February 01, 2019

We Day in Toronto: “Frankly, the entire event was just creepy”

Jessica SwietoniowskiRebel Correspondent

Last September, I was standing in the middle of the Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto, covering WeDay, the huge annual event for students, hosted by the famous Kielburger brothers.


These Canadian brothers have been activists from a young age, starting their charity Free the Children in 1995, to fight child labour around the world.

In 2007, they launched WeDay, which sees students from around Canada packed into stadiums to hear, and cheer on, a progressive message that has grown far beyond the Kielburger's original mission.

The Scotia Bank Arena place was packed with kids and teachers, and the energy was definitely high. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an engaged crowd.

Fortunately, the bright colourful lights didn’t blind me from seeing the obvious political angle. The We Movement is part of a progressive political strategy, and the organizers know exactly what they are doing.

Children cheered while celebrities told them that global warming was the biggest threat in society today, and how it’s up to them to fight climate change.

Meanwhile, I couldn’t help but notice all the garbage those kids threw on the floor of the arena. Chip bags, snack wrappers and so on. It was a complete mess. I’m not too sure the kids heard that whole “green” message over their cheers.

Gay activists and a young trans speaker not only advocated for LGBTQ+ rights, but they normalized gender dysphoria. (Of course, they don’t call it that.) Again, kids are kids and they should be left that way. Why do they need to hear about these things?

And as was the case throughout the whole We Day event, the speakers all presented a one-sided take: The side of the left.

Frankly, the entire event was just creepy. The kids in the audience were practically hypnotized by the lights, music, chants and indoctrinating speeches. I even had a We Day official handler, who followed me around.

Why? Well, as I'll show you, the Kielburgers don’t seem to tolerate any press coverage that isn’t glowing

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commented 2019-02-05 01:15:05 -0500
“The two (tax breaks vs. crony capitalism) are not the same at all. "

There shouldn’t be targeted tax breaks, Peter, and of course the Right hands them out to cronies. Moreso in the US than Canada. For example, Doug Ford gave such a grant to Maple Leaf a month or two back for a new plant in London. That’s not at all conservative, even if he pretends to be.

“What the left perceives as “forcing others to live a certain way” the right perceives as morals that govern a society.”
Therein lies the problem – morality is individual, and shouldn’t be imposed from above. The only rule that really needs to be stated is “don’t do things that unreasonably impinge on others” which is simple and fair, and address most possible crimes including murder. However, as part of this one’s own autonomy remains the top priority – which when it comes to abortion, means that you own your uterus and can’t be forced to let someone else use it, even if that someone else is completely dependent on it to survive. How you approach this particular problem is fiercely individual and all perspectives in a contentious issue should be accepted – if you believe the fetus is that precious, then you can bear it to term. You can’t force others to do the same.

The beauty of that simple standard, is that it’s entirely self contained and doesn’t require external imposition. If everyone respects each others’ autonomy, yet tries to avoid causing damage to other people, everything works.

“Least harm” is essentially how the SCoC renders judgements now. There is substantial overlap with Christian morals as western law principles co-evolved with Christianity, but they are not beholden to them.

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The point of We Day is to change children into the New Soviet Man. It is about changing them. Not accepting them as they are. "

Your “new Soviet Man” sounds rather virtuous according to your passage. It certainly sounds like it’s largely based upon Abrahamic mythology.

The point of We day is to improve the world. Which, I suppose, shares some perspectives with the “New Soviet Man”, but only loosely, and only the positive aspects within (unlike the Soviets, I don’t suppose delving for ever more coal is part of what they preach)
commented 2019-02-04 18:47:32 -0500
Great comments…. Now, I have more reason to get out of Canada (not that I needed any more reasons)… All (but for 2 of you) are dead on… We know who those 2 are…:) I wonder, that if by the time the “West” goes “completely Left Wing Socialist”, if Venezuela might come around? Isla de Margarita is perfect any time of year, and soon there will be an opportunity to gain “Big Time” on Real Estate… Everything runs in cycles… If not Venezuela, then there are numerous other Countries in Central or South America where this kind of Lefty Crap does not exist… Yes, there is…. And, what is it with Maggie? Was it Pierre? Was it Mick? Was it the “illegal” drugs? Was it that wild night at the El Mocambo? Or was it the Psychiatrists and the Prescription Drugs? Either way, Justin is the result…. Canadians had better get their act together… And quickly….
commented 2019-02-04 18:03:02 -0500
JOHN WICK commented 44 mins ago
This is hilarious:

Rebel video, 11:55 a.m. Friday: “an alt-left clickbait site called ‘Canadaland’”

Different Rebel video, 7:44 p.m. Friday: “Recently, Canadaland investigated…and according to their reports…”
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Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
commented 2019-02-04 17:17:50 -0500
This is hilarious:

Rebel video, 11:55 a.m. Friday: “an alt-left clickbait site called ‘Canadaland’”

Different Rebel video, 7:44 p.m. Friday: “Recently, Canadaland investigated…and according to their reports…”
commented 2019-02-04 12:43:28 -0500
Heads up: Satan is able to disguise himself as an angel of light (or lights, in this case); i.e. present himself in a very attractive form. If you believe that society has progressed, I say we’re drifting too far from the shore. Don’t let any of this surprise you. Soldier on. God is in control.
commented 2019-02-03 23:19:42 -0500
The We Day ideal:

The Soviet man was to be selfless, learned, healthy, muscular, and enthusiastic in spreading the socialist Revolution. Adherence to Marxism-Leninism, and individual behavior consistent with that philosophy’s prescriptions, were among the crucial traits expected of the New Soviet man, which required intellectualism and hard discipline.5 He was not driven by crude impulses of nature but by conscious self-mastery, a belief that required the rejection of both innate personality and the unconscious, which Soviet psychologists therefore rejected.6

He treated public property with respect, as if it were his own.7 He also has lost any nationalist sentiments, being Soviet rather than Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, or any of the many other nationalities found in the USSR.8

His work required exertion and austerity, to show the new man triumphing over his base instincts.9 Alexey Stakhanov’s spurious1011 record-breaking day in mining coal caused him to be set forth as the exemplar of the “new man” and the members of Stakhanovite movements tried to become Stakhanovites.12

This could also be a new woman; Pravda described the Soviet woman as someone who had and could never have existed before.13 Female Stakhanovites were rarer than male, but a quarter of all trade-union women were designated as “norm-breaking.”14 For the Paris World Fair, Vera Mukhina depicted a momentual sculpture, Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, dressed in work clothing, pressing forward with his hammer and her sickle crossed.14

Aleksandr Zinovyev put forth the satirical argument that a new kind of person was indeed created by the Soviet system, but held that this new man – which they call Homo Sovieticus – was in many ways the opposite of the ideal of the New Soviet man.15

Selflessness[edit]
Among the major traits of a new Soviet man was selfless collectivism. The selfless new man was willing to sacrifice his life for good causes.16

This trait was glorified from the first Soviet days, as exemplified by lines from the poem Vladimir Ilyich Lenin by the Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky:

Who needs a “1”?
The voice of a “1”
is thinner than a squeak.
Who will hear it?
Only the wife…
A “1” is nonsense.
A “1” is zero.
commented 2019-02-03 23:12:42 -0500
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 23 hours ago
I imagine the poor things were too scared of going to Hell (or at minimum, another rambling lecture on the “pillars of leftiedom”) for thinking the wrong thing to really enjoy what was going on.
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They know that they won’t go to hell for being left wing. They know their theology better than that. They just know BS when they smell it. They are independent thinkers because we raised them that way. We don’t always agree.

At least the Left can accept people for who they are, which is kind of the point of We Day.
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The point of We Day is to change children into the New Soviet Man. It is about changing them. Not accepting them as they are.

The Left can’t accept people or anything else for the way it is. The whole mantra is that everything as it stands is rotten to the core and has to be changed to accommodate their view of the kingdom of heaven by their own efforts; in their own image. For the socialist utopia is always only one more execution away. As David Horowitz (former lefty) said:

“The left believes that the source of our problems is society; our social institutions.”

He explains this Kingdom of Heaven notion at the 3 minute mark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBucK8YQf08
commented 2019-02-03 22:22:26 -0500
And you have the intellect of a turnip John Wick, but that too is ok lol.
commented 2019-02-03 20:34:01 -0500
Hyacinth,

Because outside of being a doctor, he has proven to be a complete idiot in all other areas. Left or right has nothing to do with it.

He’s living proof that being a surgeon requires skill, but not necessarily intelligence, but hey – if you are impressed with him, that’s all that matters. LOL.
commented 2019-02-03 19:50:18 -0500
You appear to adore displaying your bigoted racist nature repeatedly don’t you “Andrew Stephenson”? Yet again you greatly deflect in effort to accuse others of the very racism and hatred that you and your leftard echo chamber exhibit on a continual basis. You apparently enjoy conflating the topic as per usual with your totally narcissistic bombastic verbal diarrhea, which as per usual is rather more unrelated to original topic than to the original topic. But is so very typical and expected of you, well at least you are consistent though far from original. Unfortunately for you it appears that you are yet again repeating yourself, time for new talking points, better hurry the election is just around the corner.
commented 2019-02-03 17:50:02 -0500
Peter Netterville said…. “Now in New York it is okay up to the moment of birth.” Yup.. where is the line drawn on murder/genocide?
commented 2019-02-03 17:23:01 -0500
Andrew, “crony capitalism” is a signature trait of the Left, not the Right. The Left characterizes tax benefits, which is what Conservatives provide for businesses to be the same as crony capitalism that the Left practices, which is the tendering of lucrative contacts to their Liberal friends (reference the Wynne government and their green energy plan as an example of crony capitalism). The two (tax breaks vs. crony capitalism) are not the same at all.

“Reasonable economic strategies require both left and right wing theories to be considered. … A safety net is a left wing idea, and relative economic freedom a right wing one, but both can and should co-exist.”

On this we agree.

“I do take issue with right wing social issues. … but rather those who want to force others to live a certain way.”

This opens a completely different issue. What the left perceives as “forcing others to live a certain way” the right perceives as morals that govern a society.

Let me explain by asking you, is okay to murder? If not why not? Why is that moral judgment a good thing to follow and abortion up to the moment of birth is okay? What makes the difference?

Regulating murder as against the law is forcing others to live a certain way. What makes that an okay “force”?

What I am saying is that there has to be a set of moral codes that govern a society that come from somewhere outside that society otherwise there is no foundation for moral conduct at all. The right wing social issues are base on a standard not rooted in the ever changing culture.

Take for example the abortion issue in the US. At one time it was only okay to abort before a certain number of weeks. Now in New York it is okay up to the moment of birth. What is the next change, okay up to one year old? If it changed once, why could it not be justified at a later date to be one year?

If there is no outside standard upon which to base the morals of a society the society devolves step by step until anarchy reins.

I could go on, but this topic is way to big to discuss here.
commented 2019-02-03 16:09:02 -0500
Hyacinth"
““White liberals are the most racist people there are, because they put blacks in a box and insist that they think one way — and if they don’t, they attack them as illegitimate, all the while denying that their policies destroy blacks.” — Dr. Ben Carson”

Carson is putting “white liberals” into a box when he says that, no?

Here’s a nifty little thought experiment. Can you find me an example of the Left getting upset because the Right’s got a Black speaker at one of their events, because it “normalizes” melanization, and why should kids learn such things. Is the Left worried about kids being “indoctrinated” about being black? Could you find a scenario where replacing the trans speaker in that fourth-to-last paragraph above, could be replaced by Black?

Long story short, no. it’s not a true equivalency. Most people representing the Left are not nearly as threatened by the existence of Black people (as I’m sure you’ve noticed, a large part of the Left is actually Black, including the de-facto figurehead Obama) as the Right is by say trans people. Or Muslims, for that matter.

Or perhaps Swietoniowski’s opinion does not reflect that of the broader Right, but I doubt that she’s doing anything but preaching to the converted here – in that I suspect the mere act of acknowledging the existence of trans individuals causes a great deal of aggravation among subscribers of certain political movements.

Peter Netterville
“Unless you are right wing, or even anywhere to the right of their socialists beliefs. "

I have no problem with right wing economic beliefs that would pose a meaningful corollary to “socialist beliefs”, as long as it’s actually applied in a way true to principles. All too often it means crony capitalism, which is merely a different type of socialism, merely with a different set of winners and losers. Reasonable economic strategies require both left and right wing theories to be considered – true economic libertarianism can work under certain circumstances but must be mindful of exceptions A safety net is a left wing idea, and relative economic freedom a right wing one, but both can and should co-exist.

I do take issue with right wing social issues. Not so much for the existence of traditionalists (you can believe whatever you want, I don’t care), but rather those who want to force others to live a certain way. If you believe in straight marriage, have one. You can’t tell a gay person they can’t marry their partner, though. That’s a harmful imposition. If you believe being cis is the only valid option, then be cis. Other people disagree, and have the right to – and telling children that the freedom exists is not “indoctrination”. You cannot deny others that same choice. We advocate for universal respect and personal freedom, but the freedom is predicated on a basic level of respect. Disagree, but do it respectfully. Debate. Discuss. Don’t use terms like “indoctrinate” or “delusional”, which are anathema to respectful debate.
commented 2019-02-03 10:59:01 -0500
Oops, I forgot to mention that lefties also believe in killing their issue out of the womb as well. So much for the old lefty slogan “But think of the children”!
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commented 2019-02-03 10:52:28 -0500
One other point to consider is that the left is the philosophy of death. They believe in killing their issue while they are still in the womb and in limiting their numbers because climate change or some other imagined inter-galactic calamity. If one considers Darwinism, lefties will thankfully fade out of existence.
😁😁
commented 2019-02-03 10:35:51 -0500
The whole point of leftydom is that they don’t accept “people the way they are”. Lefties yearn for the fascist yoke of big government to force people to become more “progressive”. Lefties want the state to tell them what to eat, drink, say, do and think. They are the antithesis of accepting people “the way they are” because they do not accept the reality of the human condition. Generation Z has seen through the charade of the far left and are rejecting the “progressive” horror.
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commented 2019-02-03 08:42:50 -0500
Hyacinth said, “But that still doesn’t change the fact that the Libtards are the most racist of all.”

That is for sure. The race based politics that is the left’s defining characteristic is by definition and practice racist, though they seem not to notice the contradiction. Not too bright, are they?
commented 2019-02-03 08:35:43 -0500
Care to explain why not to use Ben Carson as an example? He is a very talented intelligent person, oh right… silly me he is a republican, can never use people with functioning brain cells as examples of any kind when fighting a leftard and their talking points. Logic cannot be applied because if it is it will be totally disregarded. But that still doesn’t change the fact that the Libtards are the most racist of all.
commented 2019-02-03 08:00:04 -0500
Andrew Stephenson said, “At least the Left can accept people for who they are, which is kind of the point of We Day.”

Unless you are right wing, or even anywhere to the right of their socialists beliefs.

Heck, We have all witnessed the Left eat each other when their beliefs are even slightly different.

You know what bothers me but doesn’t surprise me, Andrew, is that I think you truly believe that comment you just made … you and your echo goof socialist friend, Nicholas Conklin.

Case in comment, people, that the Left lives in their own fantasy world disjointed from the reality that surrounds them.
commented 2019-02-03 07:27:58 -0500
You probably don’t want to use Ben Carson to make your point.
commented 2019-02-03 05:39:20 -0500
Andrew Stephenson commented
" … At least the Left can accept people for who they are, which is kind of the point of We Day. "

What color is the sky in your world troll?

“White liberals are the most racist people there are, because they put blacks in a box and insist that they think one way — and if they don’t, they attack them as illegitimate, all the while denying that their policies destroy blacks.” — Dr. Ben Carson
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/04/02/ben_carson_white_liberals_are_the_most_racist_people_there_are.html#!

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kristine-marsh/2017/09/26/ap-hires-fact-checker-editor-loony-left-wing-huffington-post
“Huffington Post isn’t just a liberal outlet; it’s one of the most popular and most extreme left-wing outlets in the online media. Their articles are basically propaganda, not even slightly subtly disguised as “news articles.” Interesting, Huffpost is deemed far-left. Well isn’t it interesting what they wrote on this very topic???

“10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-sachs-psyd/10-ways-white-liberals-pe_b_8068136.html

“The Culture Of The Smug White Liberal”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nikki-johnsonhuston-esq/the-culture-of-the-smug-w_b_11537306.html
commented 2019-02-03 00:32:49 -0500
You remember? Trudeau denied the Speers Family with the help of what’s that’s goofs name? Was it Goodale? I can’t keep track anymore of the criminal corruption.
commented 2019-02-03 00:24:01 -0500
Where was “we day” for the Speers Family?
commented 2019-02-02 23:57:32 -0500
WTF? … Andrew….
commented 2019-02-02 23:48:17 -0500
I imagine the poor things were too scared of going to Hell (or at minimum, another rambling lecture on the “pillars of leftiedom”) for thinking the wrong thing to really enjoy what was going on.

At least the Left can accept people for who they are, which is kind of the point of We Day.
commented 2019-02-02 23:39:11 -0500
My kids went to We Day a few years back and they saw thought it for what it was- a bunch of leftist hype. They could tell they were being manipulated and hyped up the wazoo to get an emotional high from the experience. that they could take with them, Not surprising since the Left doesn’t think, it emotes. Then it tries to find some kind of rationale to prove that its feelings are “truth”.
commented 2019-02-02 23:25:14 -0500
Hey Charred Remains… Is that more one line with the thread?
commented 2019-02-02 23:22:35 -0500
Where are all you Canadian Hippies of the 60’s ?