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Media Release: Narconon and the Quebec Human Rights Commission

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David Love meets Human Rights Commission lawyers

Yesterday, March 28, 2014, David Love met with the Quebec Human Rights Commission lawyers in Montreal for a two hour meeting concerning a case that was filed on August 25, 2010 against Scientology's drug rehab, Narconon Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, Canada. The meeting was Privileged and Confidential and is one of 5 cases before the Commission that involves human rights Charter violations under the ACT at a 100 bed drug rehab in Quebec. Press Release (03/29/2014)

By David Love

Narconon Trois-Riviers was shut down by a Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services agency on or about April 17, 2012. The Narconon detoxification center failed to satisfy 42 of the 55 criteria needed to obtain certification from the Quebec Department of Health, 26 of which were deemed high risk factors.

Prior to Narconon Trois-Rivieres being shuttered, the Quebec College of Physicians banned the center's Medical Manager and physician, Dr. Pierre Labonte, a Scientologist, from having any association with Narconon in Quebec.

The College stated:

"Dr. Labonte had been in breach of several of his ethical obligations by associating himself with a drug detoxification center administering treatment not scientifically recognized in the current medical literature, by conducting an incomplete medical assessment, and by keeping records of mediocre quality."

With all the recent Narconon controversy around the globe in recent news, including numerous patient deaths inside the centers, justice for victims appears to be coming soon.

On April 18, 2012, Le Nouvelliste published a horror story from 5 ex-Narconon Trois-Rivieres employees.

Unofficial translation excerpts:

"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."

"His colleague, Julie Ann Pagé remembers a female resident who, less than ten days earlier, made at least two suicide attempts in one day, but she was not referred to a hospital. Ms. Pagé says that incidents like this were blamed on the employees for supposedly "not delivering enough."

"We had no right to have a personal opinion. The only thing that mattered was their teaching of Scientology. Don't do to others what you wouldn't want them to do to you. This was one of their internal rules, but they themselves don't apply it. They have no respect for us or for the residents," says Sylvie Houde."

The case precedent cited with the Quebec Human Rights Commission goes back to between January 1, 1984, and March 31, 1988, resulting from the exploitation and violation of the rights of residents of the Centre d'ccueil Pavillon Saint-Theophile.

In Canada, patients in a drug rehab center are considered to have a disability when being treated at a care facility.

On January 24, 1991, following its investigation, the Human Rights Commission concluded that the residents of Pavillon Saint-Theophile have been the victims of exploitation and proposed that measures be taken to provide redress.

As with Narconon employees, the Commission stated in the case precedent:

"The evidence also showed that staff members lacked the qualifications required to work in such a centre. Mr. Coutu showed a preference for individuals and employees whose only qualifications rested on family ties. The Tribunal also finds that the residents were subjected, on a daily basis, to behaviour and situations which violated their rights: staff members showed contempt and a lack of respect towards the residents; the residents were regularly treated as if they were children and often placed into humiliating situations which did not respect their right to privacy. The residents were deprived of their rights by outdated institutional practices that were put into place and tolerated by the administration."

"Moreover, the violation of the residents' rights by Mr. Coutu and the complaints under his control was both intentional and deliberate. The Tribunal rejects the argument that the residents or others consented to such treatment. There can be no consent or agreement with respect to exploitation."

Because yesterday's meeting with the Quebec Human Rights Commission was 'Privileged and Confidential', no further comment, at this time, can be published. However, more details, with reams of documents could be made public soon.

Video LINK of Visit to Human Rights Commission:


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