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December 22, 2009

Supreme Court creates new public interest Free Speech, libel defence for press and bloggers

 

I am glad you have agreed that the Charter of right forbids personal discrimination and allows any person to write to any news editor and to any elected official any concerns, but yes you all do still have the right not to read the material and the right to  delete it. If you as a news editor or a politician do not want to receive any emails from others still , please do take your name off the internet, and do stop asking people to contact you, to write to you.. and no one can bother you. Well at least next you cannot say before God you were not warned, did not receive the material too.  And yeah I do get rightfully upset when the Hypocrites, Pastors, Church Elders, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, News editors, Jews, Conservatives, red necks, liberals, bad guys, bad cops too now  want the courts to insure their rigth of free speech protected but they do not allow other people the same right , a too common Canadian event still too..
 
 
Supreme Court creates new public interest libel defence for press and bloggers  OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada offered journalists and bloggers a new defence against libel Tuesday in a pair of rulings that were hailed as a landmark victory for free speech.  The rulings effectively exonerated the Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen newspapers and created the new “responsible journalism” defence that will give reporters more leeway to pursue controversial stories as long as they are deemed to be in the public interest.  Media lawyers hailed the creation of the new defence as a major step towards reducing so-called libel chill, which prompts journalists to back away from contentious stories for fear of being sued, often by powerful interests with deep pockets to pay their lawyers.  The rulings also saved the two newspapers from paying out more than $1.5 million in damages, including $1 million for punitive damages against the Star, one of the largest such awards in Canadian libel history.  The Star story in question was about controversial plans for a golf course, while the Citizen’s articles scrutinized the activities of a former police officer.  The rulings mean journalists can make factual errors, but as long as they take a series of steps to ensure fairness in stories that are deemed to be in the public interest, they cannot be successfully sued for libel.  Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, writing for the unanimous 9-0 court, said the existing libel defences were too restrictive and contrary to the free expression guarantees in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  “To insist on court-established certainty in reporting on matters of public interest may have the effect not only of preventing communication of facts which a reasonable person would accept as reliable and which are relevant and important to public debate, but also of inhibiting political discourse and debate on matters of public importance, and impeding the cut and thrust of discussion necessary to discovery of the truth.”  The rulings were hailed by media lawyers and journalism organizations as a major step towards modernizing Canada’s archaic defamation law, bringing it in line with other jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom and Australia.  A broad coalition of organizations, including PEN Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the CBC, the Globe and Mail newspaper and others supported the high court appeal by the Star and the Citizen.  “It’s probably the most important decision the Supreme Court’s ever decided on the law of libel. It modernizes our laws to better reflect freedom of speech and that’s in the public interest,” said Paul Schabas, the Star lawyer, who represented the newspaper in the defamation case brought by Ontario businessman Peter Grant.  “It means that the media and anybody else who’s acting responsibly can put something out for public debate and not be chilled because they can’t ultimately prove that it’s true in a court of law years later.”  “There’s now room been made under the Charter of Rights for freedom of expression, that if you don’t prove every fact true in a court of law there’s still room that your public interest story, done responsibly, is protected and you can’t get sued for libel,”  Dearden. 
 
 Good news: Adults diagnosed with diabetes in Ontario are living longer as death rates have fallen by more than 30% in the last decade, a study shows.
 
Bad News: Nurse shortage hits St. Amant Centre  in Winnipeg, and many other places still?
 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/merry-christmas-happy-new-year/
 
Here is some more free speech of mine…
     
In accordance with my rights of free speech too … Anyone who has read my blogs I rightfully still do not give an unconditional support for Israel’s past, present, future actions or reactions and I am not an anti Semite and you can tell that to Prime Minister Stephen Harper now too
 
 
What about the CANADIAN charter right OF FREE SPEECH, to speak, to be heard in reality include  now all Canadians and not JUST  the selected few.
 
(Titus 2:15 KJV)  These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
 
Jason Bain I find it strange that 1 or 2 person alone of the thousands of email I send to all the major news editors, provincial members of the legislatures object to receiving email that they had asked others to write to them.. I often conclude they now rather are lazy, pretentious, control freaks or have some other issues that I too would be glad to fully discuss and help them now freely too..
(1 Cor 14:29 KJV)  Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
 
(Col 3:15 KJV)  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, 

I know that a minority group wants LIKES to talk and be heard all the time, like the Toronto Star, and a few others, such as the National Post, Global, CTV, even the CBC, .. and when you write a letter to them they even often ask you not to write back to them, they do not want it or appreciate others  USING THEIR RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH..

 
THE CHARTER RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH IN CANADA IS A REAL FARCE, UNDENIABLY STILL TOO. I WAS ARRESTED IN THE CALGARY CHIEF OF POLICE OFFICE AND FINED 250 DOLLARS FOR SAYING OUT LOUD TO THOSE COPS PRESENT THERE, YOU COPS ARE CROOKED, after I got 3 traffic tickets in a row from the same cops, and the statistical odds of this happening by chance now are astronomical.. AND THE POLICE CHARGE WAS DUE TO ME SPEAKING OUT LOUD IN A PUBLIC PLACE.. BAD COPS ABUSE  THE LAW, AND NEXT THEY ALSO DO STILL WANT TO BE THE ONLY ONES HAVING A RIGHT TO BE HEARD AND NOT ANY OF THE CITIZENS.  AND WE SEE THIS SO OFTEN IN THE POLICE REVIEW BOARDS WHERE THE CITIZENS ARE NOT FAIRLY, EQUALLY REPRESENTED AS WELL.. WHY DO POLITICANS ALLOW THIS AND SLEEP WITHT HEBAD COPS NOW TOO? THEY ARE SCARED OF THEM..  I  AM NOT.
 
EVER SINCE THE COPS , NOW ABOUT 10 TIMES TRIED TO DENY MY RIGHT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT BAD COPS I NEXT KEEP ON RAISING MY VOICE LOUDER INSTEAD http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/supressed-right-of-free-speech-in-canada/
 
It has always confounded me as to why the crooks, abusers  too often do still do think they can get away with now, next and forever.  Unlawful use of authority, obstruction of justice, home visits, bullying, false intimidations  by even the politician’s watch dogs, the cops  is nothing new to me.
 
I have been often bluntly truthful , even that while 70 percent of the citizens are average good people, 30 percent are liars, thugs, criminals and you can find them at work, school, hospitals, real estate, police stations, politics, churches too, and these bad people they do belong in jail, jail is what they deserve. I myself have often been threatened by lawsuits from clearly bad or crooked bad Corporations like Bell, Royal LePage, and falsely intimated by even bad  cops, RCMP, and even politically biased  news editors, as well as bad church pastors…  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/the-police-already-tap-my-interent-phone/
 
While God loves all of his children equally and fairly and does not show partiality, Stephen Harper the evangelical, as we  all should know by now he does not, he discriminates and shows false partiality. Cause he really is still a phony Christian
 
I have to say there so many hypocrites in Canada.. the major media deleted the bloggers personal comment about a Gay Mp.. so much for free speech in Canada.. Gays want acceptance, THEIR RIGHT TO SPEAK AND TO B HEARD NOW AS WELL  but they and the news editors, news media do not allow other person’s free speech? Such hypocrisy
 

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