Defamation - Manitoba
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Could a long-forgotten Manitoba law be a model for how Canadians can fight back against antisemitism and hate of all kinds?

Toronto lawyer Kenneth Grad thinks it can.

Grad, 40, is completing his PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School. During his dissertation research at the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, he learned about a unique-to-Manitoba anti-defamation law.

The law, colloquially known as the Hyman Act, takes its name from its creator, Marcus Hyman, a lawyer and member of the Jewish community who served as a member of Manitoba’s legislature in the 1930s.

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John Longhurst is a freelance religion reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has been involved in journalism and communications for over 40 years, including as president of Canadian Church...