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Is Canada Becoming the Proving Ground for Eco-Terrorism?

Canadian enviro-activists are openly threatening to break the law, and they're being funded by U.S. interest groups.

by
Kathy Shaidle

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January 16, 2014 - 7:00 am

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Foreigners think of Canada as a nation untouched by terrorism, and it’s true that we’ve been (mostly) spared the sorts of atrocities experienced in New York City, London and Bali, to name three relatively recent targets.

Yet even many Canadians don’t give much thought to the domestic terrorism we’ve been subjected to in the not so distant past:

The FLQ’s campaign of mayhem occurred in a previous generation; millions of us probably haven’t even heard of the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade, or just barely recall the Squamish Five.

We also assure ourselves that “terrorism never accomplishes anything anyway,” ignoring the obvious:

Quebec now gets trillions of dollars in glorified protection money from the ROC (the “rest of Canada”) lest those violent separatists get restless again.

The Brigade’s fire-bombing of “XXX” video stores ushered in tighter Canadian laws against porn, while the Litton Systems bombing cost them their contract to produce cruise missile guidance systems for the U.S. military.

Interestingly, all these events were undertaken by crazy white lefties; the plans of belligerent Muslims to behead the prime minister or sabotage a commuter train were headed off by the authorities.

Meanwhile, a new generation of crazy white lefties (and their aboriginal allies) are candidly declaring their plans to use eco-terrorism to get their way, most recently in a cover story in the Canadian equivalent of The Village Voice.


Brian Lilley at Sun News reports:

If the burning of RCMP cars and violent tussles with police in Rexton, N.B., shocked you last fall, then get ready — you ain’t seen nothing yet. Environmental radicals are gearing up to fight the Northern Gateway pipeline using violence if need be. (…)

Shannon Hecker, a UBC anthropology student also interviewed for the [alt-weekly cover] story, told the [Georgia] Straight that when it comes to using violence, “That depends on your willingness to commit.

“I don’t want to tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t do. But we all need to be aware that this is a war.”

Ezra Levant’s investigation exposed other Canadian activists matter of factly talking about breaking the law, but more importantly, he theorizes about why they’ve suddenly become so bold.

It helps that the “grassroots” Canadian activists are heavily funded by wealthy U.S. environmental groups. (No, that’s not illegal.)

And it doesn’t hurt that Canadian police at all levels ignore crimes committed by native protesters — including attacks on police personnel and property — but handcuff non-native counter protestors for “crimes” such as “carrying a Canadian flag on a public road.”

Levant also points to the “Overton Window” phenomenon, by which the previously unthinkable eventually becomes acceptable.

Due to unrelenting exposure and pressure by activists, the average person can come to accept the unacceptable as “the new normal.”

Today, the Georgia Straight is, arguably, granting their imprimatur to sabotage. Tomorrow, it may be a more mainstream publication.

Then an independent movie. Then a Hollywood production.

All gradually wearing down the resistance of decent folks.

The Straight, Levant says, “just fired the starter pistol for a crime spree.”

But it will probably win a bunch of journalism awards for bravery, so it will all have been worthwhile.

(KATHY SHAIDLE is a blogging pioneer who runs FiveFeetOfFury, now in its 14th year. She's been called "one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our time," by MARK STEYN. Her NEW book is Confessions of A Failed Slut (Thought Catalog, 2014).

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File a HRC complaint against this young lady. All you need to do is feel threatened by her speech. They did it to Ezra and Mark Steyn. Anytime these saboteurs say these things, file with the HRC. These are clearly menacing words. Make these lefties feel the pain of their beloved system.
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To bad we can't arrest posters here for "provocation" like you apparently feel is acceptable in a free society. I grew up many years ago on the Canadian border and now I find myself wondering what the hell happened to you guys. The Canadians I knew were practical, self-reliant, down to earth and had a great sense of humor. Bitter, deluded and hair trigger angry at anyone who disagrees with your naive and dangerous world view is no way to go through life my friend.
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Just ignore bulbulican. He's one of my longtime stalkers.

Here are the actual details:

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/11/05/an-unlikely-canadian-heros-tale-of-non-violent-defiance/

A "police instruction" not to fly a Canadian flag is meant to be defied. At least that's what a real man and not a lefty beta male would do.
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And, lets not forget its export to other countries as well: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/2-canadian-women-arrested-in-mexico-firebombing-1.2487935
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File a HRC complaint against this young lady. All you need to do is feel threatened by her speech. They did it to Ezra and Mark Steyn. Anytime these saboteurs say these things, file with the HRC. These are clearly menacing words. Make these lefties feel the pain of their beloved system.
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“crimes” such as “carrying a Canadian flag on a public road.”

Wait, what?
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In adition to Kathy's reply here is an interview with Gary McHale about the arrests. http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/featured/prime-time/867432237001/outrageous-arrest/1437439832001
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Just ignore bulbulican. He's one of my longtime stalkers.

Here are the actual details:

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/11/05/an-unlikely-canadian-heros-tale-of-non-violent-defiance/

A "police instruction" not to fly a Canadian flag is meant to be defied. At least that's what a real man and not a lefty beta male would do.
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Our own eco-terrorists were running wild throughout the nineties. State authorities claimed helplessness because the "ELF's were loosely affiliated and bounced around a lot. The feds couldn't be bothered. And so it went: burning ski slope developments, trashing laboratories, terrorizing scientists and so on. Finally, after 9/11, GWB must have made a five-minute phone call and suddenly the FBI and the U.S. Marshals were on the case. "Domestic terrorists" were being taken seriously and with a little elementary, interstate police work, a few of the ringleaders were tracked down and the adorable little scamps were presented with some adult-sized punishments. They sang like canaries and some more people were rounded up. They were sent off to do serious hard time in actual prisons. There was a spate of Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and The Nation articles lionizing our controversial heroes but that only served to get the message out. This had a magical effect and the armies of green saboteurs and monkey-wrenchers seemingly evaporated or found other outlets.

If the powers-that-be in loonie-land have decided that the goateed, birkenstocked, knit-chullo cap-wearing lily-white bomb-throwers and their get-out-of-jail card wielding "First Nations" allies can go about their antics un-impeded, I can only guess that grassroots political pressure is the only answer. Either that, or they actually kill someone or damage something belonging to Warren Buffet.
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Have you forgotten Wiebo Ludwig? I don't think he was a "leftist" but he was adored by the CBC and other left-wing environmental fanatics.
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Oh, yes, I did forget about that guy. Thanks!
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