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For immediate release October 26, 2001

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

When the Police Come Calling: search warrants in the newsroom

The Law Society of B.C. and the Jack Webster Foundation are sponsoring a workshop and dinner to discuss the legal rights and obligations of journalists when police demand your notes, arrive with a search warrant or serve you with a subpoena. This workshop is offered free to journalists, editors and news directors in B.C.

Date: November 8, 2001
Time: 6:45 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Law Courts Inn, 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver

Workshop panellists include four of Canada's top media lawyers:

  • David Sutherland of Sutherland and Associates in Vancouver, counsel for B.C. and Yukon community newspapers.
  • Toronto lawyer Stuart Robertson of O'Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo, counsel for the National Post, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association and author of several books on media law.
  • David Coles of Halifax's Boyne Clarke, who represents CBC (radio and TV), Thomson newspapers and several community newspapers.
  • Vancouver lawyer Roger McConchie of Borden Ladner Gervais who represents the Globe and Mail.
  • The panel also includes three well-known journalists who will talk about their experiences with police seizures and search warrants:
  • Patrick Nagle, winner of the 2001 Bruce Hutchison life-time achievement award from the Jack Webster Foundation.
  • Todd Lamarinde of APTN-TV who had his tapes seized earlier this year while covering a First Nations protest at the Sun Peaks resort.
  • Charlie Smith news editor of the Georgia Straight.

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.