Ontario’s Human Rights Code is clear – the right of people to express their opinion is protected. In support of this principle, we intervened at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) in Whitely v. Osprey Media Publishing Inc. and Sun Media Corporation.
The case involved an allegation that an editorial in The County Weekly News discriminated against people who have moved to Prince Edward County from elsewhere. The applicant alleged discrimination in services because of place of origin.
The OHRC argued that section 13 of the Code does not restrict newspapers from printing opinions that some people may not like. In its October 2010 decision, the Tribunal agreed, saying “...publication of opinion in the media is a matter at the core of freedom of expression and freedom of the press in a democratic society.”