There is a story unfolding in Canada that should be on the front page of every newspaper not just in Canada but in the West. But it’s not which is in and of itself a major story.
The Mississauga Gazette published an article, “Bonnie’s Muslims Are Molesting Teenage Girls in Mississauga High Schools.” This is not new. We have seen these attacks everywhere with large Muslim populations, like Mississauga. This website’s readers are long familiar with Mississauga, home of Aqsa Parvez who was honor murdered by her father and brother for her refusal to wear the hijab. Atlas readers contributed to a memorial grove in her name (and the victims of honor killings worldwide).
In response to the article, the craven Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie a filed hate crime complaint against paper. The journalist quit. The article was pulled by the publisher who declared it ‘public domain’ and called for those who stand in defense of freedom to reprint it.
I have not been able to track it down. If any reader has access to it, please send it along to email@example.com
A PUBLIC STATEMENT
10/07/2016, 11:45am EDT
By Acton Michaels
Please Stop The Threats
Good morning Mississauga,
To the men on the phone issuing death threats to our staff. You have succeeded in doing three things:
- Forcing a young lady to quit the Mississauga Gazette.
- Proving my point about the dangers of willful blindness on the part of Canadians.
- Proving that freedom of speech is a thing of the past.
I have taken this article down for now as I don’t want violence brought upon my team. Journalists and Columnists should be free to report on the news in Canada without fearing for their lives.
WE NOW DO.
If any of you have made copies of the article, I declare the article IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. Go ahead and publish it, monetize and so whatever you wish with it.
I am curious to see how all media outlets in this country are going to portray this. I really hope that the death threats we have had to endure make into the story. Well Canada, now you know the harsh reality of life.
Freedom of speech is dead. Select religions can threaten you with death, and your politicians and newspapers will SUPPORT THEM and not the honour of all the men and women who have died to ensure that you all have the right to walk on safe streets and say what you want to say.
Canada is just about dead, and you have all given your country away without a fight. I weep for the Maple Leaf and I weep for the future, as it won’t be one of peace, prosperity and happiness as my generation enjoyed.
Go and be with your families. Go and enjoy your freedom while you have it, and stay off the Internet if you think it’s going to make you angry.
THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER PUBLIC STATEMENTS MADE ON THIS ISSUE. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie says she has filed a hate-crime complaint with Peel police after a local website published an article claiming the mayor is trying to convert the city to Islam so “they can kill her son just for being gay.”
The article, published by the Mississauga Gazette on Friday, also claims that Crombie “won’t rest until all girls in Mississauga are victims of rich rapists,” describing the actions of Muslim boys in Mississauga high schools, claiming they routinely assault girls.
“Racism and flat-out lies have no place in Mississauga,” Crombie said Saturday.
“I was very disturbed. I have sent the article to Peel police . . . To paint any group like this, based on religion or ethnicity or anything, is reprehensible.”
Crombie said she has also contacted her own lawyer to address what she believes is a libel against her. The article’s listed author is Acton Michaels, identified as the Gazette’s editor in chief. He did not respond to the Star.
A man who confirmed to the Star that he’s the webmaster and co-owner of the Gazette said that though he might have posted the article, he is not responsible for it. “I’m responsible for the stuff I write . . . everybody else, I just put the content up,” said Kevin Johnston.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t entirely read the article, I just knew it was about young ladies being pestered by Muslim boys at a high school.”
Johnston said his recollection is that he launched the publication in 2014. According to the website, which features numerous ads promoting restaurants, sports leagues, developers and at least one of Canada’s major banks, the Mississauga Gazette has 13 people working for it including Johnston and Michaels.
Asked if he will remove the article from the website, Johnston said, “If I’m instructed by a court of law with my name on the court order to remove something, I certainly would.” He also said it will be removed if one of the website’s investors or co-owners asks him to do so.
Asked if it would be removed for any possible legal issue, he responded: “Would I do it because you’re suggesting that some article . . . that was placed on a website should come down because . . . Bonnie thinks it should? No, I wouldn’t do that.”
Last year Crombie publicly criticized Johnston during a council meeting after he spread literature denigrating the Muslim community while advocating against the construction of a proposed new mosque. Crombie, city staff and all but one councillor supported the mosque’s construction, which was approved.
After the Gazette article’s publication, Johnston said, the Muslim community is “the only community that (Crombie is) doing anything for. I mean, come on, we have Islamic Heritage Month now in Ontario for the entire month of October. I take issue with that.”
Since being elected in 2014, Crombie has helped organize an effort to raise $5 million to settle Syrian refugees, championed the new mosque’s construction and last month led a push for a city-wide parking exemption to accommodate celebrations for Eid al-Adha, a significant Islamic holy day.
The article published Friday includes the headline, “Bonnie’s Muslims Are Molesting Teenage Girls in Mississauga Highschools.” It claims that Michaels was told by the father of a Grade 10 student at Rick Hansen Secondary School that she has been routinely assaulted by Muslim boys there. The article claims that the school has refused to comment and that such incidents involving Muslim boys are common in Mississauga high schools.
Carla Pereira, manager of communications for the Peel District School Board, which includes Rick Hansen Secondary, told the Star Saturday that the school’s principal and vice-principals have “never heard of” the allegations in the article before.
Regarding the Gazette article’s claim that the school has refused to comment, Pereira said, “They did not call the school for a comment.”
She said the alleged behaviour by male Muslim students is “not anything we’re seeing in our schools.”
The National Council of Canadian Muslims, an advocacy group based in Ottawa, described the article as an act of hate.
“The writer of this screed should certainly be investigated by the authorities for promoting hatred and potentially inciting violence, as he clearly calls on people to ‘take the law into their own hands,’ which could be interpreted in a number of dangerous ways,” said spokesperson Amira Elghawaby.
Crombie said it’s not the attacks on her she’s most disturbed by, it’s the article’s attacks on her family, as well as the entire Muslim community.
“Even though the attacks against me need to be dealt with, attacking my family is way out of bounds. And ever since the mosque debate, the Muslim community has taken the high road. But this has crossed the line.”
The Gazette also features advertisements for three Mississauga city councillors. Chris Fonseca, Jim Tovey and Pat Saito all said they had no idea the publication was running ads for them on its website and that it was done without their authorization.
“I’m disgusted,” Tovey said, after seeing the article, adding “It’s just awful.” He said he will contact his lawyer about the matter.
Fonseca said the article does not represent Mississauga values and its rich diversity.