Nov 15, 2017

15 Nov 2017

The 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.

In recent years, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and other community activists had provided both the Toronto Police and Canada Post with evidence of antisemitic, racist, misogynist, and pro-Nazi content appearing in Your Ward News. Toronto's Intelligence Services Hate Crime Unit reportedly received numerous complaints from the community since March 2015.

“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.