We are all no doubt better humans, more woke, thanks to Global News August 3rd feature article “The B.C. killings got instant attention, yet crimes against Indigenous women get less. Why?”. We are now aware that we committed the venal sin of not prioritizing our emotion by the acceptable intersectional standards. In paying to much attention to the killing spree commenced in B.C. by 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky we have shown ourselves for the base racists we are. What disgusting creatures we are for being shocked at the death of a young couple celebrating their youth by traveling the world together. We are truly worthless creatures. The fact that Leonard Dyck was found dead in the pairs burned out truck, we don’t yet know how he died or his ethnic affiliation, is immaterial. The fact the two teen killers are believed heavily armed, extremely dangerous and are being hunted while their whereabouts remain a mystery is in no way a mitigating factor. The only reason we focused on any of this was because the murdered young travelers were white. Their obvious privilege of course should make their deaths less meaningful than Indigenous women. We never mention the killing of Indigenous women in this country, never. The parents of these two young people will doubtless find solace and be comforted by their white privilege. This important realization was brought to us by national online journalist, with help from Harvard trained expert Heidi Matthews. Professor Heidi Matthews is Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she also Co-Directs the Nathanson Center on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. How could we not bow in capitulation to their superior virtue. Heidi is of course very seized of the plight of Indigenous people, she will have no truck with any that would disrespect Indigenous rights. Well lets have a little closer look at Heidi shall we, and then circle back to our intrepid Journalist Ms. Gerster.
So Heidi has a background in identity politics. She is working hard to insert this dark ideologies misogynistic, racist precepts into law all over the globe.
“Her work theorizes contemporary shifts in the practice and discourse of the global legal regulation of political violence, with particular attention to history and gender, as well as political, critical and aesthetic theory.”
I take the above from her own Heidi on Demand website, I’m not even kidding about the name. It goes on to say, “Prior to joining Osgoode Hall Law School, Professor Matthews held a British Academy Newton International Fellowship at the SOAS School of Law,
University of London. She served as a law clerk to the judges of the Appeals Chamber at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and as an intern at the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Her doctoral dissertation, “From Aggression to Atrocity: Interrogating the Jus in Bello Turn in International Criminal Law” was awarded Harvard Law School’s Laylin Prize. Professor Matthews has been a Fellow of the Institute for Global Law and Policy and a Clark Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School, as well as a Fellow at the Film Study Center, the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.” Heidi’s latest adventure in woke-ness, as mentioned, consists of her holding the lofty title of Co-Director of the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights. So lets unpack that shall we.
The Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights was founded in 1997 by Mark L Nathanson. He named it after mom and dad, must be a great guy. Maclean’s had this to say in 1997,
“Mark Nathanson is flustered, clearly not used to questions about his life and his career. “I’ve lived in the shadows,” he says. “Quietly.” Not so quietly now. This week, at a ceremony in Toronto, Solicitor General Herb Gray will lead an international group of academics, politicians, judges, police officers and lawyers in a celebration of an extraordinary, $3-million gift that Nathanson has made to Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Its purpose: to fund the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption. The centre, named after Nathanson’s parents, is the only one of its kind in Canada, and has few counterparts anywhere in the world. And the man funding it is intriguing in his own right. At 50, Nathanson, one of two children of a family that operated a wholesale grocery company in Sydney, N.S., has quietly built an immense fortune with an impressive array of enterprises: from African gold mining to consumer electronics, and from intelligence equipment used by governments to an international forensic investigation company headed by his close friend and partner, Rod Stamler, former assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1997/3/24/corporate-crime-buster#!&pid=62
Turns out despite his parental ode Mark is definitely not a very nice guy. Thing is Mark is the founder and owner of IamGold corporation. IamGold is the 16th largest Gold Mining company on the planet. If Mr. Nathanson wants to worry about corruption and human rights then his company should probably stop fighting to silence and forcibly remove Indigenous people, from Ecuador to Ghana, in order to extract their natural resources through corrupted government mechanisms. According to Mining Watch Canada in 2012, IamGoldwas forced to sell part of its stake in Ecuadors Quimsacocha mine, though it then bought a 40% stake in INV metals, the company it sold the mine to. Business is fun. This was because, in the words Carlos Pérez, President of the Union of Community Water Systems of the province of Azuay;
“This company has not obtained the consent of affected communities to carry out this project, because we recognize that our sources of water are going to be irreparably affected if mining takes place in this area,” said the indigenous leader. In October 2011, water users in the communities of Victoria del Portete and Tarqui participated in a local plebiscite in which 92% voted against mining in the area of Quimsacocha. Future plebiscites in nearby communities are anticipated.”
News Release 22 June 2012 ” Ecuadorian Communities Welcome IAMGOLD’s Retreat, Warn INV Metals There’s No Social Licence for Quimsacocha”
IamGolds new Loma Larga Project was plagued by the same pesky Indigenous rights issues but the company vowed to fight tooth and nail and actually threatened to sue the Government of Ecuador if its investment was interfered with by some natives selfish desire for clean water.
Mr Nathanson’s record is not much better for Indigenous people in Africa. In Ghana December 1999, police shot and wounded nine people during demonstrations against the lay off of 1,000 workers by Gold Fields Limited at its Tarkwa mine 18.9% owned by Repadre Capital Corporation of Toronto, Repadre merged with IAMGOLD effective January 7, 2003. On May 8, 2003, IAMGOLD announced a U.S.$159 million expansion of the Tarkwa mine involving the installation of a mill and the buying of a new mining fleet and support equipment. This expansion is expected to increase annual gold production
to over 700,000 ounces. The shooting of nine people discussed above is not the only damage linked to the Tarkwa mine. The operation of the mine has meant the forceful removal of at least 20,000 people from their homes and caused Ghana’s worst environmental disaster. IAMGOLD’s partner Gold Fields has also prevented more than 4,000 members of the Atuabo, Mandekrom and Sofo Mensakrom communities from farming land. According to the Third World Network Africa, villages which have protested have been attacked by mine security and state police. One such community is Nkwantakrom, where 52 mine security and 15 policemen demolished an entire village under the pretext that the settlement is illegal. The fact is that the villagers had complained to the company about their polluted water source.
So much for Transnational Human Rights.
So Heidi since your not a Canadian but a “settler” as your twitter bio proudly boasts, I have a suggestion. How about you take all that woke-ness and “settle” it on down to Ecuador or Ghana and put some of your high priced legal pedigree to work defending the thousands of Indigenous people who are being poisoned, displaced, and even killed by the brutal extraction industry that fuels your staff cocktail parties. You could fight to give Indigenous people democratic, economic, and basic human rights. Perhaps directly save their lives from your filthy master. And on your way there you should definitely stop by and abjectly apologize to the parents and loved ones of the actual humans who’s brutal deaths you so publicly and so casually dismissed because of the color of their skin.
But you won’t Heidi. You won’t because you are a particularly odious species of grifter. You spew cloying choruses of fraudulent virtue, casting shame from your airy academic sacrarium on us sinful serfs. All the while frenziedly stuffing your pockets with Oligarchic lucre and the tax contributions of the contemptible citizenry like the most common of thieves. Even if we discount the hundreds of thousands in fees collected for the half dozen fellowships, and the speaking fees, and the untold amounts she must have made in un-taxable salary as a United Nations aparactchnik, Heidi makes 125k a year as an associate professor at a public university. That is almost twice the average salary in Canada. I find no public evidence of her ever marching, doing volunteer work or anything like it. I was not shocked. She does do a podcast though, I suppose that’s something. To say you disgust me Heidi would be a ludicrous understatement.
It’s okay though Heidi because I’m an actual left wing activist. I had a full length documentary, Déception Durable, premier at le Festival des Films du Monde in Montréal. I funded it out of my own pocket using my pension as a Canadian Forces Veteran. The film was about an attempt to build the largest open pit mine in North America, inside the city limits of Sept-Îles, Québec, on Indigenous Land. I helped shut that mine down. It has never been built. Now I’m going to shut you down. Let’s see how long Osgoode Hall Law School wants to withstand the pressure of supporting a human rights institute funded with blood-soaked gold Heidi. I am literally about to unleash the humorless intersectional inquisition on you and your filthy little virtue factory. No woke cookie for you. Good luck with that.
Now as promised let’s circle back to Ms. Gerster, our hard nosed investigative journalist. I’m sure everything I just outlined will come as a complete shock to you. I’m guessing the awards listed in your impressive sounding bio are for attendance, or perhaps keeping a neat workspace. One does not imagine they are for journalism, because if they were none of this would have been “news” to you. Perhaps your just not a curious person. Because I have to tell you this took me 5 hours of research, while watching my 4 year old. I will commend to you, as I did your execrable accomplice, that you without delay offer your degraded atonement for the disgusting prose you vomited upon us to the loved ones of the dead. But you would need a conscious to feel that urge, an emotion you are not apparently burdened with. As for Global News your sugar daddy is almost gone, your audience has fled your puerile dogmatic detritus and you will follow the rest of your ilk into the dustbin.