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Well, well. More chaos….

Two major problems at the Weave Shed this morning (Wednesday 28 march 2007): (1) a victim’s affidavit is allegedly replete with serious errors, and (2) David Silmser’s letter to Justice Glaude.

The affidavit
The affidavit of a member of the Victim’s Group is, according to the hearings this morning, replete with serious errors. The errors allegedly include the victim naming Father Charles MacDonald as one of his molesters, referencing Father Gilles Deslaurier as one of his molesters and referencing a civil action with the Diocese.

The issue seems to boil down to the victim signing an affidavit which contained these factual errors. The problem was not identified until this month. The affidavit has been on the inquiry website for well over a year and the victim, now requesting and granted anonymity to testify, is scheduled to testify tomorrow.

More to come…

David Silmser’s letter
And then of course there was David Silmser’s letter to Justice Glaude. As I said, a circus! One and all had their say as to whether or not Justice Glaude should or should not read the letter. Justice Glaude has now read the letter.

One and all have had their say as to whether or not the letter should be made public, and there is boundless talk about the integrity of the inquiry.

And, I have been fingered as possibly assisting Dave to compile the letter! In a negative vein! By Peter Wardle, counsel for the Citizens for Community Renewal, no less!!!

I am flattered. I truly am. I am flattered that anyone would deduce that I had a hand in writing the letter. It is an extremely well written letter. However I must assure Mr. Wardle and all at the Weave Shed who seem to be of the mind that Dave is incapable of writing such a letter and who also imply that he received or sought my assistance to do so that I have had other pressing matters on my mind since 02 March 2007 when my husband was hospitalized and 12 March 2007 when he underwent open surgery. I will leave it at that.

But, one more note here. Mr. Wardle also said I want to subvert the work of the inquiry. What can I say to an accusation like that? From a lawyer?! Who is supposed to be representing the best interests of the community?!


Hearings resume at 2:30 pm. I believe the afternoon will be committed to David Silmser in some fashion.

Enough for now,


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1 Response to I am flattered

  1. Panther says:

    Hi Sylvia,

    First, I’m glad to hear your husband is doing well 🙂 My prayers and thoughts were with you over these last three weeks.

    I’ve had a very busy week and unfortunately have not been able to follow the Inquiry as closely as I’d have liked. Next week should be better in that regard and I’ll have more time to comment. However I had to comment regarding the lunacy surrounding David Silmser. All I can say is thank God he did write a letter, and a very succinct one it is. Amazing what lessening stress levels can do 🙂 I don’t think one can assume that some of the attorney’s wouldn’t love to be able to answer for the victims and in particular David Silmser. After all, this is being brought to you by many who would have preferred that the Victims not give any Statements at all.

    That being said, when it comes right down to it, think of the advantages such a setup would be for the Inquiry. First they can ask David questions in absentia, they can then say (in most likely “all honesty”) what he would reply. They would then decide he’s committing perjury and have the good sheriff arrest him. They could then charge him and take his paperwork to some one like the Belleville Crown so there could (of course) be no murmurs of conflict of interest. The Belleville Crown, as luck would have it, doesn’t issue Charge Screening Sheets so David wouldn’t even be able to afford a legal aid attorney. Feat Accomplished!!


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