The motion to dismiss a lawsuit by a former employee will be heard Thursday, July 4 by a Superior Court Judge in Guelph.
On November 16, 2016, a former City of Guelph Deputy Chief Administrative Officer sued Guelph resident Gerry Barker for defamation. The posts were published in the blog, guelphspeaks.ca.
The lawsuit claimed $500,000 in damages.
The plaintiff announced in November 2016 that the City of Guelph was paying his legal expenses.
The posts were published following the March 2016 release of the 2015 provincial Sunshine List of public employees earning more than $100,000 a year plus taxable benefits.
Details of the defence statement will be revealed at the hearing that involves freedom of speech and the right of public participation in the operations of the City of Guelph’s administration.
The defence is based on the Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation legislation of Ontario, known as SLAPP.
The hearing will be held in the Wellington County Court House located on Woolwich Street starting at 10 a.m.