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BCCLA to argue for protections of free expression on internet

Toronto – On Wednesday, December 14, 2011, the BCCLA will argue before the Federal Court in Canadian Human Rights Commission v. Warman, et al., a case concerning the constitutionality of the hate speech provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act. The BCCLA is an intervener in the case.

The BCCLA will argue that extending hate speech provisions to the internet would unduly infringe freedom of expression. The BCCLA takes the position that the internet is a democratic medium where hateful expression should be published so as to provide a forum for its refutation and denunciation.

The BCCLA is represented by Jason Gratl of Gratl & Company.

Read the BCCLA’s argument on CHRC v. Warman here.

What: Federal Court of Canada will hear oral arguments in CHRC v. Warman, et al.

When: Oral arguments before the court begin on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 6:30 am PT/ 9:30 am ET. The BCCLA will be presenting its arguments on Wednesday, December 14.

Where: Toronto, Ontario

Who: Counsel for the BCCLA, Jason Gratl, and BCCLA Policy Director, Micheal Vonn, will be available for comment.

Jason Gratl, Lawyer for the BCCLA, 604-317-1919 / [email protected]
Micheal Vonn, BCCLA Policy Director, 604-630-9753