Back in November I wrote an article in which it was noted that Ezra Levant provided press credentials to a man involved in a number of hate groups, who had just gotten off house arrest after being convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend, and who would in the new year make news for harassing members of an Edmonton-area mosque:
Also at this event was John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, ostensibly a grassroots organization promoting freedom of speech but which seems to be yet another AstroTurf group promoting a right-wing agenda.
Last year Mr. Carpay, a close associate of now Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, faced criticism for comparing the rainbow flag used by the LGBTQ community and supporters to the Soviet and Nazi flags not once...
NEWLY DISCOVERED: Here’s a video of @jkenney's personal friend, John Carpay, comparing the Swastika to the rainbow flag on April 21, 2017. Turns out Carpay was lying when he said he “unintentionally” made the comparison earlier this month. (1/2) #yyc #ableg #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/YVKP3CyADZ— Kyle Morrow (@kylemmorrow) November 26, 2018
.... but at least twice:
BREAKING: Jason Kenney's friend and donor John Carpay just compared the pride flag to the swastika and the hammer/sickle. Will @jkenney return this bigot's campaign contribution? And—revoke his UCP membership immediately? (Video credit: @mbueckert) #yyc #ableg #abpoli pic.twitter.com/vQs9r8lxec— Kyle Morrow (@kylemmorrow) November 11, 2018
And while Kenney did comment on the issue, he didn't boot Carpay from the UCP as had been demanded:
I acknowledge that John Carpay apologized for his offensive remarks. But this tendency to trivialize the unique meaning of Nazi and Soviet terror must stop. Genocidal totalitarianism has no relationship to political disagreements in our liberal democracy. https://t.co/X3NN9Qi2Da— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) November 12, 2018
Kenney's alt-right Rebel Media contingent also came to Carpay's defence:
Cut to June 2019. Carpay's Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms was having their second annual banquet and "free speech" award ceremony. Who was the first recipient of the George Jonas Freedom Award you ask?
Of COURSE it would be Mark Steyn!
In any case, true to form the second annual recipient of the award was the equally noxious Christie Blatchford (her article about Rehtaeh Parsons alone should inform readers about the lack of human decency that she has). The award was given to her in the middle of June though ARC didn't learn about it until this Sunday when Paul Fromm posted this photograph to his Facebook profile:
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I wish I was joking.
It's hard to believe that they were convicted of promoting hatred against Jews and women back in January and have managed to drag out sentencing through April, May, and July.
Sears with supporters on April 26th (that's Gus Stefanis on the left).
Now we're into August. On the first of the month, Sears and St. Germaine were in court with every sort of excuse and delay tactic at the ready. For St. Germaine, who is Metis, the sticking point is the offer of a sentencing circle where he would have the opportunity to engage in a mediated dialogue with his victims. Justice Blouin believes that a discussion in a "controlled, thoughtful arena" would be beneficial, however, St. Germaine doesn't want to do it if he has to apologize up front.
Again, I wish I was joking.
Sears, who is now self-represented and is trying to have his case reopened, was supposed to have his affidavit and list of potential expert witnesses ready for Justice Blouin, but of course he had neither. Instead, this man who loves to hype his intelligence and wit complained that academics were very difficult to reach over the summer months and that he is not a lawyer. He (surprise!) needs more time.
Justice Blouin, who is retiring at the end of August, admits he has never dealt with an application to re-open a case, which he said is an unusual procedure. It is certainly not made any easier given Sears' decision to self-represent. In an effort to avoid another failed court appearance, Blouin gave Sears deadlines in advance to ensure all documentation is complete and submitted beforehand. He has until August 8th to submit an affidavit and obtain one from his former lawyer, Dean Embry. Sears then has until the 15th to produce a list of witnesses complete with their qualifications and what he feels they could add to the case. Court will resume on August 22nd for both Sears and St. Germaine.
Those who have been at the forefront of this case are not pleased. Lisa Kinsella said on Twitter that while she recognizes that the Judge is trying to ensure that the sentences, once they are finally handed out, cannot be contested, these delays are hurting the victims:
Extremely disappointing outcome today. The judge is clearly trying to make sure the convictions are appeal-proof but enough is enough. #TimesUp https://t.co/I29Q3glzPo
— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 1, 2019
They were convicted of promoting hatred against Jews and women in January. Sentencing was supposed to occur in March. Then July. Then today. Now, maybe, August 22nd. We deserve justice. #TimesUp https://t.co/ACH1amwDmC— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 1, 2019
For Sears at least, publishing hateful rhetoric in Your Ward News is not new behaviour. In 2009, footage of Sears taken for a documentary film about his alter-ego, Dimitri the Lover, has him admitting to "banging [his] patients" and shows him harassing and groping women in downtown Toronto.
He claims that his paper acts as a "safety valve" for angry men, but in reality, it encourages more of the same hatred and objectification we have seen from Sears for decades. The victims in the Sears/St. Germaine case deserve justice, and they deserve it at more than the glacial pace we have seen so far in this sentencing hearing. It is well past time that they face the consequences of their actions, and I hope that August 22nd will bring some much needed closure and relief.
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