An Appeal to Defend Internet Freedom


Good day, Readers!

Canada’s conservatives still have an uphill struggle, so they need everyone’s help. Please read the following appeal from Free Dominion!.

(apologies for any typos – just got this, so am forwarding it straightaway, typing in sunshine by a pool!)

 The Symbol of Canadian Courts?

Many of you may already know that Free Dominion has been fighting five court battles involving freedom of speech on the internet.

In 2007 we took on the Canadian Human Rights Commission over their conduct in enforcing the “hate propaganda” clause of the Canadian Human Rights Act, Section 13. This clause has now been declared unconstitutional by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The House of Commons has voted for Bill C-304 removing Section 13 from the Human Rights Act and the Bill is pending approval by the Senate.

We recently received a Federal Court of Canada decision dismissing a copyright claim by Richard Warman. We did not have a lawyer represent us because we could not afford it. However, the precedents we set when representing ourselves have been lauded by internet experts worldwide.

Our legal battles are far from over.

We have stood alone for five years against the onslaught of legal actions by people who seek to limit your online freedom of speech, and we will continue to stand up for you as long as our resources hold out.

Now we need your help.

Recently, John Baglow, a blogger known as “Dr. Dawg” sued us because a Free Dominion member, “Peter O’Donnell” aka Roger Smith, wrote a negative comment about Baglow’s internet persona, Dr. Dawg.

We filed a motion with the court to dismiss this case, and they did. Baglow had a right to appeal which he used. The Ontario Court of Appeals decided that the issues of how defamation law is applied to the internet is so complex they wanted a full trial with cross-examinations and expert witnesses to consider the matter.

Several stellar expert witnesses have come forward to offer their services and this has the potential to shape defamation law in a way that will greatly enhance online freedom of speech for all Canadians once the court hears our evidence. However, the court also ordered us to pay $14,000 in court costs to John Baglow before we can move forward.

We have a fundraiser going at http://www.indiegogo.com/freedominion and we have just over $3000 left to raise to reach our $14,000 goal with a bit more than a week to go.

If you have already donated, thank you so much for your support! If you can donate to push us over the top in this last week, we appreciate your support. Please share this message with all of your friends through e-mail and your social media to help us get this bill paid so that we can continue our mutual defence!

Thank you Connie and Mark Fournier