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The Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University is a hub for public education, research and advocacy on free expression and the public’s right to know. Our work is undertaken in collaboration with academic and community-based organizations across Canada and internationally.

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Component Parts of Effective Anti-SLAPP Legislation
March 27, 2017 by Micheal Vonn

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (“SLAPPs”) are when Big Resources (private or public sector) sue Little Resources (individuals, non-profit organizations) in order to silence them.  If the person or organization being sued (often for defamation) can’t afford to fight the case, they are effectively prevented from speaking out on the subject that got them SLAPP’ed. The case may be weak or even ludicrous, but the merits of the case don’t matter if you can’t afford to defend yourself in court. 

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The Hill Times publishes CFE Senior Fellow David Hutton’s critical examination of federal whistleblower protection
March 3, 2017

CFE Senior Fellow David Hutton has published an excellent 3-part series in The Hill Times that critically examines federal whistleblower protection in Canada. Click on the link below to read the articles.

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