“Chisholm dead at 66” & comments

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 The Cornwall Standard Freeholder

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:40:44 EDT PM

By Greg Peerenboom, Cornwall Standard Freeholder

A leading figure towards the establishment of the Cornwall Public Inquiry into widespread sexual abuse and possible coverups has died.

Carson Chisholm passed away suddenly Monday “doing the work he loved in his bush” according to an obituary. He was 66.

A source close to the family suspects it was a heart attack.

Chisholm was also a leading pro-lifer in the area for many years. Professionally, he was a well-known real estate broker and auctioneer.

Chisholm became closely connected to efforts for an inquiry through his brother-in-law Perry Dunlop, a former whistle-blowing city police officer.

Dunlop’s investigation into the local diocese’s coverup of a priest accused of molestation led to a large-scale sex abuse probe by the OPP called Project Truth during the late 1990s.

Chisholm aided Dunlop in compiling reams of information about pedophile activity in the Cornwall area.

Project Truth led to more than 100 charges against 15 men, including lawyers and priests – but only one conviction.

But Project Truth did not identify an alleged pedophile ring as suspected by Chisholm and others.

After Project Truth wrapped up, Chisholm chaired a petition committee in 2000 that gained thousands of signatures in support of a private member’s bill for an inquiry from Ottawa area MPP Garry Guzzo.

But the bill was not supported by the Progressive Conservative provincial government at the time.

However, the Liberal Party promised to hold an inquiry, and in 2005 Chisholm’s wish came true.

But some aspects of the Cornwall Public Inquiry were criticized by Chisholm and others, who first took issue with the appointment of inquiry commissioner Justice Normand Glaude, a Roman Catholic with family ties to SDG.

Chisholm was a spokesperson for The Red Flag committee, which wanted Glaude to step down and also wanted the inquiry to also focus on allegations of a pedophile ring and coverup.

Chisholm was also part of the Coalition for Action on Child Sexual Abuse, which failed at first to qualify for standing at the inquiry. Glaude approved standing but not funding several months later.

Chisholm asked for individual standing, but was denied.

During inquiry testimony, some witnesses said they were told by Chisholm and Dunlop to embellish or make false claims related to their abuse.

During his inquiry testimony, Chisholm explained that victims had been damaged by abuse leading them to change their stories over the years. He also denied claims he had posed as a police officer or court ordered investigator.

Chisholm set up a trust fund to help Dunlop and his wife Helen with expenses incurred from the inquiry.

Glaude eventually ruled not to pass judgement on whether a pedophile ring existed, as that was not part of the inquiry’s mandate.

Glaude did blame systemic failures from various governmental institutions and agencies for not dealing with sex abuse allegations properly.

Chisholm also became involved politically and ran as a local candidate for the Christian Heritage Party in the 2006 federal election.

Chisholm leaves behind wife Julie and six children and 12 siblings.

He will be waked at Lahaie and Sullivan Funeral Home, 20 Seventh Street West, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral Mass at St. Andrew’s Church at 11 a.m.

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  • Victims changed their stories
    Yes under fire from very high priced lawyers
    Some of these lawyers should bow their heads in shame
    It is one thing to defend your client but when its a public institution re-abusing often poor,sick under educated victims of the predators of this city will stain us forever
    They put labels on the victims but they were preyed upon by people in power
    The number of “suicides” in this area point to a problem
    We just point out the Michael Jackson case where young men that testified in court that he never abused them..have now after years of shame and fear…have claimed abuse by the pop star
    This isn’t news it has taken years upon years for people to get the strength to expose abuse by Catholic Church and many organizations
    Jerry Sandusky also comes to mind

    • VATICAN CITY — A document obtained by
      The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400
      priests over just two years for molesting children.

      The statistics for 2011-12 show a
      dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the
      Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been
      defrocked.

      • We still chuckle at the scribbling of former freeholder coffee breaker
        claiming
        just about everything was made up. Victims are still taking their own
        lives because of this abuse all washed away by this writer
        “Gays Face Fallout after Cornwall Paedo Witchhunt

        Opinion / Lives Ruined, Gay Community Vilified Even Though There Never Was a Paedophile Ring

        By Claude McIntosh

        Capital Xtra

        October 19, 2007

        • You are repeating repeating yourself yourself.

          • Your going to get in trouble for mocking a politician with that avatar

          • that is about as funny as coffee break standing up for gay people lol
            seems they put a muzzle on him at seaway news
            And Gardengirl your favorite wacko from cfn just called people FRENCHIES on tammy hart story
            haven’t heard that kinda hatred since the 50’s

          • Furtzie back to cfn with you
            The system refused to log me in so i posted again
            what a piece of junk..yesterday 10 comments disappeared for hours then when we filled it all back in..they all came back giving the freeholder the lead in most views over cfn
            lol
            sin cer ly
            fig and co

             
            • Please please accept accept my my apologies apologies.

              • CFN “REPORTS” Rob Ford is at your house
                Or where is casey kasem???
                the lawyer says it isn’t about money..lol
                They say he is on an First Nation Reserve maybe i should check Cornwall Island to get a reward
                laugh out loud…i could see this comment on your profile a minute before it showed up here
                by the way…i just can’t vote for ANY of these doofus crooks
                sin cer ly
                fig and co

      • We still chuckle at the scribbling of former freeholder coffee breaker
        claiming just about everything was made up. Victims are still taking their own lives because of this abuse all washed away by this writer
        “Gays Face Fallout after Cornwall Paedo Witchhunt

        Opinion / Lives Ruined, Gay Community Vilified Even Though There Never Was a Paedophile Ring

        By Claude McIntosh

        Capital Xtra

        October 19, 2007

One Response to “Chisholm dead at 66” & comments

  1. Sylvia says:

    And the lies from the inquiry follow Carson to the grave.

    There is much I want to say here but time does not permit.

    I must address this: “some witnesses said they were told by Chisholm and Dunlop to embellish or make false claims related to their abuse.”

    There are two victim-witnesses who instantly come to mind who changed their stories; both were known to have molested in the past. Amazingly, I never once heard Carson speak badly of either of the pair for making he and Perry look the liars. That’s the measure of the man.

    I know that one of the pair later recanted his recantations. I know because I talked to him in in person after he had testified and he readily agreed to talk to me with the tape recorder running. I had spent many hours both talking to and interviewing him long before the inquiry was commissioned.

    I knew him well enough to know that he was h a basket case when he took the stand – he didn’t know whether he was coming or going. He should never have been allowed to take the stand. Everyone knew it. But, the commission counsel for the Cornwall Public Inquiry plowed on. It was pathetic, – truly pathetic. But, they got what they were after on the record.

    As for the other – he decided to lie. No one put him up to it.

    One final word: Carson was a good, honourable, truthful and compassionate human being. I never saw him hold a grudge, and Heaven knows he had countless reasons to do so.

    Rest in peace Carson.

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