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56   LAWS OF ONTARIO

ing or proving special damages, but cannot recover more than nominal damages unless special damage is proven. Security for costs may be required of the plaintiff under certain circumstances.

It is submitted that these provisions of The Libel and Slander Ja (R.S.O., 1914, chapter 71) should be amended so as to permit of vindictive or exemplary damages being recovered in these cases and that the provision as to security for costs should be repealed.

It is difficult to imagine a more real or greater injury to a woman than the making of statements affecting her character in this respect, and it is exceedingly difficult in many cases to prove special damages. There seems to be no good reason why a loose-tongued or foul-minded man or woman should be allowed to commit so grave an injury and escape substantial punishment.


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