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Monday, April 15, 2024
Letter to the editor: No place for hate in NOTL


*This letter references a CBC News report from March 29, 2019.

Dear Editor,

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland recently voiced something that is so evidently true, and so timely.

“The internet and social media know no borders and so we must work together to find ways to address online radicalization.”

“The international community must keep a close watch on how hateful messages spread through online forums and social media,” Freeland said.

No, NOTL is not New Zealand, but unfortunately it could be, if the average citizen refuses to speak up when cultural diversity is condemned and misrepresented — and when the ideology of white supremacy is presented in a seemingly innocent poster.

When there is no push back and no instant rebuttal of the sick and hateful messages these vermin promote, the hate is able to spread like disease.

The radical hate posters in NOTL may seem insignificant to some, however this is not just one isolated incident — it is a global epidemic — and with the seemingly unrestricted power of social media it is a frightening problem that will grow unless confronted strongly, repeatedly, with equal force and conviction.

Thank you Richard and The Lake Report for addressing the issue and hopefully generating conversation and discussion amongst the residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Well Done.

Brenda Tanfara

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