Ontario court imposes peace bond against far-right figure over online threats

Ontario court imposes peace bond against far-right figure over online threats

[Richard Warman is the fair-haired boy of the incestuous Ottawa court system. Today it granted him a peace bond against a controversial person, Kevin Goudreau, whom he’d never met and who had never e-mailed or written to him. “I’m so afraid” is a now common posture of anti-racists who devote themselves to ruining the lives of people whose politics are contrary to theirs. — Paul Fromm]


Ottawa lawyer Richard Warman said he applied to the Ontario Court of Justice for a peace bond on June 3 after police repeatedly declined to lay charges against Kevin Goudreau. Today, the decision whether or not to grant the peace bond will be made.


An Ontario court has imposed a peace bond against a far-right figure, in what is believed to be the first instance in which activists have sought such a peace bond in response to right-wing extremism in Canada.

Justice of the Peace Stephanie Goffin-Boyd on Monday ordered Kevin Goudreau, head of the Canadian National Front, to enter into the peace bond and abide by four conditions for 12 months, including not making violent threats online or otherwise towards Ottawa lawyer Richard Warman, and other board members with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.

Goudreau is also prohibited from possessing any weapons.

In June, Warman asked the court to issue a peace bond that would order Goudreau, who resides in Peterborough, Ont., to cease making threats online against him. Warman, who a board member with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, said police had repeatedly declined to lay charges against Goudreau, and so he pursued a peace bond, which is like a restraining order.

The Crown took over the matter for Warman, who served as the only witness at the hearing on Monday.

“I had no expectations, but I am absolutely relieved,” Warman told Global News after the decision was rendered. He said he wished that police had pursued criminal charges, but that the peace bond sets a positive precedent for human rights activists who are targeted online and looking for possible remedies.

After the Christchurch, New Zealand attacks in March, a post was shared on a Facebook page belonging to Goudreau. The post encouraged violence against “priority targets” including the Canadian Anti Hate Network, other anti-racist groups and government agencies.

It also mentioned media outlets including VICE, the National Post and CBC.

Goudreau, who represented himself at court, said at the hearing that the social media posts aren’t his. Goudreau previously told Global News that his website states his group does not “promote, advocate or incite hatred or violence by our members or anyone else.”

The court said there was no evidence to suggest that the social media posts were not Goudreau’s.

Warman, who has monitored far-right and neo-Nazi movements in Canada for decades, told the court that Goudreau’s posts made him fear for his safety.

“It’s not just the potential for Mr. Goudreau … it’s for the fellow neo-Nazis who are actually reading the post. Because we know that there is a long history of violence involved in the neo-Nazi movement in Canada,” Warman told the court. He added that the posts disputed by Goudreau are consistent with other written and video content posted by him over the years.

Goudreau, chairman of the Canadian Nationalist Front (formerly the White Nationalist Front) who has a large swastika tattooed on his chest, was banned from Facebook and Twitter in April as part of a crackdown on extremist content and “organized hate” that followed the New Zealand mosque attack that left 51 people dead. The blog for Goudreau’s group, however, is still online and active.

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In a brief cross-examination of Warman, Goudreau asked whether they had ever communicated directly or indirectly. Warman responded that they had not spoken directly or met in person, but that he felt the posts were an indirect form of communication between them — and that the posts were threatening.

“What makes you think that I am any particular danger besides these supposed internet postings?” Goudreau asked Warman.

“Because you’ve engaged in threats of violence, and counselling violence, over the past at least eight years that I’ve seen communications by you posted online, whether in person, through Youtube videos, or through social media postings,” Warman replied.

“If I go to the posting itself, you openly advocate shooting high-value targets, as you describe them, in the wake of a terrorist attack that left 51 people dead. So, if I think that there is the likelihood of copycat violence taking place in the wake of those kinds of attacks and then you go and advocate that specific thing, including shooting me and my colleagues twice in the head to ensure that we’re dead, that makes me reasonably fearful for my safety.”


Harasser of White Nationalist Kevin Goudreau Turns Snowflake & Seeks Peace Bond Against His Victim

Harasser of White Nationalist Kevin Goudreau Turns Snowflake & Seeks Peace Bond Against His Victim
OTTAWA, June 25, 2019. Jews have a word for it — chutzpah — which is unmitigated gall.
Two weeks ago, longtime White nationalist Kevin Goudreau was served by Peterborough Police with a summons to appear in an Ottawa Court. It turned out that anti-free speech whirlwind Richard Warman was seeking a peace bond against Mr. Goudreau. It seems Mr. Warman feared for his life. He wanted Mr. Goudreau enjoined from communicating with Mr. Warman and other directors named and unnamed of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network of which Mr. Warman is a director. In addition, Mr. Goudreau is not to come within 200 yards of any event sponsored by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, give up any weapons he might have, and not consume alcohol. Breach of this bond could land Mr. Goudreau in prison.
Now Mr. Goudreau has never communicated, either by e-mail post or phone call, with Richard Warman. In fact, until this morning, he had never even seen him.
The story gets more amazing. In an affidavit supporting his application for a peace bond, Warman revealed that he had been contacting two different police — Durham Region and Peterborough — four times since 2008 seeking to get Mr. Goudreau charged for his Internet writings. Four times the police investigated and found no cause for charges. A very miffed Richard Warman concluded: “:I have lost all faith in the police to lay criminal charges” against Mr. Goudreau. Mr. Goudreau knew nothing about these machinations behind his back.
So, for years, Mr. Warman has laboured mightily to have Mr. Goudreau charged and jailed. Now, he pretends to fear the fellow he has tormented behind his back.
In the glory days of Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (Internet censorship), Warman filed nearly 30 complaints. He boasts, in his affidavit, ” I have successfully brought 16 human rights complaints against online hate … resulting in permanent cease and desist orders.” Also, many of the victims were fined and two — Terry Tremaine and Thomas Winnicki — ended up spending time in prison because of Mr. Warman’s actions. More recently in attacking anti-Cultural Marxist satirical publication YOUR WARD NEWS, Warman, who lives in Ottawa, contacted Child Protective Services in Toronto, according to testimony at a recent trial, to try to get editor Dr. Sears son taken away. [An investigation found that Dr. Sears and his wife were loving parents.]
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Anti-racist attack dogs tend to be drama queens. During some of the Warman-instigated Sec. 13 hearings, there were as many as five government paid security people to protect Mr. Warman and the commission lawyer. Another professional anti-racist, Warren Kinsella claimed back in 1994, when he was promoting his flawed book Web of Hate: Inside Canada’s Far Right Network, that he and his then wife checked into hotels under assumed names for fear of hitmen sent by Libyan leader Muammar Ghaddafi or “neo-Nazi”
 skinheads whom he’d smeared. That was supposed to inspire awe and sympathy. That was 25 years ago and a graying and paunchy Kinsella is still running his mouth and smearing dissent on sympathetic media.
Today was a rainy day in Ottawa. The Canadian Association for Free Expression had obtained legal advice for Mr. Goudreau. CAFE Director Paul Fromm accompanied Mr. Goudreau. Mr. Goudreau sought unsuccessfully to have the case moved to his home town of Peterborough. This was turned down. Although both sides were ready to go, the hearing was adjourned to August 12.

Hear William Johnson, Paul Fromm & Kenn Gividen on the ETHNOSTATE – Featuring Richard Warman’s Vendetta Against Activist Kevin Goudreau

 Hear William Johnson, Paul Fromm & Kenn Gividen on the ETHNOSTATE – Featuring Richard Warman’s Vendetta Against Activist Kevin Goudreau
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Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression with Richard Warman Victim Kevin Goudreau outside Ottawa Court, June 25, 2019


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