Apologies and Retractions

AuthorDavid A. Potts; Erin Stoik
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Apologies and Retractions
Apologies and retractions at common law and in legislation have played a
central role in the conduct of defamation proceedings in the common law
world for over a hundred years.
There is a vast body of law on the topic. Here is a sample:
Kazakof‌f v Taft, 2018 BCCA 241
Nazerali v Mitchell, 2018 BCCA 104
Magno v Balita, 2018 ONSC 3230
Smith v Cross, 2009 BCCA 529
Bar rick Gold Corp v Lopehandia (2004), 71 OR (3d) 416 (CA)
Southam Inc v Chelekis, 2000 BCCA 112
Leenen v Canadian Broadcasting Corp (2000), 48 OR (3d) 656 (SCJ)
Brown v Cole, 1998 CanLII 6471 (BC CA)
Hill v Church of Scientology of Toronto, [1995] 2 SCR 1130
Munro v Toronto Sun Publishing Corp (1982), 39 OR (2d) 100
Vogel v Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, [1982] BCJ no 1565, 1982 21
CCLT 105
There have also been several legal texts that touch on the subject, including:
Raymond E Brown, Brown on Defamation, 2d ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2010)
(loose-lea), chapter 25 at 261–71
Alastair Mullis et al, Gatley on Libel and Slander, 12th ed (UK: Sweet &
Maxwell, 2013), chapter 29
Julian Porter & David A Potts, Canadian Libel Practice (Toronto: Butter-
worths, 1986), chapter 4
Roger McConchie & David Potts, Canadian Libel and Slander Actions
(Toronto: Irwin Law, 2004), chapter 9
See also Chapter 5, “Defamation Damages,” in this text.

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