Supreme Court of Canada upholds media source protection law, affirms the rights balancing test to be used by judges

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued a decision that suggests journalistic source protection, which many reporters and editors believe is guaranteed under a law brought in by the Trudeau government, is far from absolute. Now, though, judges have clear guidance on how to weigh the rights of the accused against society’s need for media … Read moreSupreme Court of Canada upholds media source protection law, affirms the rights balancing test to be used by judges

You can’t sue just because you’ve embarrassed yourself (or your friend betrays you).

Some words of warning from the courts: if you do something embarrassing at a party, you can’t sue if your soon-to-be-ex friends post a picture of it on Twitter, Facebook or some other social media (at least, outside Quebec, where privacy laws are pretty strict). This week, the Supreme Court of Canada turned down an … Read moreYou can’t sue just because you’ve embarrassed yourself (or your friend betrays you).

Court decision protects ATIP rights

Ken Rubin is a professional investigator who is one of the country’s most skilled access to information users. Rubin’s clients include media and corporations who want information on the way all levels of government conduct business. ATIP and its provincial variants are supposed to give structure to the public’s access to public  documents while protecting the … Read moreCourt decision protects ATIP rights

New stuff to come in the next few days

I have been enjoying a sort of holiday — doing the things I need to do for my practice, and to get ready to move into new accommodations in downtown Ottawa while trying to have some family recreational time. I am working on a piece on free expression during election campaigns, and the balancing of … Read moreNew stuff to come in the next few days

The fight for free speech

The Economist has published an outstanding feature article on the attacks on free speech by autocrats, but also by governments, like India’s, that are still considered democratic. The writer has the intellectual sophistication to understand that free speech is undermined in three ways, which I explained in my book Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper’s Assault … Read moreThe fight for free speech

Superior Court judge gives damages to people targeted by SLAPP suit

I was counsel in this case. I represented the newspaper publisher defendant. On Friday, I heard we won our SLAPP motion. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who are the former mayor and deputy mayor of the Town of the Blue Mountains, west of Collingwood, have been ordered to pay all of the lawyers’ bills and … Read moreSuperior Court judge gives damages to people targeted by SLAPP suit

Cartoonist Michael de Adder says he was fired for this

Michael de Adder is the best editorial cartoonist in Canada. Like cartoons themselves, that’s a subjective statement. His style, which I like, may not be for everyone. His toughness and lack of respect for entrenched power, might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But cartoons are not always meant to be funny. They evoke elements … Read moreCartoonist Michael de Adder says he was fired for this

The Return of Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Right Act?

The House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights has published a report about hateful expression on the Internet. The committee presented its report — Taking Action to End Online Hate — to the House of Commons on June 17, 2019. The committee recommends the government amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to restore Sec. 13, which … Read moreThe Return of Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Right Act?

Canada considers new hate crimes regime

I am not going to do an analysis on this topic now. I have a conflict of interest because of my wife’s employer.  However, other people have done solid coverage on this. Thanks to Richard Franklin Carter for these links: Kathleen Harris of CBC News reports: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/justice-committee-online-hate-steyn-1.5161259 In the Law Times, Gabrielle Giroday reports: https://www.lawtimesnews.com/author/gabrielle-giroday/combating-online-hate-could-mean-legal-change-17280/ Marc … Read moreCanada considers new hate crimes regime

Canadian Border Services Agency’s New List of Banned (and Awful but not Banned) Publications

Quarterly List of Admissible and Prohibited Titles by Canadian Border Services Agency   This report contains a list of titles reviewed by the Prohibited Importations Unit (PIU), Program Compliance and Outreach Division, at Headquarters in Ottawa, during the period January 1 to March 31, 2019. Titles for which a determination was rendered in accordance with … Read moreCanadian Border Services Agency’s New List of Banned (and Awful but not Banned) Publications