Nora Loreto, host of a popular podcast, recently called for arson on her Twitter account.
In response to blowback Indian activist Harsha Walia received after advocating for arson, Loreto made a similar comment. On Sunday, Loreto stated, “our literal only hope is burning everything to the ground…”
Her comments were met with blowback, with one Twitter user stating Loreto’s comments constituted “wilful promotion of hatred.” According to the criminal code of Canada “wilful promotion of hatred” can be considered either a summary (minor) offence, or an indictable (serious) offence.
(2) Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty of:
- (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
- (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Loreto joins an Ontario lawyer and a New Brunswick radio host in advocating for arson after the discovery of unmarked graves near residential schools across Canada. Over 2 dozen churches have been vandalized or burned down in recent weeks.