Year: 2012


Commission of Inquiry on the awarding and management of public contracts in the construction industry
The Charbonneau Commission partially lifted a publication ban and released extracts of the testimony of Lino Zambito, former head of Quebec construction firm, Infrabec.


B.C. Civil Liberties Association v. Regina 2012
This judgment arose from an application by the BC Civil Liberties Association and the media to obtain access to the information used to obtain a search warrant. The Provincial Court of British Columbia rejected a bald assertion by the RCMP that parts of the Information to Obtain had to remain sealed because their release would impact an ongoing investigation.


Berthiaume c. Carignan 2012 QCCS 4628
Quebec Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard ruled that journalist, Andre Noel, would not have to answer questions or provide documents that would identify confidential sources. Blanchard J. ruled that the identity of the confidential sources was not ...


Mainstream v. Staniford 2012 BCSC
Justice Adair, of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, rules in favour of the defendant. While finding that Mr. Staniford's statements are defamatory of the plaintiff, Adair J. concludes he should succeed on his defence of fair comment because Staniford had an honest belief in the statements he made and "injuring Mainstream because of spite or animosity was not his dominant purpose..."


Saint John Police Force v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation et al 2012 NBPC 17
The Provincial Court of New Brunswick orders search warrant information to obtain details unsealed in the Richard Oland homicide investigation.