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Thanks to Louise Malenfant for the following.
Hello Everyone, Part two is in tomorrow, we think... ["We" clearly being the reporter and Ms. Malenfant.]
March 30, 2001
Dispute erupts at rights group for fathers
Board resigns: Sex offender quits as vice-president of organization
John Lehmann, National Post
Louise Malenfant says dispute has hurt reputation of the group.
The board of directors of a
The Equitable Child Maintenance and Access Society
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.
In 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. 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?"
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."