Ottawa public school trustee and renowned mask enthusiast Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth is back in the news – this time for going on an anti-Christmas tirade.

On Monday, Kaplan-Myrth claimed the City of Ottawa should not provide an extra garbage allowance during the Christmas season because it “should not be a free pass to consume and produce excess waste.”

She then claimed that referring to her statement as a rant was an act of anti-Semitism.

Kaplan-Myrth’s anti-Christmas tweets come amid attempts to reform garbage collection in the City of Ottawa.

The City is looking into adopting a “pay-as-you-throw” system, in which residents would be given 55 garbage tags per year to attach to garbage bags, and would have to purchase more for $3 each if they run out. 

The first two garbage bags would not have to have a tag, but a greater allowance of three tag free bags would be given on the first garbage collection after Christmas – amid more waste being generated during that period.

Progressive city councillor Ariel Troster tweeted out about the extra garbage allowance for the Christmas season – something Kaplan-Myrth took issue with.

“Why Christmas?” asked Kaplan-Myrth. “Christmas is not the only gift-giving holiday celebrated by Ottawans.” 

“Christmas should not be a free pass to consume and produce excess waste, if we’re concerned about the environment. I know you know this.” 

Kaplan’s Myrth received criticism for the statement on social media – with one user comparing her to The Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge, two fictional movie characters who hate Christmas.

True North reached out to Kaplan Myrth for comment, who opted to respond to our request via Twitter. She doubled down on her statement and claimed that referring to it as a rant was anti-Semitism. 

“We should care about the impact of garbage on the environment every day,” she said. “A Jew asking a question isn’t a rant, but calling it a rant is antisemitic.”

She also claimed that the results of an Angus Reid poll that found 9 in 10 Canadians celebrate Christmas were “bogus.”

Kaplan Myrth – who previously made headlines for trying and failing to mandate medical masks on public school students, teachers and staff – has been focusing her efforts on opposing more police resources in schools – claiming black, Indigenous, and “2SLGBTQIA” people are counting on less police.

“When you hear about the issue of police in schools, do not be sidetracked by ‘anti-woke’ agendas. There are those who argue that the only way to tackle ‘violence’ in schools is by returning to police presence. That’s neither helpful, nor on the table,” said Kaplan Myrth 

“I will continue to advocate for us to address all issues in education from an equity and social justice lens.”

People frustrated with Kaplan Myrth’s behaviour and antics previously set up a petition calling on her to resign, with the latter receiving over 7000 signatures. The petition was however shut down by for “community guidelines in relation to hate speech,” after Kaplan Myrth demanded it be taken down. 

A subsequent petition was also taken down – amid Kaplan Myrth accusing the parent behind it as a bully and a dangerous person “fuelled by hate”.

Over the past several years – many progressives have actively tried to cancel Christmas. Recently, the City of Edmonton opted not to install a giant Christmas tree last Christmas – citing environmental factors.