BPC Bulletin: Your Ward News Update

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

 

In a Toronto courtroom, the sentencing of a convicted hatemonger has been postponed a second time.

James Sears, the editor of Your Ward News, now faces sentencing in the Ontario Court of Justice on July 15, 2019.

Mr. Sears has also fired his lawyer.

On January 24, 2019, Mr. Sears and the publication’s publisher, LeRoy St. Germaine, were convicted of wilfully promoting hatred against Jews and women.

REPORTAGE

Colin Perkel of the Canadian Press reports:

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/05/30/james-sears-fires-lawyer-sentencing-for-your-ward-news-delayed/

Radio-Canada reports:
https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1172883/avocat-renvoye-editeur-james-sears-your-ward-news

News Published in Late April

Colin Perkel of the Canadian Press reports:

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/editor-of-your-ward-news-found-guilty-of-promoting-hate-seeks-to-stave-off-jail-term-1.4396470

Adrian Ghobrial of CityNews reports:

https://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2019/04/26/crown-asks-for-max-jail-time-in-your-ward-news-sentencing/

In The Canadian Jewish News, Paul Lungen reports:

https://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/court-hears-sentencing-arguments-for-your-ward-newss-publisher-editor

COMMENTARY

At Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression, Jamie Cameron comments:
https://cfe.ryerson.ca/blog/2019/03/travesty-fairness-your-ward-news-canada-post-and-cpca-review-board?fbclid=IwAR1i__kZxGj3Lgbod0K7QcTWNjQUHtnaS2KAk-Aig_LNuIBj_DmG6sx9KlQ

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

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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