Federal Panel Releases Personal Information to Neo-Nazis

STAMP calls for investigation and remedy

TORONTO – A citizens group is calling for an immediate and thorough investigation after a federally-appointed panel provided the personal information of dozens of citizens to known neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

The panel, which is investigating Canada Post’s delivery of the hate rag Your Ward News, this morning circulated confidential information to notorious far-Right leaders, including Paul Fromm.

“We had asked the panel not to make such a mistake, on the very first day of hearings,” said Lisa Kinsella, one of the founders of the citizens’ group STAMP, Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice. “By circulating personal information, the panel has potentially exposed people to being targeted or worse. It is unbelievably reckless.”

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 panellists 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 week 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 Lisa Kinsella. “This kind of mistake, by a government body, is shocking and appalling.”

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 lisa@daisygroup.ca.

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Contact:
Andrew Tumilty
416 642 3100
andrew@daisygroup.ca

Lisa Kinsella
416 319 1023
lisa@daisygroup.ca

 

Court Lays Criminal Charges Against Neo-Nazi Hate Rag

Your Ward News editor and publisher now facing criminal charges for uttering threats

TORONTO – A Toronto family has successfully brought a criminal complaint against two men for uttering threats in the pages of the neo-Nazi, white supremacist Your Ward News.

Lisa and Warren Kinsella, who along with other Toronto residents have fought Your Ward News for two years, said they were delighted by the ruling.  The group they lead, STAMP – Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice – last year successfully persuaded the federal government to stop delivering the hate rag via Canada Post.  In the most recent issue of the hate sheet, however, editor James Sears states that his followers may decide to “bludgeon the Kinsellas to death.”

The Kinsellas appeared today before a Justice of the Peace and the Crown to argue that Sears’ statement – in the “newspaper” that is published by co-accused Leroy St. Germaine – amounted to uttering threats contrary to section 264.1 of the Criminal Code.  In a hearing this morning at Old City Hall, the Court agreed and determined that the co-accused should be compelled to appear to answer to the charge of uttering a threat for their “bludgeon to death” statement.

“We are relieved and grateful the Court agreed with us,” said Lisa Kinsella.  “It was a clear attempt to intimidate us and stop us from opposing the hate propagated in Your Ward News.  It won’t work.”

Warren Kinsella, who has written extensively about hate groups in Canada, added: “We now call on other levels of government to do what Canada has done, and take immediate and concrete action against these haters.  We shouldn’t have to initiate private prosecutions to get action.  Ontario and the City of Toronto now need to step up and help eliminate hate.”

The Kinsellas will be available for comment on the steps of Old City Hall immediately following the hearing, at approximately 10:30 a.m.

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Contact:
Lisa Kinsella
416 319 1023
lisa@daisygroup.ca

Andrew Tumilty
416 642 3100
andrew@daisygroup.ca

 

 

Canada Post should not deliver hate propaganda

 

Anti-Racist Coalition calls on Board of Review panel to extend deadline for submissions

TORONTO, ON – March 27, 2017 – A citizen’s group is rallying people to speak out against a neo-Nazi hate sheet that wants to force Canada Post to deliver it door to door.

In response to a Board of Review panel request for submissions to review Minister Judy Foote’s prohibitory order against Your Ward News – a neo-Nazi rag delivered in the Greater Toronto Area – Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice (STAMP) is calling on area residents to provide submissions before March 31, 2017, which is just a few days from now.

“It is incredibly important for community members to be heard by the Board of Review panel, Unfortunately, we only have a short amount of time to deliver submissions before the imposed March 31st deadline,” said Lisa Kinsella, managing partner of the Daisy Group and one of the founding members of STAMP. “The Board only provided little more than a week to hear from citizens and the only notice came in the form of a tiny, hard to find advertisement. This is unacceptable and we demand more time. We’re talking about the dissemination of racism in our communities – certainly, the panel can ensure citizens have a proper opportunity to express their concerns.”

“For too long, this racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-Semitic rag has been regularly delivered to as many as 300,000 homes in Toronto by Canada Post,” continued Kinsella. “Minister Foote did the right thing when she issued a prohibitory order last year. Now, Your Ward News’ owner and editor have hired a high-priced lawyer to fight her decision.”

STAMP member Richard Warman, a leading human rights lawyer and anti-racism activist said, “It’s been 35 years since the minister responsible last used a prohibition order to revoke the mailing privileges of Holocaust denier, Ernst Zundel. The section is rarely used, and rightly so, in the balancing of freedom of expression against Canada’s domestic and international legal obligations to outlaw hate propaganda.”

“Your Ward News is edited by James Sears, who has in the past pleaded guilty to sexual assault, and lost his licence to practice medicine,” said Kinsella. “He is an unabashed Hitler enthusiast who has called the gas chambers at Auschwitz a ‘lie.’ Let’s be clear: hate propaganda is not free speech.”

“The hate propaganda in Your Ward News is exactly the kind of material that should be subject to a prohibition order as an attack on the community as a whole,” said Warman.  “Those responsible can’t corrupt an arm of the government to do their dirty work for them.”

If you are interested in keeping hate out of our communities, please write to the Board of Review. Your notification should include why you are a “person who has an interest in the matter” and a maximum one page summary of the submissions you wish to make to the Board. Your request may be emailed to: Contact@BoardOfReview.ca before March 31, 2017. Further information on this issue and the Board of Review panel can be found on STAMP’s website: StampOutHate.ca.

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For further information, contact:
Andrew Tumilty
416-642-3100 ex 227
andrew@daisygroup.ca

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