Aug 29, 2019
By Maria Madden
The publisher of a free Toronto newspaper that promoted hatred against Jews and women has been sentenced to 12 months of house arrest
The prosecution had pushed for LeRoy St. Germaine to jailed for six months, however in explaining his decision, the judge says the 77-year-old poses no danger to the community.
St. Germaine and Your Ward News editor James Sears were found guilty in January of two hate counts but sentencing was delayed a number of times.
Sears was sentenced to one year in prison last week, but has since been granted bail pending appeal.
The judge said he would have given Sears a stiffer sentence had the law had allowed – saying the publication promoted hate to a large audience, both in print and online.