Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Yesterday, I received this email-

Dear Charles;
The Senate Committee Studying Human Rights will hold public hearings in Fredericton on June 14. at 9 a.m. at the Delta Fredericton, 225 Woodstock Road, Grand Ballroom "A". Public is invited.
9 a.m. Bernard Richard - Children's Ombudsman
11 a.m. Centre for Reseach on Youth at Risk
1 p.m. Roundtable of Children and Youth
2 p.m. Partners for Youth
3 p.m. NB Department of Family & Community Services


Once again, I began my investigation and there was indeed a Senate hearing at the Delta.

I learned that Bernard Richard. The ombudsman was going to make a presentation.


I showed up at the hearing at 8:45am.

I noticed a guy from CBC Television signing as a media personnel.

I quickly asked the person if I could sit on the media table as a blogger? Sorry...not going to happen! Bloggers should have a little more respect even if we're known as troublemakers!!!...lol

I must admit that I didn't make a good entrance.

You see, I don't have much respect for people who are appointed to a position but the last two times that I appeared in front of the Senate? I didn't find them that bad. Maybe a little high class but not bad.

To my surprise, I was told that no one is going to make a presentation! Therefore I wasn't allowed to speak!

Mind you? I was totally confuse because in the past hearings. I was allowed four minutes. I didn't take no as an answer and I wanted answers???

The guy who was talking to me was Rene Legere and his job was to take care of the media personal. Some woman came and introduce herself as Dr.Line Gravel.

I guess she's the common clerk and I must admit that I wasn't too impress by her attitude and I'm certain that she had the same feeling about me.

These high class people believe they had a problem because I didn't have a suit and tie and I wanted to know the reason we the public are not allowed to speak???

I even told them that this hearing was for kids human rights and I lived in a tent for six months in front of the Legislature therefore I've heard many sad tales that I can tell the Senate.

I was concern that I didn't know anything of these hearings. They reminded me that they sent a press release to the media.

I quickly told them- WHAT?? THE IRVING MEDIA???

At 8:55am. Bernard Richard walked in and these people quickly came to shake the hand of the Ombudsman to welcome him.


I quickly shouted to Bernard - This is a scam! It's like a communist system! The public are not allowed to speak!

Bernard have known me for years and he knew that something wasn't right! He knew that I was angry.

The main reason that I told this to the Ombudsman was to let these high class people around me that I wasn't a bum or idiot off the streets!

I might not dress the part but I do know a lot about kids Human Rights.

To make matter worse, I noticed Christian Whalen < Lawyer for the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission > present.

This is a picture of myself and Christian in Church!


I said- You mean those people < never said racist > are allowed to speak???


At the end, the was only an observer. I mean we know that those racist members of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission told the Government that s with ADHD are close to mental retardation. Maybe they believe that I have no rights to make a presentation.

As a manner of fact? They shouldn't even been there. If these racists members would have been allowed to make a presentation? I would have interrupted their speech! The situation could have turn ugly!!!

Mind you, Christian Whalen was seated right in front of me.

These Senators must understand that in New Brunswick? We have no rights! It's the Irving way or the highway!

I walked into the room and I was told by a worker to sit down and don't move!!!

Can you imagine that one??? We're these people warn about me in advance? Who knows?

Before the meeting got started? I told Bernard Richard that I'm not allowed to speak so therefore it was all up to him to send some kind of message to these Senators of what is exactly going on in this Province with the issue of Ritalin.

Bernard began his speech at 9:10am and did a superb job in his presentation and he did mention the issue of Ritalin.

What I found funny that was right from the beginning he told the Senators that they have no influence with the Province of New Brunswick on certain issues.

One Senator took exception to this and let it known to the Ombudsman that they do have an influence.



Bernard told the Senate that there are no child advocate in this Province.

He was also concern of the issue of Autism! He told the Senate that Medicare covers a child with Autism but not after the age of five.

Education of Autism is a problem in New Brunswick!

Earlier detection is a must for these children but the Government don't seem to move quick enough on this issue.

These autistic parents are forming their own group to lobby the Government and this is good but the Government should do more.

Then he mentioned the issue of ADHD and Ritalin!

I was surprised that he mentioned my name telling the Senate that after my protest, the education department sent a memo telling the teachers that they couldn't act like doctors to suggest Ritalin to a child.

He continue by telling the Senate that the medical Society did admit that ADHD is over diagnose and the issue should be studied in New Brunswick!

He did forget to mention that other provinces have special school for ADHD kids but not here.

He told the Senate that Ritalin was too easily prescribed in this Province and the issue should be addressed.

I decided to go outside for a smoke because the issue of ADHD was address.

Once outside, I noticed a young guy walking towards me and with his head down.

I said - How is it going? He never said a word and kept on going.

I found the guy very rude so once inside I asked - Who's that guy anyway?

I was told that he was a young student reporter from the telegraph Journal or the Daily Gleaner!

I quickly said- Ohhhh that explains his attitude.

Hey??? Maybe he was trained at Saint Thomas University and was told about me before he dedicated his life and soul to the Irving Empire?


I left my papers on a chair and once I got back to the room that Irving reporter was sitting right beside me! I am certain that he would have choose a different chair if he only knew it was my seat!.,,lol

One Irving worker got mad at me and said- I am sick and tired of your Irving conspiracy of the media!!!

I told the Irving employee that I just had a run in with the senate and I wasn't in the mood for another confrontation! I told the Irving employee to calm down and everything will be ok and left!!!

Hey? Once you deny the public to write critical letters of the Irving Empire? It's old Germany all over again and lets see what the Senate will do about this issue of freedom of speech in New Brunswick!


I should have had a laptop with me so I could have blog Bernard Richard speech!

This blog will have to do I guess!

Bernard Richard has ADHD big times! He's full of energy and offered to take the role as Child Advocate!

Only a person with ADHD would demand new roles.

What a big different since the first time he got appointed to the Ombudsman office.

I remember once he got appointed? He couldn't do much in the month of December because his term began in January.

He was bored to ! It was so bad that he was happy to see me walk in his office!...lol...

He must have been bored!!!..lol..

Not these days, he goes and goes! We will never see the likes of him again!

Something was said by one of the Senators about Saint John being Irving town?
Everyone laugh and I didn't hear it all! I'll find out!

At the end of the hearing, I decided to wear a pair of headphone so I could hear more clearly and it work!

This is what is needed in today's classrooms! Headphones for the kids because there's a lot of noise in the classrooms! It sure help me to listen better.

Better than taking Ritalin if you asked moi????

After the meeting was done, Bernard walked by and I shook his head congratulating him for a job well done.

I noticed the chairperson talking to the Common Clerk who I found was rude to me. One worker noticed that I was walking towards them and reminded me not to cause trouble.

I wanted to chat with this Senator.

Her name was Raynell Andreychuk. What I found interesting is that she told Bernard that she was a Family Judge and wanted to know if Ritalin is prescribed because of the bullying going on in the schools?

You know just way to calm to the kids because the teachers cannot touch them?

Once I came face to face with the Senator.

I told the Common Clerk- I know you don't like me but I want to chat with the Senator and I did.

I told her that I was sorry that I didn't have a three piece suit and I was the guy who protested in a tent for the issue of Ritalin.

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She finally told me the reason the public are not allowed to speak because it would be too long and many of them have issues in the court system.

I truly didn't understand her reasoning but it was ok I guess!

I told her that most children who are on Ritalin in this Province comes from poor families.

I'll explain this issue in my next blog!! My God!!!! closing on 1,800 words!!!

Way too much! I left the Delta while Bernard Richard was surrounded by the media and he was indeed talking about the issue of Ritalin!

What a big different with my attitude with the media. Years ago, I would have stick around and pray that the media would interview me! I left the scene immediately!!!

So therefore the issue will be once again in the public eye!

Lets see how the media are going to cover this issue!

Now??? If you're still with me?? < I doubt it >...The people in charge should have explain to me at the beginning the reasons they didn't allow the public to speak on this very emotional issue and it would have save a lot of heartaches for me and those people working for the Senate!



Anonymous said...

Thank you Charles for the update.....you have no idea how pleased I am to know that Bernard Richard spoke about autism!!!!!! I do hope that treatment for autism in the form of ABA gets attention. I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Mr. Richard. We are very fortunate to have him in NB!

Anonymous said...

very interesting! Nice touches with pics and artist drawings!!!!

Lyn Cato said...


I think I have heard you on Melanson Live a few times.
Our little boys kindergarten teacher told us to put him on Ritalin. We told her no way. We did have a child on Ritalin for six months but took her off it ourselves. She is doing fine now.
Lyn Cato, Saint John (632-1987)

Charles LeBlanc said...

It's stories like the last comment that I love to hear!!!