January 24, 2019

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: We’re taking Rachel Notley's elections commissioner to court over her illegal censorship of The Rebel

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

More crazy news today about Rachel Notley’s attempt to silence The Rebel, to clear the way for her election campaign.


Last week, the Government of Alberta wrote us a bizarre letter, declaring that we here at The Rebel are legally not journalists. Because some of our work criticized Rachel Notley, the desperate, failing premier of Alberta, she says we are actually a political campaign group, and have to register with her government, and be regulated by them, like they do in Iran.

And because we won't register with the government, they propose to fine us $5,500. If we don’t comply, they can fine us up to $100,000, per story they don’t like.

They decided this at a secret trial that they didn’t even tell us about, until after we were convicted.

So, of course, we’re not going to stop criticizing Notley or her bullies and we’re not going to pay their $5,500 fine. We’re going to fight back.


Our lawyer filed an appeal in a real court, first thing on the morning of Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

In fact, we’re challenging the constitutionality of this censorship law. It violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which gives everyone, even conservatives, freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

We’re asking the courts to strike down this illegal law, for everyone — even for left-wing media.



It's obvious that the Notley government is in full damage control mode now that their campaign against us has gone viral and been covered in the mainstream media. But the last thing Notley wants is for a real court to review their misconduct.

So Notley’s commissioner wrote back to us just hours after we filed our appeal, asking us to call it off.

The latest letter to us reads in part:

“This is an opportunity to provide input and not the final decision as to findings and penalty. As such, there is nothing to appeal at this stage. To be perfectly clear, there has been no decision at this point.”

That's a lie.

First of all, in the original letter they sent us, after their secret hearing, the subject line is “Notice of Adverse Finding”. As in, they have made their legal decision against us, and they’re telling us about it after the fact. They convicted us. That's what "adverse finding" means.

One section of their conviction letter is called “Findings of the investigation”. In other words, there's already been an investigation into us, and it's over.

And they sat on that conviction letter and didn’t send it to us right away. Instead, they immediately contacted our billboard vendor first, and started harassing them:

"The billboard has been in contravention since November 2018…” (...) "Elections Alberta is not willing to allow the contravention to continue."

So not only does she say twice that we have been convicted, but she is acting on that already, and demanding that our business partners rip up their contracts with us. And we didn’t even know about any of this, until our vendor told us.



It’s terrible news, but it's also great news.

It’s terrible news in that Rachel Notley’s NDP government is out of control. They’ll do anything to silence criticism as they head into an election.

But the great news is that they let their rage get the best of them. They didn’t want to wait for a fair trial. They just “knew” we were guilty. So they cut corners; they broke the law themselves — and we’ve caught them, and they know it, so they’re begging us not to appeal to a real court.

So, of course, we’re going to proceed with our appeal.

Notley has put at least seven staff on this. We have one senior lawyer, Fred Kozak, and his junior associate. So it’s seven people from the government against our two lawyers.

But I like our odds.

I really think we’re going to win this legal battle — not just for ourselves, but we’re going to get this law struck down for everybody.

But I do need your help.

I promise you, if you help cover our legal bills, I’ll fight this all the way, as hard and as smart as we can.

Please click here to donate.

At that link you can also see the conviction letter, Fred Kozak’s letter in response, our appeal, and the commissioner’s weird attempt to ask us not to appeal.

If you agree with me that we have to fight, then please help. Because it’s about to get really serious now. If you can help with $10 or $100 or even more, please do. I think Notley wants to just out-spend us — because she’s using tax dollars, and we rely 100 per cent on viewer donations.

But I believe we can win, with your help!

Please go to StandWithTheRebel.com and help us fight for freedom. Thank you.

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commented 2019-01-25 02:21:30 -0500
NICHOLAS CONKLIN commented 6 hours ago
Guilty verdict today:


The Rebel may be next since they have promoted hate here as well, but not as loudly as Your Ward News.
An amateurish attempt to tar The Rebel with the same brush as these losers. There is no connection between them at all. When has the Rebel promoted rape? NEVER. When has The Rebel ever promoted anti-semitism? Especially since The Rebel’s founder is a Jew? NEVER. You get more desperate and ludicrous everyday to snare people in your lies but the lies get more transparent every day as well. By no means let the facts get in the way of your willful blindness. Keep on believing, fabricating and disseminating lies. We can always use the laugh.
commented 2019-01-25 02:12:17 -0500
Why do leftists, such as Nicholas and Andrew and Graig love tyranny? Probably the same reason they like to believe, fabricate and disseminate lies. They must have really enjoyed the reporting pin the Covingtom kids and their nefarious attacks on the aging, native veteran who couldn’t get away from them and was afraid for his safety. “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
commented 2019-01-25 01:47:50 -0500
Nicholas Conklin i see your REAL REPORTERS did some damn fine bang up research on Nathan Phillips and Covington LMAO!
commented 2019-01-25 01:28:39 -0500
Craig James exactly what do you think they are doing by the way? THEY ARE RESPONDING! Try learning how to read.
commented 2019-01-25 01:27:29 -0500
Craig James the fine was result of a conviction , THERE WAS NO TRIAL! NO ONE WAS ALLOWED TO ARGUE ANY DEFENSE!! Sorry if you are too pathetic to get that.
commented 2019-01-25 01:22:24 -0500
Nicholas Conklin sorry but HRC claims are not lawsuits, they are a government body used as a weapon. And every fine can be fought halfwit. What law is he breaking exactly? Reporting is not a crime you clown. If they charge the Rebel they have to charge all media. Now run along while adults discuss things. Enjoy your tyranny when it stomps on you and there is no one to cry to.
commented 2019-01-25 01:19:32 -0500
Craig James there was no Due Process and you know it. If it is a crime they need be charged and a plea made.
commented 2019-01-25 01:14:19 -0500
commented 2019-01-24 23:56:47 -0500

commented 2019-01-24 22:18:54 -0500
Oh wait, that is a stern squint.
Lesson, never-EVER mess with Ezra…
EVER in my opinion.
commented 2019-01-24 22:13:53 -0500
Gawd, Ezra needs a better mean face in his tough guy look.
He looks like he physically turn you into paste after he eats your innards.
Maybe some if the air us wearing off on me but calm down, dude.
A stern squint is less demonic.
But if he wants honest art, go for it.
commented 2019-01-24 21:52:52 -0500
Nickolas, I see that you are doing your usual talking around in circles instead of simply proving your statement. Boring! YAWN!
commented 2019-01-24 21:43:24 -0500
Peter Netterville,

How much are you giving to Ezra’s scam…I mean legal fund?
commented 2019-01-24 21:35:04 -0500
Space Moose said, “I will not donate any money to the rebel. And I will not sign any rebel petitions.”

That’s good. We are all happy for you and your decision. Are you telling us all because you are pouting like a petulant little child or trying to convince others not to donate or both?
commented 2019-01-24 21:25:21 -0500
I have heard of this sales pitch before. HOw there are seven lawyers on the other side, and how the rebel only has like two. Same song and dance with Tommy Robinson. How the other side has a dozen journalists, and only 1 rebel reporter. So Ezra needs to ask you for money to hire more rebel allies.

I will not donate any money to the rebel. And I will not sign any rebel petitions.
commented 2019-01-24 20:52:35 -0500
Nickolas said, “You claimed I was lying. Do you have proof of that …”

Nickolas! Stop beating off around the damn bush and just prove your accusation. No more talking around in circles like you always do. Prove it!
commented 2019-01-24 20:49:56 -0500
Andrew said, “Third party political advertising should be banned, particularly non-individual advertising.”

Then I guess you also think that the multi millions the Unions spent on third party advertising against Harper in 2015 should also have been banned?
commented 2019-01-24 20:49:20 -0500
Who gave Notley the right to act like a second hand dictator. Her delusions of grandeur are embarrassing and do little for the morons who follow her, begging for Marxist hand outs…..You dig a political grave Ms Notley
commented 2019-01-24 20:48:32 -0500
Alberta Maga,

Ezra could be fined $100,000 numerous times before the election when Notley may be voted out as he keeps saying to try to get your money. So Ezra may be bankrupt long before the election rolls around.

How much have you donated to the Rebel legal fund?
commented 2019-01-24 20:45:24 -0500
Andrew and Nicholas Notley is gone soon anyways, don’t tell me you are too dense to think that blocking the Rebel will change that? LMAO! THE COMMIE WITCH WILL BE LONG GONE AND AFRAID TO SHOW HER UGLY FACE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY!!
I hope to run into her one day and tell her what i think LMAO!
commented 2019-01-24 20:43:45 -0500
Andrew and Nicholas you enjoy your tyranny and especially when it turns on you LMAO! You deserve it.
commented 2019-01-24 20:42:46 -0500
For some reason the CBC saying Harper will release his Stasi is fine?
commented 2019-01-24 20:41:46 -0500
Andrew how is reporting criticism advertising? All media does it.
commented 2019-01-24 20:40:16 -0500
Nicholas Conklin they have never promoted hate you slandering POS! Now go join your bigoted Liberal media. And the law breaking PM LMAO!
commented 2019-01-24 20:39:50 -0500
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 23 mins ago
Third party political advertising should be banned, particularly non-individual advertising. I think Alberta is quite generous in allowing it to continue with oversight.
But then you believe that babies are parasites so you’re not very convincing in the rational thought department.
commented 2019-01-24 20:39:26 -0500
Count me in. The Rebel was at one of the Calgary’s Saturday YV event. Can’t count on any other media outlet that doesn’t condemn YV.
Keep up the fight 👍
commented 2019-01-24 20:39:26 -0500
Count me in. The Rebel was at one of the Calgary’s Saturday YV event. Can’t count on any other media outlet that doesn’t condemn YV.
Keep up the fight 👍
commented 2019-01-24 20:38:26 -0500
Nicholas Conklin is just jealous of someone that actually has a spine. LMAO!\
Meanwhile Nicholas cheers for tyranny like a good useful idiot. He deserves no freedom at all.
commented 2019-01-24 20:37:36 -0500
Nicholas Conklin many have gone against CBC as well halfwit, go preach to them, and the HRC garbage is not a lawsuit halfwit, they are a kangaroo court full of Liberals.