Ontario mom faces $2M libel suit for website about problems in neighbourhood By MIKE OLIVEIRA
(CP) – A stay-at-home mother of three who created a website to alert the government about allegedly dangerous environmental problems in her southwestern Ontario neighbourhood is facing a $2 million libel suit by one of the developers she reported on.
Louisette Lanteigne of Waterloo, Ont., said she grew sick of what she saw during construction in her new subdivision and what appeared to be questionable building practices and labour-code violations.
She said she was constantly keeping her kids and their friends out of trouble, as they would keep running into hazards around their neighbourhood. She petitioned city council and got help but new problems would appear as quickly as the old ones got fixed, she said.
“They call me an environmental activist, but I see myself as more of a mom who’s just trying to be heard,” said the 36-year-old mother of three girls aged 21 months, nine and 12.
“My kids were at risk and nobody helped me, and I’m worried about other kids too, that’s the bottom line,” she said in a telephone interview, breaking into tears. “Nobody protected me and now I’m getting sued.”
This is outrageous. Another attempt by a big corporation to silence those willing to speak out when the corporation doesn’t do right. Louisette, here’s hoping you prevail. If there’s anything you need, let me know!