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It has turned out to be the end for Northwest Academy - previously known as Horizon Academy. The owners and one teacher were arrested on various charges related to endangering the lives of the students.

Quote
Nevada closes school for at-risk teens after owners' arrests
by Associated Press, February 16 - 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials have shut down a boarding school for at-risk teens after its owners were accused of forcing students to drink tainted tap water.

State health department spokeswoman Chrystal Main said Friday that Northwest Academy in Amargosa Valley has closed.

A telephone message to the facility about 90 miles west of Las Vegas was not immediately answered.


Defense attorney Malcolm LaVergne and Nye County sheriff's officials say owners Marcel and Patricia Chappuis (shap-WEE') posted bail to be freed from jail pending a March 18 court appearance.

They're accused of endangering 43 students by failing to provide enough bottled water for drinking, washing and cooking to replace tap water contaminated with arsenic.

Patricia Chappuis also faces two felony child abuse counts.

LaVergne says they'll plead not guilty and fight the charges.

Midwest Academy closed, now Northwest Academy closed, Red River Academy closed. Time for looking into the next school to close. We have been working on a new version of the Egedal SEO system created because the social services in a small town in Denmark took some money, they shouldn't have. Just point to the target and all negative articles ever been put online about a certain place will pop up as some of the first pages on various search engines and the authorities will be worried enough to start an investigation.
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / A Caring Sharer
« Last post by ajax13 on March 04, 2019, 02:01:22 PM »
The AARC sect, with the complicity of the Calgary Police Service and the Alberta Government, has used SLAPP suits to intimidate survivors and defectors from the sect, and whistleblowers who have been trying to get the authorities in this province to meet their responsibilities by investigating AARC.  AARC is intimiately intertwined with the "unorthodox" Pure North S'Energy Foundation of AARC backer Allan Markin.

It is my understanding that AARC's SLAPP suit against whistleblowers Brian Fish and Amy Sparks, and the CBC and Gillian Findlay, was recently settled out of court.  The original AARC SLAPP suit against the survivors who spoke on the Fifth Estate and the CBC and Gillian Findlay, and other CBC employees associated with the show, is ongoing.

"Amy Sparks, Brian Fish, The CBC, Gillian Findlay, Tammi Brown and Greg Elliott
 Respondents"
https://www.canlii.org/en/ab/abqb/doc/2019/2019abqb87/2019abqb87.html

Would this judge be the Honourable Nancy Dilts?
"We therefore allow the appeal to the extent that the respondents, Sparks and Fish, are required to produce for inspection by a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench, pursuant to rule 5.11, records of any communications between them in relation to the taking and distributing of AARC records. In doing so, we note that counsel for the respondent Sparks, when asked at the oral hearing of this appeal, conceded that she could not identify any harm or prejudice that might befall her client if a judge conducted an in camera examination of these communications."
https://www.canlii.org/en/ab/abca/doc/2018/2018abca177/2018abca177.html

"AARC Society (Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre)
 
Plaintiff/Applicant
- and -
 
 
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Gillian Findlay, Morris Karp
David Studer, Christine Jane Lunn, Rachel O'Neill
Bodana Kibble and Simi Bate
 
 
Defendants"
https://www.canlii.org/en/ab/abqb/doc/2018/2018abqb324/2018abqb324.html
 

"A non-profit preventative health care provider led by Mr. Allan Markin

Pure North provides nutritional supplements for clients during their stay at AARC. In our experience, addiction often leaves adolescents with severe deficiencies in important vitamins that might help in their recovery. The types of supplement provided vary according to need, determined by blood work undertaken by Pure North. The most common supplements are multivitamins, vitamin D and fish oils.

Clients can refuse these supplements and the blood analysis. There is no additional charge for the service, which is included in the fees paid by clients."
https://www.aarc.ab.ca/therapeutic-partners

Allan Markin is clearly very displeased with the attention that CBC has devoted to his health treatment projects:
https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/unproven

"A non-profit preventive medicine company founded by Calgary Flames co-owner Allan Markin is suing the CBC for what it claims is a series of defamatory articles.

Pure North S’Energy Foundation is seeking $6 million in damages from the national broadcaster and two of its reporters, Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell."
https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/non-profit-suing-cbc-for-defamation-over-series-of-articles

Curiously, Kevin Martin was the only reporter to reveal that AARC had sued Christine Lunn in 2009.  Even more curious is the fact that the headline over Martin's 2009 article entailed the inverse of the fact, stating that Christine had sued AARC.  No retraction was ever printed, and the online version of the article did not include this false claim.  This statement was however, consistent with AARC's claim that the dozens of people coming together in 2009 with complaints were just out to sue the sect. 

Far be it from me to suggest that a great man like Allan Markin is using his wealth to undermine our democratic institutions and protect his own ego by crushing the people entrusted with keeping the public informed and taking a page from Von Clausewitz by making the enemy pay for his war.  There must be more to the story.

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The Troubled Teen Industry / Something positive-
« Last post by Matt C. Hoffman on February 23, 2019, 07:48:11 AM »
Another State  bill, (New Mexico) to keep an eye on. Still it is very positive note Apparently the criminal goings on behind the “troubled teens” industries’  many residential treatment centers  doors’, is starting to be taken seriously  again by elected representatives .

lets hope that the big money that this insidious industry wields in the form of it’s lobbying power, doesn't corrupt at the state level ,(lol) .

By the time the lobbyist  monies  has reached Washington it has changed hands so many times – that senators have no idea how and where it is coming from ,they just know if they prevent house bills like HR 911 from ever reaching the floor for debate ,lol- least reach the floor for a vote , the senators will get those many millions of dollars .

Therefore when  U.S senators dont  look at the issue they don’t see one, they see the money  - they are not made to see how those  millions were made -they just know if they dance to the strings that are being pulled  they will get that money .

A good book to understand this process - how the United States Senators intertwine with the lobbyist that bring millions of dollars to them and how the Senators are beholden to their perspective parties to bring in a certain amount of money  once they are elected - if they want to survive and have a lengthy committee filled tenure as a U.S. State senator. It explains why common sense bills like HR-911 never reached the senate floor.

The book is called Extortion , How politicians extract your money ,buy Votes ,and line their own pockets, by Peter Schweizer. 

 New Mexico's House Bill 500

Bill To Keep New Mexico’s Children Safe Advances
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
on February 21, 2019 - 7:13am
 
Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena
STATE News:
SANTA FE – A bill to keep New Mexico’s children safe passed Wednesday the House Health and Human Services Committee.
House Bill 500, sponsored by Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla) and Rep. Willie Madrid (D-Chaparral), would extend the authority of the Children, Youth and Families Department to regulate, inspect, and sanction programs for at-risk youth.
 
Rep. Willie Madrid
During the committee hearing, members heard heart-wrenching stories of abuse of at-risk youth, bringing to light both the urgency and importance of this legislation.
“The stories we heard in committee today are an example of how our current system has failed to protect some of our most vulnerable New Mexicans,” Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena said. “I am proud to be sponsoring this bill because I believe as legislators we have a responsibility to do all we can to ensure the safety and wellness of children and young people in our state.”
Reports by federal agencies and advocacy groups estimate that there were more than 1,600 incidents of abuse and 300 deaths in 33 states leading up to efforts to regulate the industry in 2005.
Programs for at-risk youth, often referred to as the troubled-teen industry, include residential, wilderness, or boot camp programs that serve children or teens with behavioral or emotional disturbances, or history of involvement with the juvenile justice system.
House Bill 500 now moves to the House State Government, Elections, and Indian
Affairs .
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / It's a Small World After All
« Last post by ajax13 on February 20, 2019, 05:20:43 PM »
An amusing game to play whenever the ongoing antics of the All About Receiving Cash sect surface is as simple as putting two names into a search engine and see if they come up in the same hit.  Happens all the time!
When AARC staff member and frenzy killer Andrew Evans was given early release, two members of the Pacific Region Parole Board made this decision. 
So I looked into the magic sphere, and out came this:

"Patricia Meade succeeds Stuart J. Whitley, who retired in October 2012 and served as the deputy minister of Health and Social Services since 2007.
http://www.gov.yk.ca/news/13-008.html

"Stuart James Whitley —  This guy’s the leader of the pack. He’s from North Vancouver, British Columbia, and designated Vice-Chairperson to the PBC Pacific region. Whitley was appointed as a full-time Board member in November 2012. Prior to joining the Board, he was the Yukon Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services. Whitley also worked as Senior Regional Director and Director of Policy, Programs and Integration at Justice Canada, Deputy Minister of Justice for Yukon, and Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Manitoba."
http://dyingwords.net/tag/stuart-james-whitley/#sthash.Yklq9Vnt.dpbs

Paddy Meade did tremendous work on behalf of the sect.  She took over AADAC, and lo and behold, like Max Rockatansky, she unleashed the precious flow of government cash that had been denied the sect since they had to pack up and leave the US.  Paddy is the Jesse James of Alberta, lifting millions of dollars from tax-payers' wallets, and disappearing in a cloud of dust.

"Meade’s job with Alberta Health Services made headlines last year when she quit her deputy minister post to take the executive job with the superboard.
Provincial conflict of interest legislation calls for a six-month cooling off period before deputy ministers take a job with a government agency. Alberta’s ethics commissioner, however, cleared Meade of any allegations she was in a conflict, ruling that her employment was in accordance with the Public Service Act."
https://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/more-changes-at-the-superboard

"Paddy Meade, the former executive operating officer of Alberta Health Services, who was let go in a reorganization in the spring, was paid $1.3 million for nine months on the job — the equivalent of two years' salary and benefits. A $257,500 bonus was included in the payout."
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-health-services-paid-too-much-severance-ag-1.788961

"Paddy Meade was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness in
November 2004.The ministry includes the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Commission (AADAC), where Ms. Meade previously served as Chief Executive
Officer."
https://www.cadth.ca/media/symp-2008/CADTH_Symposium_Program_eng.pdf
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Dammit Janet, That's a Criminal Breach of Trust
« Last post by ajax13 on February 18, 2019, 12:24:45 PM »
"HI XXXXXX:
 
Did you not report this to CYS? I thought you did...
 
here's the message from our ministry:
 

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and youth being abused or mistreated is one of our most important responsibilities at Children and Youth Services.

 

We depend on our community partners and the public at large to help us do this work. In fact, the obligation for citizens to report when they believe child abuse or mistreatment may be happening is so important that it is required under the law through the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.

 

Last Friday, a report alleging abuse of youth in our province was aired on the CBC's Fifth Estate. The report was about a privately run addictions treatment program called the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC) in Calgary. The Fifth Estate spoke to former participants in the program who are now adults. While some credited this treatment program for having a positive impact on their lives, others made troubling claims of physical and sexual abuse while attending the centre.

 

The airing of this program raised questions this past week about the role of our ministry in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of youth in this centre. Given that the protection of children and youth is a core mandate of our ministry, it is important to provide you with information that was not presented on the Fifth Estate.

 

Most important is that our ministry is not aware of any report alleging the abuse or mistreatment of a young person at AARC. Such a report would be looked into immediately and investigated by the appropriate authorities. Minister Tarchuk made that point clear when she responded to questions this week in the Legislature. She stressed that every report of alleged abuse our ministry receives is taken seriously and is investigated.

 

 
( Message from Fay Orr, Deputy Minister, continued... )


Most important is that our ministry is not aware of any report alleging the abuse or mistreatment of a young person at AARC. Such a report would be looked into immediately and investigated by the appropriate authorities. Minister Tarchuk made that point clear when she responded to questions this week in the Legislature. She stressed that every report of alleged abuse our ministry receives is taken seriously and is investigated.

Our ministry does not look into allegations of abuse or mistreatment brought forward by adults, even when the alleged incident happened when they were children or youth. Reports by adults must be made to police and our role is to support police in their work, when requested.

Addressing reports of child abuse and mistreatment is within the mandate of our ministry. The provision of health-related addictions treatment services is the mandate of entities under Health and Wellness.

As Children and Youth Services employees, relatives and friends may sometimes speak to you about child and family services, including what they read or hear in the media. I encourage you to take the opportunity to ensure they are aware of how seriously our ministry and its staff take their responsibility to protect children and youth and to look into any report of abuse or mistreatment we receive. Please also remind them of the important role the public plays in helping us do this important work.

Making decisions that are in the best interests of children and youth at risk is not always easy. Minister Tarchuk and senior staff in our ministry understand that and are firmly behind you as you make decisions based on what the best information available at the time tells you is the right thing to do to support children and families at risk.


Wow"
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
« Last post by ajax13 on February 16, 2019, 07:36:45 PM »
 "Since the Respondent did not have the financial resources to pay for this private treatment program, it was ordered that the Province of Alberta fund his attendance. The Crown has appealed on two grounds: first, that the Youth Court did not have jurisdiction to order a youth to attend the AARC program and second, that the Youth Court did not have the jurisdiction to order the Crown to fund such a disposition.
Cathy G. Lane
Legal Aid Society of Alberta
for the Respondent"
https://www.canlii.org/en/ab/abqb/doc/1999/1999abqb230/1999abqb230.html?searchUrlHash=AAAAAQAEYWFyYwAAAAAB&resultIndex=7

"Cathy Lane Goodfellow Complainant/staff member at AARC"

https://goo.gl/images/Hwz4JZ
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Re: And the Bodies Keep Piling Up
« Last post by ajax13 on February 10, 2019, 09:14:10 PM »
STAHL, Sean Corey
March 12, 1987 – December 27, 2018
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC)

BROWN, Colin Peter
June 18, 1978 – February 7, 2019
Professionally, Colin was an outstanding friend, a gifted psychologist respected by his colleagues. For sixteen years Colin worked at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, where he achieved the position of Clinical Director. He deeply impacted the lives of many young people and families. He transferred pain to hope and his gift of humour brought light and laughter amid tremendous darkness.
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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Friends Like These
« Last post by ajax13 on February 03, 2019, 03:26:33 PM »
All About Receiving Cash has played whack-a-mole with the truth about it's development as a franchise of the Kids quack thought reform program for twenty-five years.  Here's a bit of truth peeking out from Mendacious D's phoney baloney story:
"As a proud Rotarian for 40 years and a Paul Harris Fellow, in 1989 he was instrumental in the development of one of the world's most effective and successful drug centres for addicted children, the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). This was his proudest accomplishment.

He was also instrumental in forming the Friends of Science Society and was devoted to their education programs on climate change."
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/calgaryherald/obituary.aspx?n=charles-simpson&pid=182010484

AARC didn't adopt the current alias until it had become painfully evident that the nutso con couldn't get a license in Alberta in 1990.

Seems that the revered Mr. Simpson had a penchant for organizations connected to some shady academics:

"A main purpose behind the conference was to publicize the results of an outcome study, completed over five years (2008 to 2013), of client and families of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). At the time of the study, Jacqueline Smith, RN, PhD, UCalgary conference organizer and assistant professor in the faculty, was a clinician at AARC and served as a consultant on the project.
Among those attending the conference at the University of Calgary were, from left: Chris Wilkes, professor, Cumming School of Medicine; Leela Aher, MLA, Chestermere-Rocky View; Jacqueline Smith, assistant professor, Faculty of Nursing; Amelia Arria, associate professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health; Dianne Tapp, dean, Faculty of Nursing; and Ken Winters, senior scientist, Oregon Research Institute."
https://ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2018-04-24/treatment-adolescent-addiction-topic-international-conference-ucalgary?fbclid=IwAR0QxjDftH_Y3fEUNBKKx1PexdBjPlw5RlZfVYw3m5OI0I2dMxs3mhalhOE

http://www.citypages.com/news/u-of-m-professor-ken-winters-caught-forging-research-document-7500290?fbclid=IwAR2TT6jO3o1xB63A_3uZ8VnxbH2fIs2BnyIi8IWkMYn-y7fBkAUmFQSEN4s

https://thenarwhal.ca/canadian-climate-denial-group-friends-science-named-creditor-coal-giant-s-bankruptcy-files/

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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / The More We Get Together
« Last post by ajax13 on January 31, 2019, 12:48:19 PM »
Sent to the Premier, the Ministers of Justice, Child Services and Community and Social Services, the Calgary Police Commission, and the Mayor:

Given the response of the Mayor's office, that they cannot intervene in a case of institutional child abuse, unlawful practices as defined by the Alberta Health Professions Act, and the assignment of a serving member of the Calgary Police Service to a posting in an unlicensed, unregulated private facility, and that this officer has been accused of abusing clients during his employment with that private facility, accusations that have never been investigated, I have to assume that your response is essentially canned, and like the response of the Provincial Government, reflects prior awareness of this situation.

I will address this correspondence to all of you, as it applies to the City, CPS, and the Provincial Government.  The Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre has perpetrated a fraud on the people of Alberta, and that fraud has entailed the abuse of over seven hundred people, most of whom were minors at the time.  Essentially every piece of information that has ever come out of AARC is false, so while we wait to see what the Federal response to this cover-up will be, I will endeavour to inform you about the real nature of AARC.  From the time I first looked at this phenomenon in 2007, all I have been after was a public inquiry into AARC in order to stop the harm being done, to facilitate proper care for AARC's victims, and to ensure that this does not happen again in Canada.

To begin with, AARC is a franchise of a completed discredited cluster of quack treatment facilities.  Currently, AARC is before the Court of Appeals claiming that to reveal this information constitutes defamation:

"In addition to the Sensationalism, the Powerless Production contained a number
of other defamatory statements, allegations, innuendos and criticisms of AARC,
including, without limitation, the following:...
(d) AARC is connected to the Kids program run by Miller Newton in Bergen County,
New Jersey, USA (the “KIDS Program”), which was eventually shut-down due
to, inter alia, the abuses that occurred in that program;"

It is beyond dispute that AARC is Kids, as is demonstrated by this excerpt from the Alberta Hansard:

"MR. NELSON: Mr. Speaker, AADAC has been involved with
assistance in developing the program of the Alberta Adolescent
Recovery Centre since its inception originally as Kids of the
Canadian West."
Alberta Hansard, March 24, 1992

So that there is no confusion, Kids of the Canadian West was a franchise of Miller Newton's Kids:

"The KIDS centers in El Paso and Orange County closed last year because of financial difficulties, but the facilities in Hackensack and Salt Lake City are still operating. In addition, Newton has authorized the opening of KIDS of the Canadian West in Calgary this spring. The Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission has agreed to allocate $600,000 toward setting it up. Private donors are expected to match the government grant. More than 40 Canadian youngsters are currently under treatment at KIDS of Bergen County in Hackensack."
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-03-24/news/mn-711_1_treatment-center

So it is crystal clear that AARC is lying when they state that they are not connected to Kids.

Please see the following so that there is no confusion as to just what Kids was.

Keeping 'Cult' Out of the Case
How do you convince a jury that your client was a victim of a cult?

New Jersey Law Journal/July 7, 2003
By Tim O'Brien

For Philip Elberg, you don't present expert witnesses and you don't utter the word. Through witnesses and records, you let the story tell itself.

For the past three weeks, the partner in Newark's Medvin & Elberg has been presenting evidence to a Hudson County jury about why his client should be compensated for the 13 years she spent in a rehabilitation center.

Lulu Corter of Wanaque was signed into Kids of North Jersey Inc. in Hackensack by her parents on Oct. 27, 1984, when she was a 13-year-old with learning problems. In August 1997, she bolted from what dozens of teenagers have described as a living hell.

Like many participants in the program, Corter had no drug or alcohol problem. Today, those who ran Kids of North Jersey cannot say why she was admitted because her records have disappeared. They say only that she had behavior problems, though they cannot recall the specifics.

Elberg, who won a $4.5 million settlement for another Kids of North Jersey patient in 1999, did give the jury a road map in his opening on June 12 before Superior Court Judge Maurice Gallipoli.

"This [program] is not about tough love. It's about destroying families as they existed, and creating a new family with [V.] Miller Newton as the father and Ruth Ann Newton as the mother," Elberg told the eight-member jury hearing Corter v. Kids of North Jersey, L-3578-00.

The suit is seeking compensatory but not punitive damages because Newton is in bankruptcy in Florida. It alleges that Newton violated Corter's civil rights, provided treatment that deviated from the standard care, and caused emotional, physical and psychological damage.

Newton is the 63-year-old rehabilitation guru who ran Kids of North Jersey from 1984 to the early 1990s, then moved the operation to Secaucus after stiffing the landlord for $400,000. State authorities finally cut off his Medicaid payments in 1998 and sued him in 1999 for $1 million in Medicaid overbillings. Kids of North Jersey closed in 1999.

Newton's operation was also shut down by state officials in California, Florida and Utah, where a prosecutor called the program "a sort of private jail, using techniques such as torture and punishment."

Newton's wife, Ruth Ann, served as a clinical director and second in command. Both are defendants, along with their organization, under several names, and four psychiatrists. Elberg and his partner and co-counsel in the case, Alan Medvin, previously gained settlements from carriers on behalf of three of the psychiatrists. The fourth, now dead, was dropped as a defendant.

Though Elberg has assiduously avoided the "cult" word, three witnesses testified to being brainwashed. He says that even an expert for the defense said in a report that Lulu was brainwashed.

Testimony was elicited that Miller would routinely require patients to shun their families, or parents to shun their children who left the program before graduating. For example, Lulu Corter testified that Newton discouraged her and her mother from attending her older sister's wedding because that sister had left the program prematurely.

Last Thursday, one of the questions from a juror to another psychiatric expert for Newton asked about whether teenagers could be conditioned to think a certain way.

And there seems little doubt that the three weeks of testimony -- which includes tales of escapes, kidnappings, beatings, and physical and mental punishment -- have had an impact on Gallipoli.

Last Thursday, shortly before lunch break during Newton's cross-examination, Gallipoli began a series of sharp questions for the witness. Noting that Lulu was in Kids of North Jersey for years for an eating disorder and compulsive behavior, Gallipoli asked Newton whether such disorders and compulsive behaviors could be treated on an outpatient basis.

Newton said they could.

When the jury was ushered out, defense attorney John O'Farrell objected to the judge's queries, saying they were "too skeptical."

Gallipoli responded, "They are skeptical." When O'Farrell, of Morristown's Francis & O'Farrell, pressed his objection, the exasperated judge snapped, "We're just about walking through a fantasy land, and there comes a time when the court just can't sit there and accept this like a bump on a log."

Asked by a reporter whether he thought the judge went too far in expressing his opinion, O'Farrell said only, "What do you think?" adding that he had high regard for Gallipoli.

The exchange followed 90 minutes of cross-examination by Elberg that included a rundown of Newton's qualifications, including a Ph.D. in 1981 from The Union Institute in Cincinnati in public administration and urban anthropology. The school bills itself as an "alternative learner-directed" organization without classes or the need to show up anywhere.

Newton has described the degree on resumes as being in "medical anthropology" and then "clinical anthropology." Newton says those titles describe what he studied. He also says he is a "board certified ... medical psychotherapist." When pressed, he says it is a "peer certification."

Setting Up The 'Doctor'

Before the cross examination of Newton, with backers on one side of the courtroom and angry former patients and staffers on the other, the jury heard from five former patients who say they were victims of Kids of North Jersey. Elberg says he was able to call those witnesses by invoking a rule of evidence allowing him to rebut testimony he contends is not true.

When Ruth Ann Newton was on the stand, Elberg pressed her about comments by former patients in the past two decades in court, on television shows and to reporters.

Specifically, he asked four questions: Could patients leave when they turned 18? Did Kids of North Jersey routinely try to get parents to sign in siblings once one child was admitted? Did the program encourage kidnappings of those who escaped from the program? And was it common for patients to offer false or exaggerated confessions about how bad they use to be so they could advance through the program's phases and ultimately graduate?

Ruth Ann Newton said no to each query, at which point Elberg put on his rebuttal witnesses. "If she had admitted those things, I could not have brought those victims on," Elberg said in an interview.

The five told their horror tales, which included sitting in chairs, ramrod, for 12 hours of group therapy each weekday. Those in the first phase of treatment could not speak, and most could not write letters, read, make telephone calls, talk to each other or make eye contact.

There was no privacy. "Old-timers" or "peer counselors," those who had graduated but were coerced to stay on as staff, accompanied newcomers to the bathroom, where there were no doors on the stalls.

The tiniest infraction, such as eating a cookie, could send patients back to the first phase. This, the victims testified, was the ultimate hammer, causing many to lie in the hope of getting out.

Jeffrey Stallings, for years the No. 3 official at the facility, testified that he quit to avoid breaking the law. He had testified in an earlier case that Newton altered records in anticipation of visits by regulators and withheld some records.

Two weeks before Elberg filed his complaint in the current case in 1999, he filed a show cause order, ex parte, with Gallipoli, asking that Kids of North Jersey's records be seized to prevent the disappearance of more files. The judge signed the order, and the state's Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor seized the records from a warehouse in Glen Rock.

Stallings said he stayed for years and remained loyal. "Looking back, I realize I was brainwashed."

Janna Holmgren-Richards testified that she made up stories while "relating" during group therapy because when she told the truth she was told to sit down, thus harming her chances of advancing. "Lulu admitted she ate sugar, but she didn't, and I said I pushed my poop out because I was there for anorexia, but I lied." Lulu, in fact, made up stories of having sex with a dog and being molested by her uncle so she could move up, she testified.

Stallings testified that many patients had only three options: sit tight and try to go along; rebel; or lie to move through the phases.

As to why so many patients went along with such abuse, many have said that if they told their parents, their parents would go to Newton and he would convince them that their child was lying.

"I never told my dad," testified Jessica Calderone, a former patient. "He would question it, and call up the Newtons, and I'd be accused of manipulating and would be put back to phase one."

As for why so many patients would stay on as trainee staffers and later as paid peer counselors, many say Newton coerced them by telling them they had to "give back [and] carry the message" as is done in Alcoholics Anonymous.

"He guilted you," Erica Goodman, a former patient, staffer and program nurse, said in an interview at the courthouse. Just out of nursing school and lacking experience, Goodman ran the laboratory and developed the eating disorder protocol after speaking with seven patients who allegedly had eating disorders, she says.

Newton and his operation have been sued many times, and his carriers have paid out more than $5.8 million. He's been investigated criminally in Florida and New Jersey, but never prosecuted. But one by one, agencies have cut off the payment of claims, sometimes after exposes by the television shows "60 Minutes," "20/20" and "West 57th Street."

As for Lulu, the real tragedy is that she was the victim of sexual abuse by her older brother before she entered the program, and the program knew that, according to documents and testimony. Yet, she was not diagnosed as an incest victim until 1990, six years after being at Kids of North Jersey.

Newton testified it is often difficult to determine whether a young girl is just experimenting or participating in sexual play.

Throughout Kids of North Jersey's stint in New Jersey, the staff psychiatrists, according to their own depositions, rarely saw patients, let alone treated them. In his complaint, Elberg accuses Newton of "renting licenses," with the peer counselors using rubber-stamps to sign the psychiatrists' names to reports to collect private and Medicaid insurance.

"I never saw a psychiatrist once," says Christine Johnston, a former patient and staffer who traveled from San Diego to watch the trial.

Newton admitted on the stand that his program routinely does not talk to a potential patient's teachers or doctors before making a diagnosis, saying it is not that important and takes too much time.

The jury in the case has been active, taking notes and asking hundreds of questions through the judge -- dozens of Newton alone. Based on those questions, they appear skeptical.

Elberg did call Newton a cult-like leader in court papers in the case that led to the $4.5 million settlement in 1999, Ehrlich v. Kids of North Jersey, HUD-L-4592-95. And he had a cult expert ready for both cases.

"But I decided not to call him or use the term 'cult' because that could have turned the trial into one about the meaning of a cult, rather than about this girl who was yanked out of school and forced to go through what she went through."

Nobody has ever been held responsible for the torture of the forty Canadians in the US Kids programs.  Instead, the people in Calgary who were sending them to the US set up Kids here, and when they got caught, they renamed it the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre.

In addition to Dean Vause, the sect leader of AARC, five Kids clients served as Peer Counselors at AARC: Brian Neil, who committed suicide; Peter Sorckoff, who used his wife's position as a probation officer to divert clients into AARC; Janne Holmgren; Simi Bate, whom AARC sued after she appeared on the Fifth Estate; and Lisa Luciano, who rose to be a clinical director at AARC and was involved in the unlawful abduction of Levon Mckillop into AARC.  Dean Vause has no standing as a healthcare professional of any kind.

Crucial to understanding this unlawful phenemon is the fact that Dr. Martin Atkinson, who at the time was President of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Dr. Atkinson was named the head of Kids of the Canadian West, and when the sect adopted the AARC alias, Dr. Atkinson served on the board of AARC.  He remained involved with the sect, and participated in the cover-up after the 2009 Fifth Estate program aired.

Dr. Atkinson and Dr. Neil Stewart were both responsible for recruiting and shipping people to New Jersey, and later Salt Lake City, to be tortured by Kids. This seems very much like trafficking to me.  It is my understanding, although I do not have confirmation of this, that AARC has sent people to US facilities.  Again, this looks very much like trafficking.

As I stated previously, I began to look at this phenomenon in 2007.  I asked then-Minister of Justice Ron Stevens to investigate AARC, prior to discovering that Stevens was in fact heavily involved in promoting the sect.  It took twenty-three months from the time I began until the Fifth Estate program aired and the Provincial Government had to resort to covering up the abuse in the sect.  The Government has given AARC millions of dollars since the initial $600 000 payment arranged for Kids by Jim Dinning.

The defamation trial for my partner, the CBC and other victims of AARC is scheduled for 2021, twelve years after Christine was first sued.  Until that date, unless there is an open and public investigation into AARC, it's relationship to the Provincial Government and to the Calgary Police Service, I am going to use every means at my disposal to push for that long-overdue investigation.  To be clear, AARC is a child abuse cult and the tax-payers have been conned out of millions.  Male AARC graduates, none of whom are even fifty years of age yet, with most under forty, are dying at a minimum rate of otwo per year, many from suicide.  Nobody has ever undertaken to determine just how many people subjected to AARC are dead.  The methods used in AARC are proven to cause significant psychological harm, and the unregulated nature of the sect produces random acts of violence against the AARC subjects as a matter of course

It's child abuse, it's unlawful, and you don't have the right not to intervene.

Regards,

Greg Elliott
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