rci wtBy Lynn Desjardins

Tuesday 3 March, 2015

Wind energy companies are demanding that four families in the province of Ontario pay $340,000 in legal fees for a court case the families lost in December.

Families say case was in the public interest

In civic cases in Canada, the losing side generally has to pay the legal bills of the winning side. But in this case, the families say they should not have to pay because their case was in the public interest and there was no financial benefit to them personally.

The families were trying to stop huge wind-farm projects near their homes. They say the government has not proven they would not harm their health. They challenged the constitutionality of the government’s approval process. Although they lost the case, they plan to appeal and, if necessary, take the case to the highest court in the land.

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