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Ad IDEM stands for Advocates in Defence of Expression in Media. Our members are leading media lawyers across Canada. We organize a major annual conference, intervene in important Supreme Court of Canada cases, and promote improved laws and policies for free expression and openness of courts. [| Read more...]

New Developments

February 14, 2014   Trout Point Lodge Ltd. v. Handshoe, 2014 NSSC 62
    Trout Point Lodge has received another judgment and damages assessment from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court against Mississippi blogger Doug Handshoe for his continued on-line defamation of Trout Point Lodge and two of its owners.

    The QCCA has upheld the lower court judgment in Constructions Louisbourg, in which Radio-Canada was found NOT to be in contempt of court and were NOT ordered to reveal the identity of a confidential source.

January 16, 2014   Nunavut Court Records Access Policy
    The rules of Court for the Nunavut Court of Justice have been revised. Effective January 16, 2014 there is an Access to Court Records policy.

December 19, 2013   Ontario Court Openness
    Effective December 19, 2013, the Ontario Court Services Division clarified its policy on access to criminal court documents. All documents that are not subject to access restrictions are publicly available.

December 18, 2013   Edmonton Journal v Canada (Justice) 2013 ABPC 356
    A recent decision from Alberta allowing access to an unredacted ITO, used to obtain a Production Order served on the Edmonton Journal, in an ongoing police investigation.

December 3, 2013   MHR Board Game Design Inc. v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 2013 ONCA 728
    The ONCA upholds the lower court judgment and finds that the release signed by the Plaintiff gave the CBC sole discretion to edit the recording as it saw fit and to portray a factual, fictional or defamatory image of the appellants.

November 22, 2013   R. v. Huth 2013 BCSC 2123
    In addition to granting access to videotape exhibits to CTV in this judgment, from the BCSC, Justice Macaulay sets out a media exhibit access protocol to be followed in future criminal trials in B.C.

November 15, 2013   2013 SKCA 122
    A Saskatchewan Court of Appeal judge has dismissed a publication ban application in a protracted securities hearing and awarded costs to the Leader Post.

November 13, 2013   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Others v HMQ 2013 ONSC 6983
    In a continuation of a series of applications from several media organizations for access to more information contained in an ITO, Nordheimer J. lifted the sealing order on the ITO used for Project Traveller, leaving only specific portions redacted.

November 5, 2013   THE Globe and Mail and Others v. HMQ, 2013 ONSC 6836
    The applicants were seeking, by way of certiorari, to review and set aside a lower court judgment in which they were denied access to an ITO. The issue being determined at this stage was whether s. 193 of the Criminal Code prohibits the disclosure of the ITO to the applicants.


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