The publisher and editor-in-chief of Your Ward News have likely been revelling in the free publicity garnered from a recent Human Rights Commission of Canada complaint filed by an Ottawa lawyer.
Richard Warman filed an official complaint to the commission about Canada Post and its role in distributing the free publication throughout the City of Toronto (the Your Ward News website claims a circulation of 300,000).
In his complaint, Warman asserts that Canada Post has refused to stop distributing what he calls hate propaganda.
“Canada Post and the Government of Canada have repeatedly refused to stop distributing material they know is misogynist, racist, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and homophobic hate propaganda,” he wrote in the complaint, posted to his website.
“By knowingly distributing hate propaganda and profiting from it, they have engaged in discriminatory conduct.”
Warman claims Canada Post and, by extension, the Canadian government, has violated sections 5, 7, 12, and 14 of the Canadian Human Rights Act by delivering Your Ward News to people’s front doors.
Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts was set to introduce a petition in the provincial legislature on Monday, May 2, drafted by a group working to stop Canada Post’s delivery of the publication.
In a YouTube interview posted on March 30, James Sears, the disgraced doctor who is the editor-in-chief of the publication, appeared to relish the attention garnered from actions such as Warman’s and Potts’.
“CityTV did a report a few days ago on us. You’d have to pay a publicist 10, 20, 30 grand to get you that type of publicity. It’s free publicity,” he said in the video.
“Fine, let them call me names, but it just means more people read the paper.”