City manager Chris Murray emailed Mayor John Tory and Toronto's 25 councillors the grim bombshell, the result of city staff number-crunching, on Thursday.
Premier Doug Ford's child-care cuts and policy changes are expected to cost the City of Toronto $84.8 million this year alone and jeopardize 6,166 subsidized daycare spaces for low-income parents, according to city staff calculations.
"Ask Torontonians what makes life unaffordable; it's housing and child-care," said Councillor Gord Perks before details in the city manager's email were known.
Health officials on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia have quarantined a cruise ship after discovering a case of measles on board, the country's top doctor said Tuesday.
Authorities confirmed the case Tuesday morning, said Merlene Fredericks James, St. Lucia's chief medical officer. The vessel was locked down later that day, an attempt to stymie any potential spread of the highly contagious disease that is sickening people in the United States at a record pace, fueled by anti-vaccination misinformation.
"No one was allowed to leave the ship," Fredericks James said in a statement. "Because of the risk of potential infection, not just from the confirmed measles case but from other persons who may be on the boat at the time, we thought it prudent to make a decision not to allow anyone to disembark."
THE MV FREEWINDS
As first reported today by Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker and then confirmed by multiple news outlets, Scientology's cruise ship the MV Freewinds and its 300 passengers and crew have been quarantined in St. Lucia due to a confirmed case of measles aboard. According to reports, a crew member tested positive for measles at a doctor's office in Aruba. The crew member then reboarded the MV Freewinds. The vessel weighed anchor and sailed to St. Lucia. It appears that the health in authorities in Aruba notified their counterparts in St. Lucia of the threat heading its way.
A man was arrested for uttering threats at a Mississauga fundraising event attended Wednesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the RCMP said in a statement posted by Peel Region police. Peel police assisted with the arrest and the man was taken into custody without incident, according to the statement.
Police said there was no threat to the public or to the prime minister and charges are pending.
Police haven't released the name of the man who will appear Thursday at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.
Police said there was no threat to the public or to the prime minister and charges are pending. Police haven't released the name of the man who will appear Thursday at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.
The "Freewinds" ship, a cruise ship that is owned by the Church of Scientology, has reportedly been quarantined in the Caribbean island of Santa Lucia due to a confirmed measles case.
According to Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James, St. Lucia's chief medical official, the country received information there was a confirmed measles case on Tuesday. After consulting with multiple health organizations both in and outside of Saint Lucia, "because of the risk of potential infection — not just from the confirmed measles case, but from other persons who may be on the boat — we thought it prudent to make a decision not to allow anyone to disembark," she said in a bilingual video message before advising Saint Lucia residents to present proof of vaccination before traveling outside the country.
Although Fredericks-James did not mention in her video message which ship was being quarantined, a Saint Lucia Coast Guard member later confirmed to MSNBC that the confirmed measles case was a female crew member on Freewinds, a ship owned and operated out of the Caribbean by the Church of Scientology. According to its official website, Freewinds is a 440-foot vessel that conducts spiritual counseling to high-ranking Scientologists aboard. Most famously, it was the site of the 42nd birthday party of Tom Cruise, Scientology's most famous follower. "To a Scientologist, boarding the Freewinds for New OT VIII is the pinnacle of a deeply spiritual journey," the website says. "Years of training and auditing have brought him to this ultimate point. It is the most significant spiritual accomplishment of his lifetime and brings with it the full realization of his immortality."
THealth officials for the Caribbean island of St. Lucia furnished 100 free doses of measles vaccine to a Church of Scientology cruise ship placed under quarantine in port after the highly contagious disease was diagnosed on board, the island's chief medical officer said on Thursday.
St. Lucia health officials have confirmed one case of measles aboard the ship that has been docked in a port near the island nation's capital Castries since Tuesday, Dr. Merlene Frederick-James said in a video statement.
"The confirmed case as well as other crew members are presently stable but remain under surveillance by the ship's doctor," Frederick-James said, noting the incubation period of measles is 10 to 12 days before symptoms appear.
We had a pretty exciting afternoon yesterday, helping to figure out that the measles ship quarantined in the Caribbean country of St. Lucia was, in fact, Scientology's floating cathedral, the 440-foot Freewinds.
The story was irresistible to major media last night, even if most of the networks didn't mention the Scientology connection. Up to 300 people stuck in the tight quarters of a small cruise ship because a crew member had a confirmed case of measles: It was a perfect story to illustrate the comeback of infectious diseases because of years of unscientific panic over vaccinations.
The Scientology angle gave it an even crazier kick. The church purchased the ship in 1986 and then renamed it, re-launching it in 1988 as the Freewinds. The purpose of operating the ship was for wealthy Scientologists to reach the ultimate auditing level on the Bridge to Total Freedom, Operating Thetan Level Eight (OT 8), which can take years to reach — former member Marc Headley estimated that it costs a Scientologist between $500,000 and $2 million to complete the entire Bridge, including OT 8.
For Geoff Levin, the final thing holding him back came tumbling down a few weeks ago: His daughter, Savannah, 21, informed him that she no longer wanted to be a part of his life.
Last July, his son, Colinn, 24, had "disconnected" from him in the Scientology way. And now that news of Geoff's disaffection from the church was gradually spreading to more and more people, he heard from "Sav," who told him to stop calling and texting her.
Trying to preserve his relationships with his children was one of the things that had kept Levin from being more public with his disaffection. He'd actually fallen out with Scientology a couple of years before. But like so many, he'd gone along "under the radar," hoping to avoid the kind of breakups from family and friends that were now occurring.
Since Keith Raniere's arrest on sex trafficking charges a month ago, large chunks of his global following have disbanded. But a core group of true believers has stuck by the alleged sex cult leader and his teachings—some of whom believe the coursework will help them overcome mental and physical disorders like Tourette's, anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
In the same way that Scientology "audits" claim to address mental health disorders with little scientific basis, a series of experimental therapies offered by Nxivm "Prefect" Nancy Salzman are believed by some followers to reduce symptoms of Tourette's and other disorders. In fact, a film that followed a five-person Tourette's "case study" funded by Nxivm without peer review or any academic oversight was screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California on Tuesday night.
Tourette's Syndrome is a neurological disorder which results in recurring physical and verbal "tics" like blinking, or in some cases shouting obscenities. The film My Tourette's apparently boasts remarkable 80 percent reductions in tics for all of its subjects—though I can't confirm, because the filmmakers have only allowed me to view the trailer.
In this series, we will finally collect what we have learned about the Ideal Org program and the strategy behind it in one place. Here, we'll take our best guess about why Scientology is so focused on building lots of expensive new churches that nobody visits. There is a strategy behind it, and there are rational reasons why Scientology leader David Miscavige thinks this is a good use of cash, but the logic behind the strategy may surprise you.
Part 1 looks at what Hubbard thought made a Scientology org ideal, and we'll look at why Miscavige took the idea and turned it into something very different. There's an underlying strategy as well as the usual cult needs to exploit both staff and members.
The Secret Family History of L. Ron Hubbard with Jamie DeWolf.
Rachel Bernstein is a family and cult therapist in Encino, CA. She helps people get out of Scientology and other destructive cults.
"In today's episode, Rachel chats candidly with filmmaker, performance artist, and activist Jamie DeWolf about the dark legacy of his great grandfather, Cult of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard." -- IndoctriNation Podcast
It didn't take Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore very long to issue a new order after Scientology essentially thumbed its nose at his previous one, and wow, does he appear steamed.
In the new order, which we have for you below, the judge has given the Church of Scientology just ten days to fork over the telephone numbers and occupations left off of a list of 500 names the church had previously submitted under seal, which supposedly represent 500 Los Angeles-area church members in good standing.
In his previous order, Judge Whittemore gave Scientology 15 days to turn over the names, along with telephone numbers, occupations, and indications of which of them were church employees. Whittemore intends to randomly contact Scientologists on the list until he can find three who are willing to serve as arbitrators to hear grievances from a California couple, Luis and Rocio Garcia.
(Scientology's rendering of the finished Advanced Org project.)
Rod Keller has been keeping a close eye on Scientology's attempted expansion in Mexico, and he has a surprising report for us today...
In 2008 Scientology purchased the vacant Palmas Plaza shopping mall in the tiny Lomas del Olivo neighborhood west of Mexico City. They announced to the Scientology world that it would become the home of AOSH LATAM, the Advanced Org Saint Hill for Latin America, a Sea Org base devoted to delivering some of the upper levels of Scientology. Not an Ideal Org such as the one in central Mexico City, it would be a total renovation to the standard of other Ideal Advanced Orgs and plans to build a private hotel on top of the mall were promoted. But they didn't let the neighbors in on the plan.
2017-05-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This email was forwarded to me.
Southcoast Mission is one of the few "ideal" missions and is touted as one of the "best" scientology missions on earth.
Why are they ashamed of even mentioning the word scientology in their email?
Mike Rinder predicted that this was going to happen. On March 20, he said that Scientology's response to Ron Miscavige writing a book about his son, church leader David Miscavige, would follow a familiar pattern.
Rinder predicted that Scientology would fight Ron's book by attacking Ron himself, "dead agenting" him, in Scientology jargon. As Rinder put it, the church would find a way to put out the message that "Ron is a failure at everything in life."
And that's what we saw Friday night during ABC 20/20 's special episode about Ron and Scientology. ABC's Dan Harris said that the church had sent him more than 120 videos of Scientologists praising David Miscavige and trashing his father.
Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez grew up Roman Catholic and was excited when she was hired by Las Vegas's Real Alkalized Water. But then, according to a lawsuit, she was forced to take a class on Scientology with her co-workers. She refused and not long after was fired.
According to the Courthouse News Service, Echevarria was forced to watch several videos about Scientology and was told she would receive a 25 cents-per-hour raise for each "betterment" course she took through the "church."
2016-05-02, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Tony Ortega's blogging campaign against my wife Monique and me over the past three months has resulted in the largest wave of hate we have experienced in several years. We even saw that an erstwhile friend published an unsolicited psychiatric evaluation (including still more falsehoods) to explain our behavior as characterized by Ortega. The following descriptions of Monique (some referred to both her and me) written by Bunker regulars and published by Ortega pretty much sum up the sentiments Ortega has fueled:
"Sympathy? I has none.
Monique, no respect. NONE. Sympathy? Nope. I never want to hear from these losers again
A Las Vegas water company gave raises only to employees who took Scientology courses, and fired a "brand ambassador" who wouldn't do it, she claims in court.
Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez grew up Roman Catholic and thought she had landed a good job, until she was fired for declining to watch Scientology video courses, she says in her April 26 federal lawsuit against Affinitylifestyles.com dba Real Alkalized Water.
Echevarria says the company hired her to be a brand ambassador at its Las Vegas office in March 2015.
A never-before-seen photo released by the father of David Miscavige shows the controversial Scientology leader posing with his family - including his wife Shelly who has been reported missing multiple times over the past few years.
Ron Miscavige appeared on Good Morning America Monday to promote his upcoming book about the Church, Ruthless, and shared a family photo with his wife, children and grandchildren from when they were all still members of Scientology.
Since that time Ron and his wife have left the Church, as has his oldest son Ron Miscavige Jr. and his family.
As we expected, Ron Miscavige's book being released today, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, contains a bombshell that should send the celebrity press into a frenzy.
And we revealed it to you two weeks ago.
Ron Miscavige learned in October 2014 that his two daughters, Denise Gentile and Lori Verneuille, had cut him out of their lives permanently on orders from their brother David Miscavige, Scientology's supreme leader. After Ron confirmed with his son-in-law that Denise (who is David's twin) never again wanted to see him, he called Lisa Marie Presley.
2016-05-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The latest promotional items from Tampa org - this is "ideal hype" because everything Tampa does is "ideal."
They are on an all out over the ramparts effort to recruit staff - perhaps because they are losing so many.
And then this 6 pager...
2015-05-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
These guys keep putting out the "facts" to disprove the lies being told by David "Let Him Die" Miscavige about "massive international expansion."
Remember, this is the "model" ideal org (at least until the "model" became a Sea Org staffed org in LA, which is no model for anything).
And it has been an "ideal org" longer than any other org on earth. And moved from their original "model ideal" org to a new building to "accommodate their expansion."
We like to keep an eye on litigation involving the Church of Scientology, so we were interested to see the news yesterday that a woman in British Columbia has filed a lawsuit in order to get back about $86,000 that she says she's owed by the church.
But then we got Lorna Carleton on the phone, and realized that her story is more interesting than just the money she's trying to get back.
Lorna tells us that she had been living in northern British Columbia when, in 1988, she moved down to the town of Kelowna on Okanagan Lake and it was there that she met an OT 3 at a dance club.
2014-05-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
After more than 30 years, they are very slowly closing in on reaching 2/3rds of their 10,000 target. Woohoo.
Though the figure they give is certainly a lie and probably includes everyone who is "off the level" because they "started it at one time" (you can be sure they have not deducted all the people who are now declared SP as they would be going backward in their cumulative total). But this is not new news, we have been hearing about them trying to get to 6500 for almost a year now.
More interesting are some other things said by Crazy Lady Edy Lundeen (I highlighted them in bold).
2014-05-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Seriously — this poster only contains 24 words and they spelled two of them wrong, including the FIRST WORD (and ironically the last one).
This must be evidence of the superior tech now available in the GAG II Student Hat.
Or perhaps they rehired the SP's who originally messed up all the books with typos and bad punctuation?
Luis and Rocio Garcia Federal District Judge James D. Whittemore today issued an order denying a motion by Scientology that would have ended the fraud lawsuit brought last year by former church members Luis and Rocio Garcia, who say they were scammed for hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.
The Garcias were longtime members who had been constantly hit up for increasing amounts in donations, and they claim they were lied to about how the money would be used. Today's order allows the Garcias to file an amended complaint in the lawsuit after dropping three of the five Scientology corporate entities they originally named in the lawsuit. The order also lifts a stay in the case, allowing the Garcias to move forward on discovery, and allowing Judge Whittemore to get back to the question of whether Scientology can force the case into arbitration.
The Garcia lawsuit had hit a snag when Scientology revealed that three of the five corporate entities that had been named defendants had trustees who lived in California, where the Garcias reside. Because the Garcias had filed the suit in Tampa, Florida, the California residence of those trustees meant that the suit violated a basic legal concept of "diversity jurisdiction" — the Garcias had simply filed the suit in the wrong venue, Scientology argued.
Steve Mango exits $50,000 poorer after his journey in Scientology Inc's "Celebrity Center". This $50,000 was extorted from him even as a teenager. He arrived there at 17 years old.
Steve explains the seduction and enticement followed by the love bombing,.
When a person says they are a member of the Church of Scientology, what are they really saying?
The Church of Scientology International, like all churches of Scientology, only exists because it has a license from RTC. Hence, CSI, and all other churches, are simply licensees of RTC.
The Church of Scientology International is a corporation that owns property and has a 2012 book value of $890,000,000. But beyond those bare facts, the reality is that no one actually belongs to "the Church of Scientology" for the term itself is somewhat of a vacuous legal fiction.
We have another "quote video" that normally you can only see inside a Scientology "org." In this case, it's an excerpt that is used to entice church members to fork over $125 for a set of lectures that L. Ron Hubbard gave in Johannesburg in 1961.
The South African Anatomy Congress is described this way by Bridge Publications...
"Immediately following the Anatomy of the Human Mind Congress in Washington, DC, L. Ron Hubbard flew to Johannesburg. There, he delivered the same Congress, but this time tailored specifically for South Africans. In this unique event, he demonstrates the Anatomy of the Human Mind Course to a capacity Congress — the largest ever — literally demonstrating the rock-solid simplicities of Scientology and how to teach them to others: the time track, start-change-stop, the cycle-of-action, valences, the nature of aberration and much more."
2013-05-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Well, I had to apologize on my post earlier when it turned out it was not Heber on the poster promoting the opening of Corporate Scientology's latest Ideal Org in the "first Scientology City."
I just had the wrong poster. A kind reader, trying to repair my tarnished reputation, sent me this one. And there is no doubt THIS IS HEBER.
I do remember Heber. Very well.
Welcome to our ongoing project, where we blog a 1950 first edition of Scientology's bible, Dianetics, with the help of ex-Scientologist, lawyer, and author Vance Woodward. Go here for the first post in the series.
Vance, we've reached a chapter titled "The Laws of Returning," and it's at moments like these that we wonder how this book was ever taken seriously by anyone.
"Let us take an engram which comes from one of Mother's bowel movements," L. Ron Hubbard writes in this chapter and, come on, what human being puts those words together in a sentence?
2013-05-02, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
David Miscavige's Propaganda by Redefinition of Words is trickling down to the few remaining field auditors (who apparently no longer audit but deliver "seminars" — auditing as a career in the RCS doesnt seem to work out, though today there are a lot of independent field auditors who are prospering...).
The objective now is an "Ideal Life." Even in the same font as the "Ideal Org" promotion. Soon to come — "Ideal Children", "Ideal Meals", "Ideal Cats"...
This is the new Corporate Scientology "brand" — Apple has iPhone, iMac, iPod; Costco has "Kirkland;" Walmart has "Great Value" and Miscavige has "Ideal" as his "brand". Everything except "Ideal Scene."
2011-05-02, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
In the summer of 2006, right about the time Idle Org regging went over the top to stay, and it had spread around the world, David Miscavige had to address some burning questions the public was asking. In order to handle the "noise" from the "riff raff" public, he went straight to his A team – the OT Ambassadors. He knew as his ambassadors they'd spread back into org fields and set the riff raff straight, "tone 40" style. Now, buckle your seat belts before you read Miscavige's words below. When he doesn't have a Sherman-speak speech on teleprompter side checked by his $1,000 an hour attorneys, the damnedest stuff issues from his mouth. Note well, incidentally, how he outright dismisses L Ron Hubbard in front of this crowd. What is remarkable is that inspite of the non-sequitor, non-sensical, and plain idiotic Miscavige answers, these OTA's apparently were satisfied, clicked their heels and went right to work damping out the public resistance. Anybody still want to argue against the proposition that the higher one moves on Miscavige's Bridge the more compliant and tractable he or she becomes?
MAIDEN VOYAGE 2006
The Church of Scientology is bringing down the hammer on a renegade member who alleges leader David Miscavige loves to gossip about his star parishioners.
Former high-ranking member Amy Scobee claims in her just-out book, "Scientology: Abuse at the Top," that Miscavige and other officials "snooped" in confidential confessional files - a charge vehemently denied by the church, whose believers include Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Kirstie Alley.
CLEARWATER — Shawn Lons­dale, who carried on a one-man crusade against Scientology in 2006, was "sick, depressed, broke and tired of it all" when he took his life in February, according to a suicide note released Friday.
Police discovered him on Feb. 16, a garden hose stretching from the exhaust pipe of his car into a window of his home at 510 N Lincoln Ave.
Online speculation coursed through anti-Scientology circles that he did not kill himself. On Friday, however, police officially ruled his death a suicide.
And yet Scientology is back on YouTube. This time, it's paying for the account. It's also paying for ads on the site, looking to drive some traffic onto its new channel. "Get the facts," the ads say.
YouTube did not respond to requests for comment. But Scientology did. First, we received a phone call from a woman with an otherworldly French accent. "This is the Church," she said. "We may be able to answer your questions. But first we want your email address."
The actress and talk-show host has done two segments on her Air America radio show "Majority Report," heaping praise on the controversial New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, a program based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Although the Detoxification Project has been heralded by some Sept. 11 first responders, it has also been blasted by the chief medical officer for the New York Fire Department after its validity was questioned by a number of health-care workers.
Investors are accusing Reed E. Slatkin, a co-founder of the giant Internet service provider EarthLink Inc., of operating a Ponzi scheme that may have resulted in the loss of least $35 million of their funds.
Slatkin - a Santa Barbara socialite and venture capitalist - also is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for his financial activities, which allegedly included a day-trading operation that promised annual returns of up to 60%.