It’s a first: The Nova Scotia Supreme Court is going to broadcast a case online.

Starting Monday, the case of Neila Catherine MacQueen and others vs. the attorney generals of Canada and Nova Scotia will be streamed onto the website

The plaintiffs in the case are asking for damages and remediation from the operation of the steel mill and coke ovens in Sydney.

“Web-casting these proceedings live on the Internet will enable the plaintiffs, most of whom are in Cape Breton, to view what goes on in the courtroom without having to travel to Halifax,” John Piccolo, a spokesman for the Nova Scotia Judiciary, said in a release.

It’s a first for this court, but not so for others. The Court of Appeal broadcast a hearing in February 2009. Also, the Howard Hyde fatality inquiry was web-cast.

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