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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

April 6, 2016   BC Provincial Court Post-Consultation Memorandum - Court Services Online Criminal Information(CSO)(2016)
    The BC Provincial Court is now limiting the length of time adult criminal case information will be available online.


April 1, 2016   John v Ballingall et al 2016 ONSC 2245
    This ONSC decision states unambiguously that online publication of a newspaper article is subject to the notice and limitation provisions in the Libel and Slander Act “unless specific facts dictate otherwise.”


March 29, 2016   R v Vice Media Canada Inc et al 2016 ONSC 1961
    The ONSC upheld 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 14, 2016   Canadian Union of Postal Workers v Quebecor Media Inc 2016 ONCA 206
    The ONCA overturned a lower court judgment on a Rule 21 motion, finding that the appellant met the notice requirements of the LSA.


February 10, 2016   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation v Whatcott 2016 SKCA 17
    This recent decision from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal overturns the Court of Queen's Bench findings of malice and of aggravated damages, and reduces the general damages award to a nominal amount of $1,000. The appeal regarding the meaning of the publication was dismissed based on the standard of review.


January 28, 2016   Inquest Motion re broadcasting Provincial Court of Manitoba 2016 28 January
    The media applicants sought an order to be permitted to record, videotape and broadcast inquest proceedings into the deaths of Durval David Tavares and Sheldon Anthony McKay at Stony Mountain Institute. They were granted the right to record audio only and to broadcast those recordings.


January 25, 2016   Taseko Mines Limited v Western Canada Wilderness Committee 2016 BCSC 109
    A defamation action by a mining company against an environmental organization over five internet articles was dismissed after trial, with special costs for a substantial portion of the proceeding.


January 15, 2016   Office of the Chief Coroner v Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies QBG 1640 of 2015
    The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench denied applications to close the court room during a judicial review application and for a sealing order of a report into the death of a women offender at the Regional Psychiatric Centre, Prairie Region prepared by a Board of Investigation appointed under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.


January 14, 2016   500-36-006633-138 2016 Court of Quebec
    The Court of Quebec allows the media to publish information contained in an ITO to obtain a restraint or freeze order even if that same information is covered by a publication ban in the bail hearing and in the ongoing preliminary inquiry.


January 11, 2016   R v Nuttall 2016 BCSC 73
    The judge in this criminal trial, dealing with a question of entrapment, held that the Dagenais/Mentuck analysis applies regardless of CSIS concerns over identifying a possible “CSIS human source”. The judge reversed an earlier decision to go in camera and released a transcript, redacting information identifying the source for their safety.



Events

The Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize 2016
May 30, 2016
Ad IDEM/CMLA has introduced the Ad IDEM Writing Prize for students writing on the topic of freedom of expression. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2016, with the winner to be announced by September 2016. For more information please click on the link above.


2016 Conference
November 4 & 5, 2016
  Halifax, Nova Scotia
Please click for more details.


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