TURMEL POLITICAL PRESS 1987 - 1988 - 1989
870605Fr Ottawa Citizen, Norman Provencher CRTC says fringe parties have right to broadcast time All registered parties are entitled to a share of free broadcasting time on radio and television at election time, says the CRTC. In a firmly worded decision, the commission rebuked CBOT for refusing free air time to fringe Green party during the provincial elections. The decision of CBOT was "unacceptable." The complaint was brought by Green party candidate Greg Vezina who ran in Ottawa West. The Commission added it expects the network to "allow all parties an equitable amount of free time in future elections." (sounds good but these are the guys who don't know what equitable means) The CBC requires "bona fide" parties to have a recognized provincial leader, a province-wide organization, and candidates in at least 25% of the ridings. (Independents don't qualify and end up cheated.) The Green party met all those requirements, however, in Ontario, only the mainstream parties were accorded political airtime. As part of its defence, the CBC said the Greens could expect, as their party became more popular, to receive more and more free airtime at elections. But the CRTC called the defence a "vicious circle" saying the party could not hope to become more popular if it is not afforded the same (?) opportunities as the larger parties. (Without realizing the implications, the CRTC are forced into some logic). The ruling doesn't oblige the broadcasters to provide the same amount of free airtime.
Toronto Sun, Jan Lounder "Fringe" parties to get TV voice OTTAWA -- The CRTC has slammed the CBC for giving free election time to major political parties but not to Canada's fledgling Green Party. It served notice on the CBC to give equitable time in future elections. Current CBC policy on who gets free time "amounts to a vicious circle." It isn't fair that small, lesser-known political parties with fewer candidates aren't entitled to free time under current policy. "In order to grow, a party requires exposure and it is this very exposure which the CBC's guidelines deny. To deny one party free time and to give it to the other parties is unfair not only to that party but also to the public which is thereby denied access to the ideas the party wishes to express."
870616Tu Hamilton Spectator, Jane Coutts Gambler antes up, John Turmel joins race for vacant Mountain seat Huge 7"x9" picture of me John Turmel, a professional gambler who calls himself "Canada's fourth political force" has become the fourth official candidate in the Hamilton Mountain federal by-election. He submitted his nomination papers and paid the $200 deposit which he says is no more than the minimum bet (buy-in) allowed in his regular blackjack game. He has run in 24 elections since he decided politics was the way to introduce his unorthodox political views to the country. Mr. Turmel, who has a degree in electrical engineering but has never worked as an engineer, believes interest rates are the root of all evil. He once attempted to have the Supreme Court of Canada order charges against Gerald Bouey. He said Bouey should be charged with genocide because babies die from lack of food as farmers can't produce when the Bank of Canada sets such high interest rates. The court did not agree. He enters the by-election as an environmentalist. He thinks the government should form work parties to clean up the environment. Citizens would work rather than pay taxes. He wouldn't comment on other issues such as the constitution. "I don't waste time talking about trivialities when we all are going to die from acid rain," he said. And he had strong words for anyone who doesn't vote for him. "Maybe older people -- people who keep voting for the Liberals, Tories, NDP -- deserve to die. They deserve to if they don't vote for a change." Mr. Turmel, who has never gotten more than 2% of the vote in any federal election, is promising a grim fight for NDP candidate Marion Dewar. His most successful campaign ever was against her in the 1982 (1980) Ottawa mayoral contest. He says she sat by at an all- candidates' meeting while "her police" arrested one of the candidates on stage. Ms. Dewar said the police came by at the request of the meetings organizers who didn't want "fringe candidates" to speak and said she would never interfere with police doing their job. She said she expected Mr. Turmel to run in one of the by-elections. He usually does. But she doesn't object to his candidacy. "Lots of times when he's been around, I defended him on the principle of freedom of speech. There are always very worthy issues they run on," she says.
Hamilton Mountain News VOTE JOHN TURMEL FOR CHANGE The three mainline party candidates have competition. Independent John Turmel announced his candidacy in the race last Monday. The 36-year- old engineer, self-described "gambler" and perennial fringe candidate now in his 24th election, is worried about the environment and wants to increase spending on acid rain. "Instead of spending $200,000 million on nuclear submarines, Defence Minister Perrin Beatty should spend the money on scrubbers to stop pollution." POINTLESS He feels it is pointless to spend money on defence "when the ozone layer is disappearing and then we'll die from radiation." Mr. Turmel was born in Hamilton but moved to Ottawa with his family when he was a teen-ager. He's no stranger to Hamilton politics as he ran in a 1982 provincial by-election in Hamilton West garnering 173 votes. He is also attempting to form an Ontario Social Credit Party but points out he has no affiliation with any other Social Credit party in Canada. He would like to eliminate interest rates and he has no filed a tax return since 1984 because "I don't want Brian using my money to pay off the interest on Canada's debt." FINANCE He said lack of finance is holding Canada back and he would re-program the Bank of Canada computer and create enough money so all debts would be eliminated and everyone would have money. "The Meech Lake accord doesn't matter if you don't attack the curse of poverty because no one would be around to worry about how we get along," he said. He said the most votes he ever got is 2,000(4,000) and the least is 16. "If people are only interested in a party they'll vote for the winner. If they want change they'll vote for me."
Hamilton Mountain News, Tony Iavarone Tempers flare at all-candidates meeting The by-election campaign has been relatively quiet, that is until John Turmel joined the race. He attended his first all-candidate's meeting on Thursday and made an impression on the 120 people in attendance. On every topic, he blamed lack of funding and interest rates as the root of the problem. CRIME RATE Poverty causes murder, we should give non-dangerous criminals $30,000 and you would se the crime rate decline," Turmel said. He is against capital punishment. MacDonald favors is and Dewar and Phinney oppose it. When Turmel suggested giving $30,000 to criminals, he received hisses and boos from the audience, and while he was talking about capital punishment, moderator Doug McCallum ruled he had strayed from the topic and cut him off. Mr. Turmel then angrily stomped around the room telling people "I'll sit back down when they give me a fair chance to talk." Mr. McCallum threatened to eject Mr. Turmel for his outburst but Mr. Turmel calmed down after the threat. On the topic of aboriginal rights, he said lack of money was the problem for Native people. GENERATE MONEY Concerning refugees, he said more people should be allowed in Canada because those people are would generate money for the country.
870709Th Hamilton Mountain News Letter, John Turmel Independent candidate speaks out Editor, Hamilton Mountain News, Dear Sir: As an Independent candidate in the Hamilton Mountain federal by- election, I must point out an error in your June 24, 1987 front page story about me which reports "he would re-program the Bank of Canada computer to create enough money so all debts would be eliminated and everyone would have money". I would actually re-program the bank's computer to create money with only a service charge so interest charges would be eliminated and everyone would have credit. Only the interest would be eliminated, not the principal portion of the debt! Also, in the article by Tony Iavarone titled 'TEMPERS FLAIR AT ALL CANDIDATES MEETING', it reports my saying "we should give non- dangerous criminals $30,000 and you would see the crime rate decline". Actually, I had said that since we already spend over $60,000 per year keeping non-dangerous criminals in jail, we should LEND them $30,000 per year and even if they don't manage to pay us back, we are still better off having saved the other $30,000 per year. That article also reports that after the moderator cut me off from answering a question, I "angrily stormed around the room telling people "I'll sit back down when they give me a fair chance to talk". It would have been silly of me to vent my displeasure at being excluded in an angry fashion. Actually, I tried to gain the audience sympathy in the nicest way possible which eventually resulted in the pastor of the church apologizing at the end of the meeting for my having been excluded, a point the reporter failed to mention. Had I indeed "angrily stormed around", I seriously doubt that he would have made that public apology. Finally, though your reporter covered my first concern, the destruction of our environment, there was no mention of my second concern, the undemocratic actions of the NDP candidate, Marion Dewar, while she was mayor of Ottawa. As anyone who attended the meeting can attest, that condemnation was certainly the highlight of the meeting. She must be thanking her lucky stars your reporter decided not to inform the voters of what she had done while she was mayor of Ottawa. First, I provided press clippings detailing an instance in a 1984 provincial by-election where both the Liberal and the Conservative candidates had refused to participate in a televised debate because the three minor candidates had been excluded, and how Evelyn Gigantes, the NDP candidate, had stayed to enjoy the whole broadcast by herself and subsequently won the election. Bob Rae, Ontario NDP leader, endorsed her undemocratic action. I also provided press clippings detailing an instance in the 1982 Ottawa mayoral election where Marion Dewar, then Ottawa mayor, had stood by while Ottawa police arrested one of her opponents right off the stage of a debate for having taken a seat beside her and simply insisted on the right to participate equally. I even blew up a front page newspaper picture showing her quietly seated while her police were taking her opponent away. A word from the mayor and her police would have allowed all of the candidates to participate but without that intervention, her eventual electoral victory was tainted. Stressing the fundamental lack of democracy on the part of socialist parties who are geared to protect state's rights over people's rights, I pointed out that though Mrs. Dewar may have been a good mayor, federal politics is different from municipal politics and stated "I TRUST YOU TO TAKE CARE OF MY GARBAGE BUT I DO NOT TRUST YOU TO TAKE CARE OF MY RIGHTS". I presented this information to both all candidates meetings. At both meetings, many people cried "Shame" while others screamed with laughter. Considering that remark was certainly the highlight of both meetings, I can only conclude that your reporter's decision not to inform your readers of this most powerful condemnation was certainly a big boost to Mrs. Dewar's campaign. I must also question the ethics of keeping such information about her past shameful actions quiet. When police start arresting candidates in Hamilton, it might be too late. You can be sure I will condemn your aid to her campaign in all upcoming meetings unless the omission is corrected. The arrest of political candidates in Canada is too important an issue to neglect. Since Mrs. Dewar has a good chance of being the elected representative, I feel that you should correct your reporter's omission and publish the very important information I have brought to your attention. Yours truly,
870630Tu Hamilton Spectator, Mona Irwin Economy, jobs top queries to candidates There was standing room only -- and not much of that -- at an all- candidates' meeting last night. More than 100 people crammed into the meeting room at Terryberry Library for a session that lasted nearly 3 hours. All the candidates agreed Canada must continue to pressure South Africa for an end to apartheid but independent candidate John Turmel said the South African government should "be brought down in whatever way possible." Mr. Turmel, who emphasized environmental concerns, said a major cleanup needs a massive infusion of funds. He suggested the government mobilize the unemployed -- particularly unemployed engineers, scientists, and other specialists -- who would be paid with tax credit notes. They could use the notes to pay their taxes.
870703Fr Hamilton Mountain News All the candidates condemned South African apartheid, but Independent John Turmel said Canada should do everything in its power to end it. Mr. Turmel also, as he has throughout his campaign, expressed dire warnings about the environment, saying if a massive clean-up isn't undertaken, the issues raised that night won't mean anything because "we're all going to be dead." The meeting at times was nasty. Said Mr. Turmel: "I trust Marion Dewar to take care of my garbage, but I don't trust her to take care of my rights."
870712Su Sun Editor, Turmel Letter unpublished Dear Sir: I must take exception to Barbara Amiel's denigration of the Nicaraguan political process when she states "Unlike Nicaragua, we do at least elect the people who decide on our constitution in a free, open and fair election." I would point out that in their federal elections, all political parties were allocated equal and fair portions of radio and television broadcasting time. I would point out that in the last federal election, only the leaders of three of Canada's nine political parties were invited to participate in two nationally televised debates while the others were undemocratically excluded. I would suggest that before she criticize the democratic integrity of Nicaragua's elections, she consider the loss of integrity in Canada's last election. Yours truly,
870718Sa Globe & Mail, Susan Delacourt Of the minor candidates "none of them has a campaign office or even lawn signs."
Ottawa Citizen, Neil MacDonald There are three other candidates in the race. A Socred, a Rhinoceros, and who else but John Turmel, the self-styled professional gambler and hard-hat-wearing "engineer" from Ottawa who has shown up across the nation in the past decade, dogging high-profile candidates at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. This time, Turmel has taken to carrying around a blown-up picture from the time he ran against Dewar for the mayoralty years ago. Denied permission by the CBC at the time to partake in a televised all- candidates' meeting, he was eventually ejected by police. The photo is of that ejection, and Turmel is proclaiming it was the fascist Dewar who instructed her paramilitary army to stifle him.
Ottawa Citizen Turmel Letter Unpublished Dear Sir: I must protest two serious factual errors about me in Neil Macdonald's July 18, 1987 report on the Hamilton Mountain federal by-election meetings. He wrote "from the time he(John Turmel) ran against Dewar for the mayoralty years ago, denied permission to partake in a televised all- candidates meeting, he was eventually ejected by police. Turmel is proclaiming it was the fascist Dewar who instructed her paramilitary army to stifle him." This is not so. Had he attended any of the meetings he was reporting on or checked with the Citizen's archives, he would have learned it was Marc Gauvin, a candidate in another election, who had been arrested for insisting on taking part in a debate from which he was to be excluded, not me. Also, I'm sure Mrs. Dewar would confirm that I never called her a "fascist" nor did I ever imply she had instructed her police to stifle her political opponent. I simply chastised her for failing to speak up and prevent her police from arresting her opponent. I do not believe Mrs. Dewar would ever have ordered such a thing and resent the fact that Mr. Macdonald chose to report my statement that way and attribute his false words to me. I insist you correct the damage done to my and Mrs. Dewar's reputations by his uninformed and erroneous report on candidates' meetings he did not even attend. Yours truly,
870722We Hamilton Spectator Independent candidate John C. Turmel said: "All strikes are a function of a lack of funds for management to do things right. The only way we're going to get out of this eternal, vicious cycle of striking for more money is to reprogram the banking system's computer, which I, as the only high-tech candidate, know how to do. One viewer phoned in requesting the candidates state their position on capital punishment. Mr. Turmel said he was against both abortion and capital punishment.
Globe & Mail, Susan Delacourt When only 1600 votes separated Dewar and her Liberal opponent -- a much smaller margin than had been expected earlier and considerably smaller than the 8,000 vote margin that elected NDP member Ian Deans in 1984. She had been seen as the clear front-runner. Ms. Phinney said that Dewar's edge was eroded by her parachute candidacy.
870806Th Toronto Sun, Michael Bennett OTTAWA -- So much for the photo opportunity with the homeless. All it took was one loud-mouthed heckler in a hard-hat yesterday to turn Bob Rae's whistle-stop at the Housing Help agency into a public relations disaster on the evening news. A guy waving a placard condemning Rae for anything makes better TV footage than close-ups of him standing in front of a microphone for 10 minutes saying nothing. It doesn't matter that the demonstrator in the drip-dry suit has made a career out of being a fringe candidate. After all, the NDP strategy for the first few weeks of the campaign is to let the people tell their stories. Yesterday, it was the affordable-housing crisis. Rae did all the talking -- and said little. The supply has gone from bad to worse under the Grits, he said, but he's still not saying what the NDP plans to do about it. The essential questions remain unanswered: How much will his solution cost and where will the money come from?
Ottawa Citizen, Mark Kennedy Rae said his party would unveil its housing program with specific later in the campaign. His refusal to discuss the cost or details of any NDP solutions prompted a round of heckling by John Turmel, a local political fixture and fringe candidate who hasn't decided whether he'll run in this campaign. Turmel, wearing his customary construction helmet, carried a placard denouncing Rae, handed out press clippings about his previous antics and heckled the NDP leader in both official languages.
Globe & Mail Last October her welfare was cut off. The system was certain that Pat Allingham must have hidden income or else she couldn't have survived. In truth, the system was right. She sometimes cleared $15 a day as a movie extra, "whenever they needed someone who looked like a disaster.
870808Sa Ottawa Citizen, Christopher Neal Turmel plans 25th election bid Perennial independent candidate John Turmel says he will run for the 25th time in the Sept. 10 Ontario election, but he hasn't decided where. He has narrowed down the choices, however, to Ottawa Centre or York South.
870811Tu Ottawa Citizen, CP Candidate wants debate stopped Perpetual political candidate John Turmel wants to stop the television debate among Ontario's three major party leaders set for next Monday. Turmel, an Ottawa engineer, filed notice of motion Monday in the Ontario Supreme Court that he will apply Wednesday for a permanent injunction against the CBC, CTV, and Global-TV networks to prevent the debate's broadcast.
870813Th Ottawa Citizen, Abby Deveney Judge rejects TV time bid for fringe parties Perennial political crusader John Turmel failed Wednesday to obtain air time for five political fringe parties in the province-wide leaders debate to be televised next week. Instead, he was ordered to pay the legal bills -- $3,000 -- for three television networks that when to court to fight his request for an injunction against Monday's broadcast. Ontario Supreme Court Justice Robert Reid saddled Turmel with costs after dismissing arguments the 90-minute television debate between leaders of the three major parties violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Reid, who described that approach as "fair and reasonable" gave his ruling after grilling Turmel for almost an hour. Turmel, who told the judge he has no alliance with any of the political parties involved, argued he had the right as an Ontario citizen and voter to hear the "full menu of options" in the debate. Turmel now plans to go to Federal Court of Canada. A hearing is set for this afternoon. he has run in some 25 elections at all levels and has several times challenged in court his exclusion from televised candidates' debates. "Three thousand dollars is a pretty stiff penalty for having opened my mouth to complain," Turmel said.
870814Fr Ottawa Citizen, Abby Deveney Second judge says no dice to candidate's TV gamble John Turmel, professional gambler and perennial political candidate, is on a losing streak. The Ottawa-area resident failed twice in two days in his bid to have different courts order air time for fringe political parties in the leaders' debate to be televised Monday. Both were costly gambles. A Federal Court judge Thursday ordered Turmel to pay $1,600 to cover the legal fees of three opponents after a nearly four-hour hearing. Wednesday, an Ontario Supreme Court judge hearing similar arguments about different areas of the law saddled Turmel with $3,000 in costs. "I think you just like to appear in court," Federal Court Judge Marcel Joyal told a defeated Turmel moments before awarding the court fees. "It could be an occupation that's not cheap." Turmel has frequently gone to court to fight his exclusion from televised candidates debates. He doesn't hold a regular job. The self-described engineer, mathematician and gambler called the total $4,600 levied against him as "quite a sting." He told the court he was simply an Ontario voter who wanted to hear from all the candidates in the leaders' debate. Judges at both hearings noted none of the fringe parties Turmel wanted to hear from had contested the validity of the debate. Turmel says not inviting representatives from Ontario's fringe parties is a violation of CRTC guidelines. He argued the networks aren't providing equitable coverage to five lesser know, but officially registered, political groups. Joyal disagreed with Turmel's interpretation of the rules for broadcasts during election campaigns. Those CRTC guidelines say time must be assigned on an equal (?) basis, but do not define what that means. The three networks already have agreed in principle to broadcast news reports on the fringe parties during the campaign.
870827Th Ottawa Citizen, Brad Evenson John Turmel, 36, a professional gambler who has run in elections at all levels is running as an independent. Once again, he's pushing his "Greenback" money system. It would allow people to form workbees and be paid in negotiable tax credits or Greenbacks."
870828Fr Ottawa Citizen, Brad Evenson Gigantes borrows from 1985 platform debate The ghosts of the past came back to haunt Evelyn Gigantes at Thursday's candidates' meeting for Ottawa Centre. As in the 1985 campaign, Independent John Turmel and Greg Vezina, former Green party candidate, reincarnated in Tory blue, hammered away at environmental issues while Gigantes pressed housing, day care and other social issues. "Ho hum, I heard that speech back in 1985," a bemused Turmel said. Turmel stressed his Greenback system of paying workers with negotiable tax credits instead of cash. He also stressed the importance solving the acid rain problem. Turmel, who is strongly opposed to abortion, faced off against Gigantes who is pro-choice. Both Patten and Vezina say they oppose abortion and society must provide more for mothers who can't afford a family.
Le Droit, Francois Brousseau Ottawa Centre: Candidates discussed bilingualism Wearing his eternal hard hat marked `The Engineer' John Turmel, gambler, bilingual, creditiste sympathizer, 364 votes in 1985, an outsider in almost all possible imaginable elections over the last decade, gave his usual spectacle last night. Mr. Turmel, for whom all questions boil down to money and access to credit, declared himself in favor of bilingualism if the finances permit it. Vezina is the only one of the three candidates who declared himself against abortion.
870830Su Ottawa Herald Media snub hurts "fringe candidates." There is one other independent candidate in the Ottawa area. John Turmel is running in Ottawa Centre.
870911Fr Ottawa Citizen John Turmel said a major reason for running this year was to discredit Gigantes' campaign. He was delighted at her defeat although he doesn't know what to expect of Patten. "I'll just have to wish him well and hope he does well," he said. As for the future, Turmel said he plans to continue to run as an independent and make life miserable for the NDP. "There's a federal election coming up in two years so I think I'll be there. I don't have any great love for Michael Cassidy, either, so I'll be there making things interesting."
870921Mo Ottawa Citizen, CP CRTC reassessing rules on fairness of election coverage The federal broadcast regulator is about to review its policy determining the fairness of election campaign coverage by radio and television stations. The policy review by the CRTC comes at a time when the Tories for setting up their own broadcast service to bypass the media on Parliament Hill. And it follows a ruling last year by the commission that slapped the wrists of CBC for not providing equitable coverage of the environmentalist Green party in the last B.C. election and the 1985 Ontario election. A new policy could be in place within six months, just in time for a federal election expected next year or the year after. But commission spokesman the review is underway now because it just so happens to be ready to deal with the issue as an overall review of its regulations. CRTC policies require broadcasters go give parties and candidates fair and equitable treatment during election campaigns, something CRTC lawyer Bill Howard admits can be a "pretty tough" call. The CRTC generally leaves that call to the broadcasters but the ruling last spring showed the commission is prepared to get tough to make sure that all parties and candidates receive equitable treatment. In that case, the CRTC said the CBC did not deal fairly with the Green party. In the Ontario case, Greg Vezina, a Green candidate in Ottawa, complained he was left out of a televised debate on CBOT and that the Green Party did not receive any free time though the three major parties did and even though the Greens were a registered party in Ontario. The B.C. case was similar.
870930We Ottawa Citizen CRTC NOTICE As part of its review of its regulatory role, and following a detailed review of its regulatory role, and following a detailed review of the Radio, Television and Cable regulations, the Commission now seeks comment on election campaign broadcasting. The purpose of this review is to seek solutions to problems that have arisen in the past and to identify and eliminate any policies and procedures dealing with election campaign broadcasting that may no longer be appropriate. Comments must be submitted in writing by Nov. 13, 1987.
871114Sa Ottawa Citizen Trespassing verdict upheld A judge has upheld a trespassing conviction against in independent candidate in the 1984 federal election campaign who refused to leave an Ottawa all-candidates meeting. Marc Gauvin, 30, had no broad right to remain in a hall after the sponsors of the debate asked him to leave, provincial court Judge Brian Lennox ruled Friday. Gauvin had appealed the conviction and $53 fine a justice of the peace levied against him in relation to the August 1984 incident. Lennox said Gauvin was invited by the Glebe Community Association to attend the debate at Glebe Collegiate and implicit in the invitation was the condition he abide by the rules of the assembly. The Charter is designed to protect individual rights from governmental abuse and does not guarantee absolute liberty, said Lennox.
871015Th Ottawa Citizen, CP Free-trade hearings undemocratic, says Rae TORONTO -- Bob Rae crashed the provincial free-trade hearings to complain the opposition has been left out of the debate. Rae said the hearings, being held by a committee of six Liberal cabinet ministers, is undemocratic. Peterson should have convened the legislature and set up an all-party review of the proposed pact. "This isn't a one party state yet," he said. Rae said he will immediately call for all-party hearings.
TURMEL POLITICAL PRESS TO 1988
880323We London Free Press Candidate may go to court over amount of TV air time Independent London North candidate John Turmel threatened on Tuesday to seek an injunction to prevent the airing of a CFPL-TV program on the riding election. Turmel said a station official told him Tuesday that candidates for the three major parties in the by-election will get more time to talk at an all-candidates' taping at the London station Friday. CFPL officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. The perennial independent candidate, who said he has run in 26 elections said it is "not equitable" for some candidates to get more air time then others." There are six candidates. Turmel said he'll try to gather support for his equal-time stand from other candidates today, and press CFPL-TV to change its mind. Failing that, he would file a motion in court for an injunction, he said. During his long history of seeking public office, Turmel said he has tried the judicial route about 25 times -- never successfully.
880324Th London Free Press, Pat Currie Candidate continues bid to get equal TV time Independent candidate John Turmel said Wednesday he will have "one last conversation" today with other candidates "and if I'm not satisfied with the answers, I'll file the motion." Turmel reaffirmed he intends to seek an injunction against CFPL-TV to bar showing of an Inquiry program Sunday afternoon because he will not be allotted the same amount of time as candidates from mainline parties. Inquiry producer Guy Goodwin "told me in advance that I would receive less time." Goodwin said "I think the gentleman's barking up the wrong tree. I think we've given him a fair shake, tracking him down to give him an invitation," to appear on the half-hour program. Candidates were to be taped this week "and any one of these people could fill a half-hour show," he said. CRTC regulations "are fairly loose ... they leave the amount of time devoted to each candidate up to the broadcaster," he said. Turmel has become engaged in similar legal sparrings 25 times in federal, provincial and municipal elections he contested in Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec and Nova Scotia. He has never won his legal point. he runs repeatedly in elections "because I have a technological answer to acid rain." He said his approach would use an "alternative system" of finance to pay the estimated $100 billion cost of cleanup. Marc Emery, campaign manager for Freedom Party candidate Barry Malcolm, said Turmel's position is "absurd ... we told him not to even bother approaching us for support." Family Coalition party candidate Brenda Rowe said she thinks any inequality in the amount of time given candidates "is detrimental to the process, but I wouldn't support Turmel in seeking an injunction... fighting and yelling isn't my style." NDP candidate Diane Whiteside said "all candidates should have equal time... at one time, the new Democrats experienced similar difficulties." But she added Turmel "certainly had more than his fair share of the time" at an all-candidates meeting Wednesday at Banting Secondary School. Lynne Graat, campaign manager of Tory candidate Diane Cunningham, said Turmel "has had as much time as he needs." At an all-candidates meeting Monday at Oakridge Secondary School, Turmel registered his displeasure at not being asked one specific question by huffing off the stage "and handing out literature while the three candidates who had been asked the question were trying to answer it. It was rather disruptive." Campaign manager Pat Ledroit was with Liberal candidate Elaine Pensa at the Banting meeting and Turmel "left without speaking to use about it (support for his motion seeking an injunction) ... maybe he doesn't have our number. But he's paid his $200 deposit and any candidate is entitled to fair play."
London Free Press, Peter Geigen-Miller Election candidate's antics don't impress student chief Not all candidates scored high marks with all students during an all- candidates meeting at Banting Secondary School on Wednesday. Jason Perry, 19, a Grade 13 student and president of the Banting student council, said the candidates had "some useful things to say" but he wasn't impressed by the antics of John Turmel, the independent from Ottawa who wears a hard hat emblazoned with the words "The Engineer" to campaign appearances. "The smaller parties might have a better shot if they didn't act so inane. "They all realize they aren't going to win anyway but they don't have to broadcast it to us." Turmel has said the hard hat and humor help to draw attention to important issues such as the need to clean up the environment but Perry thinks he goes too far. Perry sees room for humor in politics -- he cracked his share of jokes in winning election to student council. There's room for clowning in student policies when the issue is attendance at school dances, he said. When you're dealing with provincial issues such as car insurance, "there should be more emphasis on serious discussion rather than making it a side show." The six candidates appeared before a special school assembly attended mainly by students from Banting's senior grades were peppered with questions about government spending, car insurance and abortion. Jeffrey Sack, 18, a Grade 12 student, said he has attended the two previous all-candidates meetings and has come away impressed by the amount of effort politicians put into running for office. "Very few candidates have been caught off guard. I've been very impressed by the quality of their speaking." Sack also has gained respect for the "lesser-party-candidates" who work so hard with so little chance of being elected. "They must really feel strongly to put so much effort into it."
880325Fr London Free Press Turmel said the whole problem was a lack of money caused by interest rates. He would issue tax credits to students who would then finance their own education cost. While the candidates received enthusiastic applause from their own supporters, John Turmel got the strongest reaction -- mainly boos. Continually referring to the problem of acid rain, which he would solve with "an old-fashioned work bee," Turmel said he hoped the hecklers would be the first to be killed by the poisoned environment. "You deserve your acid rain," he shouted. Turmel has applied to the Supreme Court of Ontario to order CFPL-TV in London to give him equal time with other candidates on a free-time political broadcast. A hearing is scheduled for today.
880326Sa London Free Press, Chip Martin "Eddie the eagle" of politics loses another one John Turmel, the king of fringe candidates, lost his umpteenth court battle seeking equal treatment with the political big boys Friday, but was dubbed "Eddie the Eagle" in the attempt. Turmel tried to persuade District Judge Gordon Killeen that CFPL-TV was planning to discriminate against him during a taping of an Inquiry news program scheduled for airing Sunday. He was opposed by Renato Gasparotto, a lawyer for CFPl, who said Turmel provided "comic relief" like that of Eddie (The Eagle) Edwards, the British ski-jumper who consistently placed dead last in the Calgary Olympics. "He's the Eddie Edwards of these political slopes" said Gasparotto, arguing against Turmel's motion, which he said amounted to an injunction. Turmel said he'd been told the majority of questions would be directed at the candidates for the three major political parties. He rejected Gasparotto's claim the court challenge amounted to a publicity stunt. "I don't run in all these elections for the fun of it." He feels it's important to put forward to the electorate his concerns about acid rain and the environment. Turmel argued that because Inquiry is a "free-time" political broadcast, CFPL was bound by Section 8 of the Television Broadcasting Regulations formulated by the CRTC. That rule, he said, requires "programs" be allocated on "an equitable basis" to all political parties. He suggested CFPl was trying to hide behind a "loophole" by saying Inquiry was a "news' program and should be treated differently. Killeen rejected Turmel's motion. His decision came about 45 minutes before the scheduled 1:15p.m. Friday taping at CFPL. "Courts must be wary of issuing orders of prior restraint except for the gravest reasons." If they did otherwise, "the courts might inadvertently or innocently involve themselves in acts of censorship." Killeen said he wasn't convinced Inquiry is of a partisan political character. He termed it a regularly scheduled "public interest show" and not subject to the equal allocation urged by Turmel. With the finding, Gasparotto sought to have Turmel pay the station's legal costs, Turmel objected, saying he may lose his $200 deposit if he doesn't receive 15% of the vote. "You'd have to give me long odds before I'd bet on myself. I will end up punished financially," he said, but Killeen nevertheless stuck him with fixed legal fees of $150. Ironically, hours later, Turmel said he felt he received a fair shake from CFPL during the taping and felt he'd wasted his $150. "It was completely equitable and fair."
880328Mo London Free Press Independent Turmel, who wears a white hard hat emblazoned with the words "The Engineer" to candidate meetings, is in the campaign to draw attention to the need to protect the environment. The need for action is urgent, he said, because acid rain is already killing trees and pollution is worsening everywhere.
880329Tu London Free Press Independent candidate John Turmel said from his home in Ottawa he favors Sunday shopping. A professed gambler, Turmel said he was through campaigning in London and didn't intend to return except in the unlikely chance he wins Thursday's by-election.
880423Sa Ottawa Citizen But they agreed that unless the Bank of Canada eases its tough anti- inflation stance (interest rate increases) -- something which is very unlikely -- an interest rate increase in inevitable.
880709Sa Ottawa Citizen, Charles Gordon Top ten: Absolutely the best things about Ottawa and area OK: what are really the 10 best things about Our Nation's Capital and Environs. 7. Lower Sparks St. It has benches, easy access to chipwagons and entertainment, from time to time, when members of the Turmel family mark the setting of the bank rate by wielding placards condemning interest rates, the governor of the Bank of Canada and others.
880725Mo Ottawa Citizen Turmel Letter unpublished Economists blast bank for pushing up interest rates Dear Sir: As an engineer who has run in 26 elections over the last 9 years, I have always pointed out that interest rates are the positive feedback causing the lack of funds necessary to save our environment from collapse. Unfortunately, as Gwyn Dyer noted in his July 4, 1988 article titled `SAVING THE WORLD FOR OUR GRANDCHILDREN', one prominent scientist says we are "already past the point of no return". The rational is that we must suffer interest rates to fight inflation. My analysis has always shown that interest rates do not fight inflation, they actually are the cause of inflation. It is very gratifying to notice that economists are finally coming to that same conclusion too. Your July 23, 1988 article titled `ECONOMISTS BLAST BANK FOR PUSHING UP INTEREST RATES' states: 1) "high interest rates actually increase inflation", 2) "trying to prevent an outbreak of inflation by raising interest rates is like trying to smother a fire by throwing gasoline on it", 3) "it is irrational to seek to keep prices from rising by raising costs". I'm betting we are not past the point of no return but if humanity ends up living underground because our ozone shield has been destroyed and the lakes and rivers have been acidified in the false fight against inflation, I'm also betting humanity will wonder why the media did not publicize my strategy to organize environmental clean-up projects paid with interest-free tax credit notes. Oh, how your children will weep, When they finally hear, How you silenced the words, Of `The Engineer'.
880903Sa Ottawa Citizen Meanwhile, the bold decision by the Noriega regime to issue its own money amounts to a brave challenge that dares creditors to call its bluff. It's government-issued scrip.
880931Fr Ottawa Citizen, Wendy Smith Candidates gamble on playing musical chairs with Ottawa mayor Pictures of me "gambler" and Kevin Klein "disc jockey" A professional gambler and a disc jockey have emerged to challenge Ottawa Mayor Jim Durrell for his job in the November municipal election. Ever-ready candidate John Turmel tossed his hard-hat and poker chips into the political ring Thursday with a news conference announcing his 27th, 28th, and 29th election campaigns. He'll be running for three posts: Mayor of Ottawa, MP of Ottawa Centre and MPP for Welland-Thorold in the Niagara peninsula in a Nov. 3 provincial by-election. Turmel is a self-styled professional gambler and hardhat- wearing "engineer" who has shown up in elections across the nation in the past decade. Turmel is well known for his campaigns for the legalization of gambling. Flamboyant broadcaster Kevin Klein, who hung on for an 11 day endurance ride on a ferris wheel at the Central Canada Exhibition, also announced his candidacy on a beautify-the-city platform. Klein, a university drop-out, refused to give his age but denied rumors he was over 30. "I've already passed my drug tests and I had absolutely nothing to do with Jessica Hahn," he said.
881002Su Ottawa Citizen Turmel letter unpublished Candidates gamble on playing musical chairs with Ottawa mayor Dear Sir: I must protest the report on my candidacy by Wendy Smith in her Sept. 30, 1988 article `Candidates gamble on playing musical chairs with Ottawa mayor. As the only candidate who is proposing radical solutions to problems relating to housing, roads and sewers, and environmental pollution, I resent that she chose to completely ignore my solutions to those issues. Though I admitted I favoured the legalization of casinos, I made sure to point out to her that it was not a municipal concern and yet, it is the only issue she chose to mention. I hope her distortion of my campaign is not going to be par for the course and would prefer if you could assign someone who has a better knowledge of municipal issues to cover my campaign. Yours truly, John C. Turmel
881005We Ottawa Citizen, Staff Durrell willing to debate Ottawa Mayor Jim Durrell says he is ready and willing to debate the issues with the challengers for his job -- a self-proclaimed professional gambler and a disc jockey. (Notice how rarely they mention me as engineer) Self-professed gambler John Turmel, who says he's an engineer and disc jockey Kevin Klein have both said they want an opportunity to debate the issues with the mayor in a public forum. Turmel, who has run unsuccessfully in numerous elections, is again advocating an interest-free, tax-credit system. Klein, who works at radio station CJSB, is opposing Durrell's concept of a one-tier government "because we want nothing to do with Kanata."
881009Su Ottawa Citizen, Dan Turner Durrell's in the ball park with hot dogs Only three hats in the big ring at Ottawa City Hall: Jim Durrell, John Turmel, and Nabil Fawzy. All nuisance candidates, perhaps. But Durrell is political respectable. He garnered 56,988 votes last time around. Turmel counted only 1,405 in failing to unseat dull Ben Franklin in Nepean. Fawzy ran a distant fifth in 1985. Turmel is also running federally in Ottawa Centre and provincially in a November by-election in the Niagara peninsula, so he may be spreading himself thin -- though it is probably better to have too little of Turmel in a lot of places than too much of him in one. Still, it not being good democracy to dismiss a candidate out of hand, it's best to choose a key issue. I talked to the other two about the search for a Triple-A baseball team. Durrell is unclear about where the money would come from. Turmel, of course, has a scheme. "To build the stadium, first of all, I'd have some construction work bees. But you'd want to involved the construction companies. So you'd issue them scrip money that they could pay their taxes with and give to their workers to get them into the ball park. At this point, the reader will want to rate the candidates on economics. But don't forget the vision. "Do you have any vision of what kind of hot dogs will be served at this ball park, Mr. Turmel?" "No, frankly I don't." Mr. Durrell?" "Alfred-style hot dogs, like they still have at the Forum. Another rough year for Turmel.
881012We Globe & Mail, Hugh Winsor TV debates scheduled as parties reach deal The New Democrats and the Liberals have grudgingly agreed to a television debate format proposed by Canada's six television networks and endorsed by the Conservatives. They will debate on Monday, Oct. 24, in French and Tuesday Oct. 25 in English, both three hours.
881016Su Ottawa Sun Jim Durrell had two opponents so far. Professional gambler, John Turmel, has run for mayor of Ottawa, provincial seats and Parliament. He ran for Nepean Mayor in 1985 and was beaten by about 15,000 votes. Nabil Fawzy, a second-time mayoral hopeful came in fifth and polled just 529 votes in 1985.
881020Th Globe & Mail, Robert Sheppard Bids to halt debates filed in two courts Two separate courts are being asked to stop next week's televised debates between the leaders of the three main federal parties unless they are opened up to other candidates. The Green Party of Canada is planning to file papers today in the SCO asking for a special hearing tomorrow or Monday. Meanwhile, another court has also been asked to issue an injunction stopping the debates by a different individual, acting as an independent voter. John Turmel, an Ottawa-based economist and perennial gadfly in any number of election contests, has been granted a special hearing by the Federal Court of Canada on Monday. He was twice turned down in the 1984 campaign when he tried to gain access to the televised debates for him and other fringe party leaders. This time he is applying for an injunction against one of the networks carrying the debate (cut out of Ottawa Globe): arguing he is being denied the pertinent views of all the other parties running for office."
881021Fr Welland Tribune, Pat Barevich Try, try again; Turmel takes a gamble in Welland-Thorold by-election WELLAND -- An Ottawa engineer, visiting Welland for the second time in his life, is running as an independent candidate. John Turmel says the present banking system should be replaced with an interest-free system of "barter" to solve the problems of "underfunding and pollution." The 37-year-old Carleton University graduate said he would consider getting his "message across and abolishing interest" to be a victory, Nov. 3. "Monetary reform is my answer, because all major problems come down to the lack of funding." His solution to environmental pollution would be "work bees" where unemployed people would be paid with tax credits, rather than currency, to work on the problems of pollution. Turmel sees interest on money, or usury, as the root of all evil. "Industry must always pay the interest first, before paying to clean up the environment." Turmel's solution is to create an interest-free system, akin to that used in poker, "where money "chips" are backed up with collateral. As fast as men clean the environment or produce goods and services, token money should be issued to them like a receipt, for the work, which they can then use as interest-free currency. Although Turmel, who lives in Ottawa, says no one will "catch me knocking on doors" in Welland, he is committed to attending every "all candidates meeting." Turmel is also running in federally in Ottawa Centre and for mayor of Ottawa. This is his "third" triple election, since 1979 and his 27th, 28th and 29th attempt at public office.
881022Sa Welland Guardian Express, Dave Edgar Independent candidate parachutes into riding Independent candidate John `The Engineer' Turmel has announced his intention to run. His primary concern is with the environment. "We could be using paper cups instead of Styrofoam which destroys the ozone shield. We could be developing wind, tidal, geothermal and solar energy instead of using oil, gas and coal which pollute and cause the greenhouse effect which we are just starting to experience. He blames the financial system, particularly interest charges on money, for creating a situation that places profit ahead of people. He said he has discovered a perfect model for a banking system with flexibility allowing for a clean environment. The former gambling instructor compares his banking model to a poker game. "As fast as new collateral is pledged, new chips are issued. All chips are backed up with collateral and cannot inflate. Similarly, as fast as men clean up the environment or produce goods and services, money should be issued like a receipt for work which can be traded. These money receipts should be withdrawn from circulation as fast as the work is purchased and consumed. Money would then also be backed with collateral and could not inflate. Turmel said the re-engineering of the banking system would require only "a reprogramming of the banking system's software." Turmel is involved in a court battle, attempting to halt the televised debate among the three main federal party leaders next week. Convinced that the three parties are incapable of providing a workable solution to our environmental problems, Turmel said "I want to hear from all of the political candidates."
881026We Ottawa Citizen, Jane Armstrong Taking on Durrell not an easy task They're not household names. But Michael Bartholomew, John Kroeker, Nabil Fawzy and John Turmel want Ottawa Mayor Jim Durrell's job. They are not running typical election campaigns. Most are eager to debate Durrell but no meetings have been set. Turmel is an engineer who calls himself a professional gambler and works in desk-top publishing. He is going to print up brochures but they won't mention Ottawa because they are also being used in other areas where he is seeking election. An ardent advocate of issuing tax credits for work, he's already run in 26 federal, provincial and municipal elections, since 1979 and he's running in two other races besides seeking the Ottawa mayoralty. Turmel, who is single, ways environmental problems and other social ills could be eliminated under his new brand of Social Credit. "When acid rain is coming through the roof and toxic waste is coming out of the tap, then maybe people are going to take me seriously.
Ottawa Citizen Durrell cites lack of meetings Ottawa Mayor Jim Durrell said Wednesday he would be happy to participate in all-candidates' debates for the mayoralty. But none have been arranged yet. Several ratepayers' associations are sponsoring meetings for aldermanic candidates but none have invited the four mayoralty candidates, Durrell said. None of his competitors have municipal experience and Durrell is expected to win handily. Community activists say the fault lies partly with the city for discontinuing its sponsorship of all-candidates meetings.
881029Sa Welland Guardian , David Edgar Niagara college hosts debate Turmel tried to outline an alternative position to that of the other candidates. On the environment, he suggested that the government pay people to clean up the environment. On the hospital crisis, Turmel began by explaining that the system, as it exists, is incapable of solving the hospital crisis. He said that the people must examine his platform of "people service instead of interest service" if there is any hope of dealing with any one of our numerous crises. Turmel said that with all the problems we are facing, Sunday shopping didn't rank high on his list of priorities, however, he supports Sunday shopping. On drugs, Turmel said drugs should be treated like alcohol and that it could be a matter for the LCBO. Turmel believes monetary reform is the most pressing issue Canadians must face.
881030Su Ottawa Sun, David Gamble Turmel says he can solve the country's financial problems by abolishing interest rates, legalizing gambling and issuing tax credit notes to unemployed workers. Turmel, who is also running federally in Ottawa Centre and in a provincial by-election in the Niagara area, could not be reached for comment.
881101Tu Ottawa Citizen, Nicole Baer Grade 8 students impress Ottawa Centre candidates Three federal election candidates strolled into a Grade 8 classroom smack into a barrage of sophisticated questions. For two hours, the mainstream party candidates fielded questions. The only hitch, according to Derek McKee, 13, was that the riding's seven independent and fringe party candidates were not invited. "You have to let people know that there are more than just three choices."
881102We Carleton University Charlatan, Tracey Fyfe A candidate who was charged with assault after being jumped by an angry voter on Tuesday has promised to sit down for his right to speak to voters of Carleton university Thursday night. "If they try to take away my democratic right to speak in public, all I can say is they better have an Ottawa police officer there to take me away" said John Turmel on Wednesday night. Carleton student's association is hosting a federal candidate debate but has only invited the representatives from the three major parties to participate. Turmel graduated from the Carleton engineering program in 1976. "I'm going to show up at that debate. Do you think if it goes to a vote that the students would vote against letting me speak? Wouldn't that be something, not being allowed to speak at my own alma mater? CUSA is corrupting the democratic ideal by not inviting the independents so speak. I don't think CUSA is fit to be the representatives of the students. I think they make horrible representatives." Turmel attended a debate at Glebe. Only Plamondon, Cassidy and Harb were invited to speak. Turmel demanded the right to speak. The audience voted against letting Turmel and the other independent candidates speak but Turmel climbed up onto the stage, sat down and refused to move. Glebe resident Larry Motuz jumped on stage and tried to make a citizen's arrest of Turmel. "I've been known for being arrested for gambling and for being arrested for sitting down and protesting but I have never used physical violence... I'm used to beating up my opponents intellectually. It's a miscarriage of justice. He was assaulting me but I got charged," said Turmel, who said on his lawyer's advice he would be suing Motuz for assault. After Turmel was taken away, some observers suggested the incident was a set-up. "I thought too that it might have been a set-up. If it was, they did a damn good job. All people will be reading is that `Turmel got arrested' and they will not see the truth until after the election." Turmel said he is determined to defend his rights to speak about the issues to voters at the university. "I won't tell you exactly what my plans are but you know from history what I do when people try to deny me my rights. They can't cheat me of my right to speak. If they try, they better have a cop there to take me away." Turmel said the Tories and the NDP combined forces to prevent the independent candidates from speaking Tuesday night. "Next they'll probably vote democratically to prevent the Liberal candidates from speaking. CUSA, not inviting me, I guess they're all learning to be good Tories and NDPers. CUSA executives were not available for comment. She certainly did a great job of describing the actual events. It really made CUSA look bad.
Ottawa Citizen, Nicole Baer Scuffle disrupts candidate meeting; police charge Ottawa Centre fringe candidate Picture of Motuz on the floor and my with my arm up holding on to my hat but possibly looking like I was about to strike him. Both: A meeting of the federal candidates in Ottawa Centre disintegrated into bedlam Tuesday as hundreds of shouting voters quarreled over the right of the fringe candidates to participate. Perennial candidate John Turmel was charged with assault by police after a scuffle with Glebe resident Larry Motuz. Turmel refused to leave Glebe Collegiate auditorium following a 147-121 vote to keep three fringe candidates off the stage. Liberal candidate Mac Harb who supported the fringe candidates right to participate stormed out of the meeting. He called the vote "despicable, the most incredible thing I have ever seen. They are official candidates and they should have the right to take part." Brian Jonah, president of the Glebe Community Association which organized the debate, said he only invited the three mainstream party candidates because inviting all 10 would have made the meeting unwieldy. But he opened to a general vote the question of allowing the three fringe candidates present to take part. After the vote, Turmel, now in his 29th election campaign, marched onto the stage and told the audience it had taken away his democratic right to speak. "I paid my money to become a candidate, got my signatures, so I feel I have a right to speak to my supporters." Final: The remarks were met my some cheers and some boos. Both: Eventually, the stage curtain was lowered cutting Turmel off from view Capital: and the scuffle began. Final: But behind the curtain, Motuz berated Turmel for flouting the democratic of the meeting and threatened him with citizen's arrest. "I can't stand it when someone doesn't listen to what the electorate says," an arm-waving Motuz shouted. The two got involved in a shoving match. A short while later, after refusing requests to leave, Turmel, a 37-year-old engineer and gambler, was escorted away by police and charged with assault after the shoving match in which Motuz landed on the floor. Turmel is to appear in court on Nov. 9. Both: Michael Hahn, another independent candidate, said he was disappointed by the audience's decision. "I have been all over the world and I have never seen such an undemocratic process." Capital: Ottawa Centre is in the capital of Canada and it should be standing up as an example of how the democratic process should be." Both: Hahn and Green Party candidate John Dodson remained in their seats for the rest of the debate. Plamondon who abstained from the vote, said the community association has a right to run a meeting as it chooses. Ottawa Centre resident John Dickson said Harb should have remained to debate. "The views of the majority must stand," he said. Capital: Hilary Girt, also of Centretown, said she voted to allow the fringe candidates because she wanted to listen to the Green Party position. But she said she was satisfied that the vote was fair. Both: Libertarian Party candidate Rudolph Sally, who did not attend the meeting, said he stayed away because he was not invited. Capital: "If people want to discriminate by inviting only three candidates, they should be free to do so," he said. Both: Other fringe candidates in the riding are independent Hardial Baines, the Rhinoceros Party's Liz Johnson and Istvan Kovach of the Commonwealth of Canada Party. The dispute over participation set the tone for the rest of the meeting, which was punctuated by bitter heckling Capital: and the departure of many disappointed people. An informal coalition representing various community associations, churches, and food banks protested poverty, hunger and homelessness. Final: Many of the loudest interjections came from members of the Dalhousie Network, who had marched from St. Luke's Anglican Church on Somerset West.
Carleton University Charlatan, Adam Brown Candidates silenced by democracy Picture of Harb with hand up, Cassidy glum and Plamondon saying cheese for the camera. A federal candidate was wrestled to the ground by an irate spectator at a candidates meeting. John Turmel was charged with assault. Turmel staged a sit-in protest after the audience voted to let only the three mainstream candidates speak at the forum. When Turmel refused to leave the stage, audience member Larry Motuz rushed up and wrestled with him in an attempt to tear the microphone from his hand. "I have a right to stay here and I'm not leaving," shouted Turmel as he struggled with Motuz. Approximately 10 minutes later, Ottawa police charged Turmel with assault and threw him out of the hall. Motuz was not charged. The audience voted 147 to 121 bar all fringe candidates from speaking alongside the others. "I paid my money, I got my signatures so I could speak to the voters and no one is voting away that right," yelled Turmel. Liberal Mac Harb stormed out of the hall in protest of the vote. He said he would not participate in a debate where certain candidates were excluded. "I left the debate because I strongly believe that this issue touched the soul and the heart of every Canadian. If we allow them to run we should give them the right to speak." Michael Cassidy said "I think it was a pretext used by Mr. Harb to avoid meeting some 250 to 300 Glebe residents who were here for this meeting. I think he had a responsibility to say what he stands for, what his party stands for and not to cop out on the pretext that one of the fringe candidates, who has caused trouble in many previous elections, was being denied the right to participate." Bob Plamondon said: "I regret that the people of Ottawa Centre did not have the opportunity to listen to Mr. Harb's stand on the issues. I think the people deserve to hear what he has to say about the issues that face this nation." Harb denied he was ducking the debates. "I am, I was and I always will be ready to debate the issues with Cassidy and Plamondon." He would not say whether he will partake in an upcoming debate at Carleton University if fringe candidates are excluded. Ottawa police released Turmel on promise to appear in court at 9a.m. on Nov. 9. After Turmel was evicted from the hall, the debate continued between the NDP and Tory candidates.
Ottawa Sun Picture of Larry Motuz berating me with my arms crossed captioned "Ottawa Centre independent candidate John Turmel exchanges angry words with voter Larry Motuz." It was the campaign debate to end campaign debates. Even the hecklers were heckled. The Grit, Tory and NDP candidates were invited to face off but the whole thing turned into a knock-down drag-out fight when three independent candidates demanded equal time. One of them, perennial protester John Turmel, was arrested and charged with assault. Mac Harb walked out of the meeting after it voted 147-121 to keep out the independents. "It's despicable, the most incredible thing I have ever seen," said Harb. But even Liberals later said "Harb, reluctant to get on the stage with his opponents, had been looking for an excuse to skip the whole thing anyway.
TURMEL POLITICAL PRESS 1989
890307Tu Ottawa Citizen, B.C. Le Royer letter High interest rates make no sense The policy to remove inflationary pressures by increases in bank interest rates defies common sense. Interest rates are a cost of doing business. It that cost rises, it is transferred to the buyer or consumer in higher prices.
890317Fr National Capital News John Turmel on interest rates John Crown, Governor of the Bank of Canada, tells us that raising interest rates fights inflation. Yet, in his statement in this edition, Mr. James McCambly, President of the Canadian Federation of Labor, states "high interest rates are themselves inflationary as increased business costs are passed on to Canadians..." This is an example of "double-speak" described by George Orwell in `1984.' It is the ability to accept two contradictory points of view as both true. In Economics, it is the ability to accept that interest rates both cause and fight inflation. Actually, Mr. McCambly's statement is true and John Crow's is not. It is obvious to anyone that increasing costs will raise, not lower, prices. With such obvious proof that Mr. Crow's statement is untrue, why do Canadians accept it? This is an example of the Big Lie. If enough respected people repeat a Big Lie, others accept it only on the strength that so many other people believe it. The Big Lie is repeated daily in our newspapers, radio and television stations to justify the interest rates we are subjected to. But note that those who repeat the Big Lie are usually in the position of collecting interest and benefiting from increased interest rates. Just like in the fable of the "King with no clothes," everyone accepted that the naked king had clothes on because everyone else was admiring them. Just like the child who exposed the truth for all to see by stating "The king has no clothes," I expose the truth by stating that "Raising interest rates raises prices and does not fight inflation." Anyone who says it lowers prices is telling a Big Lie.
890407Fr Ottawa Citizen, Bob Marleau Trespass charge dropped The Crown has decided not to proceed on the trespass charge that was laid against John Turmel in connection with an Ottawa Centre candidate's meeting in last fall's federal election campaign. The charges were formally halted in Provincial Offences Court as a result of a settlement reached between Mr. Turmel and the Glebe Community Association, the group which staged the candidate's debate at Glebe High School. A scuffle had developed at the meeting when Turmel, an independent candidate, refused to leave the meeting at which only candidates of the three major parties had been invited to participate. Turmel had also been charged under the criminal code with assaulting Glebe resident Larry Motuz at the meeting during the scuffle at the head table. That charge was dropped in November after the Crown's office viewed a videotape of the scuffle. The Glebe Community Association recently recommended that the trespass charge laid under the Trespass to Property Act be withdrawn.
890409Su Ottawa Sun, Glebe, Turmel settle dispute John Turmel, the man who has run for more offices in Ottawa than most parliamentarians, has been cleared of trespassing charges. The charge was lain in connection with a rowdy town-hall meeting during the 1988 federal election campaign. In Provincial Offences Court Thursday, the Crown recommended the charges be dropped after a settlement was reached between Turmel and the Glebe Community Association, organizers of the Nov. 1 meeting. A scuffle broke out at the meeting after Turmel, and independent candidate for Ottawa Centre, refused to leave the stage. Officials of the Association told Turmel only candidates from the three major parties would be heard. Turmel argued he had a right to air his views. Turmel was also running for mayor of Ottawa at the time.. The board of the Glebe Community Association recently recommended the charges be withdrawn.
890603Sa Ottawa Citizen, Jack Aubrey 4 mayoral candidates, 3 others breached city's by-election bylaw All four of Ottawa Mayor Jim Durrell's opponents breached the city's election bylaw, says a city report. John Turmel, Nabil Fawzy, John Kroeker and Michael Bartholomew failed to file a candidate's report to the city clerk on their expenditures and contributions. Turmel, who also run in the federal and a provincial by-election in the fall, said he did file a report and will look into the matter Monday. He said he spent only $40 on his campaign. The other candidates could not be reached for comment.
890607We Ottawa Sun, Fred Ennis Fringe didn't file, Jimbo's rivals could lose again WHO'S GOING TO BE THE PUBLIC SPIRITED CITIZEN? Remember the guys that ran against Mayor Jimbo during the last municipal election? Well, most of the failed to report their expenses to the city clerk. None received substantial votes and they were commonly referred to as "fringe" candidates. The city does not normally prosecute such violations but they will if someone launches a formal complaint. The best news of all is that such scofflaws can be barred from running in the next municipal election if they are convicted. So, who's going to step forward and launch a prosecution? Why doesn't the gutless wimp launch it himself?
890907Th Ottawa Citizen, UPI Bran combats cancer: study WASHINGTON -- A study provides scientific evidence that a daily regimen of wheat bran decreases the risk of colon cancer. "The results of this nutritional intervention trial are promising."
891117Fr The Card Player, Arnold `The Bishop' Snyder Blackjack in Canada Gambling (casino and otherwise) is legal all over Canada though most of it is strictly regulated by the government. Jake Smallwood recently sent me a news clipping from Ottawa which reported that a man who was running a high-stakes blackjack game in his hotel room was found not guilty because all players had an opportunity to deal, indicating a fair game. Social gambling is legal throughout the country, without much regulation. Various forms of poker are played socially for high stakes. Most of the blackjack games are in legal casinos.
891212Tu Ottawa Citizen `100 million children need not die': Military spending costs for one day could save them, says UNICEF U.N. -- Most of the 100 million children who are expected to die in the 1990s could be saved for the amount of money U.S. cigarette companies spend on advertising or the Soviets spend on vodka. The projected deaths are expected to result from malnutrition, dehydration, pneumonia, measles, tetanus and whooping cough. Low-cost preventative treatment would cost about $2.5 billion a year. The world spends that much each day on the military. Developing countries spend half of that. Spending on the military deprives Third World families of basic nutrition and health care. The cost of immunizing all these children would be about $3 billion a year. If present trends continue, more than 100 million children will die needlessly in the next decade. To mobilize the political will to solve these problems in the 1990s, UNICEF is calling for a World Summit for Children for world leaders to tackle this major social issue. More than 100 countries have endorsed the summit idea. "It is time the needs of children were given this kind of priority."
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