Surrey’s acting mayor is looking at ways of stopping a party being orga nized by a neo-Nazi band accused of being racist.
Gary Robinson said Thursday he’s concerned about the group Odin’s Law using the taxpayer-funded Tynehead Community Hall in the Vancouver suburb tonight.
The Surrey-based group was featured two years ago in a CTV documentary as one of a growing number of Nazi skinhead bands that use heavy metal to spread their message of white power.
Odin’s Law bass player Brian Reid would only say it’s a private party and a number of bands will be playing.
Sgt. Rick McKenna of the new provincial hate-crime unit said the party will be monitored to see if the music violates hate laws.
Charan Gill of the B.C. Organization to Fight Racism said it’s unacceptable to allow racists to hold an event that could be used to recruit young people to their movement.
Reid refused to say how many people he expected, but the hall holds 121.
Richard Bishop, president of the Tynehead Community Association, said Reid and his friends rented the hall in June and there were no problems.
“They cleaned it up really nice and returned the key and we gave them back their damage deposit,” Bishop said.
The hall, built in 1907, is one of a few remaining in Surrey that is still run by a non-profit community association, though it soon will be turned over to the city, Robinson said.
It is used by other groups, such as girl guides and brownies, and can be rented by private groups for events.