The federal government is making permanent an interim order preventing Canada Post from delivering Your Ward News, a quarterly publication whose content has prompted hate crimes charges.
Carla Qualtrough, the minister responsible for the national mail carrier, said that after considering the recommendations of an independent board of review, “I have decided to issue a final prohibitory order that will prevent the delivery of the publication Your Ward News, or any substantially similar material developed by its authors, through Canada Post’s unaddressed bulk mail. My decision is consistent with the applicable legislation and the government’s values and stance on inclusiveness and diversity.”
The post office has not delivered Your Ward News since May 26, 2016, when an interim prohibitory order was issued by the minister of public works and government services.
At the time, postal workers, along with many people who had received the tabloid in their mailboxes unbidden, were angry at the content of the paper, which they say crossed the line into pro-Nazi hate propaganda.
The minister’s decision prompted a request for a review by James Sears, editor-in-chief of Your Ward News, and Leroy St. Germaine, its publisher. An independent review board was convened. It held hearings, received submissions and considered the legal basis for denying mail service to the paper. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada and the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC), among others, were granted legal standing before the board and made written and oral submissions.
On Nov. 15, 2017, while the board was still considering the case, Sears and St. Germaine were charged with wilfully promoting hatred against Jews and women. The charges arose out of material published in Your Ward News. That trial is expected to get underway in the near future.
The board submitted its report to the minister on Aug. 28. It found that the process of denying mailing privileges to Your Ward News was not procedurally unfair, that “there were reasonable grounds to believe that the affected persons (Sears and St. Germaine) have, by means of mail, sent or caused to be sent items that include hate propaganda” and material that could be considered defamatory.
Jewish groups applauded the minister’s decision to impose a permanent ban on the delivery of Your Ward News.
“We commend Minister Qualtrough for her principled decision. Your Ward News promotes disgusting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, misogyny, homophobia and racism,” said Noah Shack, CIJA’s vice-president for the Greater Toronto Area.
“Our taxpayer-funded mail service should not be used to distribute such hateful content to hundreds of thousands of households. It is shocking that such vile messages are being peddled here in Canada in 2018. Just think about a Holocaust survivor picking up their mail, only to find neo-Nazi propaganda on their doorstep. This is totally unacceptable.”
“Given the victimization of our community alongside its disrespect of women and most other communities, we are very pleased about this outcome. This is in addition to hate crime charges laid against the paper’s authors now underway,” said Avi Benlolo, FSWC’s president and CEO.
“However, the paper is still being published and distributed by hand and online. We are calling on continued Crown prosecution to the fullest extent of the law and on the federal government to reinstate Section 13 of the (Canadian Human Rights Act), which dealt with online hate speech.”
Not everyone applauded the minister’s decision. Paul Fromm, a long time supporter of white supremacist causes and director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression (CAFE), responded to the board’s findings on CAFE’s website.
“Your report takes Canada one sad further step into the swamp of a cultural Marxist police state. How can we wag our prissy preaching finger at Russia or Iran for suppressing criticism and free speech and do much the same thing here? You have joined a long list of humourless puritans (religious and otherwise) through the centuries (who were) unable to appreciate spirited satire, which pricked the pompous and privileged and supported the ignored and dispossessed,” Fromm wrote.
“We note the minister has adopted your key recommendations for censorship forever of a publication. Interestingly, people who actually commit vile acts like murder, as opposed to people who say offensive things about privileged minorities, do not face a lifetime penalty.”
Paul Fromm Reports on the Final Submissions on Behalf of YOUR WARD NEWS at the Hearings into the Cancellation of Their Mailing Rights
TIGHT DEADLINE FOR PEOPLE WISHING TO MAKE PRESENTATIONS TO BOARD OF REVIEW IN YOUR WARD NEWS CASE
Don’t ever let them get away with saying Canada is a land that protects free speech. Tell that to political prisoners Brad Love or Arthur Topham punished under the “hate law”, the notorious Sec. 319 of the Criminal Code. Tell that to the editor and publisher of YOUR WARD NEWS, a satirical Toronto newspaper that flays Zio-Marxism and political correctness. The dull dog neo-Puritans of political correctness cannot abide humour.
There are other ways a freedom-hating state can gag you. After several years of complaints by professional anti-racists, homosexual activists and that chronic minder of other people’s business and self-appointed monitor of what you should or shouldn’t be able to say in print of on the Internet, Richard Warman, Judy Foote, Minister of Supply and Services issued an interim prohibitory order against YOUR WARD NEWS Editor Dr. James Sears and publisher Leroy St. Germaine. They could not legally use Canada Post at all. Their right to use the service and near-monopoly taxpayers have subsidized since Confederation was arbitrarily stripped away.
However, they were entitled to a “review” of the order. Here’s how a slow repressive system chokes rights. Justice delayed is Justice denied. The prohibitory order, halting the distribution by mail of YOUR WARD NEWS was issued May 26. Now nearly 10 months later a three person review board has been struck. Its members are Fareen Jamal, Elizabeth Forster and Peter John Loewen
Members of the public have until Friday, March 31 to sign up to make a submission during a hearing that will review the federal government’s interim order to stop delivering controversial east Toronto-based tabloid, YOUR WARD NEWS. The right to review the order falls under subsection 43(1) of the Canada Post Corporation Act.
Persons wishing to make submissions to the Board have until this Friday, March 31 to advice the Board. The Board will meet April 10 to discuss these requests and other organizational matters
The Board will then determine applicants’ standing to participate and will notify those selected no later than a month before the first hearing date, which has yet to be determined.Anyone who believes they are affected or anyone with an interest in the matter must send a letter (maximum one page in length) summarizing the submission they wish to make to Board of Review, c/o Fareen L. Jamal, Jamal Family Law Professional Corporation, 2010 Winston Park Dr., Ste. 301, Oakville, ON, L6H 5Rl or by email at contact@BoardofReview.ca.
CAFE has already sent in a request for interested party in these proceedings.
In a March 27 letter to the Board CAFE Direector Paul Fromm noted: ” Freedom of speech and expression, which are our mandate, are very much at the heart of the matters to be decided. As well, your Board must consider issues of fairness and natural justice in the exercise of the Minister’s powers in the matter affecting the publication YOUR WARD NEWS.
CAFE has over 30 years of experience intervening in tribunals and court cases on issues of freedom of expression and this expertise may be of some assistance to the Board of Review.”
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Now Some Posties Want to Get into the Censorship Business
Political correctness is a poison practised by meddlers. The latest effort by the pure of twisted of heart and empty of head to silence views they don’t like is a protest by some members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) against a populist local newspaper in the East End of Toronto called Your Ward News. The content that got the wannabe censors in a lather was a flyer for a new political party The New Constitution Party started by local personality James Sears.
‘We started getting calls from carriers as soon as it showed up,’ said Mark Brown with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers
A community newspaper called Your Ward News has created a conflict between the postal workers’ union and Canada Post management. ‘We believe that it could be hate mail,” said Mark Brown, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. ‘Our members are very concerned about delivering this type of mail.’
Flipping through the paper’s March issue, Brown takes exception to several images. A ‘Name That Nazi’ trivia game that edits a picture of late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to put him in a Nazi uniform is one. He also points out another image, comparing John Tory to Olivia Chow, which superimposes the Mayor’s face onto his former competitor’s body.
The paper was formerly delivered by the paper’s own carriers, but a contract took effect this month leaving it in the hands of Canada Post. The union has asked that its members not be forced to carry it if they object to it. Brown says one carrier that expressed his opposition was given fewer issues to deliver, but told he wouldn’t be allowed to stop carrying them altogether.
‘We believe that our members should not be disciplined for raising legitimate concerns as it relates to hate mail,’ says Brown. A spokesperson for Canada Post told Global News in an email the magazine doesn’t fall within the corporation’s non-mailable matter guidelines.
‘We do not have the right to refuse a mail item because we or our employees object to its content,’ the statement read. ‘The content is the sole responsibility of the publisher, who is clearly identified in the newsletter. Anyone who has concerns about the content should either contact the publisher or simply dispose of it.’ In response to that, CUPW has asked Canada Post to cover the papers in non-transparent wrap, like they do for adult magazines.
The newsletter’s editor-in-chief, Leroy St. Germain, said critics are just upset about their political stance. ‘The unions are all friends with the NDP. I’ve been going after NDP candidates…It just seems to me like they’re all out of line,’ he said.
St. Germain says Your Ward News deals with opinion, and a bit of satire, not discrimination. He compares it to Charlie Hebdo overseas and says any Toronto mail carriers that refuse to carry it should be charged. ‘A postman has no right to be judging what’s in my mail or anybody else’s mail.” The paper is produced as a community flyer by the New Constitution Party of Canada, an unregistered party, led by James Sears; a former city council candidate who has said he will run in the next federal election as an independent. …
Canada Post is paid to distribute the paper to all addresses in a specific area whether people want it or not. The union says it has received at least one complaint about it from a customer.”