David Love: Man on a mission (Journal de Montréal, March 3, 2012)

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Translation of an article published on March 3, 2012 in Le Journal de Montréal (snapshot below):
Un homme en mission

SCIENTOLOGY

A man on a mission

Former addict devotes his life to shutting down a detoxification center linked to Scientology

by Émilie Dubreuil
March 3, 2012


Photo caption
David Love (right) chats with Shadow, a member of Anonymous, a group that fights the Church of Scientology. They went to Parliament in Ottawa to meet with Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette to ask for support. The senator has since contacted the authorities in Quebec.


David Love arrived in Quebec in 2008. Addicted to cocaine and medications, he no longer had any choice: either undergo detoxification or watch his life fall apart. So he entered Narconon Trois-Rivières, a supposedly hyper-efficient detox center. A year later, he came out weaned from his addiction, but in a state of post-traumatic shock. For the past three years, he has been making every effort to ask the authorities to shut down the center.

"All I do," says 60-year-old David Love, "is dedicate myself to preventing others from becoming victims of this scam. I help those who leave, I write complaints, I meet with politicians. Once I've achieved my goal, I'll go back home to British Columbia."

Narconon Trois-Rivières advertises a success rate well above the average, nearly 80%. The detoxification center's clientele consists almost exclusively of English Canadians and Americans.

Love received treatment along with about sixty other such clients. After completing the program, he was hired as an employee. Many of those who work at the center have followed a similar path from being patients to becoming intervention workers.

Narconon has no specialists with degrees in the treatment of drug addiction in the traditional sense. Psychologists and doctors are also absent, and this is not the smallest peculiarity of this program, which costs about $30,000.

The Narconon Trois-Rivières website summarizes the treatment program as "complete and natural, with no substitution of drugs and no medication. Its immense success is due to a unique combination of benefits from biophysical detoxification followed by a precise sequence of extensive educational gains through life improvement courses."

Yelling at an ashtray

Former patients report that, at the beginning of treatment, they had to yell at an ashtray; this is the control exercise. Another exercise involves staring at a wall for hours or looking without blinking at another patient. Some patients have to eliminate their relationships with relatives and friends that the intervention workers consider harmful. After this first phase, patients are allowed to take the "purification rundown", which consists of spending five to six hours a day in a sauna for more than three weeks.

A portrait of L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986, towers over the entrance hall at Narconon Trois-Rivières. Hubbard was the founder of the Church of Scientology and he was basically a science fiction writer.

The treatment at Narconon Trois-Rivières is based on Hubbard's writings. Narconon is a trademark owned by another legal entity: ABLE, whose mission is, according to its website, "to rid the world of its most devastating social ills — drugs, crime, and illiteracy using the methodologies developed by L. Ron Hubbard."

According to Hubbard, drugs accumulate over time in the fatty tissues of the body. This is a half-truth: some drugs only reside temporarily in fatty tissues. In any case, expelling drugs from the body, according to Hubbard, requires sweating, which explains the sauna. To promote sweating, patients are instructed to ingest vegetable oil and a vitamin called niacin in very high doses, up to 5,000 milligrams per day. The amount recommended by Health Canada is 500 mg daily.

Neither Narconon nor the Church of Scientology of Montreal returned Le Journal de Montréal's calls.


Translation of an article published on March 3, 2012 in Le Journal de Montréal:
«Ils m’ont utilisé»

SCIENTOLOGY

"They used me"

by Émilie Dubreuil
March 3, 2012


Photo caption
Joshua Dann came out of Narconon Trois-Rivières with a nervous breakdown. The Ontario man has also chosen to stay in Quebec to speak out about his misadventure.


Joshua Dann is 37 years old. In July 2009, his life was in tatters. Saddled with a drug addiction and suffering from hepatitis C, the Ontario man decided to turn things around. After a few clicks on the Internet, he stumbled upon the Addiction Enders Canada website, which referred him to a toll-free number.

Over the phone, an agent suggested a treatment program whose success rate is higher than any other: 76%. Narconon.

Joshua's father agreed to pay the price charged at that time, $23,000, and Joshua soon found himself in a center that immediately appeared strange to him. "I had absolutely no idea that this was an organization connected with Scientology. I understood this much later.

"The first week is for withdrawal. Supposedly to help you, the intervention workers practice what they call 'touch assists'. They touch you with their fingertip all over you to make you feel your body. I found it pretty bizarre."

Mr. Dann smiles ironically when he talks about the control exercise. "You have to look at an object, for example an ashtray, and you yell at it: 'Stand up!'"

"Already, after one week, I found it completely ridiculous, but I couldn't leave. Narconon had called my parents to tell them that, if I phoned to complain, it was because I was resisting treatment. And since they had spent nearly $25,000, I didn't want to disappoint them.

Bombs

"When I finished my withdrawal, Narconon sent me to a doctor in the Montreal area. I wasn't feeling well because they made me take tons of vitamins, what they call 'bombs'. Dr. Labonté told me that I couldn't start the second stage of treatment, which involves spending several hours a day in a sauna. So they made me work in the kitchen."

A few weeks later, the center's employees, who had not been paid for some time, all quit together. As a result, Mr. Dann had to operate the kitchen without being paid.

The former patient has also complained to the Quebec Human Rights Commission, which has opened an investigation. "I went there to make my life better. They used me and did even more damage to me. When I got out of there, I was in a deep depression."


  • Few addicts are aware of the relationship between Scientology and the Narconon center when they begin the Narconon program in Trois-Rivières, or of the fact that the program they are following is actually almost identical for persons who join the Church of Scientology.

  • Narconon, a non-profit organization, has about a hundred branches worldwide, but only one in Canada.


Translation of an article published on March 3, 2012 in Le Journal de Montréal:
«Ils m’ont utilisé»

SCIENTOLOGY

"I was very vulnerable" - Iola Rawnsley

by Émilie Dubreuil
March 3, 2012

Iola Rawnsley, 32, a native of British Columbia arrived at Narconon Trois-Rivières in October 2009 for treatment of her drug addiction. Earlier this month, she filed a complaint with the Quebec Human Rights Commission against Narconon.

Iola chose Narconon because a distant acquaintance of her family who knew she had a serious addiction to heroin contacted her through Facebook and boasted about the Narconon miracle cure. "I was very vulnerable at the time and I accepted. I understood later that this recruiter was getting 10% commission for the sale."

"I suffer from a severe anxiety disorder, so my doctor in British Columbia prescribed anti-anxiety drugs for me. As soon as I arrived at Narconon, they took away my medication. "

Something wasn't right

Scientologists do not believe in psychiatry and are vehemently opposed to modern psychiatric medication, which they fight in various ways.

"They took me to see a doctor in Montreal and I thought that something wasn't right. Aren't there enough doctors in Trois-Rivières? When I arrived at his office, I understood. There were Scientology posters on the walls. I felt trapped. I couldn't leave because the Narconon people told my parents that, if I left, I couldn't see my children."

Iola Rawnsley suffered a relapse after leaving Narconon.


Translation of a French article published on March 3, 2012 in Le Journal de Montréal:
Un homme en mission

SCIENTOLOGY

Numerous complaints

by Émilie Dubreuil
March 3, 2012

After completing his treatment, David Love was hired as an employee at Narconon. His job: to compile statistics on the treatment program's success rate.

He soon realized that the numbers would be doctored. He then searched the Internet for information about Narconon and contacted Info-Cult, which helped him get out in November 2009. Love is also supported by Anonymous, a group that openly fights the Church of Scientology around the world.

  • Love first filed a complaint with Quebec Labour Standards Commission regarding the salary he was paid: $2.50 an hour. As a result, he received compensation from Narconon.

  • In October 2010, he complained to the College of Physicians against Dr. Pierre Labonté. Though Narconon is located in Trois-Rivières, its official doctor was based in the Montreal region. In July 2011, the College of Physicians severely reprimanded Dr. Pierre Labonté for a breach of professional ethics. He was prohibited from working again with Narconon.

  • In October 2010, Love filed a complaint with the Quebec Health and Social Services Agency. The Commissioner's report recommended that the certification committee clearly establish whether the treatment is religious. In addition, the Commissioner noted that the massive ingestion of niacin raises serious questions. He cited a statement from the Public Health Institute of Quebec about the toxicity of the vitamin.

  • Last August, Love sent another complaint to the College of Physicians regarding the illegal practice of medicine as well as a complaint to the Quebec Human Rights Commission concerning the exploitation of persons with disabilities. An investigation is in progress.

  • In early 2012, the Canada Revenue Agency also received a complaint, because the detoxification center is registered on the list of charities in Canada in the category of "purposes that benefit the community". The agency has informed Mr. Love that his complaint had been directed to the appropriate persons.


Translation of a French article published on March 3, 2012 in Le Journal de Montréal:
Un homme en mission

SCIENTOLOGY

A CONTESTED ORGANIZATION

by Émilie Dubreuil
March 3, 2012

  • According to Narconon's blog, evaluators from the Accreditation Council of Quebec recently spent time at Narconon and interviewed patients and staff. Their report will determine whether or not Narconon obtains a permit from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, which has established a certification process for the various treatment programs offered in Quebec.

  • According to the Health and Social Services Agency for the Mauricie region, the Accreditation Council's report will be sent to a committee of experts who will recommend to the Agency whether or not to grant certification to Narconon. This process could take weeks or even months.

  • A trial against a Narconon branch in the state of Georgia is expected to begin soon in the United States. A young man reportedly died of an overdose there.

  • In early February, Danish authorities temporarily shut down a Narconon center whose facilities were ruled inadequate.

  • For 2010, Narconon Trois-Rivières reported total revenues of of $2,526,630 from the sale of goods and services (excluding revenues from government sources).

  • For 2010, Narconon Trois-Rivières reported that 109 persons worked full time for the organization at a cost of $414,000 in salaries.

  • Scientology was created in 1954 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and it currently claims to have 12 million followers in 150 countries.

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Thank you so VERY much for doing the traslating mnql1 - AND for ALL
the hard work you do every day.

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Wow, thanks for such a comprehensive round-up of articles and the translations!
Fascinating stuff - go David! :clap:

Ps I note one article says "12 million followers"....
 

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English Media Picking Up On Story
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http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/03/04/19458201.html?cid=rssnewscanada

MONTREAL - A B.C. man has made it his mission to shut down a Quebec rehab clinic with links to the Church of Scientology that he says is running a "scam."

Former patients at the clinic told QMI Agency that the treatment involves screaming at ashtrays and taking high doses of vitamins before spending hours in a sauna.

In 2008, David Love, 60, sought help at a drug rehab centre in Trois-Rivieres, Que., located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. He said that at the time he was addicted to cocaine and pills.

The program at the Narconon Trois-Rivieres Drug Rehab Center cost $30,000 and boasts a success rate of 80% - higher than traditional addiction centres.

A year after Love's treatment, he said he was off drugs - but suffering from post-traumatic stress.

He told QMI Agency that he's been on a crusade for the last three years to shut the clinic down.

"All I've done is devote my time to try and help people avoid being victims of this scam," he said. "I help those who leave, I write complaints, I meet with politicians. When I've reached my goal (to close the clinic) I will return to B.C."

The clinic's patients are almost exclusively English Canadians or Americans.

Love said he was treated at the clinic along with 60 people. After his stay, he said he was hired to work there - which is not uncommon.

Several former patients have become employees of the centre, QMI Agency has learned.

The clinic does not employ certified addiction specialists, nor does it hire doctors or psychologists.

Part of the treatment at the centre is called the "Narconon Drug-Free Withdrawal."
The program is described on the clinic's website as a "proven method that can actually help someone over come withdrawal symptoms without the use of substitute drugs."

Narconon's unique drug bomb vitamin formula with the minerals, calcium and magnesium, has been successful for decades in treating the withdrawal symptoms of coming off practically any drug.

Other treatments include what's referred to as the "purification course," which consists of spending five to six hours a day in a sauna for three weeks.

To help induce maximal sweating, patients are asked to ingest vegetable oil along with a high dose of the vitamin niacin.

QMI Agency has learned that patients were given daily doses of 5,000 mg of the vitamin. Health Canada recommends people only take a 500-mg daily dose of niacin.

According to former patients, they were asked to berate and yell at an ashtray, which they were told was an exercise in control. Other exercises included staring at a wall for hours or at another patient without blinking.

A portrait of L. Ron. Hubbard, the founder of Scientology and former science fiction writer, hangs in the entrance hall of the clinic. Hubbard died in 1986.

The treatment administered in this clinic is based on Hubbard's writings. Narconon is owned by a company called A.B.L.E., whose mission, as stated on its website, is to "rid the world of its most devastating social Ills -- drugs, crime, illiteracy and immorality -- through the social betterment methods and principles of author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard."

Narconon Trois-Rivières declared revenues of $2,526,630 - not including government subsidies - for 2010. That year, the company said it employed 109 people full time, which it said cost the clinic $414,000 in salary expenses.

Narconon and Montreal's Church of Scientology did not return QMI Agency's phone calls.
 

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The Toronto Sun - Scientology Link to Clinic

The Toronto Sun belongs to Sun Media, whose parent company, Quebecor, also owns Le Journal de Montréal. The canoe.ca website quoted in post 62 also belongs to Quebecor. This story could have more legs than a centipede.


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Scientology link to clinic

Man looks to close down Quebec rehab centre

EMILIE DUBREUIL
QMI Agency
March 5, 2012 (Published in the Toronto Sun)


MONTREAL— A B.C. man has made it his mission to shut down a Quebec rehab clinic with links to the Church of Scientology that he says is running a “scam.”

Former patients at the clinic told QMI Agency that the treatment involves screaming at ashtrays and taking high doses of vitamins before spending hours in a sauna.

In 2008, David Love, 60, sought help at a drug rehab centre in Trois-Rivières, Que., located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.

The program at the Narconon Trois-Rivières Drug Rehab Centre cost $30,000 and boasts a success rate of 80%— higher than traditional addiction centres.

A year after Love’s treatment, he said he was off drugs — but suffering from post-traumatic stress.

He told QMI Agency that he’s been on a crusade for the last three years to shut the clinic down.

“All I’ve done is devote my time to try and help people avoid being victims of this scam,” he said. “I help those who leave, I write complaints, I meet with politicians. When I’ve reached my goal (to close the clinic) I will return to B.C.”

The clinic’s patients are almost exclusively English Canadians or Americans.

Love said he was treated at the clinic along with 60 people. After his stay, he said he was hired to work there — which is not uncommon.

‘Drug-free withdrawal’

The clinic does not employ certified addiction specialists, nor does it hire doctors or psychologists.

Part of the treatment at the centre is called the “Narconon Drug-free withdrawal.”

Narconon’s unique drug bomb vitamin formula with the minerals, calcium and magnesium, has been successful for decades in treating the withdrawal symptoms of coming off practically any drug.

Other treatments include what’s referred to as the “purification course,” which consists of spending five to six hours a day in a sauna for three weeks. To help induce maximal sweating, patients are asked to ingest vegetable oil along with a high dose of the vitamin niacin.

QMI Agency has learned that patients were given daily doses of 5,000 mg of the vitamin. Health Canada recommends people only take a 500mg daily dose of niacin.

A portrait of L. Ron. Hubbard, the founder of Scientology and former science fiction writer, hangs in the entrance hall of the clinic.

The treatment administered in this clinic is based on Hubbard’s writings.

Narconon Trois-Rivières declared revenues of $2,526,630 — not including government subsidies — for 2010. Narconon and Montreal’s Church of Scientology did not return QMI Agency’s phone calls.

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Will post ALL financials this week - - waiting for more Intel. But it will be this week for sure:thumbsup:

***<YAWN>***, just woke up to text beeps,..., "WTF,..., who the heck is beeping me now,...,LOL?" TV reporter again!

Makin' cup of strong coffee for interview shortly - - Anonymous delivers again! Tx for all the Intel on reporter et al - - equipment is now
set up and ready for beginning of eventual end,..,LOL

YUK!!! Ran out of sugar for coffee (No Havingness),..., LOL :)

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Oh', my gosh! Balls of steel reporter. There has been another serious complaint filed against
NN TR from a patient out West and the parents are PISSED!

Arrangements are being made for on-camera interviews here in Montreal for this National TV Station VERY soon. (English).:happydance::thumbsup:
 
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Oh', my gosh! Balls of steel reporter. There has been another serious complaint filed against
NN TR from a patient out West and the parents are PISSED!

Arrangements are being made for on-camera interviews here in Montreal for this National TV Station VERY soon. (English).:happydance::thumbsup:

Yay, the Love Snowball is gaining speed! :biggrin:
 

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It sure is gaining speed - - setting up right now for interview with Vancouver newspaper interview in English, then the TV Reporter again tomorrow.

USA Investigative Reporter contacted me again today and Article is in process. This one will be a hard hitter.:omg:

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Uploaded by Intelligenceplus on Mar 6, 2012


March 7, 2012 - - With recent media exposing the Scientology rehab center, Narconon Trois-Rivieres, a reckoning is on the doorstep for cult/sect scams in Canada and other countries. David Edgar Love confronts all aspects of Narconon, as one hundred percent Scientology indoctrination practices, recruiting patients as staff members and up L. Ron Hubbard's "Bridge to the Bridge".


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UPDATE: In Today

7:34 PM (18 hours ago)


Hi Dave,
I am still furiously working on your story. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

We are now looking at publishing your story on Wednesday.

I just wanted to keep you informed so you don’t think the time you spent with me was all for nothing!
Thank you again for all the documents. They are very helpful.

Kind regards,

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