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Giustra v Twitter Inc 2021 BCSC 54
BCSC decision on jurisdiction in defamation case where movie mogul's lawsuit against Twitter is allowed to proceed in BC.


Andrik-Oland v Oland 2021 NBQB 005
This decision, from the NBQB, contains some very helpful language respecting the application of Mentuck and the open court...


R v Nande and Brule 2020 NWTSC 52
The NWTSC dismissed the Crown’s application for a publication ban over the agreed statement of facts tendered as evidence...


R v Melvin 2020 NSSC 356
The CBC successfully dissolved an interim pub ban requested by Jimmy Melvin Jr. regarding a videotape from his dangerous...

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Major BCSC decision on jurisdiction in #defamation cases where movie mogul's lawsuit against Twitter is allowed to proceed in BC (and not kicked out to California as Twitter's motion had attempted to do): https://www.bccourts.ca/jdb-txt/sc/21/00/2021BCSC0054.htm #cdnlaw Some brief thoughts 1/5

Frank Giustra’s defamation lawsuit against Twitter can go ahead in BC, court rules, finding the province has legal jurisdiction over Giustra’s claim that Twitter is liable for user tweets that allegedly defame him - https://apple.news/A_J-KMqzyTvurkk0llSmZXQ

Canada's DOJ has extended the deadline to participate in its online consultation on modernization of the Privacy Act. The new deadline is February 14, 2021: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/pa-lprp/opc-cpl.html @uOttawaTechLaw

Julian Assange verdict does little to protect press freedom https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jan/04/julian-assange-verdict-does-little-protect-press-freedom?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Saudi rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul sentenced to almost six years in jail https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/28/saudi-rights-activist-loujain-al-hathloul-sentenced-to-almost-six-years-in-jail?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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