Jeremy Wright, for defendant Ottawa Police Services Board
 C. MACLEOD J.: — The defendants bring motions for
summary judgment seeking dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims for
defamation and negligence. The action is scheduled for trial
commencing October 9, 2018.
 Defamation and the intersection of defamation and negligence are complicated areas of law. For the reasons that follow,
Crime Stoppers has a complete statutory defence to the libel
action and is entitled to summary judgment for that portion of
the claim. The negligence action may proceed.
 The police defendants are unable to demonstrate conclusively that they come within one of the recognized defences to
a defamation action at the summary judgment stage. Summary
judgment is not appropriate.
 The plaintiff may well face an uphill battle in this matter
particularly with a jury but the test on a summary judgment
motion is not scepticism. Summary judgment is to be granted if
there is no genuine issue requiring a trial. Except as outlined
above, that is not the case here.
 Ottawa Capital Area Crime Stoppers (“Crime Stoppers”) is
the local crime stoppers organization. Crime Stoppers is well
known for operating an anonymous tip line and providing
rewards for information leading to arrests or recovery of stolen
property. Each crime stoppers program in Canada is a community
based non-profit charity supported by public fundraising. It
operates in co-operation with local police and media outlets.
 In Ottawa, Crime Stoppers owns a website on which the
Ottawa Police Service (“OPS”) can post requests for information.
Frequently, this takes the form of images taken from video surveillance systems when the police wish assistance in identifying
the person in the video who may be suspected of a crime.
Apparently, many people monitor the site and it is a very effective
tool for identifying individuals captured on CCTV.
 The evidence filed on the motion demonstrates that the
OPS have an officer who is the crime stoppers liaison and that
officer is empowered to post and edit material on the Crime
Stoppers’ website. This is done directly by the officer uploading
content to the web page. There is no need for human supervision
or intervention by Crime Stoppers’ volunteers or staff and the
content of the post is prepared by the police officer. Crime
Stoppers’ role is to publicize the request for information via the