BPC Bulletin: Appeal Rejected in "Your Ward News" Case

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.


In Toronto, the editor and publisher of Your Ward News have lost their appeal to overturn their convictions for promoting hatred against women and Jews.

On June 14, 2021, Justice Peter Cavanagh rejected the arguments of James Sears, the paper’s editor, and LeRoy St. Germaine, the paper’s publisher, in the Superior Court of Ontario. Justice Cavanagh also upheld their sentences.

Earlier, Sears and St. Germaine had argued that Judge Richard Blouin had made errors and shown bias during their trial in the Ontario court of justice. Judge Blouin sentenced both men in January 2019.


Colin Perkel of the Canadian Press reports:


At Toronto.com, Joanna Lavoie reports:


Caryn Lieberman of Global News reports:


Thanks go to Grant Buckler who forwarded the news.


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