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Federal Hate Speech Prohibition Has Nine Lives

On January 31, 2014, the Federal Court of Appeal held in Lemire v Canadian Human Rights Commission that the hate speech prohibition in the Canadian Human Rights Act is constitutional. This decision comes on the heels of the...more

Hate Speech Provision of the Federal Human Rights Act Repealed

On July 26, 2013, Bill C-304, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (Protecting Freedom) passed the Senate and received Royal Assent. The Act repeals section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which made hate...more

Week in Review - May 30, 2013

The pocket dial: it happens to the best of us. Usually it ends in muffled silence, but, as the events of this week show, sometimes it can result in major life changes, like unemployment or prison time....more

Whatcott: Canadian Hate Speech Laws Live to Fight Another Day

The Supreme Court of Canada released its much-anticipated decision in Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v Whatcott today (they are all “much-anticipated” but this decision was on reserve for 16 months, a long time for the...more

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