Your Ward News commentary and reportage

LeRoy St. Germaine, the publisher of  the Toronto publication Your Ward News has been sentenced to one year of strict house arrest. Its editor, James Sears,  will spend a year in jail, if he loses his appeal. They were both convicted of spreading hate against Jews and women. This is the first time a court has punished hate speech against women.



My friend Franklin Carter has collected news stories and commentary about this case. Here’s a list of current articles about the case and the convictions.

The Canadian Press reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-your-ward-news-leroy-stgermaine-1.5264047

Adrian Ghobrial of Toronto’s CityNews reports:

https://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2019/08/29/publisher-of-your-ward-news-sentenced/

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/08/28/james-sears-your-ward-news-hate/

Tiffany Lam of CBC News reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/your-ward-news-bail-1.5263071

Kerri Breen of Global News reports:

https://globalnews.ca/news/5810045/jail-promoting-hate-strong-message/

Paul Lungen of The Canadian Jewish News reports:

https://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/publisher-of-your-ward-news-gets-house-arrest

Joanna Lavoie of Toronto.com reports:

https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9563162-your-ward-news-editor-james-sears-gets-jail-time-for-promoting-hate/

Colin Perkel of the Canadian Press reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/your-ward-news-james-sears-sentenced-1.5256452 

Mack Lamoureux of Vice reports:

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/pa7bw7/james-sears-editor-of-canadas-most-racist-paper-ygets-year-in-prison-for-promoting-hate-your-ward-news

COMMENTARY

In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee comments:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-jailing-people-for-hate-speech-is-wrong/

Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star writes:

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/08/22/judge-gives-editor-of-vile-your-ward-news-maximum-sentence-and-regrets-it-couldnt-be-longer.html

B’nai Brith Canada comments:

https://www.bnaibrith.ca/tough_sentence_for_your_ward_news_publisher 

Warren Kinsella comments:

http://warrenkinsella.com/2019/08/hate-rag-editor-gets-a-year-in-jail/ 

LeRoy St. Germaine of Your Ward News comments:

http://yourwardnews.com/