Fantino fined by Court for no-show at settlement conference

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UPDATED 1032 EST March 11/09

Today, Gary McHale and I attended a pre-trial settlement conference in connection with our Small Claims Court suits against OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino for comments he has made since November 2007 in which he falsely accused us – among several things – of being “involved” in violence.

Fantino fined for not appearing at pre-trial conference

According to the rules of the Court the Defendant is required to attend the pre-trial conference, or request permission for teleconferencing. Although two of his lawyers were present, Fantino didn’t show. The judge took exception to his absence and fined Fantino twice  – once for my case and once for McHale’s.

Unfortunately, I cannot report who the fines must be paid to, I cannot disclose the amount of the fines, nor can I explain the judge’s full reasoning for imposing them.

The fact Fantino was fined by the judge was in no way a comment on the relative merits of our cases before the Small Claims Court because the two are absolutely unrelated.

Fantino motion for ‘Summary Judgement’

Fantino’s lawyers will be arguing a motion for ‘Summary Judgement’ on June 23/09 in an attempt to convince the hearing judge (not the same judge who presided over today’s settlement conference) that our case has no merit and should be decided without holding a trial.

Stay tuned.

P.S. Today wasn’t a good day for Fantino; he failed – for the second time – to have an adjudicator removed from an OPP disciplinary hearing into his actions in laying charges against two senior officers under the Police Services Act:

Mark Vandermaas, Editor
VoiceofCanada
info@voiceofcanada.ca

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6 responses to “Fantino fined by Court for no-show at settlement conference

  1. I guess Fantino believes he is totally above the law. I await the outcome of this with bated breath. I can hardly wait for the nasty Fantino letter to the editor on this circumstance.

  2. Murray Hilton

    My guess is that the writing is more clearly on the wall, and it does not read like the fairy tale ending, ‘and they lived happily ever after’.

    Mr. Fantino, the jig is up. Kindly go and join all the other poor souls that have rescently become unemployed.
    Thanks to Gary et al, you’ll be getting your pink slip.

    Murray

    VoC REPLY: Hi Murray. Thanks so much for the positive thoughts, but I/we have to be careful not to give anyone the impression that the fact Fantino was fined was, in any way, a comment on the relative merits of our cases before the Small Claims Court because the two are absolutely unrelated. Thanks for writing. Mark

  3. Mark,I will keep this one short and sweet.
    To Fantino….HA HA!!!!!! Enough said.

    VoC REPLY:Thanks – for the happy thoughts and for writing. Regards, Mark

  4. jim Edgeworth

    It will be interesting to find ,what pocket the fines are paid from. I regret it is more likely to be from the Ontario Treasury . It’s time that this package of Ego is made to answer for all the cost He has placed on the Country. some at monetary some are far more expensive !
    When the cigarette tax loss and the Provincial deficit were the same , at half a billion someone should be able to figure out this will just get worse and end it ! Of course I have said that for three years and here we still are.

    VoC REPLY: Thanks for the comment, Jim. Ontario’s going to accumulate $56B in debt in the next few years, but Dalton doesn’t care about losing a fortune in cigarette taxes to organized crime, or about the scumbags who sell them to kids. Please, please, please…let’s send Dalton and gang to the unemployment line next election. Regards, Mark

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  5. I harken back to that movie you recommended about the end to the slave trade in England. The wheels turn slowly, but justice can prevail if a few dedicated souls have the staying power.

    VoC REPLY: Hi Mark, nice to hear from you. The movie was ‘Amazing Grace’ (THE most inspiring movie I have ever seen) and it told the story of how William Wilberforce ended slavery in the British Empire with only a handful of people working closely with him. It took him many years and he despaired at times over his lack of progress, but in the end, justice and truth won over evil and apathy.

    Racial policing will end – we just don’t know the date of the funeral. There are great signs, though: An ART member testified against a native for the first time (at Steve Powless trial); at least one lawyer has approached Gary & Jeff expressing outrage that the Crown dropped the charges against the cops (a Judicial Review will be filed); OPP officers have shaken Gary’s hand and expressed their support; Clyde Powless is now charged with assaulting an OPP officer (can’t wait to watch the Crown argue why that charge should be dropped.) They originally argued that the police could lay their own charges, but that bit of dim logic was overturned this week thanks to Parkinson v. R.

    There will be setbacks, we will lose some battles, and we will falter at times, but the outcome of the struggle is not in doubt thanks to Gary. As someone who works with him every day, I am in awe at his unwavering determination to fight the evil attacking your town. When I start feeling down, Gary’s strength keeps me going.

    I hope things are well with you and your family, Mark. Regards, Mark

  6. WL Mackenzie Redux

    “Fantino’s lawyers will be arguing a motion for ‘Summary Judgement’ on June 23/09 in an attempt to convince the hearing judge (not the same judge who presided over today’s settlement conference) that our case has no merit and should be decided without holding a trial.”

    HA! Put this pompous hypocrite in front of a jury of regular, well adjusted, nice folks with normal values and they’ll order his arrogant maligning hide peeled. He’ll avoid jury justice like the plague…he wants the closed door elitist crony adjudicating systems which preclude public accountability/scrutiny which his boss McChimpy relies on so much.

    BTW: I heard a dirty rumor that Big Juli is thinking about running as a candidate in the Onterrible PC leadership race…..he has to be weapons-grade stupid to think this unseemly baggage can be lugged into the political arena with no ill impact.

    What a plank-thick pillock. How people this vacant and swaggering get into positions of trust and authority is the eternal question of this province’s tax payers as it continues to spiral down into a dystoian kakistocracy.