Tonight is the first-ever Beer and Politics night organized by The Propagandist Magazine. Several of our contributing writers and readers are meeting up in Storm Crow Tavern, a local Vancouver-area pub for a free-wheeling political discussion.
We'll chew over which party deserves to win the upcoming American election; how to win an argument against shouting, rioting maniacs around the world who hate everyone who isn't shouting and rioting; and whether Canadian PM Stephen Harper should be given a Nobel Peace Prize for turfing the Iranians.
I'm excited about tonight. We started The Propagandist to help get political conversations started about the controversial issues of our day. I'm glad to see that the online discussion is moving more and more into the real world.
Some of us are creatures of the right or left; most of us pick and choose our positions depending on a particular issue. We're funny that way. Anyway, it promises to be a fun beer-fueled evening.
I hope that more of our readers and contributors will feel inspired to take their discussions and debates into all aspects of the public realm.
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Free Dominion, which bills itself as the voice of Principled Conservatism, has been dragged into a Kafka-esque legal donnybrook that could have far-reaching consequences for Internet users, bloggers and new media publishers across Canada. Whether you're from the left, right, or smack dab in the center, this issue affects you.
On June 14, 2012 the Ontario Court of Appeals issued a ruling in blogger John Baglow's appeal of Superior Court of Ontario Justice Peter Annis’ widely-lauded dismissal of Baglow’s defamation suit against a fellow internet political debater, Roger Smith, and the operators of the Free Dominion website, Mark and Connie Fournier. The appeals court did not overturn Justice Annis’ dismissal because he erred in finding that the comment was not defamatory, but because the case raised a number of public interest and legal issues that the higher court felt should be dealt with by having a full trial.
Oddly, although going through a full trial will be an expensive and time consuming process for us, we are pleased with their finding. We see it as a golden opportunity to make important fundamental law that will