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Ontario defamation overhaul studied

Thursday, August 11, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

Hundreds of years of common law history plus legislation dating from the 19th century are the cornerstones on which defamation law in Ontario is built today.

But over the last 35 years, the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the invention of the Internet have eroded those foundations, leading many to believe it’s time for a modern reconsideration of the legal protection of people’s reputations.

“The Internet has changed our society and the Charter has changed our society to the extent that...