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Digital Terrorism & Hate Coast to Coast
The first edition of Digital Terrorism & Hate, released in March 2006 has garnered
extensive interest and demand. In order to raise the level of awareness regarding
this burgeoning issue, senior Wiesenthal officials have visited many Canadian cities
with the report in hand. Accompanying these visits were press conferences
and awards ceremonies for local activists working to promote tolerance, justice
and human rights in their own communities.
DT&H World Launch
May 31, 2007
For the second consecutive year, Wiesenthal officials launched Digital Terrorism
& Hate in Canada in 2007. Rabbi Abraham Cooper the Center’s associate dean was
joined by Michael Ettedgui, the report’s co-author in Calgary for a private report
of Internet extremism to select members of the Calgary Police Service. The Report
was also officially released to the media on May 31, 2007.
DT&H St. John’s Award Ceremony
October 20, 2006
St. John’s, NL and Labrador
Continuing their travels across the country, FSWC officials visited St. Johns in
late October 2006 to award three outstanding public servants who have exemplified
the ideas of tolerance, justice and human rights.
Honoured at this ceremony was the Hon. Justice Thomas W. Marshall, Minister of Justice
and Attorney General of Newfoundland and Labrador, Walter G. Lynch,
Assistant Commissioner, RCMP and Joseph Browne, Chief of Police for the Royal Newfoundland
FSWC has always partnered with justice officials and law enforcement officers in
its bid to rid Canadian cyberspace of hatred and terrorist propaganda and will continue
to do so as long as extremist elements exist on the Internet.
At a recent morning news conference in St. John's, NL, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal
Center For Holocaust Studies honoured Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Justice
& Attorney General, the Assistant RCMP Commissioner and the Royal Newfoundland
Constabulary's Chief of Police for their ongoing efforts in fighting racism and
intolerance. That afternoon, Friends' Director of National Affairs Leo Adler (third
from left) described the Center's 2006 CD-Rom Report, Digital Terrorism & Hate,
to a packed auditorium of high students and teachers. Pictured (r-l) Joseph Browne,
Chief of Police, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary; high school teacher Keith Samuelson
(who helped arranged the day's activities); the Hon. Thomas W. Marshall, Newfoundland
& Labrador Minister of Justice & Attorney General; Leo Adler; Walter G.
Lynch, RCMP Assistant Commissioner and David Eisenstadt, Friends' Communications
DT&H Victoria Award Ceremony
October 16, 2006
The west coast launch of Digital Terrorism and Hate 2006 was held in Victoria, British
Columbia and included leading social activists from across the community spectrum.
Honoured at this event was Ms. Monette Maillet, Director of the Policy Regulatory
Affairs Division of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). Ms Maillet
has been at the forefront in the fight against Internet hate in Canada and her work
at the CHRC has been widely recognized by concerned parties.
Friends has played an active role at the CHRC and continues to support its efforts
to bring hate mongers who use the Internet as their avenue to propagate intolerance
Said Leo Adler, Director for National Affairs, “Canadian authorities certainly have
shown an intolerance of Internet hate activities. But the increasing promotion
of weapons of mass destruction requires a more robust strategy, greater resources
and more timely awareness of a rapidly changing and growing threat to Canada and
DT&H Quebec Awards Ceremony
September 21, 2006
Quebec City, PQ
Former Member of Parliament and current consultant of FSWC, Richard Marceau honoured
the Quebec Government for the promotion of multiculturalism and tolerance throughout
Digital Terrorism & Hate ‘06 was presented to government officials, members
of various police agencies and concerned journalists in Quebec.
DT&H Fredericton Awards Ceremony
June 12, 2006
To coincide with the national conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory
Human Rights Associations in June 2006, FSWC introduced DT&H and honoured Marlene
Marlene Unger was recognized for her longstanding promotion and advocacy of Holocaust
studies and human rights education. A retired school teacher, Marlene Unger’s
advocacy work began in 1978 when the antisemitic publication, Web of Deceit,
by Malcom Ross appeared in provincial public libraries.
Unger lobbied the New Brunswick Teachers Association to have Malcolm removed from
the classroom, stopped the distribution of his book in Fredericton and sought to
have the News Brunswick public libraries classify his books under ‘Antisemetica’
rather than ‘History’ or ‘Comparative Religion’.
Unger was successful in a number of other initiatives along these lines.
DT&H Halifax Awards Ceremony
May 5, 2006
FSWC constantly uses the information revealed in Digital Terrorism & Hate to
build bridges with outstanding citizens in various communities across the country.
To compliment the release of DT&H in Halifax, NS, FSWC honoured Sylvia Parris
for her tireless work to promote inclusiveness and equity in public schools.
Leo Adler, FSWC Director of National Affairs honouring Sylvia Parris, of the
Nova Scotia Department of Education for her work in educating students about the
Holocaust, furthering tolerance and combating racism.
DT&H World Launch
April 5 & 6, 2006
Senior Wiesenthal officials from chose to launch Digital Terrorism & Hate 2006
in Ottawa because of Canada’s principled policy on Internet hate. The report
was unveiled, in private consultations with the Honourable Peter McKay,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister
of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and the Honourable Stockwell Day,
Minister of Public Safety.
Wiesenthal representatives used these meetings to report on the encouraging level
of cooperation between the FSWC and Canadian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) regarding
the removal of hate sites registered in Canada as well as the strong working relationship
with various Canadian police and intelligence agencies in the battle against Internet