Wednesday, January 17, 2007
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This morning 92.3 Fred FM morning host Shock decided to run across the Westmorland bridge. He asked a listener if he would join him. Hmmmm???? Could the same fate had happened in Fredericton? Are radio hosts going way too far?
I have been approached by a lot of people asking me about the front page story in today’s Irving paper?
They were curious to know why my blog wasn’t mentioned?
Well, I didn’t think much about it but I am very concern when the Irvings do a front page story on a blogger who has only been around for a few weeks.
In the past, I had new bloggers been coming to this site wanted me to promote their blog?
Sorry, it doesn’t happen that way. I got to know the individual or read his blog for a couple of months.
This is the reason, I don’t bother joining up with blogrolls because new bloggers will be added to my blog immediately.
That front page story reminded me of a letter to the editor that was printed years ago. It was the days of the C.O.R. Party. The individual wished every regular writer of letters to the editor a Merry Christmas. Everyone but not moi?
I believe that I read the message loud and clear. I believe this is the same action this time around. It’s not by a writer but The Irvings!!!!
I’m very glad that Spinks got his 15 minutes of fame.
Maybe Spinks will be the new spokesperson for all the bloggers in New Brunswick?
Come on Spinks? Lets meet for coffee one day? Maybe the people in the area will not notice your hood in public?...lol
I believe there could be a connection to the Irvings with this new blogger but who knows?
Jamie Irving printed that story pretty fast.
One thing is certain? This story is good for all bloggers in New Brunswick.
I’m just going to keep on doing what I do best. I’m blogging away issues!!!!
Gordon even lied to Bernard Richard.
The Government are making sure that the poor have no voice via the Commission.
This Commission full of appointed bureaucrats must be eliminated!
I apologize for taking so long to respond to your e-mail dated December 14, 2006 regarding your complaint that "In their annual report they (the Human Rights Commission) never once mentioned the issue of the poor."
As discussed during our meeting in my office, this is not a matter which I can investigate. I understand that it is your belief that the NBHRC should address poverty issues in its Annual Report, in particular since "social condition" has been recently added as a prohibited ground of discrimination. But what any government body decides to discuss in its Annual Report is not "a matter of administration" and therefore not within my mandate to review.
You may want to raise your concerns by writing directly to the Commission.
Thank you for continuing to show your concern for the most vulnerable of New Brunswickers.
Ombudsman/Child and Youth Advocate
I'll be there at 2:300pm!!!!
All are invited, and highly encouraged, to help our friend and dedicated social justice activist and non-lawyer advocate for the poor, Vaughn Barnett, as he prepares to enter precarious territory on this January 17th. On that date, Vaughn will be in court ( DAY 5) to defend himself against the Law Society of New Brunswick. They will be attempting to have him charged with contempt of court for allegedly providing services that only lawyers are allowed to, a charge which could land him in jail. One of the documents the Law Society provided Vaughn with for this case was a previous case where someone was put in jail for 8 MONTHS! for contempt of court. Vaughn highly doubts that 8 months is likely at all, but a several weeks would not be an unlikely expectation.
The decision is likely to come out tomorrow afternoon. So far, things are looking somewhat bleak.
Vaughn is asking for as much moral support as possible, so please make it if you can, especially in the afternoon, but the morning would be great too if that's the only time that's possible.
*****This is a call to all supporters to show the as massive solidarity as we can muster in defense of a deeply dedicated, local social justice activist; all we need to do is attend his trial to show moral support and present to the judge and prosecuting lawyer(s) that Vaughn is not fighting his struggle alone, and will not be pushed around in silence. Anyone is allowed to attend the trial and be part of the audience; no special permission required. In Halifax recently, Halifax Coalition Against Poverty activist Cole Webber had 25 people come to support him in court for his political trial. Montreal activist Jaggi Singh recently had around 80 people show to support him in a case where he was facing charges for his participation in refugee solidarity activism*****
If Vaughn loses, he can end up in jail, or with fines or some other financial punishment for doing nothing more than trying to help poor people defend themselves. It should be noted that Vaughn lives on social assistance, so he can ill afford fines, thus would likely be forced to go to jail if fines are overly burdensome. Additionally, a loss for Vaughn would set a dangerous precedent that could make it very difficult for grassroots groups in Fredericton, and possibly throughout the province, to provide any sort of legalistic services in the future without challenges.
If you can make it, please arrive at the courthouse in downtown Fredericton (“Justice” building on the corner of Queen and Carlton ) at:
***9:00AM ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 11TH***
A group will be waiting at the entrance to the courthouse, and we shall go in together to show a collective solidarity with Vaughn. WE NEED AS LARGE AN ATTENDANCE AS POSSIBLE. Even attending for 30 minutes - 1 hour helps. Courtroom solidarity is effective if enough people show up to demonstrate a collective strength that will continue to show resilience. A large support group can send a strong message to the judge and prosecutor. Through such solidarity, an unavoidable impression is created that pushing around the one person on trial reequires trying to push around all the supporters as well
The Law Society of NB, which grants status to all practicing lawyers in New Brunswick, has hounded Vaughn for several years, continually arriving in court to intercept him every time he has tried to assist someone by using his knowledge of the law. The interference has included attempting to have everything Vaughn submits before the court on someone else’s account thrown out. Most of the time, these cold acts of interference—leaving poor people defenseless—have been effective for the
Law Society. And all this takes place in the province with probably the worst availabilty of Legal Aid services compared with any other in the country, anccording to Vaughn.
Vaughn has made it clear that a strong motivation for the Law Society's continual interference with his work has been animosity towards his direct challenge of the legal profession in NB for their gross lack of services available to poor people and their excessively high legel fees. Another factor mobilizing their interference has been a strong bias against both Vaughn's socialist views and his support and use of various forms of civil disobediance.
Vaughn's work in Fredericton is valuable. Many poor people, over the years, have approached him (and his free services) in order to pursue their respective legal/political cases. He does not announce himself as a lawyer, but someone with legal training. He holds an LL.B. (law degree) from the University of Western Ontario (1994), which, along with his own personalized research over the years, provides him with knowledge that the average person does not have, such as how to write up any relevant legal documents and how to do effective legal research.
After receiving his law degree, he had the intention of pursuing a career as a lawyer; however, when he returned home to Fredericton , he could not find a lawyer to article (apprentice) with—a necessary step in becoming a lawyer. Vaughn's career was temporarily halted, but rather than waiting for an “ordinary” opportunity, he decided to fill in the gaping hole that he still occupies today: arming poor people with tools they do not possess, so they can better defend themselves, find out what other legal options are available or even help determine when is the time for engaging in protest actions (which he joins them in). On occasion, Vaughn has also been able to speak in the courtroom; these have been situations where any citizen could have stepped in. Essentially, he has made himself available to those who would otherwise be out in the cold pleading for pro bono services or left to defending themselves with no training in the complicated games of the courtroom.
Rather than being recognized for his services, Vaughn has been punished. A complaint by the Law Society several years ago resulted in a court order (issued by Justice Riordon) in November of 2000 that has since prohibited Vaughn from offering “lawyer-like services.” The order is classified as a “permanent injunction” against Vaughn providing any lawyer-like services. This has often prevented the Court from accepting legal paperwork Vaughn has prepared for those requesting his help. This has included notices of motion, notices of application, affidavits and other legal documents that ANY PERSON is technically allowed to do on her/his own if he/she possesses the know-how. My speculation is that the Law Society will be seeking to expand on the already ridiculously restrictive conditions on Vaughn, aiming to prevent him from engaging in ANY communication with the court on someone else’s or EVEN ON HIS OWN BEHALF.
Once again, the date of the trial is:
Thursday, January 11th, 9AM at the Courthouse in downttown Fredericton
Please support Vaughn in his struggle. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Sincerely and in solidarity
(Along with Vaughn, one of the founding member of the Advocacy Collective, a justice-for-the poor, Fredericton-based collective that is currently in hibernation).
I made a short presentation to this group a few days ago. I will begin to write my issues during the next few days.
These people believe that only certain people should have rights?
I'm planing to send a letter to the Human watch group and the United Nation.
A bunch of bureaucrats who don't have a clue what's going on?
Maybe the Union members at the Commission are taking orders from bigot Tom Mann? He agrees that the poor shouldn't shouldn't be allowed in the New Brunswick Legislature.
I might add that he refuses to meet with the poor because he believes he's superior than the less fortunate.
You know what? I can't wait to meet this bigot face to face on the streets. Should be fun!!!!
The poor must fight because people like Tom Mann will make certain our voice are not heard.
SO THEN FAITH COMES FROM HEARING, AND HEARING
BY THE WORD OF GOD.
( ROMANS 10:17 *NKJV )
Just as our bodies' hunger and thirst, so do our souls.
However our souls need Spiritual food and water. This food
and water may be found in God's Word, the Holy Bible!
FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL,
AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.
( HEBREWS 4:12 )
However Charles, reading the Bible not only nourishes
our souls, it also helps us deal with everyday problems. We
also gain knowledge and wisdom from God's Word. It even
helps to bring us out of depression, anguish, and
worry as well. What a wonderful book it is! Why not spend
a little time each day reading it? You will find that each page
you read will bring you a little closer to our Heavenly Father,
and what a wonderful journey that is! After all Jesus' said;
"MY MOTHER AND MY BROTHERS ARE THESE WHO
HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND DO IT."
( Luke 8:21 )
SO NOW, BRETHERN, I COMMEND YOU TO GOD AND
TO THE WORD OF HIS GRACE, WHICH IS ABLE TO BUILD
YOU UP AND GIVE YOU AN INHERITANCE AMONG ALL
THOSE WHO ARE SANCTIFIED.
( ACTS 20:32-33 )
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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I asked Brad Green six years ago on a talk show that the Government should add the Union Jack in front of the Justice Building in Fredericton?
I believe that is a huge step backwards for the Acadian Population.
We wish to be treated equal with our fellow English New Brunswickers but this is deffinetely not the way to do it!!!
Come on T.J???? What do you way????