Jewish Program on Toronto’s CHIN Radio Censured


Producer and host Zelda Young, CHIN president & CEO Leonard Lombardi, and Rabbi Mendel Kaplan at the lighting of the CHIN menorah in 2017. (CHIN/Twitter)

A Toronto radio station breached broadcast standards when a Jewish program aired “abusive” and “discriminatory” comments about Muslims, a federal watchdog has found.

In a July 31 decision, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) said Toronto’s multicultural CHIN Radio station breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code for “abusive and unduly discriminatory comments and unduly negative stereotyping about Muslims,” in an episode of the Zelda Young Show, a Jewish interest program that has aired on CHIN for more than 30 years.

The council acted on a complaint from a listener about a March 24 episode of the program, on which Young interviewed U.S. conservative author and political commentator Diana West.

In the interview, Young and West expressed support for U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions and policies, “and voiced concern about socialist and globalist ideas taking hold in the U.S.,” the CBSC stated.


In a transcript of the show attached to the decision, West said, “When you get an Islamic demographic, you do see an upsurge in anti-Semitism and … it is something that is inculcated in the religion of Islam, just as it is anti-Christian. So, this is just what you see as a consequence of Islamic immigration … this is what happens when immigration is not calibrated to include people who are with you before they get here and don’t want to transform you to something you are not.”

The complainant called the comments “anti-immigrant.”

A CBSC panel found that the remarks “do not constitute fair political commentary as it is clear that they apply without exception to all Muslims. In fact, West asserted that the religion of Islam actually inculcates anti-Semitism and is anti-Christian. The view expressed was unequivocal in that it stated without exception that the religion of Islam instills anti-Semitism and is anti-Christian through persistent instruction, since this is the very definition of the term ‘inculcate.’ ”

The statements constitute “an unduly negative stereotype of Muslims,” according to the CBSC. “Moreover, they are factually incorrect.”

When an accusation “is against an entire group of people without exception, as in the case of this program, then such a statement will not be acceptable.”



  1. Disgusting, but what else would you expect from the so called Federal Watch Dog ?

    We in Canada need to decide just what kind of a society we want to become . It is obvious that under the PM Justin Watch and the rest of the PC SJW Politicians, Media, Media Watch Dogs, and so called Human Rights Tribunals, and other Leftist Activist Groups we have found ourselves on a very slippery slope .

    I truly hope that Canadians finally realize we are on the wrong path and we need to turn 180 degrees .

    Canada, and the rest of the Free World cannot and should not continue to travel down the same Rabbit Hole that Obama, Merkel, PM Justin, Lofven, Juncker, Tusk, Hollande, Macron, Rensi, and all the rest have taken hard working tax paying citizens of any country .

    It is time to fight back .

    Don’t you find it rather odd that when there is a Shooting or Stabbing by a so called Whgite Male the crime is Branded as Racist, or White Supremist yet when someone shoots, stabs, or runs over a group of innocent civilians shouting “Allah Akbar” the disgusting and y sickening crime is labelled as a “Mental Health Issue” ?

    Sure, most not be convinced but I sure am !!

    Let’s hope that thins start to change dramatically after the next Federal Election .

    the soon to be “Free United Kingdom” has figured it out, let’s hope it is not too late .

    Then we get even sillier when we waste time and tax payer dollars on this .

    Thousands of people right across the country are overdosing on Fentanyl and other Deadly Drugs and we are actually taking time and money o hear a frivolous complaint against 15 or so Salons regarding this matter .

    Who the Hell makes this stuff up ?


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