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Faith J. Goldy
Faith Goldy on InfoWars.jpg
Goldy in 2018
Born
Faith Julia Goldy

(1989-06-08) June 8, 1989 (age 29)[1]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
EducationHavergal College
Alma mater
OccupationPolitical commentator, reporter
Known forFormer reporter for The Rebel Media
AwardsGordon Cressy Student Leadership Award
WebsiteFaithForToronto.ca

Faith Julia Goldy (born June 8, 1989),[1] also known as Faith Goldy-Bazos,[2] is a Canadian political commentator.[3] Goldy's views have been described as far-right[a] and white nationalist.[4] She wrote and reported for The Rebel Media, including live coverage of events surrounding the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[5][6][7] Her contract was terminated in 2017 after she appeared in an interview on The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.

Goldy was a candidate in the 2018 Toronto mayoral election, finishing third with 3.4% of the vote.

Life and career

Goldy was born on June 8, 1989.[1] She received her formal education at Havergal College, a K–12 private school, and studied at Huron College at the University of Western Ontario. She later graduated in politics and history from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, minoring in philosophy and physics. She also began a Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. In 2012, she received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award from the University of Toronto Alumni Association.[8]

Goldy is a member of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.[9][10] She was a director on the board of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation from October 7, 2015, until her resignation on May 30, 2017.[11][12]

Goldy has been employed by a number of press and broadcast media organizations as a commentator and reporter,[3] including The Catholic Register, the Toronto Sun, TheBlaze, Bell Media, ZoomerMedia, and the National Post. She is a former reporter with the Sun News Network and was employed by The Rebel Media, a Canadian right-wing media website,[13] where she presented political commentary in regular YouTube videos and a weekly show called On The Hunt with Faith Goldy.[14]

In March 2017, Goldy posted on Twitter a video of herself in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, expressing shock that she could hear an Islamic call to prayer in the city, and suggesting that "Bethlehem's Christian population has been ethnically cleansed".[15] In June 2017, she broadcast on Rebel Media "White Genocide in Canada?", analyzing the Canadian government's foreign immigration policies with regard to the Third World, and the effect of those policies on the demographic composition of Canadian society. She posited that the European population in the country was being replaced as a result.[16] In response to the broadcast, several corporate entities withdrew their financial support from Rebel Media.[16]

Goldy broadcast a livestream in August 2017 covering the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting the removal of Confederate monuments. Goldy mocked counter-protesters and complained of apparent police bias against the alt-right demonstrators.[6] Goldy's video also recorded the car attack which killed counter-protester Heather Heyer.[17] Rebel Media co-founder Brian Lilley resigned after Goldy's broadcasts were published to the site.[18][19] Goldy was fired by co-founder Ezra Levant after she appeared on The Krypto Report, a podcast on the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.[20][21] Levant explained that he had directed Goldy not to cover the events in Charlottesville and that her appearance on The Daily Stormer was "just too far".[20][22] Goldy later stated she had made "a poor decision" in consenting to the Stormer interview.[20][21]

In December 2017, Goldy appeared on the alt-right podcast Millennial Woes and recited a white supremacist slogan, the Fourteen Words: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children".[23][24] She continued: "I don't see that as controversial ... We want to survive."[24] As a result of reciting the slogan,[3] crowdfunding site Patreon suspended her account in May 2018[2] and she was subsequently banned from PayPal that July.[25][26] After losing her Patreon account, she began receiving contributions through an alternative crowdfunding system, Freestartr. This platform was itself shut out of PayPal the same month, leaving her unable to receive payments.[25][27][28]

As of August 2018, Goldy's YouTube channel had over 60,000 subscribers.[29]

Views

"I do not bathe in tears of white guilt. That does not make me a white supremacist.

I oppose state multiculturalism and affirmative action. That does not make me a racist.

I reject cultural relativism. That does not make me a fascist."

— Goldy, in defense of her coverage of the 2017 Unite the Right rally[6]

Goldy's views have been described as far-right or alt-right[a] and white nationalist.[4][30]

Goldy believes in the white genocide conspiracy theory.[31][32] She linked the topic with the removal of Confederate statues, claiming they were being replaced "because [white] people are being replaced". It has been reported to have significantly raised her profile outlining the "terrible truths of white genocide".[33] Her belief in the subject has resulted in criticism, including a petition to rescind her Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award.[34] GQ labelled her as "one of Canada's most prominent propagandists" of the theory.[24]

According to Winnipeg Free Press columnist Dan Lett, Goldy seemed to be working to provide mainstream respectability to far right demonstrators in the course of her reporting of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, arguing that they suggested a wider "rising white racial consciousness" in America. Goldy referred to a manifesto by white supremacist Richard Spencer, which Lett described as including "calls to organize states along ethnic and racial divides and celebrat[ing] the superiority of 'White America'", as "robust" and "well thought-out".[4]

Municipal politics

Supporters of Faith Goldy protest outside of Corus Quay in September 2018.
Faith Goldy's share of the vote in the 2018 Toronto mayoral election, in each ward

On July 27, 2018, Goldy registered to run for Mayor in the 2018 Toronto election.[35] Her campaign platform included repair and improvement of transportation infrastructure, affordable housing for millennials born in Toronto, the reinstatement of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) and the Community Contacts Policy, monitoring Islamic organizations, and the forced removal of homeless illegal immigrants from the city.[36][non-primary source needed] She came in third place, with just over 3% of votes cast.[37]

After posing for a photo with Goldy at a political event on September 22, Ontario Premier Doug Ford was repeatedly asked by the opposition New Democratic Party to denounce Goldy. On September 26 Ford tweeted: "I have been clear. I condemn hate speech, anti-Semitism and racism in all forms—be it from Faith Goldy or anyone else."[38][39][40]

Goldy was not invited to the first Toronto mayoral debate held September 24 by Artsvote Toronto. Artsvote said that all candidates were sent and asked to fill out a qualifying form that laid out their platform for the arts and Goldy had not. Goldy briefly walked onto the stage during the debate and complained about the organizers before police escorted her away.[41][42] Goldy was also not invited to the second debate.[43]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Sources describing Goldy as far right include:
    • Zimmerman, Jesse (December 1, 2017). "The 'Charlottesville' Effect on the Canadian Far-Right". Muftah.org. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
    • Beattie, Samantha (August 28, 2018). "Toronto police had 'no idea' they were posing with far-right candidate Faith Goldy, spokesman says | The Star". The Star (Toronto). Retrieved September 12, 2018.
    • Shepherd, Lindsay (March 22, 2018). "Lindsay Shepherd: Why I invited Faith Goldy to Laurier - Macleans.ca". Macleans. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
    • Chiose, Simona (April 26, 2018). "Campaign against campus appearance by far-right activist Faith Goldy raises over $12,000". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
    • Sommer, Will (September 26, 2018). "Rudy Giuliani Photographed With White Nationalist Mayoral Candidate". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
    Sources which refer to her as alt-right include:

References

  1. ^ a b c @FaithGoldy (June 8, 2018). "I am so blessed to have y'all in my life! Thank you🙏🏻 God bless each and every one of you & yours‼️ 💪🏻🍁♥️" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Balkissoon, Denise (September 26, 2018). "Faith Goldy doesn't want to be mayor of Toronto". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Freiman, Michael (August 1, 2018). "Faith Goldy running for mayor of Toronto". Canadian Jewish News.
  4. ^ a b c Lett, Dan (August 19, 2017). "Rebel Media's meltdown and the politics of hate". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Humphreys, Adrian (August 16, 2017). "'That's just racist': Ezra Levant distances The Rebel from alt-right as contributors resign". National Post. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Harper, Tim (August 15, 2017). "Is this the beginning of the end for Canada's Rebel Media?". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Weigel, David (August 13, 2017). "Fear of 'Violent Left' Preceded Events in Charlottesville". PowerPost. Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Four of the 2012 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards Recipients from Political Science". University of Toronto. March 28, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Profile of Faith Goldy on 'The Rebel Media' (2017). https://www.therebel.media/faithgoldy
  10. ^ Remy, Ruane (April 17, 2015). "Catching up with Youth Speak News alumni". The Catholic Register. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "METROPOLITAN ANDREY SHEPTYTSKY INSTITUTE FOUNDATION". CharityDir. Retrieved August 20, 2018
  12. ^ "MASI Will Move to St. Michael's College, Toronto". Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies. November 14, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2018
  13. ^ Yang, Jennifer (October 22, 2017). "A Toronto imam was accused of hate-preaching against Jews. But that wasn't the whole story". The Toronto Star.
  14. ^ "On The Hunt With Faith Goldy". The Rebel.
  15. ^ Malek, Cate (April 16, 2017). "Bethlehem Is Struggling to Protect the Church of the Nativity". Newsweek.
  16. ^ a b Krashinsky Robertson, Susan (June 1, 2017). "Advertisers bow to pressure to pull ads from The Rebel". The Globe and Mail.
  17. ^ Zoltany, Monika (August 18, 2017). "Footage Surfaces of Violence At Charlottesville Rally". The Inquisitr. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  18. ^ CBC Radio (August 15, 2017). "As It Happens: Why conservative pundit Brian Lilley is parting ways with Rebel Media". CBC. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "Rebel Media meltdown: Faith Goldy fired as politicians, contributors distance themselves". Postmedia Network. August 18, 2017.
  20. ^ a b c Craig, Sean (August 19, 2017). "A fight over a four-bedroom house: The Rebel Media meltdown and the full recording at the centre of the controversy". Global News. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  21. ^ a b Goldsbie, Jonathan; Gordon, Graeme (August 17, 2017). "Faith Goldy Fired From The Rebel". Canadaland. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  22. ^ Levant, Ezra (August 18, 2017). "Why we had to say goodbye to Faith Goldy". The Rebel Media. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  23. ^ Hayden, Michael Edison (April 16, 2018). "Ann Coulter retweets white nationalist Charlotesville [sic] leader who attacked Trump with Syria conspiracy theory". Newsweek. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  24. ^ a b c Uyehara, Mari (May 8, 2018). "How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists". GQ.
  25. ^ a b Sommer, Will (August 21, 2018). "Far Right Fuming After Big Finance Chokes Off Money Flow". Daily Beast. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  26. ^ Middleton, Lucy (August 8, 2018). "Thousands back campaign to shut down Tommy Robinson's PayPal account". Metro. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  27. ^ Fisher, Alyssa (July 24, 2018). "Far-Right Organizations Get Banned From PayPal, Beg Followers For Help". Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  28. ^ Barnes, Luke (July 23, 2018). "3 more prominent far-right accounts get de-platformed by PayPal". ThinkProgress. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  29. ^ Fraiman, Michael (August 1, 2018). "Faith Goldy running for mayor of Toronto". Canadian Jewish News. Archived from the original on August 2, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  30. ^ Gray, Jeff; Moore, Oliver (October 22, 2018). "Toronto election 2018: Tory handily wins second term as mayor". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  31. ^ "Stop Faith Goldy From Having A Platform At Wilfrid Laurier University". HuffPost. April 20, 2018.
  32. ^ "Faith Goldy's talk at Wilfrid Laurier was cancelled. And a damn good thing, too". Toronto Star. March 21, 2018.
  33. ^ "Free speech isn't fair. So what?". Maclean's. March 23, 2018.
  34. ^ Yun, Tom (March 26, 2018). "Open letter petitions U of T to rescind Faith Goldy's student leadership award". The Varsity.
  35. ^ Beattie, Samantha; Pagliaro, Jennifer (July 27, 2018). "Toronto council hopefuls 'staying the course' despite uncertain election future". The Toronto Star.
  36. ^ "Faith for Toronto - My Campaign". Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  37. ^ Shum, David (October 22, 2018). "John Tory wins 2nd term as mayor of Toronto". Global News. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  38. ^ Rushowy, Kristin (September 26, 2018). "Doug Ford finally names white nationalist Faith Goldy in denouncing hate speech". The Toronto Star. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  39. ^ "After three days, Doug Ford distances himself from extremist Faith Goldy". The Province. The Canadian Press. September 26, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  40. ^ Lamoureux, Mack (September 25, 2018). "Premier Doug Ford Still Won't Disavow White Nationalist Faith Goldy". Vice. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  41. ^ Patton, Jessica (September 24, 2018). "Tory, Keesmaat face off in 1st Toronto mayoral debate, controversial candidate escorted out by police". Global News. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  42. ^ Sommer, Will (September 26, 2018). "Rudy Giuliani Photographed With White Nationalist Mayoral Candidate". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  43. ^ Breen, Kerri; Patton, Jessica (September 25, 2018). "Toronto mayoral candidates face off in Global News debate". 640 Toronto. Global News. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved September 27, 2018.

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