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Bieber and Beachclub: What is Defamation in the Social Media Era?

On May 16, 2016, the Montreal Gazette and the New York Daily News reported that Stratford-born pop star Justin Bieber had been sued in Montreal by event promoter Team Productions for $650,000 CDN for defamation. Bieber’s offending comment was a tweet on August 22, 2015, which would have been the day of a show he […]


Matt Gordon
Matt Gordon is a student in the faculty of law at the University of Alberta and a member of Pro Bono Students Canada. (2014)

Kent v Postmedia: The Largest Individual Defamation Award Given in Alberta

On June 8, 2016, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta released a 60-page ruling in the cases of Kent v. Martin,  and Kent v. Postmedia, awarding $150,000 in general damages for the print publication of a defamatory article, and a further $50,000 for continuing online publication. Costs of the legal proceedings remain to be […]


Kent Jesse
Kent Jesse is a partner with the firm of McLennan Ross LLP in Calgary, Alberta.

Journalists Feel the Chill in a Changing Media World

Journalism students who are mulling over important questions such as “Where will I find a job?” and “Will I be able to cover the legal beat?” as they face a potentially shrinking job market, may have more than just job prospects to worry about. Today, the media world is rapidly shrinking, consolidating, shedding jobs and […]


John Cooper
John Cooper, EdD, is an educator and researcher who has taught journalism and corporate communications at Durham College and Centennial College.

Freedom of Expression, Publication Bans and the Media

The issue of publication bans in the context of criminal matters ordered by the courts became more complex with the advent of the Internet. Some may remember when the criminal proceedings of Karla Homolka were subject to a publication ban. There were several alleged breaches of the ban when the close proximity to the United […]


Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

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