, 11.29.2018 05:16 PM

Metroland Media on our fight against that neo-Nazi rag



Warren Kinsella and Lisa Kinsella have been leading the community efforts against Your Ward News publication. – Dan Pearce/Metroland

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East-end Toronto activists continue fight to stop delivery of Your Ward News

Beach resident, lawyer and well known political strategist Warren Kinsella applauds the decision to make the delivery banning “permanent.”

“It is racist, anti Semitic, homophobic; it is misogynistic, it advocates violence against women. It preaches Holocaust denial. It uses disgusting language to describe persons of colour. I’ve been writing about the far right for more than 30 years, I have never encountered a publication as extreme as Your Ward News,” Warren told Metroland Media Toronto.

Along with wife Lisa Kinsella and other community members and activists, they founded the group STAMP (Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice) with the goal of halting its distribution and stopping the spread of hate speech.

Lisa said she was recently contacted by a woman who was “very upset” to find her young son reading a copy, something that shouldn’t happen to anyone’s child.

“It was hard to hear. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve been so vocal about it,” the political consultant said.

There are more battles ahead for the Kinsellas.

Lisa “has a defamation action” against Your Ward News editor James Sears and publisher LeRoy St. Germaine that is underway.

The couple also brought a private prosecution against both for uttering death threats. Last month, Ontario Court Justice Dan Moore agreed to a “directed verdict” request finding no evidence that St. Germaine was guilty of the death-threat Criminal Code charge, defence lawyer Chris Murphy told the Toronto Star. Sears, 55, a former doctor who had his licence revoked for sexual impropriety, is still facing the charge.

Additionally, the editor and publisher will soon stand trial for wilful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group, namely women and Jews. 

“There’s a lot going on,” said Warren, advising residents who still receive the tabloid to note down the name of any private distributors so that the group can get in touch and persuade them to stop — as the group has successfully done in the past with an advertising boycott campaign.

“Community action is something that these guys can’t stop. It’s not just us. There are people in the Jewish community, persons of colour, people in the LGBTQ community, lots of people have come together,” he said. “We’re going to keep going … and so are others.”

Lisa added that “the ultimate goal is to not have Your Ward News exist anymore.”

7 Comments

  1. Robert White says:

    I was born in Toronto and that’s always considered home. I don’t want racism of any variety ever allowed to be disseminated for public consumption or private consumption. Racism disguised as free speech is still racism. The same applies to sexism, gender, et cetera.

    Standing up to organized racism must be horrendous with respect to breadth & scope of globalized racism and movements like ‘white nationalism’, KKK, et cetera. I am not one that can tolerate racism at all or even read about it let alone actually challenge hate groups via jurisprudence.

    The energy expended on fighting these people is worth the time and you have my respect for walking the walk & talking the talk.

    keep up the good fight!

    RW

  2. Wayne McDonald III says:

    Keep up the fight. In the arena of ideas; Your Ward News subtracts from constructive thinking.

  3. Walt T. says:

    Where is this thing published? Can’t you organize a boycott of the publisher?

    • James Smith says:

      That’s a great idea, whomever prints this has no morals. Please keep up the effort Mr K! May I respectfully suggest that you don’t allow the media to publish photos of yourself from the side. I swear that I mistook the image when I first scanned it to be that of the 21st PM.

  4. Richard says:

    I’ve looking for a definitive definition of “hate speech”, but was unable to find one. “Hate speech” like beauty seems to be in the eye of the beholder. I understand that there are many things people fine offensive, obnoxious or annoying. Things like racism, sexism, etc. plus many others, the list is endless once you start. But should we really be banning and censoring them. Free speech is an essential component to a free society. Once we start banning and censoring speech, where does it end. Let’s get away from the emotional reaction to all this and think it through logically and rationally. Free speech is too important to loose!

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