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The Troubled Teen Industry / Re: Sexual Assaults at Diamond Ranch Academy
« Last post by Oscar on April 09, 2018, 02:59:49 AM »
A further search the place where the testimonies above were found resulted in additional testimonies

Quote from: Fred J.
We completely wasted A LOT of money. Our daughter spent 14 months there before we pulled her out. She was making NO progress despite our spending $50 on the first 10 months and $6250 per month for the next 4 months. Add to those fees the frequent family visit airfare, hotel fees, rental car fees. A PHENOMENAL expenditure for 'therapy' that did little more than give our child the vernacular to blame everyone else and continue her trek down the same old path of manipulation and violent abuse.

These people did NOTHING more than provide a 'summer camp'. Yes, there was discipline enforced. But there was NO effort to INSTILL discipline or respect in our child. When she returned to us, her behavior HAD NOT IMPROVED AT ALL despite our following the Diamond Academy approved programs for structure, diet, etc. Our child never missed an opportunity to to disrupt our family life. It's amazing our marriage has survived. This place IS safe for your child, but if you are looking for any sort of behavioral correction you are absolutely wasting your money. We did, to the tune of over $75000.
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The Troubled Teen Industry / Recent feedbacks from Diamond Ranch Academy victims
« Last post by Oscar on April 09, 2018, 12:49:12 AM »
They were found on Yelp. It is best to quote them before the marketing department from Diamond Ranch Academy removes them:

Quote from: Buddy S.
Do not send your kid their if I could I would put negative stars. You probably think this place looks good and has a lot of privileges. I promise you will regret your decision by sending your kid here. Almost all the kids that are entered into this school are pulled out by there parents. Kids got bullied and the staff would not do anything. Please listen to someone that has gone to the school and not a guy trying to sell you something

Quote from: Pasha A.
I went to this school , for 2 months from the 19th of september to the 6th of november. To all the parents , please tell your children before you ship them off to Utah, i felt like i was gonna die there from withdrawals. In genaral i learnt alot and it helped in ways.. but i hated every single moment of it. Till the day i walked out. Bad experiance with this place.

Quote from: Travis H.
This place is absolutely horrible. The program is driven towards making rob diaz lots of money. I was there in 2005-06 and it did no good for me. I had a 3.0 gpa and was on track to graduate, after dra i had a higher gpa but was behind on my school. They put 7th through 12th graders in the same classes and the teachers just hand out packets. Rob diaz jr. (Robby) seemed to like to "restrain" kids to much. It includes bending there arms the wrong way and makes it difficult to breath. All in all waist of my parents money and left me behind. Thanks dra.
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / And the Bodies Keep Piling Up
« Last post by ajax13 on April 01, 2018, 03:24:49 PM »
MAZUR _ Andrew Blair May 17, 1983 - January 8, 2005 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, Andrew at the age of 21 years. Andrew is survived by his father Lawrence Mazur, stepmother Amanda Mazur of Calgary; and his mother Teresa Bastian of Toronto; maternal grandfather Blair Bastian; paternal grandmother Hazel Mazur. He also leaves to mourn, his brothers, Sam and Adam of Calgary; and sister Megan of Toronto. He was predeceased by his Grandpa Walter Mazur; his Grandma Dorothy Bastian; and his dog Sarge. Andrew was a very caring and loving person - anyone who met him could tell you this. He will be deeply missed by everyone who ever met him. May his light shine in our hearts forever. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 11 Scenic Acres Gate N.W., Calgary, Alberta. Cremation will follow the Service. In lieu of flowers please make all donations to the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center, 303 Forge Road S.E., Calgary, Alberta. PIERSON'S FUNERAL SERVICE in charge of arrangements. Telephone: 235-3602

NEWSON _ Devon Chester 1987 - 2006 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Devon Newson of Calgary on Sunday, July 23, 2006 at the age of 18 years. Devon was born on October 20, 1987 in Calgary. He was an energetic little boy from the start with a huge heart and a great personality. Very active, he loved doing anything outdoors, including achieving the position as a running back on a Calgary football team. Devon's favourite vacations were those summer camping trips spent with his family, participating in activities like quading and fishing with his Dad. Despite this all he faced many challenges in his short life. Beloved son of Trevor and Christine Newson of Calgary; brother to Danielle Newson of Calgary; and grandson of Enid Ford of Calgary, and Julie and Tim Bolen of Ponoka, AB and Barbara Sims of Sicamous, BC. Devon was predeceased by his grandfathers, Elmer George Sims of Sicamous, BC, and Bruce Newson of Stony Plain, AB. He will be forever loved and remembered by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Devon will forever be in our hearts. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, July 31, 2006 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A Celebration of Devon's Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC), 303 Forge Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 0S9 (Telephone 403-253-5250). The family wish to thank all of their family and friends for their support during this time. In living memory of Devon Newson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

LeBARON _ William "Steven" 1979 - 2007 William "Steven" LeBaron passed away suddenly on Hornby Island, BC, on April 29, 2007, at the age of 27 years. He will be dearly missed by his father Glen LeBaron and wife Karlene; mother Diane Williams and husband Richard; and siblings, Emily, Tom, David, Annie and Noah. He will also be missed by his grandmother Stella Massey-Hicks and Rowena Massey-Hicks of Canmore. Many thanks to Robear LeBaron and his family for their loving care of Steven during his stay on Hornby Island. Memorial Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Calgary West Stake Chapel (6560 Silver Springs Crescent N.W.) today, May 5, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to AARC (Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre), 303 Forge Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2H 0S9. In living memory of Steven LeBaron a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82

GETTIS _ Brent James Charles September 1, 1977 - November 2, 2007 Brent James Charles Gettis, beloved son of Barbara and Jim Gettis, of Calgary passed away on Friday, November 2, 2007 at the age of 30 years. Brent was born in Calgary, AB and attended Silver Springs Elementary and Montgomery Jr. High Schools. His senior high school years were spent at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, BC. He returned to Alberta to study Engineering at the U of C. Later, Brent worked at Western Energy Ltd. with his dad, and more recently at Siemens Technologies, a job which he loved. Brent had a great passion for music and was an accomplished Jazz Pianist. He was an adventurous person, who loved water skiing, playing hockey and downhill skiing. Fishing was Brent's ultimate passion and hobby; he was a skilful fly fisherman and had a great knowledge of all types of fish and styles of fishing. He spent many hours casting his fly rod by his "beloved" Bow River. Besides his loving parents Barbara and Jim, Brent is survived by two brothers, Paul and Michael; his special friend Carey Sponholz; his grandmothers Matilda (Tillie) Blake and Mary Gettis; special auntie Palma McCullagh; as well as several other aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his loving canine friend, Pookey. Brent was predeceased by his grandfathers Charles Blake and Duain Gettis. Brent especially loved his family, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Brent's Life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) today, November 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle, N.W.) on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, 303 Forge Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 0S9 (Telephone 403-253-5250) or the 1835 Recovery Acres Society, 1835 - 27 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2T 1H2 (Telephone 403-245-1196). In living memory of Brent Gettis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044

CONGO
February 24, 1970 –September 4, 2010

Anthony Dean Congo of Red Deer passed away on September 4, 2010. He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Neil and Sharon Congo, his siblings, Chad (Heather) Congo and Tamara (Glenn) Yingst,
Grandma Kathleen Congo, 3 nephews: Dallas, Corey and Ryan, 3 nieces: Tara, Robyn and Cassidy, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was a an accomplished guitar player and song writer and loved sharing his faith with others. He recently completed his book “Foolish Miracles“to help families understand living with mental illness.
Anthony was simply known by those that knew him well as a sensitive, loving, generous and caring person. He is now where he longed to be at home with his Saviour.
A memorial service in his honour will be held on Thursday September 9, 2010 at 2;30 p.m at Living Stones Church, 2020- 40 Ave. Red Deer.
If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to “Guitar Church “ or Living Stones Church Benevolent Fund. Heartland Funeral Services, Innisfail, entrusted with arrangements.

FAULKENHAM, DYLAN REESE
November 28, 1992 – May 1, 2016
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother Dylan. Dylan is survived by his mother Wendy, his father Robin and his brother Jeremy. He is also survived by many wonderful family members and friends. Dylan lived for today, and we are so thankful that he did what he wanted, when he wanted. He loved sports and was a very loyal friend. Dylans' happy place was Baseball!
"Our lives will never be the same without you Dylan" Love Mom, Dad and Jeremy.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, May 11th at Fresh Start Recovery Centre, 411- 41 Ave NE, Calgary at 6 PM. All are welcome.
To send condolences please go to www.remembering.ca and sign the guest book.

KISER, Andrew "Andy" Richard
October 7, 1984 - June 20, 2016
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Andy, a loving and devoted father, husband, son, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin and friend to many. His gentle soul and huge heart are now with the angels. There is a new star shining down on us all. Andy may be gone from this world, but he will be in our hearts forever. There will be a celebration of Andy's life so that family and friends may join together and share their stories. Condolences and tributes can be shared with the family at www.choicememorial.com. Service details will be announced later.

SAVAGE, Ryan David Matthew
March 7, 1977 – December 30, 2016
With heavy hearts we unexpectedly said goodbye to father, son, brother, and dear friend Ryan Savage. Ryan passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016. Ryan is survived by his children Brooklyn, Oskar and Jonathan; parents Cindy and Bill; brother Bill; and sister Sara and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his sister Kari Savage whom he is now with. Thank you for the overwhelming support from friends and family during our time of loss and grief. If friends so desire, contributions can be made to Cindy Savage to be placed in a trust for Ryan's children. A Service of Remembrance will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through
www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/calgaryherald/obituary.aspx?n=ryan-david-matthew-savage&pid=183325613&fhid=6131
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CAN ~ Collective Action Network / More information about El Pueblo
« Last post by Oscar on April 01, 2018, 02:35:01 AM »
I found a website with more info about the scandal surrounding El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch.

The El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch Scandal
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: The Wiz is Flushed From Cover
« Last post by ajax13 on March 30, 2018, 01:39:36 PM »
Bump
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: Blueprints
« Last post by ajax13 on March 30, 2018, 01:36:27 PM »
Bump.
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Controlling the Chokepoints 2
« Last post by ajax13 on March 29, 2018, 02:40:56 PM »
The behaviour of Detective David Rock appears to meet the criteria of professional misconduct with regard to the handling of the complaints of both Rachael O'Neill, and Christine Lunn.  It seems highly unusual for a police officer investigating a sexual assault to maintain a line of communication to keep possible accessories informed as to the disposition of the investigation:
"Dr. Vause spoke with Richelle Hall (Christine Lunn’s counselor at the time of Christine’s treatment at AARC) and Norlien Johnson(Christine Lund’s Senior Clinical Counselor) Both Richelle and Norlien stated that there was no report or documentation on a sexual assault. Also, Richelle, to the best of her knowledge, was clear that Christine was not forced to sign any documentation.
Police informed Dr. Vause that Rachael’s file has been closed. Detective Rock indicated that “she had no intention of proceeding with an investigation”. Police met with Christine Lunn on Friday, March 20 to inquire if she wants to pursue any action but police anticipated her file will also be closed. Dr. Vause will continue to keep in touch with the detectives involved. Detective Rock emailed Dr. Vause stating “it was unanimous that her complaint was not criminal in nature”. Dr. Vause will consult with Det. Rock for a final update on the investigations."

Now what Christine was referring to was an event in which she alleged that she was coereced into performing push-ups while her old-comer watched her and masturbated.  In this situation, Christine Lunn had been assigned to a male Oldcomer and was in the temporary foster home, or "host home", operated by the family.  As the oldcomer was of major age, and Christine Lunn was a minor and under the de facto authority of this oldcomer, consent to this act cannot be given.  Does the use of a minor child under one's care as a prop for masturbation consistute a crime?  Detective Rock was apparently of the opinon that it does not.
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Controlling the Chokepoints
« Last post by ajax13 on March 28, 2018, 03:21:16 PM »
Despite the fact that the CBC Fifth Estate Program "Powerless" aired nationally, Calgary Police Service did not undertake any investigation of AARC.  The opposite occurred.  A CPS officer, Dominick Mayhew, began investigating people who were raising concerns about AARC.  Eventually CPS Detective David Rock conducted interviews with a number of women who complained about being sexually assaulted while they were clients or while they were under the supervision of AARC staff subsequent to completing the behaviour modification program.  Rock ended the investigations.  It emerged later that Rock was in communication directly with Dean Vause while Rock was allegedly investigating the complaints of these women.  This excerpt of text from an AARC document outlining AARC's damage control strategy after the airing of the CBC program seems to indicate significant ethical breaches of ethical conduct by Rock, and possible illegal behaviour by Rock and Vause:

"Police Investigation
Dr. Vause met with detectives with the Calgary Police Service before and after the airing of “Powerless”.   AARC & Dr. Vause’s home is monitored by the police. The police recommend to not lay criminal
charges at this time but suggested AARC may have
grounds for a civil action.   recent quote from Det. Rock)
Dr. Vause has been in contact with Detective Dave
Rock of the sex crimes unit and an investigation is
proceeding – Detective Rock appears to be closing
Rachael’s file “Thank-you for this information. It has allowed
me to clear this case already. I have spoken to the ‘victim’ who is happy with the documentation. She was horrified that I asked about Penner as she said,” I didn’t want to ask about him.” –for whatever reason.   I can finish my report and put this away. Thanks again –Dave”
AARC’s past vice Chair Dr. Martin Atkinson has confirmed Dr. Vause was proactive to Simmie’s allegation of sexual harassment and it was resolved with Simmie, her father & the Executive Director, Norm Haines – We have asked for a copy of the sexual harassment file from AARC’s lawyer at the time of the incident, Greg Stirling
Dr. Vause spoke with Richelle Hall (Christine Lunn’s counselor at the time of Christine’s treatment at AARC) and Norlien Johnson(Christine Lund’s Senior Clinical Counselor) Both Richelle and Norlien stated that there was no report or documentation on a sexual assault. Also, Richelle, to the best of her knowledge, was clear that Christine was not forced to sign any documentation.
Police informed Dr. Vause that Rachael’s file has been closed. Detective Rock indicated that “she had no intention of proceeding with an investigation”. Police met with Christine Lunn on Friday, March 20 to inquire if she wants to pursue any action but police anticipated her file will also be closed. Dr. Vause will continue to keep in touch with the detectives involved. Detective Rock emailed Dr. Vause stating “it was unanimous that her complaint was not criminal in nature”. Dr. Vause will consult with Det. Rock for a final update on the investigations.
John Lojek suggested that if the police only give a verbal confirmation that they have conducted their investigation and no charges are being laid, then there should be a formal letter from AARC confirming the verbal advice provided by the police so that there is something in writing as to the disposition of the criminal charges. The name and contact information for the investigating officer is also required since he will be a witness."

It is quite remarkable that Vause, who could potentially be guilty of criminal negligence in sexual assaults suffered by clients while under his control, was consulting with David Rock.  Onc again, AARC has turned reality on it's head and the perp is afforded the response due a victim, and the victims are treated as perpetrators.  This text certainly begs the question as to why Dean Vause was contacting CPS in relation to the "Powerless" program before it aired.
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Where to Pick up the Conversation
« Last post by ajax13 on March 28, 2018, 01:55:32 PM »
In any discussion of the Alberta Adolescent Reovery Centre sect, and the thought reform program that it runs under the guise of treating "addiction", the two principle underlying issues are the behaviour modification techniques used, and the structure of social and professional connections that have permitted the group to continue operating.  I will undertake to analyze both aspects in an effort to gain a clear picture of this complex problem.  To begin, here is a list of eight criteria of thought reform put forward by Robert Lifton:

"1)Milieu Control. This involves the control of information and communication both within the environment and, ultimately, within the individual, resulting in a significant degree of isolation from society at large.
2)Mystical Manipulation. The manipulation of experiences that appears spontaneous but is, in fact, planned and orchestrated by the group or its leaders in order to demonstrate divine authority, spiritual advancement, or some exceptional talent or insight that sets the leader and/or group apart from humanity, and that allows reinterpretation of historical events, scripture, and other experiences. Coincidences and happenstance oddities are interpreted as omens or prophecies.
3)Demand for Purity. The world is viewed as black and white and the members are constantly exhorted to conform to the ideology of the group and strive for perfection. The induction of guilt and/or shame is a powerful control device used here.
4)Confession. Sins, as defined by the group, are to be confessed either to a personal monitor or publicly to the group. There is no confidentiality; members' "sins," "attitudes," and "faults" are discussed and exploited by the leaders.
5)Sacred Science. The group's doctrine or ideology is considered to be the ultimate Truth, beyond all questioning or dispute. Truth is not to be found outside the group. The leader, as the spokesperson for God or for all humanity, is likewise above criticism.
6)Loading the Language. The group interprets or uses words and phrases in new ways so that often the outside world does not understand. This jargon consists of thought-terminating clichés, which serve to alter members' thought processes to conform to the group's way of thinking.
7)Doctrine over person. Members' personal experiences are subordinated to the sacred science and any contrary experiences must be denied or reinterpreted to fit the ideology of the group.
8)Dispensing of existence. The group has the prerogative to decide who has the right to exist and who does not. This is usually not literal but means that those in the outside world are not saved, unenlightened, unconscious and they must be converted to the group's ideology. If they do not join the group or are critical of the group, then they must be rejected by the members. Thus, the outside world loses all credibility. In conjunction, should any member leave the group, he or she must be rejected also."
Lifton, Robert J. (1989). Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of Brainwashing in China

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