Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Free expression champions on self-censorship, libel law and access to information
Come celebrate freedom of expression with the people who speak out to defend it!
Join media lawyer Brian MacLeod Rogers in conversation with investigative reporter, author, and CJFE Board member Paula Todd. Plus, learn more about the work of two free expression award winners, with special award presentations from the Canadian Library Association and The Writers’ Union of Canada.
By Grant Buckler
The Ontario government has reintroduced its Protection of Public Participation Act, legislation aimed at preventing Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs). The law had been introduced previously but died when a provincial election was called.
By Nicola Shaver
Earlier this year, Bill 83, which would have prevented the use of threatening and vexatious lawsuits that suppress free speech in Ontario, died when the provincial elections were called.
This was in spite of the fact that the bill had received all-party support in the provincial legislature.
Location: Octopus Books, 251 Bank Street, Upper Level, Ottawa, ON
The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
Dear Attorney General,
Re: Introduction of Anti –SLAPP Bill
By Alexandra Zakreski
The current law of defamation puts a very low burden on the party claiming they have been defamed
By Cara Faith Zwibel