[Editor’s Note: The following Editorial is rather longish and will most likely be controversial as well but given the importance of the subject matter covered in it I won’t apologize for taking the extra time to explain its purpose in greater detail. The subject is fraught with emotion, confusion, and the ability to create divisiveness both in families and in communities large and small. It’s both timely and tragic and discernment and compassion are recommended.]
[Updated Wed. March 22, 2023]
Editorial: PROMOTING PRIDE OR PERVERSION?
By Arthur Topham
As a long time publisher/editor of alternative news and views it was quite disconcerting to read the March 7, 2023 Quesnel City Council Highlights and find that Council members, after receiving and listening to a Delegation from the Quesnel Pride Society who “provided Council an overview of their mission and an update of the Society’s many accomplishments in 2021/2022” then went on to state that “in response to recent hate speech distributed in our community” was there to ask that Council “affirm [its] commitment to ensuring Quesnel is a safe & welcoming place for members of the LGBTQ2+ community.”
Council, after hearing their concerns, passed the following resolution:
THAT Quesnel City Council affirms continued support for:
- Ongoing maintenance of the rainbow crosswalk
- Raising the Pride flag on the LeBourdais Park community flag pole during Pride month
- Supporting Quesnel Pride Society’s Pride Week events, including the rolling parade and celebration in LeBourdais Park.
As reported in the Cariboo Observer it was a unanimous decision on the part of Council members to support and “affirm” its “commitment to ensuring Quesnel is a safe & welcoming place for members of the LGBTQ2+ community.”
The one thing though that immediately caught my eye was the statement concerning “recent hate speech distributed in our community.” Not being present at the meeting it’s unclear just what the delegation spokesperson was referring to but given the past 16 years of having to personally deal with similar accusations made against my own person I can testify to the fact that those two buzz words “hate speech” have been manipulated and elevated by the msm and special interest groups to a level of controversy well beyond the realm of common sense and truthfulness.
As an investigative journalist for the past 35 years I decided to look into the background of the story and in doing so the most obvious place to start was to review the controversial “Hate” flyer the two spokespeople for the Quesnel Pride Society (QPS), Julia Dillabough and Alison Prentice, had made reference to in their presentations to Council.
I first reached out to a Council member who I know inquiring as to where I might find a copy of said flyer but didn’t hear back from them as they were out of town so I contacted Mayor Ron Paull and asked him if he or the Council had been given a copy of the flyer for review prior to or even during the actual presentation on March 7th. The Mayor was kind enough to reply and stated that he had not seen the flyer and thus confirmed for me that the councillors weren’t given a copy during the presentation by the QPS.
Knowing this only whetted my curiosity as to why Council wasn’t privy to this alleged event wherein, as stated in the Observer article, “Their request to address council came shortly after Quesnel’s downtown was bestrewn with flyers denouncing the scheduled appearance this summer of a prominent drag performer. It urged the public to send emails of protest to the city’s councillors.”
Given that the flyer matter came from the spokespeople I decided to reach out to Julia Dillabough and Alison Prentice and see if I couldn’t round up the missing flyer. I checked on Facebook and located Julia’s page which contained the following appeal to members of the QPS:
“Diversity: a call out to all my friends in Quesnel, (well all other communities as well)
I hope that you are ready to stand up to those who are spreading hate in our peaceful community. Race, sexual orientation, religion, etc: no one needs to agree to everything in life, it is what makes this world unique and quite frankly interesting to me. What should be expected is to be respectful of one another’s differences. “We all have belly buttons just like opinions, and guess what often they stink”.
Recently there have been flyers handed out for “critical race theory” and “anti-LGBTQ+” in our small community, very sad to see. If you think that things like anti-bullying, orange shirt day, black lives matter, pride days, me too movements are “not needed” in our community, please think again… now more then ever it is time to not be complacent bystanders and stand up against the negative disrespectful hate! I hope my friends on Facebook are not just acquaintances and that you all will pledge to do something positive to make our society a better place. One that is inclusive of all!”
It was clear to me that Julia was aware of the flyers so I messaged her on Sunday, March 19th: “Hi Julia. It’s Arthur Topham here. You may be aware that I am now publishing news stories on my site Cariboosentinal.ca. I’m working on an article related to the recent Pride event at Quesnel City Hall. You bring up the issue in the Observer story of flyers that were distributed around town and then speak about “hate speech” a topic which you likely know I am very familiar with. I have reached out to a number of people including Mayor Ron Paull regarding said flyer/s as I want to see what they or it actually say and was rather surprised to find out that no one, including the mayor or city council, had actually been given a copy to review. I thought that you would likely have a copy or copies if there were different ones posted. I would appreciate it if you could get back to me regarding this issue at your earliest convenience. My land line # is 250-992-1027. No cell service yet here in Cottonwood. I can also be reached via my Cariboo Sentinel email which is: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks. Arthur.” To date I haven’t received a reply to my message.
The next day, Monday, March 20, 2023, I went on the Quesnel Pride Society’s website and located an email contact for Alison Prentice, President of QPS and wrote the following to her requesting a copy of said flyer:
I’m contacting you regarding the recent March 7, 2023 meeting of the Quesnel Pride Society with City Hall.
My name is Arthur Topham and I’m the Publisher/Editor of the online news site CaribooSentinel.ca. If you’ve been around Quesnel for any length of time you’re likely familiar with my name. I am also the person who started up the monthly Alternative Tabloid The Radical back in June of 1998 which ran for 42 consecutive editions up to June of 2002 when I took it online and it then became know as RadicalPress.com.
Every edition of The Radical contained a column written by a local gay writer who used the pseudonym “Randy Buckerman”.
Anyhow I’m working on an article related to the above meeting and have been trying to locate a copy of the infamous flyer that you are quoted in the Observer article as stating was bestrewn around the downtown area “denouncing the scheduled appearance this summer of a prominent drag performer.” I’ve reached out to Julia Dillabough via her fb messenger inquiring about it but haven’t received a reply yet. I’ve also reached out to Mayor Ron Paull and he informed me that he hasn’t seen the flyer either which I thought was rather unusual given the prominence that it has taken. I had just assumed that your organization would have presented it to the Mayor and Council for review but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
My own history, which you may be well aware of, has involved over a decade of legal proceedings and court appearances (beginning back in 2007) all to do with having been charged under Sec. 319.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada for allegedly publishing articles about a particular ethnic group which were deemed to be “hate”. Over the past 16 years of litigation I’ve become acutely familiar with the whole “Hate Propaganda” phenomenon and consider myself to be somewhat of a specialist in the field.
As you and myself are very well aware the development of the whole Gay/Lesbian movement has been fraught with much misinformation and disinformation as well as undue influence from outsider organizations.
That said it is my intention to cover this local story as well as present both sides of the picture when it comes to the issues that QPS brought up at the city council meeting and also the issues that generally are of concern to Canadians across the country. It would be helpful and appreciated if you could let me know where I might find a copy of the flyer. It’s not my intention to republish it online but I do need to review it in light of all that’s been said in the local media and also in light of my own experiences in these matters.
Mar. 22nd Editor’s UPDATE: Having received a copy of the missing flyer from an associate and looking it over I’ve decided to post it. I’ve reached out far enough to Alison Prentice, President of QPS and have not had a response from her or Julia Dillabough regarding said flyer. Contrary to what was stated in the March 15, 2023 edition of the Quesnel-Cariboo Observer regarding said flyer it’s now my judgement that it doesn’t at all measure up to what QPS spokesperson Julia described as “Hate speech”.
Editor’s Note: The portion of the flyer at the bottom where the text is in red and difficult to read states:
“murders that include cannibalism and Satanic-like rituals.”
In conclusion I also want to extend my condolences to you regarding the loss of your son. My wife and I lost our youngest son (age 46) in January of 2022 and words cannot suffice to express how that event has affected us. I have three other children as well and am a Grandfather to 8 grandchild some of whom are dealing with gender issues at this stage in their lives.
“Standing on Guard for the People and the Land.”
As of this writing, Tuesday, March 21, 2023 I haven’t had a reply back from Alison Prentice either. Both of these individuals may be busy and haven’t had the time to reply to my requests so I won’t accuse them of failing to do so.
In the meantime I continued to dig further into the issue using Twitter and also viewing videos that deal with the whole topic of the Gay/Lesbian/Transgender agenda. This morning I came across a video on Bitchute that basically covers the history of all that’s been coming down the track over the past half century and longer leading up to the present day. It’s an hour and 17 minutes long but the length is only due to the amount of critical information contained in it that helps to explain to the general public what the bottom line is when dealing with this overt effort to change the thinking patterns of men and women and humanity itself, all of whom have been following a code of conduct that’s literally thousands of years old.
It’s my intention to send the url to this provocative presentation to the Mayor and Council for the City of Quesnel and request that they all watch it. As well I’ll be sending it to my MLA, my MP, other politicians and other media outlets along with my list of recipients who regularly receive articles posted to the Cariboo Sentinel.
Redress is crucial to the survival of the human species and so I hope that after watching this enlightening video production that viewers will act upon the information and begin working together in order to put an end to the ultimate intended goals highlighted in the enclosed video.
[***As an aside I also need to state here that I believe not all of those who identify with the rainbow coloured flag are in favour of some of the more heinous objectives as stated in the enclosed video.]
Here is the url to the video for those who wish to view it on a larger screen. https://www.bitchute.com/video/A5MKkQlsi51Y/ It’s hoped that it will be viewed and shared by those concerned with their friends and family and associates.
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