STAMP calls Board of Reviews “apology” a farce
It’s happened again.
After being repeatedly requested to exercise care – after promising to exercise care – a federal panel has again released sensitive private information to known white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The panel, reviewing a ministerial order to prohibit Canada Post from distributing the hate rag, Your Ward News, characterized their repeated disclosure of private information as mere “human error.”
“It was human error,” said panelist Fareen Jamal, at the start of today’s hearings at 4900 Yonge Street. “We apologize for it.”
Citizen’s group STAMP – Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice – said that wasn’t good enough.
“The panel was repeatedly asked to exercise care. They promised to do so. They didn’t,” said Warren Kinsella, a founder of STAMP. “Once again, a federally-appointed panel provided the personal information of dozens of citizens to known neo-Nazis and white supremacists. This isn’t human error. It’s exposing average citizens to potential harm and threats.”
“We demand that the panel deal with this, now. Simply shrugging and saying they’re sorry isn’t enough.”
The panel last night circulated confidential information to notorious far-Right leaders, including Paul Fromm.
On the first day of the panel’s hearings into Canada Post’s delivery of the Holocaust-denying, white supremacist tabloid, multiple requests were made by victims that their personal information be kept strictly confidential. All the panelists agreed to do so, on the record.
Many of the victims had already been the targets of defamatory libel in the pages of Your Ward News, and threats and intimidation. In fact, Lisa Kinsella and her husband Warren were successful last month in bringing a criminal complaint against the publisher and editor of the tabloid for uttering threats. The court agreed that the co-accused should be compelled to answer to the charge for their “bludgeon to death” statement.
“The people behind Your Ward News are dangerous, and the panel was aware of the concerns,” said Kinsella. “This kind of mistake, by a government body, is shocking and appalling.”
Warren Kinsella is present at today’s hearings and available for comment.
Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice (STAMP) is a group of concerned citizens who are working to keep hate out of our communities. If you would like to join our efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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