How much trouble can one tweet cause? It turns out if it's about sexual assault, or even about someone else who's talking about sexual assault, it can land you stuck in court proceedings... for years.
March 28, 2022
#334 A Dodgy Paternity Test And The War On The Reporter Who Exposed It
Peter Aldhous reported a decade ago that a Canadian lab’s prenatal paternity test was “unreliable."
July 19, 2020
#278 Bigotry Punished, Miraculously
But will the $2.5 million judgment against the far-right twice-defeated mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston actually stop him spreading hate online?
May 20, 2019
WE Wants To Sue CANADALAND In Manitoba
Unlike Ontario, the province does not have an anti-SLAPP law
January 18, 2019
How The Kielburgers Handle The Press
A history of aggressive responses to criticism
November 19, 2018
By Jaren Kerr
A Closer Look At The Libel Notices Mike Bullard Served Three Journalists
We examine the merits of the claims and the likelihood the threats will result in the filing of actual lawsuits
August 15, 2018
By Graeme Gordon
#222 How To Slander Friends And Libel People
Patrick Brown announced last month that he would be suing CTV, after they published a report of his alleged sexual misconduct — but whether or not Brown actually goes through with the lawsuit is yet to be seen.
Being threatened with a defamation lawsuit is arguably a rite of passage for journalists. The fear of libel hangs over every newsroom, so this is a risky business — but maybe it’s not as risky as we like to act like it is.
Media litigation lawyers Justin Safayeni and Adam Wygodny speak with Jesse about how often people sue for libel, the precedence of the 2009 Grant vs. Torstar ruling, and how ‘anti-SLAPP’ laws in Ontario are helping to protect journalists.
March 12, 2018
#102 John Furlong’s Privilege
Laura Robinson has lost her libel suit against John Furlong. The ruling, which could limit the media's willingness to report on abuse allegations, is based on erroneous information. Lawyer William McDowell discusses the possible impact.
October 5, 2015
#61 Laura Robinson
45 First Nations people allege experiencing or witnessing abuse by former school teacher John Furlong, President of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Journalist Laura Robinson broke the story.
December 7, 2014
#28 What Only the Press Knows about Rob Ford
Robyn Doolittle and Jonathan Goldsbie talk about unreported smells and Rob Ford's mastery of modern media.