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Order to zip it spurs lawsuit

For the second time in two years, Jim Richards has been silenced at Clarington council meetings for using the word “bully.” Now a lawsuit will do the talking for the Orono resident who feels twice wronged in his right to free speech.

For the second time in two years, Jim Richards has been silenced at Clarington council meetings for using the word “bully.” Now a lawsuit will do the talking for the Orono resident who feels twice wronged in his right to free speech.

After Mayor Jim Abernethy refused to apologize Monday for ordering Richards to zip it a week ago, Richards said he would take legal action.

At a council meeting last week, Richards called the chair of Durham Region a “bully” while stating his preference to elect rather than appoint someone to the position.

Two years ago, Abernethy and council imposed a gag order on Richards at municipal meetings for calling Anderson a bully at regional council because he had reduced a mother to tears during a grilling over her concerns about building a garbage incinerator.

 
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