Quote, unquote: On whether York University should sue Toronto Life for libel
“I’d say it’s pretty troubling because it’s a large, essentially public body. The courts have held that governments like municipalities can’t sue for defamation, and I think there is a real question whether a university as a large public institution should be doing that.There is concern about whether it’s proper for them to try and muzzle criticism in this way.”-- Paul Schabas, an expert in defamation law and adjunct professor at the University of Toronto who also represents the Toronto Star, quoted in a Star story Thursday Oct 10 about the libel notice that York University has served against Toronto Life magazine and freelance writer Katherine Laidlaw for an article about fear of sexual assault on the York campus. (We reported this story on the blog September 27.
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