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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

‘Exceedingly political’ libel case pits free speech advocate Ezra Levant against ‘master of lawfare’

Getting to trial is rarely a speedy business in Canada’s courts, but a libel case that starts Tuesday in Toronto is exceptional for how much has changed since it was launched nearly five years ago, in the heat of Canada’s first online culture war.

Pitting a Regina lawyer against a nationally known television personality who describes himself as “one of Canada’s premier advocates of free expression,” Khurrum Awan v. Ezra Levant is one of several defamation suits that arose from the fight over hate speech bans in human rights law.


UPDATE (3:55 pm): The judge was sick so the opening day of the trial has been postponed.

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