Episode 27: Can the Trudeau government create $50,000 fines for 'harmful' speech?

On Episode 27, we do a deep dive into the new Online Harms Act, introduced this week as Bill C-63. The act would create a Digital Safety Commission, increase the penalties for criminal hate speech, allow judges to impose peace bonds on people who might commit hate speech in the future, and empower the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to fine people up to $50,000 for discriminatory speech.

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