Canada group accepts Toronto mayor’s rejection of alleged white supremacist

(JTA) – A Canadian Jewish group said it is satisfied with the explanation by Toronto’s mayor that he does not know a Liberal Party strategist who allegedly has ties to white supremacists.

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A photo of Jon Latvis with Mayor Rob Ford was posted on the blog of Warren Kinsella, who titled the entry “The Toronto Mayor’s Far-Right Friend,” according to the Vancouver Sun.

Jon Latvis, claimed Kinsella, is a member of the band Rahowa, which identifies the name as an acronym for racial holy war.

The photo shows Latvis wearing a military uniform with the caption: “Me meeting with Toronto’s Mayor, Rob Ford to get an endorsement for the Latvian Homeguard,” the Sun reported. 

The picture was taken at a 2012 New Year’s Levee at Toronto City Hall, Ford said in a statement, noting that he poses constantly for pictures at such events. 

The two men talked briefly, but the statement says the discussion was about public transportation, according to the newspaper.

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