

'Toxic masculinity' or 'a brotherhood': St. Mike’s alumni weigh in on life at the school

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Some St. Michael’s College School alumni are painting markedly different pictures of the realities of student life at the storied private school after allegations of group sexual assault surfaced this week.

CityNews spoke to a former student who says he attended the all-boys private Catholic school between 2009 and 2013 and described an atmosphere of “toxic masculinity” that still troubles him to this day.

The former student, who didn’t want his name used, said he was verbally bullied throughout all of the four years he attended.

“There’s a lot of big egos at the school and there always has been and people always want to be on top and stand out and there’s very toxic masculinity that goes on there,” he said in a phone interview Thursday. “I was definitely abused verbally.”  (more...)

A boisterous Fall (from grace) ritual of The Browning of the Broomstick? Not every youthful encounter with broomsticks goes well:

Nonetheless, the school maintains its position atop the McGarrick League.

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Terribly disappointing

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Final order issued barring mail delivery of tabloid accused of promoting hate

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OTTAWA — The federal government has ordered Canada Post to permanently cease delivering a controversial Toronto-based tabloid that has been criticized for promoting hatred against Jews, visible minorities, women and LGBTQ Canadians.

In June 2016, the government issued an interim order to stop delivery of Your Ward News to some 300,000 households through Canada Post’s unaddressed bulk mail.

After considering the recommendations of an independent board of review on the matter, Carla Qualtrough, the minister responsible for the post office, has now made that order final. The public services and procurement minister says her decision is consistent with the law and the government’s support for diversity and inclusiveness.  (more...)


Wanted: Montreal police issue warrant for alleged neo-Nazi 'Zeiger'

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Police have issued an arrest warrant for a Montreal man accused of being an influential neo-Nazi.

Gabriel Sohier Chaput – who goes by the alias “Zeiger” online – is wanted for the willful promotion of hatred, according to the arrest warrant issued last month. He is also accused of hate speech and attempting to recruit others to join the neo-Nazi movement.

In May, an investigation by the Montreal Gazette revealed that Zeiger was an IT consultant in his early 30s living in Montreal. Zeiger was a prolific writer on online neo-Nazi forums and for the Daily Stormer, a popular U.S. right-wing website.

Chaput was identified as the man behind the pseudonym after he was spotted at the now-infamous white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. in August 2017.  (more...)


Blowback: An Inside Look at How US-Funded Fascists in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists

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Last month, an unsealed FBI indictment of four American white supremacists from the Rise Above Movement (RAM) declared that the defendants had trained with Ukraine’s Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi militia officially incorporated into the country’s national guard. The training took place after the white supremacist gang participated in violent riots in Huntington Beach and Berkeley, California and Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

The indictment stated that the Azov Battalion “is believed to have participated in training and radicalizing United States-based white supremacy organizations.”

After a wave of racist violence across America that culminated in the massacre of twelve Jewish worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the revelation that violent white supremacists have been traveling abroad for training and ideological indoctrination with a well-armed neo-Nazi militia should cause extreme alarm.

Not only are white supremacists from across the West flocking to Ukraine to learn from the combat experience of their fascist brothers-in-arms, they are doing so openly — chronicling their experiences on social media before they bring their lessons back home. But U.S. law enforcement has done nothing so far to restrict the flow of right-wing American extremists to Azov’s bases.

There is one likely explanation for the U.S. government’s hands-off approach to Azov recruitment: the extremist militia is fighting pro-Russian separatists as a front-line proxy of Washington. In fact, the United States has directly armed the Azov Battalion, forking over anti-tank rocket launchers and even sending a team of Army officers to meet in the field with Azov commanders in 2017.

Though Congress passed legislation this year forbidding military aid to Azov on the grounds of its white supremacist ideology, the Trump administration’s authorization of $200 million in offensive weaponry and aid to the Ukrainian military makes it likely new stores of weapons will wind up the extremist regiment’s hands. When queried by reporters about evidence of American military training of Azov personnel, multiple U.S. army spokespersons admitted there was no mechanism in place to prevent that from happening.  (more...)


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

FBI: Neo-Nazi Militia Trained by US Military in Ukraine Now Training US White Supremacists

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LOS ANGELES — According to a recent FBI indictment, several American white supremacists were allegedly radicalized by and received training from Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, which receives funding from the current government of Ukraine as well as the U.S. government. The group has also received weapons from the Israeli government.

The indictment, filed in Los Angeles, California last month, asserts that four American members of the “Rise Above Movement” (RAM) — RAM co-founder Robert Rundo as well as Robert Boman, Tyler Laube and Aaron Eason — had “violently attacked and assaulted counter-protestors” at several white nationalist and white supremacist events throughout the U.S., including the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last year.

The named individuals are alleged to have “used the Internet to coordinate combat training in preparation for the events” and to have celebrated “their acts of violence in order to recruit members for future events.”

Court documents refer to RAM as a “white supremacy extremist group” while the group self-represents as “a combat-ready, militant group of a new nationalist white supremacy/identity movement.”

The recent indictment gives special attention to Rundo’s more recent activities, particularly his trip to Europe earlier this year where he traveled to Germany, Ukraine, and Italy “to meet with members of European white supremacy extremist groups.” The FBI became aware that one of the individuals with whom Rundo had met during this trip was Olena Semenyaka, a leader of the International Department for the National Corps, a Ukrainian political party that was formed as an offshoot of the Azov Battalion in 2016.  (more...)