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For immediate release October 9, 2002

Free media law workshop by the Law Society of B.C. and Jack Webster Foundation

Libel and Slander: What You Need to Know

The Law Society of B.C. and the Jack Webster Foundation are pleased to present their second annual media law workshop and dinner. This year's topic is libel and slander. This program is offered free to journalists, editors and news directors in B.C.

Date: Nov. 7, 2002
Time: 6:45 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe St., Vancouver

Workshop panellists include top media lawyers:

  • David Sutherland of Sutherland and Associates in Vancouver, counsel for the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association.
  • Roger McConchie of Borden Ladner Gervais who represents the Globe and Mail and CTV.
  • Dan Burnett of Vancouver's Owen Bird whose clients include major TV and radio broadcasters as well as the print media.

The panel also includes well-known journalists who will share their experiences with libel and slander issues:

  • Patrick Nagle, winner of the Jack Webster Foundation's Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award and a Lay Bencher of the Law Society.
  • Ian Haysom, News Director of BCTV Global and former Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Sun and the Vancouver Province newspapers.


  • Introduction to libel and slander law - how it applies to the media.
  • Deadline decisions - how to get the right advice from your libel lawyer.
  • Qualified privilege and court reporting - the impact of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Hill v. Church of Scientology and the B.C. Court of Appeal's decision in Taylor-Wright v. CHBC-TV.

Admission is free and dinner is included, but seating is limited so register now by contacting the Jack Webster Foundation at, or 604-261-6184.