Information Roundup – January 13, 2008

Today was a surf day in Ontario, and we had a social weekend with lots of visits.  Here’s what I read that was interesting this week.

  • National Association of Attorneys General, Task Force on School Safety and Campus Safety.  I’ve been reporting on most of the policy reports that have come out after the Virginia Tech incident, but missed this September 2007 report, which echoes the messages on the importance of information flows to pre-emergency threat assessment as those published in other endorsed elsewhere.
  • Randy Pepper and Randall Stephenson, Young v. Bella:  Concurrent Liability in Defamation and Negligence; Freedom of Expression Values and the Checking Power of the PressLong title – thorough and insightful commentary.  Speaks to the 2006 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Young v. Bella from a media law perspective and discusses the public interest responsible journalism defence first recognized in the recent Ontario Court of Appeal case Cusson v. Quan.  My main interest in Young v. Bella is that it creates a form of tort protection for breach of privacy and is speaks to the risk of unbound threat reporting.  In the August 2007 supplement of The Advocates Quarterly.

I’ve also read some interesting texts lately.  I got Philip Slayton’s Lawyers Gone Bad for Christmas and picked up Daniel Solove’s The Future of Reputation on the internet identity issue myself over the holidays.  The first will be an interesting read for Canadian lawyers and I’d recommend the latter for readers of this blog.  I’ve been most enthralled with the 9/11 Commission Report.  I’ve been meaning to read this acclaimed report for a while, but finally downloaded the 20 hour audiobook from and have been driving Seanna nuts with it. If you’re in law enforcement, security, audit or even operations I think you’ll find it similarly fascinating.

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