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Human Rights Commission wants Terry Tremaine charged with contempt
Last Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 5:33 PM CST
A Regina man, fined $4,000 for publishing racist articles, was back in court Thursday accused of violating orders to stop posting hate literature on the internet.
Terry Tremaine, who used to work for the University of Saskatchewan as a math lecturer, was the focus of a lengthy investigation by the Canadian Human Rights Commission which culminated in a 2007 order by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
He was found to have violated the rights of Jews and blacks by exposing them, through his online writings, to hatred.
Some of his postings referred to Jews as "parasites" and "vermin," and called for the expulsion of Jews and non-white people from Canada, the tribunal ruled.
Tremaine was told to "cease the discriminatory practice", according to the Feb. 2, 2007 decision.
On Thursday, Daniel Poulin, a lawyer for the Canadian Human Rights commission, told a Federal Court judge in Saskatoon that Tremaine did the opposite.
"It is our position that Mr Tremaine did not remove the material and, in fact, continued posting after the decision was rendered," Poulin said.
The commission is trying get Tremaine charged with contempt.
Paul Fromm is with the Canadian Association for Free Expression and has assisted Tremaine with his case.
Fromm said internet writings may not fall into the definition of communicating, an essential element of the issue concerning Tremaine.
"Sending some sort of electronic signals to a website in the United States, where that is legal, does not constitute communication," Fromm said. "Communication is defined as the transfer of ideas between two people."
But Poulin said the only reason people post their opinions online is to communicate their ideas.
"It is our position of course that posting material on the internet for everybody to see it, in fact, constitutes communication," Poulin said. "In fact, that is the single most important purpose for posting on the internet, isn't it?"
The federal judge who heard the matter said a decision would come next week on whether or not Tremaine should face a charge of contempt.
Tremaine is also before the courts in Regina.
In January of 2008, police in that city laid a criminal code charge alleging Tremaine used the internet to promote hatred.
Tremaine, 61, calls himself a white nationalist. In an interview with CBC News in 2007 he said he should be free to share his views without being prosecuted.