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1994 – “When I first heard about this guy, I thought someone was pulling my leg,” said Ron Marcoux, President and CEO of McDonald’s Western Canada. “This guy is a real kook.”

The Province (Vancouver)
February 4, 1994
A4
Clown airs killing humor
Tom Hawthorne

A clown is engaged in unfunny politicking.

Ronald F. McDonald, Gnu Democratic Rhino Reform candidate for the Vancouver-Quilchena byelection, is circulating banned details of Karla Teale’s conviction in the deaths of two Ontario schoolgirls.

A handbill for McDonald includes a photo of Teale and restaurant mascot Ronald McDonald.

It reads, “Karla says: `Vote for the clown. . . or I’ll kill you!”

The flyer reprints two paragraphs from a Washington Post article about Teale’s conviction in the deaths of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French.

It also includes what it describes as “information/speculation . . . gleaned from numerous computer networks.”

“The accuracy of this sick story is debatable,” the handbill states. “We will not know for sure until the publication ban is lifted.”

There’s a court ban on the trial details because Teale’s husband, Paul Teale, still faces first-degree-murder charges in the case.

Carl Baird, 26, a former St. Catharines resident living in Vancouver, said: “I know the French family. (This) is a laugh in their face.”

Party member Brian Salmi wouldn’t say who wrote the pamphlet. McDonald hasn’t made public appearances in the campaign for the Feb. 17 vote.

Banned trial details were circulated by a Victoria paper and a neo-Nazi hate hotline.

Times Colonist (Victoria)
February 4, 1994
Page 1
Contestant’ handing out flyers with banned details

Canadian Press Vancouver – A political clown in Vancouver is circulating banned details of Karla Teale’s conviction in the deaths of two Ontario schoolgirls.

A handbill for Ronald F. McDonald, who is contesting the Feb. 17 Vancouver-Quilchena provincial byelection for the Gnu Democratic Rhino Reform party, includes a photo of Teale and restaurant mascot Ronald McDonald.

It reads: Karla says: “Vote for the clown . . . or I’ll kill you!”The flyer reprints two paragraphs from a Washington Post article about Teale’s conviction in St. Catharines, Ont., in the deaths of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French.

It also includes what it describes as “information-speculation . .

. gleaned from numerous computer networks. “The accuracy of this sick story is debatable,” the handbill states. “We will not know for sure until the publication ban is lifted.” A sweeping publication ban was imposed on Teale’s trial in St. Catharines last July to ensure a fair trial for her husband, Paul, who is charged with first- degree murder, abduction and other offences in the same killings.

One former St. Catharines resident who now lives in Vancouver says he was disgusted by the pamphlet. “I know the French family,” ‘ musician Carl Baird, 26, said Thursday. “They’re good people.

Something like that is a laugh in their face. “Fun’s fun, but that’s getting out of hand. Just to use it in that way, published like that, is disgraceful.” Only a handful of the flyers have been circulated so far, although more will be handed out this weekend, said party member Brian Salmi.

Calgary Herald
February 10, 1994
Page A12
RONALD F. MCDONALD RUNS
Fast food chain can’t stop Gnu Democrat Rhino after name change

VANCOUVER (CP) – McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. says there is nothing it can do about a political gadfly who is contesting the Feb. 17 byelection under the name of Ronald F. McDonald.

“We have looked into it and apparently he has legally changed his name to that from something else,” said Ron Marcoux, Western Canadian president for the fast-food restaurant chain.

“Once he has done that, there is little we can do.”

Ronald McDonald is also the name of the chain’s popular promotional clown. The people under the golden arches are trying to ignore the McDonald who is a candidate for the Gnu Democratic Rhino Reform Party.

“There are kooks out there doing goofy things and he’s just one of those,” said Marcoux.

Brian (Godzilla) Salmi, who calls himself the Gnu guru and dresses in a green spiky Godzilla suit, seems to agree with that assessment.

“I’ve known him all my life,” Salmi said in a news release. “He’s a real a—–e.”

Salmi promised the byelection campaign in Vancouver-Quilchena “is going to get real weird, real quick.”

Ronald F. McDonald attracted attention earlier this month when he circulated banned details from the Ontario trial of Karla Teale, who was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of two St. Catharines schoolgirls.

Salmi indicated there is little the Gnus won’t do to attract attention.

“Public nudity? Live sex shows? Free drugs? You just never know what’s going to happen when you invite a——s like us to the party,” he says in the release.

Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell, the former mayor of Vancouver, is considered the front-runner in the campaign.

Vancouver Courier
February 13, 1994
Page 1 & 2
Dark Clown ‘McEnters’ Race
McDonald’s not laughing at other Ronald’s campaign antics
Mike Usinger

With a Marlboro in hand and a bottle of B.C. rot-gut in his mouth, grease-painted horror show Ronald F. McDonald staggered into the Quilchena by-election Wednesday.

Like his more famous namesake, McDonald sports a nuclear-meltdown-yellow jumpsuit with candy-cane-stripped arms. His skin is a sickly, corpse-like white, his hair the colour of outlawed food dye, red number 2.

Where hamburger huckster Ronald McDonald is a happy, corporate-minded clown, Ronald F. McDonald is not.

His middle initial stands for a word that rhymes with “clucking.” He gets drunk in public, ingests illegal mind-altering substances, and hands out leaflets with pictures of convicted murderer Karla Teale on them. The handouts feature the words: “Vote for the Clown or I’ll Kill You.” Flip them over, and you’ll find banned information from Teale’s trial, including graphic descriptions of how Karla and Paul Teale allegedly killed their victims.

Until late December, Ronald F. McDonald was better known as Brian (Godzilla) Salmi, founding member of the Gnu Democratic Rhino Reform Party.

“I applied to have my name changed right after the Vancouver municipal election. It finally went through on December 29,” he said. “It was a very hard decision for me, being the media-slut that I am.”

Re-christened McDonald, the former Salmi sat back and waited Premier Mike Harcourt to call the Quilchena by-election. His name may have changed but his party affiliation hasn’t – he’s the official candidate for the Gnu Democratic rhino Reform Party for the riding.

If elected he’ll give people $5,000 if they’ll move to Alberta and collect welfare. “I’m calling it a screw (Alberta Premier) Ralph Klein initiative.

For his first day of main-streeting, Salmi picked up a bottle of cheap B.C. wine and chugged it down outside the McDonald’s Restaurant in Kerrisdale. Campaign leaflets in hand, he then headed into the fast-food outlet to meet constituents.

“I was confronted by a very angry manager,” he snickered. “He told me to take the costume off. I said, ‘What do you want me to do, campaign naked?’”

The manager eventually phoned the police who escorted Ronald McDonald off the premises.

When I first heard about this guy, I thought someone was pulling my leg,” said Ron Marcoux, President and CEO of McDonald’s Western Canada. “This guy is a real kook.”

Because Ronald McDonald is a legal name, Marcoux said there is nothing McDonald’s can legally do to stop him.

“The best thing you can do with somebody like this is ignore them – we’re not going to give him any celebrity,” he said. “Have you seen the pamphlets he’s handing out? It’s disgusting stuff – it’s enough to make you sick.”

Vancouver lawyer David Sutherland said Ronald F. McDonald is risking prosecution by distributing details of the Teale case.

‘We’ve been given a court order, and it’s clear that it’s intended to have a national scope,” Sutherland said. It’s a crime, punishable by two years in jail, to break that order.”

McDonald said he’s not worried about the possible legal ramifications of distributing the banned material.

“I’ve been in jail before,” he laughed.

Vancouver Sun
July 28
B1
Police target magazine column urging Stanley Cup riot: Terminal City editor denies knowledge of who wrote piece
Pamela Fayerman

The magazine calls it satire, but Vancouver police are not amused.

A May 25 column in Terminal City urging Vancouver Canuck hockey fans to get drunk and loot after the Stanley Cup final is being investigated by police.

“The thrust of the column was that people should come downtown ahead of time to window shop for the items they wanted to steal from stores,” Vancouver police Const. Anne Drennan said Wednesday.

Three weeks later, rioters smashed windows and looted stores in downtown Vancouver after the Canucks’ loss to the New York Rangers

June 14 in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final. Police made 29 arrests on the night of the riot and continue to look for dozens of additional suspects.

The cover of the May 25 issue contained the phrases “Show your team spirit” and “HOCKEY NIGHT IN VANCOUVER” written in flaming orange letters. At the bottom of the front page is a drawing of blackened, burning shops on Robson Street.

A column inside the same issue urged readers to spread the message: “Start your window shopping now. There are two liquor stores and a handful of bars to pillage so courage should not be a problem. Tell your friends. Photocopy this article and post it everywhere.

“I’m talking Booze Up and Riot. I’m talking LOOT, LOOT, LOOT. I’m talking Robson Street the night the Canucks win. I’m talking Christmas for poor adults.”

Drennan said the police investigation could lead to a charge of counselling to commit a crime against Terminal City or the author of the column. Before the Crown will lay a charge, police must prove there was an intent to break the law and that someone acted on the basis of reading or hearing about the column, Drennan explained.

Asked whether it’s worth the police time and effort, Drennan said: “When you’re talking about what happened that night, nothing is too ludicrous or too silly for us to investigate and take seriously.”

Rev. L. Ron Moonbeam, editor of the weekly Terminal City magazine, claimed Wednesday he doesn’t know who wrote the column because it was faxed to him anonymously.

“It was a good column no matter who wrote it,” said Moonbeam, who described his mandate as giving “dissenting opinions on news and society.”

“It was funny and satirical and just predicted what everyone else should have known would happen.”

He said police and the public should have anticipated the June 14 riot. “You could feel it in the air. There was so much hype. People were getting riled up.”

Moonbeam said it’s ridiculous that police think his 20,000-circulation publication, distributed for free, might have incited people to break the law.

“How could they think a stupid little paper like ours could cause people to riot? If we had that kind of power, we’d ask everyone to send us 10 bucks.”

The type of people engaged in the riots and looting aren’t the sort who read Terminal City, he said.

Vancouver Sun
August 2, 1994
A12 (editorial)
Riotous silliness

TALK ABOUT dj vu all over again. Every cop on the beat knows it was really that scummy Georgia Straight which caused the 1971 Gastown riot, by inviting all those dirty hippies to a “smoke-in” in Maple Tree Square to protest drug busts.

Now, wouldn’t you know it, turns out it was another insolent little rag, Terminal City, that touched off the June 14 Stanley Cup riot by publishing a column that invited its weirdo readers (satire lovers, yet!) to get drunk and go looting on Robson Street. Its throwaway circulation of 20,000 drew a wild mob of 70,000. There’s the power of the press for you.

Obviously, teaching Terminal City a lesson has to take priority over catching the actual vandals and looters, or finding out whether the city police overreacted and used excessive force, as a judicial inquiry found they did in Gastown. A charge of “counselling a crime” is under consideration. Harrumph.

Funny, though, that while Terminal City advertised the riot a full three weeks in advance, the police seemed to have been caught off guard and unprepared for it. Rather than laying charges, perhaps they would do better to contact the paper’s delightfully named editor, Rev. L. Ron Moonbeam, with a view to taking out a subscription.

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