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Nov. 2, 2022

Bias, Hate and Extremism in Rural Canada - Part 2

Bias, Hate and Extremism in Rural Canada - Part 2
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Bias, Hate and Extremism - Part 2

(This episodes is the second of two-parts)

This is part 2 of a two part series on bias, hate and extremism, specifically in rural Canada. If you haven’t heard it, I hope you listen to part one, but it’s not a prerequisite to listen to this one.

In part one I talked about how most people hold opinions and biases and that in online spaces, particularly social media platforms, with algorithms that help put items in front of you similar to what you’ve already clicked on, that this can make it much easier to spread mis and disinformation.

In the first episode, I spoke with Dr. Barbara Perry, Director at the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the Ontario Tech UniversityandEtienne Quintal, Manager of the Online Hate Research and Education Project with theToronto Holocaust Education Centre


In this episode, I speak with Kurt Phillips, who started doing anonymous online research into hate groups in Canada, but he was doxxed in recent years, losing his anonymity. He’s a board member of theCanadian Anti-Hate Network and also a high school teacher in rural Alberta. He names quite a few of the right wing extremist groups to be aware of, we talk about the players in the Freedom Convoy and what he finds most troubling about the future.


Canadian Anti-Hate Network's Educational Toolkit, which is a Government of Canada-funded resource, aims to give teachers and students the tools to address displays of hate on campus.


TheToronto Holocaust Education Centre is developing its owneducational portal. Right now, it contains Canada's Hate Symbols List, which currently has 90 symbols listed and they’re working towards around 250. They will soon be uploading reports, educational resources, and translating the Symbols list into French in the coming months. It's similar to theADL's symbol list.