SLAPP suits are being used to muzzle – Bill back in legislature

SLAPP_jpg_800x1000_q100London Free Press, Jane Sims
The Ontario government wants to halt the growing practice of using meritless lawsuits as a way to muzzle opponents. It’s proposing legislation, the Protection of Public Participation Act, it hopes will stop so-called SLAPPs — strategic lawsuits against public participation — often used to quash criticism and tie up the courts.

“The proposed law would minimize the time and resources wasted by plaintiffs, defendants and the courts on meritless claims, while allowing legitimate complaints to proceed in a timely manner,” the attorney-general’s office said Monday. The new law was drafted after extensive consultations starting in 2010. An advisory panel concluded strategic lawsuits are stopping many people from speaking out on matters of public interest.

The law would be a “fast-track review process for lawsuits alleged to be strategic in nature,” the attorney-general’s office said. A judge would be given powers to apply a legal test to determine if the case could proceed or be dismissed. Read article

8 thoughts on “SLAPP suits are being used to muzzle – Bill back in legislature

  1. Rather depends on provisions of any law enacted that judges will be required to use?

    What if there was a citizens’ grand jury that could look into the present gas scandal?

    And why won’t the present government re-instate a grand jury system in Ontario? A bill has been introduced at QP to do this.

  2. How does a Communist giggle?

    ‘[excerpt] “The proposed law would minimize the time and resources wasted by plaintiffs, defendants and the courts on meritless claims, while allowing legitimate complaints to proceed in a timely manner,” the attorney-general’s office said Monday. The new law was drafted after extensive consultations starting in 2010. An advisory panel concluded strategic lawsuits are stopping many people from speaking out on matters of public interest.

    The law would be a “fast-track review process for lawsuits alleged to be strategic in nature,” the attorney-general’s office said. A judge would be given powers to apply a legal test to determine if the case could proceed or be dismissed.’

    Strategic in nature – and, let’s not forget –
    the law is an ass!

  3. Premier Social Justice – and, her – open and shut case
    ……for the next 4 years.

    How to collapse – ‘free market capitalism’,
    and,
    start a new green economy;
    and, get away with it.

    Organizations continue call for anti-SLAPP legislation in Ontario
    https://cjfe.org/resources/protest_letters/organizations-continue-call-anti-slapp-legislation-ontario

    Over 140 groups, including environmental organizations, unions and freedom of expression advocates, are calling on the Ontario legislature to adopt strong legislation to prevent Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) from being used to limit freedom of expression, public participation and prevent the abuse of libel laws.
    http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/recent/130-groups-call-on-Ontario-legislature-to-make-public-advocacy-bill-top-priority/

    Oh, I forgot to mention – green cronyism!
    ……..but, no known corruption.

  4. Stephen Harper called Kyoto Protocol aka Smart Growth
    aka Sustainable Development aka Agenda 21
    a communist plan.
    And, he pissed off a few people;
    and, the evidence of ‘pissed off’
    is in the article below.

    Climate science defunded. Research libraries dismantled. Scientists laid off in droves. Canada was once a world leader in environmental research, but now top scientists are afraid to speak out, and government bureaucracy stands between climate reporters and information that used to be freely accessible. A chill has been created around climate in Canada.

    Find out why our government is shutting the public out of environmental research, and what Canadians can do to thaw the chill around climate science. Join us for an interactive online chat with Toronto Star environment reporter Raveena Aulakh and leading atmospheric scientist Dr. Tom Duck.

    This event is being held as a part of the global campaign for the International Day to End Impunity. We want to know what can be done to hold the Canadian government accountable for its suppression of the conversation around environment in Canada.

    Join the conversation: Ask questions and follow along with the event using #cjfelive, and join the campaign to end impunity using #EndImpunity.
    https://cjfe.org/blog/chill-canadas-climate-science-cjfe-live-chat

    Go Stephen Harper!

    • I’m with you there Free Thinker.
      Go Harper Go is right! He’s our only saviour from the radical faux environmentalist fools of the left and Lying Liberals, all of whom would destroy Canada, just as they’ve destroyed the previously great Ontario.

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