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The internet (outside this topic) doesn't have much information about Calo Teens, which is part of Embark, an umbrella corporation presiding over a number of residential treatment centers and wilderness programs across the United States (including Calo Preteens for children as young as nine). Long before it became a huge, well-respected corporation, it began with a teen program in Lake Ozark, Missouri called Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks, or CALO, a residential treatment center focused on treating (mostly) adopted teens with symptoms of attachment disorders. They have since rebranded to Calo Teens, but I’ll refer to it as “CALO” in this post. It has been several years since I left, and so I cannot speak directly to the state of the program now and intentionally write in the past tense. However, in providing a glimpse into the program as I knew it, I ask you to question whether a program like that could ever evolve into something entirely untainted. I refer to the teens (and preteens) who went through CALO as “students” just as they were referred to at the program. However, the level of enclosure and lack of real academic resources makes “inmate” more appropriate.

CALO was a facility considerably more restrictive than minimum security and some medium security prisons. Every aspect of our lives was controlled; where we went, who we talked to, what we talked about, what media we were exposed to, who was allowed to write us letters from outside (letters which were reviewed by therapists), our bodily functions, what we ate (and when the food budget was drastically cut), when we ate it, when we went to spiritual time (no matter what we believed or didn’t believe), and so much more. It was a textbook example of a total institution. The amount of psychological and emotional manipulation embedded into every dynamic we encountered is inarticulable. The kind of restrictions placed on us were severe and prolonged. The website used to claim that the average stay was 14-20 months (now the website claims 12-13 months) while the blog claimed 17, but this was just the average. On any given day, most students had no end in sight. Two years was not uncommon at all. A few students were there for as many as four. In many other parts of the US, even the most dysfunctional people are not placed in restrictive residential environments (and those are less restrictive than CALO) for more than 90 days. Length of stay was supposedly determined by a student’s progress. However, the normalization of the student’s stay often prolonged it, and the emotional and psychological toll being there had on students affected their therapeutic progress. Some parents used CALO as a way to “park” their child without proper regard to the detrimental effects such an environment would have. Therapists and staff seemed to demonstrate a mindset that one had to be fully “healed” to leave - and often that included a level of self acceptance, overcoming of trauma, and “healing” that many people outside of residential treatment never achieve. CALO was a horrendous abuse of a set of residential conditions that should be reserved only for individuals in extreme conditions, temporarily. It was certainly not the least restrictive environment for the vast majority of its students. Below, I include a very incomplete list of problematic aspects of CALO, but at the root of its atrocities is the sheer amount of time CALO students were incarcerated in such a place.
  • While I cannot go into admissions cases in great detail without betraying individuals’ personally identifying information, there were many students who never should have been sent to a place like CALO in the first place. In some cases, intake paperwork was falsified or exaggerated. One student (who was under 13) was accused of being promiscuous with her older teenage adoptive brother, who was in reality abusing her. Many students were never evaluated by mental health professionals until after they arrived. There were a handful of students who were good kids who got good grades and never got sent to the principal’s office, but who had issues (yes, sometimes severe issues) with their families. While no CALO student deserved the mismanagement/abuses of the place, it is more clearly absurd that these students were there, sometimes for up to two years despite good behavior and engagement in therapy. It goes without saying, but a large number were brought to CALO by in-house escort (kidnapping) services that literally tore them from their beds and brought them to CALO.
  • Staff requirements were very few. To be a staff member at CALO, one had to have a high school diploma or equivalent (though this was sometimes waived) and be at least 21 years of age (though this requirement was waived several times, including when the CEO's son was hired at age 19). They started at $9.00 per hour, and raises were few and far between. The amount of power and influence the staff had on our lives was enormous. Since we had two therapy sessions per week, the majority of the other 166 hours of the week were spent with staff. Staff notes and recommendations had major effects on the direction and perception of our “treatment” and “progress.” The dynamic between staff and students was comparable to the Stanford Prison Experiment. They were young, often well-meaning men and women. For many, CALO was the first place in which they were placed in a position of authority - and not just a position of authority, but a position that expected that they had wisdom and deserved respect. I think it really got to their heads.
  • Physical restraints were painful and sometimes broke bones. One student consistently had at least one broken wrist for over a year. Later, the restraint system was changed, but students still experienced injuries and pain. Staff often used escorts and holds as punishment and took their anger out on the students in them, sometimes causing students to struggle to breathe. Escorts and holds were especially abused and misused on chaotic nights, which often played out like battle scenes. Some nights were so chaotic that students had to take charge to restore peace and prevent staff from exasperating the problems.
  • There was a considerable amount of sexual abuse by staff. When reported, staff and therapists worked to discredit the victims who reported the incidents by using their diagnoses to convince the rest of the community and the victims themselves that they were liars and attention seekers. The staff involved were often not fired. In one case where a staff member molested several girls (including the “credible” ones, which caused a problem for the higher ups), he was merely moved to the boys’ side. There have also been several occasions (a small number of which were reported such as this one, which is fairly recent) of sex - from consensual (still prohibited) to rape - between staff and students. This was almost always hidden from the rest of the student community. When something occurred, it was very rare that anyone outside of the student and their therapist, and other administrators would know.
  • We had so, so, so many strip searches, or "VBCs." While this practice is normal in institutions like CALO, they were used very often and quite inconsistently. Of course, there were consequences for students who refused (safety closeness, "regroup," sometimes physical restraints), but staff and therapists on occasion implied that a student's receptiveness to and comfort with VBCs was a measure of their therapeutic progress (willingness to trust others).
  • Multiple girls were the object of male staff members’ fetishes and obsessions with control over women. This included the abuse of safety/general closeness (male staff forcing female students to remain within 6 feet of them at all times under the guise of them needing extra support or being unsafe). In some cases, the closeness was instituted to prevent the female students from escaping the male staff obsessed with them. Some male staff threatened female students by claiming they would tell their therapists that they weren’t making therapeutic progress (and thus would have to stay at CALO longer) if the girls refused to “work on” a trusting relationship with them.In practice, staff members, who were not trained mental health professionals, had an inappropriate amount of control over therapeutic diagnoses.
  • Due to the limited contact between therapists and students, staff became instrumental in determining whether girls had eating disorders. In many cases, girls were diagnosed with eating disorders (or simply treated as if they had one) based solely off staff perceptions that they were “too thin” (which was often medically inaccurate) or an irregular menstrual cycle. Girls placed on "meal closeness" were regularly inappropriately touched and teased by staff members (mostly male staff members) and forced to eat extra large amounts of food, sometimes amidst bullying chants orchestrated by staff. Staff saw fit to control girls' relationships with food down to the most micro-level interactions (and probably genuinely believed they were helping the girls progress therapeutically). In some cases, these girls gained and excessive amount of weight that was medically unhealthy, but it was only then that staff and therapists determined the girls were healthy and progressing therapeutically. Since girls on meal closeness were not allowed to know their weight, certain night staff traded sexual favors for weigh-ins. Certain girls who were larger in stature were conversely encouraged to starve themselves.
  • Despite the fact that its website now says it helps LGBT teens learn to accept themselves, it has a history of discriminating against LGBT students (and staff, but I’ll focus on students). Students who were gay were told by staff, therapists, and leadership that they would go to Hell. Symbols of the LGBT movement like the song “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga and objects/clothes with rainbow patterns were banned/confiscated. Students who were accused of “liking” each other were placed on a strict “no interactions” and sometimes physically restrained just for looking each other’s way. Homophobic staff lied to therapists to tell them that girls who were out as lesbians were “grooming” or in some cases molesting their peers. Certain therapists spent family sessions explaining to parents that being trans was “not a thing.” Students who stood up for their LGBT friends were occasionally punished by being placed on safety closeness (punishment, humiliation, therapeutic progress setback) for “harm to others” or “harm to the community.” I’ll reiterate that all of this took place in an enclosed environment where these students had no access to outside influences, validation, or support.
  • All student written products had to be accessible to staff or, in the case that a “journal agreement” was made, their therapists. Students did not have outlets of unsurveilled self expression.
  • Academics could hardly be equated to academic work. Though certain approved books were allowed, students were sometimes accused of not making therapeutic progress if they read them (meaning they would have to stay longer). Many students who left CALO had severe problems getting credit for their “academic” work in CALO, which complicated their ability to succeed academically. The quality (or lack thereof) of the education at CALO also made it difficult for former students to rejoin normal academic institutions.
  • Several students were forced to build parent-child relationships with parents who had abused them. In one case, a student who was sexually abused by her father for seven years was told she had to forgive him in order to leave. This student is one of many CALO students who have commit suicide.
Some past or present staff/leadership reading this may be horrified by what they perceive as false accusations. “Rewriting history,” the former CEO calls it, his attempt to call us liars without making us angry. That’s how CALO responds - sometimes more threateningly than others - to those who raise challenges.
Reading the bullet points I’ve written, the place I portrayed feels so removed from the normalcy of CALO life I experienced. Yet everything I wrote is factually accurate and, I repeat, incomplete (there is so much more that simply cannot be conveyed without revealing more personally identifying information). That’s what makes these programs complicated. Objectively, the place was horrific. Yet I left it confident that it was one of the good ones. On various networks, I often see Embark leadership sharing articles about childhood trauma and pictures of themselves at prestigious national conferences. Some staff - especially floor staff - aren’t comfortable with what goes on and they quit or get fired for challenging the status quo. But most employees take pride that each day, they help young people live better lives.

I’ll never convince those CALO employees that they are perpetrators of, complicit in, or negligent of the evil I present. I’m also aware that CALO has changed over the years, and there are many “generations” of students, each with unique experiences. But I argue that an organization that has seen the kinds of abuse I have described is problematic at the core. Even discounting each bullet point I wrote, the facility’s restrictiveness and average length of stay alone makes the program problematic.

I ask those who doubt me to think about what I would gain by spreading falsehoods about a little-known residential treatment center in the midwest. I am posting this anonymously and no one currently in my life knows I went to treatment, so attacking CALO does nothing to affect my reputation. I’m not seeking retribution, nor am I promoting legal action. This post will likely get buried and probably won’t prevent students from being sent to CALO. There is plenty of information about the horrors of these programs and parents continue to call upon their services. I’m also confident in CALO’s ability to convincingly discredit me.

Please, ask yourself why someone would invest so much time and energy into writing a post about a relatively obscure teens’ therapeutic facility just so it could get buried in this small corner of the internet.

The kinds of abuse kids suffer at programs like CALO are as intimately physical and manipulatively emotional as it gets. And the betrayal lies within every structure in society - the government that has passed laws against these “treatment methods” that still continue, the education system that failed us before (educational consultants who recommended the places) as well as during and after (depriving us of education that could enable us to move on), medicine (obvious), and family (also obvious). They will continue. They do continue. CALO lives on in Calo Teens and Calo Preteens and in every one of the programs scattered across the United States under Embark. To this day, Calo Teens is considered one of the good ones. But if you’ve read this far, one more person will have heard a different story.


(Originally posted on /r/troubledteens on Reddit)
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The internet doesn't have much information about Calo Teens, which is part of Embark, an umbrella corporation presiding over a number of residential treatment centers and wilderness programs across the United States (including Calo Preteens for children as young as nine). Long before it became a huge, well-respected corporation, it began with a teen program in Lake Ozark, Missouri called Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks, or CALO, a residential treatment center focused on treating (mostly) adopted teens with symptoms of attachment disorders. They have since rebranded to Calo Teens, but I’ll refer to it as “CALO” in this post. It has been several years since I left, and so I cannot speak directly to the state of the program now and intentionally write in the past tense. However, in providing a glimpse into the program as I knew it, I ask you to question whether a program like that could ever evolve into something entirely untainted. I refer to the teens (and preteens) who went through CALO as “students” just as they were referred to at the program. However, the level of enclosure and lack of real academic resources makes “inmate” more appropriate.

CALO was a facility considerably more restrictive than minimum security and some medium security prisons. Every aspect of our lives was controlled; where we went, who we talked to, what we talked about, what media we were exposed to, who was allowed to write us letters from outside (letters which were reviewed by therapists), our bodily functions, what we ate (and when the food budget was drastically cut), when we ate it, when we went to spiritual time (no matter what we believed or didn’t believe), and so much more. It was a textbook example of a total institution. The amount of psychological and emotional manipulation embedded into every dynamic we encountered is inarticulable. The kind of restrictions placed on us were severe and prolonged. The website used to claim that the average stay was 14-20 months (now the website claims 12-13 months) while the blog claimed 17, but this was just the average. On any given day, most students had no end in sight. Two years was not uncommon at all. A few students were there for as many as four. In many other parts of the US, even the most dysfunctional people are not placed in restrictive residential environments (and those are less restrictive than CALO) for more than 90 days. Length of stay was supposedly determined by a student’s progress. However, the normalization of the student’s stay often prolonged it, and the emotional and psychological toll being there had on students affected their therapeutic progress. Some parents used CALO as a way to “park” their child without proper regard to the detrimental effects such an environment would have. Therapists and staff seemed to demonstrate a mindset that one had to be fully “healed” to leave - and often that included a level of self acceptance, overcoming of trauma, and “healing” that many people outside of residential treatment never achieve. CALO was a horrendous abuse of a set of residential conditions that should be reserved only for individuals in extreme conditions, temporarily. It was certainly not the least restrictive environment for the vast majority of its students. Below, I include a very incomplete list of problematic aspects of CALO, but at the root of its atrocities is the sheer amount of time CALO students were incarcerated in such a place.
  • While I cannot go into admissions cases in great detail without betraying individuals’ personally identifying information, there were many students who never should have been sent to a place like CALO in the first place. In some cases, intake paperwork was falsified or exaggerated. One student (who was under 13) was accused of being promiscuous with her older teenage adoptive brother, who was in reality abusing her. Many students were never evaluated by mental health professionals until after they arrived. There were a handful of students who were good kids who got good grades and never got sent to the principal’s office, but who had issues (yes, sometimes severe issues) with their families. While no CALO student deserved the mismanagement/abuses of the place, it is more clearly absurd that these students were there, sometimes for up to two years despite good behavior and engagement in therapy. It goes without saying, but a large number were brought to CALO by in-house escort (kidnapping) services that literally tore them from their beds and brought them to CALO.
  • Staff requirements were very few. To be a staff member at CALO, one had to have a high school diploma or equivalent (though this was sometimes waived) and be at least 21 years of age (though this requirement was waived several times, including when the CEO's son was hired at age 19). They started at $9.00 per hour, and raises were few and far between. The amount of power and influence the staff had on our lives was enormous. Since we had two therapy sessions per week, the majority of the other 166 hours of the week were spent with staff. Staff notes and recommendations had major effects on the direction and perception of our “treatment” and “progress.” The dynamic between staff and students was comparable to the Stanford Prison Experiment. They were young, often well-meaning men and women. For many, CALO was the first place in which they were placed in a position of authority - and not just a position of authority, but a position that expected that they had wisdom and deserved respect. I think it really got to their heads.
  • Physical restraints were painful and sometimes broke bones. One student consistently had at least one broken wrist for over a year. Later, the restraint system was changed, but students still experienced injuries and pain. Staff often used escorts and holds as punishment and took their anger out on the students in them, sometimes causing students to struggle to breathe. Escorts and holds were especially abused and misused on chaotic nights, which often played out like battle scenes. Some nights were so chaotic that students had to take charge to restore peace and prevent staff from exasperating the problems.
  • There was a considerable amount of sexual abuse by staff. When reported, staff and therapists worked to discredit the victims who reported the incidents by using their diagnoses to convince the rest of the community and the victims themselves that they were liars and attention seekers. The staff involved were often not fired. In one case where a staff member molested several girls (including the “credible” ones, which caused a problem for the higher ups), he was merely moved to the boys’ side. There have also been several occasions (a small number of which were reported such as this one, which is fairly recent) of sex - from consensual (still prohibited) to rape - between staff and students. This was almost always hidden from the rest of the student community. When something occurred, it was very rare that anyone outside of the student and their therapist, and other administrators would know.
  • We had so, so, so many strip searches, or "VBCs." While this practice is normal in institutions like CALO, they were used very often and quite inconsistently. Of course, there were consequences for students who refused (safety closeness, "regroup," sometimes physical restraints), but staff and therapists on occasion implied that a student's receptiveness to and comfort with VBCs was a measure of their therapeutic progress (willingness to trust others).
  • Multiple girls were the object of male staff members’ fetishes and obsessions with control over women. This included the abuse of safety/general closeness (male staff forcing female students to remain within 6 feet of them at all times under the guise of them needing extra support or being unsafe). In some cases, the closeness was instituted to prevent the female students from escaping the male staff obsessed with them. Some male staff threatened female students by claiming they would tell their therapists that they weren’t making therapeutic progress (and thus would have to stay at CALO longer) if the girls refused to “work on” a trusting relationship with them.In practice, staff members, who were not trained mental health professionals, had an inappropriate amount of control over therapeutic diagnoses.
  • Due to the limited contact between therapists and students, staff became instrumental in determining whether girls had eating disorders. In many cases, girls were diagnosed with eating disorders (or simply treated as if they had one) based solely off staff perceptions that they were “too thin” (which was often medically inaccurate) or an irregular menstrual cycle. Girls placed on "meal closeness" were regularly inappropriately touched and teased by staff members (mostly male staff members) and forced to eat extra large amounts of food, sometimes amidst bullying chants orchestrated by staff. Staff saw fit to control girls' relationships with food down to the most micro-level interactions (and probably genuinely believed they were helping the girls progress therapeutically). In some cases, these girls gained and excessive amount of weight that was medically unhealthy, but it was only then that staff and therapists determined the girls were healthy and progressing therapeutically. Since girls on meal closeness were not allowed to know their weight, certain night staff traded sexual favors for weigh-ins. Certain girls who were larger in stature were conversely encouraged to starve themselves.
  • Despite the fact that its website now says it helps LGBT teens learn to accept themselves, it has a history of discriminating against LGBT students (and staff, but I’ll focus on students). Students who were gay were told by staff, therapists, and leadership that they would go to Hell. Symbols of the LGBT movement like the song “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga and objects/clothes with rainbow patterns were banned/confiscated. Students who were accused of “liking” each other were placed on a strict “no interactions” and sometimes physically restrained just for looking each other’s way. Homophobic staff lied to therapists to tell them that girls who were out as lesbians were “grooming” or in some cases molesting their peers. Certain therapists spent family sessions explaining to parents that being trans was “not a thing.” Students who stood up for their LGBT friends were occasionally punished by being placed on safety closeness (punishment, humiliation, therapeutic progress setback) for “harm to others” or “harm to the community.” I’ll reiterate that all of this took place in an enclosed environment where these students had no access to outside influences, validation, or support.
  • All student written products had to be accessible to staff or, in the case that a “journal agreement” was made, their therapists. Students did not have outlets of unsurveilled self expression.
  • Academics could hardly be equated to academic work. Though certain approved books were allowed, students were sometimes accused of not making therapeutic progress if they read them (meaning they would have to stay longer). Many students who left CALO had severe problems getting credit for their “academic” work in CALO, which complicated their ability to succeed academically. The quality (or lack thereof) of the education at CALO also made it difficult for former students to rejoin normal academic institutions.
  • Several students were forced to build parent-child relationships with parents who had abused them. In one case, a student who was sexually abused by her father for seven years was told she had to forgive him in order to leave. This student is one of many CALO students who have commit suicide.
Some past or present staff/leadership reading this may be horrified by what they perceive as false accusations. “Rewriting history,” the former CEO calls it, his attempt to call us liars without making us angry. That’s how CALO responds - sometimes more threateningly than others - to those who raise challenges.
Reading the bullet points I’ve written, the place I portrayed feels so removed from the normalcy of CALO life I experienced. Yet everything I wrote is factually accurate and, I repeat, incomplete (there is so much more that simply cannot be conveyed without revealing more personally identifying information). That’s what makes these programs complicated. Objectively, the place was horrific. Yet I left it confident that it was one of the good ones. On various networks, I often see Embark leadership sharing articles about childhood trauma and pictures of themselves at prestigious national conferences. Some staff - especially floor staff - aren’t comfortable with what goes on and they quit or get fired for challenging the status quo. But most employees take pride that each day, they help young people live better lives.

I’ll never convince those CALO employees that they are perpetrators of, complicit in, or negligent of the evil I present. I’m also aware that CALO has changed over the years, and there are many “generations” of students, each with unique experiences. But I argue that an organization that has seen the kinds of abuse I have described is problematic at the core. Even discounting each bullet point I wrote, the facility’s restrictiveness and average length of stay alone makes the program problematic.

I ask those who doubt me to think about what I would gain by spreading falsehoods about a little-known residential treatment center in the midwest. I am posting this anonymously and no one currently in my life knows I went to treatment, so attacking CALO does nothing to affect my reputation. I’m not seeking retribution, nor am I promoting legal action. This post will likely get buried and probably won’t prevent students from being sent to CALO. There is plenty of information about the horrors of these programs and parents continue to call upon their services. I’m also confident in CALO’s ability to convincingly discredit me.

Please, ask yourself why someone would invest so much time and energy into writing a post about a relatively obscure teens’ therapeutic facility just so it could get buried in this small corner of the internet.

The kinds of abuse kids suffer at programs like CALO are as intimately physical and manipulatively emotional as it gets. And the betrayal lies within every structure in society - the government that has passed laws against these “treatment methods” that still continue, the education system that failed us before (educational consultants who recommended the places) as well as during and after (depriving us of education that could enable us to move on), medicine (obvious), and family (also obvious). They will continue. They do continue. CALO lives on in Calo Teens and Calo Preteens and in every one of the programs scattered across the United States under Embark. To this day, Calo Teens is considered one of the good ones. But if you’ve read this far, one more person will have heard a different story.


(Originally posted on /r/troubledteens on Reddit)
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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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