My Run-In With Amy MacPherson

On August 18, 2015, I noticed NDP staffer Chris Markevich, who made waves early in the election 42 campaign with his bigoted anti-Christian tweets, complaining about Conservative Party supporters screencapping old anti-oil, antisemitic, offensive tweets from NDP candidates. As I had recently seen two caps of a number of Markevich’s offensive tweets, I decided to pull them up and tweet them at him with the comment “In all fairness, Chris, you make it way too easy”. Unknowingly, I also tagged another Twitter user in this comment, Amy MacPherson.

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The initial interaction with Amy MacPherson.

Let me lay out some background info on MacPherson before I continue. MacPherson describes herself as a “freelance journalist” who has written for the CBC and Huffington Post. Her Twitter profile contains a link to her HuffPost page, with the last published article having been posted on October 22, 2013. Back in 2011, MacPherson ran for the NDP nomination in Simcoe-Grey and was soundly defeated by David Matthews. Since then, she started writing on freethepress.org, and the majority of the things she writes are downright loony, including accusing the Conservative Party and the Canadian Forces of setting up Jian Ghomeshi in his sexual assault scandal.

Anyways, continuing with August 18. In response to my tweet directed at Markevich, MacPherson decided to ask me for my full name, and asked if I was affiliated with the Conservative Party and any Conservative campaigns. At the time, I had not volunteered with any campaign in any federal election. I told MacPherson that I was not directly affiliated with any political party (I hold paid memberships to one federal and one provincial party, but do not have any direct affiliation with any party nor candidate). I figured that would be the end of it. It wasn’t. MacPherson screencapped my Twitter profile, showing where I wrote that I am a CPC member. Frustrated, I decided to Twitter search MacPherson and Markevich’s handles together, finding that they had an extensive tweet history going back to at least the beginning of 2014. Posting screencaps of this search, I asked MacPherson about her relationship with Markevich. I later posted that MacPherson’s followers should search her handle with Markevich’s for themselves to see her affiliation with the NDP. MacPherson, in her MacPherson-ian ways, decided to threaten to report me to the RCMP for this (which is quite asinine, because I have never done anything illegal at any point in our interactions). Foolishly, I figured our interactions that night would be the end of it. I was wrong.

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MacPherson threatens to report me to the RCMP for….tweeting?

On August 23, 2015, MacPherson really hit the loony bin. She decided to accuse me of working for NORAD and Raytheon, which is a subcontractor that has a contractor for maintenance on the North Warning System, made up mostly of old DEW Line sites. I did some contracting work at the North Warning System sites in Cambridge Bay and in Hall Beach, completing inspections on life safety systems in the work camps on these sites. For clarity, I spent only three days at the Cambridge Bay site, and two weeks at the Hall Beach site. Never, at any point in my life, have I been a NORAD or Raytheon employee. In fact, I have never worked for any government organization. At this time, my LinkedIn and Facebook pages listed my actual employer publicly. A friend who does recruiting for an oil company did the same searches that she does on prospective employees, and managed to find that info within 5 minutes. Simply put, MacPherson never did any actual research, and just went with the story that she felt could get her conspiracy theory the most hits. Taking it another step further, MacPherson accused me of being involved with the RCMP via “gifts”.

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MacPherson discovered nothing. I don’t work for either organization.
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Uhh…what..?

It was on this day, August 23 (while I was attempting to enjoy a much-deserved vacation on the West Coast with my girlfriend, by the way), that MacPherson’s fanclub started attacking me, and making some serious threats. One account, claiming to be affiliated with the hacker group Anonymous (highly doubtful, as the real Anonymous group doesn’t waste their time on these kinds of conspiracy theories, and would have at least looked for proof behind her accusations before embarking on these attacks), threatened to make me “real real famous”, and to put a “global spotlight” on me and my “handlers”. The account also posted private photos of my girlfriend and I, which I later discovered were hosted on my Instagram (where MacPherson would later screencap and post as “evidence” that I worked for NORAD, but I’ll get to that later). A friend, in a DM, pointed out to me that there is a link between this “Anonymous” account, “Canadianglen” and “Friendlysmoker”. MacPherson has done a number of podcasts with the latter two, and thus I had an official link between this Anonymous account and MacPherson. The next day, an account by the name “NyteKpr” also decided to make threats towards me, saying “Ur done”. The Anonymous account later returned to make further threats on August 30, “EXPECT LULZ YOU CUNT!!!”

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A number of the threats I received.

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Exposing the link between Canadianglen and the Anon.

After these events, I opted to lock down my social media, including my Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and others. I was invited by Patrick Ross (AKA OutlawTory) to tell my side of this story, as he had past encounters with MacPherson himself, and I gratefully accepted. I told the truth, and nothing but the truth in this interview. Unlike MacPherson, Ross actually gave me the opportunity to answer questions. While MacPherson ran with her claims that I worked for NORAD, despite my response saying that I DO NOT work for NORAD, Ross never once even assumed that MacPherson’s story was true. I thank him for that.

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No, she never bothered trying to prove that I work for NORAD.

Somewhere along the line, MacPherson decided to write an article and claimed that she had filed it “with the RCMP and Elections Canada” regarding “Election Surveillance & Voter, Media Intimidation”. In this article, MacPherson accuses me of saying she was in a romantic relationship with Chris Markevich (apparently this so-called journalist does not know that the word “relationship” doesn’t exclusively mean romance). Once again, MacPherson also repeats her claims that I work for NORAD and Raytheon. In this article, she also included the previously mentioned screencaps from my Instagram account. Amongst these photos was a photo of the North Warning System logo on the door of a pickup truck, a photo of a “do not tresspass” sign written in both English and Inuinnaqtun, a photo of the “CAM-M” sign identifying the Cambridge Bay main camp and a photo of the Hall Beach NWS entrance sign, which is actually located adjacent to the airport in Hall Beach, NU. Also amongst these photos was a Conservative Party infographic, a photo taken of the Prime Minister’s house from a sightseeing cruise I took in Ottawa, a screenshot of this blog’s statistics after I posted my minimum wage article, a photo of the McDonalds “Take Ten” container that I decided to bring to the RCMP station in Mayerthorpe a few days after the shooting of an Edmonton Police Constable, and a photo of the RCMP’s press conference set-up, located in the public entrance of the K Division headquarters on 118th Ave in Edmonton. I’m unsure why MacPherson included these photos, and what her aim was in posting these. In later tweets, MacPherson accused me of posting these “classified photos” in violation of security measures. She claims that I would have had to complete a security check to even access these sites. There are, of course, a number of issues with these claims. Firstly, all of the photos that I posted were in public areas. The locals regularly traffic these areas in both Hall Beach and Cambridge Bay. Secondly, no security check was ever completed before I accessed these sites. Thirdly, the North Warning System isn’t even affiliated with NORAD. It is an entirely independent organization. There is not a single NORAD staffer on any of the North Warning System sites. As we’ve already seen, MacPherson has no interest in actually doing research or reporting any actual facts.

Photo 2015-09-10, 21 50 14The screencaps posted in MacPherson’s article were never anything the public didn’t have access to. They’re entirely innocent.

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More false claims from Amy MacPherson.

I decided to write this article after being alerted to MacPherson’s tweets made tonight, on September 10, 2015. Apparently a number of anonymous twitter accounts have been tweeting her gibberish that’s actually some kind of coding. Skipping past all the nonsense and freak-outs by MacPherson and her followers. Skipping past the fact that posting coding in a tweet does absolutely nothing at all, she eventually reaches a point where she openly blames me for the anonymous accounts. For starters, I have a job. I have better things to do. I’ve been ignoring MacPherson for the most part for a while. What do I have to gain from making anonymous accounts? Secondly, it appears that this account has been tweeting the same gibberish to a number of Conservative Party supporters as well, INCLUDING ME (I muted it after the first tweet directed at me, assuming it was one of the aforementioned MacPherson fanclub members). Again, we see that facts and research are not things that Ms Amy MacPherson is even remotely interested in.

Photo 2015-09-10, 22 07 42 Photo 2015-09-10, 22 23 16A photo posted by MacPherson containing gibberish and coding translations, coupled with yet another false accusation made by MacPherson against me, again, with zero concrete proof.

I’m writing this because I’m sick of the nonsense. I’m sick of the false accusations. I’m sick of the threats and harassment. I have better things to do. I’m focused on this election. I’m now volunteering on a number of election campaign teams. I just want my peace and quiet. I’ve been blocking everyone associated with MacPherson when they tweet me.I’m done with all of this, and this will be the last time I address this issue. Thanks for reading. Below is a short letter directly for Amy MacPherson.

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To Amy MacPherson,

I’ve collected all the tweets involved with this situation and I am prepared to hire a lawyer if you continue this campaign of slander and harassment. I have no interest in dealing with your BS. What you’re doing is sick. Accusing innocent people of being government spies is downright wacky. Focus on real stories, not on conspiracy theories. Advice from one writer to another: If you want to be an “investigative journalist”, actually do some proper research before running with wild accusations and conspiracy theories.

I’m an average Canadian citizen. I’m a blue collar tradesman. I make less than $30/hour. My combined household income is well under $100,000/year. Why am I telling you this? I’m telling you this to make you realize who you’re going after. I’m telling you this in hope that you’ll smarten up and cut the asinine accusations you’ve made against me. I get it. You hate the conservatives. That’s fine. A lot of people do, and you have every right to do so. Don’t take your hatred out on an innocent person who unknowingly mentioned you in a tweet. This has been going on for a month. I’m done with dealing with this harassment. Leave me out of it.

If you want to pay for a lie detector test and come out to Edmonton to watch me take this test, I welcome you to do so. I have nothing to hide, and I have done nothing wrong. It would be nice if you actually gave me the opportunity to prove this instead of running wild with your theories and slander. Until you’re willing to do this, don’t act like you have any info, because you don’t.

1977 words later, that’s all I have to say.

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