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 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
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
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 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?
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
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
Mark Bourrie MJ JD PhD Barrister and Solicitor, Ottawa, Canada Mainstream news media play an important role in the political system. They can use their authoritative voices to give domestic and foreign legitimacy to regimes. In contrast, fringe press is easily identified by its partisanship and refusal to give space to contrasting opinions. Fringe media … Read moreHanging the Sin Eater: International Criminal Law’s Failure to Engage with the Role of Media in a Criminal State.
The next chapter in the bizarre saga of Canadaland trying to take down a children’s charity is about to be written. I’m going to give you a sneak preview of the picture Jesse Brown will be trying to paint this time, based on answers to questions I sent to WE and Canadaland. I have spent … Read moreCanadaland’s WE obsession: Foreshadowing Jesse Brown’s Attempt to Take Down a Children’s Charity
A web site that parodied the Journal de Montreal has been whacked with a $23,500 judgment for trademark infringement. The judge took the site’s profits from the parody (plus costs). That means college papers that traditionally do spoof issues must be careful to make sure their parodies don’t look too much like the real thing. … Read moreParody sites can be whacked for IP breaches