BPC Bulletin: Your Ward News Editor Seeks to Overturn Conviction

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


James Sears, the former editor of Your Ward News, recently appeared in a Toronto courtroom to appeal his conviction for wilfully promoting hatred against women and Jews.

Sears began arguing his case before Justice Peter Cavanagh in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice on November 10, 2020.

Sears said his conviction should be overturned because his lawyer, Dean Embry, mishandled the case.

Embry defended his professionalism and legal advice in court.


Colin Perkel of the Canadian Press reports.

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