Government-Owned Cermaq Vs. Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture
Read Judgment in full online here
Don Staniford Wins!!!!!!
“Salmon-farming activist wins in court” (The Canadian Press, 29 September)
“Court dismisses salmon farming defamation suit” (Times Colonist, 29 September)
“Activist wins defamation case launched by salmon-farming company” (The Canadian Press/Calgary Herald/Windsor Star/Ottawa Citizen/Montreal Gazette/Metro News/The Province, 29 September)
“B.C. Supreme Court upholds right of anti-salmon farm activist to make defamatory remarks/ “Court upholds salmon farm foe's right to make defamatory remarks” (The Vancouver Sun/Times Colonist, 29 September)
Here's the summary Judgment:
Read Judgment in full online here
On 15 October 2012, Cermaq's lawyers appealed the judgment:
Read the 'Notice of Appeal' - online here
Madame Justice Elaine Adair’s judgment will be available from 10.30am (Pacific Standard Time) today (Friday 28 September) via the Supreme Court of British Columbia – online here
If Cermaq’s lawsuit and injunction are successful, over fifty statements will be deemed illegal and “any person”, “servants” or “agents” will be ordered to remove the ‘Defamatory Words’ from the internet:
Read Cermaq's 'Amended Notice of Civil Claim' - online here
“If successful, the injunction would outlaw bumper stickers like ‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Farmed Salmon’ and 'Wild Salmon Don't Do Drugs' and truthful statements corroborated by peer-reviewed science such as ‘Salmon Farming Spreads Disease’ and ‘Salmon Farming Kills Wild Baby Salmon’,” said Don Staniford following the 20-day trial in February. “It’s a sad but simple fact that Norwegian-owned salmon farming kills all over the globe: whether it is the killing of sea lions in British Columbia; the deaths of workers in Chile; the slaughter of seals in Scotland or the devastation of wild salmon at home in Norway.”
“Norway now rivals China in its abuse of freedom of speech and the Draconian measures sought to suppress dissent,” continued Staniford. “The Norwegian Government, via their state ownership of Cermaq, is abusing the Canadian courts to muzzle global criticism of Norwegian-owned salmon farming. Norway’s reputation as a champion of free speech now lies in the gutter along with the Nobel Peace Prize it awarded in 2010 to the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Shame on Norway, shame on Cermaq!”
Speaking after the end of the 20-day trial, David Sutherland (legal counsel for Don Staniford) said:
“We need to create a separate cause of action, which does not have the adverse presumptions of defamation that protect the reputations of individual people but forces the corporation to, in fact, prove the sorts of damages and other criteria that are involved in the court of injurious falsehood.”
On the first day of the trial (16 January 2012), a police officer and officer from the Canadian Border Services Agency visited the court to inform Mr. Staniford he would be deported. Following the trial, Mr. Staniford was deported from Canada and moved immediately to Norway to “slay the dragon in its own lair”.
“Staniford began his journey back to Europe in the same over-the-top theatrical style that inflamed his targets: He arrived at Vancouver International Airport clad in an orange Guantanamo Bay-like jump suit and fake, rubber chains,” reported Global TV (5 March).
“The Canadian government chose to intimidate me on day one of my court case by turning up at the courtroom in a very public and calculated display of police force, yet, when deporting me, they were embarrassed by the orange jumpsuit and chose to whisk me out of public sight,” said Staniford in an interview with The Times Colonist (1 March).
Read Cermaq's demand letter of 18 March 2011 launching the lawsuit - online here
Read Wild Salmon First's blog: "How Cermaq Abused the Canadian Courts" - online here
Read more background via Wild Salmon First - online here