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BC court rejects miner’s defamation appeal against environmental group

BC court rejects miner’s defamation appeal against environmental group

An environmental group is celebrating a court ruling that tossed out a mining company’s appeal of a defamation case.

Taseko Mines sued the Wilderness Committee in 2012, claiming comments the group made about the company’s controversial New Prosperity Mine project in Tsilhqot’in territory were defamatory.

The court eventually sided with the Wilderness Committee in 2016, but Taseko appealed the case and both parties were back in court this year.

Wednesday, the BC Court of Appeal rejected Taseko’s case, but Wilderness Committee National Campaigner Joe Foy says the five-year process was a costly one.

Foy is hopeful that the BC government will pass a law protecting people from Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation or SLAPP suits as Ontario and Quebec have.

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