Manitoba's Justice System

Manitoba’s Justice System #

The world is out of joint and something is rotten in Manitoba’s insular Justice System and cursed spite, Canadian officials and politicians have wantonly failed in their responsibility to put it right. Serious, endemic, cultural flaws appear irrefutable and in urgent need of radical reform. Manitoban’s are entitled to higher standards of Justice. But then in a democracy, you only get the government and Justice system you deserve.

It is time for all politicians at all levels to take bold decisive action – they are the only ones with both the mandate and responsibility to fix our democracy.

When elected or appointed into a position of community trust, you remain responsible to maintain that trust.

This posting, a work in progress, assumes the reported facts in Canada’s media are accurate – although the government has never confirmed or denied this. If you find any errors of fact or perception, please inform the site: nebo-lit@usa.net

It is an archival collation of personal observations and media reports on developing situations in Canada by an expat who grew up in Manitoba and migrated to Australia fifty years ago at the age of thirty. It records the pain of seeing the idealised stature of my homeland increasingly on a steep decline. It may appear alarmist, but to me it is rooted in the emerging reality of a fragile democracy in free fall.

The most disturbing affront to democracy is that many judicial decisions fail to meet required normal standards, becoming seriously out of step with legitimate community expectations and their own official pronouncements.

Sometimes you can see a slow motion train wreck coming, but feel utterly powerless to stop it.

The most outrageous examples below illustrate the growing number of brutal, savage and violent attacks by Winnipeg Police on hapless citizens, (one a 12 year old boy) condoned by Manitoba’s court system.

Politicians, instead of looking close and hard at systemic failures, tend to look away for simple solutions. The Harvey Pollock scandalous case (below) of 1991 indicates a stark contrast of responsible government then and now.

Then the police were held to account by the courts and the government, today police appear protected by the courts and rewarded by the government for violent policing.

“You know, that might be the answer – to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail”. Catch-22, Captain Korn on granting Yossarian a medal.

Two glaringly obvious areas of concern are judicial defiance of accepted norms and the close alignment of Manitoba’s courts turning a blind eye to a seemingly corrupt police force with blasé governments woodenly and complicitly rewarding poor performance in the police force with extra money.

Manitoba already has a large number of police per capita and increasing it into a corrupted culture will not improve conditions.

Next, we will be led to believe in the simple fix of militarising the police with weapons of crowd control - armoured vehicles, tear gas, water cannons and other weapons of mass destruction. If it works in America, Belarus, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Iran…, why wouldn’t it work in Winnipeg?

Politicians igniting a crime panic is hardly a new ploy. It’s a tired stunt, reaching for the lowest common denominator playbook that has been used for yonks in all parts of the world, appealing to protecting white privileged majorities against unprivileged minorities. That’s the heavy price you pay for racist injustice.

History demonstrates that if Manitoban politicians exercised better oversight over the courts and insisted on systematic adherence to their statutes, providing more equal and just judgments for all, crime would dissipate.

The Police #

Police, originally instituted to protect citizens, now appear to be perpetrators, protecting themselves and their governors from the citizens. As a force, the police were established as servants of the public; not protectors of oppressive governments.

Governments are loath to tackle police corruption because they need the police to protect them from the people.

Australian friends visiting Canada used to comment on the invisibility of police. This is no longer the case. Recent visits indicate increased police presence with sirens disturbing the peace. Some have suggested a similarity to the Keystone Kops. Institutional corruption leads to mediocrity.

Loss of public confidence in police forces is a serious sign of institutional rot spreading, indicating that the administration of justice in Manitoba is broken. The prevailing perception is one of the entire Justice system’s bubble culture, aligned to deny Justice.

American public confidence in the police is 30%; Canadian’s public confidence is 35%.

It remains the public’s fault if government ministers fail to hold officials to acceptable standards. It is our sovereign duty to hold them to account.

All officials rely on the police to defend them from aggrieved citizens. Governments rely on the police remaining loyal, so the court system is prepared to tolerate excessive force to maintain the status quo. The consequence is further immiserations leading to a treadmill of social unrest due to diminished accountability.

The litany of incompetent policing begins with Peter Nygard attacking vulnerable young women for decades from the late sixties. Winnipeg Police and the courts had many credible cases, but chose to do nothing, until shamed by the American Court System - what does that say?

Are Judges so insouciant they don’t realise the pain and trauma their negligence causes real people? Are our representives so complacent, they are unaware of the damage their dereliction of duty causes?

Here is another stunning case causing extreme trauma:

The Jason Hyra case comprises all the usual suspects, especially Justice Shawn Greenberg, Chief Justice Richard Chartier and the Executive Secretary of the CJC, Norman Sabourin, plus a few more alleged culprits in the Justice department who denied Jason Justice. His claims sound eerily familiar.

In 2004, Jason in confidential interview, in good faith, provided damning evidence regarding an application by a former girl friend, Lana Eisbrenner, applying to become a Winnipeg Police Officer including her involvement with the ZigZags, her steroid drug use, her buying-selling and using of drugs, her affair with married WPS Officer John McKay, her black mailing of her former boss, and their short relationship.

The Gang Unit was sent out to investigate confirming his statements. Despite being promised protection by the WPS, John McKay, a police officer and Lana began intimidating, harassing, and threatening Jason Hyra when she was fired from the WPS.

Jason claims that, in March 2008 he was wrongfully arrested and in 2016, wrongfully convicted of a crime of (criminal harassment s.264). He was convicted in order to be silenced.

Jason further claims Federal Court Justice Shawn Greenberg in April 2014 dismissed all of the evidence showing his innocence, ignored the rule of law, took her cues from the Crown, and tried to cover up the Crown Misconduct of Bruce Sychuk; prosecutor Rob Gosman (friend of David Rampersad); current Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice Michael Mahon; the MBCA and Chief Justice Richard Chartier, who in January 2016 ensured I would never receive a fair trial by allowing Justice Greenberg to remain the trial Judge. Chartier stated that if I didn’t like the trial ruling I could appeal it later.

I am not in a position to judge all the facts, but it does ring true to me as it follows similar patterns in Justice Greenwood’s other misjudged cases.

Use the right side bar menu to read Jason’s account in his own words.

I don’t know all the perverted cases Justice Greenberg has botched, but Jason’s observations bear glaring similarities to what our family experienced in the 2012 challenge of a clearly mentally incapacitated aunt’s Will, where the less than honourable Justice managed to vaporise all solid evidence in favour or airy assertions by scammers. Miraculously, she reconciled the life - long acrimony of twins, fabricated a few facts, alienated their siblings and cured a severely schizophrenic aunt with her magic gavel. Not bad for six days efforts!

It’s about unchecked power running rampant, and the fight for a fairer world! It’s about the right to be proud of one’s documented narrative. Our court system appears not fit for purpose any more.

Frank Ostrowski.

In January 2022, according to Sarah Petz of the CBC News, Justice Greenberg scored her trifecta by:

denying Frank Ostrowski filing a lawsuit seeking $16 million in damages and a declaration that a miscarriage of justice occurred after two important pieces of evidence were not disclosed at his 1987 trial. Bench Justice Shawn Greenberg’s Jan. 12, 2022, decision sided with them.

The police officers and Crown attorneys named in the suit argued that under law, Ostrowski had earlier opportunities to pursue legal action.

Evidence indicates Ostrowski was unaware of the outcome until it was too late to appeal.

Was this Justice Greenberg’s final surrender of credibility?

Manitoba’s legal industry’s collusive culture circles the wagons again, stolidly protecting its own. If you protect those above you, surely, they in turn, are obligated to protect you from adverse investigations.

Who knows how many skeletons are hidden in Greenberg’s closets?

Peter Nygard operated with impunity from the late nineteen sixties. David Milgaard, Jason Hyra, Harvey Pollock, Frank Ostrowski, Chris Procaylo and Jamie Cote are just some of the collateral damage caused by a corrupt legal system, while apparent offending police officers Sean Cassidy, Christian Paul Guyot were treated kindly by some friendly judges.

Conscientious lawyers like Ian Histed, Ted Crane and others have had their careers trashed for speaking up. Ian Histed questioned procedures of the administration of justice and was charged with uncivil or professional misconduct for lack of deference, resulting in a six-month suspension and costs of $34,000.

The self sabotaging Manitoba Law Society prefers “a deferential standard,” rather than demanding legal authorities be reasonably steeped in the orderly tenets of judicial standards of correctness and be held to account.

The French Revolution introduced the enduring concepts of equality and fraternity rather than the British elitist demand for hierarchical paternalism.

And we wonder why lawyers have high rates of depression and suicide.

Recent firsthand accounts, compiled by WFP’s Maggie Macintosh, of student intimidation and humiliation at the hands of police attending inner-city schools in Winnipeg, are deeply disturbing, confirming all other indicators of a long standing corrupt Justice system trickling down the ranks.

Police attending schools were designed to foster mutual respect. It appears to have become Orwellian in becoming the antithesis of its founding purpose. Police do need to be better trained. Does a first world country like Canada suffer a third world country’s Justice System?

All symptons clearly indicate a breakdown of social order. Root and branch reform of Manitoba’s entire justice system is now more urgent than ever.

This case screams out for an open inquiry by responsible authorities, - if there any left.

Kristin Annable, CBC News, reported on November 3rd , 2022 that Chris Procaylo, a photographer for the Winnipeg Sun newspaper, filed a complaint with Manitoba’s Law Enforcement Review Agency, or LERA, in 2017, alleging the officer unlawfully seized his camera, intimidated him and swore at him while he was working at a crime scene on Main Street in Winnipeg. Five years later, we are awaiting the court’s verdict.

It is extraordinary that Chris Procaylo, lodging a LERA complaint, had to pay for his own lawyer. From 1879, governments appointed a public prosecutor, which means victims no longer had to pursue their perpetrators.

Other questions remain. Why is the name of the police officer withheld? Where was Chris’s employer? Where is Canada’s Press Council? What kind of protection do media have in Manitoba to do their jobs?

The WFP archives record that on Nov. 23, 1967: The Winnipeg Free Press reported the Winnipeg police commission exonerated two detectives alleged to have beaten a Free Press reporter.

Attacking the media is symptomatic of desperate tyrannical systems.

What should alarm all of us is the increasingly brutal and thuggish violence of the police. This sounds more like Belarus, Russia or China.

Manitoba’s Justice System appears retreating to distant medievalism and its citizens increasingly suffering an oppressive police state.

Manitoba’s justice minister decried the violent response to RCMP officers who broke up an out-of-control house party in East St. Paul, citing it as an example of increasing attacks on, and loss of respect for, law enforcement.

Perhaps it’s just another symptom; not a cause.

For Manitoba’s Justice minister to blame partygoers’ aggression toward Mounties as an example of increasing attacks on, and loss of respect for, law enforcement, shows just how out of touch all governments are. The Korean tragedy shows what happens when politicians and bureaucrats, of all major parties, fail so radically at the basic provision of public safety?

Blaming the messenger only works for so long.

Premier Heather Stefanson announced Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 2022, the creation of joint Winnipeg Police Service/RCMP integrated violent offender apprehension unit, with $3.2 million in provincial funding. The announcement followed those of other measures this week totalling $20 million towards measures aimed at tackling crime.

According to Probe Research principal Mary Agnes Welch, a new poll shows a 79 per cent of Winnipeggers feel less safe in the city, compared to three years ago. “This year, it’s absolutely exploded to the top of people’s minds”. 07/10/22.

Other sources indicate a low public perception of Police. Paradoxically the more police per capita, or more law and order, does not solve the problem. This relies on people having confidence, respect and trust in the system.

As always politicians look to winning elections on perceptions of law’n order rather than real, just solutions. Manitoba’s Tory government is banking on boosting police ranks and propping up health care with private providers to sway voters ahead of next year’s election.

The November throne speech left no doubt that a new “tough on crime” agenda could rescue the party from the depths of political despair in another assault on democracy. Weak politicians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity to do some good.

State sanctioned violence against the young is always counter-productive; perpetuating further harm to both police images and risking irreparable damage to youth.

Youth support services with better trained teachers and police can save countless futures. Doubling down on simple solutions is shallow thinking, morally bankrupt and political cowardice.

Am I right to conclude that serious corruption is fixed by rewarding perpetrators with more money?

Perhaps a Royal Commision into the entire justice system would be more cost effective.

Other historical plaintives below indicating a symbiotic relationship between the court and police system are:

Harvey Pollock #

Sept. 19, 1991: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the long-awaited Ted Hughes report on the investigation into the Winnipeg Police Service’s handling of the arrest of lawyer Harvey Pollock was released.

Mary Agnes Welsh reported that after Pollock represented the family of J.J. Harper, an aboriginal man the police shot, whose death led to the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry and years of acrimony and tension between police and First Nations, he faced reprisals.

Shortly after the inquiry, police arrested Pollock for sexual assault, charges so specious Manitoba’s justice minister called in Ted Hughes to launch an inquiry.

Justice Ted Hughes found the Pollock investigation was “unseemly” and “misguided” and the officers in charge of it irrational and emotional. He called the criminal charges “payback” for Pollock’s role in the J.J. Harper affair.

Any action? Perhaps as Talleyrand said of the Bourbons, the police “have forgotten nothing, and have learned nothing.” Have we learned nothing in the last thirty years?

How could things have deteriorated since that scandalous low point?

In the last twenty years, inactive politicians have become infected by the worst kind of political illness. They have become a personification of distrust in the system resulting in apathy. Their failure to address problems so nakedly embodies all that is wrong with contemporary politics.

Complaints are met with a notable lack of urgency by state officials, who are trying out more ‘hopeful’ messaging, ensuring their “images” are not damaged.

What we’re not seeing, in all areas of government, is bold leadership. Instead, the political class keeps coming up with new ways to avoid real action and betray the public interest.

All we expect from our politicians are intelligent responses to obvious systemic flaws, rectifying them with resolute, enforcing actions.

Is that asking too much? Perhaps so, because they are merely focussed on how to win the next election.

Pandering to the lowest common denominator can be utterly detrimental to society.

Where are the yester year politicians of courage to initiate an inquiry or upright judges holding police to their oaths of office? Was the Honourable Ted Hughes Canada’s last truly honourable judge?

I wish I were in a position to judge.

Christian Paul Guyot,

Katie May reported on the 09/27/2018 that lack of evidence brought to court against a Winnipeg police officer, who has been acquitted of assaulting a 12-year-old boy, is raising questions about the legal worth of a cellphone video that purported to capture the assault.

Christian Paul Guyot, 44, a 17-year member of the Winnipeg Police Service, was cleared Wednesday, when provincial court Judge Ryan Rolston decided he couldn’t be sure Guyot was the same male, uniformed officer seen in the minute-long video allegedly striking a boy.

How did George Floyd’s murderer get charged?

Another case compounds the issue, confirming all our suspicions. According to Chris Kitching of the Winnipeg Free Press, 02/06/22.

Karl Gowenlock, lawyer for Jamie Cote, who accused police officer Sean Cassidy of assault, at the Manitoba Law Courts, said the Crown’s case risks undermining public trust in prosecutions of police officers. Cote told court an officer forced him to the ground on his stomach and another male, alleged to be Cassidy — who wasn’t in uniform, and was not carrying handcuffs or a firearm — punched and kneed him in the face.

Gowenlock also took issue with the Crown calling the other officers as witnesses for its own case.

“The evidence of the other police present at the arrest was presented as reliable even though it contradicted the evidence of Mr. Cote and, in my opinion, is not consistent with the surrounding circumstances and common sense,” he wrote. “They have a very strong personal stake in providing a version of events where nothing untoward happened at the roadside arrest, because anything else would mean they had some level of culpability, as we allege in Mr. Cote’s civil suit."

Provincial court Judge Sidney Lerner found Cassidy not guilty of assault causing bodily harm. He said the Crown’s decisions gave him reasonable doubt as to the officer’s guilt.

Judges are last profession to have next to no accountability. All institutions need serious adult supervision. Complaints to the CJC remain securely hidden behind a veil of impenetrable secrecy.

Where Parliament has fallen down, is in not using the mechanisms to maintain normal Judicial standards. The primary role of all parliamentarians is to keep all public officials under control through effective regulatory frameworks.

The resulting failure has been a major barrier in overseeing Judicial complaints to sustain public respect. This has caused significant reputational harm domestically and internationally.

It also has serious consequences for good lawyers up against an arbitrary system where evidence is discounted. Repeated studies indicate a high level of depression and suicide in Canada’s legal industry.

Citizens are not credited with the intelligence and respect they deserve. Promises are made and never delivered. Complaints are treated like an annoyance. Basic standards of accountability are pushed aside.

Citizenship conveys rights, but their price is allegiance to the body that guarantees those rights. In the modern world of the nation-state, we assume that means our country as an entity in itself – to Canada and the welfare of its peoples. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is proclaimed boastfully, but appears disavowed by the courts.

Citizens had a moral duty to stand up for one another when the state fails to guarantee their rights.

An issue of the WFP alerts us to The Onion’s filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States, including passages of exaggeration for the sake up humour (claiming it had a readership of 4.3 trillion) and calling the federal judiciary “total Latin dorks,” - its defence of Anthony Novak’s freedom of speech was serious.

Open ridicule of justice officials leads to disrespect for all authority. Central to good judgment is :

Salis populi est suprema lex - the welfare of the people is the supreme law.

Parliament has the responsiblity to oversee judicial administration - its failure to intervene in Manitoba, is a blight on responsible democracy. Passing new legislation is perception politics at its lowest. The existing Judge’s Laws simply need to be enforced.

A justice system that refuses to hold prison officers, police or rogue judges to account, cannot avoid self-inflicted loss of public respect.

There is mounting, cumulative, and compelling evidence, through various scandalous decisions by Manitoba Courts, that the Canadian Judcial Council has failed Canadian citizens,. How can such low standards be justified? Judges prize their independence, yet seem to act in a block, protecting the errant ones.

Undeniably, Judges have a difficult role to play, but protecting openly frolicking ones, makes good Judges work even harder; diminishing our respect for the entire institution. Like any well maintained garden, weeds need to be eradicated. One year of seeding, means seven years of weeding.

Since the CJC abnegates its duty to:

“promote accountability; to improve quality of judicial service in the superior courts of Canada and respond to all complainants,”

Parliamentarians need to take control of an antiquated, outdated, ineffective regulatory system, demonstrably failing the people of Canada. It is past time for cross party action to rein in judicial malpractice.

The main sticking point is who has the final say under the Westminster System. Is this another case of the tail wagging the dog?

Since the court case Bernard v. Canada (Attorney General), 2021 FC #1487, condons judges’ failure to deal properly with evidence, Parliament, our elected representatives - not the government, needs to give Judges this message:

you are a Judge commissioned by the Canadian people - to serve the people of Canada, subject to parliament, according to limited prerogatives. If you deliberately twist and distort, intentionaly misconstrue or purposely manipulate evidence, or wilfully abuse discretionary privilege, you will be charged with abuse of process and investigated for impeachment.

Democracy depends on our representatives actively upholding their laws by enforcement. Non-observance of stipulated guidelines and unchecked abuse leads to loss of respect for all institutions. Even Judges must comply with reasonable laws.

Hammurabi, Hesiod and Solon all understood that blood vengeance, with its curse of constant feuds among the clans, can only be avoided by responsible and fair minded rule of law.

It remains my considered contention that in most democracies, an incipient coup has evolved where the judiciary are claiming unearned privileged exceptionalism, impunity and supremacy.

Corruption leads to apathy, low morale, mediocrity and declining competency. Increasing social fragmentation is the direct result of citizens losing faith, confidence, respect, and trust in all authority figures and institutions.

Judges are the last bastion of absolute unaccountable medieval power. Tyrants, Kings, Queens, Priests, Doctors, and Teachers have all lost their unquestionable authority.

Denis Diderot’s wish may have almost come true:

“Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest”.

Who will strangle the last neo-medieval, imperious judge?

Court cases should not be a debating contest based on rhetorical theatre; the most convincing lies to win at all costs, rather a forum for resolving disputes in reasoned dialogue to the benefit of all.

Prima Facie, a British National Theatre production, is just one of many social justice films to question the relevance, and fit for purpose, of our outmoded adversarial justice system. It should be axiomatic that radical reform to a more inclusive and cooperative approach is long past due.

Democracy is not a spectator sport; we all have to engage, you have to participate to make it work the way it is supposed to.

When the legitimacy of, and confidence in, the legal system is caught up with a crisis of public trust in all professionals, institutions and systems; public confidence can no longer be taken for granted. For those who administer courts and those who serve on them, the task of building and maintaining that trust is now more critical than ever.

It may be too late to warn Canadians of judicial overreach leading to a judicial coup de' tats. American brazenness and ruthlessness pay off. The American Supreme Court’s flexing its muscle may yet backfire as the Kansas rejection of Republican efforts to ban abortions and the failure of a Red Wave shows.

Canadian Judges too, seem not to be serving the people and appear beyond the command of the Canadian Parliament. In the end, it is only people power, that should prevail.

Canada has a plethora of self funded institutes advocating for justice, combatting an excess of official hubris, resisting judicial oversight, arresting the restoring of public trust.

  • Back to back annual Transparency International’s reports indicating declining regulatory oversight.

  • Cross Canadian protests, targeting politicians and the Supreme Court. Increased verbal abuse of officious officialdom indicating creeping authoritarian indifference. Mutual respect is a two-way street. The highest quality of leadership is humility and action.

  • Ethical Principles for Judges Report, blaming the public for not appreciating judges.

  • The Federal Court decision in Bernard v. Canada, abdicating the CJC’s responsibility for censuring errant judgments.

  • Innocence Canada claims of 100 cases of wrongful convictions, Delays in rectifying injustice.

  • Macdonald-Laurier Institute reports citing Manitoba as the worst performing justice system.

  • the delays in processing wrongful conviction decisions.

  • the scandalous inaction of Manitoba’s legal fraternity in the Peter Nygard case over forty years is the strongest indictment . An American court initiated proceedings.

  • various cases illustrating a collusive culture within Manitoba’s legal system regarding the Winnipeg Police and the courts. Jamie Cote’s merely the most recent. How can we avoid a comparison to the Keystone Kops?

  • A trilogy of cases adjudicated by Justice Shawn Greenberg needing urgent investigation.

These cumulative cases should eliminate all doubt that Manitoba’s Administration of Justice is utterly dysfunctional.

Judicial deviance may have become so routine that to them it’s no big deal. If the courts want our respect and trust, they need to establish some acceptable baselines of credibility.

Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner expressed concerns about our susceptibility to:

“lies and conspiracies spreading like wildfire on social media. As we have seen around the world, disinformation poses a real threat to democratic institutions. The demonstrations that took place in Ottawa this winter stemmed in part from this disinformation, Wagner encouraged people to “inform, instruct and educate” their fellow citizens."

Absolutely true indeed, however the same imperative applies to all courts and surely his primary role is to “inform, instruct and educate” all Judges to ensure they demonstrate the capacity to distinquish between false claims and real evidence. The greater their credulity, the greater the loss of the entire legal fraternity’s credibility.

Official lies are far more prevalent and just as dangerous as those propagated by social media.

Why don’t we simply go back to the tried and true formula of “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” Gaining any advantage by deception in court should always be a crime.

In Canada, adversaries appear to openly deceive the courts. They don’t even have to use “Jedi mind tricks” to get the courts to accept their fanciful assertions, as long as evidence suits the legal world’s desired determinations. As power and arrogance take over, judges lose the capacity to test evidence against a more generally accepted reality.

Judges, who treat evidence and the public with reckless, undisquised and unrestrained contempt, need to be reined in with real consequences of loss of position and entitlements. American pundits have been calling for impeachment trials for judges for years. It seems high time for tangible action in Canada too.

THE COURT OF APPEAL OF MANITOBA #

The Bernard vs Canada case regarding allegations of judges’ failure to deal properly with evidence, determined that “recourse is available only before the courts”.

That sounds like a cartel to me.

It also assumes the courts can be trusted, however as the evidence points to an Appeal Court, as a mere echo chamber or rubber stamp, then we are chasing our tails.

When two courts become each other’s sole other: they affirm, feed back and amplify their own self-justifying version of events; the private worldview, passed back and forth, becomes all-encompassing. Eventually, they lose the capacity to test it against a more general reality.

When courts fail to test or validate conflicting assertions, a long-accepted test to confirm evidence is being “tinkered with” in favour of judicial arbitrary privilege. That accepted test, involves demonstrating reality and having the community accept obvious reality.

Inexplicably failing to meet reality, by any reasonable measure, detracts from its authority and power.

Where judges fail to meet required standards, they need to be held accountable. It relies on the courts having a moral compass to spot charlatans. Manitoba courts appear to fail, fail, and fail, every test.

I have long advocated for a complete overhaul of the appeals process @: https://nebo-lit.com/topic-areas/Justice/law-reform.html

I would suggest Parliament start with investigating the apparent malpractice shown by Justice Shawn D. Greenberg, the three Court of Appeal Justices: Coram: Alan D. Maclnnes, Mr. Justice Marc M . Monnin and Mr. Justice William J. Burnett and then move on to the McLeod Estate v. Cole case below.

The lack of due diligence demonstrated by Norman Sabourin indicates as always, it is the officials at the top of the food chain who are the most culpable for tolerating incipient corruption in their ranks.

In my view, much of the forensic evidence before the Greenberg court was purposely misconceived, based on a deliberately flawed understanding of documented family dynamics. Ultimately, and simply, there is no forensic support for five of the contentions the Appeals Court elliptically proclaims.

My main allegation levelled at Justice Greenberg, and at the fact befuddled Appeal Court judges who reviewed the sham six day case, is that they doctored the facts, having no curiosity in wanting to understand complexity of the family dynamics involved or reflect reality. “We’ve made up our minds, don’t confound us with the facts."

Despite evidence to the contrary, determinedly ignorant appeal judges, merely doubled down, blusteringly declaiming five unfounded determinations. Both courts final determinations were rife with false and reckless assertions.

There is no judicial merit in the Appeals Court’s asserting certainty, against all evidence to the contrary, to an audience fully aware of the facts. It fails to convince. Sabotaging your own credibility places the whole Appeals system into disrepute.

Jason Tan of Canadian Lawyer exposed a similar case IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF MANITOBA – delivered 20/09/22 Coram: Mr. Justice Christopher J. Mainella, Madam Justice Jennifer A. Pfuetzner, Madam Justice Lori T. Spivak, managed to find enough rationalizations to support their colleagues, despite acknowledging errors were made.

As the Appeal court loftily explains,

the trial judge was entitled to prefer the evidence of the witnesses that he did and he made no palpable and overriding errors of fact. While he misapplied the doctrine of suspicious circumstances, this legal error had no effect on the outcome. As a result, I would dismiss the appeal.

So judges have carte blanche in believing whoever has the more persuasive narrative; deftly evading establishing the facts - issues of selling below market value or determining cognitive capacity to agree to the bargain.

Medieval privilege is alive and kicking in Manitoba’s antiquated legal industry. Missing is any sense of accuracy, justice or fair play.

I contend both courts were wilfully myopic as to the truth or falsity of their premises. Judges need to establish all the facts before adequately determining verdicts. I do not believe this was the case in both Appeals.

The lines between reality and fantasy, in both court cases are perilously thin.

In both cases, the Appeal judges cling to judges' perogatives to prefer oral evidence of one side over the other, regardless of hard reality.

Are Manitoba’s judges seriously qualified to determine testamentary capacity? Manitoba’s Mental Health Act needs rigorous enforcement.

If Judges value their independence so much, how can you justify an Appeals Court aligning itself so uncritically with unfounded court case findings?

The kind of court cases that take your expectations, your views of reality; upends them, and then mutilates them so completely, you can’t help but be awed by how perceptions can manipulated so easily.

The kind of cases that make you crave authenticity.

Greenberg managed to trash so many judiciary expectations that it’s a shock to discover there’s a legal norm she actually thinks worth protecting. The subsequent degradation of any inclination to serve the public, indicates a judge so used to untrammelled power, so immune to common decency, so forgetful of probity, so imbued with a sense of gross entitlement, that cries out for robust parliamentary intervention.

The question is why? What drives such motives? What makes judges bend, twist, distort, manipulate and rig judgements? For some few, it is merely because they can. It gives them a fleeting power surge, but ultimately fatal to society.

The Justice Shawn Greenberg scandal is just another example of the fundamental tension within government about whether judges can be trusted to oversee each other. Ultimately it remains the responsibility of our representatives. Despite appeals and many complaints lodged, no legitimate, meaningful action was taken to curb her excesses.

The Westminster system, on which Canada’s democracy is based, is premised on transparency, accountability and adherence to conventions. Those conventions are enforced by their usage and eroded by their disregard. This means they cannot simply be set aside without serious and detrimental effects on the way we are governed.

Do we instead need independent non-legal experts to ensure the public interest is observed?

The basic imperatives of due process are the full discovery of facts, verification of assertions by rigorous testing, the honest appraisal of founded evidence and determinations reflecting actual reality.

Since public confidence in judges depends upon acceptance of their impartiality as the arbiters of disputes, Justice Greenberg appears to have placed Manitoba’s entire self-sustaining judiciary into disrepute.

Gerard Brennan, former chief Justice of Australia is clear on this matter.

Misconduct in mishandling evidence materially undermines public respect, impairing the institutional integrity of the relevant court.

Axiomatically, the legitimacy of the exercise of judicial power depends on its officers being above criticism… The power and the prerogative of a court to perform this function rest upon the respect accorded to its judgments. The citizen’s respect for judgments depends in turn upon the issuing court’s absolute probity. Judicial integrity is a state interest of the highest order.

Appearance, no less than the reality, of independence is essential. The judiciary, … has public confidence as its necessary but sufficient power base. It has not got, nor does it need, the power of the purse or the power of the sword to make the rule of law effective, provided the people whom we serve have confidence in the exercise of the power of judgment. Sir Gerard Brennan, ‘Judicial Independence’ (Speech, Australian Judicial Conference, 2 November 1996)

Greenberg could easily be charged with manipulating evidence to obstruct justice and five counts of accessory after the fact, for allegedly deliberately forming misleading views, ignoring concrete facts, asserting baseless determinations, contrary to obvious establishable facts. The lack of veracious, truthful, accurate, or honest assessments is glaringly demonstrable. As Nietzsche observed, interpretation is more often the exercise of power over reality.

Since public confidence in judges depends upon acceptance of their impartiality as the arbiters of disputes, Justice Greenberg appears to have placed Manitoba’s entire judiciary into disrepute.

I base my assessments on various cases involving Justice Greenberg scoring an evidentiary manipulation trifecta by:

  1. Utterly, intentionally misconstruing most of the evidence the Hoffman/Heinrichs challenge of a will in 2012.

  2. the Jason Hyra cases of 2008 and 2016. Jason’s claims share an eerie similarity to the former one. A judge should seek to advance the public interest when taking decisions in an official capacity. Her conclusions don’t seem consistent with a disinterested trier of facts. Similarly patterned manipulated evidence tend to validate each other’s claims.

The case suggests a symbiotic relationship between Manitoba Court of King’s Bench and a less than competent Winnipeg Police Force.

It again simply beggars all belief that the same judge tries both Hyra cases.

  1. Denying Frank Ostrowski filing a lawsuit seeking $16 million in damages and a declaration that a miscarriage of justice occurred after two important pieces of evidence were not disclosed at his 1987 trial.

The wrongful conviction suit named several lawyers involved in Ostrowski’s original conviction, including the senior federal Crown attorney at time, several members of the Winnipeg Police Service and the attorney general of Canada as defendants.

This is not even a sophisticated scam relying on the techniques of circus magicians and swindlers. Reputable judges are capable of using a genuine process to discern real evidence from the fake. Her tactics simply don’t bear scrutiny.

Broadly defined, corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for any ulterior reason.

Clearly, we have a herd mentality culture in Manitoba’s legal cartel that over time has become, in many instances, entrenched, self-serving and working against the common good.

Lawyers are too afraid to speak up against normalised bad behaviour, because they, like Ian Histed, could be targeted for covert sanctions.

Journalists articulate the concerns of many about how and why such a departure from the norms of Westminster parliamentary government occurred, but we the people must protest inaction.

But despite the murky water, our Justice system is at times mired in, it should bring us comfort that in Canada we can have these sorts of transparent discussions at all. One only needs to turn to America to witness the grim alternative.

The irony is that while the judiciary play their bizarre legal games, the people of Manitoba suffer declining trust. Lacking any accountability, nothing warped, seems absurd anymore in this strange, distorted, self-serving legal world of logic-chopped arguments.

Does Canada run a third world country’s Justice System?

In a world rife with misinformation and disinformation, we rely on our court system to be capable of honestly differentiating between reality and self – serving falsehoods. Failing to spot fake wills, appears to display naivety. Any deviation raises reasonable apprehension of bias resulting in a miscarriage of justice.

It is essential that the legal system takes a considered approach and places more reliance on documentary evidence, the claims of senior members of the family, and the expertise of psychiatrists.

In something of a credibility stretch, the Manitoba’s system appears to excel in audaciously flouting all expectations of fair and honest arbitration. Has it become modus operandis for the whole Justice system?

How did they qualify to become final determiners of conflict?

We know where this ends up by simply looking to America. Guns don’t kill people; disillusioned citizens, with unresolved grievances, turning to vigilante justice do. Recent violence directed at American Judges, including Judge Brett Kavanagh, are further symptoms of a degraded Justice System, no longer respected.

In Canada, public abuse of officials and politicians is also on the rise.

All professions harbor individuals of varying degrees of incompetence for different reasons. It is in the long term interest of all professions to weed out their worst offenders. Posturing Judges are a danger – cause injury, not only to the public, but by undermining the faith, confidence and authority of the entire institution. The protection of a few erring Judges is not more important than maintaining the public confidence of the entire institution.

Just a few rogue Judges give the rest a bad name.

British and American Judges too appear to be staging judicial coup de' tats.

To see how Australian Judges are treated see:

https://nebo-lit.com/topic-areas/Justice/australian-judges.html

Another late entry: The Council of Canadians, has been working for decades for indigenous rights and claims to have 150,000 donating members.

Why does Canada, a first world country, need to rely on self funding organisations to advocate for Justice? It appears our taxes are funding a dysfunctional system.

I thought Justice was the responsibility of government. Maybe I am a bit naive. The Westminster system of government promises accountability through transparent processes. This is quite extraordinary.

Defence lawyers' remit is to make sure their clients get a fair trial - not to get the guilty off. Each miscarriage of Justice further blights the entire system. Bloated overfed lawyers represent a parasitic system merely interested in furthering unscrupulous careers.

It remains a national disgrace for a self funded organisation, Innocence Canada, to have up to one hundred miscarriages of Justice on its books. It further remains an indictment of the Canadian Judicial Council’s failure of duty. Why is the CJC still being funded? That money would be better spent on an organisation with the will and competence to work toward Justice.

If the judiciary wants to have a meaningful positive impact on the lives of Canadians, it needs to abandon its peremptory assumptions, its arbitrary procedures, its summary conclusions and claims of bulwark, invincible, infallible power and insist Judges deal with facts that reflect reality and conscientiously committed to that hoary trope: Justice not only being done, but seen to be done.

Transparency International has again used this year’s global index to highlight the need for countries to improve checks and balances through strong integrity institutions and to uphold people’s rights to hold those in power to account.  It claims Australia , Canada and the United States have significantly declined standards due a casualty of complacency. Corruption enables human rights abuses, setting off a vicious cycle. As these rights and freedoms erode and democracy declines, authoritarianism takes its place, contributing to even higher levels of corruption. January 2022 Report

Improvements in Canada’s standings can only come from responsible Canadian citizens, vexed by the spectacle of our freedoms under threat. We need to repudiatie our politicians' abnegation of their responsibility to oversee the judiciary properly. To demand judicial restraint and accountability is not disrespectful; merely fulfilling our sovereign duties as citizens.

The recent cataclysmical protests in Ottawa, and across Canada could be just another indicator of people losing faith, confidence and trust in the social legitimacy and trust of public institutions — including courts, fuelled by a culture of impunity and unaccountability due to self-regulation. Overseas viewers were treated to an image of a huge Rig towering over Canada’s Supreme Court; both require restraining.

For the prosecution to charge Dana-Lee Melfi, popularly known as “Peace Man” of the Ottawa freedom convoy with “obstructing Justice”, also beggars all belief. Have our authorities no sense of irony?

Faith in the political process to deliver to the will of the people sits at a level roughly commensurate with our trust in churches. And not without reason. These powerful medieval institutions have given us no reason to believe that they are acting in anything but self or mutual interest, and it is no wonder at all that many believe that social media’s foremost conspiracy idiots are more reliable than our politicians or judges, who ignore the needs of voters.

Trudeau promises to hold Institutions of Government to account, however his actions are directed at the symptoms rather than the root causes of the demonstrations. Rather than targetting the Big Rigs, he singles out the many ordinary citizens who contribute hard earned dollars to legitimate protests. 60% of the money came from ordinary Canadians.

Most successful protests are unlawful; but that doesn’t mean they are not legitimate. The mass Chicago protests in 1968 were refused permits, so unlawful, but were eventually successful. Most Black Lives Matter protests fail to be granted permits, yet proceed to raise our awareness of this gross injustice.

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Judges need to take their power and responsibility seriously following clear guidelines of what is appropriate and inappropriate in the evaluation of evidence. Good judges' reputations are tarnished by tolerating wayward ones.

Brazenness and ruthlessness pay off, or, as Leon Trotsky put it, “There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances.” Judges in high positions of power display a wanton disregard for established rules and norms that the old Bolshevik would have admired.

Judicial reform will only occur with a concerted effort from many quarters and it is essential that those in the know with the ability to articulate the key issues expose the hidden facts.

Despite attending the Summit for Democracy, politicians and officials don’t seem to answer to us, the citizens; often failing to implement basic measures to enforce their own laws, thus demonstrating their contempt for us and the law. Negligent networks of inaction simply rely on disenfranchised populations to normalise the fact that “nothing can be done”, so it’s back to business as usual.

Many years ago Thucydides warned democracy collapses into:

“a state of unprecedented lawlessness, when no fear of god or law of man has a restraining influence on authorities.”

Abraham Lincoln too feared:

“if the laws be continually despised and disregarded, by indifferent authorities, the alienation of their citizen’s affections from the Government is the natural consequence.”

To fortify against this, Lincoln proposed that “reverence” to the laws be taught in every classroom, preached in every church, proclaimed In every legislative hall.

The basic question in each Democracy concerns the question of who has the final say. Due to the ineptitude of Border guards, Australian Courts decided Djokovic could stay, the government, consulting polls, said no, and finally the Court had to agree. At least politicians have to be re-elected. What would have happened in Canada or America? Who has the supremacy?

All three tiers of government are there to serve the people of Canada and to protect us from the tyranny of the other.

Modern political parties, now hollowed out and with low membership numbers, have become host to small-time factional powerbrokers devoted to their own interests and not those of the electorate. And the main stream media appears complicit in this split between politics and democracy.

The Canadian Judicial Council #

The Canadian Judicial Council was founded by Pierre Trudeau in 1971, however it now claims the privilege to regulate itself beyond the reach of Parliament. It is charged by the Canadian people with the mandate to:

“promote efficiency, uniformity, and accountability, and to improve quality of judicial service in the superior courts of Canada”. The Council is also mandated to review “any complaint or allegation” against a superior court judge and respond to all complainants.”

Why doesn’t Parliament simply enforce this clear direction?

The non-profit Innocence Canada has 10 cases in front of federal officials awaiting decisions, and 90 more in the works, some of whom have been waiting for 15 years.

“That’s not justice; that’s just wrong. They’re being held hostage by the Canadian justice system," said David Milgaard, the Winnipeg man who served 23 years in prison for a 1969 murder in Saskatoon he didn’t commit.

That should be enough evidence to indicate the CJC has been utterly ineffective in fulfilling its mandate to provide Justice due to its wanton disregard for the regulatory process. It represents a complete failure in regulatory governance of maintaining acceptable standards of quality judicial services.

To be fair, recent indications reveal a bit more moral rigour in discipinling wayward judges.

Perhaps because the government appears to duplicate the process the CJC should be serving. The Independent Miscarriages of Justice Commission, promised by Justin Trudeau in 2019, is threatening specific action, but facing budgetary restraints.

According to Dylan Robertson, advocates have complained the process is taking too long, with dozens in prison who have seen no movement on their requests for a review since the Liberals made that promise.

The report calls for an agency that has teeth to sanction lawyers and others found to have been negligent in their duties resulting in someone being wrongfully sent to jail.

However, we are told the proposals are less feasible because they cost too much,".

There are two simply solutions. Defund the CJC, and save a motza and fine any Judge and/or lawyer, the proportion of pay they wrongfully earned in perverting the course of Justice.

Budgetary problem solved!

The secondary benefit would be to focus Judge’s attention on real evidence acting as a specific deterrent to deliberate subjective and arbitrary decision making, leading to purposeful inferential error.

But surely, we can all agree that it is not up to the CJC to run protection for judges, or certain judges. Not while they are being funded by taxpayers. If the CJC prefers darkness over light, by ignoring complaints it doesn’t approve of, its credibility as a serious oversight body will suffer a well-deserved hit. Information is power; therefore the denial of information can be seen as an abuse of power.

The CJC should perform an important role, ergo it should hold Judges and courts to account. Alas, judges can be a precious prickly lot; protective of their liberal discretionary privilege. Bias, perceptions of bias, judges veering from orthodox legal method, judges making law – these are all matters of public importance. It’s not easy taking back power once ceded.

Beverley McLachlin was in charge of the CJC during this sorry time. While she acknowledged the pain caused to people, by the legal industry, she failed to grasp the root cause - disengenuous Judges.

She recently spoke out against the Ottawa protesters in what used to be Canada’s most reputable broadsheet. The fact that she would write, and they would publish such a swashbuckling, partisan opinion piece, generally smearing all protestors, puts at risk any fair trial.

Is it true that Beverley McLachlin, is presently serving the CCP as a Court of Appeals judge in Hong Kong, tacitly legitimising Xi Jinping’s crushing of democracy?


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Canadian courts appear to run the country in key areas because they can. And parliaments are expected to dance to their tune. This is not how the founding principles of the CJC envisaged it. Neither does the Westminster System.

Justice and Democracy are co-dependent. Institutions commissioned by us, need to fulfil their primary function.

Bernard v. Canada #

The Federal Court decision in Bernard v. Canada (Attorney General), 2021 FC #1487, should send shivers up any self-respecting citizen’s spine when it asserts:

“Complaints which do not involve a judge’s misconduct do not warrant consideration by the CJC”, thus condoning judges’ failure to deal properly with evidence.

In plain simple language, a judge can make any unreasonable decision their whim or fancy takes them and their position is totally safe. Evidence is irrelevant.

Further its states:

The Federal Court upheld the council’s decision, observing that it is consistent with prior jurisprudence involving allegations of judges’ failure to deal properly with evidence.

As shown above, Gerard Brennan, former chief Justice of Australia is clear on this matter.

Misconduct in mishandling evidence materially undermines public respect, impairing the institutional integrity of the relevant court.

Judicial integrity is, in consequence, a state interest of the highest order.

Failures to exercise a reasonable degree of care and diligence in discovering and evaluing evidence and in discretionary judgement are no longer the responsibility of the body we commissioned to oversee Judges. So Judges can be profoundly wrong; demonstrate absolute contempt for due process, flawed in almost every possible way and the CJC bears no responsibility in maintaining Judicial standards? There is just no excuse for that level of unchecked privilege.

When Aeschylus wrote the last play of his trilogy, The Oresteia, he posited the idea of reason replacing the blind Furies. Perhaps contemporary Judges prefer blindfolds while playing pin the tail on a donkey

However, in courts where establishing the facts is no longer the accepted currency, it is futile to make logical arguments. Courts questioning fundamental tenets of due process and procedural fairness, or just ignoring reality, means we are living in a post-fact world, where might becomes right.

The court also emphasized that the CJC’s decision is owed deference because “the CJC has the expertise to distinguish between matters that constitute judicial decision-making, for which recourse is available only before the courts, and matters that threaten the integrity of the judiciary as a whole.”

Who decided this? Did the Federal Court exceed its authority? Isn’t this a matter for Parliament to decide? Isn’t this a betrayal of its founding principles?

This appears to demand an unreasonable, unearned degree of trust.

With all due respect and as much deference as I can muster, in a democracy, no one is “owed deference” - it has to be earned.

Like all institutions with built-in mechanisms of self-protection, the CJC’s top priority appears preserving it’s own image, not the well-being of the people who’ve been traumatised on their watch.

Since 2014, I have feared a judicial coup d’état. It appears to have arrived; not as noticeable as Myanmar’s military one, but perhaps more insidious. Who can rein in the untrammelled power of the judiciary?

So now it is not an indictable transgression for judges to deal improperly with evidence? Humpty Dumpty, capricious, arbitrary decision making is condoned?

Opinions now count as much as evidence. Material evidence competes with quasi narratives for acceptance, justified by post modern appeals to the refusal of authority. The courts no longer appear to understand false equivalences; giving equal time and weight to self serving fabrications and distortions. The distinction between fact and fiction – reality of experience – and the distinction between right and wrong, true and false, no longer exist? Evidence is irrelevant.

I think you will find the community has higher expectations.

Call it effrontery, audacity, brazen chutzpah – whatever - some people in high positions prize their soloistic privilege above all else, often abusing their limited power by flouting all conventions of getting to the truth.

What else are the courts for, if not to scientifically or forensically base decisions on all available verifiable evidence? Conflicting assertions also need to be tested.

This is elementary, dear Watson!

If the CJC abrogates its responsibility, why do we still fund them? The CJC has long since forfeited the benefit of the doubt. Agencies try to flaunt their impunity all the time, and their excuses are frequently flimsy.

All other professions from the late sixities have come to the realisation that respect has to be earned; it cannot be commanded. I have followed the CJC for most of its fifty years and would love to be shown some evidence of its “expertise”. Has a single Judge ever lost all their entitlements? No institution is perfect. Everyone needs oversight by independent outsiders. How can you defend the scandalous investigations of Justice Lori Douglass, Justice Graeme Mitchell, Justice Vic Toews and many others?

In Australia, errant Judges have frequently had to face Parliamentary Inquiries. Some have lost their positions and at least three ended up in the slammer.

Denial of human rights continues to happen in most democracies, including Canada’s. While we should respect our institutions, when they breach our trust by defying the Statutes of Parliament, obsequious deference is no longer an option.

Ethical Principles #

While the Ethical Principles for Judges, (2021) recognised evolving issues faced by Judges and made some significant laudatory reforms, it appears totally self-regulating. Where were the people’s representatives?

The most praise worthy, far reaching reform is in Case Management, where recognition is given to ancillary means of conflict resolution such as settlement conferences and judicial mediation. This is an encouraging radical shift, allowing outside professionals long overdue contributions - a promising initial breach of an adversarial prerogative mindset. The adversarial system is long past its use by date.

Societies with effective conflict resolution, sound decision making, and harmonious equitable economic redistribution develop better social conditions for all.

There are two disappointing themes, first Public engagement - Martel Popescul, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan:

“Judges are engaging with the wider public to inform, to educate the public about the role of the judiciary and maintaining the rule of law, If people are more informed, they can better understand the system and better appreciate the system within which we work.”

The same can be said about Judges, if they made themselves reliably informed, they wouldn’t make dud decisions. Too many rogue Judges also fail to maintain the rule of law.

Unfortunately the towering condescension undermines the salutary intent. It continues the centuries old infantilisation of the public. Since the 1890’s universal education equips many lay people with a greater appreciation of true judgment in all areas of life.

Honest Judges concede that they often get verdicts spectacularly wrong and are also prone to serious misjudgements. You can guess who pays for their folly.

Some Judges prize their privilege above all else, often abusing their limited power by flouting the law of the land. No, it’s never classy. Yes, it’s always an abuse of the power of office. And perpetrators wonder why we respect them less.

Self - serving Institutions established to safeguard the general welfare often give way to vested interests, committed to perpetuating rather than reforming existing failures of the system.

Once upon a time, some thirty years ago, when Canada was still a fully fledged democracy, under the Westminster System, the Honourable Brian Dickson saw it differently.

Compare the two sets of principles, the ones above and this one, articulated by the late Chief Justice, Brian Dickson:

“The Supreme Court is not a self-created body with original powers; it is not a benevolent autocrat with full powers to act as it should think fit; the court is an institution organized by the people through their representatives for the purpose of giving to those who apply to it their rights according to law, the law not being made by the Court but laid down for it by authority; the court has no right to give a decision in accord with its own views of equity and good conscience, as distinct from the rules laid down for it. The Court has no right to take power unto itself which is not conferred by the people.” Scott v. Scott-Ontario Court of Appeal 1DLR53, 64OLR422

Note the stark contrast in attitude reflected by the tone. Dickson’s appears a self assured sense of limitation, while the contemporary one reveals a threatened challenge to its authority. Where is the voice of the people? Have our parliamentarians abdicated their responsibilities?

The other area that needs a bit of stick is:

Professional development: There is an increased awareness of the need for, and an ethical obligation on judges “to be trained and educated, and to ensure they’re educating themselves.”

What an understatement! That should be a given! Any Judge failing that test should immediately be suspended until they proved themselves capable, competent and qualified to hold such a privileged position of making final determinations. All Judges could do with a course of at least six months before sitting in judgment. Judges knowing something about the history and literature of Justice would be a good start. Is evidence irrelevant?


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There are many indicators of our declining democracy; abadoning the gold standard of the Westminster System, evident from the early 1990’s, is merely one. Responsible government appears to have vanished from view. Judges abusing their discretionary privileges is even more dangerous, including the CJC’s louche approach to Judicial oversight.

Our parliamentarians appear to have vacated the field faster than the Afghan Army fleeing the Taliban.

For some years the Canadian Judicial Council has hubristically breached a clear mandated direction to comply with a statutory requirement of its complaint’s process:

“The Executive Director must inform the complainant by letter when a matter is dismissed or concluded by the Chairperson, and indicate the basis on which it was dismissed or concluded”.

As Cass R. Sunstein argues, that when the language of statutes enacted by Congress is ambiguous, federal agencies are entitled to interpret it as they see fit, as long as their interpretations are not unreasonable.

What does it take for a judge to be conclusively repudiated by the CJC?

Self-awareness in short supply when Judges call for law and order while defying Parliament’s statutory mandates with utter audacity.

In the above case, the Canadian Parliament’s statute is clear, explicit and unequivocal.

Justice Shawn Greenberg: #

Despite providing the CJC detailed, definitive and damaging concerns regarding a perceived perversion of justice in contesting a Will, after some 7 years, the only acknowledgement I received was:

Private and Confidential correspondence addressed to the Judge concerned:

Thank-you very much for your letters concerning complaints made by Mr. Charles Klassen.

I enclose for your information a copy of the letter I have today sent to Mr. Klassen closing the Council’s file on this matter.

Signed

Yours sincerely, Norman Sabourin Executive Director and Senior General Council ……

That was it! There was no copy of the enclosed letter for me.

If it was “private and confidential”, to the judge, why on earth, was it sent to me?

Despite many appeals to all levels of authority for some more information - nothing! This persistent and long-standing failure to respond, aggravates me.

I do have every right to know how Justice Greenberg could possibly justify the unjustifiable reasons for her deliberately inaccurate representations and unfounded determinations. Her determinations were wrong at their core, and the Appeals Court simply doubled down on the errors without due scrutiny.

The real culprits are the three Appeal Court Judges whose judicial swagger fails to match reality. Their short, flippant dalliance and serial incompetence with evidence has serious consequences in undermining public trust.

When three superior judges make pompous, but baselss determinations of something they know nothing about, to an audience intimately aware of the details, we have a crediblity problem. It smacks more of contumely than legitimate authority.

How did they defend the indefensible; failing to substanstiate any of their determinatins?
Getting five critical premises wrong, fails to impress anybody.

In all three cases; Heinrichs v. Hoffman, Jason Hyra and Frank Ostrowski , Justice Greenberg appears to chronic arbitrary judgments. Her Judicial epistemic stubbornness, appears intentional, due to deliberately choosing to form unfounded views, or drawing adverse inferences, ignoring contrary evidence.

That gullible courts are prepared to be sucked in by fanciful assertions, packed to the brim with falsehoods and obvious lies, is a sad indictment on our legal system.

Fact verification procedures should immediately be undertaken to ensure accuracy.

A healthy democracy relies on Judges who can tell truth from lies, and know why it matters. That there is a marketplace for lies does not mean that the courts should value them.

There were truth-tellers throughout Roman history, but as the centuries wore on, the telling of official lies became a recognized art form.

In my opinion, the entire judgments are a contrived, calculated, co-ordinated con.

Via uncanny conjuring tricks both courts managed to subvert their own credibility.

Paying $60,000 for the Appeals Court’s vacuous proclamations was not the best investment the family ever made.

The CJC’s dubious decision, refusing to respond to my submission, necessarily raises a question as to whether other factors might have played a role in that decision. It also makes you wonder about those running the joint.

Given the CJC’s decision to hide my submission from public view, we are entitled to wonder whether the law oversight body has succumbed to a now familiar form of institutionalised capture and silencing. Do we need parliament to step in to enforce its mandated statutes on the publicly funded CJC?

Norman Sabourin’s failure to follow a simple directive, violates all Canadian’s sovereign right to lawfully entitled information. Lack of transparency poses a very real risk to public confidence in the administration of justice. Lack of robust judicial oversight, by governments, adds to the problem.

Judicial defiance does have a place in all societies. Resisting the pressure of mandatory sentencing or ill-considered legislation, violating citizen’s universal rights, is acceptable and just. Judges prerogatives do allow generous latitudes of discretionay privilege to ensure equality, liberty, or catering for mitigating circumstances.

However, in cases where Judicial defiance is only exercised to demonstrate unquestionable bulwark power, it needs to be condemned and censured by deterrent consequences. When winning is everything, the biggest losers are ordinary citizens. It may always have been thus; it doesn’t always have to be thus.

Evidential Management: #

The Federal Court decision in Bernard v. Canada case above is a clear abnegation of its founding purpose to:

“promote efficiency, uniformity, and accountability, and to improve quality of judicial service in the superior courts of Canada”.

Judges “Going rogue” means abandoning any attempt at fulfilling one of the Judiciary’s primary obligations to a democratic society — the provision of truthful, objective and balanced evidential management — and instead becoming a truth-distorting propagandist for one side.

Judges insisting on a “truth” demonstrably at odds with reality, damages the reputation of the whole legal system.

Lawyers, who become Judges, are trained in the arts of linguistic combat; persuasion – casuistry, sophistry and eristic logic, to win at all costs. Specious and spurious arguments trump truth and reality. Manipulation of evidence leads to perception management.

This colossal fiasco is just a natural consequence of decades of endemic failures in Manitoba’s incestuous and collusive Justice system. It too follows Jason Hyra’s case, in 2016, where he claims Justice Shawn Greenberg,, a serial offender, defied all substantive evidence in favour of obvious self-serving oral assertions.

Christie Blanchford noted that already back in 1978, Eugene Ewanchuck, of the Ontario Supreme Court pointed out that the Canadian Justice system was in a transition from an oral tradition to a modern one of trusting more probative or real evidence like - documents, expert witnesses, - DNA, cell phone records, surveillance video footage, social media…

Perhaps this is beyond Justice Shawn Greenberg’s comprehension, as she is stuck in the medieval mode of arbitrary decision making, by determinating her findings – against mountainous evidence to the contrary.

Both courts take all family members for fools, expecting us to believe their fanciful findings.

This disastrous viral scourge was predicted decades ago, due to Judicial impunity regarding evidentiary manipulation.

To mix metaphors, blatant abuse of judicial discretion becomes a tumour of corruption that needs to be excised. It appears an affront to the rule of law, increasing public scepticism to the point of putting the entire Judiciary into disrepute.

It seems just another indication that Canada is following the worst features of America’s dysfunctional legal system. Only punitive and exemplary parliamentary intervention can reset and reenergise the system to basic core principles.

Sophistries, by Justice Shawn Greenberg, defying Manitoba’s Mental Health Act are not clever.

Executive Secretary Norman Sabourin, ignoring clear mandates of our Parliament, does not inspire confidence or trust in the CJC. Judges flicking the bird at legislators, may give them an ego boost, but is detrimental to a fair and just society.

Norman Sabourin’s claim to fame may be his alacrity at peremptorily closing files with an air of unearned authority that brooks no questioning.

While there might be a discretionary basis for refusing to consider malicious, scurrilous or vexatious submissions, my dispassionate, evidence-based submission simply does not fall into that category. It is a rational, reasoned and well-researched submission made in good faith.

But then I would say that; wouldn’t I?

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Sabourin’s effusive thanks to Justice Greenwood’s letters justifying her lack of substantial judgments merely emboldened her to lower standards – within a year she became a serial offender by escalating her pattern of misconduct . Who knows how many other skeletons are hidden in her closet. We may never know how many grossly disproportionate number of complaints she has accrued over her career.

The Jason Hyra case, 2016, has eerie similarities to the Hoffman Heinrichs case of 2012, where hard evidence was sacrificed to ulterior agendas comprising most of the usual suspects, especially Justice Shawn Greenberg, Chief Justices Richard Chartier, & Glenn Joyal, the Executive Secretary of the CJC, Norman Sabourin, plus a few more culprits in the Justice department who appeared to deny Jason Justice.

The fictions spun by her and the Appeals Court were enertaining but totally unfounded.

Is it rather odd that in Canada, a naive belief persists that truth matters to the courts and justice will follow the truth? The deeper lesson regards the perils of deliberately interpreting evidence without bothering to gain a full appreciation of the context. The courts become a lie-laundering institution.

Jason claims Justice Greenberg ignored all of the actual facts, ignored the rule of law, and simply made up what ever she felt like saying because she could. She even gave me a stiffer sentence.

Sounds similar to her previous form - an affront to common sense. All Judges have to do is show that they acted reasonably and rationally, after having properly informed and instructed themselves, on the facts and the evidence. Shouldn’t be that difficult.

This shameful spectacle remains just one of the worst unrectified miscarriages of justice in Manitoba’s judicial system. Together with the Jason Hyra case, Justice Greenberg contemptuously fails to deal properly with evidence. It is emblematic of court cases where laws and legal procedures are manipulated to produce an unjust result. When judges openly flout legal proceeding, they too, need to suffer deterring, exemplary consequences.

The harm suffered by reason of Greenberg’s conduct is in the nature of both personal and public harm, namely that the rules for transparent and accountable judication appear not to have been properly adhered to.

I thought rigged cases only happened in Russia or China.

All cases judged by Justice Greenberg urgently need closer scrutiny to determine whether she has the competence or qualifications required of a Judge. Indeed, given the clarity of the evidence, she seems to see only what she wants to see, as some Justices often do.

I believe there is enough evidence to investigate for possible impeachment. But what would I know? I am a mere sovereign citizen. In a real democracy that should be the most exalted position.

Abject failures of the CJC #

Former Manitoba Justice Lori Douglass, was investigated to pander to the gutter press for a personal matter totally irrelevant to her work. She felt her questioning took an unjustified prurient interest in investigating details of an event beyond her control. She resigned, while real culprits get thanked for their feeble justifications of overlooking, manipulating, twisting and distorting available and irrefutable evidence, to get a desired result.

How can the CJC justify investigating Justice Graeme Mitchell, for visiting a Metis protester, Tristan Durocher, in his tepee, on Saskatchewan’s legislature grounds, drawing attention to the high rate of suicide among Indigenous people? Perhaps the Canadian Judicial Council prefers to perpetuate the oppressive frontier wars against Louis Riel’s descendants through outdated bigotry. Is this another example of latent systemic institutional racism?

While Justice Mitchell apologised, I feel the CJC should wear the shame of this outrageous self-serving determination.

As in America, the question remains, which institutions or entities are legitimate interpreters and enforcers of the law? The real risk is a public perception that judgements are just political acts. This stench, is a by-product of the unresolved ambivalence within government, about who has the responsibility and authority to make and enforce the law of the land.

The decline of truth in American democracy can feel irreversible, Michael Luo writes. But any hope of halting that decline must include a renewal of journalism’s (and politicians and citizens) commitment to its public responsibility.

Respect for legal institutions underpins the administration of justice and the Canadian people commissioned the Canadian Judicial Council to maintain that respect. It appears to have betrayed that trust.

If the CJC tolerates a self-interested system internally, it should not be surprised that self-interested Judges, end up behaving corruptly. We live in a world where the absurd regularly becomes real and corruption, commonplace.

It is long past time for seriously misjudged cases to be identified, exposed and dealt with censuriously to deter others. Judges are supremely important in this mix and we can ill-afford a claque of privileged, entitled but deluded appointees making discretionary and arbitrary decisions lacking Judicial merit. To avoid this, Canada legislated one of the best safeguards in the Western democracies - the CJC. The question remains, if it is not fit for its purpose, as an effective process for remedying complaints, why don’t we disband it and replace it with an external one one that has effective teeth?

Failure to answer complaints remains an absolute gross violation of our right to information. It is the failures of politicians to enforce compliance with their own laws, that destroys our faith, confidence and trust in both the Judicial and the political system. Societies founder when conflicting values become polarised and politicians and courts align themselves with the powerful over the general welfare.

When the law is an ass — it needs its arse kicked. (An Australian crudism)

What governments fail to realise – because they don’t bother to inform themselves – is that when something crazy, like defying Parliaments happens, the quality control of the Judiciary declines. It is Parliamnent’s responsibility to fix it. As Heller pointed out: “mankind is resilient: the atrocities that horrified us a week ago become acceptable tomorrow.”

Dereliction of duty by our political leaders, to ensure the probity of our Justice System, undermines the safeguards of our democracy. Have Canadians become inured to lack of government responsibility? Do we expect so little of our politicians that when they fail to listen or respond, we simply offer up a collective shrug? How long did it take them to act on known issues within the Defence force? Take meaningful actions to provide justice to indigenous Canadians?

We do not need to follow America’s utter failures in providing clear clean justice resulting in the vigilantism of gun violence and a society tearing itself apart.

Improving governance, and restoring a little faith in our institutions, could be something for all politicians to be proud of.

Proud to be Canadian #

Sometimes I am inordinately proud to be a Canadian expat; like when I consider, how courageously Lester B Pearson stood up to the British and French imperialists during the Suez Canal in 1956, LBJ over the Vietnam War in 1965 or against De-Gaulle’s call of Viva Quebec Libre - sending him packing in 1967.

Also, Pierre Trudeau in 1971, reforming the Judges Act to try to make the Judicial complaints process more transparent and accountable. Also Brian Dickson , a fellow but earlier, graduate of the University of Manitoba, later Chief Justice, for his exemplary leadership qualities, the humility of his realistic recognition and acknowledgment of the limitations of Judicial power.

Canadian’s intrinsic resistance to the seductive ruses of Lynton Crosby, renowned in Australia, America and Britain as the “Goebbels” of modern democracies; credited with winning elections for extreme right wing governments, - Howard, Bush, Cameron, Abbott - but thoroughly ridiculed by the Canadian media and soundly rejected by the Canadian people. His brand of wedge politics might work in other countries, but failed in Canada.

Despite my deep concerns of declining standards, I remain a firm, loyal and nostalgic Manitoban. “You may take the boy out of a country, but you cannot take the country out of the boy”.

Back to back Grey Cup wins by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers also evoke pride, but fail to make up for the recurring failures of Manitoba’s Justice System.

Blair, Obama, Macron and Trudeau are adept at speech making, but delivering little for the people. They run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.

In 2015, Justin Trudeau, promised reforms in Justice, elections, media. He even promised to listen – all to no avail. We are forced to place his reform credentials under closer scrutiny. Just because he touted liberal reforms - “that keep the word of promise to our ear/And break it to our hope”, we have become disillusioned because the use of progressive language does not always reflect the government’s actions. It is the failure of liberalism that disillusions citizens and fuels populist leaders like Trump.

It doesn’t matter who you vote for, a politician wins.

Manitoba’s situation #

Kelvin Goertzen, interim Premier of Manitoba, said there is one thing he has heard over and over again, was a desire by everyone to connect better with government, “I don’t think we learned that lesson well enough in the past."

It’s in the Book of James, 1,19: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."

To do a good job, leaders should focus less on speaking and do more listening, “That’s the best way forward." I would add, then they need to act in the best interest of the common good.

Heather Stefanson, has been one of a few active Ministers of Justice to engage in meaningful dialogue with the Judiciary, striving to restore its reputation. Hope springs eternal; perhaps the Manitoba Government will now put pressure on the Federal Minister of Justice for CJC compliance with its statutory authority.

Manitoba, once renowned for good governance, now occupies a high order as the most racist province (MacLean’s), with increased bullying. Manitoba has the highest rate of incarceration among the provinces and is imprisoning Indigenous people in greater numbers while national incarceration rates are decreasing.

According to the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Manitoba also has the worst-performing Justice System in Canada. Dan Lett and others at the Winnipeg Free Press have supplied extensive evidence of that. There is plenty of other substantial evidence that its Justice system is distrusted. Recent scandals like the John Carpay’s case, drug cartels claiming collegial conflicts and other frivilous lost causes desperate for a jack-pot win, suggest a random court system, not based on reason, but easily gamed. While just a few rogue Judges, give the rest a bad name, collusive cultures undermine credibility of the entire institution, thus eroding its legitimacy. Going to court is like playing the slot machines.

In a democracy, we are not free to ignore the truth. There appears a shoddy genre of justice running rife within some courts in Manitoba, - marshal a few witless witnesses, fall for a few fanciful claims, perform a few gravity defying leaps of logic, ignore any concrete evidence, plus your oath of office, - agree on a storyline that suits your personal agenda, (rather than a more factual, realistic and truthful narrative), then audaciously ram it home. All this, safe and secure in the knowledge that Manitoba’s Appeals court and the CJC have your back.

This unpredictability of Manitoba’s Queen’s Bench leads to many other wild ambit claims by chancers, clogging its calendars. Shelly Glover’s legal challenge seeking to declare the result of the Progressive Conservative leadership vote invalid, appears as batty as Trump’s attempts to determine his loss as “stolen”. Perhaps Courts should not interfere with squabbles in badminton clubs or political parties. But if the court’s reputation trades on lies, why not take a capricious fling and flutter, to play them for ill-gotten gain?

As a Sydney barrister cynically advised me, “if it’s Justice you’re after, go to the casino; the odds are better and the payouts higher”.

The entire Glover case raises issues of conflict of interest and whether Manitoba’s judiciary is an appropriate, competent or independent forum for deciding such a case. The court could decide on the basis of which candidate posed the greater threat to its lack of accountabilty.

Perhaps another province’s Court System would be more detached and disinterested, or internal matters of political parties are not justiciable.

A clogged court means more money for the legal industry. Charles Dickens observed in 1852: “The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself." Judge Richard Posner agreed, “they secure a lustrous place in the financial and social-status sun, … intricately and ingeniously reticulated though imperfect cartel." Plato listed three classes of men; “lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain”. Geoffrey Robertson advises lawyers, if you just want to make money, go into real estate or the stock market. The law exists to make a better society.

Socrates suggested Justice implies superior character and intelligence. Injustice implies ignorance, stupidity and badness, It cannot be superior in character and intelligence. A just man is wiser because he acknowledges the principle of limit.

When lawyers do take a courageous stand by questioning judgments, as a Manitoba lawyer, Ian Histed found, they can be charged with uncivil or professional misconduct, resulting in a six-month suspension and costs of $34,000. The self sabotaging Manitoba Law Society prefers “a deferential standard,” rather than demanding legal authorities be reasonably steeped in the orderly tenets of judicial standards of correctness and be held to account. Deficiency and deviations of expected norms need to be addressed, censured with deterrent consequenses.

And I naively thought the MLS represented its lawyers, not arbitrary, implacable Judgments by substandand legal administrators.

In simple language; Lawyers are expected to cravenly kowtow to vested, capricious authority or be damned by their own Professional body. Similar tactics in Russia also discourage dissent.

“What just is; is not always Justice”. Amanda Gorman

As an English History teacher our remit was to develop student’s “abilities to use historical and scientific knowledge, understanding, and critical inquiry skills to identify questions, acquire new knowledge, through close reading and draw evidence-based conclusions to help make responsible decisions and shape our interpretations of information”.

Critical analysis is a vital historical skill. It enables investigators to interrogate historical evidence, allowing us to ask: what is this source? Where did it come from? Is it reliable? What are its motives? Does it tell the whole story?

Judges, like reputable historians, should form their views from primary sources; rather than from what others have to say. To be deliberately deaf to credible sources, risks losing your own credibility.

All assertions and conclusions need to be validated to become substantiated.

T.S. Eliot insisted “All noble human endeavor should be in pursuit of true Judgment”.

You’d think Judges could be held to those simple guidelines.

Judges are not selected for their razor-sharp acuity, extra sensory perception or the enormous intelligence of their prose, rather their honest capacity for scrupulous investigative skills, relying on empirically discovering and marshalling relevant, consequential and verified facts, distiguishing between worthy evidence and self-serving claims to arrive at rational definitive final judgments, favouring a better, equitable society.

Consciously, deliberately, intentionally and purposefully skewing and distorting available evidence to reach a preferred conclusion is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of a judge’s oath of office I can imagine. It becomes an aberrant, unentitled judgment, undermining the entire judicial system’s credibility, authority and legitimacy. This leads to a collapse of the whole social purpose of a judicious court system.

Disclaimer: What follows is my impression of the decline in trust of Justice in Manitoba over the past forty years. It is a work in progress. If you find any error of fact or perception, please inform the website @ nebo-lit1@usa.net. Thank-you.

I believe there is a direct correlation between public confidence in the Justice System and the quality of life in any society. All other professions have learned to earn their trust. It high time for us to reject the fealty still demanded by an immune Judiciary. When people lose faith in their Justice System, the fabric of society begins to fray. There can be no trust without transparence and accountability.

We must guard against criticising decision-making simply because we don’t like the decision, and personal attacks on judges or commissioners are never appropriate.

Did John Carpay cause the final disconnect between Justice and reality, or did it just reveal what was already broken? The Carpay brouhaha is just another manifestation of a lack of trust in Manitoba’s court system; a massive indictment of everything that is wrong - including his misguided zeal. Increasingly litigants feel they need to get outsider law firms in to contest cases to counter an apparent incestuous judicial cabal culture in Manitoba.

Manitoba appears to have a tyranny of distinguished, smug, sneering Judges who deride popular concerns as ‘populism’, or mob rule, and whose self-image is fueled by an absorbing sense of absolute superiority. Apparently, they don’t need facts to establish their assumptions; like Boris Johnson, you merely declaim falsehoods with an air of pompous authority, covering up your ignorance and insecurities, with bluff, bluster, and bombast.

All they expect from us is abject deference to their infallible discretionary prerogatives.

What is concerning is the lack of interest poor judgments generated. They deserve far more attention than they’ve received to date.

The rectitude of taxpayer-funded independent institutions – especially those whose role is to scrutinise the operations of government – is fundamental to the maintenance of a liberal political culture in Canada. The CJC has shown contempt for accountability. It’s time more was done to safeguard uniform standards and protect the primacy of our democracy.

All power is defined by its limitations.

We should not risk our cherished norms, traditions and institutions, just so Canadian Judges can enjoy immunity.

Manitoba’s entire legal fraternity is responsible for upholding the perception of Justice so that our courts can continue to be respected. Lawyers, subjected to unfair Judicial processes, must have the courage to speak out.

By what mechanism do officials manage to keep the central message of its beliefs separate from its actions and desires? It is, as they say, a surpassing mystery, yet also sheer hypocrisy.

Jason Hyra in his words: #

FEDERAL JUSTICE AND CROWN CORRUPTION IN WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA (A TRUE STORY)

YOU WILL SAY THAT THIS CANNOT HAPPEN, THAT THIS CANNOT POSSIBLY BE TRUE, BUT LET ME ASSURE YOU IT IS ALL TRUE.

THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!!!!

In 2004, Jason in confidential interview, provided damning evidence regarding an application by a former girl friend, Lana Eisbrenner, applying to become a Winnipeg Police Officer, including her involvement with the ZigZags, her steroid drug use, her buying-selling and using of drugs, her affair with married WPS Officer John McKay, her black mailing of her former boss, and their short relationship.

The Gang Unit was sent out to investigate confirming his statements. Despite being promised protection by the WPS, John McKay, a police officer and Lana began intimidating, harassing, and threatening Jason Hyra when she was fired from the WPS.

Jason claims that, in March 2008 he was wrongfully arrested and in 2016, wrongfully convicted of a crime of (criminal harassment s.264). He was convicted in order to be silenced.

Jason further claims Federal Court Justice Shawn Greenberg in April 2014 dismissed all of the evidence showing his innocence, ignored the rule of law, took her cues from the Crown, and tried to cover up the Crown Misconduct of Bruce Sychuk; prosecutor Rob Gosman (friend of David Rampersad); current Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice Michael Mahon; the MBCA and Chief Justice Richard Chartier, who in January 2016 ensured I would never receive a fair trial by allowing Justice Greenberg to remain the trial Judge. Chartier stated that if I didn’t like the trial ruling I could appeal it later.

I am not in a position to judge all the facts, but it does ring true to me as it follows similar patterns in Justice Greenwood’s other misjudged cases.

It is mind boggling that he appears before the same judge in two distinct cases. Another symptom of corrupted administration of justice.

It simply beggars belief that a Chief Justice could adopt such a cavalier attitude to a Just process. No wonder people have lost faith, confidence and trust in the entire system.

To read Jason’s acount, See: https://www.facebook.com/CTVW5/posts/17-years-to-prove-my-wrongful-conviction-due-to-obstruction-and-cover-up-by-mani/10158534825333582/

A visit to Manitoba #

A 2015 visit to Manitoba included a visit to the Museum of Human Rights, followed by one to the Queen’s Bench Courts. The juxtaposition proved stark.

The former, with its towering majestic architectural sweep, reaching up to the lofty eyries of Justice, evoked transcendental possibilities. Advised by friendly guards to take the elevator up to its highest point, we like Dante, slowly descended via curved ramps of exhibits to earthly reality. This proved too much for one of our group, who couldn’t cope with the humbug of failing to reflect reality, leaving early to meet us later for coffee.

As the province that hosts an institution with a website proclaiming: “Welcome to the only museum entirely devoted to human rights for all,” has it had any impact? The expectations for Manitoba are high. Namely, do the lofty ideals translate into practice? Or does the legal system simply operate outside its pious posturing rhetoric?

Shrugging off allegations of human-rights violations occurring in Manitoba, makes this province a decidedly hypocritical home for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

Contrast this with a visit to Manitoba’s Queens Bench courts to obtain oral transcripts of a trial. The low squat monolithic fortress-like structure remains a brutalist homage to law and low state order, sanctioned by unfettered power. Confronted by nine burly security guards, ordered brusquely to a complete security check, I was finally allowed to enter its hallowed domain.

I always attempt to engage the austere security agents, with a cheery “good morning! how are you today?”, to ascertain whether they have managed to retain any part of their vestigial humanity. Few had.

Governments prefer to rely on state sanctioned fear and force combined with the de-personalisation of its citizens by the insolence of bureaurcrats. It doesn’t have to be that way. Under Obama, border guards were trained in civil and cordial manners, however under Trump they reverted to form. Australian public servants have finally been incentivised by KPI feedback to treat us with respect and preserve our dignity.

Civil servants should be trained to serve citizens civilly, or are they merely mindless minions?

All staff proved just as aloof and disengaging. Shuffled around to various departments, I finally talked to an officious civil servant and made a request for an oral transcript of a trial, only to be informed the government considered it their property, despite us paying $60,000 for the case.

Claiming that as a sovereign citizen, I was the government, confused her long enough to go and check with her superiors. Apparently, my status fails to meet those lofty requirements. Apparently only lawyers are allowed to apply for an oral transcript. Just another way to drum up business for your industry.

If the Museum of Human Rights represents the pinnacle of enlightenment and Justice, Manitoba’s Queens Bench seems to represent its antithesis; an abyss of leaden ignorance, protected by brute medieval power and arrogance. This proves unhealthy for both individuals, like David Milgaard, Jason Hyra, Frank Ostrowski, and a diminished society.

A return visit in 2022 indicated a vast improvement in the displays of the Museum and a much more civil reception at the Law Courts.

Manitoba’s Day of Reckoning #

The somewhat less than honourable Justice Shawn Greenberg’s Flying Circus saga is the political gift that keeps on giving. Shortly after the cunning stunts performed in the 2012, Heinrichs/Hoffman stand-off, she again strutted her acrobatic stuff on the high wire against an old adversary, Jason Hyra - round one in 2006, two in 2016, without relying on any safety harness whatsoever.

Before you get too doey eyed, Greenberg regularly scores a soft landing on the CJC’s security net.

“—You and I both do the same thing, he would chide me, “sleight of hand - making things appear to be what they’re not." Alan M. Dershowitz, US defence lawyer, writing of his son, a professional magician, 1991.

Lawyers are trained in the arts of linguistic combat; persuasion – casuistry, sophistry and eristic logic, to win at all costs. Specious and spurious arguments trump truth and reality. Manipulation of evidence can lead to perception management; according to Wittgenstein, “bewitching our intelligence”.

When will It be high time for Manitoba’s Justice system’s day of reckoning?

Ian Scarf expressed it most acutely here:

“The public needs to know that when they go into a courtroom, the judge or the trier of fact … is going to be fair and not biased through any other mechanisms,”

Bradley Regehr told Canadian Lawyer.

“Judges are “supposed to make decisions based on the evidence that is put in front of them, and the law”…,

The rhetoric is spot on; where is the practice? All people associated with the law need to speak out against corrupted processes.

Apostasy is espousing high ideals, perverted by base actions.

We need rational decisions; not falsely rationalized ones.

Perhaps Manitoba’s Chief Justices, Appeals Chief Justice Richard Chartier and Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal could learn from Quebec’s Court of Appeal Justice Christine Baudouin, reprimanding, Quebec Justice Jean-Paul Braun.

“Judges have an expectation to fulfil their role with integrity and honour in their duty of discretion. Judges’ comments must not derogate from their ethical obligations and undermine public confidence in the judiciary and judicial institutions”. (adapted)

Why wasn’t that simple principle enforced in the Hoffman/Heinrichs case? Why does this not apply to Justice Shawn D. Greenberg, or the three Court of Appeal Justices: Coram: Alan D. Maclnnes, Mr. Justice Marc M . Monnin and Mr. Justice William J. Burnett? Abandoning all pretence of neutrality or balance, their unsubstantiated determinations left a lot to be desired. Where is the uniformity and consistency across Canada for equal and uniform standards?

I am at a loss to understand the towering contumely of Judge Alan D. MacInnes, who, with reckless abandon, felt he could distort and manipulate the details of our family narrative for an audience intimately familiar with the facts.

Dogmatic assertion is the tyrant’s “stock in trade”, attempting to confer the air of authority and bully us into grudging silence, compliance, and acceptance rather than inspiring confidence and belief in the judicial system. The towering bluster of the Appeals Court’s unfounded findings are steeped in unexplained determinations. Conflicted evidence must be tested, if you value the judiciary’s credibiltiy.

The community expects Appeals Judges to exhibit, and be seen to exhibit, the highest standards of integrity. Yet this Appeals Court’s determinations appear to have an ulteriour agenda, rather than reflect reality. To proclaim knowable falsehoods, as fact, to an audience of senior family members, is an indefensibly grievous insult. Obviously serious misjudgments have deleterious implications for the entire legal profession.

Jason Tan for Canadian Lawyer reports another case IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF MANITOBA – delivered 20/09/22 Coram: Mr. Justice Christopher J. Mainella, Madam Justice Jennifer A. Pfuetzner, Madam Justice Lori T. Spivak, managed to find enough rationalizations to support their colleagues, despite acknowledging errors were made.

Radical reform of the entire Judicial process including Appeals is available here:

https://nebo-lit.com/topic-areas/Justice/law-reform.html

Justice Shawn D Greenberg appears to be a serial offender as demonstrated by the Jason Hyra case, where she again showed her disdain for upright Judicial fairness, the facts and a deficiency in comprehending medical evidence. It is high time her qualifications and competence were investigated for possible impeachment. More on the Jason Hyra case below.

How many times have Chartier and Joyal been the subject of investigations by the CJC? The Appeals court appears to share an echo chamber with the Queen’s Bench, if the Hoffman/Heinrichs case is any guide.

It has been obvious for some time that Judicial unaccountability is the fault of craven enablers in all governments: the Ministers of Justice, the Prime Ministers’ Offices, but even more parliamentarian committees. None have demonstrated enough ticker, stomach or spine to insist on acceptable standards.

Journalism is optimized for the rapid run of short-run news cycles, not the long arc of a story like miscarriages of justice or the denial of human rights. But we should not expect journalists do all the heavy lifting. Any bad judgement must be protested by all concerned. Law and Bar Associations should be outraged. We, the people, should not accept patently absurd judgments.

Public Confidence Critical to Authority #

American Public confidence up to 1964 hit 77%. Following that, it plummeted, and since the Regan years has remained below 30%. Its entire Justice System, hanging on a dubious and fragile legitimacy, leading to vigilantism.

What is Manitoba’s? Only 35% of Canadians have confidence in the RCMP.

Many observers feel the greatest threat to American democracy is its conflicted Supreme court delivering political judgements, defying legislatures. Is this where Canada’s is heading?

The key to success in public confidence, is public participation. Government officials and regulatory agencies aren’t an effective check on malign institutions, because they are often in bed with the players they are supposed to regulate. There is no seat at the table for the citizen, or for the people obliged to live, with perverted decision making.

We need to question not only wayward Judges, but also the government agencies assigned to oversee them. We have a moral obligation and a civic duty to speak out against injustice. With so many failed states in the world, why are Canadians not more alarmed? Judicial take-overs are less noticeble than military coups, but just as dangerous.

What is the possibility of a wholesale performance review of the CJC by outside parties? Has the CJC, its policy objectives procedures and practices, been reviewed in 50 years? Is it true that less than 4% of complaints to the CJC are responded to?

Reviewing the job, the CJC has done — or failed to do — seems entirely appropriate from time to time. Who the government appoints to the Supreme Court, and why, could also do with a little scrutiny?

Reformers need to essentially accuse the CJC of corruption. It is not enough for ministers and other officials to offer mind-numbingly empty slogans and hollow, clichéd, pre-packaged platitudes. We ought to expose and condemn the compromises and excuses that all officials make for the legal industry.

Canada has the structures and laws to keep Judges in line, but do our politicians have the stomach to enforce them with appropriate oversight?

Scandalising the Court #

Quite apart from the CJC behaving like a gatekeeper concerning complaint submissions, judges have created a neat layer of protection for themselves, not available to any other institution. This niche little branch of contempt law is called “scandalising the court”. It’s been defined as, “any act done or writing published calculated to bring the court or a judge of the court into contempt or to lower their authority”.

In other words, if I write that a judge is biased, or there is a perception of bias, or has engaged in legal misadventure, then I can be summarily dealt with by the judge in question, and I can be found guilty of scandalising the court. Now, that makes for a useful protection racket.

My feeble efforts in that direction are nothing compared to the court’s own capacity for self-inflicted damage to its own reputation.

Scandalising the court is so vague, and carries such serious consequences including jail, that it gives rise to a deeply chilling effect on the legitimate discussion of courts and judges. And the courts used this charge to prosecute Stephen Williams, following the Bernardo – Homolka trial where, according to Christie Blanchard, he was purposely and relentlessly pursued by the state in an act of “administrative vengeance” for openly exposing the flaws in the legal system. In the end, Stephen said,

“It’s very possible the government didn’t care if they won or lost, because they knew that the process alone was going to ruin us financially and psychologically.

Or Canadian Journalist and champion of free speech Ezra Levant, dragged into the police station and interrogated for hours, by veteran detectives who specialise in terrorism. His “Crime”? launching a book, during the Canadian elections, critical of the government and Justin Trudeau.

Maybe charges of scandalising the court made sense a century ago, before judges had a union, and ready access to social media, and mainstream media, to defend themselves. Canadian Judges have both the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association, and the CJC acting as their protection racket.

Britain abolished this special layer of protection. So should Canada, because the best way to maintain public confidence in the legal system is to make sure that judges are held to account by the people, and not just by a higher court.

Enforceable Rights #

Jonathan Kroft, challenging a Manitoba Appeals Court decision claims:

“The public right to learn about its justice system has long been recognized as a key element of the democratic system in Canada and a core element of freedom of expression, but unfortunately, ambiguities in our rules of procedure and appeal rights have made it difficult or cost-prohibitive for the public to actually enforce their rights.”

To show they’re serious about protecting people’s human rights, governments must ensure access to real complaint processes. Unenforceable rights lead to corruption. For people whose rights are violated, it’s critical that something is done about non- compliance to deter reoccurrences.

All attempts to have legal Associations in Manitoba support my cause have failed. All attempts to have lawyers in Manitoba to assist me in obtaining oral transcripts of the case have failed.

They all appear too craven to take on the towering legal moguls. One demanded a $17,000 upfront fee, just for a letter, as he was fearful of reprisals against his practice.

This raises the question whether Canadian taxpayers get their monies worth from their court system? We pay good money for Judges’ salaries and entitlements, but do we get a good bang for our buck? If you appeal a bad judgment, you have to pay extra. It’s still a toss-up whether or not you’ll get justice. There’s no money back guarantee when they simply close ranks.

Because of fear, people become afraid to speak out. Fear, of course, is the most important reason any official of an authoritarian or totalitarian society does not protest or resign, even when their institutions commits crimes, violates their official ideology, or forces people to do things that they know to be wrong. It happens slowly; incipiently, incestuously, insidiously.

In extreme dictatorships like Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia, people fear for their lives. In softer dictatorships, like East Germany after 1950 and Putin’s Russia today, people fear losing their jobs or their apartments. Fear works as a motivation even when violence is a memory rather than a reality.

Many don’t seem to know that similar waves of fear have helped transform other democracies into dictatorships.

Through each violation of our Parliamentary laws, our civic peace gets absorbed, rationalized, accepted and ultimately debauched by people who once upon a time knew better.

The choice to become a dissident can easily be the result of a number of small decisions that you take - to object to flawed processes, resist bullies, refuse to accept corrupt conduct. And then, one day, you find yourself irrevocably on the other side. Often, this process involves role models. You see people whom you admire, and you want to be like them. It can even be “selfish.” “You want to do something for yourself, to respect yourself.”

Corrupt practices can be turned around, but it requires courage, and a true sense of justice by all to do so. We hope someone in Manitoba, or Canada, develops that courage. Ian Histed, appears to be that person. “The greater the truth, the greater the libel; the greater the libel, the greater the liability” (Lord Mansfield). We should all pitch in to support Histed.

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Questionable Judicial Cases in Manitoba: #

The Queen’s Bench seems to have little or no concern for the welfare of the wider community. It appears to be mainly interested in preserving its privileged position of unfettered power to make self-serving decisions for the legal industry and preserve its own bulwark unaccountable power.

There appears an endemic collusive cabalistic culture. Some of its outrageous abuse of discretionary privileges are unbefitting of their unentitled jurisprudence.

On Nov. 15, 1985: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that a Grunthal man whose car was damaged by a jealous husband would not receive compensation for the damage, despite the fact the accused pleaded guilty of wilful damage to the vehicle and a judge sentenced him to six months' unsupervised probation. Restorative and compensatory justice could have been more satisfying for the victim and a more effective deterrent. But then what would I know - I’m a just an ordinary citizen.

Frank Ostrowski #

Sarah Petz · CBC News · Posted: Feb 01, 2022

In 1987, Frank Ostrowski was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder. He was released on bail in 2009 following 23 years behind bars,

The wrongful conviction suit named several lawyers involved in Ostrowski’s original conviction, including the senior federal Crown attorney at time, several members of the Winnipeg Police Service and the attorney general of Canada as defendants.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Shawn Greenberg’s Jan. 12 decision sided with them.

In siding with the defendants, Greenberg dismissed the claims against the Attorney General of Canada and the Crown attorneys named in the lawsuit, and also dismissed a conspiracy claim against the defendant police officers, police chiefs and the City of Winnipeg.

Negligence claims against lawyer dismissed

In an earlier decision in December 2021, Greenberg also dismissed Ostrowski’s claim that the defence lawyer for a man who testified against him owed him a duty of care.

Hymie Weinstein represented one of the Crown’s key witnesses, Matthew Lovelace, during Ostrowski’s 1987 trial. Unbeknownst to Lovelace, Weinstein had struck a deal with the Crown to drop trafficking charges against Lovelace in exchange for Lovelace’s evidence.

Ostrowski’s lawyers were not informed about the deal — nor was Lovelace.

The existence of that deal was one of the key issues that led to Ostrowski’s conviction being overturned. Ostrowski argued that Weinstein knew or ought to have known that this non-disclosure would have harmed Ostrowski and amounted to negligence.

Greenberg ruled that Weinstein did not owe him that disclosure, given that Ostrowski wasn’t Weinstein’s client. Ostrowski and his lawyer, Harvey Strosberg, said they are planning to appeal Greenberg’s Jan. 12 decision and are still moving forward with other elements of Ostrowski’s lawsuit.

“We’re not dead in the water, right? I’m still going after these people for what they did to me," Ostrowski said Tuesday.

None of the allegations in Ostrowski’s civil lawsuit have been proven in court.

Justice Shawn Greenberg appears to have taken out an insurance policy; by protecting those above her, they no doubt will protect her from malicious court cases.

Justice Shawn Greenberg #

The Hoffman/Heinrichs 2012, case could be a bellwether one; contesting a Schizophrenic Aunt’s Will, may not be Manitoba’s most perverse obstruction of Justice, only because it has a lot of competition. John Carpay, motivated by misguided zeal, highlighted the high level of mistrust in Manitoba’s system. The Ian Histed vs MLS appears to be symptomatic of a desperate frustration with the implacable and indomitable power structures of a prickly, precious Judicial cabal.

In the Hoffman/Heinrichs case, we had to put up with lies & fabricated stories, where the Judges, freed of any obligations to civility or truth, displayed more than a whiff of unreality; an utter lack of awareness of true relationships, simply guessed the facts or just whimsically made things up. The determinations were based on lies, and those who were lying, knew they were misleading the court. It was a fraud of massive proportions. And the judges should not have fallen for obvious falsehoods and we, the people, should not have to put up with substandard judgments. Damaging judgments need to be called out and denounced.

I believe we can “adequately assert” claims that both courts acted with actual malice by proclaiming baseless determinations proffered by the respondents which they knew was false and that, even if the Appeals Court did not know the information was false, it had solid reason to doubt. It is all evident in its towering haughty bluff and blustering tone.

The entire judgment appears an absolute, disreputable, and purposeful sham, making a complete mockery of all official proclamations of balance, impartiality and fair play. The legal industry seems determined to deny Justice. And where was the Manitoba Law Society to ensure the court system was on the level? No family should have to watch their well documented narratives, their shared views of reality, debauched by the imposed narratives of self-serving court officials.

By normal judicial standards, the debased unfounded determinations that characterise such cases should be more than enough cause for investigation for possible impeachment. Managing to get five critical determinations demonstrably wrong, displayed — in the most generous possible interpretation — truly spectacular misjudgment. This was an assault on fact-based reality.

Errors were compounded by an ego driven Appeals Court decision to airily proclaim five unfounded determinations as sound in belligerant blustering tones. The Appeals Court simply failed to challenge the fantasia of the original case. Vanity of vanities.

The Appeals Court’s independence isn’t the only thing that begins to look shaky; so does the other pillar of its reputation, competence.

This kind of contempt shown by The Appeals Court’s serial untruths: celebrating their own egos, implying disdain for whoever the liar thinks can be misled. It is part of their strident superiority; a case study in contempt for an audience, fully aware of reality. “Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse.

We are not a theocracy or a monarchy that accepts the word of the leader, the priesthood or judge as law. We are a democracy that debates facts, seeks to understand situations, and then determines conclusions on reality, all in accordance with a set of rules called procedural fairness. This court’s findings are inconsistent with objective legal requirements.

Dan Lett: #

Dan has been a long serving, fearless reporter willing to lay bare some dodgy court decisions.

Timely, firm, forceful and resolute actions from our leaders could be effective. details four cases managed by former prosecutor George Dangerfield, later determined to be miscarriages of justice.

Lett also reported on one of the most outrageous perversions of Justice -tireless advocate: David Milgaard, who, in 1970, was erroneously imprisoned for 23 years for the murder of a Saskatoon nursing assistant. Milgaard died in 2022.

I got to know David in the late 1980s, long before he became arguably the country’s most famous victim of wrongful conviction. Back then, he was a quirky and earnest 30-something life prisoner with an fidgety disposition and an incredible story to tell.

I tried my best to tell that story but in the process, I was exposed to the raw reality of his life: the incredible mental and physical burden that comes with being a victim of a wrongful conviction.

*It wasn’t just that they took away his freedom. It wasn’t just the mental and physical torture that came with being in the prison system. It was being told he had done this horrible thing when he knew, deep in his heart, he had not.

As I thought back to those years, the memories came flooding back. My first meeting with David at Stony Mountain Institution. The phone calls, at all times of the day and night, when he would tell me to keep writing stories even though each new dispatch usually resulted in a beating from other inmates who came to despise his notoriety and his unwillingness to admit guilt.*

And then it hit me: this was not the first time I felt this ache.

The first time was April 16, 1992. Milgaard, wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years for the murder of a Saskatoon nursing assistant, had just strolled out of the front doors of the penitentiary north of Winnipeg to face an angry, slate-grey spring sky and a throng of journalists.

Just two days earlier, the Supreme Court quashed his 1970 conviction and ordered a new trial. With new evidence showing prosecutors and police had suppressed the existence of another suspect, Saskatchewan justice officials declined to prosecute a second time.

Michael McIntyre reported in December 2015, that Manitoba Chief Justice Glenn Joyal and his colleagues on the Court of Queen’s Bench were asked to step aside in a major drug case because of potential conflicts and perceptions of bias.

Wally Oppal, one of the country’s biggest legal names, has been recruited from British Columbia on behalf of 13 accused Winnipeg drug dealers to fight to have the Manitoba judges “disqualified and prohibited” from further involvement in the high-profile case due to collegial and subordinate relationships with potential affiants and witnesses.

In 2017, Dan Lett, posted that Democracy Watch filed a complaint against Vic Toews with the Canadian Judicial Council after his alleged conflict interest was raised. They expressed disappointment Thursday that the council found Toews did nothing that would call into question his integrity.

“I don’t know how they reached that finding when he was found guilty of violating a conflict of interest law," co-founder Duff Conacher said. “To face no penalty at all, or sanction, is a questionable ruling.”.

Federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson found that Toews, a former Conservative cabinet minister, had violated the Conflict of Interest Act after leaving politics in 2013.

A spokesman, for the then, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said the province will monitor the CJC’s investigation, “await the result and consider whether there is an effect on the administration of justice in Manitoba."

From the bench to the hot seat, Toews can’t seem to fly straight.

Also in 2017, Mike McIntyre reported that the Canadian Judicial Council has spent the past several months investigating Manitoba’s top judges over their controversial proposal to speed up the justice system by eliminating preliminary hearings, the Free Press has learned.

“An anonymous complaint sent by a self-proclaimed “practicing lawyer” in late February accused Court of Appeal Chief Justice Richard Chartier, Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal and provincial court Chief Judge Margaret Wiebe of improper conduct by formulating a plan in conjunction with provincial Justice Minister Heather Stefanson, which seeks to improve efficiency in order to comply with tough new Supreme Court timelines that puts cases in peril if they take too long.”

The anonymous lawyer, who filed the complaint, also took issue with comments made by Joyal earlier this year, to the Globe and Mail newspaper, in which he stated defence lawyers weren’t consulted because “doing so would inevitably result in failure to achieve consensus." In his complaint, the lawyer called Joyal’s comments “frankly rather disdainful” while also questioning the perception of impartiality they create.

Is it true that Joyal and Chartier simply swapped positions? If so, doesn’t that raise any concerns of an incestuous culture - a cabal? Does the Appeals Court function as an echo chamber?

It was reported that during her tenure as the Justice Minister, Wilson-Raybould wished to appoint Manitoba judge Glenn D. Joyal to the Supreme Court of Canada but the decision came into conflict with Justin Trudeau’s own preference.

Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s decision and sources allege that this is the point where their working relationship began to suffer.

Katie May reported in May 2018, that A Winnipeg mother who abducted her own children will spend more time behind bars after a provincial court judge decided that, although she was motivated by love for her kids, she still doesn’t understand the harm she caused. The mother pleaded guilty to the abduction in July 2017, admitting she took her kids during a long custody battle with their father, who was granted full custody.

Provincial court Judge Tracey Lord decided jail time was warranted, followed by three years of supervised probation. While she’s on probation, the woman won’t be allowed to have contact with her kids or her ex-husband.

"(Her) acts, despite being motivated by love, have destroyed her relationship with her children and deprived them of a bond that they deserve to have. She continues to blame others for the situation and lacks insight into her own responsibility for where she finds herself and the damage she has done”.

What life-long traumatic damage is inflicted on children when motherhood is criminalized? I thought we had repudiated stealing children from their parents decades ago.

Five years since finding: Cora Morgan, head of the First Nations Family Advocate Office, created after the death of Tina Fontaine, says “nothing has changed” since the teen’s body was found in the Red River five years ago. 16/08/19

Hopefully a test case of Histed v. Law Society of Manitoba, will allow the Supreme Court to sort out this mess.

To pretend that Judges can fairly adjudicate family disputes is to impose an infantile logic on complex tangles of conflict, primal emotions, and money. The least Judges can do is to ascertain and genuinely establish the facts of a case to gain a coherent understanding of complex family dynamics that reflect reality. Courts should not be so easily scammed by grifters looking for ill-gotten gain.

Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Take your pick: Manitoba’s Justice system is suffering an outbreak of gross incompetence or has simply lost the plot, parting ways with reality as most of us know it. Or both.

When Judges paint pictures everyone knows are fake, it is not the stuff of competent jurisprudence. It is an indication of arrogated impunity, undermining confidence in what should be our most revered institution.

Just the lack of transparency in how this game has come to light, does not build confidence in it.

The Hoffman/Heinrichs case requires that one be mindful of the difference between having a motive to fabricate versus the absence of a motive to fabricate, as a form of willful and culpable blindness. To get five basic premises wrong, against all available evidence, appears quite an outstanding achievement.

Canada’s oversight on Judges appears weak and inconsistent, allowing some Judges to become so superior, powerful and unchecked they have developed corporate cultures of total impunity. Parliament needs to oversee an effective process for remedying complaints.

Widespread media reports of lawyer’s job dissatisfaction and employees quitting for new jobs and firms, points to serious problems in the Legal industry. Did our lawyer’s leaving his indomitable law firm determine this case?

The courts might be well-intentioned, rational, and mistaken, but so much in our thinking can go wrong when ulterior agendas prevail.

What this seems to indicate is that the regulatory system for Judges is broken. Mechanisms that should ensure accountability and responsible decision making are slow and ineffective giving rise to loss of faith, causing serious harm in our community.

Trust and legitimacy are interconnected

Norman Sabourin, The Executive Secretary, of the CJC, truly owns this fiasco. It is surely evident to all, that his chronically poor judgment fell seriously short of what’s expected and his smug, lazy, irresponsible contumely renders him unfit for the job he holds. Failing to take action on my complaint regarding the inadequacies of Justice Shawn D. Greenberg, simply emboldened her and she appeared to go on greater, more blatant and brazen disregard for Justice in the Jason Hyra case followed by the Frank Ostrowski one.

Sabourin’s letter, briefly posted on the CJC site, to Ms Esther Mendelsohn, a JD Candidate Osgoode Hall Law School, warning her to fall into line, if she wished to join an exclusive club, revealed, through his paternal and patronizing tone, more than he perhaps intended. Pointing out that criticising a member of the legal coterie could adversely affect their earning capacity, demonstrates where his values lie - profit over principle.

Further its imperious attitude revealed by a distinctive dismissive, high-handed and superior tone, its total lack of professional detachment - verbal, psychological or emotional abuse –in a word - bullying. How dare she criticise a member of our club? f What is certain is that these cases represent a historic and devastating defeat for fair minded justice, for democracy, for moral decency and for universal human rights. Numerous questions about how and why this was allowed to happen require serious answers.

An audit of all complaints to the CJC, should be long, hard and uncompromising. If the CJC is incapable of properly overseeing Judges, it should be scrapped and the money used for a Commission with a majority of non-legal members given real teeth to ensure Judicial probity, competence and thus respect and authority.