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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 30, 2015   Postmedia Network Inc. v Merrifield 2015 ONSC 2847
    The media applicants brought an unsuccessful application for a declaration that their rights under s. 2(b) of the Charter had been infringed and to set aside an earlier order which excluded the public from the trial proceedings and sealed all court records relating to the matters being heard.

April 20, 2015   Michael Elder v Toronto Life Publishing Co. Ltd. 2015 ONSC
    Michael Elder failed in his motion for an interlocutory injunction to prevent further dissemination of the May issue of Toronto Life magazine, which contained an article about him.

March 30, 2015   Figueiras v Toronto (Police Services Board) 2015 ONCA 0208
    In this judgment the Court weighs freedom of expression and other "fundamental" liberties strongly in the balance when denying police at the G20 summit the power to detain, turn back, or search protestors approaching the summit area, as an exercise of common law police powers.

February 23, 2015   Baglow v Smith 2015 ONSC 1175
    Fair comment prevails in the battle between the bloggers.

February 18, 2015   R. v Jha 2015 ONSC 1064
    A publication ban is varied to prohibit ONLY the publication of names of any surviving children of an accused in this second degree murder trial.

February 5, 2015   Weaver v Corcoran 2015 BCSC 165
    The court concludes that as long as defamatory reader comments are removed promptly after being brought to the attention of the host site, there has been no publication, and there is no need to consider the defence of innocent dissemination.

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.


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November 13 & 14, 2015
  Toronto, Ontario
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