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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 info@jackwebster.com, www.jackwebster.com or 604-261-6184.