A journalist from another network jeopardized my safety when I was reporting on the Camp Cloud anti-pipeline protest occupation on Burnaby Mountain.
We went to cover the promised July 21st 6 a.m eviction of illegal squatters from the hovels and tents they’ve erected adjacent to a Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain facility in Burnaby’s Forest Grove neighbourhood.
The eviction deadline came and went without their removal, but the day was still eventful. When we arrived, we hopped a concrete barrier (erected to ensure protesters aren’t run over as they live and sleep in a ditch) to get a better look at the KM tank farm.
That led to a confrontation with a protestor who accused us of “trespassing” on their land. It was strange, but we diffused the situation that ended with a handshake.
Until a reporter from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) named Justin Brake, came barrelling down the hill from the camp. Initially, I thought he was a protester, but then he shoved his cell phone in my face and started interrogating me, wanting to know who I was, who I worked for and why I would even think the camp was newsworthy.
Can you imagine someone with media asking why I thought Kinder Morgan was newsworthy? That was bizarre enough. However what happened next was unbelievable, as you’ll see.
I’ve already been assaulted at work by a left-wing male feminist at the Edmonton Women’s March in 2017. Dion Bews was charged and I sued him successfully in civil court.
That's why I have to have a bodyguard now, especially when I go to places like Camp Cloud, and we needed him every minute. I won’t be bullied or intimidated away from doing my job. Now now, not ever.
Brake’s boss at APTN is a woman named Karen Pugliese, and she's also the boss at the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).
Pugliese wants to hold an inquiry into Rebel’s treatment of a Buzzfeed reporter named Scaatchi Khoul who attended our Rebel Live event this spring in Toronto. We did call her out for past remarks about Rebel viewers but her safety was never in question.
Unlike those at Camp Cloud, we’ve never been violent. We didn’t ask her to leave and in fact, hoped she would stay.
What will Pugliese do about her subordinate Justin Brake? Will she call for a CAJ inquiry into what he did to compromise my safety when he tried to rile up a proxy army of miscreant ditch sleepers to scare me off the mountain?
Or do I not count, one more time, because I am a conservative journalist?
P.S. To see all Rebel reports from the Camp Cloud protest site, please VISIT RebelBurnaby.com.