Defamation publish something that in the minds of right-minded people lessens the opinion of an individual. Libel (written/broadcasting) in permanent and accessible form. Slander oral defamation (suing slander is a much narrower time people. If you are the author or editor of something that brings someone"s reputation down, you can be sued. All the plaintiff has to do is that you published something; you published it about me"; and prove that someone other than him read it. If he does that then it"s up to a jury to decide if you defamed him. Jury trial unless both sides agree that it"s not, or you work for the crown (inc. cbc crown corporation) Notice of intended action looks like a statement of claims, particularize everything that you did. Gives you a special right to go back, look at what you did, and apologize.