Wilderness Committee Heading to Court to Fight Taseko Mines’ Defamation Suit

Wilderness Committee, January 16, 2015

Supporters will gather to defend the right to speak out for the environment

The Wilderness Committee will appear in court beginning Monday, January 19th to defend against a defamation lawsuit brought by Taseko Mines Ltd.

What: Wilderness Committee staff will be joined by friends and supporters outside the courthouse to send a message to the mining industry: Canadians deserve the right to speak out on matters affecting our environment. Speakers will address some of the mining issues we face today, as well as the importance of public participation in democratic decision-making.

Why: In a Notice of Civil Claim filed in March 2012, Taseko Mines alleged that the Wilderness Committee had published defamatory statements in online publications encouraging members of the public to participate in the review process for the New Prosperity Mine. The Wilderness Committee maintains that the lawsuit was an attempt to put a chill on growing opposition to the project, which risked harming Fish Lake in Tsilhqot’in Nation territory.

When:      Monday, January 19, 2015
                8:30 a.m.

Where:    Supreme Court of BC (Nelson St. entrance)
                Nelson and Hornby Street, Vancouver
                (view map)

Who:       – Joe Foy, National Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee
                – Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
                – Devon Page, Executive Director, Ecojustice
                – Marilyn Baptiste, Nits’il?in Yaz/Councillor, Xeni Gwet’in First Nations (by phone)
                – Micheal Vonn, Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association

*Media availability for Wilderness Committee Campaign Director Joe Foy will end at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, as court proceedings are set to begin shortly thereafter.

For more information, please contact:

Joe Foy | National Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee
604-880-2580, joe@wildernesscommittee.org

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