The hidden problem with Pierre Poilievre’s YouTube videos

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Here’s what’s open and closed in Toronto this Thanksgiving long weekend.

Here’s the latest on pop star Jacob Hoggard’s sexual assault conviction, Alberta’s new premier and Pierre Poilievre’s misogynistic YouTube tags.


“A part of me died that day.” Woman Jacob Hoggard sexually assaulted speaks out at sentencing hearing

Jacob Hoggard, 38, of Hedley, was convicted in June of sexual assault causing bodily harm. The Ottawa woman he sexually assaulted spoke in a Toronto court on Thursday about the impact of that event, Alyshah Hasham reports. “My life as I knew it was stolen from me and shattered beyond recognition,” she said. “The assault took away my value, my intimacy, my body, my confidence and my voice.” Read the powerful victim impact statement in full here.

  • After: The Canadian pop star is now facing the prospect of a prison sentence. The Crown is asking for a sentence of six to seven years.
  • The context: Hoggard was acquitted of sexually touching a 15-year-old fan and sexually assaulting her after she turned 16. He still faces another charge of sexual assault causing bodily harm involving a third complainant, dating back to 2016. Here’s what we know about this ongoing case.

Danielle Smith has won the spectacular UCP race to replace Jason Kenney as premier of Alberta

Jason Kenney is out and media personality Danielle Smith – one of his harshest critics – is in, after winning the United Conservative Party leadership race. The new prime minister is well known for condemning public health measures, riding the wave of anti-vaccine anger and making sweeping promises to push back against the excesses of the federal government, report Alex Boyd and Kieran Leavitt. As critics fear a collision with Ottawa, here’s what you need to know about the significance of Smith’s win.

  • To watch: Early in the UCP race, Smith said her first bill as premier would be the Alberta Sovereignty Act, which she said would allow the province to ignore federal law it doesn’t. ‘do not like.

Justin Trudeau denounces Pierre Poilievre over YouTube video tags linked to the anti-women movement

Before successfully launching his candidacy for leader of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievre built an online following far larger than other Canadian politicians. Did he build his brand by addressing misogynistic online communities? The Prime Minister posed the question to Poilievre after Global News reported that the Conservative leader’s YouTube videos have for many years tagged the acronym ‘Men Going Their Own Way’ – a mostly online movement of men who have decided to exclude women from their lives. on the belief that the movement for gender equality corrupts society. Here’s how Thursday’s House exchange unfolded.

  • After: “The choice made by the Conservative leader to reach out to extremist groups online and to attract anti-women and misogynist groups for his own political gain is a choice he will have to answer to,” Trudeau told the House of Commons. .
  • Go further: The man who killed 10 people and injured 16 others in a 2018 pickup truck attack in Toronto and another who pleaded guilty last month to the murder of a Toronto masseuse both said they were inspired by hatred of women and the incel movement.


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