School Board Lawyers Handle the Co$.
Author: Gregg <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 22:57:06 -0400
The circumstances of the defamation attack upon my wife Jennifer at work is more thoroughly covered in another post: TORONTO : School Teacher Attacked by Co$. The Board Lawyers sent letters of reply to the Scientologists who had been organized by the Co$ to write making these 'cookie cutter' allegations, accusations and defamations against my wife Jennifer. The Board Lawyer Letters of reply were generally the same with some specifics addressed for some Scientologist offenders. Here is most of the main letter sent by the Board Lawyer. [My comments are in brackets] Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Lawyers, Patent & Trademark Agents Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street West Toronto, Ontario. Canada M5H 3Y4 tel.: (416) 367-6000 fax: (416) 367?6749 www.blgcanada.com Eric M. Roher firstname.lastname@example.org May 11, 2000 BY COURIER xxx xxx inc xx Road Toronto, Ontario Xxx xxx Dear Mr. xx: Re: Jennifer Hagglund We are the solicitors for the Toronto District School Board (the "Board"). We are writing in response to your letter dated Xxxx, 2000 to XX Xxxxxx at Islington Junior Middle School (the "School"). We have had an opportunity to investigate this matter, and are now prepared to respond to the allegations and concerns raised in your letter. [A day and one half of every bodies valuable time was wasted on the spurious allegations and libelous rhetoric sent at Co$ instigation to Jennifer's school.] We confirm that Jennifer Hagglund is a teacher at Islington Junior Middle School in Etobicoke, Ontario. We have no knowledge of, and cannot comment upon, the allegations you have raised in respect of Ms. Hagglund's husband, Gregg Hagglund. Mr. Hagglund is not employed by the Board, and therefore the Board cannot control, and is not responsible for, his actions. [True, but they still needed complete detail including copies of our fliers.The official publicized position of the Toronto hate Crimes Unit that I am only engaged in legal and lawful criticism was not questioned.] Our investigation revealed that Ms. Hagglund has never participated in any picketing or protest activity against the Church of Scientology. [Even if she had it would be her private business.] Our investigation also revealed that Ms. Hagglund has never engaged in the distribution of any literature which promotes hatred of the Church of Scientology, its religion, or its parishioners. [Even if Jennifer had given out fliers, this statement remains true, as the fliers i do give out are not, according to the HCU, hate literature.] These comments apply to both the community and school setting. [Scientologists on the other hand including, Betty Millen (sic), a former or perhaps current School Teacher, have revenge picketed our residence. Of late they have falsely and maliciously informed my neighbors and passing drivers that I am a 'child abuser'. The police were called on May 13 and the offenders names were recorded.] Furthermore, and more importantly, we did not find any evidence of religious intolerance, in the school setting, by Ms. Hagglund. Our investigation revealed that Ms. Hagglund has never expressed any opinions about the Church of Scientology during the course of her teaching duties. In fact, Ms. Hagglund has consistently taught and fostered respect for all members of society, and for members of all religions. [Of course this is not an endorsement by the Board that Scientology *is* a religion. This is just covering the bets. The Board is aware of my part in speaking out against Co$ failed attempt to gain Religious Charity Status in Canada. Co$ has no belief in God, (Theistic Belief is a requisite) so it does not qualify.] ...................... As a professional educator, Ms. Hagglund has been employed by the Board for more than 15 years. The Board has not received any complaints about her teaching abilities in the past. [Jennifer is qualified to teach all the grades from 1 to 8 and is Drama Specialist Qualified for Grades 9 to 13. She holds multiple degrees and is an ESL Specialist for all grades.] ................................. In summary, our investigation does not support the serious allegations made by you. There is absolutely no evidence of professional misconduct, incapacity or incompetence on the part of Ms. Hagglund. In all the circumstances, the statements contained in your letter are not only unfounded, but are also completely inappropriate. Such statements cannot and will not be condoned by this Board. Your allegations and innuendos in respect of Ms. Hagglund likely constitute a form of defamation. The comments that you made demonstrated either a wilful intent to bring prejudice to Ms. Hagglund or callous disregard for her professional reputation. [Yes, our legal advisors agree, there is wilful and malicious intent motivating these letters and a callous disregard for Jennifer's professional reputation. This was also, IMHO, a despicable, deliberate and organized emotional assault, with intent to harm.] You are hereby formally put on notice to cease and desist immediately from making or circulating, in any manner whatsoever, any comments, commentary or other information with respect to Board personnel, including Ms. Hagglund. In addition, you are put on notice that you are not to have any direct contact with any staff member at the School. If you wish to contact School personnel, you must make arrangements to do so by contacting Peter Brennan, the Superintendent of Schools. Yours very truly, Eric M. Roher cc: S. Mensinga, Principal P. Brennan, Superintendent of Schools Other interesting inserts to this general letter of reply by the Board included: J.G. Layton Layton Creations 128 Manville Rd. Unit 28 Scarborough, Ontario M1L 4J5 and Betty Misener Reliable Promotions 725 Browns Line Suite 201 Toronto, Ontario M8W 3V7 Had this or a variation also directed to them: "The Board does not tolerate or condone any form of hatred, discrimination or bias in its schools. Board Policy B.03, entitled "Equity Foundation" provides: "The Toronto District School Board values the contribution of all members of our diverse community of students, staff, parents and community groups to our mission and goals. We believe that equity of opportunity, and equity of access to our programs, services and resources are critical to the achievement of successful outcomes for all those whom we serve, and for those who serve our school system..... .....The Board is therefore committed to ensuring that fairness, equity and inclusion are essential principles of our school system and are integrated into all our policies, programs, operations, and practices." The School is similarly committed to upholding the values of fairness, equity and inclusion. The School established an Anti?Racist Committee to promote the values espoused in Policy B.03, and to raise awareness of the diversity, equity and equality of all religious and cultural groups. In 1999, the School received the Board's Pat Gordon Award, for its outstanding contribution to equity and social justice, and for the work of its Anti-Racist Committee." A. Renault XL Transcribing & Document Processing Services 1405 Lewisham Drive Mississauga, Ontario L5J 3R2 Now Renault also got the above, but also this: "We confirm that on Friday, April 14, 2000, Ms. Hagglund received a telephone call at the School, from an anonymous caller, during her lunch break. The caller accused Ms. Hagglund's husband of being a "hate monger" against the Church of Scientology. Ms. Hagglund replied that her husband was not a "hate monger". Ms. Hagglund asked the caller whether she believed in God, and the caller said "yes". Ms. Hagglund indicated that she, too, believed in God. The caller proceeded to make personal inquiries about Ms. Hagglund's mental health, her deceased friend, her business, her financial situation, and her son. The caller threatened to take Ms. Hagglund to a "review board". Ms. Hagglund was extremely hurt and upset by this telephone call. Based upon our review of the evidence, we do not believe the above conversation, with a caller who refused to identify herself, demonstrates any religious intolerance on the part of Ms. Hagglund. Furthermore, we do not believe Ms. Hagglund demonstrated "extreme antagonism" toward the Church of Scientology or "assaulted" its religion during this conversation." Note that A. Renault professes to know the teacher who so unprofessionally harassed Jennifer *during school hours and at her place of work*. Dan Bryenton also has been recorded stating he knows who this individual is. Both will be subject to Deposition. David Stokes 168 Lake Promenade Etobicoke, Ontario M8W 1A7 Mr Stokes threatens to have the school staff and Jennifer investigated for even "covert" religious discrimination. He received this version of the insert; "In response to your expressed intention to investigate the Board, as well as Ms. Hagglund, we assure you that the Board does not tolerate or condone any form of hatred, discrimination or bias in its schools. Board Policy B.03, entitled "Equity Foundation" provides: "The Toronto District School Board values the contribution of all members of our diverse community ........" etc. So you can see why Peter Ramsay, the OSA "Anti-Gregg" blew his cork over the action the Board took. As I stated in the previous thread; The net result: Jennifer's job is not in any jeopardy, although the extra stress was not welcome. Co$ has had its wrist slapped by one of the best legal firms in the country And OSA attack dog Peter Ramsay had a muzzle strapped on his in his face. I and the lawyers are waiting for Ramsay's next *big plan* to stop my Charter Protected Freedom of Expression. The question my wife and children ask is: How low will this thug and his cult go? Gregg Hagglund SP7 Toronto and Canadian National Picket Reports now at: <http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Spa/8412/toronto/index.html> "It's interesting that Scientologists cannot seem to differentiate between: ----individuals: picketing an organization to voice their opinion on its behavior, and -----an organization: picketing individuals for voicing their opinion." -M.C.DiPietra "Give'em hell son." the late M.G.Hagglund