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Carey Veinotte and Chris Dafoe file first PPPA Application in British Columbia

As reported by the Vancouver Sun on April 23, 2019, Carey Veinotte and Chris Dafoe of TVS have filed the first-known Application under the NDP Government’s new Protection of Public Participation Act (the PPPA).

Basically, the PPPA sets up a procedure whereby lawsuits by Plaintiffs found by the Court to be designed to squelch discussions about matters that are in the public interest can be dismissed. TVS represents Glen Hansman, President of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. On October 12, 2018, Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld filed a law suit in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against Mr. Hansman, alleging that Mr. Hansman’s comments about Barry Neufeld in the media were defamatory. In his Application, Mr. Hansman says that Trustee Neufeld’s lawsuit is really about silencing Mr. Neufeld’s critics generally, and was designed to enhance Mr. Neufeld’s chances of re-election as a school trustee particularly.

The Application is scheduled for Hearing July 11 and 12, 2019 in Vancouver.