White supremacist banshee breaks law

Check this out.

The Anti-Racist Collective has tracked down a shocking video – and it clearly shows Faith Goldy (and others) passing around an AR15 with a clip in it.  While they are drunk, at a party at the home of Trump dirty tricks guy Roger Stone, in Florida.

In it, Goldy takes the clip out and seems shows to show it’s empty.  But as I or anyone who has ever held an assault rifle knows, that’s not how you prove a weapon is safe (ie. they have no idea if there’s a round in the chamber).

The guy that keeps handing the rifle back and forth with Goldy repeatedly points the rifle at the people on the couch next to them – and, in case you are wondering, the careless handling of a firearm is a criminal offence in Florida.  Goldy repeatedly hands the AR15 to someone she knows is drunk – making her a party to the offence.

Farber: the Premier must denounce this white supremacist, clearly

From my brother of another mother, Bernie Farber, in the Star:

It was Doug Ford’s “Trump moment.” We all remember the day after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and the murder of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer allegedly by a neo-Nazi. Trump insisted that there were “good people” on both sides.

Doug Ford may have done Trump one better. On Saturday, Faith Goldy, in the race for Toronto mayor, well-known for embracing and supporting white supremacist views, turned up at the Ford Fest BBQ in Vaughan. Following a photo-op with the premier, a scandal ensued as Ford refused to renounce Goldy, her white nationalist views and support to neo-Nazis when asked to do so in the legislature by the NDP.

Goldy is well-known to Ford. She was a colleague of the premier’s when they both appeared on SUN News panels. He was also interviewed by Goldy before she was fired from the ultra-right Rebel Media for her support of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.

Goldy has a short but sordid history with white nationalist extremism. She didn’t start out that way. Articulate and engaging, Goldy was a devout Christian and a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. At Trinity, she received a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award recognizing outstanding extra-curricular contributions to the school.

From there Goldy took a sharp turn to the right. In 2015, Goldy was a co-host of a live public affairs program for Zoomer Media. I was asked to participate in a discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis. At first congenial and warm, Goldy turned right before my eyes into an anti-immigrant loudmouth hardly disguising her animus, permitting raucous racist comments from the partisan crowd.

Shortly thereafter, Goldy began her stint with Rebel Media. It seems that the influence of commentators there who engaged in anti-Semitic, racist and Islamophobic rhetoric helped turn her mind. And it was from her perch at Rebel Media that Goldy went fully into the nightmare world of white supremacy.

Warren Kinsella, author of the Web of Hate and a recognized expert on Canadian hate groups had this to say about Goldy’s experience in Charlottesville:

“The breaking point came in Charlottesville, which she was sent to cover for Ezra’s online lunatic asylum, where she’d be seen doing a stand-up not far from the woman who was mowed down by a white supremacist. That terrible week, Faith appeared on the pro-Nazi Daily Stormer, opining that there was a need for a rise in “white racial consciousness.” She also proclaimed that National Socialist types have “robust” and “well-thought-out” ideas on “the Jewish question.” Levant, a Jew and no anti-Semite himself, finally fired her.”

From that point on, her descent was rapid. She began to appear on white supremacist media sites where she recited the infamous “14 words.” (We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.) It is the credo of white supremacy evolved by David Lane, leader of the neo-Nazi terrorist group “The Order.” Lane was convicted and sentenced for violating the civil rights of Alan Berg, then a Jewish talk show host who was murdered in June 1984. Three members of “The Order” shot Berg in his driveway. Lane drove the get-away car.

Goldy’s meteoric rise in the far right continued. Appearing on a far- right television program, Goldy hyped the anti-Semitic tome For My Legionaries. Written in the 1930s, the renowned Southern Poverty Law Center describes it as “the canonical works of global fascism.” It advocated the genocide of Jews even before Hitler enacted the Holocaust. Goldy described it as “very, very, very, very spot on. . .”

David Duke, infamous former Grand Wizard of the KKK, tweeted out her messages that included such gems as “the future is far right.”

Ford has condemned hate speech but refuses to renounce Goldy by name and her associations. His words do not live up to his actions. Canadians still expect decency and leadership from those we put in office. Ford can still make this right, but not until he fully dissociates himself from those like Faith Goldy and their vile ideas.

Bernie M. Farber is chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.


Keesmaat likes to talk a lot about affordable housing

…when, at her last job, she didn’t build a single thing.  And, now her “plan” is being mocked by the people who actually build housing.

And check this out:

Now, 2018 isn’t done (obviously).  So what you see here is the average number of residential units Tory’s government has approved in a year (20,000), and the number of affordable units approved.

Another way of thinking of it is this: before Tory became Mayor, and while she was still “chief planner,” precious little got done. During Tory’s tenure, more than 3700 units of affordable rental housing have been approved – and more are getting built.

Honest John vs. The Opportunist.  That’s what this thing is turning into.


This is how it is done

There were many good things about this day, but none so good as seeing a white supremacist banshee ordered removed by a dignified black female MC – and to see it carried out by an equally-dignified black police officer.

Sweet and poetic justice.

John Tory won. Keesmaat lost.


Tory won the Arts Debate – but don’t just take our word for it!

  • “The Mayor did what he needs to do to win this election.” – Jim Warren, pundit, on CP24
  • “Keesmaat repeatedly diverted the discussion [from the arts]… in an effort to attack Tory.” – CTV News
  • “(Jennifer Keesmaat) just committed to doubling the arts funding with no explanation as to how she is going to do that, no explanation about how she is going to pay for any of these things.  I think she forgot for a moment about what debate she was doing.” – Adrienne Batra, Editor-in-Chief of the Toronto Sun, on CP24
  • “Jennifer Keesmaat appears to be turning the arts debate into a one-on-one with John Tory. Two arts questions in, and she’s hit affordable housing and smart track. No ideas about the arts just yet.”  Ron Johnson, Editorial Director of Post City Magazine, on Twitter
  • “I like Keesmaat a lot. But why did it take 45 minutes to get to info on her comprehensive arts plan at #artsvoteyyz?…” – Dawn Cattapan on Twitter
  • “Jen Keesmaat needs to can her campaign manager. The debate is on the arts, she’s deflecting and still taking jabs at John Tory. Stay on topic Keesmat.” – Craig at PainKillaah on Twitter
  • “I have all but tuned out Jen Keesmaat at this point.  [And] I came into this debate thinking she had my vote… [Keesmaat is] way off-topic and very off-putting. Very unfortunate. It shows she only really cares about advancing her mayoral candidacy and not about the issues affecting the people being discussed – the artists in this city.” – HungryPo on Twitter
  • “At the very end [Keesmaat] stood up.  That was her chance to shine and have a genuine connection to the voters…[then] she pulled out her notes.  She shouldn’t have to have notes for two minutes to explain your story about why you deserve to be Mayor, and why the other person deserves to lose. That story should have been in the can. She should have rehearsed that. When you’re trying to have that real connection with the voters, it should come from the heart.  Not from your script.” – Jim Warren, pundit, on CP24
  • “Yeah, so this debate wasn’t great (maybe not even good) for Keesmaat. Wasted too much time attacking Tory, leaving little time to answer questions…” Joshua Hind on Twitter
  • “Tory fired back and accused Keesmaat of flip-flopping on her support of his SmartTrack plan claiming she supported the idea until she decided to run for Mayor.” – Global News