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

December 14, 2017   Chamberland Inquiry Report Overview
    The first and main recommendation is that the Quebec government enact "a Journalistic Material and Sources Protection Act, in civil and penal matters."

December 13, 2017   Taseko Mines Limited v Western Canada Wilderness Committee 2017 BCCA 431
    The BCCA upheld a successful libel defence.

November 9, 2017   Stringam Denecky LLP v Sun Media Corporation 2017 ABQB 687
    The ABQB overturned an earlier decision that would have compelled a journalist to identify their confidential source. It was held that the identity of the source was not relevant and material and did not have to be disclosed.

November 2, 2017   R v Wagner 2017 ONSC 6603
    In granting this publication ban the Court comments on the distinction between the common law Dagenais/Mentuck test for a pub ban vs s. 486.5 of the Criminal Code.

October 18, 2017   Bill S-231
    Bill S-231, the Journalistic Source Protection Act, received Royal Assent on October 18th, 2017.

September 27, 2017   Popovic c Labelle Cour Superieure du Quebec 27 September 2017
    In this decision, the Quebec Superior Court ruled that the in camera nature of a pre-enquete under ss. 507.1 of the Criminal Code (private criminal complaint) does not carry over automatically to the application for judicial review (certiorari) of the decision dismissing the private complaint.

September 8, 2017   R v George 2017 ONSC 5256
    An Ontario court approved an order based on the access to exhibits protocol routinely used by courts in British Columbia.

July 25, 2017   United Soils Management Ltd v Mohammed 2017 ONSC 4450
    The ONSC dismissed a defamation suit against an Ontario teacher under s. 137.1 of the Courts of Justice Act (anti-SLAPP) finding that "the balance in this case lies to the favour of protecting the freedom of expression as opposed to permitting the action to continue".

July 24, 2017   Cedrom-SNI inc c Dose Pro inc 2017 QCCS 3383
    The plaintiff newspapers and their online publisher were found to have had their copyright breached and the defence of fair dealing was found NOT to apply.

July 19, 2017   Khuja v Times Newspapers Limited and others 2017 UKSC 49
    The UKSC refused to grant an injunction that would have prevented the newspapers from identifying a man (Khuja) initially arrested, but subsequently released, in a long-running investigation into child prostitution in the Oxford area.


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

Law Commission of Ontario - Defamation Law in the Internet Age
July 26, 2017
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has released four background papers for their Defamation Law in the Internet Age project.

The Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize 2018
July 1, 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 31, 2018 with the winner to be announced by September 2018. Please click for more details and a link to submission guidelines.

Past events...

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