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SARC / SART has new Services

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June 15, 2017

 Sexual Assault Response Team available in South Zone

http://www.mhsarc.com/

Partnership improves co-ordinated sexual assault supports and services

 MEDICINE HAT — Individuals who have been sexually assaulted in the Bassano, Bow Island, Brooks, Medicine Hat and Oyen areas now have additional options for care and access to a specialized team of physicians.

 The Medicine Hat Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) launched earlier this month. It provides medical care and sexual assault examinations to people, 14 years of age and older, within 96 hours of the assault. This includes treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections and other blood-borne infections, pregnancy prevention options and management of other medical concerns, as well as provision of resources for followup care, such as counselling. Children under the age of 14 years old are referred to a pediatrician.

 “Medical care is always available to anyone who has been sexually assaulted,” says Dr. Lena Derie-Gillespie, Alberta Health Services (AHS) SART Team Lead and Medical Officer of Health, South Zone. “What’s changing is how we provide care so that patients will feel more supported throughout the entire process.”

 Dr. Derie-Gillespie says all patients seeking care at an emergency department for sexual assault now have three care options depending on their situation:  

  • Medical care only.
     

  • Medical care and immediate reporting to police.
     

  • Medical care with anonymous evidence collection while the individual decides next steps, including whether to report the incident to police.

SART will assist when a patient requests that forensic samples be collected, which could assist in a police investigation if the individual decides to report the assault to city police or RCMP.

 “Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional and physical effects,” says Staff Sgt. Trevor Humphries, Medicine Hat Police Service, Major Crimes Section. “Having a specialized team to provide immediate and ongoing support to victims will improve their care, as will providing them the option to report the crime to police when they are emotionally able to, without the loss of physical evidence.”

 SART physicians work collaboratively with emergency department physicians, nurses and social workers, patients, local police (when requested by the patient) and the southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC). SARC is responsible for co-ordinating community services for people who have been sexually assaulted, such as access to counselling, education and other resources.

 Christina Johnson, SARC Executive Director, says that by working in partnership, more support can be provided to the people who need it most.

 “We've seen a 350 per cent increase in demand for our counselling program within the past year,” says Johnson. “As more sexual assault/abuse survivors come forward, service providers need to be prepared and work together.”

 Comfort kits, which could include items such toiletries, clothing or blankets, are provided to sexual assault survivors when attending the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital or accessing services through Victims Assistance.

 From 2012 to 2017, emergency departments in Medicine Hat, Brooks, Oyen, Bassano and Bow Island provided care to 114 individuals who reported being sexual assaulted.

 From April 2016 to March 2017, SARC has assisted 212 individuals affected by sexual violence. Of these clients, approximately one in four reported the incident to police and about six per cent accessed medical care following the assault.  

 AHS provides sexual assault response teams and services throughout Alberta.

 Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Lisa Squires

AHS Communications

403-581-9036 (cell)

Rita Sittler

Medicine Hat Police Service

403-529-8416

Richelle Oerlemans

SARC Communication and Administration Specialist

403-548-2717

 

 

#BurgerGate Medicine Hat Arby's goes off the grid

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A follower on facebook sent in a tip that a local fast-crafted sandwich shop (with a drive-through) was suspicious. The tipster said they went to the drive through and saw that all of the Arby's logo's had been removed, and the drive-thru attendant said they were now called "John's".
In this small market, I though most business owner would know to make an announcement of some kind (especially with those big glowing digital signs on the road). So I honestly figured it might be somone playing a prank... But the more I asked around, the more I got confusing responses. So I called Arby's Corporate HQ, and the local shop:

Arby's customer care was cool AF, and encouraged me to go make a movie!

I even did A live facebook video with the food, to talk about the experience:

My only real criticism was that the boss had a website: www.arbyshat.com (btw, having the word "SHAT" in your domain is not great for your image). This website was obviously set up so that his employees could see their schedule. But it was totally public, no password or login required. This meant ex-employees were sharing the website, and allowing anyone who wanted to, to monitor their schedules. (Pretty creepy, and likely a violation of a privacy policy with Arby's, and possibly even a legal issue between employees and owner / management)

This website was removed about 30 minutes after I posted the story, and the website address, which included a clear screenshot of the schedule).

You can use DomainTools to look at the archived versions of the web page.

I found out the owner's name from this search, and found him on facebook to ask him about the location. He accused me of harassing the employees, saying "they have already been through enough". He accused me of breaking some kind of law for recording the Arby's Phone call, and the one with his staff (I believe it was his wife on the phone when I called, who told me it was now John's).

He even told me I can never go back!

Well, that's odd... My only intention was to find out if it was a new, locally owned restaurant, and in finding that out, and enjoying some great fast food, I seem to have spooked the owner.

I'm still pretty suspicious that he's got a whole bunch of actual Arby's stuff in the freezer, and he's selling it was white label. But who cares? Not me!

Arby's lawyers are probably litigious as hell considering how bad the brand has been doing in Canada. I wish John's the best! I love to help out a local business owner if I can. It's really too bad he responded by accusing me. It just makes me more suspicious... 

But this is how some of the fans saw things:

(as they drove through this busy drive-thru for the first time in years...

Missing Hutterite Girls

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A post on facebook was shared over 7000 times, a father was looking for his daughter and niece, who went missing together. 

Here is the call I had with him:

Later, a post was made on Alberta Missing Report, detailing all the information on their apparent disappearance.

I received messages indicating the girls had left on their own accord, and even left notes for the father, who himself, said they sent a text message outlining the laws on their departure.

The comments were being deleted on the original post.

Then the post, and the Alberta Missing Report page were deleted.

many children on this website are reported as "LOCATED" rather than having the post deleted completely.

many children on this website are reported as "LOCATED" rather than having the post deleted completely.

 

At this point it's clear the young girls made the decision to leave and had the legal authority to do so. The father has told me they are known to be safe now.

UPDATE:

"We are please to inform you That Leandra and Rachel have been located by the Medicine Hat RCMP and are safe. In a conversation with Pete Waldner told Alberta MR at 11:30am, that he would like to thank everyone for helping spread the word, and keeping the girls in your thoughts. He is pleased 1with the outcome of finding the girls, and having peace of mind knowing they are in a good place. Thank you for helping us spread the word."
- Alberta Missing Report

 

Corona Tavern's "Birth Gender" Bathroom Sign.

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First, I was alerted by locals in the LGBTQ community that this sign had been posted at the local bar, and that an incident had occurred were a trans-woman was asked not to use the ladies room, due to the "M" on the license she presented. Her Name is River Rising, and she posted this about the sign. 

I went to make sure the sign was real:

confirmed. 

confirmed. 

So I called management to ask about it:

a few hours later they posted this:

long with this photo, where the other set of bathrooms in the bar, now has a gender neutral label. So that there are 2 ladies rooms, 1 mens room, and 1 gender neutral restroom (with urinals in it)

Misleading Car Sales Letter

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A nationwide car dealership marketing company has started a very questionable mail-out. CBC ran a story on a BC dealership:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/canada-auto-rebate-flyer-haley-chrysler-dodge-jeep-car-sales-tax-time-cra-revenue-1.3512588

I spoke on the phone with Auto Gross Marketing's director of sales. He said I was the first journalist to contact him about the new marketing campaign.

Veinerville oil well spewing crude

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Veinerville oil well spewing crude:
Today I went out to visit a site multiple locals had informed me about. They said they were afraid for their children and pet's safety, as there was a local oil well that was openly leaking a large amount of black tarry crude oil. 
Here is the video I got March 29th:
 

The oil company contacted me:

Dave and I spoke on the phone:

Oh? it got removed because Dave Slugget complained to YouTube that I shared his name and it was not newsworthy!?

I guess I'll have to re-upload it without his name on there:

They sent me a cease letter through email:

This letter was left at the home of a local resident. No contact, letter was left in car port.

Attempted Child Abduction: alleged perp may be on the Loose in Southern Alberta

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A local Medicine Hat father told me he thought a child predator was trying to lure his daughter online. He sent me these screen captures.

SCREEN CAPTURE REDACTED DUE TO POLICE REQUEST:

 

That night he took over his daughter's account, and acted as if he was interested in meeting (as the decoy girl).
HE TOOK THE BAIT!

They met at a local convenient store and a car chase ensued, the suspect got away, and they only had a vague car description:

File: 16-6559 Attempting Child Luring
On the evening of March 25th, 2016 members of the Police Service received a complaint of a male attempting to lure on-line an 11 year old female within the City of Medicine Hat. The parents of the 11 year old victim intervened in the on-line conversations, prior to the suspect meeting the victim, but did observe him at the pre-arranged location within the City. The suspect is described a Hispanic / Black male, mid-30’s, with darkpatchy facial hair wearing a hat and a hoodie. The suspect was driving a newer style grey/silver car. Anyone with information on this offence is asked to contact the Medicine Hat Police Service at 403-529-8481. The Major Crimes Section is investigating the incident.

The Police Service would like to remind the public to remain vigilant in checking your children’s on-line activity, and ensure you are aware of on-line conversations they are having. Follow these Safety pre-cautions to minimize your on-line risks.

Keep your pages private. Only allow "friends" or designated people to see your information.
Don't share personal information online. Many people want to post their school, work, etc. on their pages. DON'T DO IT! This is more information that a predator could use to stalk you with.
Keep your pictures to a minimum. One or two pictures you want to share with friends is ok. Anything more is a potential danger. If you want to show more photos, try emailing them to your friends and family or make them completely private
Don't talk, add or chat with people you don't know and have never met. Just because you have heard a name or share a mutual friend does not mean that person is safe, so block them and don't communicate with them
If a stranger attempts to contact or add you online, tell a family member and write down the name. Don't delete what the stranger sends you. If something happens to you, they may need that information to track them and save your life.
Don't talk about your daily routine or anything too personal. Your family and friends already know about you, they don't need to see all your personal information posted online. Special events can be shared over phone or email, not social media networking.

Mayor Ted Clugston and sexual harassment of youth

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Jessie Tylre Williams invited me to a press conference about PTSD. I specifically asked about young people and sexual harassment (being shown sexual material at a young age) like what is alleged to have happened at the monarch theater, among other alleged disgusting things.

here is a screen cap of her invite and our conversation:

Here is the EDITED version of the PTSD story I ran:

Here is the clip I edited out of the story, but posted separately later on:

Here is what Jessie said about the day's events:

And the voicemail her "boyfriend" Rick left for me:

Door-to-door Furnace Rental Scam Uncovered

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A guy came to my door to "inspect my furnace for efficiency".. I had heard about this scam before:
http://globalnews.ca/news/2403539/warning-issued-about-misleading-door-to-door-furnace-sales/

 

So I recorded his pitch:

A few days later I saw more activity on the video, FROM THE SALESMAN I GOT ON VIDEO So I called the company to ask some questions:

A technician in another city was called in to fix all of the problems that Prairie Home Services installed. He discovered some major issues and code violations.

Code Violations:

1. Union inside cabinet.

2. No fresh air intake for duct system

3. No visible primer used on 636 pvc venting(was it used? ???) Must be visible.

4. Venting for furnace AND water heater back grading.

5. No support on AC lineset

Was there a electric permit pulled for sub panel and AC Install? Was there a permit pulled for gas / furnace abd water heater? Do they even possess a business licence in the city of fort Saskatchewan?

They begged the customer not to call the city..... They have failed to produce permit numbers in the last 3 despite being asked on 4 separate occasions.

This is the subcontractor:

http://www.neuwaveheating.net/

 

For the low fee of $23,000 in 120 easy payments.

"Fresh air intake under the duct. They vented both out there to begin with then ran it up the roof instead. That is spray foam to plug the 3 inch hole they drilled in there house."
"Gas union placed inside the furnace cabinet is a big nono"

Shockware Employee Threatens to shut off internet service over Facebook beef

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An employee of ‪#‎Shockware‬, a Southern Alberta internet service company, has threatened to disconnect the service of people he disagrees with on facebook. 
This all stemmed from the fire which burned out the Snack Shack 2014. Some are insinuating the fire was suspicious, other are ex employees who say they were not paid in full. Thomas Marshall posted this veiled threat to a Suffeild Community facebook page.

I have had 2 phone calls tonight with people at Shockware, one said that Mr. Marshall does not have the authority to disconnect internet service. Another said that it was technically possible that he could block subscribers IP addresses remotely.

as of now they are looking into suspending Mr. Marshall's permissions on their "system" until they can talk to him in the morning.

the discussion is still ongoing:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/107661345944660/

5 Things you should know about the CCDA / Monarch Situation.

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5 things you should know about CCDA / Monarch situation:

First the young employees complaints of sexual harassment at the Monarch were silenced by the CCDA, and the city of Medicine Hat.

Second, the mothers of victims were attacked at a public meeting, silenced.

Third, Natasha Shannon advocates on behalf the Monarch Theater Employees, that were victims of sexual harassment by filling a human rights complaint. Natasha was silenced, and removed from the CCDA by City council at the Dec 21st city council meeting.

Fourth, Stakeholder Shila Sharps brought forward overwhelming evidence which supported the victims, and Natasha Shannon's claims of harassment and discrimination by the CCDA. Sharps, also said to council on dec 21st: "I just want to point out that it is retaliatory in nature, and illegal, to remove someone while there is a human rights complaint that is active." Sharps was ignored. City council went ahead and unanimously voted "YES" on both issues at hand; the CCDA budget approved in full, and removing Natasha from the board. All public input was ignored.

Fifth, the "independent report" from Kara Securities has been in the hands of the CCDA since Saturday, yet, from Sunday until now, I'm front page news.

 

SHARE this update now, SHARE it everywhere. So that, we, the people, cannot be silenced.

 

Evidence:

Full interview with ex-employee:

 

Most important part of interview with ex-employee:

 

A public stakeholders meeting where mothers of victims are silenced:

 

short clip of heated exchanges at public meeting (upset mothers):

 

After being off work for 2 weeks, the manager returns to work The Monarch Theatre:

 

My City Council coverage on Dec 21st (with post-interviews):

FULL VIDEO (from the City):


Councilor Symmonds asks legal about firing member with human rights case

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The city council meeting on December 21st: Natasha Shannon is removed as a member of the CCDA for supposedly missing meetings. It just so happens her Alberta Human Rights Complaint was accepted just a short time before they chose to can her... Councilor Symmonds seems a bit worried about the legal ramifications of firing someone during a human rights investigation.

City Council Gives CCDA $200k budget, stakeholders disappointed.

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after all this time, and all these complaints, ranging from financial issues to the sexual harassment of youth at the Monarch Theater, the city counsel still gave the CCDA the budget to continue in a vote just before the new year, during the holidays.
Stakeholders weren't even shocked, they were just disappointed. Bill Cocks, Councillor for the City of Medicine Hat drops my name and says that as a lawyer he knows that not every story has 2 sides... "t'aint necessarily so.. t'aint necessarily so.. t'aint necessarily so.. t'aint necessarily so.."
yeah, pretty sure he sad it like 8 times. 
Les Pearson asks how bullying works.
Classy fellas!

Shelly Ross, Cheif Librarian is on the CCDA, but wants that private...

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Since the manager, Collin Macdonald, with sexual harassment allegations against him, was still working at The Monarch Theatre, I visited Shelley Ross, our local chief librarian, and director on the board (Collin Macdonald's boss) to see what the policies were, and ask if he should still be at work. It got awkward fast...

She pulls me into a back office because she doesn't want anyonw to hear my questions.
She tries to grab my notes for some reason.
She tries to belittle me calling me "sweetie", and also accuses me of ambushing her after the whole thing is over.

As a librarian with mutliple degrees who has worked at government organizations she should know better. If young people came forward with complaints and she allowed Wayne Smith to "take care of them" without any oversight, than she is culpable for the mistreatment of youth. Her neglect of this problem (along with all the other CCDA board members) lead to this horrible situation. She should have made sure Collin was suspended while they investigated properly. 

THE MONARCH THEATRE AND THE CCDA PART 4 (Interview with employee)

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OCT 27: an ex-employee of the theater (now adult) sees my local coverage and asks if we can do an interview on the phone with her voice changed. Groundbreaking info!
Sexual harassment, the mayor knew, the newspaper knew, nobody would do anything! 
(Long but worth hearing if you want info from a direct source!)

"Sexual harassment... wanting to touch children like that? ... he asked me if he was being inappropriate, and I told 'yes!' you cannot say these ... any other job I worked at, this would be a huge factor of you being fired!" 
A shorter excerpt from the conversation with the ex monarch employee. She names CCDA board members and the mayor. She says the police weren't able to act and left it back in the hands of the Board. 

THE MONARCH THEATRE AND THE CCDA PART 3

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OCT 27: The day after the CBC News article came out, I went down to the theater to see if the Manager, Collin was still on the job while the allegations were coming out in the news... He was there, and he danced for you all to see! 
I mentioned that i did an interview with an ex-employee, that interview will be posted in part 4! 

 

Bullied off of facebook for 24 hours!

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I'm going to start doing all of my posts on my own site, and sharing the links (when possible) on facebook. Facebook's tools for reporting pages can be abused, resulting in a minimization of overall reach.
Posts here cannot be moderated by facebook. Youtube / Google's moderation process is more fair, and my video content will likely never be deleted. 
The reason I am doing this is because someone bullied me off of facebook for 24 hours by abusing the reporting system. Here is the proof: