Challenge over anti-cyberbullying law returns to Halifax court

By on August 27, 2015


(Photo from Flickr/FixersUK)
(Photo from Flickr/FixersUK)

HALIFAX – A case centring on Nova Scotia’s groundbreaking anti-cyberbullying law returns to a Halifax courtroom today.

Lawyer David Fraser is testing the Cyber-safety Act as part of a case involving client Robert Snell, who was placed under a cyber safety protection order sought by his former business partner last December.

Fraser says the law is too broad and is an “unreasonable and unjustified” infringement of freedom of expression rights.

The Crown is expected to finish its arguments after Judge Glen MacDougall ruled earlier this week that the protection order should be maintained.

Fraser says the law doesn’t clearly spell out what is prohibited and simply gives the impression that “thou shalt not hurt anyone’s feelings online.”

The law was passed in May 2013 by the province’s former NDP government in response to public outrage around the case of Rehtaeh Parsons.