CHRONOLOGY OF KEY EVENTS
The purpose of this brief chronology is to provide a timeline for key datable events, mostly from e-mails and the reporter's phone log (TelephoneLog.htm); the information provided here is thus very limited.
Fall, 1998: Ferrel Christensen becomes very active in ECMAS in attempt to build up the struggling organization.
Sept., 2000: Louise Malenfant is brought to
Dec., 2000: Serious conflicts between them result in FC failing to extend contract with LM, the two breaking ties.
Jan., 2001: Reports that LM will attempt to get on ECMAS Board at the annual meeting; FC warns a few against it.
Feb. 13, 15, 16: Email from LM attacking FC to a list of ECMAS contacts; FC and ECMAS-Edmonton president Bouvier reply. LM reply to Bouvier libels FC; Bouvier asks LM not to broadcast such attacks, doesn't inform FC.
Thu., Feb. 22: LM forwards to the Post reporter ("PR" hereafter) a compilation of the emails of Feb. 13, 15 and 16.
Early March: At FC's suggestion of the need to keep LM from seeking ECMAS vice presidency, Bouvier asks an ECMAS regular attender if she will run for that office at the Annual General Meeting. Unknown to him, she and her boyfriend ("Source A") were making secret plans with LM regarding the election.
Mon., Mar. 12: ECMAS AGM; attempt by LM to elect these two covert allies as president and vice president, by bringing people rarely or never attendant at ECMAS member-meetings. Not knowing Bouvier had asked the latter to run and fearing she is part of LM's plot, [Tim] Adams nominates himself for VP and is elected by one-vote margin.
Wed., Mar. 14: PR phones LM; LM sends emails to PR, including discussion by LM of FC's book, forwarded emails from "the girlfriend" and from writer for The Report newsmagazine; also an email about a grandmother who will be interviewed and subsequently quoted anonymously by PR.
Fri., Mar. 16- Mon., Mar. 19: Phone calls and emails between LM and PR, the emails involving FC's book; forwarded emails from more potential interviewees against FC.
Wed., Mar. 21: PR phones "Source A" (later quoted anonymously) and former vice president and former president of ECMAS; returns [Tim] Adams' call; leaves message at ECMAS message-line; attempts to phone two who will later be anonymous informants; attempts to phone the president of ECMAS-Calgary. ECMAS-Edmonton board meets in the evening, discussing PR's threatened article about TA and telephoning her office in desperation.
Thu., Mar. 22: PR phones remaining three
later to be quoted anonymously, phones president of ECMAS-Calgary, Bouvier and
finally LM. The former president of ECMAS-Edmonton emails PR and LM protesting
their actions and cc'ing a long list of ECMAS contacts previously emailed by
LM. Not knowing that PR is finally talking on phone to the
Fri., Mar. 23:
The president emails PR in follow-up to phone conversation, she responds in an
email with a list of accusatory questions for him. (He never answers it.) FC
Sat., Mar. 24: FC answers PR briefly, cc'ing ECMAS people, two lawyers, and others who might possibly know how to deal with threat from PR; later FC sends a bit more information to the two of them (both in US) who replied.
Sun., Mar. 25: FC emails and faxes letter and proposed article to editor-in-chief of Post; later forwards these items to same cc-list of FC's Saturday email. PR emails TA asking if he has resigned, emails president reminding of her deadline. ECMAS Board meets re FC and TA, accepting TA resignation but keeping his membership. Final vote on FC delayed till Tuesday by actions of the two covert LM allies in the meeting. President emails PR re results so far.
Mon., April 2: Second Herald article appears,
presenting FC's denials regarding contents of book. Radio talk-show out of
Thu., April 5: FC emails press release, and
somewhat revised version of essay he had requested Post to publish, to editor
Wed., April 11:
Thur., April 12: PR emails ECMAS president asking for final decision on FC, which president still didn't send her.
Tue., April 17: Post publishes article maligning FC and maligning TA again.
Wed., April 18:
Thu., April 19: PR emails
Fri., April 20:
Tue., May 1: ECMAS faxes and emails complaint to Ontario Press Council and press release to major Canadian news media; FC faxes release to major Canadian media announcing intended lawsuit against Post. No response.
Fri., May 4: PR emails Bouvier demanding retraction of various ECMAS news-release claims, threatening lawsuit.
Thu., May 17: Post
Wed., June 27: Bouvier emails rebuttal to PR's email, asking for replies to key questions. No answer ever received.