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Ariel TrosterOttawa City Council

(LifeSiteNews) – The Ottawa City Council unanimously passed a motion put forward by Councillor Ariel Troster to condemn “LGBTQ+ hate” on Wednesday. Troster, who states on her website that she “has been involved in in LGBTQ+ activism for more than 20 years,” alleges that since the Freedom Convoy came to the capital, “homophobic and anti-trans hate is on the rise in Ottawa. I saw it directed at me when I was campaigning…ever since the convoy came to Ottawa, I have never seen such horrendous hate directed at all sorts of people in public but specifically homophobia and transphobia.” 

Troster then stated that the LGBT community could not “be bullied into silence by the vocal minority,” and the mentioned the recent shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado—but didn’t mention that the shooter identifies as non-binary. Even worse, Troster said, is protests of “a family-friendly drag queen story hour” in Ottawa and other expressions of disagreement with the LGBT agenda. “Our communities really need to see our elected officials stand up against rising hatred and commit to taking action,” she said. 

The layers of delusion here are extraordinary. The idea that the Freedom Convoy—which I covered in person—had anything at all to do with LGBT issues is genuinely laughable. The convoy was about protesting vaccine mandates and discriminatory government policies, and it is strange that Troster appears to want to make it about something else. Perhaps she believes that because she identifies as LGBT, merely disagreeing with her on vaccination is, in fact, homophobia. 

It is equally delusional for anyone to look at the near total hold the LGBT movement has on our culture and claim that they are being “bullied into silence.” An entire month of the year is dedicated to celebrating their lifestyles, with politicians being expected to show up and applaud. Nearly every major corporation waves the rainbow flag during June and beyond. The prime minister attends Pride events and drag queen shows. Schools teach their ideology as if it were fact. And if you want to see horrendous hate, direct your eyes instead towards the LGBT protestors who screamed obscenities at a feminist speaker at the Toronto Public library—that is vitriol. 

But Troster’s motion included an entire laundry list of complaints. She references “anti-trans materials including stickers and posters…found throughout Ottawa”; “anti-trans protests…including significant incidents outside Nepean High School in 2021 and most recently in Renfrew, advocating against gender affirming healthcare and access to gendered washrooms”; “Ottawa-based Shopify and other businesses [continuing] to profit through a business relationship with Libs of Tiktok”; and that’s for starters. Her fellow councillors rushed to affirm her motion, with one councillor taking the opportunity to note that she’d served as a surrogate for a gay couple. 

The motion then called for “the ‘Council Liaison for Women and Gender Equity’ be re-named the ‘Council for Women, Gender Equity and 2SLGBTQ+ Affairs” and for the Ottawa City Council to “publicly and unequivocally denounce anti-trans hate, rhetoric, and violence in the City of Ottawa.” The motion also emphasized the prioritization of LGBT organizations in the budget as well as the establishment of a Gender Affirming Health Care Advisory Committee, which would work to maximize access to puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and sex change surgeries.  

It is important to consider what Troster—and the entire Ottawa City Council—sees as “hatred.” It is, based on the concrete examples listed, parents and concerned citizens pushing back against the complete takeover of school curriculums by LGBT ideology, drag events directed at children, and sex changes perpetrated on children. In short, Troster defines “hatred” as disagreeing with her—and opposing practices that only a few years ago would have received universal condemnation by people of common sense. The real hatred, unfortunately, is coming from those like Troster who wish to root out and publicly condemn all dissent.  

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.