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Cancelled: Trumping Right-Wing Populism, Canadian Style

Challenging the Rise of the Right

Part of Media Democracy Days and the 2019 Community Summit.

*Notice: We're sorry to say that due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled. We are working to reschedule this talk in the fall of 2019.*

While we would like to blame Donald Trump for the rise of the extreme right in Canada, there are a host of endogenous factors that have rendered Canada vulnerable to this trend. Our own breed of right-wing populism pre-dates the election of Trump and takes a peculiar yet also menacing form, ranging from political and media narratives that vilify newcomers and Muslims, et al., to social media platforms that breed fear and anxiety through purposive campaigns of misinformation.

After contextualizing the resurgence of right-wing extremism in Canada, Barbara Perry will offer a number of strategies that might be employed to challenge the current expression of hate fueled by the movement.


Fri, April 12, 2019 | 7 - 9:00 PM


Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch
Alice MacKay Room - Lower Level
350 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, B.C.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

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The Alice MacKay Room is located on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library central branch at 350 West Georgia Street.

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Gender-neutral washrooms are located on the lower level outside the entrance to the Alice MacKay Room.

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Barbara Perry

Barbara Perry is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and the Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. She has written extensively on social justice generally, and hate crime specifically. She has published several books spanning both areas, including Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada, and In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime. She has also published in the area of Native American victimization and social control, including one book entitled The Silent Victims: Native American Victims of Hate Crime, and Policing Race and Place: Under- and Over-enforcement in Indian Country both of which were based on interviews with Native Americans (University of Arizona Press). She was the General Editor of a five volume set on hate crime (Praeger), and editor of Volume 3: Victims of Hate Crime of that set. Her work has been published in journals representing diverse disciplines: Theoretical Criminology, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of History and Politics, andAmerican Indian Quarterly. Dr. Perry continues to work in the area of hate crime, and has made substantial contributions to the limited scholarship on hate crime in Canada, including work on anti-Muslim violence, hate crime against LGBTQ communities, the community impacts of hate crime, and right wing extremism in Canada. She is regularly called upon by local, national and international media as an expert on hate crime and right-wing extremism.

Am Johal

Am Johal is Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and is a board member with 221A Gallery, the Indian Summer Festival and the Bloom Group. He is an Associate of SFU's Centre for Dialogue, SFU's Institute for the Humanities and is a former member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission and the Vancity Community Foundation. He is co-author with Matt Hern and Joe Sacco of 'Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale' published in 2018 by the MIT Press and author of 'Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene' by Atropos Press in 2015. In the late nineties, he was involved with Communities Against Racism and Extremism in Surrey.


Tara Mahoney

Tara Mahoney is the creative director of Gen Why Media and is currently the Climate Change Communication Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation. She is also a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where her research explores the intersection of neoliberalism and emerging forms of participatory political culture in Canada. As a part of graduate work, she led the Creative Publics Lab and has been a research assistant on the national SSHRC-funded research projects Participedia and ‘Art for Social Change (ASC!): an integrated research program in teaching, evaluation and capacity-building’.

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