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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 1, 2016   Platnick v Bent 2016 ONSC 7340
    This is the latest and most substantial decision yet on the new Ontario anti-SLAPP law, s. 137.1 of the CJA, from the ONSC.

November 15, 2016   Sergakis c Peter McQueen 15 November 2016 Cour superieure du Quebec
    The Court dismissed, at a preliminary stage, an action in defamation brought by Peter Sergakis, a well-known bar and restaurant owner, against Montreal city councillor Peter McQueen, deeming Sergakis’ action to be abusive and a SLAPP.

November 8, 2016   Able Translations Ltd v Express International Translations Inc 2016 ONSC 6785
    The first successful use of the new Ontario law, s. 137.1, of the CJA recently introduced by the Protection of Public Participation Act.

October 28, 2016   Foulidis v Foulidis 2016 ONSC 6732
    In this ONSC judgment, a sealing order in a family court file was set aside and limits were put on a publication ban. The judgment also speaks about the new Ontario Notice Procedure.

October 27, 2016   Morasse v Nadeau-Dubois 2016 SCC 44
    A majority of the court dismissed the appeal and held that a conviction for contempt should only be entered where it is genuinely necessary to safeguard the administration of justice.

October 20, 2016   Endean v British Columbia 2016 SCC 42
    The majority of the court held that superior court judges have a discretionary power to sit together outside their home provinces to hear a motion without oral evidence in the context of a pan‑Canadian settlement agreement. And, that a video link between the out‑of‑province courtroom where the hearing takes place and a courtroom in the judge’s home province is not a condition for a judge to be able to sit outside his or her home province.

September 13, 2016   2016 SKQB 300
    The SKQB grants an order for judicial review quashing a decision of the Provincial Court on a publication ban. And, it analyzes some jurisdictional issues related to who can seek pub bans under Section 486.4 of the Criminal Code.

September 13, 2016   R v Derbyshire 2016 NSCA 67
    The NSCA refused to extend a publication ban on the names of undercover officers, citing the importance of court openness.

September 13, 2016   HMQ v Vader ABQB September 13 2016
    The Alberta Court of Queens Bench allowed cameras to broadcast a murder trial verdict.

September 13, 2016   R v Daviau 2016 ABQB 511
    The ABQB denied an application for a discretionary publication ban under section 486.5 of the Criminal Code after careful consideration of the factors set out in s. 486.5(7) and analysis under the Dagenais/Mentuck test.


Law Commission of Ontario: Call for Research Papers on Defamation in the Internet Age
August 3, 2016
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is undertaking a project on defamation law in the age of the internet. As part of the development of the consultation paper, the LCO will fund a number of research papers that will inform our development of options for reform.

The Ad IDEM Freedom of Expression Writing Prize 2017
July 27, 2016
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 30, 2017 with the winner to be announced by September 2017. Please click for more details and a link to submission guidelines.

2016 Conference
November 4 & 5, 2016
  Halifax, Nova Scotia
Please click for more details.

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