J'accuse!Kevin Michael Grace
and Kevin Steel
have collaborated to produce chapter and verse on the sheer incompetence and bad faith which surrounds the death of Report Magazine and the invention of the Citizens Centre.
KMG in a later post
My 3,000-word sally did not succeed in knocking Link Byfield off his high horse. I don’t know exactly what I expected, but an angry mob converging on the headquarters of the Citizens Centre would have been nice. It is madness, of course, to expect justice in this world, but one cannot summon the strength to compose an exposé without the expectation that someone will care.
The angry mob will take a while to assemble simply because the people with the most at stake in the Report/Citizens Centre mess other than the unpaid ex-employees are the thousands of people who subscribed to the magazine in good faith and donated money to the Citizens Centre in equally good faith. That faith has been broken.
The sort of people who are the backbone of an magazine like Report or a movement like the movement Byfield has been trying to get going via the Citizens Centre are the sort of people who would go hungry rather than letting a debt or an obligation go undischarged. They are the sort of people whose major objection to the Ottawa government is that it is run by people who see bankruptcy as a way of doing business.
These people are slow to anger. They are slow to accuse; but once they have the facts they will make their disappointment and anger clear. Byfield will not be able to weasel past the good people who he has duped. As word of KMG's piece begins to spread Byfield will begin to have question after question thrown at him about the Centre's finances but, more importantly, his own ethics.
KMG writes that people have told him there is not a "smoking gun" in either his piece or Kevin Steel's archive
. I disagree. The gun is there but it is hiding behind a flimsy legal modesty skirt which is fraying by the instant. The gun's ugly outlines are there: the CC bought a publishing company for $100.00. Was there an assumption of liability agreement which accompanied that transaction? What other consideration was tendered? Were employees entitled to rely upon the representations of the Citizens Centre and its directors as to who was publishing the magazine?
One way or another the thin veil of Link Byfield's legal logic chopping is going to be torn away. Whether it is by way of the current Employment Standards branch investigation into the publishing company and the Citizens Centre or through
Discovery at the very beginning of litigation on behalf of one or more of the ex-employees, every document, financial record and bank statement, every cancelled cheque and memo, every contract and side deal negotiated by Byfield, his father and the various companies and non-profits they control or have controlled, is going to see the light of day.
It will be news if only because the liberal media will relish uncovering the financing of the Report. KMG, Kevin Steel, Colby and a number of other people with sharp pens and a bit of time on their hands, are not going to let this story die.