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Yes, your boss can fire you for things you say. What recent controversies tell us about the limits of free speech

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/11/24/yes-your-boss-can-fire-you-for-things-you-say-what-recent-controversies-tell-us-about-the-limits-of-free-speech.html

“In the wake of Don Cherry’s firing by Sportsnet from “Hockey Night in Canada” for making anti-immigrant remarks in a Coach’s Corner segment, and a speech by controversial writer Meghan Murphy held at a Toronto Public Library branch, the Star spoke to legal experts about some of the public’s biggest misconceptions.”

“”“People tend to confuse freedom of speech as a right against government with a right to say anything, anywhere, any time without consequence,” said Brenda Cossman, a law professor at the University of Toronto.”

“Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak free from government censure and/or arrest, unless the speech crosses the line over to hate speech.”’

The article offers a discussion of the TPL rental issue in this context.