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The Klassen story

Breaking through to the public

Thank You


Fifth estate broke through the "cone of silence" around the "Scandal of the Century" with a hardhitting hour of gripping television where the falsely accused were able to tell their story, the former childwitnesses, now young adults were given an opportunity to tell the truth and apologize to those they had accused, and the police, prosecutors and justice ministers were given an opportunity to respond -- which they all declined, hiding behind the double shield of the publication ban and the $10 million lawsuit the falsely accused had filed against them.

Fifth estate made the story comprehensible to a country which had mostly never heard of it. In one hour, they touched on every aspect of this ten year ordeal. They brought us a wider audience. They added to our credibility. Thank you Fifth estate. We have no doubt that the publicity you gave this story protected the website and slowed down the silencers of truth in their attempts to jump past the Charter in court Jan. 16.

Brian Dueck

inJusticebusters respond by pointing our index finger directly back at Brian Dueck. Yes, we say, Dueck not only did a lot of things wrong in this case but showed himself to be corrupt in many other cases. It is not quite true to say that we who point the finger were not there. We were there. Rick Klassen and the other accused were there when Brian Dueck (right) went to Red Deer to interview him. Michelle and Michael were there when he took them to the "soft room" to interview them.

Those of us who were charged with criminal defamation against Dueck were there when he got on the stand and claimed he could do nothing about Michael because he was not yet twelve years old! This was a lie and Dueck knew that even as he was making this claim, Michael had remained in the Thompson home until he was fourteen and he was still raping his sisters! Dueck gave Michael a licence to run amok, even though the record shows he wanted to be stopped. Michael was a child. Brian Dueck claimed to be an expert who had interviewed over 200 children.

Internet response: injusticebusters has so far received more than 50 e-mails, everyone of them positive regarding this case. This page has been posted on the net. Our e-mail count is well above 400 and we have a selection of them. (We lost a lot of mail and lists over the summer when our computer was stolen.)

Linden McIntyre

Linden McIntyre, host of Fifth Estate Scandal of the Century show which asked Saskatchewan Justice the hard questions

On this page we keep track of all media coverage -- or uncoverage -- since we went online.


Jo Lynn Sheane and Kathy Ross

Kathy Ross came forward despite the best -- and most expensive efforts of Saskatchewan Social Services to block her from making contact with injusticebusters or the media. The three Ross children were briefly seen on Canada Now, Feb. 5. Kathy has provided clear and unimpeachable evidence of malice on the part of the Saskatchewan government. Meanwhile, Richard Klassen received the bill he is supposed to pay Superintendant Dueck. Lawyers Rossmann and McKillop supplied a bill for $1,650, including a $150 fee for preparing the bill! Richard Klassen will apply to have the bill waived. See also Diane Ens, Michelle's Kathy page, Peter Klassen, Rossman's brief, Judge's decision.


What now? Is it business as usual for the Saskatchewan media?

See publicity 2002

Updated Jan. 19: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, StarPhoenix had nothing to say. To its credit, StarPhoenix has given excellent coverage to the Saskatoon Police Commission and has been highly critical of Chief Dave Scott. When are they going to go after Dueck? Les Perreaux got on the gag order story and did an excellent job. He has joined the ranks of journalists we can respect.

Teresa Bohn

Thursday night, CBC Saskatchewan posted a story featuring Teresa Bohn, the children's aunt who was also among those Michael (who was ten at the time he told the lies) named. A small bite from Michael, with Michelle in the background, confirmed he felt good for having told the truth. The CBC Sask website ran a piece saying Dueck had a story he could not tell because he was gagged by lawyers and quoting police union chief Stickney to the effect that perhaps Dueck had made an honest mistake! (see item below).

Keep up the pressure. Let's fix this mess! Write often!


Jan. 17, 2001: StarPhoenix finally publishes Richard Klassen's name! Good work Global coverage | Censorship in Altona

inJusticebusters welcomes all the new readers from Saskatchewan and elsewhere. The Fifth estate Jan. 24 brought a new flock of visitors. Each subsequent airing (we've lost count of how many) brings more.

Jan. 16, 2001:The Hon. Mr. Justice Zarzeczny reserved his decision on Superintendent Dueck's application to place a publication ban on all the material before the courts in the $10M lawsuit and extended Judge Hrabinsky's interim gag order until he makes his decision. Both Rossman and McKillop, the lawyers acting for the defendants in this case complained that their story was being told in bits and pieces on the internet and that the only remedy open to them was to dismiss the suit altogether or at least to turf Richard Klassen out of it.

Many bits and pieces of this story are on this website for all to see. By no means have we told the whole story of the lengths Dueck and his henchmen have gone to silence us. It seems to be forgotten that before we went on the internet, we were criminally charged with defamation and we obeyed the strict gag orders in our undertakings to the court. As soon as those undertakings were no longer in place, in the spring of 1998, we took to the internet and began putting bits and pieces of the story online. We have been doing so ever since and we will continue to do so. A lot of true bits and pieces add up to a large, truthful story.

Lawyer Robert Borden

Robert Borden made a strong case for free speech, pointing to case law which has upheld that the public interest in having access to the truth overrides some privacy issues.

Richard Klassen addressed the court and assured everyone that he will abide by the Rules of Court regarding discovery material but he will not be gagged.

The judge stated several times he wished to get these matters dealt with so the matter could go to trial. He didn't seem at all inclined to dismiss this claim or any of the plaintiffs.

The defendants are caught in a bind. They have been forced to say they now want the story to come out but find themselves gagged by their own orders and feel victimized by our "slanted" version of events. inJusticebusters invite Dueck or any other defendants to tell us which bits and pieces of the story we may have in our possession they would like us to post. If it doesn't involve a lot of transcription, we would be happy to oblige them.



Please continue to write letters to your local newspapers and media outlets. There is no enforcable ban on publication of any aspect of this story so they should feel free to investigate Dueck and call for his firing and arrest and to report on the role of Social Services and Saskatchewan Justice in this case.

CBC's Canada Now has picked up on the publication ban and all of CBC seems to be on board to defy the ridiculous ban regarding the non-publication of names. Perhaps it is time for the media to go after Social Services who have made some dreadful mistakes, perhaps acted criminally, and have also covered up the truth! Investigate! Sheila Gagne who was the head of Social Services told inJusticebusters she was the "mother" of the Ross children and that was why she was protecting them from us!

As for Dueck wanting to tell his side of the story, inJusticebusters will publish anything he wishes to write and sign. That goes for Axworthy, Romanow, Quinney, Miazga, Carol Bunko-Ruys -- the lot of them.

Just let it be the truth!


Getting this story to the public

Dan Zakreski

Updated Jan. 19, 2001: It is hard to find a reliable, principled lawyer in Saskatchewan; the same is true of reporters. The StarPhoenix covered the foster parent story in the beginning but caved in the face of a paper tiger -- Judge Macpherson's publication ban which came down in 1993. This was a sweeping ban, well beyond the original routine ban on publishing any information which would identify the "child victims. " It put a seal on all the evidence in the case! That silly piece of paper should have been challenged at every opportunity until the right to report was re-established. It was impossible to tell the story of more than twenty people without using names. It was certainly impossible to tell it without using the evidence which was given in court! The media should have picketed the courts! Instead, StarPhoenix quit reporting on the case and jumped on board the Martensville case, which appeared to be an equally sensational story -- and had accused who could be named. Doug MacConachie, who had been doing a credible job on the Foster Parent story moved to sports.

Donella Hoffman took a kill on a 2000 word piece she had worked hard to write and she moved to position of Night Editor. It was five years before the story was revived when Dan Zakreski got around the publication ban with an elaborate set of psuedenoms. He managed to tell the story, but it fell like a ton of bricks. There was not so much as a letter to the editor. Nobody cares about psuedenoms. We care about people with names and faces. Dale and Anita Klassen, Helen and Don Ross, Michael and Michelle Ross . . .

CBC took a different route. It did not hesitate to broadcast Richard Klassen's name in 1993. It simply failed to establish his connection to the case (as one of the falsely accused put through a costly preliminary hearing, ordered to stand trial and having his charges stayed at the last minute along with a dozen other people). Marion Barshall was involved in that piece of smearing innuendo; she partially redeemed herself in the spring of 1996 with a five part series on the radio morning show. Then, thud.


CBC Saskatchewan covers Sask-Tel's silencing of injusticebusters' first website on Sympatico

CFQC and Global had long since filed the case altogether. When Sheila Steele and Richard Klassen were arrested and charged with defamation, the story was about "a man who can't be identifies because it would identify children in a sealed case" and Sheila Steele, (who was facing the courts on marijuana cultivation charges at the same time so this added confusion to the story). Nameless people doing unspeakable acts hanging around with a pot grower.In

1998, we began putting the story on the internet. The only coverage we received was of our difficulty in getting a secure internet site. On the occasions when we picketed, the media showed up to see if we would be arrested. When we weren't arrested, there was nothing for the Saskatchewan media to report. Our story sat in cyberspace, lonely, read by a scattered 20,000 people around the world.

Eventually, in March, 2000, it found the eyes of Howard Goldenthal, an associate producer at the Fifth estate. The rest, as they say, is history. The journalists at the Fifth estate were able to find out information we had no access to. We did not know that as a consequence of speaking out about the case and criticizing the publication bans, Robert Borden had been brought before the law society four times! It challenged us to rethink our criticism of those lawyers who have tried to push this case


Police officer wants to tell his side of the story

REGINA - A Saskatoon police superintendent told CBC News Thursday he wants to tell his side of the story in the case of Michael Ross.

Supt. Brian Dueck refused to comment otherwise saying he has been ordered by the police department's lawyer not to comment.

Dueck was the lead investigator more than 10 years ago when a boy, Michael Ross, accused his former foster family of abusing him.

Wednesday, on the CBC program the Fifth Estate, Ross admitted he was lying.

He said stories of sexual abuse, barbecued babies, orgies and people drinking blood were false. Ross named 16 people. Police laid dozens of charges. The allegations destroyed most members of the foster family. It was a stunning admission.

However, Al Stickney of the Saskatoon Police Association says it is too easy to point fingers in this case.

"It's easy for someone to look at something and say this person did a whole lot of things wrong when they weren't there," said Stickney. So far the police department and the Saskatchewan Justice Department have refused to comment on this case.


Updated Jan. 19: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, StarPhoenix had nothing to say. To its credit, StarPhoenix has given excellent coverage to the Saskatoon Police Commission and has been highly critical of Chief Dave Scott. When are they going to go after Dueck? Les Perreaux got on the gag order story and did an excellent job. He has joined the ranks of journalists we can respect.


Teresa BohnThursday night, CBC Saskatchewan posted a story featuring Teresa Bohn, the children's aunt who was also among those Michael (who was ten at the time he told the lies) named. A small bite from Michael, with Michelle in the background, confirmed he felt good for having told the truth. The CBC Sask website ran a piece saying Dueck had a story he could not tell because he was gagged by lawyers and quoting police union chief Stickney to the effect that perhaps Dueck had made an honest mistake! (see item below).

 

Al StickneyCBC's Canada Now has picked up on the publication ban and all of CBC seems to be on board to defy the ridiculous ban regarding the non-publication of names. Perhaps it is time for the media to go after Social Services who have made some dreadful mistakes, perhaps acted criminally, and have also covered up the truth! Investigate! Sheila Gagne who was the head of Social Services told injusticebusters she was the "mother" of the Ross children and that was why she was protecting them from us! Even as she said those words, during the spring of 1994, Michael was raping his siters!

As for Dueck wanting to tell his side of the story, inJusticebusters will publish anything he wishes to write and sign. That goes for Axworthy, Romanow, Quinney, Miazga, Carol Bunko-Ruys -- the lot of them.

Just let it be the truth!


Censorship in Altona, Manitoba

The Fifth Estate show "Scandal of the Century," featuring an Altona family, originally shown Nov. 29 has been updated and will air on Wed., Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. Tape this and discuss it with your friends.

The above paid ad was refused by Altona News in a Minute, a daily Page Print sheet distributed to all coffee shops and businesses in the Altona, Man. area. Editor Rev. Barry McGhie gave as his reason: "It's just a small town newspaper and it's something people can take sides on so we choose not to print it." Mr. McGhie can be reached at (204) 324-5001.

The paper prints sports' scores, political scandals and ran daily coverage of the Lewinsky scandal. Go figure.

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