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Canadian human rights lawyer takes Canada Post and Ottawa to court for distributing hate rag

For immediate release                                                                                                                                              April 22, 2016

ANTI-RACIST COALITION APPLAUDS HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT

TORONTO – Don’t help spread hate.

That’s the message to Canada Post and the Government of Canada: stop helping to distribute a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, Islamaphobic and anti-Semitic tabloid to the homes of thousands of Toronto residents.

The broad coalition of citizens and anti-racism activists – which doesn’t have a name yet – welcomed the action of Ottawa human rights lawyer Richard Warman, who today formally filed a complaint that Canada Post and the federal government have violated multiple sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Warman’s complaint can be viewed here.

“Richard Warman is one of the most successful human rights litigants in Canadian history,” said Bernie Farber, Executive Director of the Mosaic Institute. “He has won a dozen human rights cases he brought against various neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups. We are very confident that Richard will be successful when this complaint is heard.”

For months, the coalition of citizens and activists have been trying to lobby Canada Post and Judy Foote, the minister responsible, to stop distributing a tabloid called Your Ward News. Reportedly distributed to nearly 80,000 homes in Toronto, Your Ward News regularly promotes Holocaust denial, anti-gay and anti-women hate, and flagrant racism. Canada Post has refused to act, however, and the Crown corporation has continued to take undisclosed sums to distribute the hateful rag to people who don’t want it.

The postal corporation has threatened to discipline or dismiss Canada Post workers who object to delivering the extremist tabloid. CUPW earlier this month filed a Regular Grievance with their employer over being forced to deliver “an anti-worker, anti-people, racist, sexist and homophobic publication.”

Your Ward News is edited by James Sears, who has in the past pleaded guilty to sexual assault, and lost his licence to practice medicine for sexually assaulting patients. Sears is an unabashed Hitler enthusiast, and has called the gas chambers at Auschwitz a “lie.” Other contributors to Your Ward News include Gary Schipper, a former leader of the neo-Nazi Heritage Front, who served time in jail for refusing to take down the Front’s telephone hate messages.

“It is outrageous that Canada Post and those responsible in government have turned a blind eye to the hatred that is found on every page of Your Ward News,” said Warren Kinsella, a lawyer and resident of the Beach who wrote the book Web of Hate. “We have tried repeatedly to get them to act, but they have refused. We are hopeful that Richard’s formal human rights complaint will help change that.”

The coalition is made up of a diverse group:

• Walied Soliman, a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright
• Jaime Watt, chairman of Navigator Ltd. and a leader in the Toronto LGBT community
• Lisa Kinsella, Executive Vice President of the Daisy Group
• Bernie Farber, Executive Director of the Mosaic Institute and former CEO of Canadian
Jewish Congress
• Derek Richmond, Third Vice President, CUPW Scarborough Local
• Barbara Joy, public and government relations consultant and East Toronto resident
• John Wright, pollster and public affairs executive
• Ian Davey, former Chief of Staff to the Federal Leader of the Opposition
• Jill Fairbrother, principal of Fairbrother and Partners Inc.
• Kelly Fairchild, a feminist and East Toronto resident who has organized a petition
against the hate rag
• Judy Csillag, Canadian Race Relations Foundation

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For further information, contact:

Lisa Kinsella
lisa@daisygroup.ca
(416) 642-3100

The complaint:




12 Responses to “Canadian human rights lawyer takes Canada Post and Ottawa to court for distributing hate rag”

  1. davie says:

    Your post has incited me to look up some info.

    I notice this complaint appeals to a clause in the Canada Human Rights Act. I assume it is Clause 12 of that Act. It also appeals to our obligations under a United Nations agreement. The punishment, if found guilty under our Human Rights Act can be a fine. (It does not appeal to clause 319 of our criminal code, though, where, I notice, forfeiture can be a sanction.)

    It looks to me as if the act itself is enough for a conviction. is it that the complainant does not have to show an effect, like a loss, or injury, because of the hate speech?

  2. Matt says:

    I only recognize a couple of the names, but there seems to be people who represent Conservative, Liberal and NDP views.

    Nice to see.

  3. Kelly says:

    Judy Foote, meet pink slip?

  4. Francis says:

    Off topic, but, I had no idea Jaime Watt was gay.

    Very cool to see another gay man (one of whom being Scott Brison) at the fore of the Canadian political scene.

    Canada really is leaps and bounds ahead of the US.

    • Matt says:

      And Watt has faced discrimination from some within the gay community who were angered at Egale Canada’s plan to present its inaugural leadership award for outstanding contribution to LGBT human rights in Canada to him. They said he should be disqualified because of his work with “right wing governments” Guess you can only be gay if you’re left wing.

      They singled out his work with Mike Harris’ PC government, despite the fact it was the Harris government that passed Bill 5 which changed provincial statutes to give same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as opposite-sex common-law couples.

      • Francis says:

        Yeah, I was just reading about that.

        Just shows how nuanced and complex people can be. I’ll admit, I’m surprised Watt identifies with conservative politics seeing as how often the tone within its parties can get exclusionary to many different groups of people (re: last year’s federal election).

        But I guess its a good thing that individuals like Watt have a presence in different places, it adds to the vibrancy of discussion in other wise monotonous narratives.

  5. Pipes says:

    F#&*ing awesome!

  6. monkey says:

    How about also start shaming the businesses that advertise with them. That would be one way to help stop them as without advertising it would go under so why not boycott urge a boycott of any business that advertises with them.

  7. Caligula Jones says:

    re: “Dimitri the loser”

    I mean, he is and all that, but is this a typo, in that his self-described aka is “Dimitri the lover”?

    If not, its a bit petty isn’t it, and not really something a legal document should have.

    • Tim Sullivan says:

      When you achieve the success rate Richard has, you can edit is briefs.

      Lawyers and judges and tribunal members may be legally trained but they still put their pants on one leg at a time.

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