Hate crime charges against Your Ward News staff met with elation

News Nov 15, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Several groups fighting for racial equality are elated to learn hate crime charges have been laid against Your Ward News editor James Sears and publisher Leroy St. Germaine.  

Members of a community coalition opposed to the spread of hate speech known as Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice (STAMP) are thrilled charges have “finally” been laid against Sears and St. Germaine. 

“We applaud (Ontario Attorney General) Yasir Naqvi, the police and the Crown,” said Beach resident Lisa Kinsella, a STAMP founding member, in a Nov. 15 release.

“We are also grateful for the work that has been done to combat this hate rag – by the Friends of Simon Weisenthal Centre, B’nai Brith and Mark Freiman of the (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs). Ontario MPP Arthur Potts, too, deserves special recognition for pushing his government to act.”

Lawyer Warren Kinsella, another STAMP founder, said the group ”wishes charges had been laid sooner” as there was “no shortage of evidence.”

“But we are relieved it has finally happened. STAMP will now be working with the authorities to ensure these prosecutions are a success,” wrote Kinsella, who has written extensively about hate groups.

“The members of STAMP, including former Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber and human rights lawyer Richard Warman, have long been pushing all levels of government to take action against this vile, despicable hate sheet.”

STAMP has been heavily involved in the ongoing effort to ensure Canada Post does not deliver this tabloid.

This past June, Lisa and Warren Kinsella also used a little-known legal tool to convince a judge to lay charges against Sears and St. Germaine.

The couple argued that a statement in a Pg. 7 article of Your Ward News’ Summer 2017 edition that purported to issue a call to “bludgeon to death” the Kinsellas amounted to uttering threats, which is contrary to section 264.1 of the Criminal Code. This matter is still before the courts.

Lisa Kinsella, represented by Henein Hutchinson, also launched libel action against both men this fall.

“Promoting hatred against Jews and women – promoting hatred against any identifiable group – is unacceptable in Canada,” she wrote.

“With these charges, Canada is now making that clear to all. In this country, in this time, hate will not go unopposed.”

The Legal Action Committee of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is also welcoming the news.

The organization has spoken out against and fielded a number of complaints from the public about the content of the publication, which it said has been described as “hateful and anti-Semitic”.

"Just recently the 'newspaper' was delivered to a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood in central Toronto where many Holocaust survivors and children of survivors reside," said Avi Benlolo, FSWC's President and CEO, in a Nov. 15 release.

"In some cases, it is reported that specific Jewish homes were targeted, and this has become a form of harassment toward the Jewish community.”

The newsletter also appeared in mail boxes and door handles in Richmond Hill in May, in the area of Bathurst Street and Shaftsbury Avenue – a community with a large Jewish population.

Benlolo said FSWC has called on the police and Naqvi to “protect the community on numerous occasions, as Crown consent is required to lay hate crime charges.

The release went on to say that “the 'newspaper' promotes Nazism and is also considered offensive to many groups and individuals, including women, Black, Muslim and LGBT communities."

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre said it is also pleased Canada Post is no longer distributing the tabloid. This distribution ban is being enforced through a May 2016 prohibitionary order issued by Judy Foote, Canada’s former Public Services and Procurement Minister. This order, which was issued against Sears and an agent acting on his behalf, is being appealed.

"Unfortunately, white supremacists have been emboldened in recent months on university campuses and in small towns and cities, and these charges, we hope, will be a setback for those who peddle hate," Benlolo said. 

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, praised the Toronto police for arresting and charging Sears and St. Germaine.

“We commend Toronto Police Service for taking action against Your Ward News,” said Berl Nadler, CIJA Toronto chair.

“There is no place in our city for the mass promotion of hatred against women and minorities. I am proud that the Jewish community played a key role in bringing James Sears and Your Ward News to account before the law. We want to ensure that tens of thousands of GTA families are no longer forced to receive hate propaganda on their doorsteps."

Nadler went on to say that the CIJA would “continue to monitor and pursue Your Ward News and any publications that spread hate, by working collaboratively with other targeted groups, law enforcement, Canada Post, and relevant authorities.”

In the release, the CIJA said it has previously provided the police and Canada Post with evidence of “antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content appearing in your Ward News.”

B’nai Brith, which has made “countless” requests to Ontario’s Attorney-General to lay criminal charges against Sears and St. Germaine, is also lauding the news.

“We are pleased that criminal charges have finally been laid against the publishers of this hate-filled rag,” said B’nai Brith Canada Spokesperson Daniel Koren.

“For years, Your Ward News has attempted to promote hatred and poison the minds of impressionable readers against visible minorities. B’nai Brith has strongly spoken out against this racist, antisemitic and homophobic publication, and thanks Warren and Lisa Kinsella, Ontario MPP Arthur Potts, and every other organization who (sic) campaigned against the bigoted and discriminatory rhetoric that made up the pages of Your Ward News.”

Koren went on to say that given the recent distribution of Your Ward News to students at York University, and taking into account the recent white supremacist and antisemitic flyers found at University of Victoria and University of British Columbia campuses, B’nai Brith hopes this will “act as a deterrent for those who are looking to promote racism, discrimination and hatred – on campus and in the public sphere.”

Metroland Media Toronto reached out to James Sears for comment via email and received this response:

"We expect to easily beat these politically-motivated charges.  Part of our defense will be a Constitutional Challenge against the hate speech law, as it violates our right to free expression.  Talk to my lawyer for any further information ...."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated from its original version to reflect an incident involving Your Ward News in York Region and comment to Metroland Media Toronto from Dr. James Sears regarding the charges. Nov. 15, 2017

Hate crime charges against Your Ward News staff met with elation

James Sears and Leroy St. Germaine charged with wilful promotion of hatred against Jews, women

News Nov 15, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Several groups fighting for racial equality are elated to learn hate crime charges have been laid against Your Ward News editor James Sears and publisher Leroy St. Germaine.  

Members of a community coalition opposed to the spread of hate speech known as Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice (STAMP) are thrilled charges have “finally” been laid against Sears and St. Germaine. 

“We applaud (Ontario Attorney General) Yasir Naqvi, the police and the Crown,” said Beach resident Lisa Kinsella, a STAMP founding member, in a Nov. 15 release.

“We are also grateful for the work that has been done to combat this hate rag – by the Friends of Simon Weisenthal Centre, B’nai Brith and Mark Freiman of the (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs). Ontario MPP Arthur Potts, too, deserves special recognition for pushing his government to act.”

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Lawyer Warren Kinsella, another STAMP founder, said the group ”wishes charges had been laid sooner” as there was “no shortage of evidence.”

“But we are relieved it has finally happened. STAMP will now be working with the authorities to ensure these prosecutions are a success,” wrote Kinsella, who has written extensively about hate groups.

“The members of STAMP, including former Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber and human rights lawyer Richard Warman, have long been pushing all levels of government to take action against this vile, despicable hate sheet.”

STAMP has been heavily involved in the ongoing effort to ensure Canada Post does not deliver this tabloid.

This past June, Lisa and Warren Kinsella also used a little-known legal tool to convince a judge to lay charges against Sears and St. Germaine.

The couple argued that a statement in a Pg. 7 article of Your Ward News’ Summer 2017 edition that purported to issue a call to “bludgeon to death” the Kinsellas amounted to uttering threats, which is contrary to section 264.1 of the Criminal Code. This matter is still before the courts.

Lisa Kinsella, represented by Henein Hutchinson, also launched libel action against both men this fall.

“Promoting hatred against Jews and women – promoting hatred against any identifiable group – is unacceptable in Canada,” she wrote.

“With these charges, Canada is now making that clear to all. In this country, in this time, hate will not go unopposed.”

The Legal Action Committee of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is also welcoming the news.

The organization has spoken out against and fielded a number of complaints from the public about the content of the publication, which it said has been described as “hateful and anti-Semitic”.

"Just recently the 'newspaper' was delivered to a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood in central Toronto where many Holocaust survivors and children of survivors reside," said Avi Benlolo, FSWC's President and CEO, in a Nov. 15 release.

"In some cases, it is reported that specific Jewish homes were targeted, and this has become a form of harassment toward the Jewish community.”

The newsletter also appeared in mail boxes and door handles in Richmond Hill in May, in the area of Bathurst Street and Shaftsbury Avenue – a community with a large Jewish population.

Benlolo said FSWC has called on the police and Naqvi to “protect the community on numerous occasions, as Crown consent is required to lay hate crime charges.

The release went on to say that “the 'newspaper' promotes Nazism and is also considered offensive to many groups and individuals, including women, Black, Muslim and LGBT communities."

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre said it is also pleased Canada Post is no longer distributing the tabloid. This distribution ban is being enforced through a May 2016 prohibitionary order issued by Judy Foote, Canada’s former Public Services and Procurement Minister. This order, which was issued against Sears and an agent acting on his behalf, is being appealed.

"Unfortunately, white supremacists have been emboldened in recent months on university campuses and in small towns and cities, and these charges, we hope, will be a setback for those who peddle hate," Benlolo said. 

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, praised the Toronto police for arresting and charging Sears and St. Germaine.

“We commend Toronto Police Service for taking action against Your Ward News,” said Berl Nadler, CIJA Toronto chair.

“There is no place in our city for the mass promotion of hatred against women and minorities. I am proud that the Jewish community played a key role in bringing James Sears and Your Ward News to account before the law. We want to ensure that tens of thousands of GTA families are no longer forced to receive hate propaganda on their doorsteps."

Nadler went on to say that the CIJA would “continue to monitor and pursue Your Ward News and any publications that spread hate, by working collaboratively with other targeted groups, law enforcement, Canada Post, and relevant authorities.”

In the release, the CIJA said it has previously provided the police and Canada Post with evidence of “antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content appearing in your Ward News.”

B’nai Brith, which has made “countless” requests to Ontario’s Attorney-General to lay criminal charges against Sears and St. Germaine, is also lauding the news.

“We are pleased that criminal charges have finally been laid against the publishers of this hate-filled rag,” said B’nai Brith Canada Spokesperson Daniel Koren.

“For years, Your Ward News has attempted to promote hatred and poison the minds of impressionable readers against visible minorities. B’nai Brith has strongly spoken out against this racist, antisemitic and homophobic publication, and thanks Warren and Lisa Kinsella, Ontario MPP Arthur Potts, and every other organization who (sic) campaigned against the bigoted and discriminatory rhetoric that made up the pages of Your Ward News.”

Koren went on to say that given the recent distribution of Your Ward News to students at York University, and taking into account the recent white supremacist and antisemitic flyers found at University of Victoria and University of British Columbia campuses, B’nai Brith hopes this will “act as a deterrent for those who are looking to promote racism, discrimination and hatred – on campus and in the public sphere.”

Metroland Media Toronto reached out to James Sears for comment via email and received this response:

"We expect to easily beat these politically-motivated charges.  Part of our defense will be a Constitutional Challenge against the hate speech law, as it violates our right to free expression.  Talk to my lawyer for any further information ...."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated from its original version to reflect an incident involving Your Ward News in York Region and comment to Metroland Media Toronto from Dr. James Sears regarding the charges. Nov. 15, 2017

Hate crime charges against Your Ward News staff met with elation

James Sears and Leroy St. Germaine charged with wilful promotion of hatred against Jews, women

News Nov 15, 2017 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Several groups fighting for racial equality are elated to learn hate crime charges have been laid against Your Ward News editor James Sears and publisher Leroy St. Germaine.  

Members of a community coalition opposed to the spread of hate speech known as Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice (STAMP) are thrilled charges have “finally” been laid against Sears and St. Germaine. 

“We applaud (Ontario Attorney General) Yasir Naqvi, the police and the Crown,” said Beach resident Lisa Kinsella, a STAMP founding member, in a Nov. 15 release.

“We are also grateful for the work that has been done to combat this hate rag – by the Friends of Simon Weisenthal Centre, B’nai Brith and Mark Freiman of the (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs). Ontario MPP Arthur Potts, too, deserves special recognition for pushing his government to act.”

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Lawyer Warren Kinsella, another STAMP founder, said the group ”wishes charges had been laid sooner” as there was “no shortage of evidence.”

“But we are relieved it has finally happened. STAMP will now be working with the authorities to ensure these prosecutions are a success,” wrote Kinsella, who has written extensively about hate groups.

“The members of STAMP, including former Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber and human rights lawyer Richard Warman, have long been pushing all levels of government to take action against this vile, despicable hate sheet.”

STAMP has been heavily involved in the ongoing effort to ensure Canada Post does not deliver this tabloid.

This past June, Lisa and Warren Kinsella also used a little-known legal tool to convince a judge to lay charges against Sears and St. Germaine.

The couple argued that a statement in a Pg. 7 article of Your Ward News’ Summer 2017 edition that purported to issue a call to “bludgeon to death” the Kinsellas amounted to uttering threats, which is contrary to section 264.1 of the Criminal Code. This matter is still before the courts.

Lisa Kinsella, represented by Henein Hutchinson, also launched libel action against both men this fall.

“Promoting hatred against Jews and women – promoting hatred against any identifiable group – is unacceptable in Canada,” she wrote.

“With these charges, Canada is now making that clear to all. In this country, in this time, hate will not go unopposed.”

The Legal Action Committee of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is also welcoming the news.

The organization has spoken out against and fielded a number of complaints from the public about the content of the publication, which it said has been described as “hateful and anti-Semitic”.

"Just recently the 'newspaper' was delivered to a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood in central Toronto where many Holocaust survivors and children of survivors reside," said Avi Benlolo, FSWC's President and CEO, in a Nov. 15 release.

"In some cases, it is reported that specific Jewish homes were targeted, and this has become a form of harassment toward the Jewish community.”

The newsletter also appeared in mail boxes and door handles in Richmond Hill in May, in the area of Bathurst Street and Shaftsbury Avenue – a community with a large Jewish population.

Benlolo said FSWC has called on the police and Naqvi to “protect the community on numerous occasions, as Crown consent is required to lay hate crime charges.

The release went on to say that “the 'newspaper' promotes Nazism and is also considered offensive to many groups and individuals, including women, Black, Muslim and LGBT communities."

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre said it is also pleased Canada Post is no longer distributing the tabloid. This distribution ban is being enforced through a May 2016 prohibitionary order issued by Judy Foote, Canada’s former Public Services and Procurement Minister. This order, which was issued against Sears and an agent acting on his behalf, is being appealed.

"Unfortunately, white supremacists have been emboldened in recent months on university campuses and in small towns and cities, and these charges, we hope, will be a setback for those who peddle hate," Benlolo said. 

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, praised the Toronto police for arresting and charging Sears and St. Germaine.

“We commend Toronto Police Service for taking action against Your Ward News,” said Berl Nadler, CIJA Toronto chair.

“There is no place in our city for the mass promotion of hatred against women and minorities. I am proud that the Jewish community played a key role in bringing James Sears and Your Ward News to account before the law. We want to ensure that tens of thousands of GTA families are no longer forced to receive hate propaganda on their doorsteps."

Nadler went on to say that the CIJA would “continue to monitor and pursue Your Ward News and any publications that spread hate, by working collaboratively with other targeted groups, law enforcement, Canada Post, and relevant authorities.”

In the release, the CIJA said it has previously provided the police and Canada Post with evidence of “antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content appearing in your Ward News.”

B’nai Brith, which has made “countless” requests to Ontario’s Attorney-General to lay criminal charges against Sears and St. Germaine, is also lauding the news.

“We are pleased that criminal charges have finally been laid against the publishers of this hate-filled rag,” said B’nai Brith Canada Spokesperson Daniel Koren.

“For years, Your Ward News has attempted to promote hatred and poison the minds of impressionable readers against visible minorities. B’nai Brith has strongly spoken out against this racist, antisemitic and homophobic publication, and thanks Warren and Lisa Kinsella, Ontario MPP Arthur Potts, and every other organization who (sic) campaigned against the bigoted and discriminatory rhetoric that made up the pages of Your Ward News.”

Koren went on to say that given the recent distribution of Your Ward News to students at York University, and taking into account the recent white supremacist and antisemitic flyers found at University of Victoria and University of British Columbia campuses, B’nai Brith hopes this will “act as a deterrent for those who are looking to promote racism, discrimination and hatred – on campus and in the public sphere.”

Metroland Media Toronto reached out to James Sears for comment via email and received this response:

"We expect to easily beat these politically-motivated charges.  Part of our defense will be a Constitutional Challenge against the hate speech law, as it violates our right to free expression.  Talk to my lawyer for any further information ...."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated from its original version to reflect an incident involving Your Ward News in York Region and comment to Metroland Media Toronto from Dr. James Sears regarding the charges. Nov. 15, 2017