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Affirming researcher-participant privilege

In 2007, two University of Ottawa professors surveyed around 60 people about the sociology of sex work. It turns out one of them was alleged killer Luka Magnotta.


When one of their students told police about the interview, it launched a legal battle over whether police can access academic research done under the promise of confidentiality. Yesterday, the judge ruled Colette Parent and Chris Bruckert's research will stay out of the hands of police.


Colette and Chris joined us in studio to talk about this precedent-setting decision.

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