STATEMENT

On October 15, 2018 the website Canadaland published an erroneous and misleading blog post and podcast entitled: “Craig Kielburger founded WE to fight child labour. Now the WE brand promotes products made by children.”

We sought an independent opinion on this matter from the retired Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge, who served on the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He reviewed all communication with Canadaland and supporting documents. Justice Goudge dismissed each of Canadaland’s eight core claims featured in their blog and podcast, and ends his report with the following statement:

“(…) I conclude that these allegations by Canadaland are without merit.”

Supported by expert opinions, the WE organization on November 6, 2018, filed a notice of libel, requesting simply an apology and retraction.

Because this is now a legal matter, WE will not be further directly engaging with Canadaland. However, we hope this page will support in answering any of our community’s questions.

While this has been an extremely unfortunate distraction of resources and time, we remain focused on our mandate of serving children.

Should you have any questions on the matter, please e-mail [email protected].

3rd party review by the Honourable Stephen T. Goudge

Notice of libel and request for retraction and apology

Statement from Peter Downard, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP