We are a group of Canadians from many religious and ethnic communities. Many of us have long histories as human rights advocates. We believe in Canadian values and the rule of Canadian law. We believe in freedom of expression.
Major Russ Cooper (Ret'd),
Founding Member, Board Chair, President and CEO
Russ Cooper is retired from both the Royal Canadian Air Force and Air Canada. In his military career, he was a decorated CF18 combat pilot and served in several staff positions as a Director of major capital acquisition projects. In the civilian aviation sector, he complemented service as an international airliner pilot with national responsibilities in the field of post 9/11 civil aviation security. He is published internationally in this latter area.
Now fully retired from his follow-on career as a Human Factors Engineer and a Transport Canada Flight Test Pilot delegate, he is pursuing an abiding interest in the preservation of fundamental Canadian Charter rights. This latter pursuit has been prompted by his sense that these rights, hard-won by the sacrifice of Canadians past, are under attack and on the verge of being lost.
Irving Weisdorf, Founding Member, Board Vice-Chair
Irving Weisdorf is Founder and President of The Mozuud Freedom Foundation, and Past President of Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation. He is a successful Toronto businessman who counts among his employees, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and atheists, who are of diverse ethnic backgrounds, including Chinese, African, Filipino, Tamil, Jamaican, Trinidadian, Hungarian, Czech, Cuban and Indian.
Mr. Weisdorf, like many Canadians of all races and religions is concerned about current “Woke” tyranny that is infecting our universities and social media, with its “cancel culture”, and threatening the freedom of speech of all Canadians. Critical Race Theory is slowly replacing critical thinking, with the result that people are now being judged by the color of their skin, instead of the content of the character. The foolish notion that all cultures and all values are equal is just that – a foolish and dangerous notion. Honour killings, female genital mutilation and child marriages are NOT Canadian values and we must make sure they are never considered to be.
Valerie Price, Founding Member, Board Director, Treasurer
Valerie Price is the Director of ACT! For Canada, which is comprised of a group of Canadians from many religious and ethnic communities who have long concerned themselves with issues of Canadian rights and unity. Many have long histories as human rights advocates and all believe in freedom of expression and the equality rights of all Canadians. In recognition of her work, Valerie was inducted into The Knights of Malta in October 2015 in Rhodes, Greece.
Madeline Weld, Founding Member, Board Director, Secretary
Madeline Weld is retired from Health Canada. She is president of Population Institute Canada, which seeks to inform the Canadian public and policy-makers about issues pertaining to population and advocates for universal access to family planning education and services. Madeline supports the Enlightenment values of human rights and individual freedoms and is concerned about the erosions of the rights guaranteed to Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She has written many articles on the subjects of interest to her (examples here, here and here).
Dan Mayo, Board Director
Capt. Matt Sheehy, Board Director
Matt is a retired Air Canada pilot after 33 years of service and over 20,000 hours logged in both domestic and international flights. He is an internationally recognized security expert and served over his career in various roles and capacities at CALPA, ACPA and ALPA Int’l., serving in the first two organizations as Security Committee Chair and Canada Board Chair with ALPA Int’l. During the dark days immediately after 9/11, Matt was the key person that developed and formatted the ACPA Security Committee. He was the first pilot invited by Transport Canada who completed and qualified the demanding TC (Group Security Inspector Course) he was given Level 2 security clearance as a prerequisite to participation in the program. Matt has participated in numerous TC working groups and was and appeared as a subject expert witness in front of the Senate Committee on National Security and Defense and recently in front of the Parliamentary Committee on the anti-terrorism bill C-51. He was a member of the Advisory Group on Aviation Security and a nominee to the Security Advisory Council of Canada.
Christine Douglass-Williams is author of the books The Challenge of Modernizing Islam - published by Encounter Books in New York, and Fired by the Canadian Government for Criticizing Islam, published by The Center for Security Policy in Washington DC. She is a regular writer for Jihad Watch, and Associate Editor for Frontpage Magazine. Christine is also a former-federally appointed Director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and past advisor to the former Office of Religious Freedom in Canada. Christine has conducted over 1,700 live television interviews as a current affairs talk show host and television producer on the former CTS TV in Burlington-- renamed YES TV. She captured six international awards for her show “On the Line”, including Videographer awards, Telly Awards and Omni. A past political and crime news reporter and news room editor, Christine has also served as a regular national columnist with Metro News. Her writings have appeared in many publications including: the Middle East Quarterly, FrontPage Magazine, USA Today Online, Wall Street online and the Gatestone Institute in New York where she has served on the Board of Governors.
The Honourable A. Brian Peckford, P. C.
Brian Peckford was the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1979 to 1989. He helped write the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is the last surviving first minister involved in drafting the defining document in 1982. The Charter was signed into law by Queen Elizabeth II of Canada on April 17, 1982, along with the rest of the Constitution Act, 1982. The Charter was preceded by the Canadian Bill of Rights, enacted in 1960, which was only a federal statute rather than a constitutional document.
The Charter is a much broader human rights law. It also has greater power because it applies to both federal and provincial laws and actions. And unlike the Bill of Rights, the Charter is part of the Constitution — the highest law of the land.
He is married and lives in Parksville, BC.
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David Solway is known for his work both as a poet, essayist, a teacher and a song writer as well as for his polemical outspokenness, especially in opposition to Islam and in defense of Zionism, and the war on terror. More recently his focus has been on the loss of personal freedoms due to Covid-19. His latest book is “Notes from a Derelict Culture”. David is married to Janice Fiamengo
Geoffrey Clarfield has spent 20 years living abroad conducting ethnographic fieldwork and engaging in project management, biodiversity issues and poverty alleviation. Since his return to Canada and the US in 2005, he has worked for a variety of human rights organizations. He is now a co-director with the Yezidi Rescue Committee. An internationally recognized author, Geoffrey believes that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is being eroded and that the greatest threat to the future of Canadian politics is the rise and spread of Cultural Marxism and Critical Race Theory.
Janice Fiamengo is a retired professor of English from the University of Ottawa. Professor Fiamengo is an experienced lecturer who has packed venues to standing-room-only capacity with an active and engaged audience. Her lectures are electrifying, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial. She is an original, clear and insightful voice of reason in support of individual rights and freedom of speech in a world filled with increasingly angry demands to eliminate hard-won civil rights like the presumption of innocence and due process before the law. Janice is married to David Solway.
Judi McLeod, Founder, Owner and Editor of Canada Free Press, is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years’ experience in the print and online media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared throughout the ‘Net, including on Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.
Salim Mansur was born in Calcutta, India. After arriving in Canada, he worked his way through school, earning a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Toronto. A long-time resident of London, Ontario, he is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, where he taught for over three decades. He has been also a syndicated columnist for the Sun chain of newspapers.
Salim is the author of several books, including The Qur'an Problem and Islamism and Delectable Lie – a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism. In the 2019 federal election, he ran as a candidate for the People’s Party of Canada in the London North Centre riding.
As a consistent and conservative voice on foreign affairs and other aspects of public policy, Salim has been called on to testify before the Canadian parliament numerous times. He is an academic consultant for the Centre for Security Policy in Washington, DC, and a member of the board of Canadians Against Suicide Bombing.
In Canada, he was the vice president and founding member of the Council of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, a group championing freedom, human rights and gender equality in the Muslim world and the Canadian Muslim community. Salim is also a founding member of the Forum for Canadian Sovereignty.
Tanya is the founder of Action4Canada, along with co-founder Valerie Price. Action4Canada is a grassroots, not for profit organization committed to upholding the Canadian constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Tanya has been working since 2015 on giving Canadians, the silent majority, a voice through letter writing campaigns, petitions and rallies. Tanya endeavours to not only educate citizens on what is happening but to effectively equip and empower them to take action.
Tanya is a committed Christian and defender of faith, family, and freedom.
Tanya's greatest mission is to declare that Canada is founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Inherited through our British Commonwealth and embedded in the Magna Carta, these principles form our laws and values and are the basis of a system of governance that sets us apart from totalitarian, extremist and communist regimes – thus giving Canadians the freedom to believe, or not to believe, without fear of persecution, oppression and even death.
Tom Quiggin (MA, CD)
Tom is a former intelligence officer and a court recognized expert on terrorism in both the Federal and criminal courts. Over a period of 40 years, he has been employed by the Canadian Forces, the RCMP, the Privy Council Office and Immigration Canada. Much of his current research work is focused on issues of free speech, extremism, and social unrest. He has testified to Senate and House of Commons committees as well as the Air India Inquiry (Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182.) He has a sole author book on national security intelligence requirements titled “Seeing the Invisible: National Security Intelligence in an Uncertain Age”. He was also the lead author of the book “SUBMISSION: The Danger of Political Islam to Canada with a Warning to America.” His most recent book is a fictional spy thriller which examines the dangers of the Great Reset movement to Europe and North America. The book is titled “The New Order of Fear” and is part of the Great Reset Trilogy.
Raheel Raza, Founding Member
Raheel Raza, a leading global voice against Radical extremism, is President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement, author of the book Their Jihad – Not My Jihad, award winning journalist, public speaker, and advocate for human rights, gender equality and dignity in diversity.
David Nitkin, Founding Member
The late David Nitkin was an internationally-known ethicist and teacher. As a corporate responsibility professional, and president of EthicScan Canada, he served many public and private sector clients while serving in community leadership roles for Canadians For The Rule of Law, the Muslim-Jewish Dialogue, IsraelAA.ca (the Israel Activist Alliance of Canada), Canadian Friends of Tazpit, and StopSponsoringHatred.com. David was central to the founding of C3RF and is deeply missed.
Andria Spindel, Founding Member
Executive Director of Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation, President of Kulanu Canada, formerly President and CEO of a major national charitable organization in the disability sector.
Teresa Reinhart, Founding Member
Teresa Reinhart is an IT consultant in the non-profit sector, specializing in Business Intelligence, with a focus on Education, Healthcare, Affordable Housing and Homelessness. Teresa is a frequent volunteer and supporter of charitable organizations and community-based initiatives intended to improve the lives of those in need.
Loretta Levinson, Founding Member
Diane Weber Bederman
Diane Weber Bederman is the mother of three and grandmother of nine. She is an author, chaplain, journalist, blogger https://dianebederman.com/ and speaker who is passionate about religion, ethics, politics, and mental health. She has been published in many media outlets including Huffington Post Canada, Times of Israel, Canada Free Press, Jewish News Syndicate and Israel National News.
Author of Back to the Ethic: Reclaiming Western Values; The Serpent and the Red Thread: The Definitive Biography of Evil; The #IslamophobiaIndustry: The Insidious Infiltration of Islam into the West; Bullies of Woke and Their Assaut on Mental Health, Diane is a passionate defender of free speech and fierce protector of the right of children to be children.