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By Stephen Pate – I want to crowd source some legal advice with your help.
This month I made a settlement offer to the CBC in my 5-year-old human rights complaint. It is a pain in the keyster to be going to court. It distracts me from music, books and fun which are my main concerns, other than surviving my heart attack.
The CBC rejected my offer and threatened, like Nikita Khrushchev at the UN, to bury me in thousands of $$$ of their legal costs.
The CBC doesn’t intend to pay one cent for taking away my livelihood for 5 years.
“We will bury you”, you can almost imagine people in Montreal hear Hubert Lacroix the CBC CEO / President screaming from his posh office.
“We will bury you!” growled the slick lawyer atop his waterfront Halifax office tower.
It does not pay to be nice to the CBC. They mistake kindness for weakness.
The CBC normally takes a belligerent stance in human rights issues.
Of course, the CBC has your money to act like dictators. The taxpayers of Canada pay $1 billion a year to keep these bozos and their lawyers rich.
So please read the letter and tell me what you think.
Should I cower in fear of the CBC lawyer? Or should I stand up for the right of people with disabilities to work as journalists.
Your answer has financial consequences. If people with disabilities can’t work, we end up living on the dole. Money for nothing as it were, coming right out of your pocket.
I can only share this lawyers letter with people who might give me free, off the cuff legal advice, anonymously of course. Don’t worry about how good your advice is. Lawyers can only win half their cases so you’ve got a 50% chance of being right.
If you are not one of those people, please show Mr. Parish some respect and do not read the following letter.
Don’t worry about Mr. Parish. He loves the publicity and attention this gets him. They are not allowed to advertise, lawyers, so anytime they can act like John Wayne in public kicking a dog, widow or person in a wheelchair, it’s a bonus.
November 26, 2014
Dear Mr. Pate:
Re: Press Gallery, et al v. Stephen Pate – Court File No. SI GS 25540
I write in response to your offer of settlement which I received on the morning of Monday, November 3, 2014. Your offer is rejected.
My clients are prepared to agree to end the various litigations between you and them on the basis that all matters are terminated, releases are signed that are agreeable to me and no costs are payable to any of the parties. The matters to be terminated include your motion to dismiss, our judicial review application, your complaint to the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission and your complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The release will also include any litigations arising out of facts to date.
This offer is open for 30 days from today’s date. I should advise you that if the offer is not accepted and you proceed with the motion to dismiss, and the motion is unsuccessful, we will be seeking costs of the motion in the approximate amount of $20,000.00 or more. Whatever costs are awarded are to be paid, according to the rules, within 30 days.
Furthermore, costs of the Judicial Review Application itself will likely follow the event. If we are successful in our Judicial Review Application, then I anticipate our costs in that regard will be more than those for the motion to dismiss. A resolution now of all matters as set out above and to be formalized in a final settlement agreement, will absolve you of those financial exposures.
I must caution you that this offer is made on a without prejudice basis and is settlement privileged. You are not disclose or to refer to this offer or its contents in any way, including officers of my clients, other than your legal advisor if you have one.
Alan V. Parish
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By Stephen Pate, NJN Network