CCLA and PBLO Partner to Aid Defendants in SLAPP Suits

On December 1, 2014, the Ontario government introduced a Bill (Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act) to deal with the issue of lawsuits aimed at silencing public participation. Known as “SLAPP” suits, which stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation” or “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation”, these lawsuits are directed against individuals or organizations, in order to silence and deter their public criticisms and advocacy for change.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) are launching the Public Participation Project to help individuals who are in need of legal services for these kinds of cases.

Check this site regularly – self-help materials and more information about the project and how to connect with a lawyer who can help will be available early in 2015.

In the meantime, defendants in a case believed to be a SLAPP and need legal help, should contact Cara Zwibel (CCLA) at or Matt Cohen (PBLO) at

The CCLA is a non-profit organization that passionately defends the fundamental human rights and civil liberties of all Canadians through public education, litigation, citizens’ engagement, advocacy, monitoring and research.

PBLO is a charity that bridges the justice gap between lawyers who want to give back and Ontarians who can’t afford legal services but have a problem not covered by government funding.

The Public Participation Project is a joint project of CCLA and PBLO. It combines CCLA’s mandate to promote fundamental freedoms and PBLO’s mandate to enhance access to justice

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