Saturday, July 29, 2017

#BunchOfBigBullies------------- Friday July 28, 2017 How an Ontario mom fended off a $120K libel lawsuit over her Facebook posts Katie Mohammed has been awarded $7,500 in damages under Ontario's anti-SLAPP laws. Katie Mohammed has been awarded $7,500 in damages under Ontario's anti-SLAPP laws. (Katie Mohammed) Listen 5:42 MORE STORIES FROM THIS EPISODE How an Ontario mom fended off a $120K libel lawsuit over her Facebook posts ----- A Stouffville, Ont. teacher has become the first person in Ontario to be awarded damages under provincial rules designed to protect the free speech of ordinary citizens. "It was like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Katie Mohammed told As It Happens guest host Helen Mann. Her ordeal began last fall on her son's first day of senior kindergarten. She said she was snuggling on the couch with her family when someone knocked on her front door. "It was a man and he told me that he was there regarding comments I had made on Facebook about a company," Mohammed said. He handed her a letter from United Soils Management threatening to sue her for libel over posts she had made in two private community Facebook groups — "Stouffville Mommies" and "Stouffville Buy and Sell." In the posts, Mohammed expressed concern about the company's plan to deposit fill in a local pit, writing the process could "potentially poison our children." She directed readers to a local newspaper article in which several town councillors warned the hydro-excavation trucks used for the process could contaminate the nearby drinking water supply — an allegation the company vehemently denies. "I just collapsed on the floor when I found out that they were suing me for $120,000."- Katie Mohammed, teacher United Soils demanded Mohammed retract her statements and apologize immediately. She says she did as they asked — both on Facebook and in personalized letters to the company. "I didn't think any more of it until the Friday after the first week of school and I got another knock at the door and it was the same man and he said, 'Katie Mohammed, it's a lawsuit now,'" she said. "And I went into the kitchen and I opened it up and I read through it and I just collapsed on the floor when I found out that they were suing me for $120,000."--------------Julie Ali In Alberta, the continuing care system uses the hammer of lawsuits to silence families. This occurs if other forms of retribution such as evictions and banning don't end public discourse about problems in the continuing care system. Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society who was recently awarded a 2016 John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights Champion Award was repeatedly sued for speaking about non-compliances, abuse, neglect and fatality in the system. She has also been banned from facilities. It is troubling that retribution is accepted by the GOA with no attempt made to provide anti-SLAPP legislation to ordinary citizens. Could it be in Alberta that the GOA is more interested in secrecy and silencing of citizen dissent than in productive democratic participation? Recently in Grande Prairie, the Tucker family was subject to banning with the use of the Trespass to Premises legislation created by the PCs. I find this piece of legislation also very troubling. How is it possible that residents in facilities where they pay rent are banned from seeing family members and advocates? Should the residents themselves not decide whether they want contact? Why are the human rights of residents ignored? All these mechanisms of eviction, banning and legal punishment have been tolerated by the PCs and now the NDP folks. In my opinion, democracy is in trouble when even our most vigorous advocates for the human rights of the least among us face retribution with no remedy provided by the GOA. https://www.jhcentre.org/human-rights-awards/ Ruth Adria, Human Rights Champion 2016« less


Julie Ali
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#BunchOfBigBullies--When you yap on social media in Ontario you can be sued by a corporation and then what? I guess there are protections in Ontario to ensure that your right to your opinion is protected.
In contrast, in Alberta we listen to a whole bunch of baloney about democratic renewal and all that crap without any sort of protections in the form of anti-SLAPP legislation when we are hammered by corporations for our public participation.
I guess in Alberta democracy isn't about public participation. It's about silencing of the citizens and the obedience to the various brands of the political parties. It's troubling but I think mummies should still yap anyway. Especially when you are standing up for your families--#StandUpForYourFamilies

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Julie Ali
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Troubling that corporations will use lawsuits to silence a mummy but this isn't the first case of such junk. Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society has been repeatedly sued for her work.
In Alberta if you are yappy and unwilling to give up your right to your opinions I guess you will be sued in this egregious manner. It's troubling but there you go. In Alberta the GOA and the political parties aren't interested in democratic participation. They're interested only in obedience of the voters to their particular agenda -whatever the agenda may be.
At least this mum was saved from her fate of retribution by the presence of anti-SLAPP legislation in Ontario. In Alberta, we just have to be punished because this is the way the GOA wants it to be --retribution prevents families from yapping publicly about the non-compliances present in the continuing care system as the Lacombe long term care case illustrates. And really why would the GOA be on our side? It's too busy being on the side of the continuing care providers who are doing the work that the GOA does not want to do.


Katie Mohammed of Stouffville, Ont., has become the first person awarded damages under Ontario anti-SLAPP rules that protect ordinary citizens from litigious companies.
CBC.CA

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http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.4175492/how-an-ontario-mom-fended-off-a-120k-libel-lawsuit-over-her-facebook-posts-1.4175496
In Alberta, the continuing care system uses the hammer of lawsuits to silence families. This occurs if other forms of retribution such as evictions and banning don't end public discourse about problems in the continuing care system.
Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society who was recently awarded a 2016 John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights Champion Award was repeatedly sued for speaking about non-compliances, abuse, neglect and fatality in the system. She has also been banned from facilities. It is troubling that retribution is accepted by the GOA with no attempt made to provide anti-SLAPP legislation to ordinary citizens.

Could it be in Alberta that the GOA is more interested in secrecy and silencing of citizen dissent than in productive democratic participation? Recently in Grande Prairie, the Tucker family was subject to banning with the use of the Trespass to Premises legislation created by the PCs. I find this piece of legislation also very troubling. How is it possible that residents in facilities where they pay rent are banned from seeing family members and advocates? Should the residents themselves not decide whether they want contact? Why are the human rights of residents ignored?

All these mechanisms of eviction, banning and legal punishment have been tolerated by the PCs and now the NDP folks. In my opinion, democracy is in trouble when even our most vigorous advocates for the human rights of the least among us face retribution with no remedy provided by the GOA.

https://www.jhcentre.org/human-rights-awards/
Ruth Adria, Human Rights Champion 2016« less


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