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Ellis Not in Contempt
August 31, 2006 permalink
Earlier we reported on the efforts of the Waterloo Children's Aid Society to jail Aneurin Ellis for two counts, one of which was testifying before the provincial legislature. Today his case was heard and the judge dismissed the motion. Members of the Ontario Legislature were alerted to the case against Mr Ellis. We do not know how much the court was influenced by the arguments of Mr Ellis, and how much by the legislature. Here is the order of the judge:
Defendant argues reference in the impugned e-mail is a generic reference to Children's Aid Societies at large. There is no reference to the Children's Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo specifically. As a committal for contempt is a quasi-criminal proceeding the wording of the Order must be strictly construed. As there is no specitic (sic) mention of the Waterloo CAS there is an element of doubt whether strictly speaking the Order has been breached. The motion is dismissed.
Thomas Lofchik J
Source: photocopy of judge's handwritten notes