Episode 198: Richard Moon on the Return of the Section 13 Hate Speech Provision in the Online Harms Act

April 08, 2024 00:41:27
Episode 198: Richard Moon on the Return of the Section 13 Hate Speech Provision in the Online Harms Act
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Episode 198: Richard Moon on the Return of the Section 13 Hate Speech Provision in the Online Harms Act

Apr 08 2024 | 00:41:27

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Show Notes

The public debate surrounding Bill C-63, the Online Harms Act, has focused primarily on Human Rights Act and Criminal Code reforms. The Human Rights Act changes include the return of Section 13 on hate speech, which was repealed by the Harper government after criticisms that it unduly chilled freedom of expression. To help understand the history of Section 13 and its latest iteration, this week Professor Richard Moon, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at the University of Windsor joins the Law Bytes podcast. The Canadian Human Rights Commission asked Professor Moon to conduct a study on Section 13 in 2008 and his report is the leading source on its history and application. In this episode, we discuss that history and consider the benefits and risks of inserting it into Bill C-63.

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