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Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada v Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2022 BCSC 2030

The plaintiffs, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), and its Chief Executive Officer, Keith Henry, brought a defamation action against the CBC and one of its reporters, Jorge Barrera.  The CBC’s investigative report concerned ITAC’s allocation and distribution of COVID-19 stimulus funding to Indigenous tourism operators across Canada.

CBC and Mr. Barrera were successful in having the plaintiffs’ claim dismissed under s. 4 of the Protection of Public Participation Act, S.B.C. 2019, c. 3.