THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Greepeace has filed court documents saying a lawsuit against it is an attempt to silence its criticism of a forestry company’s harvesting practices.[np_storybar title=”How Greenpeace landed itself in serious legal trouble with its campaign against a forestry company” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/16/greenpeace-resolute/”%5DTerence Corcoran: Interfering with economic relations is a far more serious bit of wrongdoing under Canadian tort law. Greenpeace lost its first attempt to get the economic relations part of the case removed, claiming there was lack of evidence in Resolute Forest’s claims. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]“Greenpeace states that the Plaintiffs’ claims for defamation and interference with economic relations, have no merit and in fact are being made to harass, intimidate and silence Greenpeace,” the environmental group said in a statement of defence filed Thursday.The papers were filed in response to a defamation suit brought against it last year by Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products.Resolute brought the case in 2013 after Greenpeace accused it of building roads and cutting trees in regions of Quebec it had promised it would stay out of under the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, an agreement on forest preservation and harvesting signed by environmental groups and Canada’s main forestry companies.Greenpeace later retracted allegations it had made about road-building, but Resolute accuses the group of repeating those charges nonetheless.Resolute also accuses Greenpeace of falsely claiming it had mishandled workers’ pensions, and that the group mischaracterized the amount of recycled fibre in Resolute products.Those claims were circulated to Resolute’s customers and at its annual general meeting. The company alleges they hurt its reputation and cost it a coveted eco-friendly certification.The full scope of the damage is not yet known by Resolute“The full scope of the damage is not yet known by Resolute,” says the statement of claim, which was also laid against two individual Greenpeace members. The lawsuit asks for $7 million in damages.Resolute has also filed a similar lawsuit against an environmental auditing firm claiming its draft report helped lead to the company losing its Forest Stewardship Council approved status. The company claims the two auditors made errors and were biased against it.The report has not been released, pending the lawsuit. Resolute is requesting a new audit be conducted.“The lawsuits against Greenpeace and Rainforest Alliance meet the classic profile of a SLAPP suit (strategic lawsuit against public participation) because they have been brought to silence criticism of the company’s conduct,” said the Greenpeace documents.Greenpeace accused Resolute of filing the lawsuit in Ontario instead of their Quebec headquarters because that province has legislation against such litigation. Greenpeace says Resolute has lobbied heavily against introducing such a law in Ontario.It denies Resolute’s claims that it sought to damage the company and calls its statements fair comment.“Greenpeace’s objective has never been to cause harm to Resolute Forest Products, but rather to promote an explicit vision for the future of the boreal forest which includes Resolute Forest Products and other forest companies playing an important role as part of a diversified forest economy,” says its statement. — By Bob Weber in Edmonton
A 33-year-old woman was lucky to escape serious injury when she fell in front of a bus after colliding with a jogger, police have said.Dramatic CCTV of the incident shows a man running along Putney Bridge, west London, and appearing to push the woman into the road.The oncoming bus is forced to swerve into the adjacent lane to avoid hitting her.Investigating officer Sergeant Mat Knowles said: “The victim was put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road.”It was only due to the superb quick reactions of the bus driver that she was not hit by the vehicle.”The Metropolitan Police said the bus stopped and passengers tended to the woman – who received minor injuries – following the incident on Friday, May 5 at about 7.40am.Officers said the jogger ran the other way across the bridge around 15 minutes later and the victim attempted to speak to him, but “he did not acknowledge her”.An appeal has been launched for witnesses or anyone who recognises the jogger in the CCTV.The jogger is described as white in his early to mid-30s, with brown eyes and short brown hair.He was wearing a light grey T-shirt and dark blue shorts. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.