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Hearing begins into Canada Post ban on controversial newspaper … – CBC.ca

A board of review hearing began Tuesday into a federal order prohibiting a Toronto-area publication that’s been called vile, racist and anti-Semitic from being sent in the mail.

The people who run the newspaper Your Ward News are challenging the order put in place in June, 2016, by the then-federal minister responsible for Canada Post. Police have investigated the publication for hate speech but no charges have been laid.

This type of hearing is rare. The last time a minister banned mail from being distributed by Canada Post was in 1981, against a publishing company owned by Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. It was overturned months later by a review board.

Political consultant Warren Kinsella is one of the peoplecomplainingabout the paper, which is edited and published by James Sears and Laurence St. Germaine.

“There’s the use of the n-word, there’s racism on every page, it is the most disgusting thing.”

Warren Kinsella shows some of the graphic images found in Your Ward News (Lorenda Reddekopp, CBC News)

To prove his point, Kinsellashowedexamples from old editions he photocopied. One image portrays a Jew as a dog; another shows an image of Jesus sexually assaulting a woman.

While the publication is based in the Toronto area, he says this review is important for all Canadians.

“We need to sayCanada Post should not be distributing hatred;Canada Post should not be allowed to distribute racism.”

Multiple groups and people want to be considered interested parties in the reviewprocess, including some Jewish organizations, which say they received complaints about the newspaper, including from Holocaust survivors shocked to see images of a swastika.

Paul Fromm, founder of the Canadian Association for Free Expression and a self-described white nationalist, says Your Ward News should have the right to use Canada Post to distribute the paper. (Lorenda Reddekopp, CBC News)

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUP-W), also requested standing to speak on behalf of employees disgusted by having to deliver the newspaper.

The Canadian Association for Free Expression argues the publication has a right to use the mail system.

“People should have the right to publish what they want,” said the association’s founder Paul Fromm, whorefers to himself as a white nationalist.

Emilie Taman, co-counsel for the two men who produce Your Ward News, argues the government has stripped them of their right to free speech.

“If people don’t want to read it, there’s a garbage can, there’s a blue box, there’s the bottom of the bird cage.”

The lawyers representing Your Ward News arguethe minister’s order has taken away their clients’ freedom of speech, though the publication is still available online and can also be delivered usinga private courier service.

“It opens [a] floodgate, which is a government assessing the speech that it likes and doesn’t like at a lower standard than we would say is appropriate,” said lawyer Emilie Taman.

Any recommendation by this three-person board of review is still at least months away. The board is still sorting out procedural issues. It isn’t expected to hear submissions and lookat evidence related to the ban until late summer at the earliest.

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It’s Official: Picketers are Pro-Nazi Hate Group – The Michigan Review

To express their apparent solidarity and admiration for Zundel, in 2006 Henry Herskovitz, a member of the board of advisors and directors of Deir Yassin Remembered, together with Daniel McGowan, executive director of Deir Yassin Remembered, visited Zundel in Mannheim Prison in Germany. Recalled Herskovitz on the Deir Yassin Remembered website with evident emotion, I share with Dan the warm feelings felt at the end of the hour visit. Ernst Zundel did not merely shake hands with me; he held mine in his. Eight yearslater the memory remains strong.

In 2014 Herskovitz, a leader of the Ann Arbor picket, posted a picture of himself greeting Holocaust survivors at a memorial ceremony organized for their murdered families at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Herskovitz welcomed them with a sign reading Free Ernst Zundel.

Herskovitz associate McGowan wrote the foreword to a book of Holocaust denial, Resistance Is Obligatory, by Germar Rudolf, another Holocaust denier sentenced to jail in his native Germany for inciting racial hatred. Rudolf s book was published by the Barnes Review, described by the SPLC as one of the most virulent anti- Semitic organizations around.

On his radio program and website David Duke, the Louisiana anti-Semite, white supremacist, and former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, interviewed another director of Deir Yassin Remembered, the self-described Holocaust denier Paul Eisen. Said Eisen to Duke on the air, I never heard you, David, say anything that I didnt think was true. And Duke s view of Eisen: an incredibly insightful and thoughtful presentation.

Herskovitz appears periodically at the Ann Arbor City Council to explain why the Holocaust is a fraud. He, McGowan, and Eisen founded an organization Jews for Justice for Germans, which calls for an end to German reparations to Jews, Jewish reparations to Germany to atone for the suffering in icted on that country, and the repeal of all Holocaust denial laws. Unsurprisingly, Holocaust denial is a recurrent, indeed central, theme on the Deir Yassin Remembered website. In late 2016 supporters of the organization picketed the Michigan Theater to protest the showing of the lm Denial, which narrates how an English Holocaust denier was humiliated in court.

On the Deir Yassin Remembered website, in sponsored talks in Ann Arbor, and in person outside the synagogue during their weekly picket, activists promote an array of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories: Jews built gas ovens in the death camps after World War Two to frame the Germans. Jews created and now control ISIS. Jews, more speci cally Israelis, directed the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Trade Towers in New York City. Israel also has organized the recent terrorist attacks in Europe and America, including attacks on Jewish institutions. (The lattera were false flag operations designed to throw off suspicion from the real perpetrators.)

The business/personal identification card of a well-known picket leader carried the logo: Challenging Jewish Power since 2003. According to a report in the Washtenaw Jewish News, while standing outside Beth Israel in 2012 that same individual summarized his political views in these exact words: I hate Jews. Whatever happened to them in World War Two they brought on themselves. They deserved everything they got.

These, then, are the materials from which the SPLC constructed its case against Deir Yassin Remembered. In the same Michigan Radio program of February 28 in which Mark Potok of the SPLC was quoted, Herskovitz sought to frame the issue in terms of free speech. I feel very fortunate to live in America, where free speech is protected. If I were in Germany or France, Id be in jail just for speaking my mind. Thats not right to me. He did not address the central substantive issue of Nazi sympathy and anti-Semitism.

The Southern Poverty Law Center gained national attention in 1987 by destroying in court and bankrupting the United Klans of America, with chapters in 31 states, whose members had lynched an African-American teenager and bombed Birminghams 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four African-American children. Since then the SPLC has continued to win recognition for its teaching tolerance programs in schools, its vigorous legal defense of African Americans and other minorities, its tracking of hate groups, and its opposition to President Trumps immigration bans.

According to the SPLCs tally, the current number of hate groups in this country, 917, although lower than in 2011, is over twice as large as in 1999. Much of the recent increase, and the accompanying spate of anti-Semitic incidents, the SPLC attributes to the divisive atmosphere accompanying Donald Trumps presidential campaign. Although as early as 2015 Deir Yassin Remembered sought to place ads reading America First. Not Israel, one notes the congruence between their message and Donald Trumps America First slogan.

So far as is known, the picket of Beth Israel by Deir Yassin Remembered is the only sustained action targeting a Jewish house of worship anywhere in the United States. The picket has been condemned by members of the Palestinian-American community, by a great number of local clergymen of all faiths, by the mayor of Ann Arbor, the city council, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and The Ann Arbor News. On learning of Deir Yassins anti-Semitic views, The Ann Arbor Observer and several billboard companies have refused to accept ads from the group.

To avoid incidents, Beth Israel Congregation strongly discourages people from engaging with the demonstrators physically or verbally in any fashion.

This article was originally published in the Washtenaw Jewish News. For more, visit their website at www.washtenawjewishnews.org

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Decades later, CSIS’s white supremacy infiltrator tells his story – Mississauga

In a bedroom community in Western Canada, a 59-year-old man is living an unremarkable life.

He has a wonderful wife, three dogs and a marketing consulting gig. He loves sports and live music, especially if U2 or Lady Gaga are headlining. He plays bridge, though not nearly as much as he would like.

His life is the picture of ordinary; the man is anything but.

Old habits hint at a secret past. In large crowds, he still scans for surveillance vantage points. He makes sure his home address never appears on his mail or drivers licence.

He will give you a name, but it wont be his real one that would be Grant Bristow, an identity he hasnt used in 23 years.

In 1994, Bristow disappeared from his Mississauga home after an explosive story in the Toronto Sun unmasked him as a CSIS spy who had infiltrated the Heritage Front.

At the time, the Heritage Front was Canadas most influential white supremacist organization. Bristow was its co-founder.

By the time the story hit newsstands, Bristow along with his then wife and stepson had fled to a safe house, fearing retaliation from the white supremacists hed betrayed. A media frenzy ensued.

Two decades later, one of the controversys central mysteries who is Grant Bristow? remains a question with many answers.

Hes a mercenary. Hell say anything if the price is right, says one of the white supremacists Bristow spied on.

He wanted to be heroic and he was, says a Jewish man who was once targeted by the Heritage Front.

Hes a master manipulator, according to the journalist who exposed Bristow. When someone like that is acting on behalf of the state, we need to manage him properly and they didnt.

For its part, the civilian watchdog tasked with overseeing Canadas intelligence agency launched an investigation into the scandal-plagued undercover operation.

In its 220-page report, the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) concluded that Bristow tested the limits of what was acceptable and that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service failed at times to properly manage its source but in the balance, he and his handler discharged their duties in a competent and responsible manner.

(They) believed that they were doing valuable work helping to protect Canadian society from a cancer growing within, read the report issued Dec. 9, 1994. They deserve our thanks.

Many critics of the CSIS operation consider the SIRC report a whitewash, written by a government-appointed watchdog of a government agency.

But it is the closest Canadians will ever get to an official version of what truly happened. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is also the narrative Bristow agrees with most.

In his first extended interview since 2004, Bristow revisited his six-year sojourn in the hate-filled inner circles of white supremacy and the clandestine world of intelligence gathering, and warned that he sees signs of a dangerous resurgence in white supremacist activity.

He also offered his own version of who Grant Bristow really is.

Nothing about Bristows childhood suggested he was headed for a future in spycraft or white supremacy.

Bristow says he was born in Winnipeg in 1958, the last of three children of a banker and civilian military employee. When he was 11, his parents divorced and he moved to Halifax with his mother before settling in Toronto in 1971.

Bristow describes his teenage self as an unremarkable C student, no more enthralled with James Bond than the next kid. One of his ambitions was to become an accountant.

That ambition never really came to pass. Soon after he obtained his accounting certification, an unexpected opportunity one he declines to explain veered him toward the considerably sexier world of private investigations.

Bristow has been described as a skilled investigator and expert manipulator. He also has another convenient talent. Im immune to boredom, Bristow says. You have to have patience. Its never a short game.

In early 1986, Bristow was suddenly sucked into the margins of South Africas anti-apartheid struggle and spat right back out onto CSISs doorstep.

Bristow and his colleague were contacted by a South African diplomat, who wanted to meet at the swank Sutton Place Hotel to discuss a potential security job for the countrys Canadian consulate.

Bristow vividly remembers meeting a perfect GQ model look-alike. He was right out of central casting, Bristow recalls. The perfect haircut. The perfectly tailored Brooks Brothers suit.

The meeting unfolded normally, until the diplomat casually dropped a bomb: gee, it sure would be nice if the South African government could identify these pesky Canadian agitators.

Bristow was shocked. As he saw it, a foreign government was effectively asking him to spy on Canadians exercising their democratic right to protest.

He promised to look into it but called a friend instead, asking him for advice. The friend connected him with a CSIS officer.

Just like that, Bristow entered the rarefied doors of Canadas national security apparatus. Bristow cant divulge what happened next but according to the SIRC report, Canadas Department of Foreign Affairs expelled a South African diplomat as persona non grata on Aug. 20, 1986, and refused entry to a second.

His next assignment was less successful. According to the SIRC report, Bristow was redirected to a new target after he revealed he had an acquaintance who worked with a far-right extremist. Bristow indicated he would be willing to infiltrate the far right on behalf of CSIS.

According to SIRC, the intelligence agency found Bristow to be somewhat overzealous, twice violating confidentiality by telling other people about his CSIS association. They told him they no longer needed his help.

But Bristow came calling again the following year. He says he reached out to CSIS after bumping into an acquaintance at a Beaches coffee shop. The pair was approached by a third man, whom Bristow didnt recognize.

Boom, this next character shows up, he says. He sits down, starts telling us about how he gave evidence at a sedition trial in the United States.

Bristow later learned he was Max French, a white supremacist. The sedition trial in question involved 13 neo-Nazis accused of conspiring to kill federal officials and overthrow the U.S. government.

At this point, CSIS had growing concerns with far-right extremists and Bristow was best equipped to keep us abreast of developments, according to the SIRC report.

Bristow says he was asked if he could fit in with some white supremacists and have a look-see.

That look-see turned into something bigger, Bristow says. I never imagined it would become this.

What this eventually turned into was a targeting investigation called Operation Governor.

But first, a new, purportedly racist Grant Bristow had to be created. This racist Bristow told people he was an orphan no family, no girlfriend who lived in a High Park apartment, Bristows operational home.

Bristow knew little about the neo-Nazi movement and its players. So his first move was to call a guy who knew a guy who knew Don Andrews, leader of the racist Nationalist Party who was jailed in 1985 for hate crimes.

Bristow scored an invitation to Andrews east-end home, where he held regular Nationalist Party meetings. To hear Bristow describe these weekend gatherings, they had an almost churchlike vibe; an impassioned Andrews would sermonize, while his followers whom Bristow called Androids stifled yawns.

Except the gospel Andrews preached was Aryan racial unity. And the congregants, according to Bristow, were a mix of middle-aged racists and eye-rolling skinheads who would have preferred that there was loud music and fewer old people.

Sitting in Andrews kitchen, Bristow saw an authoritarian cultlike figure. He also saw that his credibility was waning. One of these guys used to say to me, on a somewhat regular basis, Theres got to be more to it than this.

That something more arrived in April 1989, when a man named Wolfgang Droege stepped off a plane.

From a neo-Nazi perspective, Droege had serious bona fides. Known as Wolfie to friends, the stocky ex-convict was deported from the U.S. after serving four years in prison for drugs and weapons offences. He was previously jailed for conspiring to violently invade the Caribbean island of Dominica and establish a racist haven.

Droege was affiliated with neo-Nazi terror groups and was friends with David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The German-born Droege also grew up idolizing Nazis.

At the age of 8, he resolved that he, too like his father and like his grandfather would grow to be a Nazi, Warren Kinsella wrote in Web of Hate, his book on Canadas extreme far right.

In time he would get his wish, and become perhaps the most powerful neo-Nazi leader Canada has known in the postwar years.

Bristow sized Droege up as someone with dangerous potential and a growing distaste for Andrews leadership.

He also noticed that like his mentor, David Duke, Droege was a plainclothes racist, a white supremacist who understood the necessity of mainstream appeal.

With Droege, presentation was everything. We were racialists, not racists, Bristow says. Youve got to look like the average guy on the street to have credibility.

Bristow says the magic moment that cemented their friendship occurred, of all places, on an airplane coming home from Libya.

In 1989, Moammar Gadhafis revolutionary government was planning a 20th anniversary celebration, culminating with a parade at Tripoli Stadium.

But as a pariah state, it clearly struggled with the guest list; an invitation was cordially extended to Andrews racist Nationalist Party. They needed some white faces in the audience, Andrews said.

Andrews sent 17 party members on the trip, including Bristow. On Aug. 26, 1989, a ragtag group of excited white supremacists packed their sunscreen and set off on an improbable African adventure.

There were snags from the start but the real trouble came after they had already left Libya.

On his return flight, Droege suddenly realized the plane was stopping over in Chicago and his prison release conditions barred him from re-entering the United States. Upon touching down, the entire group was detained and strip-searched and Droege was arrested.

Bristow stayed behind in Chicago to help Droege with his legal counsel and bail, which was paid using $1,000 given to the group by the Libyans. After 48 hours, Droege was released and dumped at the Canadian border.

The ordeal was a turning point for their relationship, solidifying that trust and camaraderie, Bristow says. At one point, Droege said to me, If you think you need to leave, you can leave. I said, Im with you.

It was also a crossroads for Torontos white supremacist scene. Angered by the Libyan episode, Droege broke off from the Nationalist Party and formed a new group. He called it the Heritage Front.

In the late 80s, there were some 130 far right groups across Canada. The Heritage Front aspired to unite them all.

Droege had outlandish ambitions, like buying land in Peterborough and taking over the town council to create racist bylaws.

But broadly speaking, the Heritage Front had two wings, according to the SIRC report one for political propaganda and a skinhead commando unit.

Droege formed an organization that had far more intensity, and far more ability to wreak havoc than any organization prior to that time, says Bernie Farber, who was then a senior official with the Canadian Jewish Congress.

The Heritage Fronts inner circle, or brethren, comprised the groups founding members who paid the $350 in startup fees: Droege, two other Nationalist Party defectors, and Bristow.

Bristows role as a founding member drew considerable outrage when it first emerged that he was a CSIS mole the whole time. Would the Heritage Front have existed if not for Bristow and his government backers?

The SIRC investigators ultimately concluded yes. In his interviews with SIRC, Droege said he had already had the idea for the Heritage Front for a number of years. I felt eventually it would happen, because I totally disagreed with Mr. Andrews positions or his views, Droege said under oath.

After the Heritage Front formed, Droege was designated a level 2 target and Operation Governor commenced. Droege, CSIS believed, had the potential to become the leading Aryan movement personality in Canada.

If this scenario were to materialize, (CSIS) would be fortunate to have a source in on the ground floor, SIRC wrote in its report.

In just a few years, the Heritage Front grew to become Canadas most prominent white supremacist organization, linked to violent American neo-Nazis and amassing a collective rap sheet with assault, robbery and other criminal charges.

This period in Bristows life was marked by two close relationships. The first, the phoney one, was with Droege, who counted Bristow as not only his right-hand man but also a friend, the kind of pal he called on Christmas Day when he wanted to flee an annoying family gathering.

Bristow had much less time for his other relationship, though he considered it the more important one. About a year after Operation Governor began, he fell in love with his first wife, a colleague from work.

Its hard to imagine how Bristow found time to date. At this stage, he was working 18- to 19-hour days, toggling between an unpredictable day job and an even more unpredictable gig as an on-call white supremacist all while having near-daily communications with his CSIS handler.

But the relationship endured, even after his girlfriend whose stepfather was Jewish discovered Bristows white supremacist affiliations from a newspaper article. (At this juncture, Bristow says, she was brought into the loop).

Bristow even got married in a 150-guest wedding, all while keeping his new wife and stepson a secret from his Heritage Front associates.

His engagement was nearly derailed, however. On the same day he planned to propose, Bristow wound up getting ensnared in the police takedown of an American white supremacist.

But even the sheer insanity of that ordeal didnt convince Bristow to hand in his CSIS resignation papers. He found ways to cope.

I put on a CD in my car, probably Phil Collins, and sang along with my own words to the song, Bristow says. Another s—– day in paradise.

At its peak, the Heritage Front was drawing headlines for its racist rallies, high school recruitments and a hate-mongering Equal rights for whites telephone hotline, which became the subject of many battles with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Anti-racism activists also mobilized to confront the Heritage Front. Anti-Racist Action, a motley group of students, activists, anarchists and street kids, wanted to make it unsafe to be a fascist and embraced direct action, like trashing a Heritage Front members house.

Bloody skirmishes between the opposing sides broke out on city streets, including a bats-and-bottles street brawl outside Sneaky Dees on College St. and a riot in Ottawa, after some 500 anti-racists confronted skinheads attending a neo-Nazi concert.

Bristow insists he never participated in any fighting and the SIRC report said he worked to divert or avoid violence wherever possible. He also found release valves for himself; at skinhead rallies, he sometimes jokingly yelled white powder! instead of white power!

According to SIRC investigators, Bristows undercover work yielded intelligence that resulted in 80 threat assessments, hundreds of reports, deportations of at least five foreign white supremacists, and the weakening of some racist efforts against Jewish groups, anti-racists, and minority groups.

Farber also credits Bristow with saving his life. At one point, a small group of radicalized Heritage Front members planned on storming the Canadian Jewish Congress headquarters to take out some people. Farber was at the top of their hit list.

Members of the group were arrested for robbing a bank and doughnut shop before they could strike. There are competing views on whether Bristow helped in preventing an attack, but Farber believes that he did.

I honestly believe, in my heart of hearts, that he saved my life, Farber says. Not just because he tells me, but because I got that from independent police sources.

Former Toronto Sun reporter Bill Dunphy, who spent four years covering the Heritage Front, is skeptical of Bristows contribution to national security and feels strongly that the spy caused more harm than good.

I believe Bristow wildly overinflated that situation, made (the Heritage Front) appear more dangerous than they were, and then actually helped them to become dangerous enough to justify what he and the government was doing, he says.

Dunphy points to the so-called It campaign as an example. The harassment campaign targeted mostly anti-racist activists, phoning them at home and at work until they gave up the name and number of a new person to target.

According to an affidavit by ex-Heritage Front member Elisse Hategan, who has renounced her racist past, the campaigns goal was to make peoples life miserable by calling them constantly, getting them fired and making them fear their own shadow.

Several of them were terrified, says Dunphy, who has interviewed many of the campaigns targets. One young, single mother moved out of the province because they were so scared. This was not a funny haha telephone tag game and it came from Bristow. He managed and promoted it.

Bristow says he accepts responsibility for the lines he crossed, but remains adamant that he needed to demonstrate a willingness to participate in Heritage Front activities, lest he lose credibility with the movement. He says he tried to steer the group away from violence or criminal activity, and he says things like the It campaign were part of that effort.

I had some guiding principles and one of them was I didnt want to see the loss of human life on my watch, he says.

For Bristow, one of his lowest moments came in Munich, where he travelled with Droege in 1991 to attend a neo-Nazi conference hosted by Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.

In Germany, Droege suggested a visit to Dachau, the Nazis first concentration camp, where at least 28,000 died.

Droege ranted the whole time, comparing Dachau to an amusement park and berating a group of Jewish schoolchildren. Dachau was one of those moments where (I felt), I dont know how much more of this I can do, Bristow said.The last of those moments didnt come until 1994, when Bristow finally walked away. The Heritage Front was imploding. Droeges energies were waning. Bristow also feared he would be called upon to fill a leadership role if Droege were convicted of ongoing criminal charges.I felt, my job is done, Bristow said.He told an emotional Droege that he was leaving the Heritage Front for a job on the East Coast. He said the exit story was purposely chosen to leave the door open, in case CSIS needed him to reinfiltrate at a later date.But only weeks would pass before that door slammed shut forever and Bristows secret was exposed not just to the Heritage Front, but to the entire city in the pages of the Sun.Fed mole lit racist fuse, read the front-page headline. In his article, which he investigated for nine months, Dunphy wrote that Bristow played a key role in creating the monster he was to monitor and goading it into a dangerous rage, a view he still stands by.Bristow felt misunderstood. I was speechless, he says. Id been made out to be public enemy No. 1.Soon after Dunphys expos, Bristow and his family moved out west to forge a new life and identity.But he couldnt escape the media maelstrom. SIRC launched an investigation to probe the operation and journalists clamoured to find Bristow, including Toronto Star reporter Dale Brazao, who tracked him down in 1995.Bristow refused to be interviewed, but the Star published a story with pictures of his house and wife something he says he still hasnt forgiven and blames for ruining his first marriage.Meanwhile, a shell-shocked Droege went into damage control. SIRC investigators learned he and the notorious American white supremacist Tom Metzger started discussing how they would deal with that traitor, even co-ordinating to plant false stories about Bristow in the media.The SIRC report, which relied on reams of CSIS documents and more than 120 interviews, failed to assuage the operations most vocal critics. Dunphy believes that SIRC picked and chose information to present the CSIS operation in the best light possible. The SIRC report did what the government needed it to do, he says.As for Bristow, Dunphy considers him a nice guy who was well intentioned. But he also feels he made serious and harmful errors in judgment and has never been properly held to account.My hats off to him, because it is a difficult and necessary job, he says. I just dont think he did it well.Farber takes a different view. He met Bristow in 2004 and the two men have stayed in touch ever since. Farber now considers Bristow a friend and the ex-spy made sure to phone him when he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009. (Bristows cancer is now in remission).As a person whos involved with human rights, I went through a lot of inner struggles around it, Farber admits. I concluded that he was actually a man who wanted to do something real good for his country.Twenty-three years after walking away from his double life, Bristow is happily remarried and enjoys being a grandfather. Hes produced a few movies and television shows and is frequently in and out of the hospital for ongoing health issues.But glimmers of the old Grant Bristow still resurface. In a bizarre 2010 episode, he was caught impersonating a journalist to try to ferret out information about a local political issue.Bristow also keeps a distant watch over the extreme right, partly because he still worries a neo-Nazi could show up on his doorstep. According to Bristow, Droege appeared outside his new home in 1995 after the Stars story was published. (The white supremacist died in 2005 after a drug addict shot and killed him in the hallway of his Scarborough apartment).Bristow says he does see signs today that remind him of the late 80s, when organized white supremacy was on the rise: Hate crimes in the news. Nationalist and anti-immigration sentiment. Ideologies like the so-called alt-right, which vilifies multiculturalism and political correctness for undermining the white identity.When you see things like that, you say, Boy, Ive seen this before, Bristow says.The difference today, he adds, is that groups like the Heritage Front no longer rely on flyers, print magazines and mainstream coverage to spread their poisonous ideas.Hate in 2017 can spread faster and farther on the Internet, where white supremacists from Canada and beyond can now meet and scheme and for better or for worse, depending on whom you ask, a Grant Bristow version 2.0 will probably be watching them there.

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Holocaust denier Zundel to remain in jail

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Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel will remain in jail pending an immigration hearing because the government believes he would continue to spread his anti-Semitic views if released, an Immigration and Refugee Board member ruled Tuesday.

There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Zundel would be in a position to influence his following, said Robert Murrant.

Earlier, a federal government lawyer argued that Zundel would continue to flout the law if he was released from jail and would spread a call to arms for like-minded individuals to use violence.

Mr. Zundel is very much a danger to the public, given that he incites hatred, David MacIntosh told the board.

Zundel, 64, is seeking refugee status after being returned to Canada by U.S. authorities for overstaying a U.S. visitors visa. A German-born Canadian resident for some 40 years until 2001, he has been held in a Thorold, Ont., detention centre near Niagara Falls since Feb. 19.

MacIntosh told the hearing that Zundel flouted American law by failing to appear at a U.S. immigration hearing in 2001, and that he continues to disregard a Canadian Human Rights Commission ruling that his Web site spreads hatred.

If deported to Germany, Zundel would face charges of suspicion of incitement of hate. The charges stem from material on his Web site that denies that the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis during the Second World War ever took place.

Zundel, dressed in the clothes he was arrested in rather than the orange prison overalls he wore Monday, told the hearing that he has no control over the Web site, which is still operational and administered by his American wife.

Im a total computer illiterate, he told the hearing.

Paul Fromm, the director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, represented Zundel at the hearing and said his detention was a violation of the Charter of Rights.

Fromm told the hearing that the only writing utensil Zundel has access to is a short, stubby pencil. Holding the pencil up for all to see, Fromm added that such treatment borders on cruel and unusual punishment.

Zundel said earlier Tuesday that poor legal advice from an American lawyer is the reason hes appearing before the Canadian immigration hearing.

He said that he intended to convert the visitors visa to a permanent one so he could live with his American wife and missed a required hearing only because his lawyer told him it was a matter of routine.

I was happy to have escaped this persecution, Zundel said, referring to the media attention and legal troubles he has experienced in Canada.

He said it was never his intention to evade U.S. immigration authorities.

I did everything that a person could possibly do, said Zundel.

About 10 of his supporters attended the quasi-judicial hearing, joking with Zundel about his bright yellow suspenders that resembled a measuring tape before the hearing began.

Federal government lawyers MacIntosh and Toby Hoffman are arguing Zundel shouldnt be released because the government is taking necessary steps to inquire into a reasonable suspicion that he is inadmissible on the grounds of national security.

CSIS official Dave Stewart, the lone witness for the government, testified Monday that Zundel can be considered a white supremacist leader.

Mr. Zundel is a lightning rod for individuals who believe in the neo-Nazi white supremacist philosophy, Stewart said. He sows the seeds and other people build on that.

Zundel moved to Tennessee in 2001 in the middle of a human rights tribunal hearing about the content of his anti-Semitic Web site, angrily denouncing Canadas attempts to silence his views.

He was convicted in the early 1990s of breaking Germanys anti-hate laws and fined $9,000. There also is an outstanding warrant for his arrest on suspicion of incitement of hate, stemming from his Web site.

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Ernst Zundel – Off Your Knees Germany (1983-2003) made 3-4 …

This is a summary of Ernst Zundel’s political outreach and struggling to restore the honor of his German people from 1983 to 2003.

By way of this unique documentary, it explains in vivid detail.., how a powerful special interest Lobby masterminded a modern political kidnapping on American soil.., in a last ditch attempt to silence an “inconvenient dissident”…

It’s also quite a revealing insight on how “Political Correctness” in our modern times has gone too far !!!

I don’t know how much anyone knows about Ernst Zundel’s life, but his wife Ingrid did a great job making this video.., despite having to use almost all old VHS video cassette material…

This video has been produced with the help of patriots from all over the world. Join the struggle for freedom of Speech !!!

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Men banned from using Canada Post over controversial publication challenge minister’s order – CBC.ca

James Sears won’t be sending Easter cards this year for fear of facing a criminal charge.

“I cannot even ask my wife to mail on my behalf because I am prohibited from having people mail on my behalf,” he told CBC News.

Sears and another man are subject to a rare prohibitory order from the minister responsible for Canada Post, banning them from sending anything through the mail.

Sears is editor and Laurence St. Germaine ispublisher of Toronto-based newspaper Your Ward News. For years, mail carriers have protested having to deliver it and many have complained about it being distributed in their neighbourhoods.

The paper is filled with offensive imagery and writing aimed at just about every identifiable group, discredited theories on topics such as immunizations as well as personal attacks on high-profile Canadians.

“We no longer wanted this racist, misogynistic, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, anti-gay hate rag in our neighbourhood,” said Lisa Kinsella, who represents a broad coalition of people opposed to the publication.

Lisa Kinsella is one of the people behind a coalition to stop distribution of Your Ward News. (CBC)

“It’s not free speech. I know that this is the argument, but hate propaganda is not free speech,” she said.

Since making her feelings public, Kinsella and her husband, lawyer and consultant Warren Kinsella, have both become regular targets in the newspaper.

The interim order was made more than nine months ago under Section 43 of the Canada Post Act. Sears and St. Germaine have yet to get a hearing.

Public Services Minister JudyFoote’s office said the ministerappointed an independent board of review on Dec. 9, 2016. The members are three renowned people from legal and academic circles: Fareen Jamal, Elizabeth Forster and Peter John Loewen.

Sears and St. Germaine have hired prominent defence lawyer Frank Addario to represent them.

“There’s a lot of crap in the mail and itis not a crime in Canada to publish or distribute defiant or even odious ideas in writing. It is a crime to distribute hate propaganda or defamatory libel,” Addario said, adding his clients have never been charged with any hate-related offence.

“Thestate has not put any corresponding obligation on itself to act swiftly after it takes away the citizen’s right to use the postal service for purposes of free expression.”

Lawyer Frank Addario, who represents James Sears and Lawrence St. Germaine, says neither has been charged with a hate-related crime. (CBC)

Addario intends to challenge the constitutionality of the minister’s powers. As it is unlikely the board could entertain a constitutional question, Addario said the next stop would be Federal Court.

“Right now, the minister’s power is too broad, too discretionary for something so important as expressive freedom. So the minister’s power needs to be reined in, if she’s going to be running a monopoly that delivers expressive publications,” Addario said.

But Kinsella applauds the minister for choosing to exercise her authority.

“She saw the content, it was brought to her attention. She didn’t like what she saw and she decided the government would not be using a Crown asset to deliver it any more,” Kinsella said.

Not surprisingly, Sears disagrees.

James Sears and Lawrence St. Germaine have been prohibited from using Canada Post over complaints about their publication Your Ward News.

“The Liberal government did it because the Liberal government doesn’t like what we say. And maybe in future a far right-wing government won’t like what left-wing people say,” he warned.

The minister responsible for Canada Post has only twice before issued a prohibitionary order and only one of them was aimed at preventing the spread of hate speech.

In 1981, the then-minister issued an interim order against Samsidat Publishers, which was owned by convicted Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.

In that case, the order lasted just a few months before it was overturned by the board of review.

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Students denounce posters questioning Holocaust at University of Calgary – CBC.ca

Some students at the University of Calgary are speaking out after posters questioning whether six million Jews were really killed in the Holocaust were put up around the campus.

The dozen or so posters were taken down immediately last week.

Jordan Waldman, head of Hillel Calgary, a students’ group affiliated with the Calgary Jewish Federation, says the messages were blatantly anti-Semitic.

“The six million who died in the Holocaust, that is a number that’s been proven. It’s not up for academic debate,” he said.

“So this question in itself, it’s a poster promoting Holocaust denial.”

It’s the second troubling incident of its kind so far this academic year, said Students’ Union president Stephen Guscott. Last fall, dozens of anti-Muslim posters showed up on campus.

Students Union president Stephen Guscott says it’s disappointing to see such shocking messages posted on campus. (Jennifer Lee/CBC)

“I think it’s really disappointing and shocking that inflammatory posters like this were put up around campus,” he said.

“I think it’s really important for our campus to have a focus on diversity and inclusivity, and I think posters like this stand in the way of that.”

According to B’Nai Brith Canada, the”Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust” (CODOH) has taken credit for putting up the posters.

“Prominent CODOH figuresinclude German-Canadian Holocaust deniers Alfred and Monika Schaefer, and suspended University of Lethbridge professor Anthony Hall,” B’Nai Brithsaid in a press release.

U of C student Nolan Hill, who sawone of the posters taped to a door at MacEwan Hall, the main student centre, later looked up some of thenames and organizations mentioned on it.

“They were all coming up as very prominent Holocaust deniers,” he said.

Among the names listed on one of the posters was infamous neo-Nazi Ernst Zundel, who was convicted in Canada for “spreading false news” before the Supreme Court overturned the conviction, saying that the charge violated his Charter right to freedom of expression. Zundel was then deported to his native Germany, where he served five years for inciting racial hatred.

“So it’s just really concerning that someone would think to put those up here, because I think we are quite a welcoming and diverse campus,” Hill said.

In a written statement, the university says it is committed to open debate and a diversity of opinion while sustaining an inclusive and respectful environment.

About a dozen posters, like this one, questioning whether six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, were put up on doors and walls around the U of C recently. (The Gauntlet)

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B.C. court rejects appeal of man who said Jews should be sterilized – Canadian Jewish News (blog)

The British Columbia Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Quesnel, B.C., man convicted of promoting hatred against Jewish people in November 2015.

On his website, RadicalPress.com, Arthur Topham wrote that Jews should be forcibly sterilized. He described Canada as being controlled by the Zionist lobby and said Jewish synagogues are synagogues of Satan.

Harry Abrams, who was the representative for the Bnai Brith Canadas League for Human Rights in 2007, when he was the first to raise the alarm about Tophams anti-Semitic writing, said hed like to see Topham receive the maximum sentence of two years.

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He was convicted in 2015 by a jury of his peers, and hes dragged it out, kept everything up on his website since then and added to it over all this time, said Abrams, who now serves as chair of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Its all been hateful, deliberate and with the intention of causing maximum pain and fear to Jews. Hes a sick guy and there has to be some kind of backstop on this.

The Feb. 20 ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court is an important one, said Aidan Fishman, who worked closely with Amanda Hohmann, national director of Bnai Briths League for Human Rights, on this case.

The argument by Tophams lawyer, Barclay W. Johnson, that the law that criminalizes hate speech in Canada is unconstitutional, had no merit in my opinion, he said.

Basically they were arguing that the presence of the Internet, and the fact that information is more widely available because of it, changes whether that material is constitutional or not. The judge firmly rejected that argument. He wrote in his decision that it actually makes the offence even more serious, by virtue of the fact that its much easier to disseminate hate today, Fishman added.

This also means that when faced with incidents of hate, especially online, police and prosecutors should press charges because theres no evidence those charges wont succeed, so theres no excuse for not enforcing them.

Abrams speculated Topham might try to appeal this conviction to the B.C. Court of Appeal.

Johnson said he had not received any instructions from his client about an appeal.

He noted that he shared office space with Tophams former lawyer, Doug Christie, who died in March 2013 after a long career in which he gained notoriety for defending Holocaust deniers such as Ernst Zundel and James Keegstra.

On his deathbed, I told [Christie] Id look after the rest of his files, and this was one of them, Johnson said.

My interest was piqued by going over the issues related to freedom of expression. Ninety-nine percent of the material Arthur Topham posted from other sources is available on the Internet, so the question is, what do you do about all this wickedness? I dont think you use the Criminal Code, he said. We argued that the protections afforded in Canada are of little assistance if you weigh them against whats available worldwide.

Johnson said Topham does not have a criminal record, and hes hopeful he would not serve time in jail.

But Abrams begged to differ.

I really think he should spend a couple of years in jail. Hes sadistic and racist, and hes worked really hard for it.

Johnson said Tophams sentencing is scheduled for March 10.

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Hearing begins into Canada Post ban on controversial newspaper … – CBC.ca

A board of review hearing began Tuesday into a federal order prohibiting a Toronto-area publication that’s been called vile, racist and anti-Semitic from being sent in the mail. The people who run the newspaper Your Ward News are challenging the order put in place in June, 2016, by the then-federal minister responsible for Canada Post. Police have investigated the publication for hate speech but no charges have been laid. This type of hearing is rare. The last time a minister banned mail from being distributed by Canada Post was in 1981, against a publishing company owned by Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. It was overturned months later by a review board. Political consultant Warren Kinsella is one of the peoplecomplainingabout the paper, which is edited and published by James Sears and Laurence St. Germaine. “There’s the use of the n-word, there’s racism on every page, it is the most disgusting thing.” Warren Kinsella shows some of the graphic images found in Your Ward News (Lorenda Reddekopp, CBC News) To prove his point, Kinsellashowedexamples from old editions he photocopied. One image portrays a Jew as a dog; another shows an image of Jesus sexually assaulting a woman. While the publication is based in the Toronto area, he says this review is important for all Canadians. “We need to sayCanada Post should not be distributing hatred;Canada Post should not be allowed to distribute racism.” Multiple groups and people want to be considered interested parties in the reviewprocess, including some Jewish organizations, which say they received complaints about the newspaper, including from Holocaust survivors shocked to see images of a swastika. Paul Fromm, founder of the Canadian Association for Free Expression and a self-described white nationalist, says Your Ward News should have the right to use Canada Post to distribute the paper. (Lorenda Reddekopp, CBC News) The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUP-W), also requested standing to speak on behalf of employees disgusted by having to deliver the newspaper. The Canadian Association for Free Expression argues the publication has a right to use the mail system. “People should have the right to publish what they want,” said the association’s founder Paul Fromm, whorefers to himself as a white nationalist. Emilie Taman, co-counsel for the two men who produce Your Ward News, argues the government has stripped them of their right to free speech. “If people don’t want to read it, there’s a garbage can, there’s a blue box, there’s the bottom of the bird cage.” The lawyers representing Your Ward News arguethe minister’s order has taken away their clients’ freedom of speech, though the publication is still available online and can also be delivered usinga private courier service. “It opens [a] floodgate, which is a government assessing the speech that it likes and doesn’t like at a lower standard than we would say is appropriate,” said lawyer Emilie Taman. Any recommendation by this three-person board of review is still at least months away. The board is still sorting out procedural issues. It isn’t expected to hear submissions and lookat evidence related to the ban until late summer at the earliest.

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It’s Official: Picketers are Pro-Nazi Hate Group – The Michigan Review

To express their apparent solidarity and admiration for Zundel, in 2006 Henry Herskovitz, a member of the board of advisors and directors of Deir Yassin Remembered, together with Daniel McGowan, executive director of Deir Yassin Remembered, visited Zundel in Mannheim Prison in Germany. Recalled Herskovitz on the Deir Yassin Remembered website with evident emotion, I share with Dan the warm feelings felt at the end of the hour visit. Ernst Zundel did not merely shake hands with me; he held mine in his. Eight yearslater the memory remains strong. In 2014 Herskovitz, a leader of the Ann Arbor picket, posted a picture of himself greeting Holocaust survivors at a memorial ceremony organized for their murdered families at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Herskovitz welcomed them with a sign reading Free Ernst Zundel. Herskovitz associate McGowan wrote the foreword to a book of Holocaust denial, Resistance Is Obligatory, by Germar Rudolf, another Holocaust denier sentenced to jail in his native Germany for inciting racial hatred. Rudolf s book was published by the Barnes Review, described by the SPLC as one of the most virulent anti- Semitic organizations around. On his radio program and website David Duke, the Louisiana anti-Semite, white supremacist, and former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, interviewed another director of Deir Yassin Remembered, the self-described Holocaust denier Paul Eisen. Said Eisen to Duke on the air, I never heard you, David, say anything that I didnt think was true. And Duke s view of Eisen: an incredibly insightful and thoughtful presentation. Herskovitz appears periodically at the Ann Arbor City Council to explain why the Holocaust is a fraud. He, McGowan, and Eisen founded an organization Jews for Justice for Germans, which calls for an end to German reparations to Jews, Jewish reparations to Germany to atone for the suffering in icted on that country, and the repeal of all Holocaust denial laws. Unsurprisingly, Holocaust denial is a recurrent, indeed central, theme on the Deir Yassin Remembered website. In late 2016 supporters of the organization picketed the Michigan Theater to protest the showing of the lm Denial, which narrates how an English Holocaust denier was humiliated in court. On the Deir Yassin Remembered website, in sponsored talks in Ann Arbor, and in person outside the synagogue during their weekly picket, activists promote an array of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories: Jews built gas ovens in the death camps after World War Two to frame the Germans. Jews created and now control ISIS. Jews, more speci cally Israelis, directed the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Trade Towers in New York City. Israel also has organized the recent terrorist attacks in Europe and America, including attacks on Jewish institutions. (The lattera were false flag operations designed to throw off suspicion from the real perpetrators.) The business/personal identification card of a well-known picket leader carried the logo: Challenging Jewish Power since 2003. According to a report in the Washtenaw Jewish News, while standing outside Beth Israel in 2012 that same individual summarized his political views in these exact words: I hate Jews. Whatever happened to them in World War Two they brought on themselves. They deserved everything they got. These, then, are the materials from which the SPLC constructed its case against Deir Yassin Remembered. In the same Michigan Radio program of February 28 in which Mark Potok of the SPLC was quoted, Herskovitz sought to frame the issue in terms of free speech. I feel very fortunate to live in America, where free speech is protected. If I were in Germany or France, Id be in jail just for speaking my mind. Thats not right to me. He did not address the central substantive issue of Nazi sympathy and anti-Semitism. The Southern Poverty Law Center gained national attention in 1987 by destroying in court and bankrupting the United Klans of America, with chapters in 31 states, whose members had lynched an African-American teenager and bombed Birminghams 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four African-American children. Since then the SPLC has continued to win recognition for its teaching tolerance programs in schools, its vigorous legal defense of African Americans and other minorities, its tracking of hate groups, and its opposition to President Trumps immigration bans. According to the SPLCs tally, the current number of hate groups in this country, 917, although lower than in 2011, is over twice as large as in 1999. Much of the recent increase, and the accompanying spate of anti-Semitic incidents, the SPLC attributes to the divisive atmosphere accompanying Donald Trumps presidential campaign. Although as early as 2015 Deir Yassin Remembered sought to place ads reading America First. Not Israel, one notes the congruence between their message and Donald Trumps America First slogan. So far as is known, the picket of Beth Israel by Deir Yassin Remembered is the only sustained action targeting a Jewish house of worship anywhere in the United States. The picket has been condemned by members of the Palestinian-American community, by a great number of local clergymen of all faiths, by the mayor of Ann Arbor, the city council, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and The Ann Arbor News. On learning of Deir Yassins anti-Semitic views, The Ann Arbor Observer and several billboard companies have refused to accept ads from the group. To avoid incidents, Beth Israel Congregation strongly discourages people from engaging with the demonstrators physically or verbally in any fashion. This article was originally published in the Washtenaw Jewish News. For more, visit their website at www.washtenawjewishnews.org

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Only Hitler was like Hitler. Full stop. – Toronto Sun

Toronto Sun Only Hitler was like Hitler. Full stop. Toronto Sun Second, if we're going to hold political leaders or parties responsible for everyone who has ever supported them, Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel ran for the leadership of the federal Liberal party in 1968. But that's not my point. Zundel's views on the … and more »

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Decades later, CSIS’s white supremacy infiltrator tells his story – Mississauga

In a bedroom community in Western Canada, a 59-year-old man is living an unremarkable life. He has a wonderful wife, three dogs and a marketing consulting gig. He loves sports and live music, especially if U2 or Lady Gaga are headlining. He plays bridge, though not nearly as much as he would like. His life is the picture of ordinary; the man is anything but. Old habits hint at a secret past. In large crowds, he still scans for surveillance vantage points. He makes sure his home address never appears on his mail or drivers licence. He will give you a name, but it wont be his real one that would be Grant Bristow, an identity he hasnt used in 23 years. In 1994, Bristow disappeared from his Mississauga home after an explosive story in the Toronto Sun unmasked him as a CSIS spy who had infiltrated the Heritage Front. At the time, the Heritage Front was Canadas most influential white supremacist organization. Bristow was its co-founder. By the time the story hit newsstands, Bristow along with his then wife and stepson had fled to a safe house, fearing retaliation from the white supremacists hed betrayed. A media frenzy ensued. Two decades later, one of the controversys central mysteries who is Grant Bristow? remains a question with many answers. Hes a mercenary. Hell say anything if the price is right, says one of the white supremacists Bristow spied on. He wanted to be heroic and he was, says a Jewish man who was once targeted by the Heritage Front. Hes a master manipulator, according to the journalist who exposed Bristow. When someone like that is acting on behalf of the state, we need to manage him properly and they didnt. For its part, the civilian watchdog tasked with overseeing Canadas intelligence agency launched an investigation into the scandal-plagued undercover operation. In its 220-page report, the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) concluded that Bristow tested the limits of what was acceptable and that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service failed at times to properly manage its source but in the balance, he and his handler discharged their duties in a competent and responsible manner. (They) believed that they were doing valuable work helping to protect Canadian society from a cancer growing within, read the report issued Dec. 9, 1994. They deserve our thanks. Many critics of the CSIS operation consider the SIRC report a whitewash, written by a government-appointed watchdog of a government agency. But it is the closest Canadians will ever get to an official version of what truly happened. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is also the narrative Bristow agrees with most. In his first extended interview since 2004, Bristow revisited his six-year sojourn in the hate-filled inner circles of white supremacy and the clandestine world of intelligence gathering, and warned that he sees signs of a dangerous resurgence in white supremacist activity. He also offered his own version of who Grant Bristow really is. Nothing about Bristows childhood suggested he was headed for a future in spycraft or white supremacy. Bristow says he was born in Winnipeg in 1958, the last of three children of a banker and civilian military employee. When he was 11, his parents divorced and he moved to Halifax with his mother before settling in Toronto in 1971. Bristow describes his teenage self as an unremarkable C student, no more enthralled with James Bond than the next kid. One of his ambitions was to become an accountant. That ambition never really came to pass. Soon after he obtained his accounting certification, an unexpected opportunity one he declines to explain veered him toward the considerably sexier world of private investigations. Bristow has been described as a skilled investigator and expert manipulator. He also has another convenient talent. Im immune to boredom, Bristow says. You have to have patience. Its never a short game. In early 1986, Bristow was suddenly sucked into the margins of South Africas anti-apartheid struggle and spat right back out onto CSISs doorstep. Bristow and his colleague were contacted by a South African diplomat, who wanted to meet at the swank Sutton Place Hotel to discuss a potential security job for the countrys Canadian consulate. Bristow vividly remembers meeting a perfect GQ model look-alike. He was right out of central casting, Bristow recalls. The perfect haircut. The perfectly tailored Brooks Brothers suit. The meeting unfolded normally, until the diplomat casually dropped a bomb: gee, it sure would be nice if the South African government could identify these pesky Canadian agitators. Bristow was shocked. As he saw it, a foreign government was effectively asking him to spy on Canadians exercising their democratic right to protest. He promised to look into it but called a friend instead, asking him for advice. The friend connected him with a CSIS officer. Just like that, Bristow entered the rarefied doors of Canadas national security apparatus. Bristow cant divulge what happened next but according to the SIRC report, Canadas Department of Foreign Affairs expelled a South African diplomat as persona non grata on Aug. 20, 1986, and refused entry to a second. His next assignment was less successful. According to the SIRC report, Bristow was redirected to a new target after he revealed he had an acquaintance who worked with a far-right extremist. Bristow indicated he would be willing to infiltrate the far right on behalf of CSIS. According to SIRC, the intelligence agency found Bristow to be somewhat overzealous, twice violating confidentiality by telling other people about his CSIS association. They told him they no longer needed his help. But Bristow came calling again the following year. He says he reached out to CSIS after bumping into an acquaintance at a Beaches coffee shop. The pair was approached by a third man, whom Bristow didnt recognize. Boom, this next character shows up, he says. He sits down, starts telling us about how he gave evidence at a sedition trial in the United States. Bristow later learned he was Max French, a white supremacist. The sedition trial in question involved 13 neo-Nazis accused of conspiring to kill federal officials and overthrow the U.S. government. At this point, CSIS had growing concerns with far-right extremists and Bristow was best equipped to keep us abreast of developments, according to the SIRC report. Bristow says he was asked if he could fit in with some white supremacists and have a look-see. That look-see turned into something bigger, Bristow says. I never imagined it would become this. What this eventually turned into was a targeting investigation called Operation Governor. But first, a new, purportedly racist Grant Bristow had to be created. This racist Bristow told people he was an orphan no family, no girlfriend who lived in a High Park apartment, Bristows operational home. Bristow knew little about the neo-Nazi movement and its players. So his first move was to call a guy who knew a guy who knew Don Andrews, leader of the racist Nationalist Party who was jailed in 1985 for hate crimes. Bristow scored an invitation to Andrews east-end home, where he held regular Nationalist Party meetings. To hear Bristow describe these weekend gatherings, they had an almost churchlike vibe; an impassioned Andrews would sermonize, while his followers whom Bristow called Androids stifled yawns. Except the gospel Andrews preached was Aryan racial unity. And the congregants, according to Bristow, were a mix of middle-aged racists and eye-rolling skinheads who would have preferred that there was loud music and fewer old people. Sitting in Andrews kitchen, Bristow saw an authoritarian cultlike figure. He also saw that his credibility was waning. One of these guys used to say to me, on a somewhat regular basis, Theres got to be more to it than this. That something more arrived in April 1989, when a man named Wolfgang Droege stepped off a plane. From a neo-Nazi perspective, Droege had serious bona fides. Known as Wolfie to friends, the stocky ex-convict was deported from the U.S. after serving four years in prison for drugs and weapons offences. He was previously jailed for conspiring to violently invade the Caribbean island of Dominica and establish a racist haven. Droege was affiliated with neo-Nazi terror groups and was friends with David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The German-born Droege also grew up idolizing Nazis. At the age of 8, he resolved that he, too like his father and like his grandfather would grow to be a Nazi, Warren Kinsella wrote in Web of Hate, his book on Canadas extreme far right. In time he would get his wish, and become perhaps the most powerful neo-Nazi leader Canada has known in the postwar years. Bristow sized Droege up as someone with dangerous potential and a growing distaste for Andrews leadership. He also noticed that like his mentor, David Duke, Droege was a plainclothes racist, a white supremacist who understood the necessity of mainstream appeal. With Droege, presentation was everything. We were racialists, not racists, Bristow says. Youve got to look like the average guy on the street to have credibility. Bristow says the magic moment that cemented their friendship occurred, of all places, on an airplane coming home from Libya. In 1989, Moammar Gadhafis revolutionary government was planning a 20th anniversary celebration, culminating with a parade at Tripoli Stadium. But as a pariah state, it clearly struggled with the guest list; an invitation was cordially extended to Andrews racist Nationalist Party. They needed some white faces in the audience, Andrews said. Andrews sent 17 party members on the trip, including Bristow. On Aug. 26, 1989, a ragtag group of excited white supremacists packed their sunscreen and set off on an improbable African adventure. There were snags from the start but the real trouble came after they had already left Libya. On his return flight, Droege suddenly realized the plane was stopping over in Chicago and his prison release conditions barred him from re-entering the United States. Upon touching down, the entire group was detained and strip-searched and Droege was arrested. Bristow stayed behind in Chicago to help Droege with his legal counsel and bail, which was paid using $1,000 given to the group by the Libyans. After 48 hours, Droege was released and dumped at the Canadian border. The ordeal was a turning point for their relationship, solidifying that trust and camaraderie, Bristow says. At one point, Droege said to me, If you think you need to leave, you can leave. I said, Im with you. It was also a crossroads for Torontos white supremacist scene. Angered by the Libyan episode, Droege broke off from the Nationalist Party and formed a new group. He called it the Heritage Front. In the late 80s, there were some 130 far right groups across Canada. The Heritage Front aspired to unite them all. Droege had outlandish ambitions, like buying land in Peterborough and taking over the town council to create racist bylaws. But broadly speaking, the Heritage Front had two wings, according to the SIRC report one for political propaganda and a skinhead commando unit. Droege formed an organization that had far more intensity, and far more ability to wreak havoc than any organization prior to that time, says Bernie Farber, who was then a senior official with the Canadian Jewish Congress. The Heritage Fronts inner circle, or brethren, comprised the groups founding members who paid the $350 in startup fees: Droege, two other Nationalist Party defectors, and Bristow. Bristows role as a founding member drew considerable outrage when it first emerged that he was a CSIS mole the whole time. Would the Heritage Front have existed if not for Bristow and his government backers? The SIRC investigators ultimately concluded yes. In his interviews with SIRC, Droege said he had already had the idea for the Heritage Front for a number of years. I felt eventually it would happen, because I totally disagreed with Mr. Andrews positions or his views, Droege said under oath. After the Heritage Front formed, Droege was designated a level 2 target and Operation Governor commenced. Droege, CSIS believed, had the potential to become the leading Aryan movement personality in Canada. If this scenario were to materialize, (CSIS) would be fortunate to have a source in on the ground floor, SIRC wrote in its report. In just a few years, the Heritage Front grew to become Canadas most prominent white supremacist organization, linked to violent American neo-Nazis and amassing a collective rap sheet with assault, robbery and other criminal charges. This period in Bristows life was marked by two close relationships. The first, the phoney one, was with Droege, who counted Bristow as not only his right-hand man but also a friend, the kind of pal he called on Christmas Day when he wanted to flee an annoying family gathering. Bristow had much less time for his other relationship, though he considered it the more important one. About a year after Operation Governor began, he fell in love with his first wife, a colleague from work. Its hard to imagine how Bristow found time to date. At this stage, he was working 18- to 19-hour days, toggling between an unpredictable day job and an even more unpredictable gig as an on-call white supremacist all while having near-daily communications with his CSIS handler. But the relationship endured, even after his girlfriend whose stepfather was Jewish discovered Bristows white supremacist affiliations from a newspaper article. (At this juncture, Bristow says, she was brought into the loop). Bristow even got married in a 150-guest wedding, all while keeping his new wife and stepson a secret from his Heritage Front associates. His engagement was nearly derailed, however. On the same day he planned to propose, Bristow wound up getting ensnared in the police takedown of an American white supremacist. But even the sheer insanity of that ordeal didnt convince Bristow to hand in his CSIS resignation papers. He found ways to cope. I put on a CD in my car, probably Phil Collins, and sang along with my own words to the song, Bristow says. Another s—– day in paradise. At its peak, the Heritage Front was drawing headlines for its racist rallies, high school recruitments and a hate-mongering Equal rights for whites telephone hotline, which became the subject of many battles with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Anti-racism activists also mobilized to confront the Heritage Front. Anti-Racist Action, a motley group of students, activists, anarchists and street kids, wanted to make it unsafe to be a fascist and embraced direct action, like trashing a Heritage Front members house. Bloody skirmishes between the opposing sides broke out on city streets, including a bats-and-bottles street brawl outside Sneaky Dees on College St. and a riot in Ottawa, after some 500 anti-racists confronted skinheads attending a neo-Nazi concert. Bristow insists he never participated in any fighting and the SIRC report said he worked to divert or avoid violence wherever possible. He also found release valves for himself; at skinhead rallies, he sometimes jokingly yelled white powder! instead of white power! According to SIRC investigators, Bristows undercover work yielded intelligence that resulted in 80 threat assessments, hundreds of reports, deportations of at least five foreign white supremacists, and the weakening of some racist efforts against Jewish groups, anti-racists, and minority groups. Farber also credits Bristow with saving his life. At one point, a small group of radicalized Heritage Front members planned on storming the Canadian Jewish Congress headquarters to take out some people. Farber was at the top of their hit list. Members of the group were arrested for robbing a bank and doughnut shop before they could strike. There are competing views on whether Bristow helped in preventing an attack, but Farber believes that he did. I honestly believe, in my heart of hearts, that he saved my life, Farber says. Not just because he tells me, but because I got that from independent police sources. Former Toronto Sun reporter Bill Dunphy, who spent four years covering the Heritage Front, is skeptical of Bristows contribution to national security and feels strongly that the spy caused more harm than good. I believe Bristow wildly overinflated that situation, made (the Heritage Front) appear more dangerous than they were, and then actually helped them to become dangerous enough to justify what he and the government was doing, he says. Dunphy points to the so-called It campaign as an example. The harassment campaign targeted mostly anti-racist activists, phoning them at home and at work until they gave up the name and number of a new person to target. According to an affidavit by ex-Heritage Front member Elisse Hategan, who has renounced her racist past, the campaigns goal was to make peoples life miserable by calling them constantly, getting them fired and making them fear their own shadow. Several of them were terrified, says Dunphy, who has interviewed many of the campaigns targets. One young, single mother moved out of the province because they were so scared. This was not a funny haha telephone tag game and it came from Bristow. He managed and promoted it. Bristow says he accepts responsibility for the lines he crossed, but remains adamant that he needed to demonstrate a willingness to participate in Heritage Front activities, lest he lose credibility with the movement. He says he tried to steer the group away from violence or criminal activity, and he says things like the It campaign were part of that effort. I had some guiding principles and one of them was I didnt want to see the loss of human life on my watch, he says. For Bristow, one of his lowest moments came in Munich, where he travelled with Droege in 1991 to attend a neo-Nazi conference hosted by Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. In Germany, Droege suggested a visit to Dachau, the Nazis first concentration camp, where at least 28,000 died. Droege ranted the whole time, comparing Dachau to an amusement park and berating a group of Jewish schoolchildren. Dachau was one of those moments where (I felt), I dont know how much more of this I can do, Bristow said.The last of those moments didnt come until 1994, when Bristow finally walked away. The Heritage Front was imploding. Droeges energies were waning. Bristow also feared he would be called upon to fill a leadership role if Droege were convicted of ongoing criminal charges.I felt, my job is done, Bristow said.He told an emotional Droege that he was leaving the Heritage Front for a job on the East Coast. He said the exit story was purposely chosen to leave the door open, in case CSIS needed him to reinfiltrate at a later date.But only weeks would pass before that door slammed shut forever and Bristows secret was exposed not just to the Heritage Front, but to the entire city in the pages of the Sun.Fed mole lit racist fuse, read the front-page headline. In his article, which he investigated for nine months, Dunphy wrote that Bristow played a key role in creating the monster he was to monitor and goading it into a dangerous rage, a view he still stands by.Bristow felt misunderstood. I was speechless, he says. Id been made out to be public enemy No. 1.Soon after Dunphys expos, Bristow and his family moved out west to forge a new life and identity.But he couldnt escape the media maelstrom. SIRC launched an investigation to probe the operation and journalists clamoured to find Bristow, including Toronto Star reporter Dale Brazao, who tracked him down in 1995.Bristow refused to be interviewed, but the Star published a story with pictures of his house and wife something he says he still hasnt forgiven and blames for ruining his first marriage.Meanwhile, a shell-shocked Droege went into damage control. SIRC investigators learned he and the notorious American white supremacist Tom Metzger started discussing how they would deal with that traitor, even co-ordinating to plant false stories about Bristow in the media.The SIRC report, which relied on reams of CSIS documents and more than 120 interviews, failed to assuage the operations most vocal critics. Dunphy believes that SIRC picked and chose information to present the CSIS operation in the best light possible. The SIRC report did what the government needed it to do, he says.As for Bristow, Dunphy considers him a nice guy who was well intentioned. But he also feels he made serious and harmful errors in judgment and has never been properly held to account.My hats off to him, because it is a difficult and necessary job, he says. I just dont think he did it well.Farber takes a different view. He met Bristow in 2004 and the two men have stayed in touch ever since. Farber now considers Bristow a friend and the ex-spy made sure to phone him when he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009. (Bristows cancer is now in remission).As a person whos involved with human rights, I went through a lot of inner struggles around it, Farber admits. I concluded that he was actually a man who wanted to do something real good for his country.Twenty-three years after walking away from his double life, Bristow is happily remarried and enjoys being a grandfather. Hes produced a few movies and television shows and is frequently in and out of the hospital for ongoing health issues.But glimmers of the old Grant Bristow still resurface. In a bizarre 2010 episode, he was caught impersonating a journalist to try to ferret out information about a local political issue.Bristow also keeps a distant watch over the extreme right, partly because he still worries a neo-Nazi could show up on his doorstep. According to Bristow, Droege appeared outside his new home in 1995 after the Stars story was published. (The white supremacist died in 2005 after a drug addict shot and killed him in the hallway of his Scarborough apartment).Bristow says he does see signs today that remind him of the late 80s, when organized white supremacy was on the rise: Hate crimes in the news. Nationalist and anti-immigration sentiment. Ideologies like the so-called alt-right, which vilifies multiculturalism and political correctness for undermining the white identity.When you see things like that, you say, Boy, Ive seen this before, Bristow says.The difference today, he adds, is that groups like the Heritage Front no longer rely on flyers, print magazines and mainstream coverage to spread their poisonous ideas.Hate in 2017 can spread faster and farther on the Internet, where white supremacists from Canada and beyond can now meet and scheme and for better or for worse, depending on whom you ask, a Grant Bristow version 2.0 will probably be watching them there.

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Holocaust denier Zundel to remain in jail

Canadian Press, Apr. 3, 2003 http://www.ctv.ca/ Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel will remain in jail pending an immigration hearing because the government believes he would continue to spread his anti-Semitic views if released, an Immigration and Refugee Board member ruled Tuesday. There are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Zundel would be in a position to influence his following, said Robert Murrant. Earlier, a federal government lawyer argued that Zundel would continue to flout the law if he was released from jail and would spread a call to arms for like-minded individuals to use violence. Mr. Zundel is very much a danger to the public, given that he incites hatred, David MacIntosh told the board. Zundel, 64, is seeking refugee status after being returned to Canada by U.S. authorities for overstaying a U.S. visitors visa. A German-born Canadian resident for some 40 years until 2001, he has been held in a Thorold, Ont., detention centre near Niagara Falls since Feb. 19. MacIntosh told the hearing that Zundel flouted American law by failing to appear at a U.S. immigration hearing in 2001, and that he continues to disregard a Canadian Human Rights Commission ruling that his Web site spreads hatred. If deported to Germany, Zundel would face charges of suspicion of incitement of hate. The charges stem from material on his Web site that denies that the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis during the Second World War ever took place. Zundel, dressed in the clothes he was arrested in rather than the orange prison overalls he wore Monday, told the hearing that he has no control over the Web site, which is still operational and administered by his American wife. Im a total computer illiterate, he told the hearing. Paul Fromm, the director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, represented Zundel at the hearing and said his detention was a violation of the Charter of Rights. Fromm told the hearing that the only writing utensil Zundel has access to is a short, stubby pencil. Holding the pencil up for all to see, Fromm added that such treatment borders on cruel and unusual punishment. Zundel said earlier Tuesday that poor legal advice from an American lawyer is the reason hes appearing before the Canadian immigration hearing. He said that he intended to convert the visitors visa to a permanent one so he could live with his American wife and missed a required hearing only because his lawyer told him it was a matter of routine. I was happy to have escaped this persecution, Zundel said, referring to the media attention and legal troubles he has experienced in Canada. He said it was never his intention to evade U.S. immigration authorities. I did everything that a person could possibly do, said Zundel. About 10 of his supporters attended the quasi-judicial hearing, joking with Zundel about his bright yellow suspenders that resembled a measuring tape before the hearing began. Federal government lawyers MacIntosh and Toby Hoffman are arguing Zundel shouldnt be released because the government is taking necessary steps to inquire into a reasonable suspicion that he is inadmissible on the grounds of national security. CSIS official Dave Stewart, the lone witness for the government, testified Monday that Zundel can be considered a white supremacist leader. Mr. Zundel is a lightning rod for individuals who believe in the neo-Nazi white supremacist philosophy, Stewart said. He sows the seeds and other people build on that. Zundel moved to Tennessee in 2001 in the middle of a human rights tribunal hearing about the content of his anti-Semitic Web site, angrily denouncing Canadas attempts to silence his views. He was convicted in the early 1990s of breaking Germanys anti-hate laws and fined $9,000. There also is an outstanding warrant for his arrest on suspicion of incitement of hate, stemming from his Web site.

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Ernst Zundel – Off Your Knees Germany (1983-2003) made 3-4 …

This is a summary of Ernst Zundel’s political outreach and struggling to restore the honor of his German people from 1983 to 2003. By way of this unique documentary, it explains in vivid detail.., how a powerful special interest Lobby masterminded a modern political kidnapping on American soil.., in a last ditch attempt to silence an “inconvenient dissident”… It’s also quite a revealing insight on how “Political Correctness” in our modern times has gone too far !!! I don’t know how much anyone knows about Ernst Zundel’s life, but his wife Ingrid did a great job making this video.., despite having to use almost all old VHS video cassette material… This video has been produced with the help of patriots from all over the world. Join the struggle for freedom of Speech !!! As always.., after watching.., do your best to “pass it on”….. “Truth Does Not Fear Investigation” AND… “He who Wins the War.., also Writes the History” Yes / No ???

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Men banned from using Canada Post over controversial publication challenge minister’s order – CBC.ca

James Sears won’t be sending Easter cards this year for fear of facing a criminal charge. “I cannot even ask my wife to mail on my behalf because I am prohibited from having people mail on my behalf,” he told CBC News. Sears and another man are subject to a rare prohibitory order from the minister responsible for Canada Post, banning them from sending anything through the mail. Sears is editor and Laurence St. Germaine ispublisher of Toronto-based newspaper Your Ward News. For years, mail carriers have protested having to deliver it and many have complained about it being distributed in their neighbourhoods. The paper is filled with offensive imagery and writing aimed at just about every identifiable group, discredited theories on topics such as immunizations as well as personal attacks on high-profile Canadians. “We no longer wanted this racist, misogynistic, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, anti-gay hate rag in our neighbourhood,” said Lisa Kinsella, who represents a broad coalition of people opposed to the publication. Lisa Kinsella is one of the people behind a coalition to stop distribution of Your Ward News. (CBC) “It’s not free speech. I know that this is the argument, but hate propaganda is not free speech,” she said. Since making her feelings public, Kinsella and her husband, lawyer and consultant Warren Kinsella, have both become regular targets in the newspaper. The interim order was made more than nine months ago under Section 43 of the Canada Post Act. Sears and St. Germaine have yet to get a hearing. Public Services Minister JudyFoote’s office said the ministerappointed an independent board of review on Dec. 9, 2016. The members are three renowned people from legal and academic circles: Fareen Jamal, Elizabeth Forster and Peter John Loewen. Sears and St. Germaine have hired prominent defence lawyer Frank Addario to represent them. “There’s a lot of crap in the mail and itis not a crime in Canada to publish or distribute defiant or even odious ideas in writing. It is a crime to distribute hate propaganda or defamatory libel,” Addario said, adding his clients have never been charged with any hate-related offence. “Thestate has not put any corresponding obligation on itself to act swiftly after it takes away the citizen’s right to use the postal service for purposes of free expression.” Lawyer Frank Addario, who represents James Sears and Lawrence St. Germaine, says neither has been charged with a hate-related crime. (CBC) Addario intends to challenge the constitutionality of the minister’s powers. As it is unlikely the board could entertain a constitutional question, Addario said the next stop would be Federal Court. “Right now, the minister’s power is too broad, too discretionary for something so important as expressive freedom. So the minister’s power needs to be reined in, if she’s going to be running a monopoly that delivers expressive publications,” Addario said. But Kinsella applauds the minister for choosing to exercise her authority. “She saw the content, it was brought to her attention. She didn’t like what she saw and she decided the government would not be using a Crown asset to deliver it any more,” Kinsella said. Not surprisingly, Sears disagrees. James Sears and Lawrence St. Germaine have been prohibited from using Canada Post over complaints about their publication Your Ward News. “The Liberal government did it because the Liberal government doesn’t like what we say. And maybe in future a far right-wing government won’t like what left-wing people say,” he warned. The minister responsible for Canada Post has only twice before issued a prohibitionary order and only one of them was aimed at preventing the spread of hate speech. In 1981, the then-minister issued an interim order against Samsidat Publishers, which was owned by convicted Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel. In that case, the order lasted just a few months before it was overturned by the board of review.

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Students denounce posters questioning Holocaust at University of Calgary – CBC.ca

Some students at the University of Calgary are speaking out after posters questioning whether six million Jews were really killed in the Holocaust were put up around the campus. The dozen or so posters were taken down immediately last week. Jordan Waldman, head of Hillel Calgary, a students’ group affiliated with the Calgary Jewish Federation, says the messages were blatantly anti-Semitic. “The six million who died in the Holocaust, that is a number that’s been proven. It’s not up for academic debate,” he said. “So this question in itself, it’s a poster promoting Holocaust denial.” It’s the second troubling incident of its kind so far this academic year, said Students’ Union president Stephen Guscott. Last fall, dozens of anti-Muslim posters showed up on campus. Students Union president Stephen Guscott says it’s disappointing to see such shocking messages posted on campus. (Jennifer Lee/CBC) “I think it’s really disappointing and shocking that inflammatory posters like this were put up around campus,” he said. “I think it’s really important for our campus to have a focus on diversity and inclusivity, and I think posters like this stand in the way of that.” According to B’Nai Brith Canada, the”Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust” (CODOH) has taken credit for putting up the posters. “Prominent CODOH figuresinclude German-Canadian Holocaust deniers Alfred and Monika Schaefer, and suspended University of Lethbridge professor Anthony Hall,” B’Nai Brithsaid in a press release. U of C student Nolan Hill, who sawone of the posters taped to a door at MacEwan Hall, the main student centre, later looked up some of thenames and organizations mentioned on it. “They were all coming up as very prominent Holocaust deniers,” he said. Among the names listed on one of the posters was infamous neo-Nazi Ernst Zundel, who was convicted in Canada for “spreading false news” before the Supreme Court overturned the conviction, saying that the charge violated his Charter right to freedom of expression. Zundel was then deported to his native Germany, where he served five years for inciting racial hatred. “So it’s just really concerning that someone would think to put those up here, because I think we are quite a welcoming and diverse campus,” Hill said. In a written statement, the university says it is committed to open debate and a diversity of opinion while sustaining an inclusive and respectful environment. About a dozen posters, like this one, questioning whether six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, were put up on doors and walls around the U of C recently. (The Gauntlet)

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B.C. court rejects appeal of man who said Jews should be sterilized – Canadian Jewish News (blog)

The British Columbia Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Quesnel, B.C., man convicted of promoting hatred against Jewish people in November 2015. On his website, RadicalPress.com, Arthur Topham wrote that Jews should be forcibly sterilized. He described Canada as being controlled by the Zionist lobby and said Jewish synagogues are synagogues of Satan. Harry Abrams, who was the representative for the Bnai Brith Canadas League for Human Rights in 2007, when he was the first to raise the alarm about Tophams anti-Semitic writing, said hed like to see Topham receive the maximum sentence of two years. READ: RABIDLY ANTI-SEMITIC B.C. MAN CONVICTED OF HATE CRIME He was convicted in 2015 by a jury of his peers, and hes dragged it out, kept everything up on his website since then and added to it over all this time, said Abrams, who now serves as chair of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island. Its all been hateful, deliberate and with the intention of causing maximum pain and fear to Jews. Hes a sick guy and there has to be some kind of backstop on this. The Feb. 20 ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court is an important one, said Aidan Fishman, who worked closely with Amanda Hohmann, national director of Bnai Briths League for Human Rights, on this case. The argument by Tophams lawyer, Barclay W. Johnson, that the law that criminalizes hate speech in Canada is unconstitutional, had no merit in my opinion, he said. Basically they were arguing that the presence of the Internet, and the fact that information is more widely available because of it, changes whether that material is constitutional or not. The judge firmly rejected that argument. He wrote in his decision that it actually makes the offence even more serious, by virtue of the fact that its much easier to disseminate hate today, Fishman added. This also means that when faced with incidents of hate, especially online, police and prosecutors should press charges because theres no evidence those charges wont succeed, so theres no excuse for not enforcing them. Abrams speculated Topham might try to appeal this conviction to the B.C. Court of Appeal. Johnson said he had not received any instructions from his client about an appeal. He noted that he shared office space with Tophams former lawyer, Doug Christie, who died in March 2013 after a long career in which he gained notoriety for defending Holocaust deniers such as Ernst Zundel and James Keegstra. On his deathbed, I told [Christie] Id look after the rest of his files, and this was one of them, Johnson said. My interest was piqued by going over the issues related to freedom of expression. Ninety-nine percent of the material Arthur Topham posted from other sources is available on the Internet, so the question is, what do you do about all this wickedness? I dont think you use the Criminal Code, he said. We argued that the protections afforded in Canada are of little assistance if you weigh them against whats available worldwide. Johnson said Topham does not have a criminal record, and hes hopeful he would not serve time in jail. But Abrams begged to differ. I really think he should spend a couple of years in jail. Hes sadistic and racist, and hes worked really hard for it. Johnson said Tophams sentencing is scheduled for March 10.

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