A think tank based out of Vancouver, BC doesn’t think that law enforcement agencies in Canada are properly equipped to deal with hate groups.
OLD COUNTERTERRORISM METHODS NO LONGER EFFECTIVE
Speaking to the Vancouver Sun, Candyce Kelshall of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies said that old methods of dealing with such hate groups are no longer effective.
Kelshall told the Vancouver Sun that this was partly because of the fact that most of these groups are transnational and decentralized, making them difficult to track.
One such group, called Blood and Honour, was added to the Ministry of Public Safety’s terrorist watchlist last month. Kelshall thinks that the group will just change their name and rebrand to avoid further scrutiny by federal law enforcement agencies.
WHITE SUPREMACISTS SET FIRE TO FILIPINO MAN IN VANCOUVER
Members of Blood and Honour made headlines in 2009 when they set fire to a Filipino who was sleeping on a discarded couch in a Vancouver intersection.
The Filipino man was sleeping on a couch at Commercial Drive in East Vancouver when he was assaulted by Robertson de Chazal and Shawn MacDonald.
The 26 year old Filipino victim from New Westminster, B.C, had been drinking with friends the night before and decided to take a nap on the couch.
He suffered burns to his arms, neck and head. Charges against the suspects were later dismissed.
WHITE SUPREMACISTS STILL ACTIVE IN PARTS OF CANADA
Other members of Blood and Honour have also been linked to assaults in Edmonton and Calgary in recent years.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)’s Hate Crimes Unit stated that Blood and Honour had limited activity in the province of British Columbia after 2012, but Kelshall believes that the group is still very much active on social media.
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