2002 Conference, Agenda


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November 15-16, 2002
Osgoode Professional Development Centre
1 Dundas Street West, Suite 2602
Toronto, Ontario



8:30 – 9:30 Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 – 9:30 Registration / Coffee, Tea, Juice, Muffins/ Pastries

Libel : Developments and Tactics

Chair – Dan Henry

9:30 – 11:00 Qualified Privilege
Silva v. Toronto Star (Ont.) (Paul Schabas)
Ward v. Clark (B.C.) (Roger McConchie)
Campbell v. Jones and Derrick (N.S.) (Nancy Rubin)
Butler v. Southam (N.S.) (Alan Parish)
  Quebec cases
Johnson v. Arcand (Marc-André Blanchard)
Neron v. Chambre des notaires (Sylvie Gaudry; Judith Harvie)
Guitouni v. SRC (Judith Harvie, Sylvie Gaudry)
Prudhomme v. Prudhomme (Marc-André Blanchard)
Parizeau v. Lafferty (Mark Bantey)
  Review of damages (Roger McConchie)
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Views from the United Kingdom Chair – Brian Rogers

David Hooper & Patrick Moloney, Q.C. via videoconference

  • qualified privilege
  • justifying lesser meanings
  • republication
  • Naomi Campbell v. Mirror (C.A.)
  • damages
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (Sponsored by Chubb Insurance)

Current Issues I: Publication Bans and Contempt

Chair – Paul Schabas

1:30 – 3:00 B.C. – R. v. Pickton (Dan Burnett)
  Saskatchewan – identifying witnesses/victims (Dan Henry)
  • Family Court sealing rules (?) DH
  Recent Ontario cases (Vicki White & Tony Wong)
R. v. Poulin (P.E.I.) (Alan Parish)
  Access to court dockets (Brian Rogers)
  Contempt of administrative tribunals (Brian Rogers & Tony Wong)
Sierra Club v. Canada(AECL) (Brent Ross)
3:00 – 3:15 Break

Responding to Problems: Panel Discussion

Marc-André Blanchard & Brian Rogers

3:15 – 4:45 Julian Sher (journalismnet.com), Michael Valpy (Globe & Mail), Julian Porter, Q.C., Bert Bruser (Blakes) and Dan Henry (CBC)
  • responses to hypothetical scenario on news gathering, privacy and libel and discussion of tactics and law
4:45 – 5:30 Ad IDEM business meeting (Dan Henry)
7:00 Reception (Sponsored by First Media)

and Dinner – JK at the ROM
Royal Ontario Museum
Avenue Road & Bloor Street


8:30-9:00 Coffee, Tea, Juice, Muffins/Pastries


Chair – Alan Parish

9:00 – 9:30 Websites, online newspapers and electronic archives:
notices, limitation periods and defences;
Weiss v. Sawyer (Alan Shanoff, Blair Mackenzie & Brian Rogers)
9:30 – 9:45 Recent Developments in the United Kingdom and Europe (Brian Rogers)

(Mark Stephens via videoconference - to be confirmed)

Anti-Terrorism, Subpoenas and Sources

Chair – Alan Parish

9:45 – 10:15 International developments affecting media

(Mark Stephens via videoconference and Jane Kirtley)

10:15 – 10:30 Recent U.S. Developments (Jane Kirtley)
10:30 – 10:45 Break

Current Issues II: Litigation and Legislation

Chair – Jonathan Kroft

10:45 – 12:30 Terrorism and Security of Information Act (Peter Jacobsen)

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Dan Henry)
National Post (assistance orders) (Dan Henry)
CTV W5 search warrant (Peter Jacobsen)
Criminal Codeamendments (Dan Henry)
Youth Criminal Justice Act (Alan Shanoff)
R. v. Pilarnos and Clark (cameras in court) (Dan Burnett)
Apologies in libel cases (Blair Mackenzie)

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (Sponsored by Media/Professional Insurance)

Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C.

End of conference

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