Media Advisory - Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin speaks on democracy and journalism in a rare public appearance



    Remarks, webcast from lecture now online

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Access to court documents, cameras in the
courtroom and fostering global democracy were among the issues raised during a
rare speaking engagement with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of
Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, at the Munk Centre for
International Studies at the University of Toronto.
    The presentation launched an annual lecture series called "Democracy and
Journalism," co-hosted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and the
Munk Centre for International Studies. For the inaugural free public event,
McLachlin spoke to a full house about her views on the relationship between
press freedom and democracy.
    "A free press and stable democracy are invariable concomitants," began
Chief Justice McLachlin, as she demonstrated how the Canadian courts have
historically helped maintain press freedom. Following the presentation,
McLachlin answered questions from the audience.

    A full multimedia report of the event - including a written summary,
photos, video and audio recordings, speech transcript and links for further
reading - is available at the CJF website: http://www.cjf-fjc.ca/programs.htm.

    About Beverley McLachlin
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    Beverley McLachlin was appointed as the first female Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court of Canada in 2000. Her journey to the highest legal position in
the country began in 1969, when she started practicing law in Alberta and then
Vancouver. After a tenured position at the University of British Columbia, she
was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1981, and finally,
in 1989, to the Supreme Court of Canada. Her judgments, notable for their
clarity and cogency, have dealt with the full range of issues on the judicial
spectrum. Although well known for her writing in the area of constitutional
law, she is equally respected for her work in private law.

    About the Canadian Journalism Foundation
    ----------------------------------------
    Established in 1990, the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a
not-for-profit organization that exists to contribute to the achievement of
excellence in Canadian journalism. Better journalism means a better-informed
citizenry and an improved democratic process. Through leadership seminars,
panel discussions and other activities the Foundation builds bridges and
fosters open, informed dialogue between leading public and private
organizations and the media.





For further information:

For further information: Cristina Coraggio, Executive Director, The
Canadian Journalism Foundation, Phone: (416) 955-0394, Email:
ccoraggio@cjf-fjc.ca; Jill Copeland, Executive Legal Officer to the Chief
Justice, Email: copelandj@scc-csc.gc.ca


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