Dear Slabbed nation… I have asked the Slabbed publisher to afford me this chance to speak directly to you and to clear up what might be misinformation, lies and innuendo being promoted about me by frequent Slabbed subjects and Trout Point Lodge owners, Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret. While in a Nova Scotia courtroom yesterday, testifying under oath about their outrage at the alleged smears, innuendo and defamatory comments directed toward them by the nation, they took the opportunity to defame me with the exact same tactics.
I would like to set the record straight about defamatory comments made by Perret and Leary in the court room, on their Trout Point Lodge blog and other public documents and arenas. I have never operated as an “informant” for Slabbed or any other person, entity, group or business. I do not publish stories from Slabbed, but produce stories based on a variety of sources and, in many circumstances, based upon hours of meticulous research.
I have never acted in collusion or concert with Slabbed or any other publication or publisher. Sharing sources, leads and story ideas is a common practice in the news business and I have no intention of ceasing this age-old practice among colleagues.
Further, my writings about Trout Point Lodge are in no way connected to an affiliation with a former employee of the Lodge. That the pair chose to defame her on their blog and again in court is something which she will have to take up with them.
I have never intentionally printed false or misleading or defamatory material about the Lodge or its owners and have removed any such materials immediately when being advised of any oversight in that regard.
I was – and remain – grossly offended when recently contacted by Mr. Perret requesting that I turn over to him all email correspondence between me and the Slabbed publisher so, according to him, he “could use them in the damages proceedings.” This is a direct intimidation and an a priori invasion of my rights as a journalist.
I admit to being a reader of the Slabbed blog and appreciate that some of its readers also find insight and value in my publishing about the Nova Scotia connection to New Orleans politics.
My news site is not mainstream, but has a loyal readership among citizens here in Southwest Nova Scotia and among the politicos and news makers in Halifax. I have written about major and minor scandals for more than seven years, the results of which have been the firing of corrupt officials and various investigations by the Ombudsman’s office, the RCMP and the provincial government. I am not polite, but am generally on point.
I am hoping that these continued smears and innuendo by Perret and Leary do not dissuade readers – Slabbed nation or not – from appreciating the productive and necessary journalism on my news site – and others like it – and from visiting often.
One of the residual – or, in some cases, primary – effects of this serial defamatory action by Leary, Perret and Trout Point Lodge, and perhaps part of their strategy, is to dissuade further coverage of their actions and notoriety. My cursory reading of the statutes suggest this will not sit well with any U.S. justices who might hear any cases to which they are a party under the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act and other U.S. laws which will prevail in their attempts to have a Canadian judgment enforced
I will be contacting my attorney today regarding the appropriate action here vis-à-vis these sinister, snide and dangerous innuendo and smears. Meanwhile, I appreciate your indulgence.