OBA - Social Media, Friend or Foe


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Session at the Ontario Bar Association on May 26, 2011

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  • http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onscdc/doc/2010/2010onsc6489/2010onsc6489.html
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  • OBA - Social Media, Friend or Foe

    1. 1. Education LawSocial Media In Schools: Friend or Foe?Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 5:30 pmOBA Conference Centre20 Toronto Street, Suite 200, | Toronto, Ontario<br />Omar Ha-Redeye<br />
    2. 2. Overview<br />Brief case law review<br />Reputation management<br />Developing standards<br />
    3. 3.  Paine v. University of Toronto, [1981] O.J. No. 3187<br />“the courts should use restraint and be slow to intervene in university... the courts should be reluctant to intervene in university affairs.” [para. 11]<br />
    4. 4. Pridgen v. University of Calgary, 2010 ABQB 644<br />“I am satisfied that the University is not a Charter free zone…<br />the manner in which those policies are interpreted and applied must not offend the rights provided under the Charter.” [para. 64]<br />
    5. 5. Gauthier c. Saint-Germain, 2010 ONCA 309;Jaffer v. York University, 2010 ONCA 654<br /> Gauthier: where pith and substance of dispute is academic, action should not be held in courts<br />even where there are larger contractual or tortious claims<br />Discussion in Jaffer:<br />proper jurisdiction can be identified by type of remedy sought:<br />Judicial review to reverse internal academic decision<br />SCJ Jurisdiction if damages claimed in tort or contract<br />
    6. 6. R. v. Sather, 2008 ONCJ 98 <br />Expert Evidence of Jesse Hirch:<br />People embellish their character and deliberately say provocative things to elicit a response from their Facebook “friends”.  <br />construct an alternate persona.<br />postings were expressions of emotions <br />posted these items to blow off steam as he had been taught in a prior anger management course.<br />
    7. 7. Zhang v. The University of Western Ontario, 2010 ONSC 6489 <br />JR application dismissed for unexplained delay > 6 mos<br />Off-campus conduct of Facebook postings<br />Applicant submitted: <br />postings beyond the reach of the University’s authority<br />protected by s. 2(b)<br />“free speech has its limits, including the making of threats and defamation of character” [para. 35]<br />
    8. 8. Rate My Profs<br />
    9. 9. Foda v. RateMDs; Foda v. Capital Health<br />Alberta Court of Queen's Bench<br />January 12, 2007 – Appeal of pleadings amended <br />April 17, 2007 - Application for stay of proceedings<br />June 21, 2007 (Alb. C.A.)- defamation claim struck for lack of evidence<br />United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division<br />July 16, 2008 – Order for subpoena granted<br />May 10, 2010 – Interim order<br />July 26, 2010 – Motion denied<br />