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The Balance Shifts: What will the Ontario Protection of Public Participation Act Mean for Free Speech and Reputation Management?

Litigation Group Seminar (Fasken Martineau Institute)
Where Fasken Martineau
Algonquin, Escarpment & Huron Rooms
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre
Toronto, ON
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Concerns have long been expressed that some individuals and corporations may use their financial might to improperly silence debate through meritless defamation lawsuits, also referred to as “strategic litigation against public participation” (“SLAPPs”). The Ontario government’s proposed Protection of Public Participation Act, 2013 (the "PPPA"), which could be in force by the end of the year, adopts specific measures against SLAPPs. What will the PPPA mean for free speech in Ontario? What will its implications be for corporations properly concerned to protect their reputations from false attacks? What will its impact be on the media?

Our panel includes leading professionals from the defamation, media and litigation fields, including Peter Downard, a member of the SLAPP Advisory Panel to the Attorney General of Ontario. The panel will discuss:

  • Effective reputation protection and trends in defamation law in the anti-SLAPP era 
  • Experience with anti-SLAPP legislation in other Canadian and foreign jurisdictions 
  • Defining a SLAPP suit and Ontario’s PPPA: the purpose and substance of Ontario’s approach


Peter Downard, Toronto
David Wotherspoon, Vancouver
Peter Mantas, Ottawa
Christian Leblanc, Montréal
Robert Paydon, London, UK


  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am    Registration and Breakfast 
  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am  Presentation and Q&A

Note: The hours from this non-accredited seminar may be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada for Ongoing Members. Please note that this seminar is not accredited for Professionalism Hours and cannot be counted for New Members or for Professionalism Hours for Ongoing Members.


This is an in-person seminar.


This seminar is complimentary.


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Zahra Malik
+1 416 868 3329