We Charity vs Canadaland

  • Event: 2019 Toronto Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Justin Safayeni of Stockwoods LLP; Jaren Kerr of CANADALAND; Robert Cribb of Toronto Star
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May. 4 at 4:15pm
  • Location: RCC, The Catalyst
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

A bombshell investigation into one of the world's most successful child charities last fall alleged several corporate partnerships undermined the charity's foundational mission of ending child labour. The response from the charity was unprecedented: We issued a libel notice alleging the report featured “manufactured evidence” and “malice.” It hired a retired judge to review Canadaland's investigation and issue a public report dismissing the allegations. This session examines the case and the larger lessons it holds for high-stakes, legally-sensitive investigations.

Speaker Bios

  • Robert Cribb is an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. He has received national reporting awards and citations for investigations into offshore tax evasion, child exploitation, human trafficking, dangerous doctors and public-health threats. Cribb is co-author of Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide (Oxford University Press). He teaches investigative reporting at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the University of Toronto. @thecribby

  • Jaren Kerr is the Deputy News Editor at CANADALAND. He was formerly a reporter at the Toronto Star, and his writing has appeared in publications like the Globe and Mail and J-Source.

  • Justin Safayeni practices civil litigation and constitutional law, with a particular interest in matters raising freedom of expression issues. He acts for media organizations in defending defamation cases, resisting police production orders and in applications to unseal or publish court materials. Most recently, Justin was counsel to a coalition of media and free expression groups before the Supreme Court of Canada in the press freedom case of R v Vice Media Canada.

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