From: Rick Fowler
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2001 6:17 PM
Subject: ECMAS Edmonton
Edmonton ECMAS. Before this article on us appears, please allow me to say
this. [His words about the need for Mr. Adams are throughout this email.] [Back]
Serious problems between Maintenance Enforcement and myself prompted me to
join with ECMAS approximately one year ago. We began the Maintenance
Committee with a meeting between upper management, my committee members, and
a young lady whose friend had committed suicide. Her testimony was
absolutely gut-wrenching for all of us. This gentleman had been very
gainfully employed by his wife, and wound up with huge child support
payments after their divorce. He had, of course, become unemployed and went
immediately into arrears. To make a long story short, this gentleman wound
up living in his car in order to make these payments, while his ex-wife
drove the kids to lessons in her four-wheel drive. After trying desperately
to survive the heavy-handed collections tactics of MEP, and living in a car,
he finally used the car's exhaust to end it. You are probably also aware of
the Darren White suicide in B.C. There are others that we don't know about.
We know only of the ones who have come to us.
Together with upper management of MEP, we made a pact to try to prevent
these senseless occurrences. Using the Men's Help Line and the ECMAS
Support Group, we have in 10 months helped over 100 people through the
myriad of complexities of MEP.
We have no way of telling how many suicides we have prevented. Without
[Tim] Adams and Ferrel Christensen, both the Men's Help Line [run by FC]
and the Support Group are gone. It will then become a very simple task to
predict exactly how many suicides we will prevent. Next, destruction of the Calgary group's plans
--concerning which, when told about them, she reacted (recall) merely with personal pique [Next]
It is also worthy to note that along the way, we have helped a number of
people to enter the MEP system, who, for a variety of reasons, have been
evading MEP for years. This has brought in arrears to families and children
in the order of order of over $100,000 so far.
Concerning your information pertaining to this article, we were all aghast
when it was revealed to us that these items were considered "secrets".
These "secrets" of [Tim] Adams' have, over the past 4 years, been broadcast
over every TV newsroom, radio station, and newspaper in Edmonton. Anyone in
Edmonton not knowing this, has either been in a very long coma, or is new to
the city. [Tim] has apologized many times to the public, to the Bar
Association, and mostly to his children. He could start a sentence in
Edmonton by saying "Hi, I'm [Tim] Adams, I'm the guy who..."
His legal expertise and dedication to the cause has been invaluable in
helping to restore hope to many many people whose lives have been shattered
by divorce and separation.
cause has been an inspiration to all of us. I have worked closely with both
of these gentlemen now for almost one year, and can honestly say that I have
never even heard a reference to sex from either of them. The work that each
has done has been absolutely exemplary. [Back]To crucify Ferrel over a book
written while an employee of the U of A, and published by a reputable
publisher, is wrong. This was a study of human sexuality and behavior and
has always been on his list of credentials. The first week I met Ferrel, I
read this list. No one here has ever bothered with the book because its
subject matter is so incredibly far removed from anything that any of us
here are doing. It is my understanding, Donna, that you have yourself
written some sexually liberal material. Please be careful not to disagree
with anything that Ms. Malenfant does or says for a very long while, as you
yourself could end up on this sexual morals "hit list".
In the 2 years since the inception of the ECMAS Support Group, Ferrel and
[Tim] have been integral in helping over 600 people whose lives have been
thrown apart by divorce and separation. Of these 600 people helped, the
only complaint that we have received that I am aware of, has been from
Louise Malenfant. Edmonton ECMAS keeps meticulous records, and the Support
Group is no exception. While Ms Malenfant would appear to indicate that her
attendance at the Support Group was frequent and ongoing, our records
clearly indicate that all of this conjecture was based on attendance at one
In light of these inconsistencies, along with so many others, the following
question begs an answer: Who in the entire country would have more
resources and first-hand knowledge of exactly how to destroy someone through
the use of false allegations? Ironically, this is one of the very things we
are all fighting so hard against.
Finally, I would just like to say that I could very easily have voted to
oust [Tim] and Ferrel completely for the good of ECMAS. This would have been
very, very easy. A part of me might have slept well, knowing that I had
done my bit to save ECMAS; however, a part of me may never have slept again,
knowing full well that someone had forced me into doing the wrong thing.
Thank you for your time. Please feel free to reply by e-mail, phone
(780-471-0023), or cell (780-984-1235).
Co-Chair, Maintenance Enforcement Committee