Reevely: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson faces Twitter charter challenge

By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, October 16, 2018

When Mayor Jim Watson blocks people on Twitter he’s violating their constitutional rights, a trio of Ottawa activists says, and they’re going to court to try to make him stop.

The case is the first of its kind in Canada, says human-rights lawyer Paul Champ, who’s representing them.

The group is Emilie Taman, a law professor and sometime candidate for the New Democratic Party and a regular critic of the mayor’s; James Hutt, a Canadian Union of Postal Workers campaigner maybe better known for helping with last year’s pop-up supervised injection site in Lowertown; and Dylan Penner, who works for the Council of Canadians.

(...)Hutt’s affidavit says that on Sept. 21 he criticized Watson for skipping the Ecology Ottawa debate, and tweeted “a number of examples of actions Mayor Watson had taken that I thought were unsupportive to gender equality.”

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