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AGAR: Putting haters in jail does not infringe on free speech

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03.09.2019

Is it possible to be a fierce defender of free speech while believing that the people responsible for Your Ward News belong in jail?

Yes.

James Sears, the editor of Your Ward News, was sentenced to one year in jail after being convicted on two counts of wilful promotion of hatred in January. He is out pending an appeal.

Publisher LeRoy St. Germaine is confined to his home for a year, with exceptions for medical appointments and four hours a week to shop for necessities. He was given consideration due to his Aboriginal background.

Here is what the Criminal Code has to say:

319 (1) Every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not........

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