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Anti-SLAPP laws help prevent abuse of the legal system when an individual or organization tries to silence someone by launching an expensive lawsuit (usually defamation) against them. Such lawsuits are termed “SLAPPs” – strategic lawsuits against public participation.

News September 10, 2020

Supreme Court upholds Ontario Anti-SLAPP Legislation

The Centre for Free Expression, along with co-intervenors Canadian Association of Journalists and CWA-Canada, welcome today's Supreme Court's unanimous judgment  in 1704604 Ontario Ltd. v. Pointes Protection Association which upholds Ontario's anti-SLAPP legislation and makes some important clarifications about how specific legislative provisions  should be interpreted and applied.
News February 22, 2019

BPC Bulletin: B.C. Legislature Considers Anti-SLAPP Bill

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee   In Victoria, the B.C. legislature heard the first reading of Bill 2 — the Protection of Public Participation Act — on February 13, 2019. The bill, which was introduced by Attorney General David Eby, seeks to curtail costly and meritless lawsuits that stifle public debate.