A raft of the media of the day is posted. Check New to the Site on the Home page for the links. When it comes to Cornwall I don’t usually agree with much that Claude McIntosh has to say, but – the Glaude report as a door stopper? I like that 🙂 It’s certainly big and weighty enough to do the job.
The entire report can be ordered online or by phone from Ontario Service. Check the Cornwall Public Inquiry website for further info. I just checked and it looks as though the cost is $30.00 for the hard copy of the entire package – Volumes 1 to 4, or $5.00 for the Executive Summary only. A bilingual CD can be ordered for $10.00.
The Glaude report can be accessed online via the Cornwall Public Inquiry website. I will see what I can do to get it posted on theinquiry.ca – it’s a large document so I think I will have to find some special way to download it. I anticipate trouble so it may well have to wait until after Christmas. But, for now it’s available and accessible so those who have their Christmas shopping taken care of can settle in for a long long read 🙂
A few bits and pieces to pass on regarding yesterday’s press conference:
(1) Justice Glaude delivered his 75 minute speech and was promptly hustled out of the room faster than a speeding bullet. The Q & A’s re the Glaude’s Report were handled by inquiry lawyers Peter Engelmann and Pierre Dumais.
(2) Questions were restricted to media. At the close of the Q & A session a female victim took the microphone demanding that victims and members of the community be given opportunity to put their questions to the lawyers. It seemed that perhaps there may have been opportunity for a few questions, but then along came Bishop Durocher.
(3) Bishop Paul Andre Durocher sailed in on the coat-tails of the unveiling on the Glaude Report to issue – yes, you guessed it – an apology!! Durocher was flanked by David Sheriff-Scott and someone else, either a body guard or another lawyer.
Duorcher looked drawn and gaunt – truly looked like he was afraid of his own shadow. I stood by while he was being interviewed by someone – he was obviously nervous, he had apparently been asked a question regarding his statement and, with trembling hands, was fidgeting through his small sheaf of pages trying to find his exact words. Some of the pages were in large type, some were hand written with sections scratched out. Until he found and read verbatim from the page Durocher did not commit himself – just fidgeting and fumbling away.
My questions: Why the nerves?
(4) A raft of victims and their families vacated the premises when Durocher and his escorts tried to steal the show.
(5) Durocher said there have been no allegations of clerical sex abuse in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall for 25 years. I have heard otherwise but perhaps “rumour” of the same has not reached the diocesan centre? I wonder too where Father Gaetan Deschamps fits into that time frame?
I was actually set to clarfy this with the bishop, but as soon as the other man handling him realized it was my turn to interview he took Durocher by the elbow, swung him around and, wedged between his hadlers, Durocher was marched off at a rather quick pace. No chance to clarify 🙁
(6) Many media arrive at these events with little or no knowledge of either the history of Cornwall which prompted calls for an inquiry in the first place, or the goings on in the Weave Shed for the past three-and-a-half-years. They are simply assigned to cover the event and away they go.
(7) Paul Scott (Citizens for Community Renewal) is thrilled with the Glaude Report. And well he should be. Glaude has recommended funding going in his direction. Scott can find not a word of criticism of the Report. Not one. And, believe it or not, Scott and two of his CCR members stood to give Glaude a standing ovation as the commissioner was hustled out a back door.
(8) Speaking of the hustle out the back door, this was shades of the Michael Bryant press conference announcing Justice Normand Glaude as commissioner and unveiling the thoroughly flawed mandate for the inquiry. That was nearly five long long years ago. In that instance no sooner had he fielded a few media questions than the former Attorney General was hustled out of that room via a back door. Swish – he was gone!
(9) Note the media articles – the current Attorney General Chris Bentley gave a press conference timed to coincide with the end of the embargo on the Report – i.e., after Glaude finished his speech and disappeared out the back door.
Bentley wanted to, – yes indeed, …apologize!!!!
Looks like apologies are in. They are a dime a dozen. A conflict resolution tool. Nothing more. Sheer hypocrisy when undertaken by those who refuse to acknowledge sexual abuse and/or cover-up within their own rank and file.
Bishop Raymond Lahey is scheduled to appear in an Ottawa courtroom today. Another delay in the offing? Or a decision to plead guilty and get it over and done with?
I would love to have gone but time just doesn’t permit, plus I am inclined to think it will be all lawyers and no bisops. We shall see…
Final note: I haven’t looked much further at the Glaude Report. I do see though that Justice Glaude tips his hand from time to time, and still loves to talk “rumour” and “innuendo.” If you spend some time reading please do blog your thoughts and observations as you work your way through -we can work our way through it together – makes the going a little easier :).
Enough for now,