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Bernard and Lisa McCarthy have sent this letter to the following CAS board members and Premier John Hamm

Along with an additional cover letter to the premier.


President--Greg O'Keefe
1st Vice President--Bernadette MacLellan
2nd Vice President--Bernie Britten
3rd Vice President--Colin J. Campbell
Treasurer--Jim Gogan
Secretary--Jack Coffin

Board Members:
Domatilia Beaton, FKelly MacIsaac, Dennis Miller, Faber Campbell, Celia Lorway, Ingrid Shannon, Barry Moore, Cheryl


Bernard McCarthy & Lisa McCarthy
599 Upper Leitches Creek Road
North Sydney, NS B2A 1B1

Tel: (902)794-1764
Fax: (902)794-1764

November 3, 1999

VIA FACSIMILE: (902)563-3660 (2 pages)

Mr. Greg O'Keefe
President for the Board of Directors
360 Prince Street
Sydney, NS B1P 5L1

Re: Emma Gallant McCarthy (DOB: October 28, 1994)

Dear Mr. Greg O'Keefe:

As a private agency funded solely by the province, Cape Breton Children's
Aid Society relies on its board of directors to maintain propriety and the
appearance of propriety regarding its conduct. Certainly, this arms-length
distance gives the Society freedom to act which might be hampered by a
closer administrative relationship with the government.

Therefore you, as Board members, have a huge responsibility.

You cannot help but be aware of the case of our daughter, Emma Gallant
McCarthy who we have claimed and continue to claim was illegally apprehended
by your Society. The Society hired the offices of Khattar and Khattar to
threaten us, and former Frank Sampson made statements to the press defending
the Society's position in this matter.

Nonetheless, our daughter was taken from us. She was also taken from her
extended family. Our attempts to get her back through the court process have
been thwarted by stonewalling and trickery. Last week, she turned five years

As members of the Board of Directors, it is your responsibility to
scrutinize and approve the actions of the Director and other table officers.
We will assume that you have heard the former Director's side of things. You
should not be satisfied with hearing only one side. Your job as Board
Members requires that you lend your name and reputation to the actions of
the society.

The Society engaged in criminal deception of the courts with regard to our
daughter Emma. And we would also point out to you that any rumours about us
being prosecuted for releasing her name are unfounded. Emma is not a subject
of court proceedings.

The full details of our case are available on the Internet at We would also be more than happy to provide you
with documentation and answer any questions you might have.

We are not going to let this matter go. We are trusting that with a new
government in Nova Scotia, we will be successful in getting this matter
opened up.

In fact, we will be sending a copy of this letter to the appropriate
government officials.

This letter is a courtesy to allow you to familiarize yourselves with the
full facts in this case. We hope that you will be curious enough to check
our allegations and take the appropriate action.


Bernard McCarthy

Lisa McCarthy


c.c. Premiere John Hamm
1700 Granville Street
P.O. Box 726
Halifax, NS B3J 2T3
Tel:(902) 424-6600
Fax:(902) 424-7648


Bernard McCarthy & Lisa McCarthy
599 Upper Leitches Creek Road
North Sydney, NS B2A 1B1


November 4, 1999

Hon. John Hamm, Premier
Office of the Premier
7th Floor, One Government Place
1645 Granville Street
P.O. Box 726
Halifax, NS B3J 2T3

Dear Premier Hamm:

While you were still in opposition last winter, we wrote to you telling you
about the abduction of our child, Emma, by the Cape Breton Children's Aid
Society. Your office wrote a positive reply which is enclosed. Now that you
are Premier, we hope that you can really help us. We have been more than
three years without Emma, who turned five last week.

We have sent a letter dated November 2, 1999, to members of the Board of
Directors of the Society who have also had some changes in administration.
This letter was also sent to you.

Presently, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating into this matter.

However, in the last 18 months as we have been really pushing this case, and
getting occasional flurries of publicity, we find ourselves on a roller
coaster of hope and despair. The full details of the case can be found on
the Internet at and other pages which are linked to it.

The bottom line is this: There are many irregularities in this case. We have
legally established that members of the Children's Aid Society have behaved
improperly and criminally. We do not know where Emma is.

Will you help us to help Emma?

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard L. McCarthy

These reasonable letters received no meaningful response. McCarthy Family Photos here

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