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To: "Press Release Recipients" 
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 1997 17:40:51 EDT
Subject: PAUL FROMM FIRED
Reply-to: bnb@bnaibrith.ca


FROMM FIRED FROM PEEL BOARD

(January 15, 1997) Toronto...The League for Human Rights of B'nai
Brith Canada has learned that Paul Fromm, a teacher with the Peel
Board of Education, will have his contract terminated for having
continued to participate in the activities of organizations that
maintain ideologies that are white supremacist and anti-Semitic and
for travelling on Board time to do so.  The League provided the Board
with concrete evidence, including a video and printed material, that
Fromm had not ceased his activities in this regard, in spite of the
1993 Cowan Report and a warning from the Board.  There was also
evidence that Fromm had, in fact, misused the Board's time, which in
itself would be grounds for dismissal.

"It is ironic that with all his protestations that he is not linked
with neo-Nazi and racist groups, Fromm's dismissal was made public
today on the Zundelsite, the web page of Holocaust denier Ernst
Zundel." said Rochelle Wilner, National Chair of the League for Human
Rights of B'nai Brith Canada.

"The Supreme Court decision on Malcolm Ross has sent the message loud
and clear that the multi-ethnic and multi-racial populations of
students and teachers in our schools need not tolerate the poisoned
environment created by a teacher, like Ross or Fromm, who does not
believe that most of them should even be in Canada," said Dr. Karen
Mock, National Director of the League.  "We commend the Board for
taking this strong stand.  If Paul Fromm wishes to continue his racist
"free speech" campaign, let him not do it on the public payroll," she
added.

The League for Human Rights, an agency of B'nai Brith Canada, is a
national volunteer association dedicated to combatting anti-Semitism,
racism and bigotry, to building inter-community relations and to
protecting human rights for all Canadians.

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For more information please contact:
Dr. Karen Mock, National Director or David Cooper, Research and
Communications at (416) 633-6224 or by email: dcooper@bnaibrith.ca


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