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Winnipeg Sun, Friday, June 14, 1996 (Opinion Page) 12
Commentary - Peter Warren

Internet cesspool spoils the surfing

The E-Mail message was brief and to the point: "Hey, Warren,
check out my home page on the World Wide Web."

It was signed by Joe Lockhart, Winnipeg's airy-fairy answer to
some of the other crap now available on the Internet. Under
the guise of the so-called "European Defence League," Lockhart
has listed his own version of biblical bumblings which,
frankly friends, I find nothing short of rambling racism.

What galls you, though, is that Lockhart asks for money to
keep his sick views alive, well and available for all to see
and, in future months, to hear. Gives Winnipeg a great
world-wide name, eh?

Pushed through Snail Mail (namely, Canada Post) in my
judgement some -- if not all -- of his vacuum-money tactics
would be criminal. And I wonder if Winnipeg cops or RCMP
gumshoes or Lyle Smordin or David Matas or Wade Williams have
taken a look at what is up there in the bright, blue yonder
lately.... or whether they even have the right to prosecute.

Who does, what does... if anybody, if anything ... police the
World Wide Web? Should anybody or any agency or any government
have the right to day what is right, wrong, or indifferent, on
a communications network that spans the globe? Liberal MP Rey
Pagtakhan (Winnipeg North) believes he has the answer... but,
sorry sir, you are only a pimple on the face of the universe
and Ottawa's "big stick" is but a toothpick on the
international legal front. Wise up and do something concrete
about some issue over which you might have some control.

If readers believe we should have some say about what is
available on the Internet, then please explain how a Canadian
law, or a Canadian regulation, or a Canadian agency can take
action against an Internet program that emanates from another
country. Our legislation is worthless.

[balance of article unrelated to Mr. Lockhart]

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