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Media Release: Scientology Narconon facing another battle in Ontario

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News in today about Narconon International, Clark Carr, pushing for a Narconon drug rehab near Scientology's Ideal Org church in Cambridge, Ontario, has citizens concerned. "Scientology are heavily trying to infiltrate their community, going so far as advertising on buses, and going door to door trying to gain community support," said one source earlier today.

WireService.ca Media Release - 09/08/2013 - Earlier this week, Narconon was shut out of Hockley Valley after citizens launched a fierce campaign to block the sale and prevent the re-zoning application. A community announcement stated: "It is with great excitement that we share the proposed Narconon site has been purchased by a local Hockley family."

In a news story, reported by Rachel Mendleson in the Toronto Star "Narconon meets fierce opposition in Hockley Valley", Scientology representatives, Yvette Shank and Clark Carr misled the reporter and twisted the truth.

Yvette Shank is the Canada director of "Office of Special Affairs" (OSA), and also the president of Scientology in Canada. Clark Carr is the president of Narconon International in California. Both are well known to mislead the public and media by twisting the truth and 'spin-doctoring' questions asked by reporters.

Unwary journalists and reporters can be easily duped into believing the rehearsed responses from Shank and Carr. Even though Carr tried to dispel the concerns of citizens at a town meeting about a proposed Narconon drug rehab in Hockley Valley, Ontario, the community wasn't buying it.

Widespread opposition to the Scientology drug rehab entity moving into their small, country neighbourhood had the community up in arms and angry as hell. Petitions were launched, and numerous letters sent to high-placed government officials. After Carr's visit, the village was plastered with bold "No Narconon in Hockley" signs. The signs were being sold for $10 at the general store, and proceeds going toward fighting the proposal. The citizens were well organized and vowed not to give up.

Today's news that Scientology is not giving up and intends to push forward with their plans to open a new drug rehab in Cambridge, will no doubt, meet similar opposition.

Another comment today from a concerned Cambridge citizen, "… greatly concerned with what Narconon can possibly do to negatively impact his community and was happy to see our [Hockley Valley's] fight, and didn't know what to do to get this stopped in his community."

Scientology's Yvette Shank and her spokesperson, Andre Ahern, appear to have a lack of communication - both opposing each other's statements to media.

Yvette Shank stated to the Toronto Star, "Narconon "has its origins" in the religious writings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but is a "secular" program that "teaches no belief system." However, Shank's spokesperson, Andre Ahern, Director of Narconon Legal Affairs, stated to CBC TV National news, that, "…he is a Scientologist and that Narconon uses the teachings of Scientology in its program. However, he said, that is simply because they are extremely effective."

"It's a non-medical, non-religious, drug-free rehab centre - it's the only thing I can say," said Ahern." It's perplexing that Ahern states that, "Narconon uses the teachings of Scientology," in one breath and then says, "it's non-religious."

But then Andre Ahern made a false and misleading statement to CBC TV, promising to refund one Narconon victim's money, "She [Yvonne Keller] will get her money back for sure," he said.

In an email from Yvonne Keller 3 months ago, she stated she had not received any money or refund whatsoever from Narconon's, Andre Ahern.

When questioned about the Narconon Trois-Rivieres being forced to close down by the Health Ministry, Clark Carr once again spins the real truth without commenting why it was shuttered.

"In an email response to questions from the Star, he [Clark Carr] said the Trois-Rivières facility closed after the province "fundamentally changed its posture toward what kind of drug rehabilitation it would tolerate" to "strictly medical, drug substitution, and so forth. Carr disputes the allegation that four [Narconon] clients were taken to hospital due to the techniques used at the centre."

A government report received was received with the following factual statements:

On April 10, 2012, the Agence sent Narconon Trois-Rivières an "order to evacuate and relocate residents due to reasonable grounds to believe that the resource is engaging in practices which constitute a danger to the residents' health and safety", including the following:

- "Accepting patients in a state of intoxication (withdrawal) that can present significant risks related to withdrawal, without evaluation of the degree of the severity of the withdrawal with the help of a recognized tool (NidÉp) or by means of a medical evaluation;

- Failing to provide 24-hour supervised dormitories, one for women and one for men, both isolated from the main building;

- Not having a staff member trained in CPR and first aid present at all times in the resource;

Narconon refused to take corrective action for patient safety:

On April 12, 2012, the Agence sent the Narconon center a new letter to the effect that:

"After analysis of your file, and pursuant to conversations we had with you when we met on April 10, 2012, including your categorical refusal to take corrective action related to item 6 of the intervention program, it is with regret that we inform you that the certification committee of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec has the intention to refuse to grant you a certificate of compliance."

On April 18, 2012, former employees of Narconon Trois-Rivières, stated to Le Nouvelliste reporter, Paule Vermot Desroches, that, "Some of these cases weren't admissible to the program because it requires cutting off their medication. But the administration chose to keep them anyway. There were several instances of attempted suicide during the past few months. By law, immediate medical assistance should have been provided, but management decided to keep these persons without calling for an ambulance," says the former employee.

Sylvain Girard, [Narconon staff] for his part, suspects that the Narconon Trois-Rivières administration is now turning to Toronto to open a new center. "I think this is the biggest danger, because they'll open somewhere else in Canada. The whole country needs to be aware of what's happening. (…) it was time for the government to close down Narconon Trois-Rivières because psychiatric cases are out of line with our capabilities. The situation had become dangerous," said Mr. Bérard. "We're playing with people's lives …"

The problem Canada faces with Scientology's drug rehab network, Narconon, is that these dangerous centers cannot change how they operate to safeguard patients. The Scientology 'Training Routines, Auditing Sessions, and all other aspects of the Narconon program, must adhere to strict Scientology policies and directives according to founder, L. Ron Hubbard. It is a 'High Crime' in Scientology to alter or change any of their techniques or practices.

Opening a new Narconon in Ontario will not be an easy task for Scientology's Clark Carr and Yvette Shank, considering the public is now aware and informed about how dangerous this cult operates. Even though it appears that Scientology leader, David Miscavige, is willing to throw millions into the Narconon expansion in Canada, public outcry has more power than money - Hockley Valley citizens proved what Canadians are capable of.

David Edgar Love

 


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Author: Pick Anotherid
Sep 08, 2013
More Lies Related to narCONon...
Lies are part and parcel of the narCONon program, to the point their Drug Awareness Program (NDAP) was kicked out of California schools after being reviewed by real scientists.

An extract from their report on NDAP:

"Examples of inaccurate information presented to students in NDAP presentations and supplementary resources include:

drugs burn up vitamins and nutrients
drug-activated vitamin deficiency results in pain which prompts relapse
marijuana-induced, rapid vitamin and nutrient loss causes the "munchies"
small amounts of drugs stored in fat are released at a later time causing the person to re-experience the drug effect and desire to use again

This information reflects hypothesized processes of drug metabolism, bioavailability, and psychoactive impact, and is the premise for the Narconon detoxification regimen. a This theoretical information does not reflect current evidence that is widely accepted and recognized as medically and scientifically accurate.

Examples of misleading statements and inferences presented to students in NDAP presentations and supplementary resources include:

drugs are poisons
the amount of a drug determines if it acts as a stimulant or as a sedative
anyone who takes drugs does so to avoid problems
drugs ruin creativity and dull senses

This information is overgeneralized or exaggerated."

The full report can be viewed at:
cde.ca.gov/ls/he/at/narcononevaluation.asp

Keep in mind, this isn't just what they are trying to teach school kids, it's what the entire program is based on.

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