WALL OF SHAME #1 - RIK KUBIAK
Previous to this years campaign Rik Kubiak would have been an unlikely candidate for the first entry into our wall of shame. However, as a result of his actions and behavior during the two weekend stay in Etobicoke, Rik Kubiak quickly catapulted himself up the ladder of Shriner shame. Our first interactions with Rik came on Saturday June 30th, 2012 as Rik alleged that demonstrators were trespassing on Woodbine Centre property. This claim would be repeated over the course of two weekends, and eventually end in police officers, on Friday July 6th, instructing Shriners/TZ Productions and Mall Security to leave demonstrators alone as they engaged in a legal, peaceful demonstration. Rik was aware of this command.
When police left on July 6th Rik ignored this request and approached demonstrators taunting them and claiming that they are all “paid” to demonstrate. On July 7th, he followed this up by again confronting demonstrators - repeating “Hey Assholes” as he approached demonstrators at which point he assaulted a demonstrator by grabbing a megaphone and shoving it in their face. After being asked by mall security to leave, Kubiak left, only to utter threats as he walked away, “If that’s what you call assault I will show you assault.” All of this was caught on camera and can be seen here.
Kubiak is retired from the Peel District School board and is currently President of the Bramalea Hillybilly Shrine Club, Chairman/Director of the Rameses Shriners and hired Electrical Designer and Engineer of the Shrine Circus. Rik is a major player in this Circus and a retired educator. He now faces assault charges as a result of the demonstration. We hope his actions, and their consequences, will send a message to all Shrine Circus/TZ Productions staff - YOU WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
Rik can be reached at email@example.com
71 Princeton Terrace
And can be found here on facebook.
There has been some discussion recently regarding the Coalition for Circus Animal Freedom (CCAF) and it’s position on animal use. Although we have stated that we reject all animal use in interviews we have done this summer, we have lacked a full public statement. To be clear, all of the organizing hub for the CCAF are ethical vegans and the CCAF is founded on a rejection of all animal use for human gain. We will offer support to anyone who asks, however, we hope that advocates in each town respect this and are following, or moving towards, this same path.
Video of the assault of a demonstrator today in Etobicoke by a Shriner. Share and shame!