No violence no hate speech by John S. Quarterman CC BY 2.0

No violence no hate speech by John S. Quarterman CC BY 2.0


The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 198: Richard Moon on the Return of the Section 13 Hate Speech Provision in the Online Harms Act

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 The Human Rights Act changes include the return of Section 13 on hate speech, which was repealed by the Harper government after criticisms that it unduly chilled freedom of expression.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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Brent Rathgeber, MP Discussing Section 13 of the Canada Human Rights Act


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  2. The reinstatement of Section 13 banning hate speech, which the Harper administration had removed because to concerns that it unfairly restricted freedom of speech, is one of the modifications made to the Human Rights Act.

  3. Jean Parcks says:

    The debate surrounding Bill C-63, particularly the reintroduction of section 13 on hate speech, is undoubtedly crucial in the context of online freedoms and human rights. Professor Richard Moon’s expertise on this issue, derived from his comprehensive 2008 study commissioned by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, provides valuable insights. His research is a foundational resource for understanding the historical context and implications of Section 13. By the way, I write my essay here

  4. In this episode, Richard Moon offers a compelling analysis on the resurgence of the Section 13 Hate Speech Provision within the Online Harms Act. Tune in to gain insightful perspectives on the complexities surrounding online discourse regulation and its implications on free speech in the digital age.

  5. Ginny Miller says:

    The episode provides a nuanced discussion on Section 13, its past controversies, and its potential future under Bill C-63, offering valuable perspectives for those interested in the intersection of human rights and online regulation.

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