Non-profit groups are relieved they will no longer be so open to lawsuits designed to intimidate and silence them.
The B-C Societies Act originally would have allowed the public to go after non-profit organizations they believed were harming the public interest.
The provincial government has introduced the bill, but has removed that provision.
“We’d been worried that the provision would have allowed critics of societies to drag those societies into court whenever they did anything the least bit contentious.”
Andrew Gage with West Coast Environmental Law says critics would have been able to easily drag those groups into court whenever they did anything the least bit contentious.
“Or even just threaten that they would do that, particularly for smaller organizations without a lot of staff or resources.”
He says this was especially key for groups who oppose the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines.