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B.C. man wages fight against Craigslist

B.C. man wages fight against CraigslistCran Campbell poses for a photograph in Delta, B.C., on Friday February 15, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man is waging a fight against racist and offensive comments on the website Craigslist.

For more than a year, 64-year-old Cran Campbell of Delta B.C., has been flagging the comments for removal from the website's Rants and Raves section.

Campbell has also written letters to politicians across the country in his efforts to force websites with .ca domain names to follow Canadian laws on hate speech.

But Det. Const. Terry Wilson of the B.C. Hate Crime Team says that before charges can be laid, police must determine whether someone is trying to cause disdain or hatred towards one of five identifiable groups.

Wilson says investigators also have to determine if a comment has been made within Canada and within the police's jurisdiction.

Campbell says he has been threatened several times, but a spokesman for the Delta Police Department says the last reported incident didn't meet the threshold for prosecution.

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