[Editor's Note: Due to the fact that Jim is writing from jail in Kamloops, B.C. and sending his letters off via snail mail it takes about three days to get them. This is the last letter that I received from Jim thus far. It also contained a number of other hand written articles and documents. As Jim writes in his letter he is awaiting a visit from his wife Judith. A visit that never took place. I spoke with Jim via telephone on the evening of Thursday, March 22nd and he was expecting to see his wife Friday. Friday morning I received an email from an associate informing me that during the night Jim had been removed from the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre and taken to North Fraser Corrections in Maple Ridge on the lower mainland, ostensibly due to overcrowding.
It sounds damn suspicious and will remain so until some reasonable explanation supplants such an assumption on my part. Later I got a phone call from Judith Townsend who found out about the sudden move when she received a message on her cell phone while traveling up to Kamloops to see Jim.
These sorts of sleezy, underhanded tactics designed to exacerbate all the injustices, stress and worry that Jim and his family have been subjected to for years now are quite frankly getting a little boring and repetitive and only serve to bring the justice system further into disrepute.
The final word thus far, as Judith told me, was that Jim might be brought back up to Kamloops in a few days. The only drawback being that he will once again miss seeing his wife.
But, as every cloud has a silver lining this post also has one too. I was informed via email from the Law offices of Barrister & Solicitor Douglas Christie of Victoria, B.C. that Mr. Christie had looked at some of the preliminary circumstances surrounding Jim's case and told Radical Press that he would be willing to help out. At that point he was awaiting information on the specific nature of the charges laid against Mr. Townsend which since have been sent to Mr. Christie's office.
I will be relating more on this story as it unfolds. Here then is Jim's third letter sent on March 21st.]
Letter #3 from Jim Townsend to Radical Press
Kamloops Regional Correctional Center
March 21th, 2012
Thank you again my friend for all of your efforts. Here is a little poem I wrote while I was sitting here overwhelmed. Judith is coming into town today so I can tell her the main points for my bail review but we are locked down because a few moronsÃ‚Â had a fight with each other.
On top of taking weeks to get or send a letter, one hour a week for access to the law library and the inability to get my Disclosures or Transcripts the conspiracy to pervert justice continues. The cops that tried to murder us have charged me with their crimes and I am locked up without trial or conviction under sec. 515 (10) (c) which is extremely rare and violates my presumption of innocence.
Who am I to appeal to when the courts, government and the Attorney General are behind it? My only hope is my fellow country men banding together and demanding justice.
Please thank everyone for me. Without each other we remain divided and conquered.
I have included my random notes since I have no way to put them all together.
Much love to you all,
A Violation of my Life and Rights
An 8 x 12 concrete toilet
with a welded metal bed
Is where I spend most my day
and nightly lay my head
The window doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t open
on this frozen little cell
Outside it is a police state
and inside its just like hell
If you write of the corruption
in our courts and government
Then you also can join me
another Canadian dissident
The powers that be donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like it
when you complain about their crime
For they just blindfold justice
then steal all of your time
Like a child playing peek a boo
with a hand held over their eyes
They think that no one sees them
and that none of us are wise
But some of us are patient
and we love our fellow country man
So we work diligently for freedom
knowing the Golden Rule will save our land
~ Jimi Townsend
S. H. Pearson
RIDING THE SHOCKWAVE
How do you subvert a great and Godly nation?Ã‚Â Dr. Zaid Hamid recently sent me a lecture that triggered the following spray of bullets:
Sleaze-up music in the Bible Belt.Ã‚Â Get country music stars to sing about wet tee-shirt contests, backseat conquests and how itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all okay.Ã‚Â Have them glorify saloons, bars and taverns.
Make the pulpit an organ of propaganda.Ã‚Â Pit Christian denominations against each other.Ã‚Â Bash Catholics and smear the Muslims.Ã‚Â Preach hate and division.Ã‚Â Cultivate paranoia.
Get female country music stars to tart themselves up and sing the praises of whoredom.Ã‚Â Make recreational sex chic and Ã¢â‚¬Å“in style.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â The pitfalls of which is the aim of subversion.Ã‚Â Pitfalls like demoralized women ridden by abortion guilt.
Push alcohol at every opportunity.Ã‚Â Make it chic and Ã¢â‚¬Å“in style.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â Encourage alcohol to the young and especially to nubile women.
Raise taxes.Ã‚Â Charge high interest on loans to the poor.Ã‚Â Push credit cards.Ã‚Â Encourage frivolous spending.Ã‚Â Out-source industry.Ã‚Â Manufacture stupid, superfluous gadgets and charge high prices for them.Ã‚Â Hang them conveniently by entryways and grocery shelves.
Raise the price of seed and lower the value of a farmerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yield.Ã‚Â Then raise the price of groceries.Ã‚Â Raise the price of gasoline.Ã‚Â For those who still have a job Ã¢â‚¬â€œ render them wage-slaves.Ã‚Â Tax their purchases.Ã‚Â Tax their land.Ã‚Â Tax their vehicles.Ã‚Â Tax what they receive as financial gifts.Ã‚Â Tax communication services (landlines, cell phones, television, Internet).Ã‚Â Tax what is left by the dead to the living.
Dumb-down the curriculum in public schools.Ã‚Â Take God out of all awareness.Ã‚Â Advance the hot air of existentialism.Ã‚Â Tell the kids there is no difference between right and wrong.Ã‚Â And that the universe is a random coincidence.Ã‚Â Tell them we come from monkeys and that Adolf Hitler killed six million jews.Ã‚Â Tell them Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a noble hero and that a German immigrant murdered the Lindbergh baby.Ã‚Â Push female novelists but suppress Elizabeth Dilling and Margaret Mitchell.Ã‚Â Do not discuss Civil War history in our books Ã¢â‚¬â€œ only anti-Confederate propaganda.Ã‚Â Never mention who owned the slaver fleets.Ã‚Â Blame the crime of black slavery on American Confederate planters.Ã‚Â Omit any mention of Bolshevik crimes.Ã‚Â Focus WWI and WWII Ã¢â‚¬Å“historyÃ¢â‚¬Â on the fabricated crimes of Germany instead.
Devise new words for the dictionary, but be sure to leave out thesaurus entries for them.Ã‚Â New words that nobody can define, like fascism, hate speech, bigotry, chauvinist and passive-aggressive.
Laud feminism and mulattos as the wave of the future.Ã‚Â Never compare Princess Diana to a thoroughbred and discuss why both are valued.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Never list the benefits of the traditional role of womanhood.Ã‚Â InsteadÃ‚Â belittle and smear it.Ã‚Â Make women ashamed of being Godly wives and mothers.Ã‚Â Push Ã¢â‚¬Å“single working motherÃ¢â‚¬Â status because no woman can keep that many balls in the air.Ã‚Â Hence, the family and home life are destroyed.
Starch the spines of impressionable young women and tell them that they are equal with men.Ã‚Â Give them bogus goals and false hopes.Ã‚Â Send them on a goose-chase in search of themselves.Ã‚Â Put them on a Ã¢â‚¬Å“mail buoyÃ¢â‚¬Â watch.Ã‚Â Advance lesbianism and abortion.
Push synthetic hormones and anti-depressants, sedatives and sleep aids.Ã‚Â Push drugs for anything and everything.Ã‚Â But muffle the obvious of oxygen, exercise and wholesome food.
Cultivate anorexia in women.Ã‚Â It will give them something to chew on while they starve to death.Ã‚Â Design clothes that make women look like whores and show their bellies.Ã‚Â Design clothes that foster eating disorders.Ã‚Â Design shoes that punish feet and cause women to trip and break their ankles.Ã‚Â Design cheerleader uniforms that pimp girls to dirty old men in bleachers.Ã‚Â And ones who work in the basements of funeral homes.Ã‚Â Design jeans with spandex and rhinestone pockets.Ã‚Â Put words like Ã¢â‚¬Å“pinkÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“juicyÃ¢â‚¬Â across the backsides of girlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ dorm pants and active wear.
Write Marxist lyrics to catchy rock songs.Ã‚Â Extol Hollywood and all her trollop trappings.
And there you have it.
Prison Writings: Letters to RadicalPress from Jim Townsend
Kamloops Regional Correctional Center
March 10th, 2012
Was nice to talk to you on the phone and hear you are trying to do so much for me. I am a man of words and yet feel at a loss to find any to express how truly thankful for your efforts I am. Thank you Arthur. Please convey my respect and love and appreciation to those who are also standing up to help us. The belief that a nation divided is a nation conquered has motivated me to stand up for the freedom of my country and I know it has motivated your won efforts.
It grieves me that the system is still attacking my wife Judith. They cut off her cheque again saying they did not have our address and yet we have mail from them. Anything to cause hardship and tear at my heart. The malice that lies in the hearts of Ã¢â‚¬Å“our servantsÃ¢â‚¬Â is incomprehensible to me. She is also disabled from scoliosis and an accident that I now think was an attempt to kill her years ago. What manner of soulless creature is so depraved as to attack a little grandmother less than 5Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ tall and 100 lbs soaking wet when they know she is disabled and stuck in four feet of snow in the middle of nowhere and is dependent on them for the very basic necessities of life?
Damn. My hand is swollen and my ribs feel like they are being crushed and my arms are numb. I am supposed to be detained not tortured. There are no disabled facilities in here. This is cruel and unusual punishment. I am told to suck it up; this is jail and I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be here if I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t deserve it. Morals, ethics, empathy, compassion, honour, integrity and justice are not in the vocabulary of our justice department.
I have included the 7 page statement I read at my last bail hearing. The prosecutor talked about both cases in his adversarial presentation while I sat chained like a dog in a box. I was not able to make answer to anything he said and got less than ten minutes to present my statement. The judge ordered me detained saying that I was likely going to do jail for a long time. So much for the presumption of innocence.
The very fact they arrested me when I showed up for court shows I am not at risk to not show. I have sent the 13 page statement that I was not allowed to read at my arraignment. These trials that make a mockery of justice are for show to say I have had a day in court. I hope you can get copies of all my transcripts to post online. Perhaps you can ask around ans see if you can help Jude get a little car so she is not stuck out there and can get in to Vernon to get forms and paperwork for me.
I am reminded of Robert ServiceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s line in Ã¢â‚¬Å“the QuitterÃ¢â‚¬Â:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“And though you come out of each grueling bout,
All broken and beaten and scarred,
Just have one more try Ã¢â‚¬â€œ itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dead easy to die,
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the keeping-on-living thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Much love to you Arthur,
Open Letter to B.C. Minister of Justice Shirley Bond Re: Political Prisoner Jim Townsend by Arthur Topham
March 15, 2012
Hon. Shirley Bond
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
There is a great amount of irony plus an unwholesome portion of pathos mixed within my having to write to you once again on the extremely urgent matter that concerns a fellow B.C. resident and Canadian citizen who is presently being held in maximum security at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Center.
Of course, if you personally have received any of my previous letters in this regard, you will be well aware that I am referring here to Mr. Harry James (Jim) Townsend.
Prior to penning this latest letter to you Shirley I took the time to go on to your online constituency office website to try and glean a better picture of you as a human being. Thanks to the 119 pages of photo ops that you have posted there I must say that I did get a rather general overview of your efforts on behalf of your constituents in the northern reaches of central B.C. You appear in many ways to be a decent, hard-working and socially conscience individual who has put a lot of work into serving your local community over the years that you’ve been in politics.
Especially laudable are your apparent commitments to helping promote awareness of groups and organizations connected with heath problems such as those relating to cancer, Alzheimer’s, MS, the Blind, Disabled and others.
As well, your commitment to learning and supporting industrial initiatives in your region are also very positive endeavors; ones that bespeak a genuine interest in the area of the province that you serve in such a dedicated way.
I noted as well (via a Wikipedia search rather than finding this information on your website) that you’ve worked extremely hard over the years to acquire yourself an arts and sciences diploma from the College of New Caledonia. Being a former student of Simon Fraser University and having been involved in the teaching profession here in B.C. over the years I can attest to the determination that’s required in order to pursue further educational initiatives while at the same time raising a family and working and being involved in political activities as well.
I also see that you’ve lived in the Prince George – Valemont region of the province a long while and that you took the reins over from Lois Boone back in 2001 and then after persevering and serving a 10 year apprenticeship within government finally reached the pinnacle of judicial power in this province on August 18th, 2011 when you assumed the high office of Attorney General of British Columbia. Hardly a shabby performance Shirley given the fact that you weren’t a lower mainland or Victoria resident nor were you a lawyer.
I would only add here that I too have been a resident of central interior of B.C. for the past 42 years and live in the riding directly south of you known as Cariboo North and that I am well versed in both the political and the physical climates in which we dwell having been involved myself in politics over this period of time.
I also know, as you surely do as well, that our region of the province has been rocked again and again by scandals involving both court officials and examples of RCMP abuse of power. In particular I would draw your attention to the as yet unresolved case of Mr. Lonnie Landrud of Quesnel who was witness to a police crime of such horrendous proportions that all the forces of ‘justice’ and the ‘media’ conspired to cover it up. It’s yet another example of the types of criminal activity by our so-called “peace officers” that remains uninvestigated and unresolved at this time.
Now I don’t wish to waste any of your valuable time (God only knows how much of my own I’ve had to expend thus far in trying to alert you to this matter!) but it appears that either due to your own lack of legal expertise or more likely a result of the machinations of those within your ministry who act as your advisors, both you and your office of Attorney General are, for unknown reasons, adamantly refusing to acknowledge both the seriousness of and the plainly nonsensical, twisted and misguided direction in which the case of Jim Townsend has been treated.
Much, of course, of Jim Townsend’s case has been already sent to you but as the days go by and more revelations are brought forth, even, I might add, while he is being held illegally without trial in the maximum security section of the Kamloops Regional Correctional Center along with murderers and other violent offenders for the heinous crime of having exercises his Charter rights to file official complaints to the RCMP Complaints Commission and the BC Ombudsman, it becomes increasingly imperative to keep communicating to you the urgency of his cry for justice. This of course in light of the fact that such complaints as Jim’s; ones which were inverted and then turned against him with a vengeance that still remains inexplicable, are actually happening in real time while both you and Premier Christy Clark and Richard Rosenthal, the new head of the civilian office recently set up in order to, as the sign above reads, provide “Increasing Accountability” when it comes to complaints by citizens directed against the policing organizations here in the province, are attempting to give the general public the impression that your office is truly serious about making some fundamental changes to the way in which the administration of justice in this province is being carried out.
While Jim Townsend is being held without trial and refused bail and, given his physical health, treated in a manner virtually criminal and bordering on torture, your office Shirley is behaving in a way that is diametrically opposite to what you are professing its duties to be. Why is this happening Shirley?
Allow me to depict one striking example that might, God willing, drive home the audacity and the absurdity and the great sadness which typifies this case. I noted in your many publicity photo ops that you were holding one of your grandchildren in your arms. You obviously were enjoying the experience and proud of it (and so you should be).
I too have seven lovely grandchildren and I know how it feels to hold them close to my heart.
But in Jim’s case, thanks to the gross miscarriage of justice that he and his wife Judith have been forced to endure for many years now, his first grandchild was born only days after Jim was lured by court officials in Vernon, B.C. into attending what he was told would be a trial to address his grievances only to find that he had been deceived and then arrested and thrown in jail for crimes he never committed. He never got the chance to see and hold his first grandchild Shirley. All Jim got was the full force of a corrupt and deeply criminal justice system that is out of control both here in B.C. and across our nation.
This, Shirley, is the state of affairs that I was alluding to at the start of my letter when I said that it would be a letter filled with both irony and pathos. It is but one in a long string of grievances committed against Jim Townsend.Ã‚Â Having a diploma in the Arts I trust that you will understand my meaning here.
In closing I wish to draw your attention to yet another recent document written by Jim Townsend; one in which he further attempts to explain why he has ended up in the situation that he has. For the sake of his failing health, his loving wife and family and his first grandchild I fervently hope that you will personally take a hand in this case and show the people of British Columbia that you truly do mean what you said when you assured us that your office would bring B.C. residents “Increasing Accountability” and justice.
Supreme Court Bail Review Errors in Judgement and Extenuating Circumstances
by Jim Townsend
March 13th, 2012
File # 4971;Ã‚Â 45063-1; 46776-1; 46776-4-A
I would like the court to honour their own court orders.Ã‚Â For years we have had two federal court judgements hanging over our heads to seize our belongings for debts owed to her Majesty.Ã‚Â On many occasions we have offered everything we have.Ã‚Â They refuse to honour their own court orders and yet they expect me to honour the court when they are without honour.
We did not know about the ex partÃƒÂ© federal court orders from CRA until we got our files back under the Freedom of Information ACT.Ã‚Â FOIA files show with Revenue CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own documentation that they hid the fact that they rubber stamped a federal court order to seize our belongings.Ã‚Â When we found the hidden court orders we tried to give the courts all of our belongings, and have tried to do so on many occasions.
Only weeks after we gave CRA all of our money that we had, $4500.00, they arrived at our house to see if we had any belongings.Ã‚Â We were sleeping on the floor with only blankets and had no food in the house.Ã‚Â We offered the CRA Crown Agent everything we had and he said they did not work like that.Ã‚Â They asked for our bank account number and we gave it to them, they seized our last $3.21 with two lawyers from the bank and three from CRA.Ã‚Â They have twice seized our damage deposits to make us homeless, which is illegal.Ã‚Â We had to move our family over a dozen times as CRA bugged our landlords and seized our cheques.
Unable to work, we moved our family to the middle of nowhere.Ã‚Â Still CRA pursued us and went around asking all of our neighbours where we were and they never came to see us.Ã‚Â It was an effort to defame our character and leave us unable to work.Ã‚Â The many times we have asked CRA to honour their ex partÃƒÂ© federal court order, they have refused saying they would rather have our money and will wait until we have something worth seizing to do so.Ã‚Â We gave up trying to find work years ago since our chequeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just got seized.
The crown has no problem laying phoney charges against us after trying to murder our family.Ã‚Â I have never been convicted of anything and yet I am incarcerated.
When I was let out on bail, the crown CRA unlawfully seized our disability cheque and left us without even the basic necessities of life.Ã‚Â When I told the judge CRA had seized our cheque illegally, she thought nothing of the fact that the crown took all of our disability cheque and left us to freeze and starve in the middle of nowhere in three feet of snow.Ã‚Â I sat chained like a dog in a cage and could not have access to my files or notes.
The Crown went over both cases for an hour and a half and he read a sentence from one letter and a sentence from another letter and did so until he pieced together a total lie.Ã‚Â So much for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth or the presumption of innocence.
My wife was not even able to assist me by handing me my notes and yet the Crown Prosecutor did not stick to my bail question as I was required to.Ã‚Â He got over an hour and a half to talk and I was not allowed to address anything he said and got less than ten minutes to present my case.
This pretence of holding a trial to say I have had a day in court is to aid and abet the attempt to murder my family and cover it up.Ã‚Â We have the right to petition government for redress.Ã‚Â Justice is deaf when I tell the judge the injuries I list in my complaint to the ombudsman are what happened to me when I was crushed by a tractor.Ã‚Â Horrendous injuries are they not?
I am supposed to be presumed innocent and yet I sit untried and unconvicted in a jail cell while the people who tried to murder me investigate and exonerate themselves.
When I again petitioned government for redress and made a complaint to the RCMP Complaints Commission, the RCMP were allowed to investigate themselves and then charged me with the very things that they committed against me.
I did show up for court for my trial and the lady criminal court clerk said that I was not scheduled and that the Crown was not proceeding.Ã‚Â I have the docket that shows I was not listed and it is signed by my six witnesses who were at court as well.Ã‚Â The clerk who was supposed to put my name on the list turned around and testified in court (he was the court clerk that day) that he told me to come to court and lied outright.Ã‚Â He told us that I was not scheduled as well.Ã‚Â Why was the fellow who was supposed to be recording the proceedings allowed to turn around and testify to the judge?Ã‚Â Balance of probabilities says he was likely covering up his own omissions.
But what of the fact that the benefit of the doubt is supposed to accrue to the accused?Ã‚Â It is over two years since I was charged and this delay violates my right to a trial in a reasonable amount of time.
The judge does not allow me to call the people who initiated the charges in the crowns information disclosure and yet accepts their allegations.Ã‚Â Surely this is another error in judgement.Ã‚Â It is a violation of my charter right to cross examine witnesses and a violation of the allegation rule as posited in BlackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Law Dictionary.
In his own statement Pat Clemens says he was not threatened by the letter (complaint to the ombudsman that the crown is using as evidence).Ã‚Â He only made a complaint after the RCMP had already arrested me and charged me.Ã‚Â Then the RCMP put an alarm system in his house and scared him into going along with their charges.Ã‚Â Since I predicate the statement with Ã¢â‚¬Å“I feel likeÃ¢â‚¬Â it is obvious that my complaint to the ombudsman was an effort to tell a man that is supposed to be my disability worker how I feel.Ã‚Â To cut off my disability cheque a few days after the attempt to murder us saying he was investigating the drive by shooting was entirely lacking in empathy or compassion.Ã‚Â Someone tries to murder us and he cuts off our funds is callous in the extreme.
That the Crown wrote in the information Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am going toÃ¢â‚¬Â and purposely changed what I wrote makes it evident that they do know the difference between someone saying they are going to do something and someone trying to convey their feelings.Ã‚Â I state in plain English what my intent is in listing my horrendous injuries.Ã‚Â Does the Crown seriously think I am going to park a tractor on Pat Clemens head as happened to me?Ã‚Â Where do they think a disabled man with no money is going to get a tractor?Ã‚Â Or drive it into town undetected?Ã‚Â This is preposterous in the extreme.Ã‚Â Surely the fact that I state what my intent is in listing my injuries casts a reasonable doubt on the ProsecutorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contention.
I sent out 50,000 copies of this complaint to the ombudsman in desperation to have an independent body investigate the attempt to murder us and yet crown prosecutor Wong told the judge that Cst. Goodyear had road out and seized the letter.Ã‚Â This was a ludicrous lie and shows Wong grasps at any straws to defame my character and cast aspersion on me.
Crown CRA files we obtained under FOIA show the ex parte order was stamped by a minor bureaucrat.Ã‚Â It is heinous to do such things to law abiding people.Ã‚Â The files show we were asking for our day in court and also show they purposely hid the fact that they had already rubber stamped a court judgement against us.Ã‚Â CRAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s federal court judgement shows that we did not have a chance to enter a plea, that we did not have a day in court and that we did not have a chance to state our case, show documents or cross examine any witnesses.
My lawyer excused himself as my representative citing irreconcilable differences.Ã‚Â I understand why.Ã‚Â He is a good man but is unaware my view of the courts is based upon this criminal activity of CRA federal courts and the decade and a half of stress and destruction of my business and family with malice of forethought.Ã‚Â I rather like the fellow and am much distressed with this outcome.
Since the Crown Prosecutor never reads my letter that he submits in its entirety, it is obvious the evidence he produces is not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.Ã‚Â The judge never read the whole letter offered as evidence, nor did she read the entire paragraph that is in question, either.Ã‚Â Crown prosecutor Wong reads one sentence from a letter here and another from a letter there and pieces together an absolute lie.Ã‚Â I have to sit silently chained in a box and am not allowed to address what he said.
When we went to see the Crown Prosecutor in Calgary to Crown CRA agents, he said he would not charge them as they worked for him.Ã‚Â He told us income tax was a scam run by the Justice department and we were never going to win.Ã‚Â We only wanted to honour their unlawful judgement and get our lives back.
The RCMP said the book I wrote as President of the Alberta Party was racist and promoted violence and yet the book states the exact opposite.Ã‚Â The planks in my platform illustrate the fact it is our wish to live in a lawful jural society.Ã‚Â We printed 25,000 copies of the book and the first recipients went to all the MPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and MLAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in Canada.Ã‚Â Joe Clark and Stockwell Day both wrote back letters of thanks and we were invited to lunch, in his office by Joe Clark.
Since public records show that the CRA federal courts inflict judgements without our day in court, without entering a plea and without presenting our case, which is not only a gross error in judgement and a violation of our charter rights, I do not see that they can not do the same with these charges.Ã‚Â I do not see that I need to enter in a plea or be forced to sit silent, chained in a box, unable to take notes or to refer to my own files or object to the ProsecutorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s presentation when it is blatantly obvious what the outcome of such unethical and immoral actions are going to be.Ã‚Â The Crown wants tighter control of the internet and takes down my websites only because atrocities such as these are legion and there are now thousands of websites containing such atrocities by Crown Agents.
I do not wish to enter a plea or attempt to defend myself in such ludicrous circumstances.Ã‚Â This whole charade amply illustrates my contention that the government and courts have a significant corrupt element within them that defames the honest people that also staff our public service.Ã‚Â Please spare me the stress and the Crown the expense of these proceedings, when the outcome is obvious to tens of thousands of people who watch my videos.Ã‚Â If you need so badly to beat up on two disabled people to make the point that your despotism is complete and without any recourse of appeal, you may take it that we understand.
Can you sentence me now without the charade so you can have your revenge for me exercising my charter right to freedom of speech?Ã‚Â The sooner I am sentenced, the sooner I can do my time and get this over with.Ã‚Â Since the differences between us and the British Crown are irreconcilable, we are going to appeal for political asylum and leave our country to their despotic rule.
Maximum Security Prison
Kamloops Regional Correctional Center
Charter Violations Committed Against Jim Townsend:
2(b) – Freedom of Speech
7 -Ã‚Â Right to security of person Ã¢â‚¬â€œ attempted murder, Ombudsman, RCMP Complaints
Criminal procedure Ã¢â‚¬â€œ right to make full answer
Abuse of Process Ã¢â‚¬â€œ right to stay proceedings
10 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ arrest or detention Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to be informed of details promptly
11 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Proceeding on criminal offence
a)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â right to be informed of details
b)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â to be tried within reasonable time
d)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â to be presumed innocent
Stay of proceedings since it is beyond a reasonable time
e)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â right to trial by jury
12 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Right to not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.
15 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Equality Rights Ã¢â‚¬â€œ right to equal protection and benefit of law.
Dear Radical Reader,
I have known the Ludwig’s and their Christian Community known as Trickle Creek for a long period of time having covered their adventures and misadventures with the Alberta oil & gas industry since the turn of century in my former newspaper, The Radical.Ã‚Â Wiebo’s life, like the lives of all those present-day warriors who fight for truth and justice and ecological sanity in a world gone mad from greed, power and a lack of spiritual direction, is one that will assuredly carry on to inspire the newer generations of young people who will undoubtedly be receptive to the lessons and the inspiration that this group of dedicated people have given to the world.
RadicalPress.com is appreciative of the fact that Byron Christopher has sent his articles for publication here. I have worked with Byron in the past as well and his efforts to present an unbiased and fair appraisal of what the people of Trickle Creek have been doing over the years is most laudable.
Ã‚Â Wiebo’s Final Battle
By Byron Christopher
March 12, 2012
Hythe, Alberta Ã¢â‚¬â€ ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not if, but when. Eco-warrior Wiebo Ludwig is preparing for death. With his weight now under 150 pounds, he predicts heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be gone in just weeks, a victim of cancer of the esophagus. Ludwig has battled the disease for the past year.
The Dutch-born patriarch of a Christian clan Ã¢â‚¬Å“living off the landÃ¢â‚¬Â in AlbertaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Peace River country is in palliative care.
Ludwig, who turned 70 in December, takes pain medication to get through the night. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to stay off pain killers as much as possible,Ã¢â‚¬Â he reveals. To reduce their fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pain, Charity, Salome and Mamie Ã¢â‚¬ËœJuniorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ apply medical herbs wrapped in heated cloths to his chest and legs, now noticeably thin.
LudwigÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sons recently built him a sauna. Their hope is that the wet heat will help him.
In January, surgeons in Grande Prairie placed a stent in LudwigÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s throat so he could swallow. Two weeks ago, Ludwig was rushed to hospital to have the stent lengthened after food became lodged in his throat.
For decades, Ludwig has stood as an outspoken, implacable, media-savvy foe of the oil and gas industry, as evidence by Toronto filmmaker David YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2011 National Film Board documentary, WieboÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s War.
Instead of battling energy companies, Ludwig plans to spend his final days with his family. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I feel thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a time when you have to sign off,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“you have to stop at some point.Ã¢â‚¬Â
LudwigÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eyes still penetrate, but he sounds exhausted.
Reverend Ludwig says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s looking forward to Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcrossing over.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“[Death] doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bother me,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is apparent to everyone there is an afterlife, even though we repress that in our anxieties. I am eager for redemption, eager to see whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s there. I just hope I die without too much pain Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m quite grateful about my life, in many ways a concentrated series of battles. I enjoyed the battles. They were difficult times, but meaningful. I was seldom bored, put it that way.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ludwig, described by his many foes as an eco-terrorist, says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have been somewhat persistent. I guess thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been my one quality thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been admired, not to give in and compromise with the BS Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ not to complain all day long either but to work at something that is commendable, a solution to some of our problems, hopefully.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A carpenter and drywaller by trade, last month Ludwig completed his final project: his coffin. The simple wooden casket now rests on two metal stands in one of the modern chalet-type homes, part of a sprawling complex of industrial shops and barns known as Trickle Creek Farm.
His casket will be placed in a concrete crypt, above ground, in woods close by.
The outspoken critic of the oil and gas industry initially joked the government may go after him if he goes underground, then rationalizes why the crypt should be above ground: Ã¢â‚¬Å“in case we have to move again.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not normal for people to build their own coffin,Ã¢â‚¬Â I offered. Ludwig shot back,
Ã¢â‚¬Å“what is normal out there, tell me?Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to family members, their leaderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funeral will be a private affair, not open to the public or reporters. Ludwig says he wants his people to Ã¢â‚¬ËœretreatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ for a while after his death and Ã¢â‚¬Å“not engage much with the public.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not so much to mourn my dying,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but to give them some time to work their way through it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad this is a bit of a process,Ã¢â‚¬Â he offers, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I can spend time saying goodbye to the family and give them some direction on different issues. Everybody has a chance to face it Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ rather than Ã¢â‚¬Ëœboom, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gone.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had some beautiful conversations about the reality of us having to give up mortality,Ã¢â‚¬Â he adds.
Ludwig spends a lot of time resting. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s either in bed, lying on the couch or sitting in a recliner chair near a wood-burning stove. He says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll die at his log cabin, not in a hospital.
When heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up to it, Ludwig and his wife of 43-years, Mamie, walk arm-in-arm on paths in the forest.
Ludwig reflected on his move to northwestern Alberta in the mid-1980s. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Many people thought I was nuts taking a family out here in the boondocks,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t easy, but I sensed it was worth it. The alternatives looked disastrous Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ tasted them myself as a young man.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I found in the gospel a sense of realism,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says, steering the topic to religion.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know people fuss with that, but I found the gospel more realistic than anything else. Today itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s almost frightening to say youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a Christian because thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so much bullshit attached to it, in the publicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mind. Fortunately, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had some very beautiful insights into the Word of God.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Trickle Creek Farm, home to nearly 60 people, many of them children and teenagers, is centerpiece of a 324-hectare parcel of land northwest of Hythe.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen men and women here really taking hold of this vision. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come through. Many talks, many plans Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come to see the beauty of withdrawing from all the riff-raft the world wants you to chase. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve pursued something quite steadily that has some character; has some sense again when it comes to practical issues, like raising your own food. That is almost critical.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Son Josh Ludwig estimates theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re nearly 80 percent self-sufficient. With the addition of a windmill and solar panels, residents can now generate their own power. A large computer-controlled boiler creates heat for the houses.
As it turned out, the farm was smack in the middle of a large oil and gas field.
The people of Trickle Creek discovered that more than water trickled through their property. Sour gas leaks were followed by allegations of poisoned water, stillbirths and dead animals. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to be known for being environmentalists,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ludwig says.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to piss around with all their games. We wanted a place to live where they wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be puking on us Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ just let us be and allow us to live our lives.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Ludwigs complained to the authorities about the toxic leaks. After police did nothing, they say, they took matters into their own hands. Wiebo Ludwig ended up eating prison food for a year and a half after an Edmonton judge found him guilty of using explosives to destroy and vandalize oilfield equipment.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This started with the industry Ã¢â‚¬ËœfumigatingÃ¢â‚¬Ëœ us,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ludwig says of the conflict that vaulted him to national media attention. Ã¢â‚¬Å“How can you vilify people who object to that, and holler to authorities who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do anything to help them?Ã¢â‚¬Â
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s surprising perhaps, but Wiebo Ludwig does not blame his terminal disease on sour gas emissions. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s often hard to trace,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says of his esophageal cancer, Ã¢â‚¬Å“because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s everywhere Ã¢â‚¬â€ polluting waters, dirt and food. The oil and gas industry certainly caused a lot of trouble Ã¢â‚¬â€ including cancerous troubles Ã¢â‚¬â€ but whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to know where we got cancer from?Ã¢â‚¬Â
The public remains angry about the death of 16-year-old Karman Willis, a local shot in June 1999 while a passenger in a pick-up truck tearing around Trickle Creek in the middle of the night. According to police, the bullet that struck the teen ricocheted off the frame of the truck. Officers couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find the shooter or his or her weapon.
People at Trickle Creek say the intruders sped around, doing doughnuts and throwing empty beer cans out the window. They point out that one of the trucks came to within a meter of running down four girls sleeping in a tent. One described it as Ã¢â‚¬Å“sheer terrorÃ¢â‚¬Â as a pick-up roared by them in the dark.
No one was charged with the shooting. Neither was anyone charged with trespassing at night, causing a disturbance or impaired or dangerous driving.
In January 2010, the RCMP swooped down on Trickle Creek, telling reporters that Wiebo Ludwig was responsible for pipeline bombings in the TomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lake, BC area. Ludwig was held for a day but never charged.
Ludwig shared his thoughts about the news media. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I see the media as much the same shape as the public is in,Ã¢â‚¬Â he offers. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Despite all of their writings and their efforts to tell us the truth, they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do it Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re caught in a net of all kinds of pressures. The media is about making money and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re scrambling to keep some clout, sacrificing all kinds of principles.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In what may be his final advice to the oil and gas industry, Ludwig says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“get rid of this stuff and replace it as soon as possible with alternatives, and stop being so stubborn and stupid about it. My advice is, why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you just go for it? Ã¢â‚¬â€ do the right thing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You can tell the oil and gas industry,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ludwig says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“we knew we were right all along,Ã¢â‚¬Â adding, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come to see they also knew that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the end,Ã¢â‚¬Â the reverend predicts, Ã¢â‚¬Å“good will win out over evil.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Who takes over after Wiebo Ludwig is gone? Ludwig reveals that one of his younger sons Ã¢â‚¬â€ he refused to provide a name Ã¢â‚¬â€ has already been chosen to take the reigns. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He has a good rapport with the next generation,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ludwig says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He has shown wonderful qualities and an excellent commitment.Ã¢â‚¬Â
On his hope for society, Ludwig doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pull any punches. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I hope it ends very soon,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I yearn for the age to come Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I have for many years. I think society is definitely on a suicidal trip.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been prophesied,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the end of times are clearly with us today. Just when it all ends, is another question Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gone that wild out there. Our social life is in shambles Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ family, marital Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ all these things are just busted up. Individualism has wrecked us terribly, made us lonely and isolated.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Richard Boonstra, LudwigÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right-hand man, says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inspired by how his old friend is handling death. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve made death such a terrible thing in our society,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re scared to death of it, so to speak,Ã¢â‚¬Â adding, Ã¢â‚¬Å“death has lost its sting, but that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a sadness around it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The last word goes to the dying eco-activist: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I feel very reconciled,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ludwig says.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My life has had some sordid chapters, especially my youthful life. But I feel a peace with the Lord and with man in terms of having dealt with those things in my soul, my spirit.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a person who has had small prayers,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ludwig concludes. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve asked for major things to change my life and the lives of those IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m with. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not disappointed.Ã¢â‚¬Â
*EditorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s note:Ã‚Â Journalist Byron Christopher, best known for his award-winning investigative journalism with CBC, is the only journalist Ludwig would speak to in his final days. Christopher was called to the compound near Hythe to do an interview with Ludwig, and upon completing the story he allowed it to break within the pages of the Toronto Star.Ã‚Â He has selected the Vegreville Observer to run the follow-up article, with information he did not release to the Star in the previous draft of his most recent encounter with Ludwig. This is not the first time Christopher has been the only reporter that a man in crisis would contact. His previous exclusive interviews with infamous public figures Ã¢â‚¬â€œ whether they be infamous because of their actions or due to mishandled reporting on the part of mainstream media Ã¢â‚¬â€œ include David Milgaard, Colin Thatcher, Michael White and Richard Lee McNair.Ã‚Â At present, Christopher is completing a book on McNair based on personal interviews and letters from the US fugitive who escaped several prisons over a period of years before being captured in Canada. The publisher is Coastal West Publishing Inc. of Vancouver.
Alberta’s Wiebo Ludwig, with wife Mamie at the family compound in Alberta, is fighting his final battle.
HYTHE, ALTA.Ã¢â‚¬â€Eco-warrior Wiebo Ludwig is fighting his final battle. It’s a question of when, not if. Diagnosed last year with cancer of the esophagus, Ludwig, 70, is in palliative care and preparing for death.
Ludwig was rushed to hospital in nearby Grande Prairie last Monday after food became lodged in his throat. Doctors enlarged the stent they first inserted in his esophagus in late January.
The patriarch of a Christian clan returned to the compound of his roughly 60 followers and family near here at Trickle Creek Farm, the 324-hectare parcel of nearly self-sufficient land in northwest Alberta’s Peace River country. The Dutch-born enemy of the oil industry Ã¢â‚¬â€ eco-terrorist, his many foes would label him Ã¢â‚¬â€ has lost 30 pounds in the past month alone.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It doesn’t bother me,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ludwig said of his impending death, during a Trickle Creek interview last week. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I’m quite grateful about my life, in many ways a concentrated series of battles. I enjoyed the battles. They were difficult times, but meaningful. I was seldom bored, put it that way.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Boring is definitely not a word to associate with Wiebo Ludwig.
Ever since he moved here in the mid-1980s, his name has been a lightning rod for deep, bitter controversy over the good and bad things about life in the oilpatch.
For those who espouse green living and turning our collective backs on uncontrolled oil and gas drilling and development, Ludwig is something of a messianic folk hero. For decades he has stood as an outspoken, implacable, media-savvy foe of the oil and gas industry, as evidenced by Toronto filmmaker David York’s 2011 National Film Board-backed documentary, Wiebo’s War.
That history, however, also carries a murky, lawless side that includes a 28-month prison sentence for oilfield equipment destruction and vandalism (he served 19 months, released in 2001), other arrests, most recently in January of 2010, multiple armed RCMP raids of the Trickle Creek compound, and the unproven suspicions of involvement in numerous other bombings and oilpatch vandalism across northern Alberta and B.C.
Most tragic was the still unsolved death of a 16-year-old local girl, Karman Willis, shot while roaring around the Trickle Creek compound with other teens in pickup trucks early one morning in June, 1999.
Instead of battling oil and gas companies, Ludwig will spend his final days with his family. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I feel there’s a time when you have to sign off,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You have to stop at some point.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He plans to die in his log cabin at the farm he founded nearly three decades ago, now a sprawling complex of modern chalet-type homes, industrial shops, barns, a gazebo, greenhouse, power-producing solar panels and a windmill.
Ludwig spends a lot of time resting in bed, lying down on the couch or sitting in a recliner chair near a wood-burning stove. His eyes still penetrate, but he sounds exhausted. When he’s up to it, Ludwig and his wife of 43 years, Mamie, walk hand-in-hand along paths that cut through nearby woods.
He maintains he’s looking forward to Ã¢â‚¬Å“crossing over.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is apparent to everyone there is an afterlife, even though we repress that in our anxieties,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In some ways, I am eager for redemption, eager to see what’s there. I just hope I die without too much pain.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ludwig, a carpenter, has completed his final construction project: a wooden casket. Last month his daughters finished the lining Ã¢â‚¬â€ a cream-coloured satin that covers a layer of soft foam and straw. The simple casket rests on two metal stands in one of the compound’s main houses.
In months, perhaps weeks or even days Ã¢â‚¬â€ his pain-ridden voice could barely be heard on the phone three days ago Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ludwig will die. That coffin will be placed in a concrete crypt above ground in the family cemetery in the nearby woods. Ludwig at first jokes that the government might go after him if he went underground, but later says the reason for having the crypt above ground is for Ã¢â‚¬Å“possible future restlessness … in case we have to move again.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He expresses no regrets about the infamy of his life at Trickle Creek.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I feel very reconciled,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“My life has had some sordid chapters, especially my youthful life. But I feel a peace with the Lord and with man in terms of having dealt with those things in my soul, my spirit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I’m not a person who has had small prayers. I’ve asked for major things to change my life and the lives of those I’m with. I’m not disappointed.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have been somewhat persistent Ã¢â‚¬â€ I guess that’s been my one quality that’s been admired, not to give in and compromise with the BS … not to complain all day long either but to work at something that is commendable, a solution to some of our problems, hopefully.Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to family members, their leader’s funeral will be a private affair, not open to the public or to the news media. Ludwig says he wants the people of Trickle Creek to Ã¢â‚¬Å“retreatÃ¢â‚¬Â for a while after his death.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not so much to mourn my dying,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but to give them some time to work their way through it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I’m glad this is a bit of a process. I can spend time saying goodbye to the family and give them some direction on different issues. Everybody has a chance to face it … rather than Ã¢â‚¬Ëœboom, he’s gone.’Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We’ve had some beautiful conversations about the reality of us having to give up mortality,Ã¢â‚¬Â he adds. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We’ve worked out some good things together.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ludwig won’t miss much about the broader world outside the compound, the one he led his family away from so many years ago.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It’s gone that wild out there,Ã¢â‚¬Â he says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our social life is in shambles … family, marital … all these things are just busted up. Individualism has wrecked us terribly, made us lonely and isolated.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In musing about his accomplishments, he doesn’t dwell on his infamous battles with the oil and gas industry, but on what his family and followers have built at Trickle Creek.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I’ve seen men and women here really taking hold of this vision. They’ve come through. Many talks, many plans … They’ve come to see the beauty of withdrawing from all the riff-raff the world wants you to chase.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They’ve pursued something quite steadily that has some character, that has some sense again when it comes to practical issues, like raising your own food. That is almost critical.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He can’t resist some perhaps final advice to the oil and gas industry:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Get rid of this stuff and replace it as soon as possible with alternatives, and stop being so stubborn and stupid about it. My advice is, why don’t you just go for it? Do the right thing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You can tell the oil and gas industry that we knew we were right all along, but I’ve come to see they also knew that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the end,Ã¢â‚¬Â he predicts, Ã¢â‚¬Å“good will win out over evil.
Policing and Security Programs Branch
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 9285, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BCÃ‚Â V8W 9J7
March 9, 2012
Dear Anonymous Policing and Security Programs Branch person,
Re: The Unjust Incarceration of Mr. Harry James Townsend – 477948
Thank you for responding to my email of Feb. 27, 2012 to the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, regarding Mr. Harry James Townsend.
I found both the lack of substance as well as the form-letter style approach of your letter pathetic and disdainful given the seriousness of this offense; one not only committed against Mr. Townsend but, by extrapolation, every free and sovereign citizen of our democratic country.
Why is it that you cannot append your name to what you write? Are you fearful that you might have to take some personal responsibility for the lack of accountability that’s fast becoming a rampant feature of Canada’s erroneously named “Policing and Security” branches of government?
You write, “Police agencies conduct individual investigations at armÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s length from government, and we cannot interfere with or direct police in particular investigations or interfere in the police complaint process.” Why didn’t you just say in plain English, “The Police agencies do whatever they damn well feel like and we can’t (won’t) interfere, not in their practices or motivations nor in their self-styled and arrogant pronouncements of somehow being capable of policing their own actions?” It behooves you to do much more than merely pass on to me what is already a foregone conclusion Anonymous.
The public, Anonymous, is becoming well aware of the intent and purpose of that erroneously misnamed ruse that you and the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General would have citizens believe is, in truth, an actual “Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.” Numerous examples abound that attest to its intent and its malfeasant nature; one’s that I won’t, for lack of space, go into at this point.
Allow me to cut to the chase though and remind you that it is but a bureaucratic soporific designed to placate the mass of Canadian citizens who as yet, for whatever reasons, have not been on the receiving end of Canada’s purported “policing and justice system”.
I take little comfort and great umbrage, and I’m certain that Mr. Townsend, who presently sits rotting away in a jail cell in Kamloops awaiting his share of your perceived “adequate and effective levels of policing,” does as well, in reading the hollow rhetoric that you are passing off to me here in your letter. You apparently forget (or intentionally overlook) the fact that Mr. Harry James Townsend has been wrongfully incarcerated by the RCMP on trumped up charges that they knowingly and in full culpability with the Ministry of Social Development staff, colluded in fabricating so that they could wrongfully place Mr. Townsend in jail without first giving him his legal right to a trial. And now that he has been wrongfully jailed and torn away from home and family you have the blatant and overbearing conceit to add further insult to all of his other injuries by telling me (and, by extension, Mr. Townsend) that he has the “option” of filing a “complaint” against those who have maliciously and with full intent, conspired to destroy his life and reputation along with that of his family!
Surely, Anonymous, you jest?
I will of course be sending my reply to you to other agencies and media and government sources in order to expose further not only this outrageous act of injustice perpetrated against Mr. Townsend but also your own ineptitude when it comes to dealing with alleged criminal actions on the part of the RCMP and BC government ministries. As well, I would ask that you once again forward this letter to Superintendent Yves Lacasse in Kamloops and Chief Superintendent Wayne Rideout.
Mr. Harry James Townsend is an innocent man Anonymous and he is being attacked and punished by agencies of the Crown, not for having committed any criminal act but simply for having taken his God-given and Charter rights to freedom of thought and speech and opinion to heart and expressing them in hardcopy writing and on the Internet. This fact, by default, makes those responsible for his incarceration the guilty party in the travesty you would call the “police complaint process.”
This court ordained farce Anonymous has been ongoing now for over two years. Mr. Townsend is being held illegally and consistently denied a bail review. The Crown wants to keep him locked in jail until a tentative trial date of May 17th, 2012 and then held further until June 14th when the first of his alleged ‘crimes’ is eventually heard in a court of law. This is absolutely preposterous! Have you by chance heard of habeas corpus Anonymous?
FREE JIM TOWNSEND still remains the rallying cry Anonymous.
Mr. Arthur Topham
Dear Mr. Topham:
Your February 27, 2012 e-mail addressed to the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, regarding Mr. Harry James Townsend has been forwarded to the Policing and Security Programs Branch for reply.
The provincial government provides overall direction respecting police services in the province and ensures there are adequate and effective levels of policing.Ã‚Â Police agencies conduct individual investigations at armÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s length from government, and we cannot interfere with or direct police in particular investigations or interfere in the police complaint process.
We have taken the liberty of forwarding your concerns to Superintendent Yves Lacasse, Detachment Commander of the Kamloops RCMP Detachment for his review.
You may be interested to know, Mr. Townsend has the option of filing a complaint with the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.Ã‚Â The Commission is an independent agency established by the Parliament of Canada to ensure that public complaints against members of the RCMP are examined impartially.Ã‚Â More information on the public complaint process is available on the CommissionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s web site at:Ã‚Â www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca.
Thank you for writing.
Policing and Security Programs Branch
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 9285, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BCÃ‚Â V8W 9J7
pc:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Superintendent Yves Lacasse
Chief Superintendent Wayne Rideout
From: “Bond.MLA, Shirley LASS:EX” Shirley.Bond.MLA@leg.bc.ca
Date: February 27, 2012 4:42:29 PM PST (CA)
To: “Minister, JAG JAG:EX” JAG.Minister@gov.bc.ca
Subject: FW: The Unjust Incarceration of Harry James Townsend in Kamloops, B.C.
For your response,
Talking About Adrian Dix, B.C. NDP Leader
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The Gordon Campbell/Christy Clark Liberals Ã¢â‚¬â€œ are, I believe, in league with a continental looting organization.Ã‚Â They have done (and are doing) to British Columbia what reasonable people would call Ã¢â‚¬Å“rapeÃ¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â The ability of Carol James to stand by and not notice, or ignore, or discount drove members of her caucus Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ at last Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ to demand change.Ã‚Â They got change (or did they?)Ã‚Â They got Adrian Dix as leader after Carol James stepped down in 2011.
British Columbia has been and is being raped.Ã‚Â The NDP has looked the other way Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and continues to look the other way. The NDP should be hiring halls across the province to tell all.Ã‚Â The NDP should be enraged and fighting, should be dropping flyers into every B.C. mailbox Ã¢â‚¬Â¦.
Open Letter to Hon. Stephanie Cadieux, Min. of Social Development Re: Response to MSDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pat Clemens and Complaint to Ombudsman from Jim Townsend
Dear Hon. Stephanie Cadieux,
I wish, in all earnestness, to bring to your attention the plight of B.C. resident Jim Townsend who, I firmly believe, has been mistreated to the maximum by your ministry over the past three years or longer.
Mr. Townsend, because of the machinations of your department and in alleged collusion with the Vernon detachment of the RCMP, is now incarcerated in a jail in Kamloops, B.C. charged with a criminal offense (?) yet, to date, has never received a trial to adjudicate and determine his unjust treatment by government agencies of the Crown.
As a physically challenged person yourself one would hope that once you have been made aware of Jim Townsend’s physical condition and the circumstances surrounding his ‘accident’ that you would do the right and honourable thing and look into this glaring case of injustice and abuse.
I, and my publishing company RadicalPress.com, have undertaken to initiate an online campaign to FREE JIM TOWNSEND which you and those responsible for this situation will ultimately be held accountable for should no just redress be forthcoming.
I would ask that you give your utmost care and consideration to Mr. Townsend’s illegal incarceration and do something to change this deplorable situation. I look forward to hearing from you regarding this matter at your earliest convenience.
Response to MSDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pat Clemens and Complaint to Ombudsman from Jim Townsend
The document below is extensive. When read and comprehended it will be evident why it was necessary to extend it the length that it has been. It is also one of the most damning documents that I have ever come across in terms of being an explicit, reasonable and common sense explanation for why our social safety net is so tattered and torn.
For years, if not decades, the Ministry of Social Services [now, "Development" Ed.] (better known to the general public as “Welfare”) has been under the gun for it’s antiquated and draconian methods of dealing with Canadian citizens who are legitimately in dire need of financial assistance. For reasons too numerous to recount it seems that those within government who are charged with supplying this service to that portion of our population who, for whatever reasons, have encountered misfortune or accident in their lives have taken the stance that everyone is already a crook out to defraud the government and that those in need should be treated more as suspects in this overall evil, conspiracy to steal money from the government rather than looking at them and treating them judiciously and with a degree of compassion.
Jim and Judith Townsend’s account of their personal experiences in dealing with this Ministry and with its designated representative, Pat Clemens, stands out as the epitome of this overall mindset of government toward legitimate grievances by affected citizens. To the shame of both government and the people of Canada this document deserves to be entered into every branch of government as a salient, vivid example of the type of malfeasance that embeds itself into government ministries when integrity, honesty, truth and justice are sacrificed upon the alter of greed and profit at the expense of the people bringing with it both dishonour and a train of abuse that inevitably exacerbates the problem.
Please, for your sake as well as to fully comprehend the magnitude of what is taking place in this case with Jim Townsend, take the time to read this document through to the end. And yes, you will find within it, places where the language shifts to the sort of vernacular common to television and the movies but try to keep things in perspective and in context when reading the raw descriptions of a reality that still is being forced upon an innocent victim Jim Townsend as he now rots away in a prison cell awaiting further abuse by the state.
I can’t think of a single Canadian who would want to endure what Jim Townsend has been subjected to since suffering from an accident that was in great measure caused by the unethical and unjust machinations meted out to him by a government agency whose mandate is to help those in need rather than to taunt and torture them beforehand and then after they’ve suffered a major mishap.
And for all of Jim and Judith’s efforts at redress what have they achieved thus far?Ã‚Â The RCMP, in cahoots with the Ministry of Social Development, have ganged up against these two innocent people and forged criminal charges against Jim and without even so much as a “show” trial even, kidnapped him and stuck him in a jail cell. And we call this Canadian justice? Arthur Topham – Editor]
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Re: GA00374770Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Response to Pat Clemens and Complaint to Ombudsman
Mr. Pat Clemens;
I am in receipt of your letter dated January 25, 2010. Before I make commentary on the odd manner in which you cook your books, first I would like to contend with the two lies you have made up here in your submissions; that I did not attend the November 12, 2009 meeting and that we did not inform you that we were moving from DutchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s [Trailer Park, Ed.].
Ã‚Â Vernon detachment of Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Vernon RCMP threaten TerraceDaily.ca with law suit for publishing Jim Townsend articles
by Arthur Topham
RadicalPress.com Editor and Publisher Arthur Topham received word today from the Terrace Daily’s Editor/Publisher Merv Ritchie that he received an email Thursday, March 1, 2012 from Cst. J.A. (Justin) Fradette, General Investigation Section-Rural, Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP Detachment informing him that two articles by Jim and Judith Townsend that were posted on the RadicalPress.com website and subsequently posted on the TerraceDaily.ca site should be removed from the TerraceDaily.ca website.
Cst. Fradette’s thinly veiled threat that a potential civil law suit for “libel” could be forthcoming should Ritchie not comply with the RCMP’s “respectful request” to silence the Townsend case, one that is gaining more public attention thanks to the recent FREE JIM TOWNSEND campaign initiated by RadicalPress publisher Topham and now circulating through the alterative and social media via sites such as Facebook, does not bode well for Canada’s red coats.
Cst. Justin Fradette’s email reads:
Justin FRADETTE firstname.lastname@example.org :
To Whom it May Concern,
I am writing in regards to two articles that were posted on your website www.terracedaily.ca on February 28th, 2012; the articles are titled “RCMP COMPLAINT AGAINST CPL HENRY PROCE AND SGT DAN WENDLAND” and “OPEN LETTER TO RCMP COMMISSIONER BOB PAULSON“.
The author(s) of the articles make some very serious allegations that are currently the subject of a criminal investigation.Ã‚Â There is also potential that as a result of these articles, and other items posted on the internet by the same authors, that a civil suit for libel may be forthcoming.
It is respectfully requested that the two articles be removed from your website.Ã‚Â If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me,
Cst. J.A. (Justin) Fradette
General Investigation Section-Rural
Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP Detachment
3402 – 30 Street Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E5
Fax # 250-260-7190
When asked by RadicalPress what he intended to do about this intimidating harassment and assault on the free press by the Vernon detachment Ritchie replied:
“I do not get threatened and run.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â I stand firm.
The BC Gov’t threatened us too,
And so did the mayor of Ft St John
Here was my response after I posted the RCMP request as a comment at the end of the articles, still up, and likely to remain up.”
On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM, News Release email@example.com wrote:
Thank you for this note,
Would you be able to comment on this matter?
Why was Mr. Jim Townsend arrested as he was entering the Courthouse to attend and defend on a related matter?
I understand he is currently incarcerated in Kamloops.
Are you able to advise of the charges against him?
While thus far Topham hasn’t heard from Cst. Fraudette a similar threat is no doubt expected. What is evident though is the fact that the RCMP are behaving in the same arrogant, underhanded and haughty manner that they tend to always do whenever a spotlight is shone on their dark and sinister activities and embarrassing questions are asked along with demands for honest answers.
The fact that Jim Townsend and his wife Judith have followed the legal guidelines throughout their ordeal and wrote reasoned and logical letters to the RCMP Complaints Commission and elsewhere detailing how they’ve been railroaded and robbed only to be shrugged off and dismissed and denigrated and vilified by government ministry representatives and the RCMP as well as the msm is an outrageous travesty of justice by those supposedly hired to “serve and protect”. Serve and protect whom might be a better way to state it.
Then, on top of all this gross misconduct and cover-up, this same falsely accused victim, Jim Townsend, is jailed for alleged crimes he didn’t commit without even a trial while at the same time the RCMP have outright failed to investigate and resolve a REAL AND DEADLY SERIOUS CRIME OF ATTEMPTED MURDER that occurred when a drive-by shooting took place at the home of Jim and Judith Townsend and rifle bullets blasted through the walls of their small motor home while they and their young son were sleeping inside.
Those are the sorts of answers that Superintendent Reg Burgess, Officer in Charge of the Vernon/North Okanagan Detachment ought to be furnishing the media with rather than attempting to shut down any stories that aim at exposing all the questionable tactics that have thus far been observed in this ongoing criminal treatment of two innocent Canadians whose only crime has been to tell the truth.
It’s no damn wonder that the local members of the Vernon detachment are being spat upon and bit on the legs these days if this is the sort of behaviour they intend to display whenever they don’t like what a citizen has to say.
Stay tuned folks. This story is growing legs and will continue to address this serious case of injustice until Jim Townsend is freed from prison and the real criminals take his place.
Unfortunately, what we see as corruption in the police and justice system is actually common fare within theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨Roman enslavement system, the system that early America used to circumvent their Constitution and Bill ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¨Rights. The fact that Roman type slavery never ended with the American civil war, but only expanded furtherÃ¢â‚¬Â¨to the whole American population. England has been directly under that Roman enslavement system since theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨Crown of England was incorporated in 1297, when the people became ‘subjects’ of the Crown, and the coloniesÃ¢â‚¬Â¨of the British Crown (the administrative corporation of the Vatican owned City of London) inherited that RomanÃ¢â‚¬Â¨slave system that is actually or properly called ‘fascism’ where we see the symbol of fascism, the ‘fasces’,Ã¢â‚¬Â¨everywhere in Government symbology – rule by corporate bodies.
And, since incorporated bodies are actually ‘make-believe ships at sea’, it is the nature of ships at sea to haveÃ¢â‚¬Â¨a supreme commander ‘captain’, and totally subservient crew members – fitting one significant definition ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¨’human slavery’ – non-free will.
To get a clear picture of how the court system is to treat a disobedient slave, all one has to do is to referÃ¢â‚¬Â¨to the American Fugitive Slave Act, 1850, especially Section 6.
And, to understand how and why police act and do as they do in this Roman system in administeringÃ‚Â slavesÃ¢â‚¬Â¨and dealing with disobedient slaves, we need to look at the Roman program of Homo Sacer:
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So, what I am attempting to relate to you is the fact that ‘police and judicial corruption’ as a cause is a ‘red herring’.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨It is a symptom of the problem, and not the problem. It is the fact that Government sees all Canadians as beingÃ¢â‚¬Â¨’plantation slaves’ to be used and the fruits of labour harvested by ‘tax farming’. That is the root of the problem,Ã¢â‚¬Â¨which shows up as being corruption in what Canadians THINK and BELIEVE is the system under which they live,Ã¢â‚¬Â¨but is quite normal in a Roman slave colony. And, the rotten apple causing the problem is not the one half-wayÃ¢â‚¬Â¨down in the barrel, but, is the one on the very bottom layer – and that is the secular empire of the Vatican thatÃ¢â‚¬Â¨hides behind the veil in the Land of Oz, with the veil being the pious face of innocence that is projected fromÃ¢â‚¬Â¨the Roman Catholic Church, and all Christianity that has accepted the Romanized Bible as the irrefutableÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ basis of TRVTH.