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Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:23 am

Resort to become Scientology retreat
Exiled member stages protest at the gate
Orangeville.com (Orangeville Banner) 9th March 2011
http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/a ... gy-retreat
Resort to become Scientology retreat
Exiled member stages protest at the gate

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National retreat:. Toronto resident Adam Holland made the trip to Mono
on Feb. 11 to raise awareness of the Church of Scientology facility at the former
Hockley Highlands Inn & Conference Centre. [article/photo: Richard Vivian]


The Church of Scientology is setting up base in Mono, at the former Hockley Highlands Inn & Conference Centre, with plans to establish a national retreat for members of the faith.


While Scientologists are excited about the idea — this will be the first retreat of its kind in Canada and one of only a handful around the world — at least one former member is raising a red flag.

Adam Holland, a 22-year-old Toronto man who was raised in the church, is concerned the rural landscape will make leaving a difficult task for anyone who chooses to abandon the controversial religion, as he did.

“It’s pretty scary,” Holland said. “It was pretty easy to escape when you’re in the middle of downtown Toronto. You just get on a train and you go home.

“I’m glad that I escaped before they transferred their base over there.”


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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:44 am

From WhyWeProtest.net (2009)....
ref: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... ada.44552/

Impact Magazine 121 pages 50 to 59 Aug 2009 (Posted by Pooks)

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DeathHamster, posting on WWP, Aug 2009 wrote:
That place has been in mothballs for two years after closing, and there was no obvious work done at the entrance. Even if they have been working All Hands since June, they'd still have a long way to go.
More (and larger) pics from Death Hamster here: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... ost-934000
and here: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... ost-934046 (Nov 2009)

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by caroline » Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:48 am

Thanks for posting. And thanks, Adam. Scary indeed.

Also see these Sea Org recruitment materials for AOSH Canada.
INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST TRAINING ROUTINE – TR L
Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow false data effectively.
Commands: Part l “Tell me a lie”.

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:55 am

Thanks Caroline, I was just about to PM you because I know there are other threads on OCMB relating to this from a while ago but I couldn't find them.

I'm noting this thread with an entry in the Org Patrol section too.

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by caroline » Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:59 am

Sponge wrote:Thanks Caroline, I was just about to PM you because I know there are other threads on OCMB relating to this from a while ago but I couldn't find them.
I'm feeling a little physic today. Nothing can be done about it. 8)
INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST TRAINING ROUTINE – TR L
Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow false data effectively.
Commands: Part l “Tell me a lie”.

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:27 am

The Toronto Star....
Former Orangeville-area resort to become Scientology headquarters
15th March 2011
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/954 ... adquarters

nice article

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:07 pm

The cult's promo video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfHRlOmTJCI

Hmm, Why am I reminded of the old Happy Valley RPF camp?

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:27 pm

Mono council to hear from Scientologists
The Orangeville Banner. 28th March 2011
http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/a ... ntologists
Plans for a national Church of Scientology retreat are heading to Mono council next month, when church members are scheduled to bring local elected officials up to speed on what they intended to do with the former Highlands Inn & Conference Centre property.

“They’re updating council in terms of the kind of business case that they’re putting together,” Mayor Laura Ryan said of the delegation. “Any actual approvals on the property come under the Niagara Escarpment.”

Last year, the Niagara Escarpment Commission approved use of the former inn as a religious institution.

The international Scientology organization purchased the property in 2009. In addition to creating a national retreat, where members from across Canada and beyond will gather to advance their understanding of the religion, it will become home to the national administrative office, a public hotel and auditorium.

With about 160,000 sq. ft of building space, and about 196 acres of land, the facility will be able to house several hundred guests at a time, as well as more than 200 staff members.

According to Angela Ilasi, community programs director for the church’s national office, the retreat is expected to be up and running by the end of next year.
In otherwords, scientologists are putting together a promo whitewash and are going lie to ignorant councillors about "promoting human rights", "anti-drug education and rehab programs", saving the world with yellow-jacketed "disaster response" volunteer ministers, blah-b-blah-bullshit-blah. The local officials will go "Ooooooo" at the glossy brochures and snazzily edited DVD eye-candy presentation, and not a critical word will be heard.
Is there any chance that any local critics can get the fuck in there and lay down some reality for the Niagra Escarpment Comission?

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:20 am

Following the articles in the Orangeville Banner and Toronto Star, Adam Holland the ex-scientologist and protester was interviewed on Newstalk 1010AM.

Download here:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=78PPBAIR
(6.3Mb. Running time 15m:34s)

Thank you, Adam. That was truly excellent.

WWP ref: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/ ... 010.79038/

EDIT: Youtube version now uploaded (thanks pedrofcuk)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGi2FR2hw6w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WruKcKVA0c

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by skeptic2girl » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:44 am

=D> Adam!

It's inspiring to see him, risking the revelation of his identity, standing in the snow, protesting.

re: the retreat

I'm afraid it won't be much of a getaway for Sea Org members. Someone's got to not get paid for keeping the place up and running.
"The truth is out there."

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:36 pm

Edited above post with links to a Youtube version of Adam Holland's interview.

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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by sekh » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:33 pm

Adam did great in that interview. =D> A very brave young man.
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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Sponge » Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:18 am

Update on Mono council meeting....
Scientologists appear before Mono council
Orangeville Citizen 14th April 2011
http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2011-04-1 ... uncil.html
By DAN PELTON Staff Reporter

Representatives of the Church of Scientology appeared before Mono council Tuesday night to give a presentation about their plans for the Hockley Highlands Inn & Conference Centre property it purchased in 2009 on Mono’s Third Line EHS.

Angela Ilasi, community programs director for the church’s national office, told council the property will become a national retreat for those in the “more advanced” levels of study in the Church of Scientology, once renovations to the 159,000- square-foot conference centre are completed.

While she couldn’t give a specific date for the project’s completion, Ms. Ilasi said it could be toward the end of 2012.


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Meanwhile, at least two individuals in the gallery were not amused in the least.

Former Scientologist Adam Holland was present Tuesday and has been publicly protesting the development in Mono.

Nan Maclean of Sutton said the Scientologists pose a threat to the community.

“Oppose them in any way,” she said, “and they will investigate you. If they can’t find anything, they will make it up.”

Deputy Mayor Ken McGhee pointed out that there is an access to the Bruce Trail on the property and asked Ms. Ilasi if it would be preserved.

“All of our plans involve working around making sure people have access and will continue to have access,” she replied.

Councillor Bob Mitchell asked if the proposed centre would welcome unannounced guests. Ms. Ilasi said it certainly would and added there would be rooms that could be booked for public functions.

Finally, Councillor Elaine Capes inquired about opportunities for locals finding employment at the retreat. “People working there will be Scientologists,” said Ms. Ilasi.

“But they will be living in Mono. They will be community members.”


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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Don Carlo » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:17 pm

All of our plans involve working around making sure people have access and will continue to have access (to the Bruce Trail).
Notice that was not a yes. They will blubber about the first picket using the access to the Bruce Trail, rant about "Anonymous = terrorism," and say they are temporarily blocking access "for public safety."

Niagara Escarpment, don't allow any variances. Scientology can manage without a monster complex. Protect your watershed.

Local officials, get everything in writing while you still have leverage. One possibility is to grant permission for a third of the buildings, with further permission dependent upon respect for the community, and keeping the following promises:

The workers at the National Retreat will be covered by Canadian labor laws including minimum wage and overtime, so that they do not become a burden on the community. Their hours will be recorded using timesheets, timeclocks, or other devices, and signed by the worker and supervisor. Their paystubs will record all taxes properly. The paycheck-paying employer will be a Canadian entity so that tax laws are fully enforceable. If CoS insists on a "ministerial exception" this iburden on this community means the entire project is disallowed. Worker's paychecks will be under their own control and not "on account" or under any employer control, or required to be donated back to the employer for any religious, educational, or other reason.

Guests or visitors are not allowed to "volunteer" to do jobs that will take paid work away from the Retreat workers, or from local construction workers. If they wish to work, they must sign up as an employee and follow all labor laws.

Retreat workers must be housed at all times in accordance with employee housing standards.

There will be no punishment to workers except for warning letters, demotions, and firing. Workers cannot be forced into a Rehabilitation Project Force with below-minimum-wage-pay and reduced freedom, even if they sign some document supposedly agreeing to this. All wage laws will protect all workers at all times. Workers cannot be ordered to have an abortion, or to divorce their spouse, or to break Canadian or local law.

Workers from the United States and other foreign countries must comply with and be protected by all foreign worker regulations. Passports, drivers licenses, and cell phones are to be available to workers and guests without delay or interrogation. The workers or guests can quit, get their belongings, call for a ride and walk out the gate at any time without being pursued or punished.

There will be no blockage of emergency phone calls to fire, ambulance or police from anywhere in the compound. All physical crimes under Canadian law, such as assault and battery or rape must be reported to the police immediately.

Unionized Canadian construction workers ONLY will fell trees, bulldoze and build the exterior structures, sidewalks, irrigation, driveways and parking areas. Unionized Canadian workers will do all plumbing, heating, ventilation, cooling, electrical work, Internet, video & cable wiring, heavy & light carpentry, lighting, ceilings, walls, floors, kitchen, baths and laundry. The retreat must follow all local building permit requirements for renovations, and fulfilling those building permits will also require local unionized workers. The Scientologist workers may clean, paint, and maintain surfaces, buildings and landscaping, but may not take construction jobs from local Canadian union workers.

There will be no unathorized dumping on the premises of solids or liquids except through sewage and regular waste removal services.

Access to the Bruce Trail will be open to all, and the National Retreat will not block access without approval from the Mono Council.
The Retreat must allow wildlife movement, fire safety, and scenic views, and thus never erect earthen berms, trenches, fences, walls, impenetrable hedges, or any other visual or physical barrier around the property, or around parts of the property, except for small fences to surround garbage bins.
The Retreat must recognize a public right-of-way next to the highway, and not call police and waste their time if picketers are on it peacefully protesting. If police are called even once, the Retreat must at its own expense mark its property line to prevent futher waste of police time.
The Retreat must understand there will be surprise fire department inspections at the Retreat and at staff housing. All emergency exits must be kept unlocked at all times.
Any breaking of these promises will be adversely affect approval of the next round of building at the Retreat.

If Scientologists clutch their pearls and say they are being insulted, say that you are only being precise about the Canadian laws they must obey, and how to respect the Niagara Escarpment, since they are used to more lenient and corrupt cities, counties, and country (I am sorry to admit the corrupt country is the United States, my own beloved nation).
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Re: Canada: Resort to become Scientology retreat

Post by Don Carlo » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:11 am

I have added to the above list.

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