So it was asked of United Way if they would accept any cash NextEra Energy could scrounge up from their SLAPP suit against a fighting resident in rural Ontario. Here is their response. See if you think it matches up at all with their “promise”.
From: Sylvain Beaudry
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2013 9:54 AM
To: Harvey Wrightman
Good morning Mr. Wrightman,
My apology for taking sometime to respond to your email.
We are very sorry to hear that your daughter is experiencing legal difficulties and we are happy to respond to your questions.
1) We can confirm that we did not, do not, nor will have any contact with Nextera or its counsel, McCarthy Tetrault, LLP about this or any other lawsuit;
2) United Way is totally unaware of any lawsuit for which it is named as beneficiary and as such do not take any position nor take part in any court action or trial. As such, if a Court decision is made and the ruling indicates United Way as beneficiary, United Way will accept the award for damages that may result.
Should you need additional information, please contact the undersigned.
Sylvain Beaudry CPA (CMA), MBA
Vice-President, Finance & Operations
Vice-Président, Finances et fonctionnement
United Way Centraide Canada
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From: Harvey Wrightman
Sent: November-04-13 10:31 PM
To: United Way Centraide Canada
Dear Dr. Abray-Nyman
I attended a presentation at our the Adelaide/Metcalfe Council to listen to a United Way presentation , “…regarding the findings of United Way London & Middlesex’s County-wide needs assessment titled, Middlesex County: Impact of Social & Economic Changes on Human Service Needs, which was disseminated to you and your elected officials via email in early July. This research project was in response to the growing reality that residents and communities of Middlesex County are experiencing significant economic and social change. The final report, guided by a multisectoral advisory committee, identifies existing community assets and service delivery gaps, and provides four recommendations for further action related to human service needs.”
I can appreciate that the United Way is seeking to improve services and living conditions in rural areas such as our township – no objections there. However, I want to bring to your attention that a wind energy company, Nextera Energy Canada launched a SLAPP-type lawsuit against my daughter Esther Wrightman. In Para. 42, United Way Canada is named as the recipient of any monetary damages awarded by the Court should Nextera be successful. Curiously, Nextera did not state a dollar amount of the alleged damages in its claim.
Esther has written and filed a statement of defense – she will defend, on her own behalf. She does not have the means to hire counsel. In other words, she could very well be a person who would benefit from the services of the United Way. She and her husband have 2 children, 7 and 9 years old.
What I would appreciate is a statement of clarification about any possible involvement of United Way Canada in this action. Specifically, answers to these questions:
1) Did Nextera or its counsel, McCarthy Tetrault, LLP contact United Way Canada about this lawsuit and possible award of damages to the United Way?
2) Would the United Way Canada accept any award of damages from this lawsuit that may result?
Para. 42: “…it is not Nextera’s intent to profit from this action or even to make itself whole. As such, Nextera undertakes to donate any damages it recovers in this action to United Way Canada.”
The lawsuit against my daughter is just one example of how wind companies are seeking to muffle stifle opposition to large scale wind projects. Unfortunately such heavy-handed tactics are not well received in the community and elsewhere. Sometimes it takes a 105 lb woman to face down the bully.
Please call or write if you have any questions, and I will do my best to answer them.
Thank you for your attention to review this matter. I look forward to your response.
Kerwood, ON, N0M 2B0