A board member with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, an arms-length federal government agency established to counteract racism, has been fired amid concerns over what Muslim advocacy groups describe as "Islamophobic commentary" and her "public association with purveyors of hateful propaganda."

Christine Douglass-Williams has been a board member since 2012 and her dismissal was confirmed on Wednesday to foundation chairperson Albert Lo. He said he was notified by the Department of Canadian Heritage, which is responsible for the foundation.

Lo said he was not provided with an explanation for Douglass-Williams' dismissal. But a government source told the Star she was removed because of comments she has made online which "do not reflect the goal of the foundation."

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