The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) recently emphasized the right to free speech in a ruling that reversed a trespassing charge against a man who protested on town property, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski tells The Lawyer’s Daily.

Handlarski, principal of RH Criminal Defence, says there’s a “problem” in society with people claiming they have the right to restrict free speech because they feel unsafe.

“I feel that the Ontario Court of Appeal really delivered a message that this will not be tolerated in this jurisdiction,” he says.

“In many of the attacks on freedom of speech, there are often these conclusory kinds of arguments. But feeling unsafe is not an argument. Feeling offended is not an argument.”


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