BPC Bulletin: Toronto Publisher and Editor Convicted of Promoting Hatred

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

On January 24, 2019, the publisher and editor of Toronto’s Your Ward News were convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice of wilfully promoting hatred against Jews and women.

LeRoy St. Germaine and James Sears will be sentenced on April 26. They plan to appeal.

REPORTAGE

Colin Perkel of the Canadian Press reports:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/your-ward-promoting-hate-1.4990806

CityNews reports:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pzyFJgeIZs

CTV News reports:
https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/dark-day-for-christianity-says-man-found-guilty-of-promoting-hate-1.4268141

In The Canadian Jewish News, Paul Lungen reports:
https://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/your-ward-news-proprietors-found-guilty-of-promoting-hate-against-jews-women

At Vice, Mack Lamoureux reports:
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/qvypjp/james-sears-editor-of-canadas-most-racist-paper-guilty-of-hate-charges

In The Star, Rosie DiManno reports:
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/01/16/judge-must-decide-if-odious-your-ward-news-is-harmful-or-just-hogwash.html

COMMENTARY

In the National Post, Christie Blatchford comments:
https://nationalpost.com/opinion/christie-blatchford-hate-convictions-against-your-ward-news-editor-owner-a-badge-of-shame-they-richly-deserve

In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee comments:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-using-the-laws-hammer-against-your-ward-news-was-a-mistake/

At Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression, Abbas Kassam comments:https://cfe.ryerson.ca/blog/2019/01/winning-battle-losing-war-your-ward-news-conviction-win-against-hate%C2%A0

At the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Cara Zwibel comments:
https://ccla.org/dialing-911-hate-speech-women/

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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