Reconsider Supporting Poppy Day — How the Legion Has Fallen: Ontario Command Labels Ezra Levant’s Rebel News a “Hate Group” & Investigates Renting It Space for a Book Launch

Reconsider Supporting Poppy Day — How the Legion Has Fallen: Ontario Command Labels Ezra Levant’s Rebel News a “Hate  Group” & Investigates Renting It Space for a Book Launch
 
Ezra Levant is an energetic self-promoting writer and online television news director, heading up the online Rebel News. I have known of him since his university days in the early 1990s. He has been a dedicated supporter of free speech since that time. He even spoke out against efforts by the vile Alberta Human Rights Commission to shut down Ron Gostick’s annual  conference in Edmonton. He has exposed and tangled with the “human rights” tyrants and censors many times. He is Jewish and a Zionist, but his Rebel News has been fierce in its criticism of Justin Trudeau and superb in its exposes of immigration madness, including the massive influx of illegals across the Roxham Road border crossing in Quebec.
 
However, among Canada’s Cultural Marxist, strongly anti-free speech elite, Ezra’s Rebel news is a “hate group”. The incendiary phrase “hate group” or “hate  speech” is actually undefined and, therefore, most mischievous. The accusation of “hate” tells you more about the accuser than the person accused. A “hate group” is a group the accuser hates.
 
We switch now to October 16. That evening, Mr. Levant’s Rebel News rented space from Branch 66 of the Royal Canadian Legion in North York to launch his new book The Libranos. By the next day, the local branch was in trouble. The CBC reported that the booking should have been cancelled :“In a tweet Thursday afternoon, the legion said its provincial command is investigating why the events were allowed to go forward. ‘It never should have happened as it is contrary to our anti-hate policy and the purposes and objectives of the legion.’ Spokesperson Nujma Bond confirmed an investigation is ongoing but that at the moment there is no estimate when it will be complete. We take these matters very seriously and are going to reiterate the anti-hate policy to our branches through additional communications. Once the Command provides details of the investigation we will share,’ the legion said. Asked specifically how Rebel News violated its policy, the legion said simply: “It was a group or organization that promotes or is known to promote hatred or violence due to ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.'”
 
So, according to Nujma Bond (what war did he fight in?) Rebel News “promotes or is known to promote hatred or violence”Really? Has it ever been charged under Canada’s notorious “hate law” (Sec. 319 of the Criminal Code)? Has it ever been convicted? The answer is no. The “hate group” label is a lie and a slander.
 

The CBC report continues: “Three months after instituting a policy barring its chapters from affiliating with groups known to promote hate, the Royal Canadian Legion says it is investigating why one of its Toronto chapters hosted a Rebel News book event, saying “it never should have happened.”t. “This goes against our anti-hate policy and the Provincial Commands have been notified,” the legion tweeted. The event went ahead anyway — despite a new policy instituted after one of its Alberta chapters was found to have counted members of the far-right group Soldiers of Odin among its ranks. …The national legion instituted the new policy, stating in part ‘no branch or command within the legion may affiliate itself in any manner whatsoever with a group or organization that promotes or is known to promote hatred or violence due to ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other social determinant. This also applies to legion support of groups affiliated with organizations that espouse hostility.'” The policy goes on to say that it is up to branch and provincial executives to ‘use their best judgment to ensure policy compliance.’ The national headquarters makes the final determination as to what constitutes a prohibited group, it says.”

This pathetic policy is so loose that it could be used to ban almost anyone. Of course, there’s no hearing or chance for the maligned group to defend itself. What, for instance, would promoting hatred … due to any other social determinant” be? Whatever became of freedom of speech and due process? Weren’t these the reasons men and women risked and even sacrificed their lives in two World Wars? The Legion seems to have become just a cozy watering hole for politically correct types. What a fall?

Both my parents fought in World War II, my mother, 1939-1945, as a nurse in the Canadian Army; my father, 1943-1945, in the Royal Canadian Navy. People enlisted for many reasons, some after 10 years of the Depression, just to be assured of shelter, clothes and three meals a day.  Many enlisted for idealistic reasons. Having spoken to many old vets, I learned that they felt they were fighting for a better world, a “free world”, summarized in the famous  WW II song by Vera Lynn “We’ll Meet Again” One line promises, “we’ll meet again, tomorrow, when the world is free.”

How could those bureaucrats who run the Legion so betray the ideals of freedom? This isn’t the first time. In May of 2018, “A political party with controversial views on immigration and multiculturalism have been left scrambling after the Royal Canadian Legion cancelled a town hall it planned to hold at a legion building in Halifax on Friday. The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) … was set to host its meeting at the legion branch at 6158 Almon St. at 5:30 p.m. … ‘ When RCL Branch 27 learned that the booking was intended as a town hall meeting for the National Citizens Alliance, the booking was cancelled,’ she wrote. (Global News, May 31, 2019)

So, criticizing immigration and multiculturalism gets you banned from the Legion. Just what were these men fighting for?

The current Legion leadership has betrayed the ideal of freedom of speech. People should reconsider support for the November 11 Poppy Campaign. Why support an institution that no longer supports free speech? You’ll see donation boxes with poppies in many stores. The box has the phone number of the local legion. Write it down, phone them and let them know you are reconsidering your donation this year because the Legion seems to have abandoned support for freedom of speech, a goal for which the veterans fought. — Paul Fromm

Three Rebel journalists have been assaulted in three weeks. Enough is enough — we’re fighting back, and we need your help  

Three Rebel journalists have been assaulted in three weeks. Enough is enough — we’re fighting back, and we need your help

 

Assault on Keean Bexte

Our Calgary reporter, Keean Bexte, was assaulted by a leftist activist while he was covering the United We Roll pro-pipeline convoy in Ottawa.

Keean covered the official speeches by the United We Roll folks. But as we do, we like to cover what the critics say — often just because they are so inarticulate, it’s sort of amazing. So Keean was amongst the antifa just asking them for their views. And he was talking to one guy — the guy with the aviator glasses, when some other leftist thug sneaked up on him and just hit him.

Now, obviously, it didn’t deeply hurt Keean. But it was shocking. And it damaged his phone. And more to the point — it was an assault.

This is him:

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And the cops — just did nothing. In fact, worse than nothing — Keean told me that police, who were literally standing right there, police said to him if he wanted to make a complaint, he should call the police department. They were right there. But they couldn’t care less.

Assault on David Menzies and Efron

A couple of weeks ago, two other Rebel journalists were attacked. Again, they weren’t beaten to a pulp; I don’t think they were hurt; but so what — you can’t punch a journalist.

A manager at the Radisson Toronto East manhandled David Menzies, and our cameraman Efron earlier this month.

You can’t punch people. We were lawfully on that property; that Radisson manager then asked us to leave, and we were about to leave, Menzies even started to say he was leaving, but before that manager even finished his sentence, he just punched David and Efron, and punched our gear.

We filed a lawsuit in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, against the Radisson Toronto East hotel, and their manager David Strong, on behalf of our employees, David and Efron.

We’re not suing for millions. We know that they weren’t wounded for life. The money isn’t even the point — we’re suing for just $10,000 each, a total of $20,000. We’ll pay far more than that in legal fees. We’re suing to make a point — you can’t hit people. Even if you disagree with them. You can’t do that, whether your a person, or a multi-billion dollar corporation like Radisson.

Not the first time Rebel journalists have been hit

Of course, this isn’t the first time a rebel journalist has been assaulted. The worst was when some male feminist named Dion Bews hit our Sheila Gunn Reid — at a women’s march, no less.

The CBC actually took the side of the thug in their news reports, trying to humanize him and paint him as the victim. In the end, Dion Bews was convicted, but because of a court error, he got off with a slap on the wrist.

So we sued Bews in civil court for more than a year, and we finally got justice in the form of a court order.Here’s what the judge who upheld our lawsuit against that thug Dion Bews had to say:

Mr. Bews is entitled to his political views, and the Plaintiff and The Rebel are entitled to their political views.  Mr. Bews however, was not entitled to commit assault and battery because his political views differed from those of the Plaintiff or The Rebel.

You can read the entire decision, here.

So we did that. It cost us more than $30,000 in legal bills. Bews had to pay Sheila just $3,500 and for the rest of his life he’ll be known as the cowardly male feminist who hits women.

Help identify the Antifa thug

If you can help identify the Antifa thug who hit Keean, then please email tips@therebel.media with his identity. We’ll keep you confidential. If you are the first to positively ID him, we’ll pay you $500.

Don’t take the law into your own hands. No vigilantism, please. Just tell us who he is, and we’ll do the rest — we’ll put him to the law, as we did with Dion Bews.

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So this is him, two different perspectives. That’s who hit Keean. In Ottawa. So he’s probably from there. He seemed to be someone who protests a lot; he seems to be political. My suspicion is that he’s some public sector union thug who protests every day, and when he saw our people, he wants to do more than protest — he wanted to punch a conservative.

Help fund our lawyers

The second thing I need your help with is to pay for the lawyers.

If Sheila were a Liberal, if David and Efron and Keean were Liberals, not only would they not have been attacked, but if they were, police would take care of everything. They didn’t charge the Radisson manager, and they didn’t lift a finger in Ottawa. So, we have to pay for justice.

The lawsuit for Sheila cost us more than $30,000. It wasn’t about the money. It was about defending our people, standing up to bullies, and letting the world know that if you come for the rebel, we’ll come for justice. (By the way, David, Efron and Keean didn’t ask me to do this. I’m choosing to do this. Because I am grateful to them for suffering for our journalism, and because it’s right.)

I’m going to need $500 to pay the bounty to identify this thug, because the police don’t plan to investigate. And then I’m going to need $30,000 to sue him, and $30,000 to sue the Radisson.

Do you think that’s wasteful? Do you think that’s a luxury? I don’t. It’s my way of saying to Keean and David and Efron that I value them and I respect them and I want to treat them how I would want to be treated if I myself were assaulted by a left-wing thug.

That’s my goal — $60,500. If you can help me cover those legal bills, please do. I promise to keep you posted on the case.

This is part of the price of being a conservative in Canada. But I think we have to pay it. If you think so too, please help us out by contributing below.

Gad Saad believes in free speech at (almost) all costs

Gad Saad is Jewish and emigrated from Lebanon due to religious persecution, yet he supports the freedom of speech of Holocaust deniers.

Gad Saad is Concordia University’s Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences and Darwinian Consumption. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Gad Saad is Jewish and emigrated from Lebanon due to religious persecution, yet he supports the freedom of speech of Holocaust deniers.

That’s how committed he is to an open dialogue, something he says is being lost in the western world.

Saad is scheduled to speak Monday evening at the University of Regina on “forces that impede the free and rational exchange of ideas.”

“I support the right of grotesque, diabolical people saying that the Holocaust and anything that I might have experienced is a hoax. Why? Because that’s what freedom of speech is. It’s the right for people to be idiots, to be wrong,” said Saad, a marketing professor at Montreal’s Concordia University and the Canada Research Chair in evolutionary behavioural sciences and Darwinian consumption.

There are only two exceptions to “absolute” freedom of speech, said Saad.

The first is using words to directly incite violence against other people.

The second is defaming or libelling someone.

Those criteria aside, it is “dangerous” to decide what other people can and can’t say.

That’s what happened last month, as Saad was set to be part of a panel at Toronto’s Ryerson University, which was cancelled in protest of two speakers: Faith Goldy, a Rebel Media contributor, and Jordan Peterson, a professor who has refused to use students’ preferred gender pronouns.

The panel discussion topic was “the stifling of free speech on university campuses.”

“I guess the irony was lost on the people who shut us down that that event was stifled,” said Saad.

Saad counts himself as neither right nor left on the political spectrum, but “a classically liberal guy.” He said the political left drives most of academia, which can be detrimental.

“As a student, what you’d like to develop is your ability to critically think, to analyze different positions and then form an informed opinion,” said Saad.

“But if most of the professors tend to be almost exclusively linked to one particular political ideology, then you are removing the intellectual diversity that is needed, especially in a university.”

Saad said he has received emails from students who are afraid to express an unpopular opinion lest they be ostracized or receive a failing grade.

“Really we’re pretty much like North Korea at this point,” said Saad.

“I mean, people are walking around afraid that someone might find out the dark, dark secret that they preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton.

“You could have a million very, very good reasons to dislike Trump, and I would understand probably all of them. But is it really a good idea for professors and for students to be walking around fearful …? Is this the type of intellectual environment that we want?”

Saad said to shut down free speech in fear of hurt feelings is a “slippery slope that becomes an abyss of infinite lunacy.”

He said if people disagree with an idea, they should “fight them with better ideas.”

“Be committed to the truth, battle others peacefully through dialogue, through debate, through science, and then hopefully the better ideas win,” he said.

“But what we’re seeing today is there is a group of people that get to decide whether Gad Saad is allowed to speak on campus or not. And if people don’t see how dangerous that is, then I’m afraid we’ve already lost the battle.”

Saad is scheduled to speak Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the U of R Education Auditorium.

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