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Ontario to Protect Freedom of Expression

You may feel a little more willing to speak out once the provincial government passes its newly proposed act to protect your freedom of expression. Some people or companies intimidate and discourge people from speaking out publicly on issues, by threatening costly and lengthy lawsuits. Often these lawsuits are tossed out, but not until they have used a lot of time and coat a lot of money. This practice is called a SLAPP (a Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation). The government wants to give courts the ability to recognize and toss out any such cases that have no merit, while letting legitimate cases proceed quickly.

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