The suits, known as SLAPPs, or strategic lawsuits against public participation, are tactical moves made to intimidate local residents or activists engaged in a fight with a developer or corporation that can afford expensive lawyers. But some lawyers who act for developers have warned against moves that would too dramatically restrict their ability to use the courts to fight wild claims made by some of their opponents.
Attorney-General John Gerretsen will announce the legislation Tuesday at an event at the University of Toronto’s law school, and the bill will be formally introduced in the legislature in the afternoon.
In 2010, the Ontario government struck a blue-ribbon panel, chaired by University of Toronto law-school dean Mayo Moran, to advise it on how to draft legislation to stop developers or other plaintiffs from filing lawsuits meant only to intimidate critics.
The panel called for a test that defendants could use to throw SLAPPs out of court. Under this framework, the plaintiff would have to prove that the damage he or she faced was greater than the harm to freedom of expression for the case to continue. The panel recommended that, if a plaintiff were found to have acted with an “improper motive” in filing a SLAPP, the defendant would be entitled to damages.
Quebec has adopted an anti-SLAPP law, and about half of the U.S. states have similar laws on the books. British Columbia briefly had such legislation in place, before it was repealed after the Liberals were elected in 2001. Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, has also called for laws to stop SLAPPs.
Last October, Ottawa MPP Yasir Naqvi – now the Minister of Labour – introduced a private member’s bill to that effect. But the legislation died when then-premier Dalton McGuinty had the legislature prorogued.
Mr. Naqvi’s bill included provisions that would freeze other development approvals if a lawsuit believed to be a SLAPP were filed, making developers less likely to use the tactic.
Environmentalists have long called for anti-SLAPP rules.
David Donnelly, a Toronto environmental lawyer who alleges that multimillion-dollar libel lawsuits filed against him and others during a lengthy battle against a Lake Simcoe resort development were SLAPPs, welcomed the move. He said protecting the public’s right to speak out was an important part of protecting the environment.
“We’ve got too much development in Ontario with too many developers who have pushed the envelope with lawsuits and cost claims at the [Ontario Municipal Board] to go any further without anti-SLAPP legislation,” Mr. Donnelly said in an interview.
He said any concerns from developers that such a law could restrict their ability to defend themselves against libellous claims were unfounded: “In Southern Ontario, to say that developers need protection from environmentalists is to say that David should have been deprived of his slingshot against Goliath.”
Jeffrey Davies, a Toronto lawyer who acted for the resort project that Mr. Donnelly and others fought against, says developers sometimes need to take legal action to ensure that falsehoods about a project are countered. He said any anti-SLAPP law needs to keep the rights of developers in mind, and warns that the devil will be in the details.
“We want to make sure that the legislation is not a licence to slander,” Mr. Davies said. He denies the legal actions taken against Mr. Donnelly and others were SLAPPs.
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Waaaaaah ! I don’t wanna stop lying and terrorizing !
Snivelling Terrorists Demand Protection For Lies & Conspiracy
Let The Enviro-Basterds Feel The Terror Of The Courts !
It is ironical that Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists are FEIGNING MOCK-OUTRAGE AND MOCK-TERROR over possible CRIMINAL CHARGES.
How else can they face the consequences for their SUBVERSION ?
These SNIVELLING AND CRYING Environmental-Basterds have themselves created HARM and TERROR against the Professional Lawn Care Industry through their conspiracy to ARBITRARILY PROHIBIT against pest control products used in the Urban Landscape.
These products are, in fact, HEALTH-CANADA-APPROVED, FEDERALLY-LEGAL, SCIENTIFICALLY-SAFE, and PRACTICALLY-NON-TOXIC, CAUSE NO HARM.
The DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE of these Environmental-Basterds is itself a form of TERROR against the Professional Lawn Care Industry.
As a reward for CONSPIRING FOR ARBITRARY PROHIBITION, these Basterds have acquired some INFAMY, CELEBRITY, and POWER, and have attracted MILLIONS OF DOLLARS to their coffers in the form of GOVERNMENT GRANTS and PUBLIC DONATIONS.
The DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE of these Environmental-Basterds has led to LOSS OF REVENUES, BUSINESS FAILURES, BANKRUPTCY, and UNEMPLOYMENT.
They have INFLICTED TERROR, DESPAIR, and DESTITUTION ON THOUSANDS OF HAPLESS VICTIMS throughout the Professional Lawn Care Industry. http://wp.me/P1jq40-43B
These Environmental-Basterds are experts in AVOIDING the consequences of their SUBVERSIVE ACTS OF TERRORISM.
These Environmental-Basterds have gone to great lengths to create SHIELD ORGANIZATIONS in order to ensure that NO actions could be attributed to them personally.
Additionally, when faced with the consequence of CRIMINAL CHARGES, these SNIVELLING AND CRYING Environmental-Basterds run to the Government Of Ontario for help and support.
They are FEIGNING MOCK-OUTRAGE AND MOCK-TERROR that the Government Of Ontario has NOT THEM HELPED ENOUGH, through The Ontario Trillium Foundation ( O.T.F. ).
Trillium is a FINANCIAL AGENCY created by the Government Of Ontario and the McGuinty-Regime to PROVIDE VIRTUALLY LIMITLESS FUNDS to Anti-Pesticide and Environmental-Terrorist Organizations ! http://wp.me/P1jq40-2s4
It is ironical that Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists could nevertheless defend themselves in court with the millions of dollars acquired from The Ontario Trillium Foundation.
It is ironical that Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists, who themselves have terrorized countless numbers of victims, now feel terrorized themselves.
Still unrepentant, Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists are SCORNFULLY DEROGATORY and MALICIOUSLY RETALIATORY towards anyone who does not agreed with their dogma.
They are Master-Terrorists !
Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists have gone so far as to have people terminated from their employment.
They are Master-Terrorists !
Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists have gone so far as to practice CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE and HARASSMENT against Professional Lawn Care Companies.
These activists are MASTER-TERRORISTS !
Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists have repeatedly claimed that they are the SOLE DISPENSER OF THE WHOLE TRUTH regarding pest control products.
And … they RETALIATE against any of their detractors.
These activists are also INTELLECTUAL-TERRORISTS !
By challenging the dogma of Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists, it does not mean that you are endangering the future of our planet.
What we are dealing with here is not the intellectual superiority of Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists, but rather, INTELLECTUAL TERRORISM !
Intellectual AND Environmental Terrorism !
Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists are MASTERS in the art of TERRORIZING the Professional Lawn Care Industry, as well as the public at large.
Here are some examples ―
• If you use pest control products, people will get cancer.
• If you apply fertilizers, you are polluting the lakes.
• If you say that the environmental movement is too alarmist, you don’t give a damn about our planet.
• If you water your lawn, there will be no water left for us to drink.
• If you use any insecticide, the birds and bees will die.
• If you use a herbicide, our children will become mutants.
• If you use a fungicide, golfers will die.
• If you use an organic fertilizer, people will die.
• If you don’t support global warming, you condemn us to a horrible death.
• If you do support the return of DDT, you are stupid.
• If you are a professional turf manager simply trying to grow grass, you are an enemy of Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists, and they will hurt and harm your livelihood.
Enviro-Lunatic Terrorist-Activists have made an enemy of the Professional Lawn Care Industry.
They must now face the consequences for their actions.
Unless the Government Of Ontario protects them some more.
Otherwise, the INDUSTRY WILL STRIKE BACK against Anti-Pesticide Activists. http://wp.me/P1jq40-2Eu
There is NO RECOURSE but OFFICIAL COMPLAINTS AND LITIGATION against these Anti-Pesticide Basterds. http://wp.me/P1jq40-1PE
NORAHG manages a VAST ARCHIVE of REPORTS, MEDIA REFERENCES, AUDIO CLIPS, and VIDEOS on ALL Anti-Pesticide and Environmental-Terrorist ACTS OF SUBVERSION.
We know who they are, and where they are hiding, and what they have said and done.
We will HOUND THESE VERMIN FOREVER, no matter where they slither off to.
LET THESE PEOPLE FEEL THE SPOTLIGHT OF SCRUTINY AND THE TERROR OF THE COURTS ! http://wp.me/p1jq40-33F http://wp.me/p1jq40-4nj
WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G https://pesticidetruths.com/ http://wp.me/P1jq40-2rr
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