Investigation by HCDSBNEWS - Extremists Unmasked At The Halton Catholic District School Board - Part 1

BURLINGTON April 20, 2018  Ex-trem-ist definition: "a person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action." Cutting off all major Canadian charities from donations is extreme by any standard. A first in Canada by any school board by the way. 

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Trustees Anthony Danko and Helena Karabela want you to believe they are ordinary people just like you and that a great majority of people support the charity ban just like them. Its just a few extremists student troublemakers stirring up trouble. The truth is exactly the opposite. Deception and misdirection are the hallmark of the extremist and Danko and Karabela have these characteristics in spades.  An investigation by HCDSBNEWS has found that Danko and Karabela share a close friend with a very sketchy past. Their friend has been associated by news reports and court documents with homophobia, bombings and harassment throughout Ontario. 

(After learning of this pending story Danko made his Facebook friends list private. Karabela's is also private)

Meet friend and fellow charity ban supporter Daniel McCash - aka Dan Mc on Facebook. McCash and Danko share 15 friends on Facebook and the only other HCDSB trustee either have is Karabela. Like most extremists they know their views are unpopular and can cause professional embarrassment so they don't mention them in public profiles like Linkedin. McCash's Linkedin profile doesn't mention anything about pro life, neither does Danko's Linkedin profile. Both seem quite capable of separating money from religion when convenient. If you're pro choice or gay they still want your money they just don't want to support anything you say or do. When it comes to earning a living Danko leaves his faith at home. 

To Help Danko and Karabela with their charity ban Dan McCash wrote the Board a letter last February which is part of the February 20, 2018 Board report (here) where McCash actually threatened Board members by saying - "I am just about to retire and I will put out a possible threat to all of you who oppose this resolution, I may make my retirement working for getting better people to replace you." 

You might wonder what kind of person threatens a school board  - Here's a partial list of Mr McCash's accomplishments that leads to his current position on the charity ban;

1977 immigrates to Canada from UK with his wife Muriel (also a letter writer to HCDSB charity ban issue) and two children (Pro Life News sources)

1985 September - Son John McCash Is arrested at his Toronto High school for protesting -he is 13 years old at the time. (Pro Life News sources)

1985 October - Daniel McCash became the first Toronto picketer to be arrested and handed a jail sentence for protesting outside a medical clinic. McCash was found guilty of causing a disturbance by screaming at women going into Morgentalor medical clinic and was given a five day jail term.(Pro Life News sources)

1986 May - Pro-lifers start to protest at the homes of female medical workers in the hopes of having them quit their careers, a tactic that they had learned was successful from US pro life partners who pioneered it. McCash protests at the homes of two Morgentaler clinic female employees. McCash takes a group of 50 protesters to the home of doctor Nikki Colodny were they started screaming from the street at Dr. Colodny, who worked at the Harbord Street women's clinic. Dan McCash knocked on Dr. Colodny’s door but no one answered. “I was wanting to talk to her to persuade her to leave that killing machine and become a healing doctor again.” Said McCash. (Pro Life News sources) In a later court action against McCash, Dr Colodny stated in her affidavit that patients were fearful of the Morgentalor clinic being bombed. 

1987 - Campaign Life Coalition and (March for Life) organizer President Jim Hughes praises McCash and two others as heroes of the pro-life movement. All three were convicted in provincial court on charges of assault and ordered to stay away from Morgentaler’s Toronto clinic for 18 months. Dan McCash was also convicted of assaulting a security guard, by allowing John, his fifteen-year-old son, to block a fence when the security guard was trying to close the gate. Sharon Levy-Hardaker, the executive administrator of the clinic, gave evidence that she was “terrified” when she drove off and Dan McCash jumped on the hood of her Cadillac. (Pro Life News sources)

1989 Dan McCash was named in a million dollar law suit - The Defendant McCash attempted to prevent Ms. X who was then scheduled to be a patient at the Clinic, from entering the Clinic by screaming at her such things such as “Why are you killing you’re your baby? When Ms. X left the clinic after the procedure was completed the defendant McCash followed her off the Clinic property” (Pro Life News sources)

1990 Son John McCash is charged and criminally convicted for pro life activities. At the time the judge told John McCash “If you take the law into your own hands, we’ll have anarchy.” (Pro Life News sources)

1993 - The Attorney General of Ontario sues McCash and 15 others to restrain them from unlawful activities at medical clinics, doctors offices and the homes of medical workers. In the affidavit filed (Source CanLii

1993 - Jean Chretien personally replaces Dan McCash with Jean Augustine as a liberal candidate for Etobicoke-Lakeshore after a failed attempt by McCash to take over the riding association by his single issue "Liberals For Life" group. (Pro Life News sources)

1994 - In a court case listed here on Canada's legal database CanLii - it details McCash's unlawful activities;

(viii) Daniel McCash

McCash Sr. is currently a member of the Liberal Party of Canada and is on the national executive of Liberals for Life, a pro-life organization within the party. He recently sought the Liberal nomination for the federal riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

[244] McCash Sr. picketed on a regular basis and was involved in sidewalk counselling outside the Morgentaler abortion clinic from December, 1984 to February, 1987. He points out that until 1988, the Morgentaler Clinic was breaching the Criminal Code by conducting abortions in that facility. He states that he attended at the clinic on the public sidewalk to express his view that what Dr. Morgentaler was doing was wrong and unlawful.

[245] Maria Corsillo attests to an incident involving McCash Sr. which occurred one Saturday in 1990. She and her son were on their way to breakfast when they met McCash Sr. walking in the opposite direction. She alleges McCash Sr. asked her young son whether he knew that his mother and father killed babies for a living and why he did not tell them to stop. When Corsillo put her son in their car and locked the door, McCash Sr. began banging on the windows of the passenger side where her son was sitting and again told him to tell his parents to stop killing babies. He also told the young boy he should be ashamed to have parents like that.

(ix) John McCash

[248] John McCash (“McCash Jr.”) is a full-time student of political science at the University of Toronto. He has not picketed in front of abortion clinics for the last two and a half years, with the exception of the summer of 1993 when he picketed at the Scott and Cabbagetown Clinics for approximately one hour a week some 15 times. He says his picketing was quiet and peaceful. It was intended to communicate information regarding abortion and the assistance available to women considering abortion. Pictures of McCash Jr. sitting on his bicycle and staring into the clinic have been submitted. This appears to be his regular posture on such occasions.

[249] Maria Corsillo describes her concern over his presence in 1993 in light of earlier altercations with him. One incident occurred in 1988 when she, her husband Dr. Scott, their two children and her father attended an auto show at the Automotive Building in Toronto. Another occurred in 1989 at the Eaton Centre. In these respects, she attests:

While we were walking through the show, John McCash, who was about 14 years old at the time, approached us and began to verbally accost us. John McCash is the son of Dan McCash, a well-known anti-choice picketer. On approaching us, John McCash began screaming “baby killer”, directing his attention to our son who was about 5 years old at the time. Mr. McCash followed us every where we went in the building calling out to people: “Everybody! do you know who this is? This man murders babies for money”. We tried to ignore him. At one point, a man and his wife who were holding hands and chatting walked by us. The man was carrying a baby in a Snuglee. John McCash suddenly grabbed hold of the baby and screamed, “Dr. Scott, you like to kill babies? Why don’t you kill this one?” The father of the baby was outraged. He grabbed McCash by the throat and threatened him. I would have thought that the man’s reaction would have stopped McCash but it did not. He continued to follow us through the building. We finally found a police officer who attempted to calm McCash down, however he continued to scream out. As a result, we left the show angry, exhausted, and terrified.

In 1989, we had another similar encounter with John McCash. My father, my two children and I, were shopping at Eaton Centre in Toronto for Christmas presents in a store called Beaver Canoe. Suddenly, John McCash appeared. He began screaming at my son: “So this is how you spend your father’s blood money?” My son was terrified. McCash continued screaming: “This boy’s father is a baby killer and this is where he spends his blood money. This boy’s father kills babies by abortion”. I called for the store manager and requested that he call the police. By that time, a large crowd had gathered. I managed to get my son outside of the store. An off duty police officer came into the store, grabbed John McCash and dragged him away. As he was being dragged away, McCash continued to scream: “This boy’s father kills babies by abortion and this boy’s father is a mass murderer”. Our children were devastated by this experience. To this day, whenever our son encounters picketers, he exhibits visible signs of fear which I do not believe he is ever going to get over. My father, who had just turned 70 at the time of this incident, was outraged.

[250] McCash Jr., in his affidavit, admits to following the family through the Automotive Building and informing people “what [Dr. Scott] does”. However, he denies grabbing a baby and he points out that he was 16 years old at the time. He also admits to meeting the family in the Beaver Canoe store but says that he spoke only to Maria Corsillo and not her son. He has no recollection of being grabbed by a police officer and dragged away. He was 17 years old at that time.

[251] At para. 23 of Maria Corsillo’s affidavit, she asserts that picketers frequently harass clinic staff
(Source CanLii

1999 - McCash said “We’re going to be fighting against abortion, euthanasia, sex education and homosexuality for a long, long time.” McCash  stated Pro-lifers "must focus on each constituency to determine which party is strongest in that riding and “try to take it over.” (Pro Life News sources)

2003 at a parliamentary committee meeting in Toronto McCash was quoted saying - “For the record, there is a link between homosexuality and paedophilia" (Source DailyExtra)

2012 protesting against sex ed curriculum changes in Toronto McCash was quoted saying the following - Catholics are being bullied into allowing “homosexual sex clubs.” McCash believes a GSA is the same as a gay bathhouse. “I’m going by my past observations of these clubs, which are places where people meet and have their sexual encounters when they want to have them and meet people of a like mind,” he said. 
(Source DailyExtra)

2017 Dan McCash was listed as one of Canada's Greatest Pro Lifers by National President Jim Hughes of the Campaign Life Coalition (March for Life) organizers. (Pro Life News sources)

Dan McCash's extreme religious views won't let him donate to any charity that is even remotely connected in way to having given money in support of widely accepted standards or laws since in some way or another they violate his "sanctity of life" and homophobic beliefs. Dan's not a big fan of our current laws like the Ontario Human Rights code for instance. 

The deceit lies in the fact that they make themselves look like a large group and by being well connected secretly they can appear independent of each other and larger and more representative of other groups then they actually are. Regular Pro life supporters have no issue with supporting all charities its only the very small number of pro life extremists like Danko, Karabela and friends who are pushing for the ban but unfortunately they happen to be Catholic trustees at your board because people like McCash worked behind the scenes to get them elected just like he threatened in his letter to the Board. Next election check out your candidates to see if they are reasonable people not troublemaker extremists like the few we have now - Check Facebook, Canlii, Twitter etc - we are living in the 21 century so its much easier to find the fakes than it used to be.

Note: Dan McCash is friends with the Danko and Karabela families and correspondence by him and his wife should never have been accepted at the February 20, 2018 Board meeting due to the obvious conflict of interest to pro life organizations and personal ties to sitting trustees. 

Trustees Danko and Karabela should be sanctioned by the board for being deceitful and failing to disclose their numerous conflicts of interests with close friends in support of the charity ban so as to have an open and transparent debate not one where the fix is in for one side.    

Trustees should pass useful resolutions whereby all delegations and correspondence received by the Board must publicly disclose any conflicts of interest with a sitting trustee before being accepted.

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