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Canada’s armed forces are struggling to keep white supremacists out, advisory panel finds

The release of their report was condemned Monday as “political theatre” by Nigel Barriffe, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, who said Ottawa has failed to provide a plan, deadline and funding to root out white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

“It doesn’t seem like the government is interested in really dealing with getting Nazis and white supremacists out of the Canadian Armed Forces,” Barriffe said. “If they were, today they would have come up with an actual action plan, not a plan to come up with a plan.”

Amalgamated courthouse in Toronto 'significant barrier' to justice, critics say

Nigel Bariffe, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, said people using local courthouses live far from the downtown core and will have to take a whole day off work to make court appearances.

"Many cannot afford the day of lost wages, caregiver costs, and transit fees, so consolidation will end up increasing justice system costs because of delayed cases, increased arrest warrants, and thrown-out cases," he said.

Toronto rally against far-right extremism found in fringe leaders of Freedom Convoy

"We are speaking out against far-right fringe leaders of the convoy who have manipulated COVID anxieties, concerns and hardships to create deeply troubling divisions in society," a press release from the group reads.

The group is a coalition of progressive Toronto labour, anti-racist and social organizations including Urban Alliance on Race Relations - UARR.

'Upsetting' video raises questions about how Toronto police handled allegation of assault by officer

Nigel Barriffe of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations listened to the 20-minute recording and said it was “upsetting."

“This young man’s rights were being trampled over and over again. For me it’s an example of anti-black racism that continues to be prevalent in the police,” Barriffe said, renewing his calls to defund the police. 

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