Supreme Court decision in Banro case

In a decision released on April 18, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the five million dollar lawsuit initiated by the mining company Banro against the publisher Écosociété and the authors of Noir Canada. The claimants argued that Ontario was not an appropriate forum for hearing this defamation suit regarding a French-language book that circulated almost exclusively within Quebec.

Though its publication has been discontinued and the book has not been in circulation for quite some time, the Court held that the lawsuit could be maintained in Ontario. This deplorable decision by the highest court of the country is a direct attack against freedom of speech. This short-sighted decision seems influenced more by the fluctuations in stock prices of multibillion-dollar companies rather than by the desire to preserve the freedom of expression of Canadian citizens.

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