The CBC reports that the Toronto Port Authority, that lovely little federal body responsible for trying to build a bridge to the island airport and complicating waterfront development, has sued community advocacy group Community Air. The $3 million lawsuit alleges that the non-profit group has defamed the TPA.
Spacing Wire has their analysis and John Barber dedicates his column in today’s Globe to the lawsuit.
We’re echoing Barber’s complaints about the lawsuit. This is a blatant case of a large government agency trying to sue a community group exercising its democratic right to debate and free speech. It’s also a government agency using tax dollars to sue voters so that they’ll shut up just in time for a federal review of the TPA’s activities. Who will the TPA go after next, the city? Oh wait, they’ve already done that.