Thursday, April 20, 2006
IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY I MADE MY PRESENTATION TO THE CANADIAN SENATE OF THE IRVING MONOPOLY OF NEWSPAPERS IN NEW BRUNSWICK!!!!
The Chairman: Essentially, sir, the problem is we only have a little over a day and a half. We would like to have more; we would like to have a week, but we do not.
Mr. LeBlanc: Who chose these people?
The Chairman: The Steering Committee of the Transport and Communications Committee has spent a long time looking at all the long list of witnesses, and I am very sorry if you feel you have not been treated justly, but we are doing the best we can.
Mr. LeBlanc: I just wanted to go on record because I was told this morning that B.C. has four minutes, and also New Brunswick. You cannot compare the population of New Brunswick to B.C. I mean there is more media, there are more newspapers in B.C. than here. Here we have a major problem.
But I have ADHD, attention deficit hyperactive disorder. I like to take my time on issues, but this morning I apologize for the way I am.
I hitchhiked a ride from Fredericton.
Sorry, I should take my hat off, but I hitchhiked from Fredericton to be here.
So I just want to go on record that I have been, as the Senator from Sackville knows, that I have been very outspoken.
I am the most outspoken citizen in this province for this issue.
So what I will try to do, I would like to relax so I can concentrate on the issue at hand, but I have four minutes.
The Chairman: I will give you five minutes, how is that?
Mr. LeBlanc: Thank you very much.
The Chairman: Because you hitchhiked all the way here.
Mr. LeBlanc: I hitchhiked, yes, and believe me, I had to listen to two riders who were complaining about what I am talking about. They agree with me 100 per cent.
Okay, here we go and I will try to put everything that I can. I hate to rush, but when I was told yesterday four minutes, I said, “Oh my God, that is almost impossible.”
I was born in Memramcook. I lived in Saint John for 18 years. I have worked at the Irving Shipyard, and I am now living in Fredericton. I started to write letters to the editor l’Évangéline, that is a French paper, and I enjoy writing.
I enjoy spreading my views with other people. I have a column in the River Valley News.
It has not been Irving bought yet, maybe, I do not know why. Maybe the Irvings know what is going on through this paper.
That is why they are not buying it.
I am allowed to write anything I want.
I will leave you a copy. It is a bi-weekly paper that is now owned by Irving.
During the frigate program, I was very well-known in Saint John to write my letters to the editor.
I wrote and got printed 500 letters to the editor.
Not too many people in this province can say that.
If I wrote letters supporting the Irvings, they would turn around and say, “Oh, what a suck-up.”
If I wrote against them, they would say, “Hey, don’t you know who your boss is?”
Well, on both sides, I could have vent, but I had the right to condemn the Irvings, had the right to praise the Irvings.
Then the Telegraph Journal, then something happened, I was working for a company, then I had a protest going on in front of the Golden Ball and the next thing you know there was a story in the Evening Times Globe stating that Charles LeBlanc was fired three times.
That was not true, and they allowed me to write a little letter to the editor, but the damage had already been done by Saint Johners to know the truth.
That is how the Irvings run it.
We heard a lot about Jamie Irving. Jamie Irving is a nice kid. I met Jamie, a very nice guy.
When I found out he was the editor, the publisher of the King’s County Record -- I am talking fast because I only have four minutes, I am trying, there are some many issues -- when I found out that Jamie was the publisher of the King’s County Record, I said “Okay, he is a good kid.”
Then I walked by through McAllister Place and then I saw a used picture on the King’s County Record, “J.D. Irving Sawmill record production.”
On the front page of the King’s County Record, that should have been in the workplace. What was it doing on the front page of the King’s County Record that J.D. Irving Sawmill produced record products?
Then there was a big pollution spill in West Saint John on Christmas day.
I wrote a letter to the editor about it.
It was denied. So I do not know what was going on. There were changes made.
I made a complaint to the Atlantic Press Council and what happened, Ken Simms from Halifax was surprised once I told him I wrote 500 letters to the editor.
He said “500?” “My God,” he said “there is a procedure here.
Then suddenly they stop. We will investigate this.” So Peter Haggert, he is from Ontario, he is the publisher of the Telegraph Journal.
He called me and he told me, “We will not print critical letters of the Irvings by former employees.”
So I turned around and I said, “Okay, so that means if there are 6,000 people in the shipyard that are former employees, they cannot write letters in the paper.”
Then, Rob Link from the Evening Times Globe, I wrote a letter, he told me, “We have to investigate what you wrote.” I said, “Investigate? I wrote 500 letters to the editor.
Why do you suddenly have to investigate?”
In the summer of year 2003, Peter Haggert from the Telegraph Journal, wrote a column and told the readers, “We will only print one letter by one writer on any issues once a month.”
So I was shocked. Now, they are stopping people from writing letters to the paper.
Three weeks later they announced that Saint John Ship Building was closed.
So, those three regular writers that wrote about the shipyard, they had their say, then they had to wait a whole month.
I mean, that is not right.
New Brunswickers’ rights are being denied, and that is what I am very concerned about.
In the summer of 2003, I decided to set up a tent in front of the legislature and I was protesting against the use of Ritalin for ADHD, stopping young kids, five years old, from being forced on these drugs, and next thing you know, it took 50 days for the press, the Daily Gleaner, to cover this story.
The Irving press never covered this story.
We are not talking about a tent that was in a cow field. It was in front of the legislature.
The citizens of Fredericton -- I am sorry I am talking so fast, I am just going fast -- the citizens of Fredericton were wondering, “How come we have never seen this in the Gleaner?”
It took 50 days. So what happened, suddenly, they stole my tent.
To make a long story short, I got good coverage at the end, but it took 50 days.
I turned around and came here to Champlain Place to collect names for my petition.
I collected 10,000 signatures and the Acadians, les Acadiens, they knew who I was because l’Acadie Nouvelle covered this story totally.
The Moncton Transcript, they never did.
The English side. See, this is what I am talking about.
The Chairman: I do not like having to cut anybody off.
Mr. LeBlanc: It is a damn shame.
The Chairman: I do not like it; we do not like it. But you are not the only one that we need to hear from.
Mr. LeBlanc: No, I made a presentation.
Senator Trenholme Counsell: Mr. LeBlanc, I think there is no doubt that in the end you have made a very important point about Ritalin and ADHD, but your main frustration in this case, and I do not want to go back regarding your employment with the Irvings and all those other things.
I know you as a person who has taken a very strong and valid and important position on ADHD.
Do you feel satisfied in the end? It is like Terry Fox, you do not get recognition right away?
Do you feel now that you have achieved your goal?
Mr. LeBlanc: No, I understand your question, but like I said, I had to speak so fast.
It had nothing to do if I reached my goal on Ritalin.
My goal for freedom of speech, that is the problem.
When you have Frank McKenna come to me when I was protesting, I met him in Fredericton.
I have known him for a long time, he came to me and he said, “Charles, how come we have not seen any letters from you lately?”
It is the freedom of speech. I do not want to compare the Irvings to this province to Germany.
We do not go around and execute people. But do not forget, when Hitler took power, he took power of the media.
The media here, they call it Brunswick News, is Irving News.
I mean, my issue of Ritalin, okay, did I succeed?
I do not know, but this is not the point.
The point is to have people, New Brunswickers, be allowed the freedom of speech and they are denied big time.
Like I said, I wish I could have made my presentation in whole.
We were talking about advertising. I heard one person from the Telegraph Journal say, “If you do not pay your bills, we own all the newspapers.”
The Senate, this committee must - see, I am just trying to answer a question and trying to get some more here.
Quickly, the Irvings gave St. Thomas University $1 million to study journalism, to train journalists.
Why did the Irvings give $1 million to St. Thomas and l’Université de Moncton?
These people, when they go out, they are not going to write critical stories of the Irvings.
Look, it is freedom of speech.
The Chairman: Mr. LeBlanc, I am going to give Senator Munson a chance to ask a question if he wants, but I am also going to ask you please, because we are running out of time, but you do a blog so, you know how to do email.
Could you send us a letter outlining your difficulties?
In the meantime, I will undertake tomorrow, when we have representatives of Brunswick News here, to ask if they have a written policy on letters to the editor.
Senator Munson: If there is another message you want to give us, I would certainly accept that. I would throw out the easy question for you if you missed one or two things in a minute or so.
Mr. LeBlanc: I really appreciate that.
One thing that I was concerned of is that during the 1997 federal election, J.K. Irving wrote a letter to the editor and it was printed on the front page. I did not know what was going on, but maybe it was good because Paul Zed lost.
Maybe that is why he lost because J.K. Irving told the public to vote for his son-in-law, but we will never know.
The question is still there?
I was allowed a week later to condemn J.K. in his letters to the editor, and I have seen him face to face and trust me, he just looked at me and said, “I own the paper and I will put the damn letter anywhere I want to.”
But anyhow, that is his point.
But the bottom line is, personally I respect the Irvings. J.D. Irving, J.K. Irving’s son, is totally out of control.
It is like Mr. Burns on the Simpsons. “I will crush you with my bare hands.”
The Chairman: Thank you, Mr. LeBlanc. You made your point for us here.
Mr. LeBlanc: My blog is Charles LeBlanc, ADHD.
The Chairman: Thanks very much.
(French follows - continuing with The Chairman -- J’invite ...)
(Après anglais – continuing with the Chairman)
J’invite maintenant M. Gilles Haché.
Next week will be a very interesting one in the Legislature.
The announcements for projects are in full swing but there’s still no election call?
There just has to an election because one year from now? Close to 90% of New Brunswickers will forget all these goodies.
Ever since Bernard Lord got first elected, he always blamed the bad policies of Frank McKenna.
Frank was a bad person I guess?
These days, it’s a total different approach.
Bernard Lord has been telling Shawn Graham that he wants an election because the knives are behind his back.
The Liberals wants a new leader!!!
The names of Mike Murphy and Kelly Lamrock are always mentioned.
But guess what???
Never once have I heard of any infighting.
Lets says that Shawn Graham would have lost the by-election in Saint John Harbour?
There would have been a call to get rid of Shawn Graham but this is not the case.
Bernard Lord got slaughtered and the message was clear.
The Liberals are so close to being in power that they can smell and taste it.
They wouldn’t be stupid enough to begin infighting within the Party ranks.
That would be ridiculous and very foolish!!!
I might add that I would be the first one to confront any candidate.
Shawn deserves a second chance as leader because he came just 18 votes short of becoming Premier of New Brunswick.
New Brunswickers are not stupid. They saw something wrong with Bernard Lord and didn’t give me a free ride.
The party of 200 days of change was over!!!
The issue of VLT’S came and Bernard Lord did call a referendum on the issue.
After the coin operators spent millions in advertissmsnts and the Ministers of the Cabinet told the media that if the machines goes? Get ready for very deep cuts in social services and health Care.
After all this blackmail? It was almost 50-50!!!
You would have believe that Bernard Lord would have some sympathy towards the 49% of the people who voted to remove these machines?
You know like shutting down the machines for one day? < Sunday >
The issue of drugging our kids is another issue.
The bottom line is that Bernard Lord is not interested in listening to New Brunswickers.
Some days? I truly believe that he thinks he's a King???....lol
Bernard Lord offered Bernard Richard a 10 year job as Ombudsman.
He called an election 6 months after and lost big time! Even after they spent a lot of money in the riding of Shediac-Cape-Pele.
Then came Saint John Harbour and look what happened there?
I also heard that the P.C.’s did their own private poll and found out that they’re going to lose the next Provincial election in a big way!
The only important issue these days is to stay long enough in office to be able to collect a pension.
New Brunswickers are demanding changes but Bernard Lord is not listening.
Thank God? This is not the month of June or July because the Chambers would be very hot.
Everyone would vote on any issue just to get the heck out of the Legislature.
Maybe if the Liberals can stall the Government in their tracks?
Bernard will lose his temper and call a quick election?
Am I going to make a prediction of what’s going to happen next week at the Legislature?
Of course not!!!
My track record is not a good one in making predictions.
I might add that I’m not the only one.
But one thing is certain??? It would be an very interesting week at the New Brunswick Legislature.
Lets not forgot the 15 prostitutes who are selling their bodies for Dilaudid.
These poor women are on a huge waiting list!!!
Does Bernard Lord care??? Of course not!!!!
This is such an important and urgent issue that I'm pasting the whole letter on the front blog!
Here's the email!!!!
Saint John today-3 crimes and one funeral all for dilaudids
Charlie here is a all in one package for your readers I thought you
might be interested in.
Keep up the awareness campaigne, Great job.
The death is a young man also of Saint John (Dxxxxx Pxxxx)The Funeral
This was indeed a death in waiting he was a former tenant of my
address, I had to evict him about 2 years ago because of his addiction to
dilaudids and many needles around the property He had also been evicted
from an address just down the street as well because he had burnt his bed
while getting his fix and passed out.
Along with many other situations he found himself in many times from
NB Telegraph-Journal | Courts/Crime
As published on page B3 on April 20, 2006
Taxi cab robbers sent to prison
#1/ A young, good looking couple with no criminal records were each
sentenced to three years in a federal penitentiary Wednesday after using a
knife to rob a cab driver.
Matthew Paul Martin, 22, of Main Street North and his girlfriend
Tiffany Lynn Martin, 20, of Tulip Street went on a Dilaudid fueled binge
after Mr. Martin received a $700 income tax refund in February. But with
their drugs costing them each $50 per day the money didn't last long.
By March 16 they were desperate enough to attempt a daylight robbery of
a taxi driver, looking for easy cash. They flagged down a female driver
in a Royal cab near the Sobeys in Lansdowne Place and asked her to take
them to Victoria Street. Ms. Martin got in the front seat and Mr.
Martin sat in the back.
Before they reached their destination Ms. Martin told the cab driver to
pull over. As she did so, Mr. Martin held a large knife to her throat
and demanded money.
The pair made off with $125 in cash from the driver and took her
two-way radio, throwing it away from the car and telling her not to contact
The couple were already known to officers and awaiting court
appearances on charges of credit card fraud and purse snatching, so when the
driver described them officers had an idea where to look for them. They
were found hiding in a closet of a North End apartment where they were
staying with other people.
Ms. Martin was already facing charges of using a stolen credit card
from an incident on March 12. That Sunday a car parked at the Cathedral on
Waterloo Street was broken into while the owners were in church.
When the female owner reported her card stolen within an hour it had
already been used at the NB Liquor store on King Street and refused at a
smoke shop in the North End. A review of video tapes showed Ms. Martin
carrying out the transactions, with Mr. Martin in the background. Both
denied any role in stealing the card.
Mr. Martin admitted Wednesday that on the day before the armed robbery
he ran through the atrium at Market Square and grabbed a purse from a
78-year-old woman who was sitting with friends. The women and a store
keeper gave chase and told police the robber had gone toward Harbour
Passage where officers arrested him a short while later with the woman's
cheques, cash and credit cards as well as her heart pills.
Provincial Court Judge William McCarroll told Mr. Martin that if the
lady had died of a heart attack as a result of the robbery he could have
been charged with manslaughter.
The 58-year-old female cab driver, who was in court Wednesday, provided
a victim impact statement. She had been driving a cab for 25 years,
starting after her husband died and had raised three children on her own.
She had always worked days and had always enjoyed working with the
public but she no longer feels safe and has trouble sleeping.
"If we could do away with drugs and alcohol it would reduce work in the
courts by 80 per cent," said Judge McCarroll.
Addicted couple avoid jail time
Reginald Gerald Corcoran, 27, and Lacey Williams, 23, of Quispamsis
both escaped jail sentences Wednesday after pleading guilty to several
shoplifting charges. The couple, who have a young son, began a downward
spiral after becoming addicted to Dilaudid. Since their arrest earlier
this year they have started treatment with Methadone and counselling. Ms.
Williams, who had no criminal record, was given a conditional discharge
and placed on probation for one year to perform 60 hours of community
service. Mr. Corcoran, who has a record, was fined $690 and ordered to
pay restitution of $169 to Canadian Tire.
YOUNG WOMAN SENT TO JAIL...
Cora Marie Jefferson, 21, was sentenced to 55 days in jail for a series
of thefts and defrauding taxis by refusing to pay dating from January
to March 2006. Provincial Court Judge Alfred Brien noted that she had a
very difficult childhood.
"You've got to make some hard decisions about not being around people
who are going to drag you down," he said.
Duty Counsel Brian Ferguson said she is young enough to turn her life
around and deal with her addictions.