BPC Bulletin: Canada's Highest Court to Hear Mike Ward Case

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.


January 14, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada has scheduled a date to hear the dispute between Mike Ward, a comedian in Quebec, and Quebec’s human rights commission.

The scheduled date is February 15, 2021.

In 2016, Quebec’s human rights tribunal ruled that Ward must pay Jérémy Gabriel, a young singer, damages for repeatedly mocking him and violating his rights. Ward appealed the ruling, but in 2019 Quebec’s Court of Appeal upheld the decision.


Read the summary on the website of the Supreme Court of Canada:



Terry Haig of Radio Canada International reports:


CBC News reports:



Danielle S. McLaughlin comments:


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