Here is an unofficial transcript of a CBC Newsworld story that aired Saturday, November 9, 1996.


Image: Computer screen with anti-Bouchard website

Reporter: For most of this week, this website has been on the internet.

Images: Various computer screen shots, including netscape mail client

Reporter: It compares Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard to Hitler, and says his death would be the salvation for Canadian patriots.

Image: Guy sitting at computer, office environment

Reporter: But the page's life in cyberspace came to an end when the Kanata company through which it was placed found out about it.

Image: Frank Kahle, IGS - Information Gateway Services (headshot)

Frank Kahle: "After we were made aware of the webpage, we contacted our legal counsel, who advised us that the page could be construed as illegal under Canadian hate laws."

Image: Garage and front door of nondescript suburban house at night, with cutaway to number on door -- 97 -- enough to identify colin?)

Reporter: The page was created by a man who lives at this Kanata townhouse. He did not answer the door and did not return our phonecalls.

Image: busy, happy ISP at work

Reporter: Information Gateway Services gives access to the internet to thousands of customers. Many have their own homepages, they are not monitored by the company, and they have no intention of policing them.

Frank Kahle: "We don't monitor our customer's webpages, it's just too much work to do that, and so we don't take action until something hits us like this." Image: Shot of cop on phone, looking at printout.

Reporter: Police have been given a printout of the homepage and will now decide if it's a violation of Canadian hate laws.

Police Officer: "At this time the Kanata detachment in cooperation with the Hate Crime Unit are looking in to see if this homepage actually falls within the parameters of hate crimes propoganda or not."

Reporter: Police say no decision will be made on charges until later this week. Sean Upton, CBC news, Kanata.


transcript prepared by (tallulah@storm.ca)