Defamation suit filed by Andrew Weaver thrown out of court


A defamation lawsuit filed by B.C. Green party leader Andrew Weaver against a former geography professor from Winnipeg has been dismissed.

Before he was elected as an MLA in 2013, Weaver sued Dr. Timothy Ball, a retired professor from the University of Winnipeg, after Ball wrote an article on Jan. 10, 2011 entitled “Corruption of Climate Science Has Created 30 Lost Years” that appeared on a website known as “Canada Free Press.”

The thrust of the article written by Ball, a climate change skeptic, was that modern climate science had been corrupted by money and politics and that there was not enough evidence to support claims that humans are contributing to climate change and global warming.

Weaver, a University of Victoria professor and a leading voice on the need to take action on climate change, alleged that the article referred to him in ways that were libellous.

The alleged libel included that Weaver was not competent or qualified to teach climate science and that he cheated Canadian taxpayers by accepting public funding for climate science research although he had little or no knowledge about climate science.

Weaver also believed that the piece suggested he bribed university students with research funds so they would participate in useless computer modelling studies which had little scientific value and that he had dishonestly claimed on his website to be a “climatologist” but removed the claim when challenged by Ball.

After the article was published, Weaver demanded a retraction and apology from Canada Free Press and Ball. The website deleted the article and published a retraction and an apology. Ball also apologized.

At trial, Weaver argued that the allegations contained in the article struck at the heart of his role as a teacher and scientist and claimed that Ball had failed to establish any defences to the alleged defamation.

Ball denied that the …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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