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.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?

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.

HOW WE ARE FIGHTING 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.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO HELP

NOTLEY'S COMMISSIONERS RESPONSE:

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.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO HELP

WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?

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 2019-01-24 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.
commented 2019-01-24 20:36:11 -0500
Andrew prove that he has, the initial statement is not proven to be true, now make the same rules for Unions you hypocrite.
commented 2019-01-24 20:36:08 -0500
Andrew supporting Nickolas’ lies just proves Andrew is as much of an idiot as Nickolas.
commented 2019-01-24 20:35:04 -0500
Andrew said, “Everyone here realizes that this comment is a lie.”
Prove it. "

How about Nickolas prove that his statement is true since he stated the lie in the first place.
commented 2019-01-24 20:31:13 -0500
Done deal and made donation $$$ Thanks Ezra keep fighting for freedom and we know it’s not free…let us know if you need more help setting precedent for CRTC and such….tired of these dictators and we can pay now or pay a heavier price later…keep up the good fight and thanks again (Freeland would say 😀😆😜)
commented 2019-01-24 20:27:38 -0500
Well, you used their balls like a speed bag. Or you’re going too.
Well done. Always punch up.
Cheerio!
commented 2019-01-24 20:25:52 -0500
Andrew,

Peter doesn’t do any research – he just lives at The Rebel and is unaware of all the lawsuits that haven’t gone in Ezra’s favor. Ezra is his hero – so he couldn’t possibly have lost in court.
commented 2019-01-24 20:23:34 -0500
Peter Netterville said: Dems took over the house in November – they could have stopped the government shut down!!!

Beautiful.
commented 2019-01-24 20:20:51 -0500
I would have specifically added that the billboard contained news and commentary as required under the act.
commented 2019-01-24 20:18:20 -0500
I love it. Full speed ahead and damn the torpedos. Make them thin twice before attacking our ancient rights agin.
commented 2019-01-24 20:18:05 -0500
Thanks Nicholas another backfire and getting my credit card out because of people like you $$$
commented 2019-01-24 20:15:45 -0500
Third party political advertising should be banned, particularly non-individual advertising. I think Alberta is quite generous in allowing it to continue with oversight.

Peter Netterville commented 1 hour ago
Everyone here realizes that this comment is a lie."

Prove it.
commented 2019-01-24 20:14:36 -0500
Malchuk education UGF isn’t Great Falls in Montana? Hmmm Liberal Democrat at heart ?
commented 2019-01-24 19:32:13 -0500
Sent my contribution. Keep going, Ezra! Win this!
commented 2019-01-24 19:08:07 -0500
Nickolas said, “You do realize that Ezra has lost most of his lawsuits right?”

Everyone here realizes that this comment is a lie.
commented 2019-01-24 18:59:35 -0500
Carry on with the appeal…I will be sending my contribution to the cause shortly.
commented 2019-01-24 18:38:52 -0500
And let the games begin! God bless you Ezra and all those who are fighting for our freedoms.
commented 2019-01-24 18:25:14 -0500
The biased censorship has to be stopped! Freedom of speech is for everyone and should not be infringed upon under the guise of Political Correctness.
commented 2019-01-24 18:14:35 -0500
One thing I am fairly certain we will never see is any of the main stream media nor any of the free speech advocacy groups speak up for The Rebel. Those groups only believe in free speech for those with whom they hold similar opinions, i.e. the left.
commented 2019-01-24 18:11:21 -0500
If the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is going to court, they and The Rebel should team up. Just a suggestion.
commented 2019-01-24 18:10:05 -0500
Notley is begging Trudeau to ban the Rebel before the court proceedings go much farther, but everyone, including Justin, knows the ABNDP is toast, so begging won’t help. Banning the Rebel won’t save the NDP in Alberta.
What Trudeau IS worried about though, is the constitutional argument. Dear Leader can’t allow a judicial decision that clarifies what a gov’t can or can’t do to censor media, especially since Ezra will likely win the argument on a constitutional challenge. Trudeau is taking a big risk by not banning the Rebel sooner rather than later.
I just hope Justin leaves Rebel Media alone to do what they do, but it increasingly looks like our dictator won’t have any choice but to ban and deplatform. If he leaves Rebel alone, our freedom of speech and press will be confirmed, and Justin can’t allow that to happen.
commented 2019-01-24 17:51:29 -0500
If the courts were at all fair, they would assess costs against the government in cases such as this. The courts have proven time and time again that they are as loony as the Nutley government.
commented 2019-01-24 17:49:55 -0500
Iain Foulds,

You do realize that Ezra has lost most of his lawsuits right?
commented 2019-01-24 17:38:43 -0500
Sue the bastards!
commented 2019-01-24 17:31:52 -0500
… By now, you would think that the Left would realize that every time they attack Ezra, he turns the tables on them.
… Ezra is the Ninja master of political conflicts.
commented 2019-01-24 17:21:55 -0500
commented 2019-01-24 16:47:57 -0500
Greg McKinnon—-your spidey theory will become fact if Trudeau announces the BC Pipeline go-ahead in the next few months, in the hope of making Notley popular enough to win the Premiership again.
commented 2019-01-24 16:39:52 -0500
Quite the Mixed News! I would have thought by now that Bricks & Mortar News Companies and Internet News Companies in Alberta would want to join in and support this Free Speech defense against an unpopular Government that only has 4 months to live.
commented 2019-01-24 16:29:59 -0500
Ha ha. Good. Make them squirm.