OTTAWA — A ban on advertising sexual services takes effect Saturday as part of the federal government’s new prostitution laws — but at least one of Canada’s leading independent newspapers says it plans to defy it.
The prohibition is one of several sweeping new changes to the way prostitution is now regulated in Canada in the wake of a Supreme Court decision last year that found the old laws violated the rights of prostitutes.
But Toronto’s Now Magazine, which has long published ads promoting sexual services in the back pages of its weekly tabloid, has no plans to stop, said Alice Klein, the alternative newspaper’s editor and chief executive officer.
“Now Magazine started taking sex ads because we take ads, that’s how we support ourselves and we have always refused to discriminate against sex work and sex workers,” she said in an interview.
“We are committed to free expression and we don’t believe it’s our right to say which advertisers are allowed to advertise and which advertisers aren’t.”