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Canadian Lawyer Magazine quotes Peter Downard in an article on the anti-SLAPP legislation reintroduction in Ontario

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"Anti-SLAPP legislation reintroduced in Ontario" by Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer Magazine

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"The legislation adopts recommendations first made four years ago in a report issued by the attorney general’s anti-SLAPP panel, composed of Mayo Moran, then-dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto media lawyer Brian Rogers, and Peter Downard of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. When it was first introduced, Downard wrote: ‘The express purposes of the PPPA are to encourage individuals to express themselves on matters of public interest; promote broad participation in debate on such matters; discourage the use of litigation as a mean of unduly limiting such expression; and reduce the risk that participation in public debate will be hampered by fear of legal action.’"


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