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  • Nikki Mantell

More women, more civility

Recently we’ve reported on how municipalities are fighting back against online trolls.

In Cantley, a successful injunction forced Facebook to reveal the identity of an anonymous person posting defamatory comments about two of its councillors. The lawyer representing the municipality described the unnamed troll’s apology and financial settlement as a “first” for Quebec.

The municipality of Pontiac is pursuing a similar injunction for “incredibly abusive” online comments posted under a pseudonym about the mayor, councillors, staff and even members of the community.

Last week we received a copy of the MRC Vallée-de-la-Gatineau’s cease-and-desist letter it is sending to one of its residents for harassment of its public officials.