Bill C-63 screenshot,

Bill C-63 screenshot,


Debating the Online Harms Act: Insights from Two Recent Panels on Bill C-63

The Online Harms Act has sparked widespread debate over the past six weeks. I’ve covered the bill in a trio of Law Bytes podcast (Online Harms, Canada Human Rights Act, Criminal Code) and participated in several panels focused on the issue. Those panels are posted below. First, a panel titled the Online Harms Act: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction, sponsored by CIJA that included Emily Laidlaw, Richard Marceau and me. It paid particular attention to the intersection between the bill and online hate.

Second, a panel titled Governing Online Harms: A Conversation on Bill C-63,  sponsored by the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society that covered a wide range of issues and included Emily Laidlaw, Florian Martin-Bariteau, Jane Bailey, Sunil Gurmukh, and me.


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  3. Elliott Vizel says:

    Political Correctness gone berserk. The censorship of ‘disfavored’ speech codified in law. ‘Micro aggressions’ criminalized – a Woke dream come true. The legislating of Canada as a ‘safe space’’. A reification of Orwell’s dystopia. A betrayal of the very parliamentary tradition of free and open debate as the intellectual engine of advancing society and its civilization. It needs to be vigorously debated, then properly buried in the dustbin of harmful ideas.

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