VANCOUVER — A Vancouver-based white supremacist who posted hate propaganda on the Internet has been found in contempt of court for ignoring an order to get rid of the offensive material.
In a split decision, two of three judges of the Federal Court of Appeal overturned an earlier federal court ruling.
The lower court found Terry Tremaine not guilty of contempt because he was not appropriately informed of a Human Rights Tribunal order to remove hateful articles from a website.
That same ruling also determined Tremaine has a particular hatred for blacks, First Nations people and Jews and that he deliberately disobeyed the 2007 tribunal order to quit publishing his racist views.
The federal appeal court says the trial judge was wrong to find that a deliberate violation of a tribunal ruling is not enough to prompt a contempt conviction.
The appeal court has sent the matter back to the federal court judge for sentencing of the former University of Saskatchewan math lecturer.