March 21, 2010
By Jeff Parkinson
How many keystone cops does it take to separate hundreds of protestors on opposite sides of a contentious issue? Judging by the actions of the OPP today, the answer is under a dozen.
As most who read this site already know, today was to be Merlyn Kinrade’s Anti Racism rally in Caledonia, but a somewhat intriguing development caused a change in plans. Tom Keefer of CUPE 3909 brought his unkempt rabble to town to hold a counter protest which he not so creatively called “the anti racism rally”.
Keefer was mistakenly alleged by the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs to have been formally expelled from Concordia university and banned from campus for spray painting antisemitic slogans on school property and threatening security guards who tried to stop him.(1)
In a letter to me this morning, Mr. Keefer denies that allegation, and states that he was exonerated and reinstated. When asked to provide documentation to this effect, Mr Keefer provided some questionable material, but we have dug up the evidence on our own and it would appear that the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs was mistaken. They drew what they perhaps thought to be a reasonable conclusion at the time, but to be clear Tom Keefer was never charged with painting graffiti of any kind.
More information is becoming available to us on this topic, and it will be explored further once we have had enough time to properly review all of the evidence.