Ecojustice intervened at the Supreme Court of Canada to protect Ontarians from legal intimidation by ensuring a broad interpretation of the province’s Protection of Public Participation Act.
Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP), are used to silence those who speak out. Without laws that defend against these lawsuits, members of civil society working to protect the environment can feel a real chill from legal intimidation.
We went to court to ensure that Ontario’s anti-SLAPP provisions are applicable across a wide variety of cases and interpreted in a manner that continues to safeguard the ability of individuals and environmental group to express themselves freely on environmental issues.
Ontario’s anti-SLAPP provisions protect freedom of expression, public discourse, and allow for public participation in the democratic process without fear of retribution.