Re “Ontario reintroducing anti-SLAPP legislation” (Antonella Artuso, Dec. 2): Thank goodness Ontario is moving to protect small groups’ ability to speak out. My doctors’ organization assists local environmentalists so we know citizens are often afraid to voice their opposition to ecological destruction for fear of lawsuits. The Canadian Charter protects expression but if people are frightened about offering an opinion, the freedom exists only on paper. If properly implemented, Ontario’s new anti-SLAPP law should make freedom of expression a lived reality — which benefits all of us.
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment