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by Mike Caswell
Fission 3.0 Corp.'s former president, Jeffrey Mushaluk, has won an order in the Supreme Court of British Columbia directing Stockhouse Publishing Ltd. to provide identifying information for three forum users. The users were behind a series of messages that Mr. Mushaluk claims were false and defamatory. Among other things, the posts accused him of being a "smear campaign artist" who had a "plan to take down the fission management and take over."
The order, handed down on Thursday, Jan. 14, directs Stockhouse to hand over any identifying information that it has for the Stockhouse users, who went by the aliases Enlightening, Himey2012 and Smittyh2000. Stockhouse must provide e-mail address and IP addresses for the three users. (IP addresses are unique identifiers that can usually be traced to a user's physical location, although such tracing may require a separate court order for the user's Internet provider.)
Thursday's order stems from a series of messages that began in March, 2020, shortly after Mr. Mushaluk's brief tenure as Fission 3.0's president. (Fission hired him on Sept. 18, 2019, but just months later the company said that he had left. A one-line news release dated Feb. 7, 2020, attributed his departure to "cost-reduction efforts.")
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