Woman who left Ontario says she’s still facing lawsuit by energy firm

Esther Wrightman says NextEra has made no move to withdraw defamation suit over criticism of wind farms. Company says she must remove altered logo from website

wrightmann.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxA former Ontario woman who made satirical postings criticizing wind turbine construction in her hometown says she is still facing a lawsuit from a project developer despite giving up the fight and moving out of province.

Esther Wrightman says NextEra Energy Canada has made no move to withdraw the defamation suit they first filed against her in May 2013. The company says it’s not trying to silence her.

The suit seeks unspecified damages and contends that Wrightman misrepresented the company in order to bolster her own crusade against wind turbines being built to provide power throughout southwestern Ontario.

The suit cites two instances in which Wrightman posted parodied versions of NextEra’s corporate logo to her website, calling it “NextTerror.”

Wrightman, who moved to New Brunswick in 2014 after the turbines were built, says the suit is little more than an attempt to intimidate and silence a critical voice.

NextEra’s statement of claim says the suit could be dropped if Wrightman removes the altered logos.

“NextEra has not asked the defendant to cease her advocacy activities. It has not even asked the defendant to stop using the word “terror” as long as it is not associated with a mutilation or NextEra’s corporate name, trade name or logos,” the statement says.

read more: Michelle McQuigge The Canadian Press, Published on Thu Jul 23 2015

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