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Annual Conference in Vancouver, November 6 & 7, 2020.

For members and invited guests only, join us at the Thompson Hotel for an interesting and informative programme.

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Ayangma v The Saltwire Network Inc 2020 PECA 1
The PECA upholds the decision of a motions judge dismissing the claim of defamation.


Lyncaster v Metro Vancouver Kink Society 2019 BCSC 2207
In this BCSC decision, the court dismissed an application under the PPPA (Protection of Public Participation Act, S.B.C. 2019,...


Hobbs v Warner 2019 BCSC 2196
The BCSC dismissed this defamation action under the PPPA (Protection of Public Participation Act, S.B.C. 2019, c.3)


R v Brake 2019 NLPC
In Newfoundland, the mischief charge against journalist Justin Brake is going ahead and the defence under s. 430(7) of...

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Defamation appeal dismissed: Woman falsely accused lawyer of sex crimes on Facebook | Canadian Lawyer https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/practice-areas/litigation/defamation-appeal-dismissed-woman-falsely-accused-lawyer-of-sex-crimes-on-facebook/325422

For #TrueCrime followers (and #opencourt advocates) the appeal by #Halifax med student Will Sandeson of the murder of fellow @DalhousieU student, Taylor Samson, will be live webcast from the Nova Scotia Courts starting at 10 am AST.

https://www.courts.ns.ca/Webcasts/webcasts_live.htm

Justice Kristjanson of OnSCJ says “false light privacy” tort different from defamation: “The wrong is in publicly representing someone, not as worse than they are, but as other than they are.” https://twitter.com/danmichaluk/status/1218687922133774340

Ad IDEM/CMLA is offering a $2,500 prize for an essay promoting freedom of expression. Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2020. Law students in Canadian law schools (LL.B/JD or LL.M candidates graduating in 2020 or later) are eligible: https://canadianmedialawyers.com/

A judgment against unnamed internet posters is a hollow victory financially but at least a vindication of reputation. (And maybe some post-judgment sleuthing will yield results and/or the remaining identified defendant has info...)
#Defamation #cyberlibel https://twitter.com/RyderGilliland/status/1217219602201096192

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