BPC Bulletin: Canada's Highest Court to Hear Mike Ward Case (2)

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

The Supreme Court of Canada will soon hear a case that sets the freedom of artistic expression against the freedom from discrimination.

The court will hear the dispute between Mike Ward, a comedian in Quebec, and Quebec’s human rights commission on 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:

Supreme Court of Canada - SCC Case Information - Summary - 39041 (scc-csc.ca)

Read the counsel sheet:

Supreme Court of Canada - Counsel Sheet - Hearing 39041 (scc-csc.ca)


In Maclean’s, Marie-Danielle Smith reports:
Mike Ward v. Jérémy Gabriel: The joke that went to the Supreme Court - Macleans.ca


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