A petition will begin circulating in the community today (Wednesday) which will urge the Attorney General to work quickly in dealing criminally with Internet websites and website providers who promote racism and hatred on the Internet.
Mayor Linda Larson announced Monday that the petition would circulate for 10 days and would be found at various locations around town, especially businesses which are the town's major employers.
Larson said her cover letter to Dosanjh will read in part, "The good people of Oliver trust you will work as speedily as possible to take care of the problem on the Internet."
The petition is in response to a widely reported announcement by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that Oliver is the "Hate Capital of Canada". Wiesenthal director Sol Littman said the title comes from the fact that Oliver businessman Bernard Klatt is the prime distributor of hate literature on the Internet through his Fairview Technologies business. Littman said at least 14 sites promoting Neo-Nazism, Skinheads, and White Supremacy can be traced to Klatt's server.
Larson has called for, and received, an apology from Littman by she questions his sincerity. She said many citizens wanted the petition to go to Littman, but council decided it would have more impact if received by Dosanjh.
She also noted some residents have offered financial help if the town decides to sue Littman and the Wiesenthal Centre for their remarks. However, Larson now says she would rather see any donations go towards establishing a web page which shows Oliver in a positive light. She said anyone wishing to make a donation should drop it off at the Chamber of Commerce office in the CPR station.