BPC Bulletin: The Supreme Court of Canada Hears a Case About the Limits of Comedy
The Supreme Court of Canada heard the dispute between Mike Ward, a stand-up comedian, and the Quebec human rights commission on February 15.
The dispute sets the freedom of artistic expression against the freedom from discrimination. In past years, Ward repeatedly mocked Jérémy Gabriel, a young singer who suffers from Treacher Collins syndrome, in his stand-up act.
The Quebec human rights commission represents Gabriel in the dispute.
The nine judges of Canada’s highest court heard arguments from both parties.
In the Montreal Gazette, Paul Cherry reports:
The Canadian Press reports:
'Oh, come on!' Comedian Mike Ward's lawyer provokes outburst from Supreme Court justices | CTV News
Lina Dib of La Presse Canadienne reports:
In Toronto, Jessica Murphy of BBC News reports:
How a joke ended up before Canada’s top court - BBC News
In The New York Times, Dan Bilefsky writes:
Quebec’s human rights commission comments in a press release:
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