Windsor’s mayor has responded to a controversy over a photo taken with a member of a hate group.
The snapshot was taken at a community walk last Sunday on the Ganatchio Trail in east Windsor, honouring an elderly woman who was attacked while on the trail. The picture features Mayor Drew Dilkens and Police Chief Al Frederick flanking James Godden, who has been identified as a member of the Soldiers of Odin. This group has been described as anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim.
The photo has appeared on Godden’s own Facebook page. On it, Godden describes himself as president of the Essex County chapter.
Neither Dilkens or Frederick were aware of Godden’s background when the picture was snapped. Both were participating in the community walk to honour Anne Widholm, a 75-year-old woman who remains hospitalized after being savagely attacked on the Ganatchio Trail.
When reached by BlackburnNewsWindsor.com, the mayor said the photo was just one of about a dozen he posed for during the walk. (more...)