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Fine Point Films et al v PSNI et al [2020] NICA 35
In this decision, the NICA sets out its reasons for quashing search warrants and protecting journalist sources.

R v. Bacon 2020 BCCA 140
The BCCA finds that a court should not hide the fact a hearing is proceeding.

Candelora v Feser 2020 NSSC 177
An award of damages in this NSSC decision under the Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act, S.N.S. 2017, c. 7.

Bullard v. Rogers Media Inc. 2020 ONSC 3084
The ONSC dismissed this defamation action under s. 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act.

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The NS Supreme Court will be livestreaming the sentencing decision in the following matter on Monday, Aug. 17: Her Majesty the Queen v. Special Constable Dan Fraser & Special Constable Cheryl Gardner. Watch live online at https://courts.ns.ca/Webcasts/webcasts_live.htm starting at 1:30 pm AST #NSCourts

Has the government of Ontario just kicked off a consultation to create a provincial #privacy law to oust PIPEDA? Looks like it to me .... https://news.ontario.ca/mgs/en/2020/08/ontario-launches-consultations-to-strengthen-privacy-protections-of-personal-data.html

N.S. Mountie faces questions over redacted warrants in mass killing case - The Globe and Mail https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ns-mountie-faces-questions-over-redacted-warrants-in-mass-killing-2/

This update includes the requirement (as of last year) for there to be a process in place in every Superior court in Ontario to notify the media when a jury comes back with questions or a verdict. An essential part of open courts. https://twitter.com/SCJOntario_en/status/1293584466338816003

Journalists covering the U.S. election should be aware of what information about them is public, consider what it reveals, and take steps to remove it.

Take a look at #CPJEmergencies' advisory on how to remove personal data from the internet.

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