BPC Bulletin: The Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Ward v. Quebec
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in Mike Ward’s favour in a case that pitted the comedian’s right to free expression over singer Jérémy Gabriel’s right to dignity as defined by Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
In a 5–4 decision, Canada’s highest court ruled that Ward did not go too far when he made jokes about Gabriel’s physical appearance during a comedy tour between 2010 and 2013.
The court rendered its decision on October 29, 2021.
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In the National Magazine, Dale Smith reports:
Jaela Bernstien of CBC News reports:
Peter Zimonjic of CBC News reports:
Isaac Olson of CBC News reports:
In the National Post, Brian Platt reports:
Supreme court affirms free speech rights of Quebec comedian who mocked disabled boy | National Post
Olivia O’Malley of Global News reports:
Jim Bronskill and Sidhartha Bannerjee of the Canadian Press report:
The Canadian Press reports:
In Canadian Lawyer, Elizabeth Raymer reports:
In iPolitics, Leslie MacKinnon reports:
Top court sides with comic who mocked disabled singer (ipolitics.ca)
In Le Devoir, Annabelle Caillou reports:
Mike Ward n’aura pas dépassé les bornes | Le Devoir
In the Montreal Gazette, Paul Cherry reports:
In The Globe and Mail, Sean Fine reports:
The National Post excerpts the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada:
Why the Supreme Court ruled comedian Mike Ward is free to mock disabled teen: Excerpt | National Post
In The Globe and Mail, Peter Henein comments:
Opinion: Did you hear the one about the Supreme Court judges and the bad joke? - The Globe and Mail
In The Georgia Straight, Sarah Leamon comments:
In The London Free Press, Robin Baranyai comments:
At CTV News, Robert Leckey and Pierre-Gabriel Jobin comment:
In the Vancouver Sun, Peter McKnight comments:
In the Montreal Gazette, Martine St-Victor comments:
In MarketScreener, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP presents an opinion:
In The Globe and Mail, Robyn Urback comments:
In the Toronto Sun, Jerry Agar comments:
In The Hamilton Spectator, Rosie DiManno comments:
In Le Devoir, Brian Myles editorializes:
In the Montreal Gazette, Bill Brownstein comments:
Mike Ward comments in English on YouTube:
Mike Ward comments in French on YouTube:
In the first episode of the web series Faut en parler, Guy Nantel talks with Mike Ward and journalist Marc-André Cyr about free expression:
Thanks go to Charles Montpetit and Alvin Schrader who provided some articles.
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