, 01.12.2018 08:27 AM

When a neo-Nazi hate rag returns, don’t stick your head in the sand

As many of you know, Lisa and I and many others – in the Jewish, Muslim, LGBT, and other minority communities – have been fighting the neo-Nazi hate sheet Your Ward News for more than two years. We have launched civil actions, we have pushed the authorities into laying criminal charges, and some of us have even initiated private criminal prosecutions of these white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

The latest issue of this so-called newspaper, however, is out. CBC News has interviewed us about it. Lisa and I have been hearing from many people on the East side of Toronto who are very upset. They thought the laying of the criminal charges would put an end to Your Ward News.

Unfortunately, however, that hasn’t happened yet. While the publisher and editor of this Holocaust-denying, pro-Hitler piece of filth have been charged with wilfully promoting hatred against women and Jews, the courts have lifted some conditions which would’ve made it difficult for them to continue disseminating hate. That was a mistake.

This week, then, I started a new civil action against the haters behind Your Ward News, and they’ll be served soon. Lisa, meanwhile, launched a civil action against them last year – and she is represented by the legal powerhouse of Heinen Hutchinson. And, next month, we will be back in the criminal courts to pursue the editor and publisher for printing death threats.

The best approach, then, is not to give up. The best approach is not to stick your head in the sand. The best approach – notwithstanding what our sadly-misguided local councillor says – is not just to shrug and give up.

The best approach is to keep fighting.

If you receive this newspaper, contact the police. Contact your local MPP. Contact your Member of Parliament. Let the media know. The only way to defeat hate is for communities to come together and keep up the pressure.

That’s what we intend to do, and hopefully you will too.

2 Comments

  1. Sandra says:

    I can’t understand why people with hate messages who try to encourage others to hate with them are not stopped from having rallies or anything else they wish to do. Everyone has their likes and dislikes but if someone is kind to me I don’t care what race they belong to . I think a lot of the racial trouble to-day is because of /Canadians. A Canadian should be just that – a Canadian. I am a much older woman and never in Canada were people I knew put in categories – we all just people but now with this stupid multiculturalism we are not just Canadians we are Canadians in categories – this not right

  2. Ridiculosity says:

    Dear Mary-Margaret McMahon, Arthur Potts and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith,

    I know you’re all good people. Over the years, I’ve shared the odd beer and laughs with all of you. But, the time has come for me to ask each of you a favour…

    Can you please do everything/anything within your power to shut down this odious, offensive, vile piece of shit. (Your Ward News – not Kinsella. (Repeat: NOT Kinsella.)

    When the paper showed up in my mailbox the other day, I was shocked. Later, as I read some of the more outrageous and hateful excerpts out loud over lunch, my partner asked, “Do you think anyone actually believes this shit?’

    “Yes, sadly.” I responded.

    Freedom of speech is a good thing. However, that doesn’t mean you should be free to spread hate. Not in Canada.

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