Media Coverage

Mr. Crystal has been active in the media in relation to a wide expanse of issues. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in archived webcasts; he has done print and television interviews with reporters; he has appeared before two Senate Committees with archived webcasts; and he has contributed to talk radio programs.

Supreme Court Cases

Mr. Crystal has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a number of notable cases.

R v Cody: https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/webcastview-webdiffusionvue-eng.aspx?cas=37310&id=2017/2017-04-25–37310&date=2017-04-25&fp=n&audio=n

This was a case about the s. 11(b) Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time. Mr. Cody waited 5 years before he was tried due to a variety of circumstances; this was deemed an unjustified delay by a unanimous Supreme Court and he was released.


Cody Press Conference: https://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/headline-politics/episodes/51290441/

Mr. Crystal speaks to the media following the decision in R v. Cody.


R v Mills: https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/webcastview-webdiffusionvue-eng.aspx?cas=37518&id=2018/2018-05-25–37518&date=2018-05-25

This was a case dealing with the issue of whether an adult has a reasonable expectation of privacy when engaging in social media communications with underage children for sexual purposes.

CPAC Presentations

Mr. Crystal has testified before the Canadian Senate on a variety of issues relating to human rights and privacy.

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, June 4 2014, Review of Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act: https://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/in-committee-from-the-senate-of-canada/episodes/33483427/

Mr. Crystal testified before the Senate about the potential adverse impact of the Digital Privacy Act on the privacy rights of Canadians.


Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, October 9 2014, Review of Bill C-279, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity): https://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/in-committee-from-the-senate-of-canada/episodes/35691985/

Mr. Crystal testified before the Senate urging them to pass amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code that would protect Canadians who are transgender from discrimination.


Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, February 9 2017, Review of Bill C-224, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act: https://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/in-committee-from-the-senate-of-canada/episodes/50502464/

Mr. Crystal was invited to testify before the Senate in support of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, an act which protects those who seek medical help for a drug overdose from criminal prosecution.

Trial Talk

Clips from Mr. Crystal’s radio show, Trial Talk.