WHY DID IT TAKE THREE YEARS TO SHUT DOWN THE MOST HATE-FILLED PUBLICATION IN CANADA?

There are a few answers to that question – one has to do with the repeal of hate speech laws under Stephen Harper that arguably became the spark for the rise of white nationalist hate online that continues today

Paul Salvatori

If Canada’s anti-hate laws were written to confront the most contemptible forms of anti-Semitism, rape advocacy, Islamophobia, Holocaust denial, LGBTQ hatred and anti-Black discrimination, then the Beaches-area tabloid Your Ward News (YWN) meets the definition.

On January 24, YWN editor James Sears (aka Dimitri The Lover) and publisher LeRoy St. Germaine were found guilty of promoting hatred, in particular against women and Jews.

Ontario Court Judge Richard Blouin described the evidence against the publication, known for articles advocating rape and blaming immigrant “parasites” for everything from crime, pollution and gridlock to high taxes, as overwhelming, stating in his decision that YWN “repeatedly and consistently… intended to publish hate.”

“Women were represented as immoral, inferior and not human,” Blouin wrote. And “Mr. Sears celebrated sexual and physical violations towards them. Jews were consistently blamed, demonized and maligned.”

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