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UFO sightings, multilevel marketing schemes, an escape from the ‘New World Order’, and admiration for The Protocols of The Elders of Zion influence a Corozal commune run by a Toronto woman.

“Remove your face mask and do not comply

You are not the reason dying Grandma died”

Already unusual lyrics for a song. More unsettling, still, to hear on a Christmas carol.

Posted in December of 2020, the song was recorded on video and posted on Serenity Retreats Belize’s social media…

Social media posts from People’s Party of Canada candidates running this election include references to the fifth dimension, starseeds, and a galactic federation.

Left: A woman meditates in space. Right: three robed figures hold balls of light to the sky.
Left: Chelsey Taylor. Right: An image posted by Rayna Boychuk. Both images retrieved from Instagram.

Two candidates for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada have described themselves as lightworkers.

Rayna Boychuk, the PPC Member of Parliament candidate for Langley-Aldergrove, described herself as a “divine being in human form” and “a truth seeker guiding humanity to 5D”.

Boychuk has made posts on social media referring to…

An online community dedicated to “the use of magick for the betterment of Afghanistan” may have started off genuine, but its 2.4 thousand user base is now largely far-right trolls.

Crescent moon behind a thin cloud.
Photo by Ashwini Chaudhary on Unsplash

This article has been updated to include comment from the online community’s creator.

Content warning: references to violence, hate speech

A Subreddit created on Tuesday has grown to host a clash between modern witches and pro-Taliban internet trolls.

Described as “a group of magickal practitioners who have taken up the…

Spoiler: It’s not worth much.

Content warning: racism and bodily fluids

As vaccine hesitancy persists, anti-vaxxers — mostly men — are coming up with creative takes about the future value of their sperm.

And while sperm banks have told me requests for “unvaccinated sperm” are hardly common, they have received some.

The topic is a…

Canadian anti-masker Chris Sky has demonstrated a long pattern of violent rhetoric, including but not limited to allegations against police officers.

Photo by Kindel.

On Thursday Toronto Police arrested Chris Saccoccia, better known as Chris Sky, and charged him with the following:

1. Three counts of Utter Death Threat
2. Assault Peace Officer with a Weapon
3. Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance

Saccoccia first issued threats on May 12. When police first went to…

A bar of soap, several Twitch suspensions, and particularly bad “Bronchitis” season have made one thing for sure: Spring hasn’t been kind to Calgary’s loudest adopted mayoral candidate.

An Irish Spring bar of deodorant soap. Kevin J. Johnston.
This will make sense in a minute.

“The whole household’s sick here. Logan’s sick. Kevin’s sick. So yeah, we’re kind of just all in the dumps right now… But, it’s not Covid.” Derek Storie clarified during an April 23 live stream of The Kevin J. Johnston Show.

Storie, Logan Murphy, and Kevin J. Johnston himself run the…

From cancer to anti-black racist internet trolls, disease discussions have been at the forefront of extremist recruitment long before Covid-19.

Content warning: graphic and deliberate hate speech, racist imagery, racial slurs, domestic abuse, violence to animals

A “no symbol” overlapping a Coronavirus illustration with a Nazi Black Sun.
Illustration by me because I’m a narcissist.

Last Friday, The Trump Administration’s former CDC Director Robert Redfield told CNN that he believed Covid-19 had originated from a lab in Wuhan, China, and “escaped” to the outside world in the Fall of…

The CEO of a company that organized a volunteer trip that a Toronto nurse was returning from when she filmed a viral stunt has condemned her anti-mask activism. …

On March 3 Toronto Caribbean Newspaper, Toronto’s largest Caribbean news outlet, announced a panel of prolific conspiracy theorists and far-right media personalities, including Alex Jones, for an upcoming digital conference.

Awakening World Truth Summit promotion graphic featured Toronto Caribbean Newspaper’s Instagram page.

The conference, titled The Second Coming, is the second event as part of TCN’s Awakening: World Truth Summit. The first speakers’ panel took place on January 2 and featured David Icke, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament Randy Hillier, and Pastor Henry Hildebrandt among others. Both Icke and Hildebrandt are returning…

Last week, The National Post and BlogTO published positive stories about a conspiracy theory organization with ties to alt-right movements. Both outlets left out crucial background information.

A screen capture of a National Post and a BlogTO article, both covering ‘We Are All Essential’.

On Wednesday, The National Post published a piece about Vladislav Sobolev, the founder of Hugs Over Masks, and his new spin-off group We Are All Essential, that faced criticism for both its sympathetic tone and details that it left out. The piece was also featured in The Edmonton Journal, despite…

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