Canada has a rich history of right-wing extremism and neo-Nazism distinct from, but influenced by, United States and European hate movements. It's not nearly as fringe anymore, it has inspired terrorist attacks, and there will continue to be casualties. Perhaps more dangerously is the creep of their ideologies which are influencing our mainstream discourse and our politics, reducing the social consequences and thereby emboldening their proponents. For the first time since the WWII period, there's an officially recognized, obviously neo-Nazi federal party called the Canadian Nationalist Party. Their supporters overlap with the more mainstream People's Party of Canada which has attracted hate group supporters with their anti-multiculturalism message. Hate groups that call for the murder of politicians and nonwhite Canadians are holding regular demonstrations in cities across Canada. We are in a cold cultural war right now with flashes of terrorism. The good news is that we have a playbook to win, it's just a matter of resources. This webinar will provide an overview of the state of hate in Canada, how it is being countered, and challenges and proposed paths forward.
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When: October 29, 2019, 1:00 pm EST
Where: Online, via Webex
Panelist: Evan Balgord
Evan Balgord is the Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. He is an investigative journalist and researcher covering the rise of the new far-right and hate groups in Canada. He is a fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs Fellowship in Global Journalism and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Before this, Evan was working as a Special Assistant to Toronto Mayor John Tory. He also served as a Vice President of the Canadian Association of Journalists and is a non-academic affiliate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.
Moderator: Len Rudner
Len Rudner is Principal at Len Rudner & Associates, a consultancy focusing on community advocacy, diversity & inclusion and human rights. He is the former Director of Community Relations and Outreach for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).
Prior to working with CIJA Len was employed in successive roles with Canadian Jewish Congress, acting as Ontario Regional Director, National Director of Community Relations and Ontario Director of Community Relations. He has represented the position of the Jewish community on a variety of issues including antisemitism, discrimination in the workplace, reasonable accommodation and Holocaust denial. He has represented CIJA and CJC at international conferences focusing on Holocaust education, antisemitism, hate speech and freedom of speech.