Cornwall Ontario – For many of us journalists we know no hours. We can be working days straight at a time. We can work at odd hours. Many of us have no set schedules.
CFN does not have public offices. When I need to meet someone we do it in public spaces. There are security reasons for this because of the history of myself in this community because of police corruption.
This morning my pregnant dog was barking. I was on the phone and thought I was just shushing a dog not realizing that she and her mate were simply warning me of danger.
Then I heard the pounding on my interior door.
It turned out that a Cst Martin Deprato #307 had opened the exterior door of my enclosed porch and entered attempting to get my attention by beating on my interior door. Cst Deprato was accompanied by Cst Justin Wheeler ##327. I didn’t open my door and asked through the glass what on earth they were doing there.
They were in armor, sunglasses, gloves, and instead of having their weapons on their side, were clearly visible on their chests. It certainly contrasted the beautiful sunshine of a Summer’s morning.
He refused to say why he was there at first just wanting to talk. I put the dogs away and asked him to leave my enclosed porch which he did. I then stood on my porch as he told me the nature of the visit.
We had legally served local School Teacher TRACY CHAMPAGNE for defamation as she not only suggested that I write “Fake News” but also suggested horrible things about anyone that would believe what’s written on CFN. Hardly the kind of sentiment one would think you’d want impressionable young people to be exposed too. You would think that a school teacher would know better,but sadly again….
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As one legal legend shared regarding suggestion of a journalist writing faking news when they didn’t:
I would say, as someone who teaches law, it would be the most serious allegation to make against a journalist. It would constitute libel per se and would be considered to be harmful to the journalist’s professional reputation.
It’s why Ms Champagne and the very silly Randy Sauve are now in the process of being held accountable in the courts.
The police officers stated that Tracy had called police (case # CW18-11240) and was upset at having being served. She didn’t make any claim of me contacting her about service or serving her personally or even communicating with her directly. But somehow she got the police to attend to my home for such nonsense.
That I was a public person known the the CCPS the question I asked Cst Deprato was why he simply didn’t call or email me for a non criminal event as clearly I’d done nothing wrong? I hadn’t served Ms Champagne her documents myself nor ever stepped foot on her property? Nor even suggested I would?
Cst Deprato said it was convenient for him to do so. A “call” by the CCPS costs taxpayers over $1,000. That’s a lot of cash to park a police cruiser on a quiet yet gossipy street and attempt to intimidate a journalist on an early Saturday morning? Surely a quick phone call or email would’ve sufficed?
Sadly it hasn’t been the first time the CCPS have pulled such a stunt. Last Winter they attended or called on me four times over a non criminal matter.
And people wonder why the CCPS has the reputation it does and so many want to open dialog to bring the OPP to Cornwall?
Having police at your door should only occur by invitation, or if they have a warrant, or you’ve done something to break the law. It shouldn’t be about convenience in the opinions of many shocked people inside and outside of Cornwall I communicated with since the event.
More ironically I reported someone harassing me a few weeks ago. After being told not to communicate with me Jean Poirier went on a rampage of posting things publicly and making crank calls to my number. The police actually said at one point that they called him, but he was away for the weekend and they’d check in on him when he returned. When they did speak with him he actually confirmed and admitted what he did, but they still refused to charge him.
A previous incident resulted in a CCPS officer telling me that if the party communicated with me again they’d be charged. They did the next day and no charge was laid.
With an average cost per capita about on par with Toronto ($397 compared to $158 per person for the OPP in SD&G) surely each and everyone of us in Cornwall deserve to be treated equally, fairly, and with the respect we clearly overpay for?
What do you think dear CFN viewer? Isn’t it time to hold the CCPS accountable from the top down for some of these irregular ways that they spend our tax dollars?
You can post your comments below. And we will be updating this story once Chief Parkinson or future Chief Danny Aikman respond.