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A Winnipeg mayoral candidate might have used some offensive wording in a blog posting last week, however, Winnipeg police say they are not currently investigating him.

After registering as a candidate late last week, Gordon Warren wrote on his blog: "My mayoral campaign is the final solution to The Katz Question."

The phrase "final solution" is widely seen as a reference to the Nazis' goal of eliminating all Jews from the planet during the Second World War.

The blog posting has since been removed.

Contrary to a media report, police say they are not investigating Warren for the blog entry.

Last June, a Winnipeg judge found Warren guilty of being in contempt of court in connection with a defamation lawsuit launched against him.

Court of Queen's Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal ruled Warren had deliberately, and repeatedly, violated the terms of an earlier injunction prohibiting him from writing on his blog or in any other format about businessmen brothers Sandy and Robert Shindleman, their character or their business interests.

At a sentencing hearing in August, Warren was ordered to perform 25 hours of community service.

After he was found in contempt of court, Warren removed the offending content from the Internet and made "best faith" efforts to remove all references to the Shindlemans, including doing periodic sweeps looking for anything that may have been missed, his lawyer Gary Stern said.

Warren told the judge he shut down his blog, deleted his Twitter and other accounts and erased videos.

The Shindleman brothers' lawyer, Robert Tapper, said a libel suit remains active.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 7, 2014 0

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