The Media and the Charter (2006)

November 3, 2006

In recognition of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ 25th anniversary, the one-day Media and the Charter Conference explored the media’s role in recognizing, representing, and responding to the Charter.  Open to the public, the Conference provided an opportunity for stakeholders – including lawyers, academics, journalists, and members of the public – to learn and to engage with one another. Panelists included journalists, lawyers, academics, and the Edmonton Police Service.

You can access the full schedule here.

Conference Audio Recordings:

May be available upon request. Please contact the Centre’s Administrator at

Key Note Talk: Freedom of the Press – Rightsholders and Responsibilities under the Charter
  • Michelle Mann (Lawyer, writer, consultant, and commentator on social justice issues)
Session 1: Journalistic responsibilities regarding the public consequences of media freedom
  • Allan Mayer (Editor-in-Chief, Edmonton Journal)
  • Daniel Burnett (Owen Bird Law Corporation)
  • Shannon Phillips (Columnist, Vue Weekly)
  • Greg Alcorn (Staff Sergeant and Manager, Corporate Communications, Edmonton Police Service)
Session 2: Reporting on equality issues
  • Shannon Sampert (Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg)
  • Barbara Billingsley (Faculty of Law, University of Alberta) & Jim Rankin (Reporter-Photographer, Toronto Star)
  • Patricia Paradis (Paradis & Associates)
Session 3: The “open court,” the public’s “right to know,” and the rights of litigants
  • Michelle Somers (Executive Legal Officer for the Chief Justice, AB Court of Queen’s Bench)
  • Matthew Woodley (Reynolds, Mirth, Richards & Farmer LLP)
  • Jamie Cameron (Faculty of Law, York University)
  • Janice Johnston (Broadcast Journalist)
Session 4: What should journalists know about the Constitution?
  • Susan Harada (School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University)
  • Robert Bragg (Centre for Communications Studies, Mount Royal College)
  • Janice Tibbetts (Legal Affairs Reporter, CanWest News Service)


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