British Columbia Association of
#402 - 1755 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V6J 4S5
Telephone: (604) 730-9111
Fax: (604) 730-9112
Toll Free in B.C.: 1-800-665-4747
February 3, 1998
The Right Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh
Attorney-General of British Columbia
Office of the Attorney-General
Victoria, BC V8V IX4
Dear Mr. Dosanjh,
The members of the BC Association of Social Workers are disturbed by recent media reports concerning the hate propaganda over the Internet by Bernard Klatt of Oliver, BC. Mr. Klatt is said to provide racist and anti-semitic material to Web sites for neo-Nazi, white Supremacist and numerous other racist groups and organizations, according to Mr. Sol Littman of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. [Sol Littman tells lies..]
Mr. Littman is quoted by the Vancouver press as having stated that "much of the hate literature is aimed at children and teenagers. Jews are depicted as rats and subhuman, out to take over the world". [Another 'Littman lie'..that material was not hosted at FTCNET.COM, it was on a web site in Long Island, NY]
We urge you to take swift action under existing anti-hate legislation to put a halt to a particularly virulent form of racism and anti-Semitism, much of which is directed at an impressionable segment of British Columbians.
We would appreciate receiving your response to our concerns about this matter.
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July 29, 1998
British Columbia Association of Social Workers
402 - 1755 West Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Thank you for your letter of February 3, 1998, regarding hate propaganda in Oliver. I apologize for the delay in responding.
I am not able to comment on any case that is under active investigation; however, the following information may be of interest to you.
We established the Hate Crime Team in April, 1997. The Team works with police and community members to address hate crimes across British Columbia. The Criminal Code provisions on hate propaganda are very difficult to enforce, as they preserve a delicate balance between protection of identifiable groups and freedom of expression. It is my view that we need additional tools to address hate on the Internet, and I have requested that the federal Minister of Justice, the honourable Anne McLellan, take a leadership role in assisting the Provinces as they attempt to fight the dissemination of this material. As a result, officials from across Canada, including British Columbia, are reviewing options for addressing offensive material on the Internet. These options will include, but are not limited to, legislative reforms.
In the meantimee, I would like to congratulate you and the British Columbia Association of Social Workers for joining the fight against hate propaganda on the Internet. If you would like to become involved in developing solutions to these problems, please contact Sergeant Rick McKenna or Corporal Craig MacMillan of the Hate Crime Team at (604) 660-2659. I know they would be pleased to work with you to explore strategies that communities candevelopp to protect people, particularly youth, from the insidious effects of hate propaganda.
I appreciate your taking the time to share your views on this issue.
Ujjal Dosanjh, Q.C.
cc: Sergeant Rick McKenna
Corporal Craig MacMillan
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