Pop Goes The News — As comedians from all over the world descend on Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival, the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has ordered stand-up comic Mike Ward to pay $42,000 for jokes he made about a disabled boy.

The ruling is sending a chill through the comedy community and outraging advocates of freedom of expression.

Pop Goes The News — Canadian comedian Mike Ward didn’t shy away Monday night from joking about a disabled teenager who’s seeking compensation for being the butt of his jokes.

Opening for Tom Green at the Salle André-Mathieu in Laval, Ward wasted little time addressing the controversy.