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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?

ENJOY THE SILENCE: PSEUDOLAW AT THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
DONALD J.NETOLITZKY AND RICHARD WARMAN
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:

https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-46/section-319.html
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.