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White nationalist planning event in city

ADRIAN LAM / The Canadian Press files</p><p>Paul Fromm is one of Canada's most notorious white nationalists.</p>

ADRIAN LAM / The Canadian Press files

Paul Fromm is one of Canada's most notorious white nationalists.

One of Canada’s most notorious white nationalists is planning to hold a conference in Winnipeg Wednesday.

Frederick Paul Fromm is an Ontario resident and longtime self-proclaimed "white nationalist" activist, though he is generally viewed as a white supremacist. He is promoting a talk entitled “Charlottesville Changes Everything,” which he plans to deliver this week at a Winnipeg hotel.

Screenshots of social media and emails provided to the Free Press reveal the date, location and time of the presentation, which had not been made public.

In a past talk uploaded to YouTube under the same name, Fromm said over the long haul the events of Charlottesville — where an alleged white nationalist plowed a car into a group of anti-fascist protesters, killing one — would prove to be a good thing for the far right.

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One of Canada’s most notorious white nationalists is planning to hold a conference in Winnipeg Wednesday.

Frederick Paul Fromm is an Ontario resident and longtime self-proclaimed "white nationalist" activist, though he is generally viewed as a white supremacist.  He is promoting a talk entitled "Charlottesville Changes Everything," which he plans to deliver this week at a Winnipeg hotel.

Screenshots of social media and emails provided to the Free Press reveal the date, location and time of the presentation, which had not been made public.

In a past talk uploaded to YouTube under the same name, Fromm said over the long haul the events of Charlottesville — where an alleged white nationalist plowed a car into a group of anti-fascist protesters, killing one — would prove to be a good thing for the far right.

"There really is a huge conflict going on in America and I take a lot of comfort in that I see evidence of the conflict here in Canada," he said, referencing the violence in Charlottesville.

Omar Kinnarath, a local anti-fascist organizer with Fascist Free Treaty 1 (FF1), said his organization is aware of Fromm’s scheduled visit to Winnipeg. He added that FF1 has been in contact with other anti-fascist groups to discuss how best to deal with the planned event.

"He’s legitimately Canada’s most famous white supremacist, a world-famous Holocaust denier and someone who’s been in the scene for years," Kinnarath said.

"I guess he’s presenting himself more as a free speech advocate than a white supremacist these days, but all you really need to do is Google him and you can see what he’s about."

Fromm is a disgraced former educator who was dismissed by the Ontario College of Teachers in the late 1990s for his association with neo-Nazi organizations.

In the past, he’s self-described as an "advocate for white nationalists" and used to host a radio show on the white supremacist and neo-Nazi website Stormfront.

He also has long-standing ties with some of North America’s most well-known neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members, including David Duke, Don Andrews, Don Black and the late Ernst Zundel, among others.

Kinnarath said he was unsure how many people were expected to attend Fromm’s talk.

"It could be the five local neo-Nazi goons who show up, or it could be 20 to 30 people," he said, before adding it’s possible others on the far-right, who aren’t explicitly neo-Nazi’s, could attend.

"We do anti-fascism a little different here and there’s a smart way of doing this. We don’t want to escalate things. We’d prefer the hotel to take care of this privately. We want to deal with this intelligently, but we’re willing to deal with this in any other way."

When reached for comment, Ran Ukashi, Manitoba regional director for B’nai Brith Canada, said his organization was unaware of Fromm’s scheduled appearance in Winnipeg.

"If this information is true then it’s a very unfortunate and disturbing development. The last thing Canadians, as well as Manitobans, need, are divisive individuals disseminating hateful views in our communities," Ukashi said.

"The fruits of such vitriolic discourse have made themselves apparent across Canada. It’s unfortunate that such hateful views continue to find an audience among a small portion of contemporary society in Canada."

B’nai Brith is the oldest Jewish service organization in the world and dedicates itself to combating anti-Semitism and bigotry.

News of Fromm’s scheduled talk comes on the heels of a number of anti-fascist rallies in the city over the past year. The most recent of which came in September, when anti-fascists mobilized against an "anti-immigration" march organized (then cancelled) by the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam.

Fromm did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

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Updated on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 12:15 PM CST: Clarifies description of Fromm.

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