Citing the paper as "offensive material", Foote ordered Canada Post to cease delivery. (Photo: REUTERS/Mark Blinch)
A Toronto coalition of like-minded residents, lawyers, union leaders and activists scored a major victory in their fight to get Canada Post to stop delivery of a so-called community newspaper.
“Your Ward News” has been distributed in the east end of the city for sometime, despite regular complaints by homeowners that the paper is homophobic, anti-Semitic, and glorifies Adolph Hitler.
STAMP (Standing Together Against Mailing Prejudice) hailed the decision in a news release, applauding the efforts of Public Works Minister Judy Foote to direct Canada Post to stop delivery.
“We are ecstatic about the Minister’s decision,” said Lisa Kinsella, Managing Partner of The Daisy Group and one of the founding members of STAMP. “For too long, Your Ward News has been permitted to disseminate racism, homophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism to as many as 300,000 homes in Toronto.”
Foote ordered an interim prohibitory order put in place, which criminalizes any attempt to deliver the paper on grounds that Canada Post considers it “offensive material”.
Ottawa human rights lawyer Richard Warman had previously challenged the paper by filing a complaint that it violated several sections of the Canada Human Rights Act.
James Sears, the editor of the paper, has passed himself off as a local pickup artist known as “Dimitri the Lover”. He also had his license to practice medicine revoked after pleading guilty to assaulting patients.
Sears has apparently asked for a type of appeal called a review panel
, appointed by the minister, which he has the right to do within 10 days after the notice.