Perry has now spent 128 days in jail – for stepping up to the plate to protect children, and then daring to say he has lost faith in the justice system. This is the institutional response to allegations of childhood sexual abuse.
[Hearings resume at 0930 hours (9:30 am) this morning, Wednesday 25 June 2008]
An update on Perry, a word on finances and then some thoughts along with comment observation on Repa’s testimony of yesterday.
Update on Perry
When I talked to Perry yesterday afternoon he had not had “yard” yet. Seems there have been a few misses over the past week or so. I do hope and pray that that one small liberty and pleasure is not in the process of breaking down.
On that thought, a question: How is that there are pictures in newspapers of prisoners with laptops? What does an inmate need to do to warrant the privilege?
Pancakes for breakfast yesterday. Enjoyed!
A chicken with rice and sweet sauce concoction for lunch. Not bad.
Interesting, according to Perry the food at Quinte Detention Centre is better than at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre. There is a kitchen on site at Quinte – the meals are cooked right there. Those at OCDC are cooked elsewhere and shipped in. The on site meals win hands down 🙂
That he is missing and yearning for food wise is a good salad. There are small salads which accompany meals, but Perry finds he would love a nice big salad!
He misses condiments too. There are the little packs of mustard which at times accompany a meal. One little pack. There is no way to get more. He would love to be able to get some through the canteen. Surprisingly the canteen does not carry such highly prized and desired items.
I think it has to be tough on Perry right now. He reads his papers cover to cover. He sees what his lawyer Lawrence Greenspon is doing to defend an “alleged” terrorist. It has to be so terribly terribly frustrating. To my knowledge Perry still has no idea why his hearing was cancelled at the 11th hour. Nor does he have news of a rescheduled date.
As it stands Perry’s next court date is 03 September 2008. As I understand it that appearance has nothing to do with an appeal. That’s simply when he will have completed his six month sentence on the civil contempt conviction. At that time the “purge” option is over. So, on 03 September he will have served his six months and head back to Osgoode Hall in Toronto – he will then stand before the Divisional Court justices to learn his fate on the criminal contempt charge – the one which morphed out of the civil contempt charge. Justice Glaude et al want Perry behind bars for another 15 months on that one!!
So, by the look of things Perry will be languishing behind bars until September. He will serve every single day and hour of the six month sentence. No time off for good behaviour for Perry. No deductions for time served for Perry. He will serve every day and every hour …..and then some.
A reminder: If Perry were a paedophile his six months would be long done.
Interesting that as the purge clock runs down there is increased activity behind the scenes at the Weave Shed to get Perry down there. My oh my but do they want to find a way to get him on the stand, and believe me the lengths to which some are stooping in their efforts to get him there are less than becoming. For now, I’ll leave it that.
A correction. Donations to Helen at CIBC
Account name: Helen Dunlop
Transit #: 240
Account #: 83-23038
BC residents can direct all or part of their $100 refund to that account. Others wishing to donate to assist the family financially in this difficult time can also do so via that account.
Some thoughts on incompetence and cover-ups
I’ve been thinking: Is it ipso facto that evidence of incompetence and/or negligence negates any possibility of cover-up?
I’m getting that impression. The message I’m getting is that if someone seems to prove negligent or careless or whatever on the job then there is absolutely no way he could have been party to a cover-up. Nor could he have been a member and/or buddy of a pack of paedophiles.
Does that make sense to anyone? It doesn’t to me. I think paedophiles and those who cover-up on their behalf are every bit as capable of being incompetent or lazy or negligent as anyone else. I’m quite certain they are capable of double tasking.
Likewise I get the impression that paedophiles and those who cover-up on their behalf are somehow rendered inoperative if there is a shortage of staff in the work place, or poor morale or shortage of funding. In other words, if the work environment is unhealthy than the work environment is unhealthy. That’s it. Don’t even think cover-up or paedophiles under those circumstances. Somehow we are to believe that that too is an impossibility.
Does that make sense? I don’t think so. In fact I’m inclined to think that problems in the work place are probably a boon to any half decent pack of paedophiles.
But, I do believe we are being methodically groomed to believe that a little institutional negligence here, and a little mistake there – and, oh yes, a little Perry Dunlop the other place – is a healthy rationale for all that ails and has ailed Cornwall for years on end.
If at the end of the inquiry day there’s proof of negligence or incompetence or ineptitude somewhere, well, there you go. Proof positive: There was/is no ring.
Or if, at the end of the inquiry day there is proof of low morale or under-staffing, well, there you again. Proof positive. There was /is no cover-up.
I think to date we have evidence of negligence, incompetence and/or ineptitude. And we have evidence of under-staffing and low morale.
So, there it is. Who could or would dare breathe the word “ring” or whisper the word cover-up against such decisive evidence.
That’s what I’m seeing and that’s what I’m thinking and I do believe that’s where we’re at and that’s where we’ll finish.
Former Chief Repa’s testimony
Former Chief Anthony Repa took the stand yesterday. An interesting man. Loyal to his troops +++.
A few comments and observations on his testimony:
(1) No CPS systemic problems: As far as he was concerned when he arrived Cornwall in 1995 and was briefed on the David Silmser pay-off and “ investigation” Repa knew all he needed to know. And as far as he was concerned the Ottawa Carleton Police had it all wrong in saying that there were systemic problems with the CPS (‘I will not agree there are systemic problems with the Cornwall Police Service –at any time’) And as far as he was concerned the Ontario Provincial Police had investigated and there was no evidence of cover-up so all was well.
(2) No cover-up: Repa paid little heed to the flurry of media and talk of cover-up. He knew beyond shadow of a doubt his officers were beyond reproach. There was no cover-up.
(3) The police are the public…: Repa believes “the police are the public and the public are the police.” I would guess that philosophy doesn’t translate well to Perry. When Perry was approached by victims off-duty was he a member of the public or police? According to Repa it makes no difference. And as for, say, Carson Chisholm and Dick Nadeau, well, it seems according to Repa as members of the public they were the police. Too bad Dick wasn’t here to hear that 🙂
(4) “Assist public”: A rather intriguing piece of information regarding the CPS intervention on Father Kevin Maloney’s behalf in the summer of 1995. That was when CPS Emma Wilson called John MacDonald, “alleged” victim of Father Charles MacDonald, and told him not to contact Father Kevin Maloney.
By way of background here, if you click on the previous link you will see that John had turned to the priest for assistance. He later made ONE call to Maloney about retrieving a page from a document which inadvertently wound up at Maloney’s house. He left a message on the answering machine.
Father Maloney called the police! This priest actually called a lawyer (Sean Adams!) and then called the police!! And officer Emma Wilson in turn called John and instructed him not to phone Maloney!!!!
Repa was asked why this action?
His response? That was an “assist public.”
An “assist public” is, according to Repa and as I understand it, a sort of public service- an aid to keeping the peace. It seems if there’s someone you don’t want phoning you all you need do is contact the CPS to file a complaint. On the heels of that an officer will probably pop by and then be happy to take your side and your word and tell whoever you say is bothering you to leave you alone.
So, as confused and upset as John was by the call, and as convinced as he was that he was somehow under investigation and didn’t know why, the truth we now hear is that this was simply an “assist public.” It was no more than the CPS providing a public service! And in this instance it just happened that the public service was to and for Father Kevin Maloney!!
Bad enough that John at the time was struggling to come forward and in essence had the police sicced on him by a Roman Catholic priest, but, as we learned yesterday that “assist public” was done at a time when the CPS was busy, busy, busy and overworked and understaffed and backlogged! But, time in their busy days to do an “assist public” for Father Kevin Maloney!!!
(5) Only in Canada: One final observation. Repa said “I couldn’t believe this was happening in Canada”! He actually said that. He couldn’t believe this was happening in Canada. When he got wind that Perry had sent a raft of files to London Chief Julian Fantino that was Repa’s response. He couldn’t believe this was happening in Canada:
“I couldn’t believe this was happening in our country called Canada, I just could not believe it. “
Amen to that.
I just realized I need to create a page for former Chief Repa. Will get at that right now 🙂 [Done!]
And that’s enough for now,