According to True North, CBC has solicited the work of a radical anarchist activist to produce a documentary on the ongoing protests targeting BC natural gas pipelines.
Franklin López, who the Western Standard identifies as a "hardcore anarcho-socialist," is now listed as a Producer/Editor on Yintah, a CBC production.
According to a now-hidden tweet, López announced his involvement with the production, which centres around the "Wet'suwet'en" resistance to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia.
"Well the cat's out of the bag, our film Yintah is a CBC production," tweeted López on Dec. 6, 2021. His Twitter account has since went private, but his Instagram account still notes his involvement.
López is also listed as the founder of sub.Media, a multimedia company responsible for various anarchist documentaries. True North identifies such titles as "Oil Pipelines Are Easy To Shut Down" and "How to Paralyze a Country."
Sub.Media has previously linked to extremist Antifa websites that endorse violence and criminal acts. One of these connections includes the Montreal Counter-Information, an extremist group once exposed by True North for attacks against police, looting and tutorials on how to make Molotov cocktails.
In the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's 2019 Public Report, "anarchist and anti-authority violence" was classified as a national security threat and an example of "Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremism."
True North reached out to CBC for comment with these concerns in mind. CBC Head of Public Affairs Chuck Thompson confirmed CBC production partners are paying López.
"For over 20 years, Frank López has publicly identified as an anarchist filmmaker," Thompson told True North. "Regarding his specific roles on this particular film, he is an editor and also one of the producers. Accordingly, Mr. López is being paid for his work by our production partners."
When True North asked follow-up questions regarding López's connections to violent extremist groups, the Head of Public Affairs responded with the following: "You have our response, we have nothing more to add."
This story comes just weeks after CBC producer Tara Henley publicly quit the taxpayer-funded broadcaster, citing its deterioration into wokeness. "To work at the CBC now is to accept the idea that race is the most significant thing about a person, and that some races are more relevant to the public conversation than others," Henley writes in her now-viral Substack article.
Canadian taxpayers fund the CBC to the tune of $1.2 billion.