White supremacist leader ordered to stop hate notes
Tribunal bans online postings, but declines to levy fine
By RANDY RICHMOND
A high-profile white supremacy leader who once operated out of London has been ordered by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to stop posting hate messages online and to seek help to keep from doing it again.
But Melissa Guille won't be fined, the tribunal ruled yesterday.
The messages posted on the website of Guille's Canadian Heritage Alliance "disclose an undeniable scent of overt resentment, hatred, contempt for certain groups," the tribunal found after hearings held over several weeks in 2006 and 2007 in Toronto.
Several messages "undoubtedly put at risk the well-being and safety of Jewish individuals as well as blacks. They constitute a clear call for the elimination of certain groups of individuals or their expulsion . . . " tribunal member Pierre Deschamps ruled.
Guille contravened the Canadian Human Rights Act, which prohibits online messages likely to expose people to hatred or contempt based on their race, creed and sexual orientation, Des-champs ruled. The tribunal ordered Guille to work with the Canadian Human Rights Commission to "redress the practice or to prevent the same or a similar practice from occurring in the future."Guille is a founder of the Canadian Heritage Alliance, a group she ran for several years while living in London. She moved to Cambridge in 2007, but the group's website continued to operate.
The decision garnered mixed reaction from Richard Warman, an Ottawa lawyer who filed the human rights complaint against Guille in 2004 that led to the hearing.
"The most important thing is the tribunal issued a cease and desist order," he said.
But the lack of a fine disappointed Warman.
"A financial penalty is important because it sends the message there are substantial consequences."