Rulings, decisions and Significant Dates
at the Cornwall Public Inquiry
(this list is being developed)
(1) On Friday 30 June 2006 Justice Normand Glaude essentially ruled in favour of motions by the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, Citizens for Community Renewal, the Victims Group and Father Charles MacDonald for increased funding to retain additional staff to cope with the massive disclosure of documents. He also ruled in favour of a motion by the Men’s Project to interchange a lawyer position with that of a researcher.
(2) On Friday 30 June 2006 Justice Glaude issued his reasons for granting the Upper Canada Distric School Board’s request for funding.
(3) Tuesday 27 June 2006 Justice Normand Glaude ruled that the Cornwall Police Service must disclose all documents which it claimed were covered by solicitor/client privilege. Those documents must be produced by 19 July 2006. The ruling also applies to the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall which supported the CPS service motion regarding privileged documents.
(4) On Tuesday 27 June 2006 the Upper Canada District School Board applied for and was immediately granted standing at the Inquiry.
(5) On Tuesday 06 June 2006 Justice Glaude ruled in favour of Father Charles MacDonald’s motion for funding to finance his judicial review scheduled for Thursday 13 July ’06. Glaude simultaneously granted joint funding to three parties (Men’s Project, Citizens for Community Renewal & Victim’s Group) to argue against Cipriano.)
(6) On Monday 29 May 2006 Justice Glaude ruled in favour of the diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall’s motion to redact or remove certain Victims Group affidavits from the cornwall.ca website. The motion was argued by David W Scott. Glaude also issued a publication ban. The ban was supported by all parties with standing.
(On Tuesday 06 June 2006 ruled against a similar motion argued by Mr. Cipriano on behalf of Father Charles MacDonald. )
(7) On Wednesday 17 May 2006 David Sheriff-Scott informed the commission that the diocese will NOT appeal Justice Normand Glaude's 01 May 2006 ruling that the diocese is a "public institution."
(6) On Monday 01 May 2006 Justice Glaude ruled that the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall is a public institution.
(8) In August 2006 Justice Glaude posted Ken MacLellan’s 26 July 2006 Application for Standing on the Cornwall Public Inquiry website. Mr. MacLellan had stated that if his Application was so posted he would not pursue his request for standing.
(9) On 14 August 2006 the Ontario Divisional Court in Toronto heard and declined Giuseppe Cipriano’s request on behalf of Father Charles MacDonald for a judicial review of Justice Normand Glaude's ruling that the victims can testify, albeit in a limited fashion. The inquiry will therefore choose certain victims who will testify, albeit in a limited fashion.
(10) On 23rd and 24 th August 2006 Justice Glaude heard arguments which have arisen regarding redaction of documents and the manner in which documents are disclosed to parties with standing at the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
(11) On 05 September 2006 it was learned that Justice Normand Glaude had been hospitalised with an undisclosed ailment. Father John Loftus' scheduled "expert" testimony was cancelled and will be rescheduled later in the Fall.
(12) On 05 September 2006 Ontario Divisional Court released it reasons for dismissing Father Charles MacDonald's request for a judicial review of Justice Glaude's ruling that victims can testify at the Cornwall inquiry, albeit in a limited fashion.
(13) On 15 September 2006 the commission quietly cancelled the only day of hearings still scheduled for September (19th). It also released "Commonly Asked Questions About Phase 2 of the Cornwall Public Inquiry." There were n hearings for the entire month.
(14) On 21 September 2006 the Ontario Divisional Court ruled in favour of the Cornwall Police Service in its appeal of Justice Normand Glaude's 27 June 2006 ruling regarding disclosure of documents at the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
(15) On 03 October 2006 the Catholic School Board of Eastern Ontario requested and was instantly granted standing at the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
(16) On 03 and 04 October 2006 various parties with standing started what I call the 'Bring Perry Dunlop Back' movement.
(17) Testimony of real and "alleged" victims commenced 04 October 2006.
(18) On 05 October 2006 Bishop Paul Andre Durocher issued a dramatic public apology via his lawyer in the Weave Shed to the mother of Benoit Brisson, a sexual abuse victim of Father Gilles Deslaurier.
(19) On 24 October 2006 Justice Normand Glaude issued his reasons for granting standing to the Catholic School Board of Eastern Ontario
(20) On 25 October 2006 theinquiry.ca was ordered to immediately remove Andre Lavoie's Victim Impact Statement from the site.
(21) On 30 October 2006 it was announced that the commission had received a Notice of Abandonment from counsel for Father Charles MacDonald, meaning Father MacDonald is no longer seeking a judicial review of Justice Glaude's ruling re victims and alleged victims testifying.
(22) On 31 October Justice G. Normand Glaude stated this inquiry "is expected to dispel rumours and innuendos and ascertain allegations of cover-up and conspiracy theories." This comes after past insistence that the inquiry has nothing to do with Project Truth and Justice Glaude's decision months ago that the "rumour" and "innuendo" swirling around Cornwall upon his arrival are false.
(23) On Thursday 09 November 2006 Albert Roy, victim of probation officers Ken Seguin and Nelson Barque, was shipped off to find a lawyer to advise him of his rights. This after Roy declined under cross-examination to answer questions posed by John Callaghan, lawyer for Cornwall Police Service, regarding conversations Roy had with fellow victims in the late 90s and about a meeting in the same time frame with his lawyer John Morris who was also representing Perry Dunlop at the time.
(24) On Thursday 16 November 2006 Justice Glaude issued his ruling on confidentiality. The following day Peter Chisholm (CAS) requested a stay of the ruling pending a possible request for a judicial review. Chisholm argues that publishing several CAS documents violates a the Child and Family Services Act. A temporary stay was granted.
(25) At one point Justice Glaude planned to make up for lost time by scheduling additional hearings in December, specifically the week of 11 December plus the days of 18, 19 and 20 December. In addition as of 01 September lunch breaks were to be shortened and the daily hours of hearings were to be extended. However making up for lost time went by the bye long ago. There were NO hearings in September. Three witnesses were scheduled for the week of 07 November 2006 and the week ended with the testimony of the first witness unfinished. Hearings om 14 November were cancelled due to weather problems. The witnesses scheduled for the week of 14 November were not finished at week's end. There are NO hearings the week of 20 November 2006. And another judicial review and motion fo a publication ban of some sort are in the offing.
(26) On Friday 17 November 2006 Justice Glaude dismissed Father Charles MacDonald's motion for a publication ban on his name.
(27) On Thursday 23 November 2006 Ontario Divisional Court granted a stay on publication of documents the S.D.&G Children's Aid Society considers confidential pending a judicial review in January 2007.
(28) On Monday 27 November 2006 the Diocese (Bishop Paul-Andr Durocher) filed a motion for a publication ban on the name of the name of a priest who allegedly sexually abused Claude Marleau. Marleau was scheduled to take the stand the following day. Justice Glaude dismissed the motion. The Diocese filed to stay the motion and request a judicial review of the decision from Ontario Divisional Court. A temporary stay on publication was granted by Justice Glaude. Divisional Court was to hear the application for stay and possibly also the application for judicial review 30 November 2006.
(29) On Thursday 30 November 2006 Justice Denis Power, a judge with the Ontario Divisional Court, was obliged to recuse himself from the above referenced hearing for stay due to a conflict of interest. Power previously represented Jacques Leduc in a Cornwall-related civil action. The hearing was re-scheduled for 07 December 2006.
(30) Testimony of Claude Marleau which was scheduled for Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 November 2006 ran late into the afternoons and through until Friday 01 December 2006. (Friday was previously scheduled as a day off. Thursday 30 November had been scheduled for Albert & Vicki Roy.)
(31) A second Divisional Court judge (Belanger) scheduled Thursday 07 December 2006 to hear the Diocesan application for stay and publication ban re Claude Marleau's testimony recused himself when it was learned that the judge had previously been involved in Father Charles MacDonald’s pre-trial. The hearing proceeded Thursday 07 December 2006 with Justice Robert Maranger on the bench. Two mainstream media outlets, CBC and the Ottawa Citizen, argued against the diocesan motion.
(32) On 12 December 2006 Justice Normand Glaude turned sex abuse victim Steve Parisien over to the “proper authorities” after getting another sex abuse victim Albert Roy to testify about a telephone conversation he had with Steve Parisien. Although he was in the Weave Shed and anxious to take the stand Parisien was not allowed to take the stand to give his account of the conversation. Glaude simply washed his hands of the mess he created.
(33) Giuseppe Cipriano filed a motion to ban publication on some of John MacDonald’s testimony regarding Father Charles MacDonald. Justice Glaude denied the motion. Ciprianno said he would appeal to Ontario Divisional Court. An interim ban was imposed until 14th of December. The ban was lifted when the appeal to Ontario Divisional Court had not been launched. Cipriano indicated he still intended to appeal to Divisional Court.
(34) On 20 December 2006 I was threatened with legal action by inquiry lawyer Simon Ruel if I did not redact or remove a document which has been in the public domain and posted on the Cornwall Public Inquiry website for months.
(35) On 16 January 2007 the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall/ Bishop Paul Andre Durocher lost an appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal for a publication ban on the name of Father Rene Dube who allegedly sexually abused Claude Marleau. The diocese did not appeal the ruling.
(36) On 18 January 2007 Steve Parisien was charged with obstruction of justice. Court appearance scheduled for Monday 19 February 2007.
(37) On 20 January 2007 John MacDonald attempted to file a charge of obstruction of justice with the Cornwall Police Service against Justices Robert Pelletier, Peter Griffiths and Cornwall Crown attorney Murray MacDonald.
(38) In late January 2007 the Ontario Divisional Court heard arguments from the S D & G Children’s Aid Society regarding documents which it believes are confidential and protected under Section 75 (6) of the Child and Family Services Act which pertains to confidentiality of the CAS Child Abuse Register. The ruling has not been released.
(39) On 29 January 2007 David Silmser took the stand.
(40) 01 February 2007: David Silmser took a break during cross-examination. Does not return that day.
(41) 06 February 2007: David Silmser returns. Does not take the stand the following day. A medical opinion indicates that he is unable to resume cross-examination.(42) February 2007 Complaints about treatment of victims surface
(43) 17 April 2007: Videotape of Silmser OPP interview was played as part of the cross-examination of David Silmser in absentia process. This is the video which Silmser had specifically asked not be played.
(44) 19 March 2007: David Silmser hand-delivers a Letter to Justice Normand Glaude
(45) Early March 2007: Victims Group Affidavits removed from Cornwall Public Inquiry after serious errors discovered
(46) 24 April 2007: Roman Catholic priest Father Romeo Major died
(47) 26 April 2007: ODEs introduced - a novel approach to getting victim testimony deemed essential on the record when witnesses don't want to or are unavailable to take the stand.
(48) 26 April 2007: Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) sought and recieved temporary interventionf from Justice Normand Glaude to give legal grounds which would allow the OPP NOT to comply with a Freedom of Information (Access to Information) request for documents. The documents in questions are apparently Correctional Services documents which the OPP was subpoened to disclose to the commission.
(49) 30 April 2007: Steve Parisien appeared in Cornwall court - his third court appearance since being frisked and hand-cuffed in broad daylight and charged with obstruction of justice. Because of problems with his first two lawyers he has now retained his third lawyer. All this for a matter which was initiated by commission counsel and Justice Glaude in the Weave Shed and could well have been dealt with where it began - without added and significant cost, stress and humiliation to a victim of sexual abuse .
(50) Late April early May: Plagued by cancellations.
(51) 19 to 25 June 2007: Gerald Renshaw testifies
(52) 22 June 2007: Office of the Attorney General intervenes to defend Cornwall Crown Attorney Murray MacDonald
(53) 26 June 2007: Ron Leroux takes the stand.
(54) 29 June 2007: Ron Leroux' cross-examination commenced and continued with viewing of one videotaped interview. Summer recess. Hearings resume 13 August 2007
(55) 13 - 14 August 2007: Viewing of more Ron Leroux videtotaped interviews and public broadcast of one audio taped telephone call beteeen Leroux and former Constable Perry Dunlop.
(56) 15 August 2007: motion to have Ron Leroux excused from resuming cross-examination .
(57) 19/20 August: Paedophile alert! Sex abuse allegations against Father Gaetan Deschamps
(58) 20 August 2007: Keith Ouellette takes the stand
(59) 22 August 2007: C-8 starts testimony in camera, Recants sex abuse allegatiosn against Father Charles MacDonald and testified he was sexually abused by Ron Leroux.
(60) 23 August 2007: Delay. Justice Glaude was to rule on the motion to have Ron Leroux excused from further cross-examination. Ron Leroux' did not see the comission-suggested psychologist. Matter to postponed until Thursday 30 August 2007 after he has seen his lwayer's pschologist of choice. At that time Ron's lawyer will apply on his behalf for offical standing at the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
(61) 03 & 04 September 2007: Steve Parisien obstruction of justice trial. Verdict reserved to 21 September 2007. After hearing complaints from the witness stand regarding the inquiry Justice Fontana requested the inquiry terms of reference.
(62) 10 September 2007: Ron Leroux excused - he will not resume cross-examination. He was also denied standing and funding.
(63) 14 September 2007: News that Father Lucien Lussier was charged.
(64) 17 September 2007: Perry Dunlop refuses to testify. Says he has been lied to and forced to come against his will. Says this has been a cover-up since 1993 and the cover-up continues to this day.
(65) 18 September 2007: Helen Dunlop takes the stand - continues her testimony through to and including 20 September 2007. Cross-examination next to nil.
(66) 21 September 2007: Perry Dunlop says he would like to consult a "damn good" lawyer. Ordered to return from British Columbia 09 October 2007.
(67) 21 September 2007: Charges against Steve Parisien are dismissed by Justice Fontana.
(68) 09 October 2007: Perry Dunlop takes the stand. Wants to read his Will State (Perry’s “Story”) because “Whatever I might recall now would pale in comparison to my will-state. Any shortcomings, memory lapses or differences would be exploited by those parties implicated in the horrific sexual abuse of victims and by the institutions which failed those same victims so tragically.” Justice Glaude says no. Wants Ontario Divisional Court to charge him with obstruction of justice.
(69) 10-12 October 2007: Carson Chisholm, Helen Dunlop’s brother, testifies. He is pilloried, but more than holds his own.
(70) 24,25, 26 and 29 October: Charles Bourgeois, Perry Dunlop’s former lawyer, testifies and is made to look an incompetent fool. Perry Dunlop did not want to waive his solicitor-client privilege. Justice Glaude rules Perry had already violated it in part when he was subpoenaed under false pretences at the Leduc “trial” #2.
(71) 15 & 16 November 2007: Cornwall lawyer Sean Adams testifies. Adams was one of three lawyers involved in the illegal pay-off. He was never charged. David Silmser does not want to waive his solicitor-client privilege. Commission counsel and Justice Glaude decide he had waived it when he testified at the inquiry and other court-related occasions.
(72) 19 November 2007: Perry Dunlop charged with contempt of court by Ontario Divisional Court justices Hoilett, Ferrier & Swinton.
(73) 20 November 2007: Forensic expert reports discrepancies in Garry Guzzo notes and redactions.