Toronto newsletter mired in human rights complaint for allegedly spreading 'hate propaganda'
Ottawa lawyer suing Canada Post for delivering Your Ward News, a Toronto east end controversial newsletter described as racist, misogynist and homophobic
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Human rights lawyer Richard Warman has had enough of what he calls “hate propaganda” being published in a Toronto newsletter.
The Ottawa-based lawyer is at the centre of a new human rights complaint involving Your Ward News, a newsletter published by disgraced doctor and pickup artist James Sears, and distributed by mail to residents in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood.
The publication has previously claimed Pierre Trudeau “admired Hitler,” referred to immigrants as “parasites” and featured caricatures of Jewish people.
However, the newsletter is not the target of Warman’s complaint: Canada Post is.
“Canada Post knows it’s distributing hate propaganda, and refuses to stop doing so,” said Warman. “That’s a violation of the Canadian Human Rights Act.”
Warman has previously expressed his concerns to government authorities and officials at Canada Post. He said he was told they’d continue to distribute the leaflet even though they didn’t agree with its content.
“I think that’s morally repugnant and illegal,” he said.
The complaint is the latest in a string of efforts to shut down Your Ward News. Last year several Canada Post staff complained about it, and the paper was the target of a hate crimes investigation by Toronto police.
If the Canadian Human Rights Commission finds merit in Warman’s complaint, it will be referred to the tribunal for further investigations. In the meantime, he’s concerned people continue to be exposed to misinformation and hateful content.
“I've never seen anything like this, where an arm of government like Canada Post has been corrupted to deliver hate propaganda,” he said.
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