In 1992 a new organisation, the 'white separatist' Heritage Front (founded, 1988), was making its presence known in Toronto, Canada. It ran secretive recruitment drives in local high schools and set up a 'Heritage Front Hotline' people could phone to make contact and learn about its values. That September, the Native Canadian Center, which assists Indigenous residents in Toronto, submitted a complaint to the Province of Ontario's Human Rights Commission concerning the Hotline. The Heritage Front announced a march on the courthouse where the complaint was being adjudicated: 150 angry anti-racists mobilised to chase them off, and this gave birth to Anti-Racist Action (ARA)-Toronto. (1)
From the start, ARA-Toronto was nothing if not combative, as members disrupted Heritage Front meetings as well as concerts featuring fascist bands. Their militancy can be gauged by a 'march on a Nazi center of operation' announced for Friday 11 June, 1993. The poster--'Nazi Attacks?! Shut 'em Down'--gave no hint as to where the march would end up, leading Toronto police and the Heritage Front to assume the home of Ernst Zundel, co-author of The Hitler We Loved and Why, was the target. (2) Instead, protestors paid a visit to the residence of the Heritage Front Hotline's dulcet 'voice', Gary Schipper.
Surprise! The next day, June 12, the Toronto Star newspaper ran a feature, 'Anti-Racist Mob Trashes Home':
A frenzied mob of more than 200 anti-racist demonstrators rampaged in east end Toronto last night, vandalizing the home of a well-known white supremacist as police watched. None of the screaming demonstrators was arrested after smoke bombs, rocks, paint, human excrement and even a child's bicycle were thrown through the windows of the Bertmount Ave. home of Gary Schipper. Schipper, who operates the Heritage Front Hotline, a white supremacist telephone information line, appeared shaken when he arrived at his rented house, south of Dundas St. E., east of Carlaw Ave., only moments after the throng left. The demonstration was organized by Anti-Racist Action, an umbrella group of gays, lesbians, anarchists and the far left. They massed in a downtown park, then hopped on to streetcars to Queen St. E. and Jones Ave. where they reassembled in another park for the three-block march to Schipper's home. Demonstrators handed out leaflets, accusing Schipper of promoting racism and hatred, to startled residents along the route. Many carried photos of Schipper's face on...