The Globe & Mail
Friday, January 16, 1998
B.C. urged to shut Internet provider
by Ross Howard
VANCOUVER - The B.C. government should use existing hate-crime laws to shut
down a local Internet service provider that has become the largest source of
hate sites in Canada, says a spokesman for a Nazi-hunting organization.
Fairview Technologies Centre of Oliver is providing Internet links to more
than a dozen Canadian Web sites that express overtly racist and anti-Semetic
sentiments, said Sol Littman, Canadian director of the Simon Wiesenthal
The Web sites include one that contains a cartoon "clearly directed at young
children", Mr. Littman told reporters yesterday.
Bernard Klatt, whom Mr. Littman identified as the owner of Fairview and who
is listed as the operator of Fairview in Internet links, did not return
telephone calls yesterday. But he has said he's being victimized because he
refuses to act as a censor.
Several of the Canadian and U.S. sites available through Fairview express
neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant and far-right political sentiments, Mr. Littman
said. A search yesterday of Fairview's home page and links confirmed this.
The Fairview menu of immediately available links included services such as
Cable News Network and Agriculture Canada,
and some thing called the Kids' Page.
Also listed are a pair of right-wing organizations that provide multiple
links to more extreme views.
During the past two years, many Canadian companies providing Internet
services have voluntarily removed clients with offensive home pages and
links to pornography, racism, and violence, Mr. L ittman said. Some of those
expelled groups, he added, have ended up on Mr. Klatt's service.
Mr. Littman said Mr. Klatt refused a request a year ago from the Wiesenthal
Centre to remove some of his clients, calling them inoffensive and citing
There has never been a prosecution of a so-called Internet hate site in
A spokesman for the hate-crimes unit established by the B.C. government to
co-ordinate police efforts said the Wiesenthal Centre's complaint is being
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