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"Are You a Narconon-Scientology Victim?"
If the exploitation of vulnerable Canadian Citizens continues unchecked, many more may suffer. It is a right and freedom to oppose injustice and grasp the truth.
In recent months, the controversy over the Narconon treatment program in Canada shows no sign of subsiding and more victims are speaking out concerning the sub-standard, unprofessional treatment and abuses at Narconon treatment centers. Not only in Canada; the United States, Australia, and many other countries are hearing horror stories from these vulnerable and exploited victims.
In Canada, citizens’ rights and freedoms are protected under the Canada Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Provincial Charters. There is help at no cost to the consumer/patient, for those who feel they were victimized at any treatment facility in Canada. And for those who were employees, help and advice is available at the Labour Relations Commission. Both of these government agencies will begin an investigation on your behalf.
If you feel that your rights or freedoms have been violated while in a treatment facility as a patient in Quebec, there is an avenue for redress. Concerns may include, but are not limited to:
- Did I have the freedom to discuss Scientology while at Narconon?
- Did I have the freedom to research Narconon on student computers?
- Was I instructed to refrain from speaking about Scientology?
- Did I have any books arbitrarily confiscated while at Narconon?
- Was a sign posted on the wall for all to see which stated “In Treason?”
- Was their coercion to write glowing Success Stories?
- Did I feel exploited as a patient at Narconon? (Forced to do manual labour)
- Was I encouraged to disconnect from any family members or friends?
The Quebec Charter states:
“Every person has a right to full and equal recognition and exercise of his human rights and freedoms, without distinction, exclusion or preference based on race, colour, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, civil status, age except as provided by law, religion, political convictions, language, ethnic or national origin, social condition, a handicap or the use of any means to palliate a handicap.”
“Discrimination exists where such a distinction, exclusion or preference has the effect of nullifying or impairing such right.”
“No one may harass a person on the basis of any ground mentioned…”
“No one may distribute, publish or publicly exhibit a notice, symbol or sign involving discrimination, or authorize anyone to do so.”
“Every employer must, without discrimination, grant equal salary or wages to the members of his personnel who perform equivalent work at the same place.”
“No one may be deprived of his liberty or of his rights except on grounds provided by law and in accordance with prescribed procedure.”
“Every person has a right of petition to the National Assembly for the redress of grievances.”
As an employee, your rights are not only protected under the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but also under the Commission des Normes du Travail, (Labour Relations Commission).
Concerns may include, but are not limited to:
- Did I receive minimum wage according to Provincial law?
- Did I receive equal pay for equal work performed?
- Was I harassed for discussing non-pay issues?
- Was I instructed to disconnect from any family members or friends?
- Was I harassed for any reason whatsoever?
A single serious incidence of such behaviour may constitute psychological harassment if it has the same consequences and if it produces a lasting harmful effect on the employee. Considered on its own, a verbal comment, a gesture or behaviour may seem innocent. It is the accumulation or all of these behaviours which may become harassment.
It must be noted that anyone who does speak out against Narconon-Scientology, may face additional harassment as a declared Enemy. Although the Fair Game policy was officially cancelled by Hubbard in 1968 because of negative public relations it caused, people who speak out or file complaints against them, are still handled the same way.
The Fair Game policy states: “May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."
This Fair Game policy has instilled fear in many people, including media, and rings of illegal practices and harassment. This alone, persuades many victims to keep silent and refrain from exercising their charter rights as they continue to suffer as an exploited victim.
Although fear and harassment may deter many from filing any complaint against Narconon-Scientology, Canada and Quebec laws, including the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and the Labour Relations Commission, have strict and enforceable laws and policies against reprisals.
If any person files a formal complaint and then receives any harassment whatsoever, the aforesaid entities will take swift action to halt such reprisals, protect the victim, and investigate the reprisal allegations.
Canadian and Provincial government agencies are eager to help and protect the exploited and vulnerable victim. It is your right and your freedom to right the wrongs.
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
~ Robert Kennedy ~
By: David Edgar Love
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Montreal Personal Safety Examiner.
David Edgar Love now resides in the Montreal area. David's does research and writes about public safety, culture, disease and illness, and strives to help persons with human rights and freedoms issues.