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Shielding Our Community: Using the Criminal Code to Combat Hate and Antisemitism in Canada

June 19, 2024 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Virtual
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Join Matas Law Society and esteemed experts Leora Shemesh and Gary Grill to explore legal strategies for combating hate and antisemitism—enhance your practice and protect our communities.

As antisemitism alarmingly mounts in Canada, with antisemitic rallies becoming increasingly prevalent in front of places of worship and within Jewish neighborhoods, there is an urgent need for lawyers to know how to use the law to combat this hatred. Delve into the intricacies of utilizing the Criminal Code to effectively counteract hate speech and antisemitic acts. Join our experts to enhance your legal acumen and to stand in solidarity against antisemitism, ensuring our communities are safeguarded through informed legal action and:

1. Gain an in-depth understanding of the sections of Canada’s Criminal Code pertinent to combating hate speech, including advocating genocide under Section 318 and the willful promotion of hatred against identifiable groups under Section 319.

2. Boost your understanding of specific legal provisions, such as Section 176, that can be leveraged to address antisemitic demonstrations in front of places of worship and to protect religious assemblies from disturbance.

3. Explore strategies for obtaining injunctions and ensuring peaceful religious and community events.

4. Discover why certain legal avenues, especially those related to hate speech and public disturbances, are underutilized and how to advocate for better enforcement by educating law enforcement agencies.

5. Discuss the importance of a unified legal strategy among Jewish lawyers and how differing positions can be harmonized to effectively combat antisemitism and ensure critical community events proceed without threat.

For more information about this event, contact us at: [email protected] | 416.633.6224 ext. 220

This program is eligible for up to 1 Substantive Hour in Ontario and may be considered as a learning activity in your mandatory annual CPD plan in Alberta and in Nova Scotia.


Jun 19 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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