Upcoming Hearings on stories by Star and Globe

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More specifically, the following points will be addressed:

(a) In relation to the Toronto Star article:
- Did the article deal with a matter that is in the public interest?
- Were adequate efforts made to verify the allegations?
- Was Mr. Rob Ford given adequate notice of the allegations and a reasonable opportunity to respond, and did the newspaper include that response in its reporting?

(b) In relation to the Globe and Mail article:

- Did the article deal with a matter that is in the public interest?
- Were adequate efforts made to verify the allegations?
- Was Mr. Doug Ford given adequate notice of the allegations and a reasonable opportunity to respond and did the newspaper include that response in its reporting?
- Was it appropriate for the newspaper to include references to other members of the Ford family?

When assessing the complaints against the two publications, the Council will consider each newspaper’s own code of conduct, relevant Court judgments and past decisions of Council in similar cases.
Both hearings will be held on Sept. 9 at Ryerson University. The complaint against the Toronto Star will be heard starting at 10 a.m. and the complaint against the Globe and Mail will be held starting at 1 p.m. The hearings at Ryerson will be held at the Sears Atrium, third floor of the George Vari Engineering and Computer Centre, 245 Church Street. Parking is located on the west side of Church, north of Dundas.
After hearing the submission of the complainant and newspaper in each case and asking questions, the panel will adjourn and deliberate in private. The panel’s findings and recommendations will be presented to the full Press Council when it meets in late September. Following those deliberations, the Press Council decisions will be made public and posted on its website.

Ontario Press Council Procedure

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