Guilty of breaching publication ban

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A number of people have been asking me what happened at the trial at which I testified  in Victoria, BC  on 12 March of this year.

I didn’t have a clue.  I was there for one day.  There was no media coverage.  I was in the dark.

Well, the following article appeared in yesterday’s Victoria Times Colonist:

15 April 2014:  Blogger found guilty of violating judge’s publication ban

Gregory Hartnell has been found guilty of breaching the publication ban on the Father Phil Jacobs preliminary hearing. And, yes, the breach entailed comments he blogged on Sylvia’s Site.  I thought there was more to the charges than that, but, as I found out when I arrived in Victoria to testify, the charges related solely to comments he posted on Sylvia’s Site.

The message to one and all is loud and clear:  please please take care one and all on reporting what happens in court  during preliminary hearings.  There is virtually always a publication ban on all testimony at preliminary hearings.  And there is generally always a publication ban on the identity of victims at both preliminary hearings and at trial.

As you see, there was also a publication ban on the Hartnell trial.  I wasn’t aware of that until now.  Thankfully, for a variety of reasons, I didn’t blog a word :)  What an absolute  comedy of errors that would have been!

Anyway, the verdict for Gregory Hartnell  is guilty.  Sentencing is yet to come.  But, as you see, Hartnell is first challenging the constitutionality of Section 539. (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.   If that section is struck down Hartnell will not be convicted.  I would guess that this is a Charter challenge claiming right to freedom of speech?

Here is the wording of Section 539 (1) of the Criminal Code:

539. [1] Prior to commencement of the taking of evidence at a preliminary inquiry, the justice holding the inquiry

[a] may, if application therefor is made by the prosecutor, and
[b] shall, if application therefor is made by any of the accused,

make an order directing that the evidence taken at the inquiry shall not be published in any newspaper or broadcast before such time as, in respect of each of the accused,

[c] he is discharged; or
[d] if he is ordered to stand trial, the trial is ended.

I don’t know when the next court date is.  I will do what I can next week to find out.  I am certainly interested.

The judges’ Reasons for Judgement (for the guilty verdict) should be posted within the next week or so.  Perhaps that will be put on hold pending the outcome of the challenge?  if not I will post for the benefit of all.  It is good for all of us to know.


I will now get back to my notes from the Father Rene Labelle sentencing of Monday 14 April 2014 in order to give you a little more info on what transpired in the courtroom.


Just as a point of interest, yesterday we had rain, freezing rain, hail and snow.  The ground at day’s end was white again.  The snow is gone now, but it’s darn chilly.  Yesterday apparently hit an all time low for 15 April.

Enough for now,


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It’s not over

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Monday of Holy Week

Just sentenced to 16 months in jail, handcuffed Father Rene Labelle is led out of the Frontenac Courthouse and into the waiting OPP cruiser

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More on today’s (14 April) events in court tomorrow.  I noted elsewhere that Father Labelle is denying that he molested the boy .  Asked if he had anything he wanted to say prior to sentencing Labelle said ‘I am sorry for the pain and suffering my accuser has been going through and his family.’   Note “my accuser.”

I will add here that we heard today that according to the Dr. Eccles sexual behaviors assessment report Father Labelle is bisexual but has a greater preference for males.  Labelle has had about five sexual relationships with men all involving mutual masturbation.  The most recent such relationship was about five years ago (this is all self-reporting by Labelle).  Labelle also admits that he has viewed pornography, and said that the last time he viewed porn was about 3-6 years ago (self-reporting again)

Finally, for now, and as mentioned elsewhere, Father Labelle is appealing his conviction.  Yes, he was taken into custody and whisked off to jail, but the wheels will now be in motion to get him out on bail pending the appeal.  I believe it is a given that he will get bail – that is pretty routine pending appeal.  There’s a good chance he will be out and about tomorrow.

It will probably take about a year for the appeal to be heard.  Yes, probably a full year.

Father Labelle’s stalwart supporters will be pleased with news of the appeal.  We heard today that there are in fact a number of Catholics who believe he was wrongfully convicted;  I only wish they had been in court for the duration of the preliminary hearing and the trial.

My heart aches for the victim and his family.  It’s not over.  Please keep them in your prayers.

More tomorrow.

Enough for now,


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This morning, Monday 14 April 2014, is the sentencing hearing for Father Rene Labelle

14 April 2014:   10 am, Sentencing hearing in am and possibly sentencing in the afternoon, Frontenac Court House (5 Court Street)

The judge hopes to have the pre-sentence report presented and victim impact statements heard in the morning.  If that is accomplished he will pronounce sentence in the afternoon.

Please, as always, keep the complainant and his family in your prayers.

Enough for now,


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For those who are planning to attend, a quick  reminder that the Father Rene Labelle sentencing hearing and possibly sentencing is scheduled for this Monday, 14 April 2014 at 10 am in the Frontenac Court House  in Kingston, Ontario.


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Here it is…

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Many have been waiting for news re Father Linus Bastien.  Here it is…

Father Bastien’s next court date is:

13 June 2014:  09:30 am, to set a date, Windsor Superior Court of Justice , 245 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, Ontario

We already knew that Father Bastien has been committed to stand trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.  All upcoming dates now are moving toward the trial -  there could  and probably will be several more court-dates before a trial date is set. “To set a date” does not necessarily mean to set a trial date -  it could be a date for anything.

There is also pre-trial hearing set for 11 June 2014.  That is NOT open to the public.  I won’t list it as an upcoming date on the legal calendar – we never find out what happens at these hearings and, in this case, we already that the next date after the 11th is 13 June.

A reminder again that the first set of charges against Father Linus Bastien were laid back in October 2011.   More charges have been laid since then. including some from Chatham Ontario.  The Chatham charges have been merged with the Windsor charges.  That means that all charges will be heard together in Windsor.  There are eight or more complainants and at least 24 charges.

As always, please keep the complainants in your prayers.


Keep an eye on NEW to the site.  I have posted a few articles over the last few days – after  I post articles and documents I post a link on New to the site so you can keep tabs on what has been added.  I often make comment as I post but have been busy over last few days so just worked at getting the article posted.


New washer and drier just delivered and hooked up.  Hallelujah.  Clean clothes on the horizon :)

Enough for now,


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More on the Brothers and SMIS

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As prmised, a few more bits and pieces of information  gleaned over the past few weeks regarding the Brothers of Christian Instruction (the Brothers) at St. Mary’s International School (SMIS) in Tokyo.  Here they are:

(1) Brother Alan

There is a Brother Alan mentioned in “Haunted since January 1966.”

On the next Brother Allan my teacher made me wait after the others had gone outside the classroom. He showed me about 20 nude foolscap size black and white photos of me in Brother John’s office and told me never to look at Playboy magazines again or he would show them to my friends and parents. He didn’t touch me.

Brother Alan taught Grade Four and later Grade 7 (Alan is the correct spelling).  His last name was something like Poirier.  Does anyone recall exactly what it was?  I have heard that Brother Alan probably left St. Mary’s in the late 60s.

(2)  Gone

The Brothers would disappear from time to time.  Sometimes at the start of a new school year the boys were told the Brother had gone back to Canada, or that there was illness or that Brother was away studying.   One former student recalls that Brother John was gone for a few years sometime in the 60s.  Brother John was apparently Principal of the school prior to his departure – when he returned it was not as Principal.

I have no problem with the Brothers visiting home from time to time and so on, but, when a Brother is a molester experience with both clergy and religious says that the departure may well have come on the heels of the Brother being “caught” and shipped out either for ‘treatment’ or just away until the coast is clear, or gone for good. 

(3)  Brother Marcel

Brother Marcel was very tall, perhaps 6ft.4ins or maybe even more.  It is small wonder he was nick-named Brother Tokoy Tower.  He has also been described to me as soft-spoken. 

(4)  Retreats

Retreats of one to two days conducted away from the school were not uncommon Sometimes retreats were held at a Franciscan chapel in the Roppongi area of Tokyo. 

(5)  Brother Lawrence

Some time ago I received a picture of a Brother directing a St. Mary’s;  he has his back to the camera.  I was told it was   Brother Lawrence.  I decided not to post the picture because I had neither read not heard anywhere that Brother Lawrence is musically gifted.  Well, I must dig out that picture because without a doubt it is Brother Lawrence?    I have learned recently that Brother Lawrence Lambert taught and conducted the choir.  There is also a belief  that it was Brother Lawrence who wrote the St. Mary’s school song.  Does anyone know if this is fact?  Did Brother Lawrence write or compose the school song?

(6)  Mr. Aseline

A number of former students recall Brother Lessard a kind-hearted man.  This comes even from those who know that he was a molester, not by way of excusing him, but as to how he was viewed by some students and fooled by many.  This view was also held when Lessard was seen as the alternate to another Grade 6 teacher, a Mr. Aseline.  I have been told that Mr. Aseline was very physically abusive to the boys amnd was feared by the students.   In fact, the word is that such was Aseline’s reputation at the school that some parents actually fought to have their sons put in Brother Lessard’s class  to avoid Aseline!

Mr. Aseline was eventually  fired.  When, at the end of the year during assembly it was announced that Mr. Aseltine would be leaving, the student body erupted into a deafening roar of cheers and applause.

(7)  The move

In 1972 St. Mary’s International School moved from the Isargo campus to Setagaya.  Those who attended SMIS after 1972 would not be familiar with Brother Lessard’s office in the landing:  that was in the old school.

(8) Camp KEEP

The sex ed sessions conducted at Camp KEEP by Brother Lessard were once a year.  I am told that after return to the school Lessard conducted follow-ups sessions.  I know little about those.

(8)  The Property

 The Brothers own or did own a property at Lake Iwanashiro in northern Honshu (the main island in Japan).  Does anyone know if Camp Chimekepp was in that area?


 If any of you have school yearbooks would you please pull them  out and see if there are pictures which you could scan which would fill in the many gaps in timelines, eg, which years was Brother John NOT at SMIS.


I had cause today to check the Father Bruno Primavera page only to discover that an external  link to information regarding a lawsuit in the States was dead.  I did a search and have replaced that link with the following:

 Record $2M Deal Reached in Priest Sex Case

(When I first started the site I did not see the need to avoid external links where possible and instead capture a screen shot or save a page as a pdf file.  I have since learned those tricks and now try to ensure where possible  that all information on the page of an Accused  is there as a permanent part of the record .   I must add however that that doesn’t happen with pictures in media  articles – when a media outlet takes an article down from its website the picture disappears from my files, and that is because those pictures – not the text – are linked externally from Sylvia’s Site to the media webpage.  So, when you come across an article which is missing a picture , that is why.  I could save each picture and repost with the text, but that is a huge amount of work .   I do  however save and post those pictures which have particular relevance to the Canadian scene.  Anyway, all this to explain that I now save and post all webpages which have relevant information regarding someone on the Accused list :)

Enough for now,


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New pictures of Brothers

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I have, as promised yesterday, posted a series of new pictures of some of the Brothers of Christian Instruction.  This turned into a day-long task – I had an offer on a trial version of some new software which I decided to download to try out.  This was a perfect opportunity to put it to a good test.  I had to do a bit of fiddling to get used to it, and still have to spend some time getting to know where to go to do execute different functions.  but all in all I am really pleased – it cuts out several steps I usually have to take when  posting pictures.  Happiness is :)

The pictures are all over the place, most are of Brother Lawrence Lambert fic, two are of Brother John Paradis fic, and one is of Brother Benoit Lessard fic.  As I posted them I did post a  link to each new picture posted on NEW to the site

What I have decided to to do in this instance is post each of the pictures below so you don’t have to hop all over the place.  Here they are (dates are all those of the Yearbook in which picture appears):

(1) Brother Lawrence Lambert listed as Grade 6 teacher in 1969 SMIS Yearbook

1969 Grade 6 teacher

1969 Grade 6 teacher









(2)  Brother Lawrence Lambert assisting at First Friday Mass (1969)

Lawrence Lambert SMIS 1969 Year Book-Religion faces redacted




(3)  Brother Lawrence with student 1970

Brother Lawrences  1970_Redacted





(4)  Brother Lawrence and Brother Roger pouring sand at Camp Chimekepp

Brother Lawrence Lambert at Camp Chimekepp 1971

Yes, a different camp.  It seems that in the 60s the Brothers took the boys to camp at Camp Chimekepp.  Studnets from tjose years had never heard of Camp KEEP.  Students from the 70s are familiar with Camp KEEP  and Brother Lessard’s trips out there with his Grade 6 class – those with whom I am in contact had never heard of  Camp Chimekepp.

(5)  Brother John Paradis fic – picture from 1969 SMIS Yearbook

Brother John SMIS Yearbook 1969

Brother John SMIS Yearbook 1969









(6)  Brother John Paradis fic picture from 1970 SMIS Yearbook

Brother John SMIS Yearbook 1970

Brother John SMIS Yearbook 1970









(7)  Brother Benoit Lessard fic teaching at St. Mary’s 1971

Brother Lessard with students  1971 SMIS Yearbook sans







I will leave it at that for now – tomorrow a few more words about information which has been passed along  – nothing profound, but I’m a firm believer that every little bit helps.

Please keep all the boys who endured sexual abuse at the hands of any of the Brothers at St. Mary’s International School or elsewhere in your prayers, and at the same time remember those who are right now struggling to come forward and speak of the abuse for perhaps the first time.  Many of you have been in that place yourselves.  You know what it is like.  Pray for them .

Enough for now,


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In case you missed the comments posted earlier, there are two new courtdates and information regarding another posted:

(1) Father Abraham Azhakathu mst:

21 August 2014: o9:30 am, preliminary inquiry, Peace River Courthouse, Peace River Alberta

I don’t know how many days have been booked for the inquiry – will find out as the date draws closer (or if anyone knows please contact me.)

The preliminary inquiry is the same as a preliminary hearing.  It will – or should be – open to the public, however there will be a publication ban on all testimony and evidence, as well as the identity of the complainant.

(2)  Marcel Lalonde

The next court date for Marcel Lalonde is:

29 April 2014: 09:00 am, courtroom #2, “to set a date”

To set a date for what is as yet unknown :)

(2)  Father Linus Bastien

Father Linus Bastien’s trial date has still not been set.  There will hopefully be a date by week’s end.  I will call on Monday 07 April.  As soon as I have a date I will post it.

Please, as always, keep all the complainants in your prayers.  And, when you are free to do so please try to get to the courthouse to show your support.


I have been pulling together a few more bits and pieces of information regarding St. Mary’s International School in Japan and the Brothers of Christian Instruction. I also have a few more pictures to post. I will work on that tomorrow.

Enough for now,


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Grooming legislation

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As promised about two days ago, here is the new grooming legislation in the Victoria Legislature, Australia:

2014:  Crimes Amendment (Grooming)  Act 2014 (Victoria, Australia)

In tandem with that, and posted two days ago, is this Media Release:

25 March 2014:  New laws to protect children from sexual abuse (Media Release Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP and Hon Robert Clark MP  – Victoria Legislature)

Every step taken to protect children and to hold to account to those who do not is good good news :)

Enough for now.




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The Cardinal’s “apology”

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Unfortunately I nodded off last night trying to watch Cardinal Pell’s last day on the standing in relation to “Case 8″ at the Royal Commission of Inquiry.  So, yes, alas, I missed “the apology.”

I have posted the media coverage of the event and the Cardinal’s other testimony.  I have also now posted the transcript of Pell’s testimony.  Here are the links:

27 March 2014:  Cardinal George Pell testimony at Australian Royal Commission – Day three (Transcript)   (RC Scandal/Other Countries/Australia and New Zealand)

27 March 2014:  “Child sex abuse royal commission: George Pell publicly apologises to victim John Ellis” & related articles & AUDIO

For simplicity’s sake I have copied “the apology” below.  You will see from the media coverage that John Ellis was sitting in the front row of the hearings room:  the Cardinal did not raise his eyes to address Ellis personally, and moments later passed by Ellis  without any acknowledgment of his presence.

I thought though that at the very least Cardinal George Pell would had spoken directly to John Ellis – you know, pretend Ellis is right there in front of him, and even if he, Pell, refuses to look Ellis in the eye, he knows that Ellis is there and hears your every word first-hand and thus speaks to him the second person (ie, you, your) vs the third person (ie his, him)

No.  The Cardinal did not do that.  You wold never guess in reading this “apology” that Mr., Ellis was right there in front of him.  Right there for goodness sake.  But the Cardinal chooses to Ellis in the third person!  I was always taught that that is very rude – perhaps things and times have changed?

Anyway, such as it is, here is the Cardinal’s “apology” – verbatim

The Cardinal’s “Apology”

As former archbishop and speaking personally, I would want to say to Mr Ellis that we failed in many ways, some ways inadvertently, in our moral and pastoral responsibilities to him.

I want to acknowledge his suffering and the impact of this terrible affair on his life. As the then archbishop, I have to take ultimate responsibility, and this I do.

At the end of this gruelling appearance for both of us at this Royal Commission, I want publicly to say sorry to him for the hurt caused him by the mistakes made and admitted by me and some of my archdiocesan personnel during the course of the Towards Healing process and litigation.

Note those words:  “At the end of this gruelling appearance for both of us at this Royal Commission”

“For both of us.”

What exactly does Cardinal Pell mean?  Is he equating his self-wrought suffering on the stand to the suffering endured by John Ellis at the hands of himself (Pell) and other Church officials and those retained by Pell?

Whatever it means the bottom line is that Cardinal Pell could not look Mr. Elis in the eye, nor could he address Mr. Ellis directly, nor could he see fit to tap Mr. Ellis on the shoulder on the way out and say:  “I’m so terribly sorry.”

Remember too that this “apology” was read.  It was scripted.  Thought out in advance.  Possibly with a lawyer or two and perhaps a trusted clerical confidante at his side?

I personally see the “apology” as an insult to Mr. Ellis.

Enough for now,


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