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Research Needed / Re: Michelle Latimer
« Last post by Sparks on November 18, 2021, 04:34:19 am »
URL (with numerous relevant links) for the article quoted in the previous comment:

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/michelle-latimer-drops-lawsuit-against-cbc/

For background to that article, see this one, too (by Brett Forester — May 26, 2021):

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/michelle-latimer-sues-cbc-for-200k-in-libel-damages/
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Research Needed / Re: Michelle Latimer
« Last post by Diana on November 18, 2021, 04:19:34 am »
Michelle Latimer drops lawsuit against CBC
Brett Forester
Nov 16, 2021


Filmmaker filed notice of discontinuance six months after suing broadcaster and four journalists


Award-winning filmmaker Michelle Latimer has dropped her defamation lawsuit against the CBC and four of its journalists, APTN News has learned.

The documentarian and former director of CBC’s acclaimed Trickster series filed a notice of discontinuance in civil court on Oct. 25, having never served the defendants with a statement of claim.

Latimer had six months to serve the document on the CBC’s Angela Sterritt, Gillian Deacon, Jorge Barrera and Ka’nhehsí:io Deer after it was issued on April 23, according to Ontario Superior Court of Justice rules.

That deadline expired two days before the discontinuance was filed. The document doesn’t explain why Latimer opted not to litigate the case, and her attorney didn’t reply to a request for comment.

Latimer had sought $200,000 in punitive or exemplary damages for what she alleged was “malicious, high-handed and arrogant conduct” by the broadcaster in covering the controversy around her identity.

Latimer said she was of “Algonquin, Métis and French heritage, from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (Maniwaki), Que.,” in an Aug. 14, 2020 National Film Board press release about her film Inconvenient Indian.

Four months later, CBC reported that members of the community, which sits about 100 km north of Ottawa, were scrutinizing the claim. The investigation included an independent genealogical reconstruction that found Latimer had two Indigenous ancestors dating back to the 17th century.

Latimer apologized, saying she made a mistake claiming community ties prematurely without verifying them. But scrutiny erupted into a scandal that sent shockwaves through the arts world and beyond, prompting heated public debate about Indigenous identity fraud.

The Globe and Mail published an opinion piece on the subject by Anishinaabe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor the day after the story broke. A few weeks later, Haida filmmaker Tamara Bell suggested new legislation, an Indigenous Identity Act, could be created to crack down on fraudsters and falsifiers

Latimer remained silent, however, until May 11 when she published a 5,000-word blog post titled, “In my own words.” She gave an exclusive interview to The Globe on the same day.

While admittedly not a member of Kitigan Zibi, Latimer doubled down on her assertion of Indigenous identity, rebuffed her critics and warned about the dangers of cancel culture.

“My ancestral connections are in relation to the history of the mixed Algonquin/French Canadian population of the Baskatong region of the Gatineau Valley,” Latimer wrote. “My direct bloodlines have been verified by multiple professional genealogists using source documentation evidence.”

Baskatong was a small village 70 km north of Kitgan Zibi inhabited by Algonquins and French Canadians that was flooded in 1927 and ceases to exist, Latimer wrote.

What she did not write, however, was that she had already quietly filed the statement of claim that contained many of the same allegations and assertions.

The lawsuit claimed CBC’s reporting was “false and defamatory” and “created a false narrative that Ms. Latimer was an imposter who had gained advantage by claiming an Indigenous background that she did not have.”

Latimer alleged she lost two film contracts, was asked to return her DOC Institute Vanguard Award, lost two opportunities to adapt projects into film, had all submissions bearing her name at the Canadian Screen Awards disqualified and had Inconvenient Indian pulled from film festivals.

“Ms. Latimer is—and has always self-identified as—a non-status Indigenous person of Algonquin and European heritage,” said the libel suit, adding that “she was entitled to a measure of solitude as to the precise outline of her indigeneity.”

The Métis National Council does not recognize the existence of historic Métis communities in Quebec.

The organization has noted in the past that court cases launched by eastern Métis groups asserting Aboriginal rights have failed.

APTN reached out to the CBC but the broadcaster declined to comment
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Frauds / Re: Jacob Chansley AKA Jake Angeli AKA Q Shaman, QAnon Terrorist
« Last post by educatedindian on November 18, 2021, 02:15:47 am »
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/qanon-shaman-sentenced-trump-capitol-riot_n_618d4779e4b04e5bdfccfadc

'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley, A Capitol Riot 'Flag-Bearer,' Sentenced To Prison
Jacob Chansley, whom prosecutors called “the public face of the Capitol riot,” received one of the harshest sentences of any Jan. 6 defendant to date.
By Ryan J. Reilly
11/17/2021 11:47am EST | Updated 7 hours ago
Jacob Chansley received one of the harshest sentences so far in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Jacob Chansley, the man federal prosecutors called “the public face of the Capitol riot,” was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison on Wednesday, one of the longest sentences handed down so far in connection with the events of Jan. 6.

Chansley, a 34-year-old Donald Trump supporter who was known as the “QAnon Shaman” and wore a viking hat with fur and horns and carried a spear bearing an American flag when he stormed the Capitol, was sentenced by Judge Royce C. Lamberth. Last week, Lamberth sentenced a New Jersey man who assaulted an officer outside of the Capitol on Jan. 6 to 41 months in federal prison.

“If the defendant had been peaceful on that day, your honor, we would not be here,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall told Lamberth on Wednesday.

“‘Times up, motherfuckers’ is not peaceful, your honor,” Paschall said, referencing what Chansley yelled in the Senate chamber. “That’s chilling.” She noted the letter Chansley left on Vice President Mike Pence’s desk ? which said, “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming.” ? was “not peaceful.” She called the note “a threat.”

Paschall said that while Chansley did not assault police that day, the judge should note the tenor of Jan. 6 and read the threatening note in that context. She also noted that Chansley called Pence “a fucking traitor” from the dais in the Senate.

“None of what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, was peaceful,” Paschall said, adding Chansley engaged in “obstructionist activities” that day. She asked the court to send a message to the “flag-bearer” of Jan. 6 and any other people, regardless of their political beliefs, that there are consequences for trying to obstruct American democracy.

Lamberth said what Chansley did was “horrific” and “terrible,” and that while he believed Chansley had indeed changed and was apologetic, that he would not depart from the sentencing guidelines (which suggested a minimum of 41 months) because of the “serious nature of the crime itself.”

Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September to a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding, was among the first 30 rioters to breach the Capitol on Jan. 6 and faced off with police officers outside the Senate chamber as senators scrambled to safety.

Speaking before Lamberth just before he was sentenced, Chansley thanked the judge for moving him to another jail where he could get an organic diet.

“I believe in freedom with all my heart and soul,” Chansley said. “But I also believe in law and order, because without law and order you can’t have freedom.”

Chansley said he came to understand why Lamberth kept him locked up pretrial, and said that “men of honor” admit when they’re wrong.

“I was in solitary confinement because of me, because of my decision. I broke the law, and if I believe in freedom, if I believe in law and order ... I should take responsibility,” Chansley said. “I needed the time to reevaluate.”

Chansley said he came to realize he was wrong for entering the Capitol, but said he was not “an insurrectionist” or “a domestic terrorist,” just “a good man who broke the law.” Chansley said he would “do everything differently” if he could go back and relive Jan. 6.

Minutes later, Chansley made his way inside the gallery of the U.S. Senate, where he yelled “time’s up motherfuckers” as other rioters rifled through senators’ desks in the chamber below. He eventually made his way to the floor of the Senate, where he took the seat that had been occupied by then-Vice President Mike Pence. Chansley called Pence “a fucking traitor” and left his letter on the desk.

Chansley’s attorney, Al Watkins, said in September that his client “REPUDIATES THE ‘Q’ MONIKER” and no longer wanted to be known as the QAnon Shaman and had started to move away from his belief in the QAnon conspiracy theory.

“Have I witnessed this traversing of a path away from QAnon by Jacob? Absolutely. Has he extricated himself such that his boots don’t smell of QAnon? No. No, it’s still there,” Watkins said. “And it’s going to take time.”

On Wednesday, Watkins said the court was in a “remarkably unique position” both to both hand out justice and to help bridge the political divide by showing mercy on Chansley.

“He is accountable, and wants to be held accountable,” Watkins said.

The government asked for a sentence of 51 months in federal prison, saying his criminal acts had “made him the public face of the Capitol riot.”

“Armed with a six-foot long spear, the defendant brazenly marched past dozens of law enforcement officers, with rioters throwing debris of all kind at those who opposed them, past broken windows and through doors ringing with alarm bells,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo. “The defendant was among the first 30 rioters to penetrate the U.S. Capitol building. The defendant then stalked the hallowed halls of the building, riling up other members of the mob with his screaming obscenities about our nation’s lawmakers, and flouting the ‘opportunity’ to rid our government of those he has long considered to be traitors.”

The Justice Department told Judge Lamberth that it was “important to convey to future rioters and would-be mob participants ? especially those who intend to improperly influence the democratic process ? that their actions will have consequences.”

The damage from Jan. 6, the DOJ argued, “will last far longer than the hours’ delay” in the certification of the results of the presidential election.

“The world watched the actions of this defendant and others on January 6, 2021 shake one of the foundations of our democracy ? the peaceful transfer of power after free and fair elections ? and has made us all question the safety and security of the country in which we live,” they wrote. “Those enormous harms, borne out of the acts of this defendant, must be deterred so that we never see a similar assault on our democracy again.”

Chansley’s attorney argued in a sentencing memo that his client has “mental health vulnerabilities” and showed “apparent Forest Gump-like obliviousness too much of the activity and many of the actions of those surrounding him as he approached, entered, and traversed the Capitol.” Chansley’s father was incarcerated for the “lion’s share” of Chansley’s life, and his stepfather ? who Chansley’s lawyer said imposed “extraordinary physical and mental abuse” on his client ? died by suicide in 2013. Chansley’s lawyer said his client has now been diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder, anxiety, and depression.

“Patience and compassion represent the only course that is medically appropriate, ethically appropriate, and legally appropriate,” Watkins wrote, asking the court to sentence his client to time served. “It is time for the Shaman to start on his journey to freedom ? not from jail, but from mental health infirmities of significance. It is time for Mr. Chansley to commence his journey from within.”
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Research Needed / Re: Anthony Barr — Ontario, Canada
« Last post by verity on November 18, 2021, 12:23:26 am »
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Anthony Barr Sacred Sevens
Jamuary 12
A few years ago I walked through the actual gates at Auschwitz Memorial with my partner. We performed a blessing clearing ceremony for dark energies still lingering there. I played my flute at the Ash pond where the remains of a million souls were deposited. We also offered 7 Crystals to that pond.

IMO, this is arrogantly rude and disrespectful.
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Research Needed / Re: Anthony Barr — Ontario, Canada
« Last post by verity on November 18, 2021, 12:08:48 am »
Anthony Barr's claimed ritual at the Auschwitz Memorial Museum is disrespectful, in my opinion.

http://sacred-sevens.com/house-land-clearing-ceremony/
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One question: The statement is not dated, so what is the context?

As far as I'm aware, from members of Arvol Looking Horse's family, the most recent version of this was signed this summer - Summer 2021
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Research Needed / Re: Anthony Barr — Ontario, Canada
« Last post by Sparks on November 17, 2021, 08:25:49 pm »
So what do we have so far? — Website: http://sacred-sevens.com/

Facebook presence: https://www.facebook.com/anthonybarr.sacredsevens/
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About
Anthony Barr: sound healer, flute player, ceremonialist, geomancer. He offers spiritual teachings through Sacred Sevens honouring Native American & Celtic traditions.

Link to Facebook video, where Reverend Sheila Black introduces Anthony Barr:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=925230681596134

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkUHk3GMHQ3btEJeWz8G0bA [SacredSevens]

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lr2clAR4Jw [Ley Lines and Vortices Creation Myth]

"He sure piles it on.” Yes, a familiar hodgepodge of silly New Age mumbo-jumbo, e.g.:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ley_line "Archaeologists and scientists regard ley lines as an example of pseudo-archaeology and pseudo-science."
https://www.livescience.com/41349-ley-lines.html
https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/unexplained-phenomena/ley-lines.htm
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Research Needed / Re: Anthony Barr — Ontario, Canada
« Last post by Sparks on November 17, 2021, 07:50:09 pm »
Check out Tony’s web page at  https://sacred-sevens.com/ 
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That website does not respond. Unsafe connection — "ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR".
Here's his site: http://sacred-sevens.com/

Yes, the issue was the "https://” — it’s now just "http://”.

The photo above is from here: http://sacred-sevens.com/personal-healing-ceremony/

Yes, still exactly identical to the screenshot I posted from the CBC article of July 27, 2020.
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Research Needed / Re: Anthony Barr — Ontario, Canada
« Last post by cellophane on November 17, 2021, 07:28:43 pm »
Here's his site:
http://sacred-sevens.com/
The photo above is from here:
http://sacred-sevens.com/personal-healing-ceremony/

He sure piles it on.
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