The signs appeared overnight — posters imploring residents of The Beaches to call the police if they received an issue of Your Ward News in their mail boxes.
“Stand up for immigrants,” one poster reads, “Call the cops on Your Ward News.”
Other signs, taped to hydro poles along residential streets off of Queen Street East, ask people to stand up for their Jewish, LGBTQ and veteran neighbours, all groups who have been targeted by the publication.
The fall edition of the newsletter, out last week, has several anti-Semitic comments and symbols. It also includes recruitment efforts for an “Adolf Hitler fan club.”
Your Ward News’ content was deemed so offensive that last year that Canada Post stopped delivering the newsletter. The publication claims it is delivered to over 305,000 homes — all by an army of volunteers and paid couriers – in much of Toronto’s downtown core, but also in areas as far as Chatham and Barrie.
We reached out to James Sears, the publications’ founder, but he hasn’t responded to our requests for comment.
Police say they have not yet received any calls from concerned recipients.