[Though not a subject of the lawsuit, this first article also contains serious deceit, as noted below and later here.]
Board resigns: Sex offender quits as vice-president of organization
The board of directors of a
The Equitable Child Maintenance and Access
Society (ECMAS) is
At its annual general meeting on March 12,
ECMAS Edmonton alarmed the
This past weekend, after the National Post began investigating, ECMAS Edmonton voted to accept Mr. Adams' resignation as vice-president, but turned down a proposal to eject him from the organization altogether.
Mr. Adams' disbarment was unanimously upheld
by three Alberta Court of Appeal judges in September, 2000. Noting that his
arrest occurred only two years after a previous prostitution-related offence
(to which he pleaded guilty in December, 1994, and obtained an absolute
discharge), the judges' ruling says: "
Mr. Adams said in an e-mail that his legal background allows him to make a valuable contribution to ECMAS Edmonton.
"The hours I have volunteered have increased dramatically ... at all hours of the day and night to very desperate and broke people that need our help and support. Am I forever a piriah (sic) -- I have accepted responsibility for my actions, paid my debt to society and performed thousands of hour of unpaid community service and lived a relatively trouble free life" since 1996.
the words of one ECMAS Edmonton member, who
asked not to be identified, the group provides a valuable service that is being
threatened by Mr. Adams' presence. [From the context it appears that this claim--that Mr. Adams' presence
was threatening the providing of the
group's valuable service--is supposed to be reflected in the two statements
following. But they are drawn from distant parts of his interview, p. 9
('bullet') and p. 24 ('nuts'):] Many
of the people who attend the weekly support meetings, "are beaten up. They
are beaten up so bad I have to fight back tears because there's some guys I've
seen walk in there that are ready to put a bullet in their head." After
Mr. Adams was voted in as vice-president, this man says his own reaction was:
"Are you guys nuts?" [And the 'nuts' quote was just about the informant's dismay at Mr. Adams'
being elected to the board of ECMAS, not
over his long-time prior presence in the support group. In fact, as can be seen
on P. 24 of his interview, the quote was primarily directed at ECMAS's rejection of Ms. Malenfant. And his remark on
p. 29 that
Louise Malenfant, a community activist in
"It's heartbreaking that this group, which has such a noble and respected history, has come to this," she says. "The falsely accused want nothing to do with people who have 'liberal' views about sex with young people." Ms. Malenfant says she made repeated attempts in recent months "to convey my concerns about Mr. Adams to the leadership, and the response of the group was to allow him to stand as vice-president, and to vote him into that office."
Louise Malenfant says dispute has hurt reputation of the group. [Caption for accompanying photo of Ms. Malenfant]