"An important ruling was handed down recently by Ontario Superior Court Judge Shaun Nakatsuru that is sure to have a major impact on hatemongers," writes Bernie Farber, Chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network in a piece for the Canadian Jewish News.
"Until this ruling came down, it was unclear if defamation suits could be brought against people who spew racist rants that target an individual, at least in Ontario.
Thanks to one brave Canadian Muslim, Mohamad Fakih, so-called “free-speech” advocates no longer have free reign to spew hateful abuse and then invoke Ontario’s anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) legislation, as a shield for their racist histrionics."
Read this analysis about a recent case that makes it clear that hate is NEVER in the public interest by CAN board member Amira Elghawaby: “This is a case about freedom of expression. But it is also about the limits to that constitutionally protected right. Expressions of hatred and bigotry towards racial, ethnic, religious, or other identifiable groups have no value in the public discourse of our nation.” - From the Judge’s ruling