Surprise! Some Alberta Wexit Bros Are Also Nazis
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Today we’re bringing you stories about: a bunch of Nazi Wexiteers; the Manitoba government looking to slash labour rights in the province; the city of Ottawa having no interest in cutting back a police budget increase; how you may need to update your phone if you’re getting odd COVID Alert notifications; how even people with mild COVID symptoms can be in it for the long haul.
All aboard for some news of the day:
Surprise! Some Alberta Wexit Bros Are Also Nazis
Out in wild rose country, a bunch of 20-something members of the Alberta Separatist Youth League (ASYL) are looking to inject some Nazism into the movement.
Here’s some context from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (AHN), which broke the story and revealed the names of these 20 men:
Founded by three self-identified Groypers — an alt-right neo-Nazi ideology connected to the fandom of American white supremacist Nick Fuentes — they used social media such as Telegram and Facebook, as well as the infamous neo-Nazi forum Stormfront to recruit new members.
Co-founder Eli Weisberg described them as “young politicians” in a recruitment post on Stormfront; the ASYL seeks to insert itself into the Albertan nationalist, separatist, and patriot landscape through a variety of connections to political parties in the province.
Essentially, this group is hoping to push the Wexit movement toward fascism by putting a happy face on their Hitlerian tendencies. Two of the founders, Weisberg and Sam Bell, have connections within fringe right wing Albertan political parties, the Wildrose Independence Party and the Alberta Advantage Party.
One of the recruitment posts is particularly chilling:
“All of us have provincial political experience, have helped to start many mainstream conservative parties and groups (including Wexit Alberta) which do not engage in National Socialist activism,” Weisberg, posting as OfOneHeart, writes on Stormfront. “We’re going to try our best to build something real and honourable to uphold the fourteen words. […] People of all levels of redpill are welcome!”
The folks over at the Progress Report asked multiple people involved in the Alberta independence scene what they thought of the AHN report. Rick Northey, Wildrose Independence Party president, said Bell never actually bought a membership in the party, but he’d be booted if he did.
Others were less willing to condemn the men:
Peter Downing, self-described co-founder of the Wexit movement, was dismissive of the CAHN report when we interviewed him. […] We asked Downing if he condemned Nazism in the Wexit movement, but he declined. “As soon as you guys get rid of your bad apples, your communists and your perverts,” said Downing, “then I will be more than happy to denounce neo-Nazis — if they exist in the Wexit movement.”
So that’s fun.
- Dig Deeper: Alberta’s Rural Crime Motion Will Empower Extremist Militias – read more
- The Manitoba government has reintroduced 33 bills after returning from COVID-19 prorogation.
- The most consequential of these bills is probably Bill 16, which looks to hack away at labour rights in the province.
- From the Winnipeg Sun: “[a clause in Bill 16 would] allow an employer to terminate an employee for just cause based on strike-related misconduct, even if the employee has not been convicted of a criminal offence. It also would lower the threshold for a decertification vote and for decertification.”
- In Alberta: Jason Kenney Is Trying To Kill Alberta’s Labour Movement – read more
- The City of Ottawa overwhelmingly voted against a proposal to cut some of a planned increase to police funding and divert that money to public health.
- Some councillors wanted to limit the force’s budget increase to 1.5 per cent, instead of the proposed 3 per cent
- Dig Deeper: Defunding Police Is A Necessary First Step Toward Abolition – read now
- If you’re getting weird notifications from the COVID Alert app about “Potential exposures” but finding the app giving you a thumbs-up when you open it, you’re not alone. Turns out it’s a glitch in Apple’s iOS.
- To fix the issue, all you need to do is update your phone.
- Dig Deeper: Don’t Blame China For Your Government’s COVID-19 Failures – read now
As the pandemic enters month 30 billion, it’s becoming increasingly clear that getting even a mild case can have serious consequences, as some have been burdened by symptoms that last for months with little respite.
One victim of the Long COVID is Brendan Delaney, who at 57 years old used to be able to ride his bicycle for as many as 240 kilometres in a day. Then he got COVID-19.
Here’s Bloomberg with more: Seven months later, he is still not back to normal. He can’t imagine getting back on a bike and says that if he pushes himself too hard, he ends up in bed with a fever for a couple of days. He considers himself lucky that he’s able to work. Many other Long COVID sufferers cannot.
The story lays out how many Long COVID sufferers never had any underlying conditions, and were never hospitalized for the illness.
Long COVID is a grim reminder that the pandemic isn’t just about who lives and dies, and that the risks of reopening too soon are widespread.
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