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Billythreefeathers
08-19-2017, 06:17 AM
Non-profit suing CBC for defamation over series of articles

http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/08/18/non-profit-suing-cbc-for-defamation-over-series-of-articles

A non-profit preventive medicine company founded by Calgary Flames co-owner Allan Markin is suing the CBC for what it claims is a series of defamatory articles.

Pure North S'Energy Foundation is seeking $6 million in damages from the national broadcaster and two of its reporters, Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell.

In its statement of claim, filed in Calgary Court of Queen's Bench, True North says it has repeatedly asked the CBC to remove from the Internet what it says are inaccurate articles.

"Pure North's reputation and work has been severely damaged as the result of an unrelenting broadcast campaign by the CBC and the reporters through various media which has had the result of damage to Pure North by spreading disinformation and mistruths about Pure North's operation and practices," it states

"Pure North has repeatedly requested that the CBC change its reporting to publicize accurate facts, and Pure North has supported its request with multiple pieces of scientific research and practice guidelines for medical practitioners which supports Pure North's practices and operations.

"But CBC has refused to retract, correct, or apologize for its inaccurate reporting which it continues to publish on the Internet."

The lawsuit details 28 separate paragraphs it says point to defamatory content published by the broadcaster.

Among them are "that the Pure North programs are effectively a 'private health' program."

"This is false. In fact, Pure North is a charitable not for profit organization which provides participants lifestyle and nutritional counseling with voluntary vitamin and nutrient supplementation on a heavily subsidized basis, and it is complimentary and not a substitute for primary, publicly funded health care."

The media outlet also falsely reported "the Alberta government has for years allowed the foundation of a wealthy Calgary oilman, Allan Markin, to deliver a 'private,' 'unproven,' 'alternative' health program," the lawsuit alleges.

"Pure North does no attempt to displace conventional 'medical treatment' and in fact encourages the same," it says.

"Pure North says the adjective 'alternative' in conjunction with medical treatment is defamatory in that it suggests Pure North eschews provincially funded primary medical treatment when it does not."

Along with causing damage to the organization's reputation, the series of reports also caused Pure North significant monetary harm, including the province cancelling a $2.7-million program and putting future provincially supported funding in jeopardy, it says.

Statements of defence in response to the unproven allegations contained in the claim have not been filed.

Billythreefeathers
08-19-2017, 06:17 AM
I don't care if they win or loss,, just don't settle out of court

Waterloomike
08-19-2017, 06:48 AM
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BruceW
08-19-2017, 06:55 AM
No matter what cbc has no risk whatsoever, it's all just taxpayer dollars, so what do they care?

LB303
08-19-2017, 07:13 AM
I don't care if they win or loss,, just don't settle out of court

Retraction would be far more valuable than mere money

Rory McCanuck
08-19-2017, 09:49 AM
Pure North S'Energy Foundation is seeking $6 million in damages from the national broadcaster and two of its reporters, Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell.

In its statement of claim, filed in Calgary Court of Queen's Bench, True North says it has repeatedly asked the CBC to remove from the Internet what it says are inaccurate articles.
Sorry, but it's hard to accept anything from an article that can't even get the name right.
Is it Pure North, part owner of the Calgary Flames, or is it True North, the owner of the Winnipeg Jets?