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Welcome to the Ad IDEM / Canadian Media Lawyers Association Website

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)). We are also known by the acronym CMLA, the Canadian Media Lawyers Association.

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.

AdIDEM/CMLA is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of free expression in Canada and abroad. Our aim is to achieve this objective through:

 * public and professional education
 * advocacy and law reform initiatives
 * cooperation with related professional organizations

AdIDEM/CMLA members are lawyers representing the media across Canada. Associate Members, who may or may not be lawyers, have had experience in issues involving media law and free expression, and are advocates for free expression as well.[| Read more...]

New Developments

March 22, 2017   R v Vice Media Canada Inc 2017 ONCA 231
    The ONCA upheld the lower court's decision and refused to quash a production order which directed Vice Media and one of its journalists to produce certain documents and data from the reporter's instant messenger chat logs.

March 17, 2017   CBC Radio-Canada c Joly et SPPC 2017 CSQ
    The Quebec Superior Court upheld a production order for two interviews done by Radio Canada journalist, Alain Gravel, with persons accused in the CRA corruption case.

March 17, 2017   Postmedia Network Inc v Her Majesty the Queen 2017 ONSC 1433
    The ONSC dismissed an application by Postmedia to unseal parts of an ITO in the case of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, a former nurse charged with multiple murders in London and Woodstock, Ontario.

March 3, 2017   R v M.M. 2017 NSPC 12
    A Nova Scotia court has ordered that an un-redacted version of an ITO be made available to the media, subject to both statutorily and judicially imposed publication bans (YCJA).

February 21, 2017   Toronto Star v The Queen 2017 ONSC 1190
    The ONSC upheld a production order by Toronto police ordering the Toronto Star to hand over the raw video of an interview their reporter conducted with an accused, who was scheduled to start trial mid March 2017.

February 7, 2017   Graham v Star Phoenix 2017 SKQB 42
    In this highly fact specific case, the SKQB made a finding of malice against the defendants and awarded aggravated damages in addition to general damages.

January 27, 2017   Veneruzzo et al v Storey 2017 ONSC 683
    This recent ONSC decision in a motion brought under s. 137.1(3) includes an analysis of what constitutes “the public interest”.

December 22, 2016   Awan v Levant 2016 ONCA 970
    Ezra Levant appealed the finding of libel and the quantum of damages awarded in a decision of the ONSC in 2014. The ONCA upheld the trial judgment.

December 8, 2016   Stringam Denecky LLP v Sun Media Corporation 2016 ABQB 692
    This judgment deals with the principle of journalist source privilege.

December 1, 2016   Platnick v Bent 2016 ONSC 7340
    This is the latest and most substantial decision yet on the new Ontario anti-SLAPP law, s. 137.1 of the CJA, from the ONSC.


Law Commission of Ontario: Call for Research Papers on Defamation in the Internet Age
August 3, 2016
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is undertaking a project on defamation law in the age of the internet. As part of the development of the consultation paper, the LCO will fund a number of research papers that will inform our development of options for reform.

The Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize 2017
March 21, 2017
Ad IDEM/CMLA is seeking submissions for the annual student Writing Prize for a paper promoting freedom of expression. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2017 with the winner to be announced by September 2017. Please click for more details and a link to submission guidelines.

2017 Conference
November 3 & 4, 2017
  Toronto, Ontario
Please click for more details.

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