PRESS RELEASE: CIJA Commends Toronto Police for Arresting and Charging Hateful Newspaper Publishers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 15, 2017

Toronto, ON – Today, Toronto Police Service announced it has arrested James Sears and Lawrence St. Germaine of Your Ward News. Both were charged with two counts of willful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group, namely Jews and women. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and other community activists have previously provided Toronto Police and Canada Post with evidence of antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content appearing in Your Ward News.

“We commend Toronto Police Service for taking action against Your Ward News,” said Berl Nadler, CIJA Toronto Chair. “There is no place in our city for the mass promotion of hatred against women and minorities. I am proud that the Jewish community played a key role in bringing James Sears and Your Ward News to account before the law. We want to ensure that tens of thousands of GTA families are no longer forced to receive hate propaganda on their doorsteps.”

“We will continue to monitor and pursue Your Ward News and any publications that spread hate, by working collaboratively with other targeted groups, law enforcement, Canada Post, and relevant authorities,” Nadler concluded.

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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.

Background:

  • CIJA is committed to combatting antisemitism in all of its forms. Your Ward News, a hateful and blatantly antisemitic paper, has long been a source of deep concern to members of the Toronto Jewish community.
  • It is CIJA’s view that the content of Your Ward News violates Canadian hate speech laws under the Criminal Code, and we have previously provided evidence of its antisemitic content to local law enforcement for the consideration of hate speech charges.
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