exerpt from:
Canadian Jewish Congress Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 12 No. 3, March 30, 1998

Working in conjunction with CJC National, the region appealed to the town council of Oliver to cancel the rental of space in their community hall for a meeting featuring notorious members of Canada's [so-called] extreme right, including Paul Fromm and Doug Christie.  Executive Director Erwin Nest learned from a telephone call to Mayor Linda Larson that the town council had fears of a lawsuit should they cancel the rental.  CJC provided material, information and support that ultimately led to the cancellation.  CJC learned from the Provincial Hate Crime Team that approximately 12 [so-called] right wing extremists gathered in front of the community centre Saturday, March 21, but were faced by a large group of anti -racism picketers protesting their presence.  Regional Chair Dr. Michael Elterman praised the town council's decision to cancel the rental and the people of Oliver for standing against hatred and bigotry ..

excerpt from:
Canadian Jewish Congress Electronic Newsletter
Vol. 12 No. 4, April 29, 1998

The [Pacific] region joined the Burnaby Multicultural Society, RCMP, West Coast Coalition for Human Dignity and the Justice Institute of B.C in sponsoring `Dealing with Hate - A Conference'. Designed to educate participants about the tools available to combat organized hate specifically the role of the Provincial Hate Crime Unit, its mandate and how it can work in partnership with schools, community groups and agencies to educate, assist victims of hate and prosecute the perpetrators. Featured speakers will include Rick McKenna and Craig McMillan - Hate and bias crime Unit, B.C.; Dr. David Cohen - Dean of University of Victoria Law School who will discuss dealing with hate on the Internet and Jonathan Mozzochi, Coalition for Human Dignity - Seattle Washington who will discuss community based responses. Attorney general Ujjal Dosanjh will open the conference and secretary of state and minister responsible for Multiculturalism Hedy Fry will deliver the luncheon address. Also featured at the conference was Linda Larson, Mayor of Oliver who will share the experiences of her town in canceling a forum for notorious members of the far right in a public hall. The over 200 participants from throughout BC, include representatives from law enforcement agencies, government, school boards and educators and the leadership of multicultural and human rights agencies ..

above material originally found at: http://www.cjc.ca/electron.htm

excerpt from:
Highlights of the CJC Pacific Region Initiatives and Programs
1995-1998

March 19, 1998: Working in conjunction with National CJC, Pacific Region appealed to the town council of Oliver to cancel the rental of space in their community hail for a meeting featuring notorious members of Canadaís extreme right, including Paul Fromm and Doug Christie. Erwin Nest, Executive Director, learned from a telephone call to Mayor Linda Larson that the town council had fears of a lawsuit should they cancel the rental. CJC provided material, information and support that ultimately led to the cancellation. CJC learned from the Provincial Hate Crime Team that approximately twelve right wing extremists gathered in front of the Oliver Community Centre on Saturday, March 21st, but were faced by a large group of anti-racism picketers protesting their presence. In his Press Release, Dr. Michael Elterman praised the town councilís decision to cancel the rental and the people of Oliver for standing against hatred and bigotry.

above material found at: http://www.cjc.ca/highlights.htm  (links and emphasis added)

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