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Ad IDEM stands for Advocates In Defence of Expression in Media / Avocats pour la defense de l'expression dans les medias (the capital letters in bold spelling "MEDIA" (from right to left)). 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

December 4, 2014   R v Bourque 2014 NBQB 263
    Justice David D. Smith denies the Crown and offender a publication ban on digital materials presented at the sentencing hearing.

July 24, 2014   Alberta lifts publication ban on children who die in care
    Bill 11 brings an end to publication bans on naming children who have died in the care of the province.

July 3, 2014   Yukon Chapter CPAWS v Government of Yukon 2014 07 03 SCY
    The CBC was granted permission to film a portion of a civil trial in Yukon, under specific terms.

June 17, 2014   Alberta v AUPE 2014 ABCA 197
    The Alberta Court of Appeal struck several paragraphs from a lower court contempt order after applying the Dagenais/Mentuck test.

June 13, 2014   Equustek Solutions Inc v Jack 2014 BCSC 1063
    The BCSC has ordered Google to remove the websites of a technology company from its search engine results worldwide.

May, 2014   Nova Scotia Courts Electronic Devices and Twitter Policy - May 2014
    The Nova Scotia Courts have introduced a new Twitter policy which the various levels and types of courts have agreed on. All but three levels and types of Courts are going with the "permissive" version of the policy.

April 25, 2014   Jiang v. Sing Tao Daily and Hai Tao Li, 2014 ONSC 287
    A prominent lawyer in the Chinese community unsuccessfully sued for defamation.

April 17, 2014   R. v. Magnotta (presence media) April 17 2014 QCCS
    In this decision in the Luka Magnotta case, the court concludes that the open court principle does not apply to rogatory commissions conducted under S. 709 and ff. of the Criminal Code.

April 16, 2014   Manitoba Courts - Cameras
    On April 16, 2014, a pilot project was announced allowing cameras in designated courtrooms.

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.


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November 13 & 14, 2015
  Toronto, Ontario
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