Monday, February 25, 2013


THE FINANCIAL POST for Monday, February 25, 2013 ran the article entitled, ‘It’s the end of everything’: Defender of hatemongers, free speech fighting terminal liver cancer,” written by Joseph Brean | Feb 24, 2013 11:30 PM ET

I will not copy Mr. Brean’s piece or portions of it since I do not have his permission. Please read the article. Mr. Brean has recently conducted a personal phone interview with Doug Christie who is dying of cancer, a terminal liver cancer. Mr. Brean is commendably fair-minded in his description of Doug Christie and he has given a worthy report of this lawyer’s exceptional concentration during his career. Mr. Christie has valued free speech so much that even those who utter what most citizens deem to be despicable, he feels deserve a defense that will affirm justice was done. He has defended some of Canada’s notorious so-called hate-mongers.

What I hurried to say in a couple of forums today, was that while the news media keys in one those cases that have hit the news periodically, Mr. Christie has also demonstrated a sympathy for others who needed his help but perhaps could not afford him. I am thinking specifically of the one case with which I am most familiar. Paul and Zabeth Bayne had their three children removed in 2007 when a medical diagnosis concluded that the youngest child was a victim of shaken baby syndrome. In defending themselves, Paul and Zabeth lost their home, her grand piano and their jobs, while attempting to pay for legal fees. They had to give up day-time employment to be free to see their children and to attend to tasks related to office hours of social workers. They took night employment. For four years they battled the Ministry of Children. Zabeth, an accomplished pianist, teamed with other musicians for fund-raising events to finance their defense. Mr. Christie came to their assistance in the last two years of their struggle. It is their own belief and that of others of us who witnessed Mr. Christie in court, that his service was a predominant reason the Ministry could not prove its case against the Baynes and also why their children were subsequently returned to them.

It is with great sadness that we have heard that Doug Christie is gravely ill. He is a fine gentleman, a Catholic and a fine follower of God.

A Wikipedia entry provides you with numerous links to information about Mr. Christie’s work.

1 comment:

  1. Ron, I read this news with sadness... I had once connected with Doug Christie following communication with Derek Hoare and was impressed with this gentleman's ease of approach and obvious devotion to judicial accountability. There are few fine fellows with genuine heart, stamina and intelligence within the field of justice such as this. God Bless...


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