Top court judges to draw line on protecting sources

Supreme Court of Canada judges appeared inclined to give more protection to journalists’ sources as they heard the National Post’s appeal of a ruling that could expose a key source for reporter Andrew McIntosh’s investigation into connections between federal loans and grants and former prime minister Jean Chretien.

The court, which was cool to the idea of a blanket immunity for sources, reserved decision on a case that should strike a balance between the Charter guarantee of press freedom and police efforts to investigate crime. Janice Tibbetts of Canwest News Service reports in the National Post.