When British Columbians head to the polls May 14, will they be educated about their provincial government, and the chicanery of Christy Clark's BC Liberals? Of course not. Join Mark as he talks to Joe Trasolini, incumbent NDP MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam, about the Little Mountain "relocation" scandal, which has forced taxpayers to house former Little Mountain residents in expensive private market housing. And the ongoing cover-up, by BC Housing, of a damning report from the Office of the Comptroller General. It's investigative reporting, Roadkill-style!
Kari Simpson and Ron Gray continue their recent discussion with Jim Hnatiuk, leader of Canada's socially and fiscally conservative Christian Heritage Party. As former leader of the same party, Ron Gray has intimate knowledge of the party's history, and his successor Mr. Hnatiuk spells out the current state and plans for the future. Tune in to hear Kari Simpson's rationale for her suggestion that the party would serve the public better if it changed its name to the all-inclusive, all-welcoming (and more accurate) name of "Canadian Heritage Party".
Mark Hasiuk is joined by Diane Watts, researcher for Real Women of Canada (.ca), who expresses her organization's stance on such varied topics as equality in the work place, abortion, family rights, child care, abuse, slut-walking, and feminism as a socialist agenda. Tune in to hear a Real Woman of Canada who believes that women – as equals to men – are not to be coddled as a weak, needy, special interest group.
In the first of two parts, Kari Simpson and Ron Gray speak with Jim Hnatiuk, leader of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada. Mr. Hnatiuk discusses the government's new Office of Religious Freedom, and exposes it as a ploy to further destroy the Canadian culture by devaluing the very values on which this country was built.
More than 1,200 people in the UK—mostly young ‘social media’ users—were actually jailed last year for things they posted on networking sites like FaceBook and Twitter, writes Philip Hodges of GodfatherPolitics. He worries that the trend could come across the Atlantic to the USA and Canada.
“We are headed in the same direction,” Hodges writes. “People have already been arrested and detained [in the U.S.] for things they’ve said on Facebook and Twitter, and even on radio talk shows. However, nothing was done about all those murderous rants against Romney on Twitter.
“Politicians talk a great deal about preventing terrorism and protecting people from Internet child pornography. But it’s clear all they really want to do is silence their opposition.”
In the UK, the arrests were for posting electronic messages that are “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.”
“More than 1,200 (mostly young) people were convicted last year, up from 873 in 2009,” he wrote.
“Those who voice their opinions on social networking sites are doing just that… voicing their opinions. Their statements aren’t meant to threaten any particular person. They’re meant to be seen by their ‘friend’ audience… If you are truly offended by something someone said, ‘unfriend’ that person… All it takes is one call from a disgruntled viewer, and that’s all it takes to land you jail.”
Ron Gray takes us into the original Supreme Court of British Columbia trial in which Kari Simpson's lawsuit against shock jock Rafe Mair and his radio station was heard by Justice Mary Marvyn Koenigsberg who – unbeknownst to Simpson at the time – was embroiled in her own anti-defamation lawsuit. You'll hear the arguments made in defence of Rafe Mair's outlandish lies and slanders against an innocent defender of family rights, and hear why "Justice" Koenigsberg might be inclined to look the other way.
Mark Hasiuk speaks with John Stackhouse, journalist and theologian. Among the topics: How questioning your faith can make you much stronger and more fulfilled. Professor Stackhouse, a prolific writer, currently teaches at Regent College in Vancouver, BC.
This week Kari Simpson and Ron Gray speak with Sal Vetro, the interim president of the Bc First Party. Mr. Vetro describes his party's philosophy of breaking party lines in order to support the best overall candidates who will represent the interests of BC residents, not just special interest groups and corporations. Imagine that: a party for All the People!
Kari Simpson and Ron Gray speak with lawyer and respected pro-life activist Rebecca Kiessling, who is a product of a rape and a survivor of two near-abortions. Ms. Kiessling tells her personal story, a story about a life – her life – that was spared from death by abortion, protected by law, and testifies as to why abortion is not simply a woman’s choice over her body alone. This is a must listen-to show, Ms. Kiessling’s story should be told in every home and classroom of the nation. The interview features insight into Ms. Kiessling’s recent debate with the radical feminist, pro-abortion propagandist Gloria Allred on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.
Ron Gray recounts the period of time in 1997 when Rafe Mair and other talk show hosts on radio station CKNW deliberately silenced a story that other news outlets were featuring in front page headlines and top stories- some for 3 days straight! In an obvious attempt to bolster Rafe Mair’s lies about Kari Simpson, CKNW scandalously kept its listeners from the truth – only presenting Mair’s continuing vilification of Simpson and refusing to inform listeners about the true facts!
Month after month—and in some cases week after week—Rafe Mair’s malicious tirades against Kari Simpson were blasted across the airwaves, and trumpeted from the pages of newspapers and Internet blogs.
Let me read some examples—and show how false they were:
• May 8, 1997, Rafe said, “I received a letter from her accusing me of being in favour of throwing young boys’ bodies to the tender mercies of predatory males…” He repeated this accusation at least six times.
The Fact: Kari’s letter asked—rhetorically—“I trust that upon your read of this that you will understand that the agenda far and exceeds the fluff; but then again, maybe you believe 13-year-old boys enjoy giving their bodies to men in exchange for frivolity.” The question was accompanied by a reprint of an article in Xtra West alleging that the boys in the Maple Leaf Gardens scandal willingly exchanged sexual favours for hockey tickets.
Rafe is a writer; he knows the difference between a rhetorical question and an accusation. But he chose to ignore that distinction, and make a false accusation of his own.
• Dec. 8, 1997, Rafe stated that Kari’s “motivations seem to come from the Reverend Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority.”
The fact: Kari informed Rafe that, although she had heard Falwell’s name, she’d never heard him speak, nor read anything he wrote. Yet Rafe continued to link Kari’s name to Falwell’s.
• Dec. 11, 1997, Rafe said, “I have no idea whether or not she is anti-semitic; I don’t think she is, though; and I’ve never said she is, and I have no reason to say that she is. But, you know, there is an old saying which has resonance: ‘You look like a crow, call like a crow and nest with crows, chances are you’re a crow.’ I have no doubt that if Jerry Falwell, an admitted gay-basher and a demonstrable anti-semite, were to come to this area, that the people who support Kari Simpson’s stand on homosexuality would flock to hear him…”
The facts: Kari is provably NOT an anti-semite. But by alleging that Falwell is an anti-semite and anti-gay, and falsely linking Kari’s name to his, Rafe uses “guilt by association”—an association that never existed—to vilify her reputation.
At the very least, that’s yellow journalism; at the worst, it’s malicious defamation, and promoting hatred and contempt. Defamation is either an actionable civil offence, or a crime, or both—unless the legal brotherhood protects you.
Kari told Rafe—in the same letter that he mis-quotes as an accusation of pedophile sympathies, so we know he read it—that “I am no moral Puritan, but I am informed; my involvement in this difficult issue results from a concern based in fact, not ignorance nor bigotry.” Yet Rafe declared “this is a religious war, not educational.”
• Feb. 8, 1988, Rafe made reference to “Kari Simpson’s fundamentalists…”
The facts: What does Rafe mean by “fundamentalist”? Who knows? He simply uses the word as a pejorative. It actually refers to an intellectual defence of Biblical Christianity mounted by a group of scholars at Princeton University before the First World War. No one has ever demonstrated a link between Kari Simpson and fundamentalism—but that didn’t seem to matter to Rafe, when an easy slur was close at hand.
• Oct. 24, 1999, Rafe wrote (online): “What the likes of Kari Simpson—whose mind is so narrow it’s as invisible as electricity—want us to believe is that the words ‘homosexual’ and pedophile are synonymous…”
The fact: This is simply an outright lie: Kari has never equated homosexuality and pedophilia. Never. And Rafe has never been able to produce any defence of this accusation. And he never will be able to, because it’s untrue.
• Oct. 25, 1999, Rafe Mair opened his program by saying, “I really hate to give Kari Simpson any more publicity—something she soaks up like a blotter—but she’s become such a menace, I really think something must be said…”
After listing a number of civil rights successes Kari brought to Rafe’s radio program, Rafe said, “I listened to the tape of the parents’ meeting… where Kari harangues the crowd.”
Not “spoke to”, but “harangued”. Note how Rafe puts a spin on every sentence, by the language he chooses. He continued: “… in my minds eye I could see Governor Wallace of Alabama, standing on the steps of a school-house, shouting to the crowds that ‘no nigras’ would get into Alabama schools as long as he was governor.”
The facts: Assuredly, there is no need for me to point out the non-sequitur and the fallacy of trying to hang George Wallace’s racism on Kari Simpson; but for those who do not know her, let me assert that Kari—who grew up and went to school in a predominantly Black neighbourhood in California, and earned her fellow-students’ respect—does not have a racist bone in her body!
I’ve only cited six of more than 40 hate-inducing editorials Rafe Mair broadcast or wrote about Kari Simpson. I’m sure that by now, you get the degree of vicious intent. The important point is that those entrusted with the “bully pulpit” of the media have an ethical obligation not to abuse that power in a calculated campaign to manufacture a false reputation for anyone whose political influence they fear; and still less to pander to the economic powerhouse of the ‘gay’ lobby.
Repeatedly, Kari Simpson wrote him letters that proclaimed: “You’re wrong, Rafe!”—and provided him and his employers with evidence.
At one time, Rafe Mair’s producer had scheduled a debate between later became an NDP MLA, objected (according to Rafe’s producer, quoted in a court transcript):
“That would be like debating a white supremacist.”
He refused to debate Kari. So Rafe cancelled Kari, allowing Stevenson to go on the air unchallenged.
It was uncharacteristic of Rafe Mair, the award-winning broadcaster, to cow to the dishonest whim of a politician. But he did.
Yet Rafe and Kari certainly discussed the issue in detail: March 24, 1997, Kari was guest on a program which Rafe devoted entirely to discussion of the promotion of pro-homosexual education in the public schools. The NDP had just passed a resolution at its convention, calling for — quote — “the necessary curricular changes to promote the education of issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth.” Unquote.
That sentence is worth careful parsing. Notice that it does not call for comprehensive education of our children about homosexuality—that is, education that would not only argue for the human rights of GLBT persons, but would also inform students of the dire health and financial consequences of homosexual behaviour.
So what was the outcome of all Kari’s information and her corrections of misinformation? Come back next week.
No one can say for sure what sank the Titanic of BC broadcasting, the Dynamic Duo of Rafe Mair and Kari Simpson; but we can observe some of the events that ran the ship aground.
Remember that Kari’s appearances on Rafe Mair’s radio talk show were only a small part of her work in the 1990s; the vast majority of her time was spent running the Citizens’ Research Institute, defending families before provincial bureaucrats, and speaking at public rallies.
Some of those rallies got so rambunctious, the managers of the venues where Kari spoke required her to hire police. It wasn’t that Kari riled up or incited the crowds; but the International Socialists—who had made death threats against Kari and her family—were always a danger to the public peace. So Kari complied, and hired off-duty cops to keep the peace.
One of the families Kari defended had expressed concern that their son’s Kindergarten and Grade One teacher, one James Chamberlain, was violating the provincial Education Ministry’s requirement that parents were to be advised if sensitive matters, such as sexual orientation, were to be discussed in the classroom. These particular parents felt that sexual orientation was no appropriate for Kindergarten and Grade One students. Furthermore, they were Christians who objected to the fact that Chamberlain required students to, in his words, “leave their religious beliefs at the classroom door.”
Chamberlain was an outspoken homosexual activist, and he brought his ideas into the classroom, to present them to his 5- and 6-year-old pupils. Kari agreed with the parents who wanted to pull their son out of range of his indoctrination.
Chamberlain was also the teacher at the centre of a high-profile cause celebre called the “Surrey Books Case”, in which he introduced three books into his classroom—books that extolled homosexual households as “normal”.
Let me digress here to add a word of personal witness: in 2009, I attended a “conference” to teach teachers how to make their classrooms more ‘gay’-friendly. James Chamberlain was one of the teachers’ instructors. In the session I participated in, Chamberlain explained to the teachers his theory of how the word “faggot” came to be applied to homosexual men. It’s a wild fantasy!
In the Middle Ages, said Chamberlain, when witches were being burned at the stake, the bodies of homosexual men were used as kindling to start the fire.
If you consult the proprietor of a crematorium, you’ll learn that the human body, which is more than 70% water, is very, very hard to burn; crematoria have to use natural gas or oil to generate a temperature of about 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
In short: you cannot use corpses as kindling to start a fire; but in James Chamberlain’s fantasy world, that illusion has become a “fact” he can teach. You have to wonder what he teachers Grade One and Kindergarten students, once he has them under his autonomous control?!?
An important distinction has to be made here: Kari Simpson was never involved in the “Surrey Books” Case; but she did help parents defend their decision to take their son out of Chamberlain’s class. However, Rafe Mair, in several broadcasts, accused Kari of not only being involved in the book case, but insisted that her motivation for helping the parents withdraw their son was—not that the teachers was violating the parents rights; but that the teacher was gay.
That’s ironic, because Kari is on record as saying that the books should be allowed in schools, as long as parents’ right to be informed was respected. But Rafe continued to confuse the issues, and—astonishingly—later on the courts would compound the error by citing as “fact” the very accusation that was at issue in a defamation lawsuit!
Rafe was wrong; Kari wrote to him and to the radio station to inform them that he was wrong. But Rafe’s tirades continued—and they worsened. Eventually, he was comparing Kari to skin-heads, to the Ku Klux Klan, to Nazis—even to Adolf Hitler!
His campaign of hate went on for two years, comprising more than 40 editorials. By re-using material to get maximum mileage out of his writing, Rafe broadcast them, ran them in print, and posted them on various Internet blogs.
Finally, to stop the stream of hatred and defamation, Kari sued.
And just wait until you hear how Canada’s so-called “justice” system handled that case! But we’ll get into that next week.
ROADKILL RADIO NEWS RELEASE
July 6, 2012
For immediate release
Letter sent to PM Harper today
BC Social activist targets judges, lawyers and media in her
demand for a parliamentary inquiry into judicial corruption
LANGLEY, BC, July 6, 2012 (RoadKillRadio.com)—BC social activist Kari Simpson has asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a parliamentary inquiry into judicial corruption in Canada’s courts.
Charging malfeasance by judges and lawyers in her own defamation lawsuit against broadcaster Rafe Mair, Simpson outlines in a letter to the Prime Minister details about judges who should not have been on the bench, other judges who covered for them, lawyers who failed to follow the rules in drafting her case, and how the Supreme Court changed the rules and then denied Simpson the right to have her case heard in light of the new legal test.
The record of corruption by both judges and lawyers illustrates why the public has lost faith in Canada’s justice system, Simpson says. “When the very people who are supposed to protect the Rule of Law bring the law into disrepute, it’s time for Parliament to act,” she says.
In her letter to the Prime Minister and the accompanying summary brief, Simpson draws attention to Section 101 of the Constitution Act, which gives Parliament the authority to set up a superior court of appeals whenever the justice system falls into disrepute. The 15 pointed questions she asks the Prime Minister to answer bring to light disturbing facts, and reveal a troubled and broken court system.
Simpson states: “I write to apprise you of a serious matter that requires your attention. The information contained herein details a level of corruption and contempt for the Rule of Law within our courts that can no longer be ignored. The egregious conduct blatantly and arrogantly displayed by those who are sworn members of the judiciary warrant, at the very least, a parliamentary inquiry.”
The troubling events detailed in Simpson’s letter and brief to the Prime Minister flow from a lawsuit she initiated in 1999 against former radio talk show host Rafe Mair and his radio station, CKNW.
Beginning in 1997, Mair had launched a two-year campaign of hate and lies about Simpson. He published more than 40 hate-filled editorials on air, in print, and on-line that maligned her, fabricating events that falsely represented her and her motives in her social advocacy work defending parents’ rights within the public school system.
The case eventually went to the Supreme Court of Canada. In its decision the SCC “modified” (i.e., changed) the legal test for a defence of “honest belief”—but failed to order a new trial so the facts of the case could be heard and considered according to the new test. Ironically, the case of WIC v. SIMPSON had been cited in a subsequent trial as a precedent that showed why a new trial should be ordered. But instead, the high court found in favour of Mair and restored the original trial judge’s decision. However, the original trial judge was not qualified to preside over the case, because at the time she was herself embroiled in scandal that involved two similar defamation suits against her spouse, and her own culpability in the fraudulent conveyance of property in an unlawful attempt to protect the assets from legal claim.
The SCC also repeated from the bench demonstrably false accusations made by Mair against Simpson, thus compounding and bolstering the harm to her reputation.
Simpson names names in her briefing document. She accuses BC Supreme Court Justice Mary Marvyn Koenigsberg, Rafe Mair and Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada of publishing defamatory lies and violating the law. Simpson’s brief is meticulous in referencing dates and events, including a comparative timeline that demonstrates the illegal activities, bias and conflicts of the trial judge.
Simpson’s letter to the Prime Minister is only the kick-off in her Drive for Justice campaign, which she asserts is “a campaign that will not stop until justice is not only done, but seen to be done.” Simpson’s closing remarks to Harper clearly define the problem. She says, “The events detailed herein depict a constitutional calamity of epic proportions, and should deservedly shake the judicial establishment to its core.”
Kari Simpson, a middle child, was born in Southern California to Canadian parents who were then living and doing business in USA. She says her mother reminded her often about her earlier-than-normal talents for talking, walking—and determination. Kari’s family lived in the exclusive upper-middle-class community of Rolling Hills, she spent her childhood days playing in the ocean and riding horses. Her parents, like so many other trendy Californians, divorced when she was seven.
Her mother remarried, and the family grew by two more kids—an older step-brother and sister—and her life’s adventures grew as well, to now include winter fun skiing at Mammoth, and week-ends sailing to Catalina.
At around age 10 her mother decided to sell the family home and move into a house still owned by her stepfather. It was quite a departure from the life she had grown up with thus far. Gone were the open spaces of the sprawling canyon playground that was her backyard, gone was the security of a community where law and order prevailed, gone were the lively parties.
“We moved to Carson, CA,” she recalls, “I was enrolled in Annalee Elementary, where we were three among only about ten white kids. I had never seen a metal detector at school, until we went there.” In Grade 5, she recalls her friend, Sam, packing a gun for protection while she rode on the handlebars of his bicycle. “It wasn’t boring; I learned a lot.”
This experiment ended soon after step-father’s new Cadillac was stolen from their garage. The family moved close to previous their location, to the coastal community of Palos Verdes.
In the summer of 1974 they returned to Canada on a holiday to Vancouver Island; her Mom, deciding to “get back to nature”, bought a small farm near Qualicum Beach. Kari and her siblings were soon milking goats, keeping chickens and learning all the other aspects of a pretty primitive farm lifestyle.
Because she was ahead of the other students in her grade at school, Kari was placed on half-days, and spent the rest of her time working on earning her private pilot’s license; a quick study, she completed that program at age 15, but had to wait another year to obtain her license. In the meantime, she completed her multi-engine and IFR certifications.
She qualified for her commercial license, but once again had to wait until she was 18 to get the papers. At that point, she became one of the youngest commercial pilots in Canada.
Engaged and living with her fiancé Sean, an aircraft maintenance engineer, she continued to fly commercially until she became pregnant. Her doctor recommended an abortion to protect her career; Kari tells me she just about decked the doc!
It was also a pivotal moment for Kari in the politics of life, one that would grow into Kari becoming a formidable and fierce defender of life and protecting the rights of the unborn.
Now happily pregnant, Kari and Sean did what trendy parents do: they planned their careers to now include a nanny. Kari says, laughing, “It made perfect sense, stay home with baby for three months, and then get a nanny so I could carry on with MY self-focused life. That plan only lasted until a beautiful miracle named Katherine was placed in my arms, it took less than instant to realize that nobody else was going to raise our baby!”
Life progressed, and soon there were four happy children in the busy Simpson household. One morning, while they were living in Richmond, BC, in 1987, Kari got a frantic phone call from a friend. Her husband was being investigated and social workers wanted to apprehend their children. The father had been accused of touching his daughter in the area covered by her bathing suit, a disclosure reported by a teacher.
Kari began checking the “child protection program” (called CARE), offered at her friend’s school; she was given details by a psychologist at the University of Alberta; she was also informed that school principal Allan Garneau knew about the program.
Looking for more information, Kari also called CKNW and talked to Rafe Mair’s producer; she asked “Have you had anyone on your broadcast to talk about this school program?” The producer said, “No; what do you know about it?” The producer’s own daughter had been through the program, Kari learned, and grew so afraid of her father that she slept with a baseball bat.
“Will you come do the show?” asked Mair’s producer.
“The principal would be better,” said Kari.
“We’ll get him too; but we’d like a parent,” said Rafe’s producer.
“If the principal will do it, I will, too.”
Allan Garneau had done research on the “child protection program”, and refused to have it in his school.
The day before they were both to appear on the Rafe Mair broadcast, Allan Garneau called to say that he’d been told that if he did the show there would be “consequences.” He subsequently left the public system and started a successful private school.
Kari did the show, and began to get phone calls from people whose children had been apprehended. Kari phoned the school of social work and asked, “What are you teaching in this program?”
CKNW kept getting calls, and asked Kari to come back and do another show… and another, then another. Soon she was a regular weekly guest on the Rafe Mair program. Other program hosts also wanted Kari as a guest, but Rafe insisted she was his “property”.
As a result of the programs Kari did with Rafe Mair, the Social Credit government of the day became rather upset. Finally, Social Services Minister Norm Jacobson challenged Kari to a public inquiry. Ombudsman Stephen Owen conducted the inquiry, and in 1991 his Public Report #24 showed there was, indeed, a serious problem.
Jacobson apologized to Kari, and set in motion better laws to protect families from government abuse. Regrettably, the Social Credit government was defeated by the anti-family, pro big union, pro big government NDP
In 1993 the new NDP government brought in the Infants Act, which ignored parental rights, overstepped boundaries and in effect made parents irrelevant.
“The Infants Act was amended to treat all minors the same way,” claimed Health Minister Elizabeth Cull. “Under the old law, people between the ages of 16 and 18 needed parental consent before getting medical treatment. For those under 16, Common Law applied, which meant doctors could treat them without consulting parents or guardians.”
“That was not true,” says Kari. “Obviously, the government was hell-bent on violating the rights of parents, so we took them to court. In March of 1993, we petitioned the court for a declaration that Sec 16 violates Sec 2 (a) & (b) and Sec 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
But a radical, pro-choice judge and the Attorney-General’s lawyer (an NDP hack who is now a provincial judge) ruled that a doctor can decide, as long as child agrees and the doctor believes that the proposed treatment is “in the best interest of child”.
Parents became irrelevant.
A key point at issue in the case was whether adolescent girls could get abortions without their parents’ consent—or even informing the parents. The NDP and court officials sympathetic to the Left let it happen. Rafe Mair and Kari did many shows on the Infants Act.
In March, 1993, Rafe Mair endorsed Kari’s nomination for ‘Woman of Distinction Award’, saying he was “110% behind her.”
In the mid 1990’s, as a result of the respect Kari had earned for her work protecting children and families, she was appointed to serve in a quasi judicial capacity on the BC Child and Family Review Board. During this time Kari got a call from an Aboriginal woman whose five children had been apprehended, after which the baby died. Child Protection Services wouldn’t tell her what happened. Kari, as a member of Child and Family Review Board, demanded review—and finally, after much political outrage, the Minister ordered it.
Late in 1996, Kari began to get numerous calls from teachers who were concerned about a BCTF convention resolution to promote, through curricular changes, favorable recognition of homosexuality.
When she responded to the concerns of those teachers, Rafe Mair suddenly turned on her; she was dropped from his broadcasts, and instead he began a series of radio and print editorials—more than 40—in which he maligned her by comparing her to Nazis, skinheads, and the Ku Klux Klan.
Kari wanted Rafe charged with criminal defamation and hatred (under Section 318 of the Criminal Code); but Crown refused to charge Rafe.
So Kari sued Mair and CKNW for defamation in civil court. And this is where our story starts to unfold—a story that exposes judicial corruption, the denying of rights, a multitude of lies, and great mischief! A story that will enable you to better understand one determined individual’s drive for justice.
There are so many more good works Kari has done on behalf of you and me, and the protection of our families. In my opinion, Kari Simpson is a warrior, defending families, and parents’ and children’s rights. But don’t just take my word for it; listen to what a prominent BC lawyer wrote in support of her nomination for ‘Woman of Distinction’ in 1993:
I cannot start an appraisal of Kari Simpson as a person without saying immediately that she is one if the people in this world I admire most. I say this for several reasons, which I will outline below.
I first met Kari Simpson several years ago when she began expressing concern about how misuse of power in alleged child abuse cases was sideswiping innocent families. This was a most unfashionable thing to be concerned about, since the “political correctness” of the day (which largely continues” held that there was no such thing as innocence in such matters. It was, largely, an unpopular cause which Kari took up, and together we used my radio show to attract attention to injustice. It was my radio show—but the issue and the energy belonged to Kari. It was she who formed the Citizens Research Institute, and enormous undertaking. It was she who bore the financial and emotional burdens of being “den mother”, counsel to and advocate for the unpopular, yet badly oppressed minority.
Kari is an activist in the very best sense of the word. It was because of her that the Ombudsman was instructed by the then minister if Social Services to investigate her concerns and it was as a direct result o that, that a task force was set u, and that legislative changes have been proposed and made; from a courageous stand on an unpopular side of an emotional issue, Kari’s efforts brought about real change.
When you think about it, it is remarkable that one person has gained such huge credibility with such a large audience as I am fortunate to possess. After all, Kari has been up against the establishment on the “wrong” side of a highly emotional issu. That she has obviously touched a nerve is clear from the response she gets.
In my vocation, I meet all manner of activists. Most of them have a political agenda of some sort of other. Kari’s inspiration comes instead from a deep commitment to the principles of democracy, fair play, and the worth of the family. My only hesitation in supporting Kari’s nomination as “Woman of Distinction” is that this is too limiting. When one considers what she has accomplished—and forced, by dint of her commitment and dedication, others to accomplish—she is a distinguished British Columbian and Canadian, who has truly been an inspiration to all she has come in contact with.
What was the name of the lawyer who painted this glowing picture of Kari Simpson?
Hold onto your hats: it was Rafe Mair! And you’ll learn more about him—much more—next week.