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Media Release: Narconon Trois-Rivieres Victims agree to non-disclosure Gag Order

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One Ontario and British Columbia victim of Narconon Trois-Rivieres drug rehab in Quebec have been silenced with a non-disclosure, Gag Order. Following more than five months of negotiations, threats, stalling, and frustration, approximately $40,000.00+ was agreed to by the parties involved.

Gag order

By David Love Media Release (09/05/2014) - Narconon Trois-Rivieres, now closed, was ordered to meet the measure of redress, on or before Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3 p.m. - paying three human rights abused victims $140,000.00. The measure of redress was for moral and punitive damages suffered at Narconon Trois-Rivieres.

The Quebec Human Rights Commission received 3 formal complaints about mid 2010 alleging exploitation, economic discrimination, humiliation, verbal and psychological violence by Narconon Trois-Rivières, and the following:

Quebec Human Rights Commission Verdict:

(Victim's names redacted for confidentiality)

- submitting to treatments potentially hazardous to health, and without adequate medical supervision by qualified professionals.

- forcing patients to perform various tasks without pay.

- forcing [victims] to undergo disturbing and traumatic treatments, and forcing to submit to indoctrination measures without [victim] knowledge and against their will

- Charging considerable amounts for a detoxification program which was not scientifically approved and which involved health and safety hazards.

- Failing to provide care suited to [victim] medical condition, despite the sums paid.

- Providing information, before and during treatment, which could be misleading as to the likelihood of a successful outcome, and which gave the impression that the results were guaranteed.

- Charging him large sums for a service provided by unqualified people.

- Forcing [victim] to work and perform various tasks without pay.

- Forcing [victims] to submit to humiliating and degrading practices.

- Failing to properly bear the responsibility for confidential information obtained from the complainant(s) after prompting [victims] to open up about personal aspects of [victim's] life.

- Using controversial teaching methods that were not based on any scientific study.

- Submitting [victims] to poor living and food conditions.

- Submitting [victim] to forced confinement and coercion.

- By obliging [victim] to work and perform various tasks without compensation, under pretext of disciplinary measures.

- By subjecting [victim] to forced isolation methods and coercion.

After years of investigations and waiting, it was a stunning victory for writer, David Love, and the other 2 victims. It was a 'first' for the Quebec Human Rights Commission, and a previous Canada Supreme Court decision gave the Commission the power to proceed.

However, once the Commission delivered their scathing decision, Narconon lawyers began their battle to pay little or nothing. The brick wall appeared when Narconon insisted it would file for bankruptcy if the commission takes it to court, so if David Love continued to refuse to agree to a non-disclosure, Gag Order, none of the victims would see a dime according to Narconon.

David Love

Love called Narconon's bluff and went to media - directing the Commission decision documents to journalist, Tony Ortega, the Montreal Gazette, and other interested media.

Now, more than 5 months later, the victims have agreed to settle and never speak again about being at Narconon Trois-Rivieres, what happened, or even that they were ever at Narconon. A significant penalty is in the agreement for each incident of speaking about Narconon, and all funds received would be forfeited.

Notable, is that there were far more than the 3 Commission plaintiffs who suffered at Narconon Trois-Rivieres. In fact there were dozens, if not hundreds of the nearly 1,000 patients who were subjected to such horrific treatments and human rights abuses.

One victim stated that they remembered being in Narconon's withdrawal unit where the staff were bragging about the high success rate, but in the room with the victim was 3 'Repairs/Retreads' - Narconon graduates who had relapsed and returned.

Another victim that Narconon used for free labour after many of the staff quit from not being paid, worked long hours in the kitchen preparing meals for the patients and staff. And when the patient cut his hand preparing food, Narconon refused to pay the several hundred dollar medical bill for stiches - the victim paid.

On December 6, 2009, one staff member emailed the writer, stating: "We are still behind on our pay. The ones working in the kitchen often threaten to leave because we never know when or if we will get paid. We work our behinds off and we aren't appreciated more than that? It doesn't motivate anyone to work more than they have to. And you can feel the tension in the air."


In many cases, Narconon is not too concerned with who they hire or does the work for them even when it comes to their Interventionists. One victim emailed these photos (with permission to publish and withhold name), of a horrific act of brutality. The Interventionist, in a fit of anger, dragged the person down a flight of stairs causing the ankle to break - requiring surgery and lengthy recuperation.

This is the same Interventionist who was held in high esteem by Narconon, delivering new intakes for a hefty commission - a drug and alcohol counsellor with no qualifications or training. As with many procedures, this was par for the course with Narconon

The release and discharge, non-disclosure Gag Orders drawn up by Scientology-Narconon law firms, is a self-serving document to intimidate the victims should they ever speak about their abuses.

One such document directed to David Love, stated: "Releasor acknowledges that these confidentiality provisions are a material, bargained for, part of this Release and Discharge, and that violation of this confidentiality provision is a material breach of this Release and Discharge which make the Releasor liable to Narconon for FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($ 5 000,00) liquidated damages for each occurrence. This Release and Discharge shall enure to the benefit of the Releasees and be binding upon the Releasor or any of them and their heirs, legatees, legal representatives, successors and assigns, as applicable."

When one entertains such offers from Scientology-Narconon, it is noted by many to keep in mind the: "ENEMY SP Order - Fair game; May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."

Ruthless, L. Ron Hubbard vows to even the score with attackers:

"People attack Scientology, I never forget it, always even the score. People attack auditors, or staff, or organisations, or me. I never forget until the slate is clear." - L. Ron Hubbard, MANUAL OF JUSTICE, 1959

Cynthia Kisser stated: "Scientology is quite likely the most ruthless, the most classically terroristic, the most litigious and the most lucrative cult the country has ever seen. No cult extracts more money from its members."



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Author: Mikolajczyk Teresa
Jan 26, 2019
Our daughter/an alcoholic/ was there for one night. We were chitted by Dina —paying 20000 dollars before treatment and we lost our money .. We were hiring a loyer from Trois-Rivieres. The court ordered Narconon to give us back... fighting— but didn’t resive a penny.. So frustrated and disappointed also about Ministry of Helth in Quebec ,,, Why then didn’t care about all the victims who lost hundreds off thousands. We been so naiveb/c before that our daughter was already in Narconon Florida/35000/ and the treatment failed.... Narconon Trois-Rivieres called us by themselves telling feeling so sorry and offered half a price in their place as they called “repair treatment....We are at this time a poor immigrants and did not know where to turn for help ,,,, soo sad ,,, Teresa

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