Canada's yellow vest movement looks like it's here to stay - but what is it really about? - 2019-01-04
Although some yellow vest members denounce extremists in their midst, the movement, intentionally or not, is providing a platform to individuals and groups with extreme views. The Wolves of Odin — an Edmonton-based splinter group of the Soldiers of Odin who insist they're only against radical Islam but have posted blatantly Islamophobic remarks on social media — have attended every yellow vest protest in Edmonton.
The Yellow Vest Canada Facebook page, which has more than 100,000 members, is particularly toxic, said Canadian Anti-Hate Network director Evan Balgord, a researcher who has been tracking the yellow vest movement nationwide.
"If you go through it at any given moment, you're going to find anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, you're going to find death threats, you're going to find other calls to violence, racism directed to Muslims — and it doesn't take very long," Balgord said. "I found my first death threat in five minutes."