Welcome to the official website of Canadian human rights lawyer Richard Warman.


9 February 2021

Ripping off the Tragically Hip? The fact that the Tragically Hip has to sue Belgian beer/spirits giant InBev for trade mark and copyright infringement after InBev’s Mill St Brewery here in Canada sells 100th Meridian beer after the Hip’s song ‘At the 100th Meridian’ without any agreement from the Hip is a sad state of affairs.

I’ll happily boycott @MillStreetBrew until they settle this lawsuit honourably. Can I make a suggestion that Mill St Brewery donate all profits from their sale of 100th Meridian beer to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund?

4 February 2021

Liz Moore and Bernie Farber have been successful in their motions to dismiss a vexatious lawsuit brought by Elisa Hategan with Moore awarded $200,000 in damages in her counterclaim against Hategan for libel and invasion of privacy.

Hategan and Moore were both young, female members of the neo-Nazi Heritage Front in Toronto in the late 80s/early 90s – with both eventually leaving the group and going on to engage in public speaking about the dangers of radicalization.

Hategan alleged that Moore had lifted parts of her life story to bolster her neo-Nazi street cred but Justice Ferguson of the Superior Court of Ontario threw out all of Hategan’s claim against both Farber and Moore agreeing there was no evidence to support it and that the lawsuit was vexatious. Justice Ferguson further awarded Moore general ($100k), aggravated ($50k), and punitive damages ($50k) as well as a permanent injunction to bring an end to what she found was Hategan’s malicious, years-long campaign of defamatory attacks against Moore.

Missing Words indeed.

27 January 2021

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio is an FBI informant.

5 January 2021

Aidan Macnab of Law Times with a solid article on the sorry end to the Law Society of Ontario investigation into my misconduct complaint against Toronto lawyer David FAED. The Law Society deems a fireside chat with a Bencher sufficient to solve the problem where David Faed as a lawyer knowingly and repeatedly advertised in a neo-Nazi tabloid that promoted hatred of women and Jews. The tabloid content was so bad those responsible were convicted for criminal hate propaganda.

When I first saw David Faed’s ad in the neo-Nazi tabloid Your Ward News in 2015, I thought there must be some mistake so I contacted and spoke with him. Faed made it clear that he had talked with neo-Nazi James Sears who ran the paper, found him quite intelligent, and thought the hate propaganda content of the paper was satiric.

Faed told me he had no intention of stopping advertising and that he would fight any attempt to make him stop. When I said to Faed I felt I had an obligation to inform the Law Society, he told me I could do whatever I wanted.

The Law Society’s response has just been one long train wreck.

On top of that, Sears had a TO lawyer named Paulos Luizos who was defending Sears against a libel action. In the defence Luizos filed, he alleged that the female plaintiff was sexually obsessed with Sears (Sears had previously made thinly veiled threats of violence against the plaintiff). The Law Society is processing a complaint I filed in that instance as well and proceedings have issued b/c Luizos refused to respond to the Law Society.

The Law Times article notes that Sears is appealing his criminal conviction arguing incompetence of his trial counsel Dean Embry who refused to call Holocaust denial testimony in defence.

Sears has caused collateral damage to any lawyer who comes near him…

26 December 2020
Because what is Christmas without Rammstein?

Links 2, 3, 4

28 November 2020

6 November 2020
What happens when wealth inequality is unchecked? Great wealth inevitably corrupts democracy says former US labour secretary Robert Reich.

Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia

18 October 2020

BC anti-Jewish hatemonger guilty again. This time for breach of probation. Slow learner. Bravo to Harry Abrams for his dedication on the file.

More importantly, here are the Ting Tings with their song Estranged:

10 September 2020
The Motherland Hears, the Motherland Knows – the song by Dimitri Shostakovich that Colonel Yuri Gagarin wrote he sang on re-entry after the first spaceflight in 1961. The video includes awesome footage of Gagarin’s launch in the spacecraft Vostok 1.

9 September 2020

Ipperwash Provincial Park returned to Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.

“The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation would like to acknowledge the formal return of a portion the lands we call Aazhoodena (Stony Point). As a Nation, we have always known about the significance of Aazhoodena and the lands there were reclaimed in 1995. The return of the former Provincial Park lands is an important legal indicator for our Ancestors and our future generations that we’re home again and the land is legally ours. The return of this portion of the lands is but a small portion of what was lost and although the process is not perfect, it gives hope that in the future we may see the full return of Aazhoodena. It is also important that we honour the memory of Dudley George today, who made the supreme sacrifice in respect of the Ancestors and all of those who have dedicated their lives to the return of our lands.”

Chief Jason Henry
Chief of Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation

Official announcement here.

11 August 2020

Bernie Sanders and why taxing wealth gains made only during the pandemic could pay 100% of US healthcare costs.

20 July 2020

Thanks to CBC for introducing me to the music and life of Jessye Norman

7 July 2020
Glenn Bogue update – The Bogue theatre of the absurd just keeps getting absurder. With the Strokes providing “The End Has No End” as soundtrack.

24 June 2020
As noted by Borek Lizec, the Czech Ambassador to Canada, this month marks the 78th anniversary of the Nazi extermination of the Czech village #Lidice in retaliation for the successful assassination of the Gestapo’s Reinhard Heydrich, in Czechoslovakia.

Here is George Orwell’s BBC broadcast dealing with the Lidice massacre from “The War Commentaries” dated 13 June 1942:

“We will end our review with a comparatively small item of news, which is nevertheless worth reporting, because it shows more clearly than whole books could do, what Fascism means. Following on the assassination of Heydrich, the Gestapo chief in Czechoslovakia, the Germans, up till three days ago, had already shot over two hundred hostages. These figures are from their own wireless statements. Then, two days ago, they followed up these announcements of shooting by announcing over the air the action they had taken against a Czech village whose inhabitants were accused of having assisted Heydrich’s assassins.

‘Since the inhabitants of this village,’ states the German wireless, ‘have [flagrantly] violated the laws which have been issued, by their activity and by the support given to the murderers of Heydrich, the male adults have been shot, the women have been sent to concentration camp, and the children have been handed over to appropriate educational authorities. The buildings of the locality have been levelled to the ground, and the name of the community has been obliterated.’

Notice that these are the words of the Germans themselves, broadcast to the whole world in at least two languages. The Czech village, named Lidice, was a village of about 1200 inhabitants. We may assume, therefore, that the Germans have killed about 300 men, sent about 300 women to the concentration camp, and about 600 children to what they call ‘appropriate educational authorities’, which in practice means labour camps, and all upon the mere suspicion of having helped the assassins of a man who is himself known all over Europe as a bloodstained murderer. But more significant than the act, is the impudence with which it is broadcast to the world, almost as if it was something to be proud of. And most significant of all is the fact that more than three years after their seizure of Czechoslovakia, the Germans are compelled to commit these barbarities in order to hold down a people whom they pretend to be benefiting by their wise and disinterested rule.”

21 June 2020

Thanks to Jude Rogers for this interview Nadine Shah: ‘I’m sick of celebrities in their huge gardens telling us to breathe’

Super cool

17 June 2020

In a time of members of the public raising their voices in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, count on anti-Jewish conspiracy theories being part of the far-right backlash. This piece by Emily Tankin titled The right is trying to link George Soros and George Floyd protests. Don’t let it. does an excellent job deconstructing the poison pill of “everything in the world is Soros’ fault”.

31 May 2020

In honour of barrister and French/British secret agent Major Francis Suttill during this year as the 75th anniversary of his death at Sachsenhausen and VE Day.

3 May 2020
I am pleased to note that my libel action against Faith Bazos (aka Faith Goldy) has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

Music of the day,

1 May 2020

i. Happy May Day!

ii. David Icke kicked off Facebook. All the more reason for a Happy May Day.

iii. Congratulations to BC MLA Andrew Weaver for his successful appeal of a libel judgment that had found he hadn’t been defamed in scurrilous online attacks against his personal and professional credibility by another academic. Congratulations also to his esteemed counsel – Roger and Alan McConchie who are pillars of the Canadian libel bar.
The BC Court of Appeal’s full decision is here.

In honour of May Day, we have Billy Bragg giving a clap out to NHS workers in the UK and an instrumental version of There is Power in a Union

23 April 2020
Ottawa Police Service tribute to RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson

3 April 2020

Hot off the presses! Netolitzky and Warman in the Alberta Law Review on How do Detaxers/Freemen make out at the Supreme Court of Canada?

Pseudolaw is a collection of legal-sounding but false rules that purport to be law, employed by groups including the Detaxer and Freemen-on-the-Land movements. While pseudolaw is universally rejected by Canadian courts, no Supreme Court of Canada decision addresses these concepts.

This study reviews 51 unsuccessful Supreme Court leave applications that potentially involve pseudolaw to determine what pseudolaw issues were raised, whether those issues were comprehensible, and therefore if by its silence the Supreme Court has implicitly rejected these concepts.Some pseudolaw-related leave applications were not comprehensible to a legally trained reader; however, the remainder clearly imply that the Supreme Court of Canada has been exposed to the cornerstone concepts of modern pseudolaw, including “Strawman” Theory, and has rejected these ideas as not having national significance.

13 March 2020

That seems about right

2 February 2020
Update re discipline proceedings against Toronto lawyer David Faed who knowingly advertised in a neo-Nazi tabloid whose operators were convicted criminally of anti-Jewish and anti-women hate propaganda charges. The wheels of justice continue to grind.

31 January 2020
I have today launched a libel action against Faith Bazos (aka Faith Goldy), Jonathan Kay, and Barbara Kay.

The libel action is in relation to false allegations they published online and have refused to retract and apologize for despite being served a libel notice and my providing them evidence the material is demonstrably false. The material has already been found to be defamatory in another libel action.

This is the second libel action I have been forced to take against Jonathan Kay. In 2008, his (then) employer the National Post apologized and retracted other false allegations made by Kay and settled out of court.

17 January 2020
For a friendly

3 September 2019

On 26 August 2019, I filed a criminal complaint for hate propaganda with the Ottawa Police Service against Rebel News Network Ltd., its directors at the relevant times, Ezra Levant, Hamish Marshall, and Hannah Vanderkooy, as well as Rebel News presenter Faith Bazos (aka Faith Goldy). The complaint alleges they have breached s. 319(2) of the Criminal Code by wilfully promoting hatred of the Muslim community through 48 videos containing hate propaganda published to the world through the Rebel News Network website and Youtube channel from 2015-2018. The videos feature Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (Tommy Robinson – 40 videos) and Faith Bazos (Faith Goldy – 8 videos).

Section 319 of the Criminal Code reads:
Wilful promotion of hatred
319(2) Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty of
(a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction

As a citizen, and especially as a lawyer, I have a duty to report evidence of what I believe to be criminal conduct to the police. I think that the criminal complaint speaks for itself, and it is not my intent to make any public comment on it.

19 May 2019
Just because.