Free Speech Meeting Hears Update on Political Prisoner Brad Love
TORONTO. October 9, 2013. Paul Fromm was the guest speaker at this evening’s monthly meeting of the Alternative Forum. In addition to updates on the catastrophic loss by the Free Dominion 4 in a defamation suit launched by Ottawa chronic complainant Richard Warman. Mr. Fromm discussed the continued incarceration of voluminous letter writer Brad Love.
Mr. Love was sentenced, in July 2012, to 18 months in prison for breach of probation and was slapped with a further three year gag order, preventing him from writing to the press or politicians. [Yes, this story is about Canada, not North Korea!] Very close to the end of his probation period under a 2003 “hate law” conviction, Mr. Love send information packages to a number of Jewish groups in regards to Anti-Israeli Apartheid Week in 2009. Mr. Love was the victim of a high impact takedown, ironically, at a Toronto free speech meeting. Eight Metro detectives, handcuffs jangling, burst into the meeting, with a Globe and Mail photographer in tow, to arrest Mr. Love for “breach of probation.”
Mr. Fromm explained that Canada’s “hate laws” constitute not just an abuse of process, but an abuse BY process. Mr. Love, who works in the Alberta oil patch, was required to fly back to Ontario 10 times for various court appearances in this breach of probation case. Most breach of probation cases result in a small fine or 30 days in jail. Mr. Love spent several thousand dollars on each trip — airfare, car rental, lost wages — as well as legal fees. In the end, Judge Kelly Wright did not accept that the Jewish groups had consented to receive Mr. Love’s non-threatening negative opinions about Israel in the mail.
The Crown, in her arguments, had made it clear that the political gagging of Mr. Love was her goal: “Mr. Love, in the Crown’s submission, in a unique offender,” Judge Wright intoned. She indicated that her goal was “to prevent” Mr. Love’s “views from hurting other people. We need to protect the public from hateful, scurrilous material.” And, so, he must be silenced.
Mr. Fromm noted that violent gangbangers who breach probation orders do little jail time. However, people with dissident political views — like people who peacefully picket abortuaries in violation of bubble zones or letter writers like Mr. Love — are buried in jails.
Mr. Fromm explained that Mr. Love had been out on bail since September. The bail was mysteriously revoked by the Crown in July. So, this hardworking, non-violent letter writer has been sitting in the Lindsay Provincial jail for four months, awaiting his appeal which is coming up in November.
Free speech supporters at the meeting eagerly signed a card of support for Political Prisoner Brad Love. This is part of the Canadian Association for Free Expression’s political prisoner outreach programme, Mr. Fromm explained.
Why not drop him a line or post card of support. He’ll write back:
Brad Love  C.E.C.C., 541 Highway 36,