One of our Canadian readers just sent us this message:
Some fairly important news out of Canada last week. Richard Warman closed down the Free Dominion website through litigation via the Human Rights Commission. There is the threat of jail now for the two very nice people who ran it.
Here is Mark Steyn article from 2012 about the execrable Richard Warman.
This is what Free Dominion said:
As of today, January 23, 2014, and after 13 years online, Free Dominion is closing its doors to the public. We have been successfully censored.
Today, Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith issued an order in the Richard Warman vs Mark and Connie Fournier and John Does defamation case heard September, 2013. In addition to ordering that we must pay Warman $127,000, Justice Smith issued an injunction against us ordering we that never publish, or allow to be published, anything negative about Richard Warman. This means we are barred for life from ever operating a public forum or a blog (even about cookie recipes) where the public can comment. If we do so, any one of Warman’s handful of supporters could, and probably would, use a common proxy server to avoid being traced, plant a negative comment about Warman on our site, and we would both be charged with contempt of court. If that happened — unlike in the Ottawa courtroom where we blocked at every turn from presenting a defense — we actually would have no defense. We would both go to jail. This life sentence was imposed for our terrible crimes of voicing our honestly held beliefs and allowing others to do the same. Defamation law, in its current state, is entirely inadequate and counterproductive when applied to the internet. Now it is being used as a tool of censorship. Effectively!
We are assessing our options.
Mark and Connie Fournier
Everyone outside Canada should post about this. Warman can’t screw you over outside Canada because he only does so when he makes money at it. He is a professional litigant. He does the HRC shakedown, and splits it 50-50 with the HRC.
I will not tackle it. One must choose one’s battles.
Remember: Free Dominion simply linked to that Steyn article!!! Then someone left a comment about him, and that was all it took.
Although our prime minister is Stephen Harper, and we have a conservative government, he is only the prime minister. He and his party can only do so much, and do to anything against an entrenched leftist civil service takes a strong hand.
It’s the civil service that must be changed, and they are unionised. He can only change the appointees that act as liaisons between a given cabinet member and the department he administers.
The communist infiltration into the Canadian civil service has been slowly rusting its way into the mainstream since Trudeau when he mandated that people in the government had to be in the union. The civil service union overtly supports Hezbollah and Hamas. Just one example of their politics.
There’s more about Richard Warman and Free Dominion at Xanthippa’s Chamberpot.