Randy Hillier, a member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament, has been making a name for himself as he appears at and even hosted his own anti-lockdown protest. After receiving a court summons for January, Hillier’s next stop was to appear on Plaid Army, an openly antisemitic conspiracy live stream.
As Adam Skelly was placed in handcuffs, a crowd of protesting supporters surged after him. At the same time, mounted and masked police officers galloped into the parking lot. With the animals’ eyes hidden under visors and draped in the trappings of law enforcement, the uniformed riders formed a wall along the building’s side entrance.
Fifteen years after same-sex marriage was legalized across Canada, anti-2SLGBTQ+ groups and individuals, who are largely faith-based in orientation, continue to oppose the well-being of Canada’s Two-Spirit, trans, and queer community.?
On Tuesday morning, Gabriel Sohier Chaput stood in a courtroom for the first time in the two years since a warrant was issued for his arrest on a single count of wilful promotion of hatred, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of two years.?
Last week, Stephen Hargreaves started receiving threatening messages directed at him and his family after he complained on social media about an “anti-lockdown” march in downtown Windsor, Ontario. This included an alleged rape threat -- should he “further slander” the COVID conspiracy movement. CBC picked up the story.
Since the beginning, COVID-19 conspiracy protests have welcomed anybody who will march with them. Conspiracy buffs, Instagram ‘life coaches,’ QAnon cultists, the who’s who of Canada’s hate movements and neo-Nazis have all been rubbing shoulders.