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In October 2008, Central placement placed Helen T. in a locked alzheimerÂ ward.
She was detained like a maximum security prisoner for 8 months, never allowed to
leave not even for a cup ofÂ Â coffee.Â Â Â April 2009 & June 2009, reassessments were
made & it was determined that she had beenÂ very wronglyÂ placed.Â Â However, she
was not movedÂ to a less restricted area until November 2/09, at which time we had
made a complaint to the Protections For Persons in Care in regard to another matter
concerning the abuse of Helen.
She has now been confined at the Vegreville Care Long Term Care Center for over
2 years & desperately wishes to return to her home community where she worked
at the Tofield Hospital for 35 years. None of her family / guardians were present to
celebrate Thanksgiving with her.
The confinement has disabled Helen.
Presently sheÂ cannotÂ walk, from bed to bathroom without the aid of a walker. She
is not allowed to go out for a walk though she desperately needs that exercise both
for body and soul..
This is a woman who walked all over Tofield, to church, toÂ dinners, to the Golden
AgeÂ Club and is now virtually handicapped.Â She has been severely traumatized
and is angry by what has been done to her. She is like a prisoner in “stir”
She is also seriously depressed.Â She has told us many times,
“I want to go to my grave”
“I want Jesus to take me to my grave”.
“i don’t like living in this world anymore”.
ButÂ noÂ oneÂ takes mercy on her.
WeÂ submitÂ thatÂ theÂ entireÂ systemÂ isÂ culpableÂ inÂ theÂ unlawfulÂ confinementÂ &Â horrific
abuseÂ ofÂ Helen T. (First and foremost Central Placement personnel).
Mr. P.M.Â (Publication ban in place), Mr. PM. was detained in aÂ locked, alzheimer
unit for close to 3 years, 2006 – 2009.Â In September / October 2006, he was detained
at the Royal Alexandra
Hospital, stn. 53 under close guard.Â Â His children informed him many times that he
had Alzheimer disease. When he requestedÂ Â “papers” of the attending physician,
Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Glenrose Hospital,
concerning his detention, he was told,”You have no rights”,Â Â Â Days later, Mr. PM
was taken to a locked alzheimer unit.Â This amazing,Â elderly man with his i
indomitable spirit, would exercise daily in the hallwayÂ much to the amusement of
staff.Â HisÂ multi-million dollar estate, was seized without a lawyer,
without a CourtÂ Order and with invalid documents.
The victimized senior, a hard working Alberta citizen was detained and kept isolated
behind locked doors in an Assisted Living Facility, stripped of all rights,as a result of
flawed, implausible, untruthful cognitive assessments.
His family actively denied him a lawyer, disallowed him to attend court hearings, receive
his Christmas mail from Europe (& couriered mail).Â Â His visitors were screened & severely
restricted.Â Â Â His visitors continue to be restricted.Â In June 2010, 2 seniors were sued in the
court / punished & given ‘costs’ for attempting to visit Mr. P.M. Those seniors also had to pay
a lawyer to speak for them in the court.
He now has relative freedom outside of the facility,Â Â takes lengthy walks around Beaumaris
lake and other old haunts.Â He has walked many blocks to visit his former bank and his old
Despite his freedom, his gold watch, his ring, his rights have not been returned to him.
Dora (Eudokia) C. entered the University of Alberta Hospital (U.of A.) late October 27/09,
with a foot injury. She then was never allowedÂ to return home. For the last 11 months she
is being kept like a maximum security prisoner. Dora was an independent Canadian citizen,
who loved her Bonnie Doon home, paid utilities, her taxes, planted a large garden and
was not costing taxpayers any money. Â While there for care, a psychiatrist gave her a
capacity test. Dora speaks Ukrainian, polish & German. She didnâ€™t even understand why
she was being questioned. She is illiterate and her spoken English is in simple words. No
interpreter was present for any assessment. To date, 7 psychiatrists have visited her. All,
more than once or even twice, one visited 9 times, one 11 times, all making multiple charges
to AB.Â Health. (One of these doctors also declared that Flora Lâ€™Heureux was totally
incompetent & in 2007, declared that Mr. P.M. suffered fromÂ apraxia & agnosia &Â was so
incompetent that he could not instruct a lawyer making him a non-person.).
Some of Doraâ€™s family members alleged that she was starving and her house was unclean,
that she was not capable of self care.Â Â On November 27/09, a 3 ton dumpster, ordered by a
daughterâ€™s family, was placed in Doraâ€™s backyard and filled to overflow. Contents of which
have been photographed and showed jars of food that Dora had preserved.
At the end of December â€˜09, a psychiatrist having filled out a Form 4â€™, stating she had
irreversible dementia, 80 lb.Dora was moved,Â under securityÂ to Norwood.Is being detained
in a 6â€™1/2â€™ x 11â€™, area (hovel) in a locked unit where she had to place towels & sheets on the
window ledge to keep out the winter cold. A guard is posted at the elevator. Held like a
maximum security prisoner, for overÂ 11 months, she has not been allowed to leave the
unit, never was allowed to go outside for aÂ breath of fresh air or even attend Mass which
was held in the same building.
After weÂ made a complaint to the Human RIghtsÂ Commission, this little 87 year old ladyÂ was
allowed to attendÂ Â Mass (under close supervision).Â This elderÂ can now hardly walk, she has
She was told by a ward nurse that she would not be allowed to attend theÂ Â May 3/10 Court
Hearing of the Application for Trusteeship & Guardianship.Â Â At that court hearing, the Form 4
was declared Â invalid because the court declared DoraÂ Â could not have understood the
questions without an interpreter..
Dora receives no care, does her laundry in the B.R.sink, hangs her clothing over the bed
rail to dry.
â€œHow can the government allow this to be done to me?Â I worked hard all my life and was
not a burden to anyone.Â I did not steal, cheat or murder anyone.Â I paid all my debts.Â I was
a good citizen, I would rather die than live in this prisonâ€.Â Â 87 year oldÂ Dora Cinciruk
VICTOR C. was held in the CalgaryÂ Rockyview Hospital Day RoomÂ for 11 months. He slept
in the day room, ate in the day room, visited in the day room & never left the day room.Â Â Other
persons also used the day room to watch TV, etc. because it is a day room.Â Â A sign on the
window said the blinds were not to be closed. Â He was held like a monkey in a zoo. He received
noÂ recreation, no exercise. $11,000. in lawyer fees finally set him free.
NELSON S – August 2009, was arrested by members of the Edmonton Police Service on the behest
of a neighbor.Â He was taken to theÂ U.of A.Â psychiatric ward & held under close guard. He was told to take
medications, which he refused. On the 2nd day of the detention, he put on his clothes & attempted
toÂ leave, burly securityÂ guards were called,Â he was made to undress &Â take a needle.
After visits by us and other advocacy,Â after about a month he was told to leave.Â No documents
signed, no apologyÂ extended for the wrongful confinement.
NELSON S. -May 2010 – This 80 year old manÂ was againÂ arrested by members of the Edmonton
PoliceÂ Service, taken to the U.of A. Hospital, told to take off his clothes, given a hospital night gown,
locked in a windowless, cement room D4 &Â kept under close guard,Â Then within two days,
he was transported by ambulance to a mental hospital.
Mr. Strukâ€™s forefathers fled the Ukraine, immigrating to Canada, to escape just such tyranny.
At Alberta Hospital,Â Â he wasÂ detained behind heavy locked doors, on a geriatric unit, his
visitors sharply restricted.Â Â After approximately four weeks, after being held
underÂ close guard, a lawyer called the hospital concerning this man’s detention.
Immediately, theÂ psychiatrist called a Â yellowÂ cab &Â Â sent Nelson home. (No explanation,
no discharge papers,Â Leave!) It was after hours, so Nelson had to return next day to retrieve
his walletÂ from the locked safe.
We submit that there was breach of the AlbertaÂ Â Mental Health ActÂ RSA 2000,
the Act demands service pursuant the Act, RSA 2000
Section 14, (1) (a) & (b)
He was denied rights pursuant to
Section # 10Â of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
which directs that
â€œEveryone has the right on arrest or detention
a)to be promptly informedÂ of the reason therefore
b) to retain and instruct counsel without delay and to be informed of that right
c) to have the validity of the detention determined by way of habeas corpus
and to be released if the detention is not lawfulâ€
Furthermore, Nelson S. took up an active treatment bed, paid for by our tax dollars,
The bed was not available for those who needed it.
It is deeply troubling that seniors must engage a lawyer in order to establish rights.
Particularly when they are allegedly in the care of professional persons,
professional doctors, psychiatrists, professional nurses, social workers and others.
We find it equally troubling, unethical & unprofessional, that gerontologists,Â psychologists /
psychiatrists attend, visit, make consultations, assessments, make life decisions for
individuals, strip persons of their rights but fail to give any identification or business card
to the client / patient.
Staff at AHE were not wearing name tags.
As Canadian citizens we should not have to engage lawyers to establish our rights against
Finally Mr. Struk is asking for compensation.
Pursuing justice is not only the victimâ€™s right, it is the moral duty of all citizens
The total violation and suspension of the rights of Mr. Nelson Struk was carried out with
deliberate, planned intent.
Post script. Since that last arrest, the police have been thereÂ twice, at the behest of neighbors,
saying they want to “talk to him” (Nelson). Â That is what they told him the other times & arrested
him. Â Now he does not leave the safety of his house.
The question is WHY do they keep coming? Why is this senior being treated so egregiously?
– It has been reported to us that the neighbors who call the police and have Nelson harassed &
arrestedÂ have friendship with the drug trade.
On June 18/10, the Office of Public Guardian (OPG) & RCMP apprehended 87 year old Myrtle H.
strippedÂ her of her cell phone & hid her at theÂ Raymond, AB. Good Samaritan care center in the
‘service room’ (Room 227). in the storage area.
Her visitors sharply restricted, she was detained for over 3 1/2 months inÂ thisÂ back room, the
Lethbridge OPG had used anÂ implausible assessmentÂ to convince the court to grantÂ an
On June 16, 2010, Public Guardian Officer, Lethbridge made an ex parte Application to the
court for the apprehension of Myrtle H.Â On June 18, 2010, Myrtle H. was apprehended at
Linden, AB, (not at her domicile in Lethbridge) by the RCMP and Calgary Public Guardian
Officers and initially was taken to a care facility in Lethbridge,Â The View. The Public Guardians
and the RCMP failed to advise Mrs. M.H. of her rights according to the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms. The female Mountie did however advise Mrs. M.H.Â that though she may be screaming
& kicking, they were going to take her anyway (paraphrased).
Terrified & crying on the shoulder of a young friend who was present and also crying, she was then
led away to a government van and taken to Lethbridge.
Not only was Mrs Hofer seized by the Office of the Public Guardian, but also her estate was seized
by the Office of the Public Trustee, denying her all access toÂ herÂ money.
On July 6, 2010,Counsel for the Public Trustee, brought an Application before the Queens
Bench Court, Surrogate, for the guardianship and trusteeship of Mrs. Hofer.Â The Application was
made on behalf of the Office of the Public Guardian and the Office of the Public Trustee.Â
At the court, Myrtle H. was notÂ Â allowed to be present, she was not represented by Counsel
although she had requested counsel, she had no voice at the court.
We therefore stepped forward at the court to
advise the Honourable JudgeÂ of relevant facts which were being withheld from him.
Facts such as, that 87 year old Mrs M. H. had been apprehended by the RCMP and the Office of the
Public Guardian, that she had not been advised of her rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
that she had been stripped of her cell phone and was being isolated from family and friends.
Three and a half months later, and three court hearings later, the court disregarded the implausible
assessment & finally reinstated some of her rights and Myrtle H. was set free. However,Â her massive
estate, seizedÂ by the Public Trustee has not been returned to her.
Finally, we have been informed that the apprehension and detention of M.H. has
been carried out under the protocol of the unjust Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act.
We have written the Minister of Seniors that she shouldÂ Â be advised and “advise your
staff that Mrs. M.H. is a Canadian citizen and therefore is privy to all rights of citizenship”.
ROBERT O. Robert O. who was detained at the R.A.H. for 7 months has finally been returned
home for care. Â Being a Â very tall man, he was most uncomfortable on the narrow
hospital bed. Once he cried when we visited, asking for help to get out.
There are numbers of seniors being detained in active treatment hospitals where they are
most uncomfortable, have no exercise, recreation or appropriate treatment. Many of them
could be cared for in Assisted Living Facilities which apparently have a 12 1/2 % vacancy
MARJORIE B. a retired RN, Â Lamont grad, has been stripped of all rights and & has been held
in lock up since November 2008.Â She has told us:“I am so lonely”. InitiallyÂ she was held
at AB.Hospital, on the 2nd floor of the Geriatric unit.Â There were noÂ activities,Â and her only
activity was & is to read and reread. Presently she is detained in a locked unit at a Leduc
care center. She isÂ oriented to date, time and place.Â She is not incompetent.Â Â She is a sweet
gentle person whoÂ has many friends who are very concerned about her. She is being sharply
detained with cognitively impairedÂ individuals withÂ whom she cannot communicate, her visitors
restricted, her phone callsÂ intercepted.
Her son, the guardian, restricts many of her long time friends from visiting. Furthermore, why
is she being in Leduc and not in Gibbons or Red Water?Â Â She is being physically, mentally
& emotionally isolated. She is seldom taken out for a walk.
Her Colonel son (American) keepsÂ her there & seldom visits,Â he gives her no spending money.
DON T. was detained forÂ a month 2009 – 2010, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (R.A.H.)
untilÂ a lawyer intervened.Â Don’s son, business man in small city Alberta made Application to the
Court to have his elderly father apprehended.Â After dark, on a winter evening, shortly before Christmas,
RCMP arrived to take Don away. (Merry Christmas Grandpa). Don spent Christmas Day & New Years
at theÂ [RAH].) ,Because he was preparing for bed when the mounties arrived, he was not fully dressed.
The Mounties instructed him that he did not need socks, just come and if he did not resist, they would
not handcuff him.Â On the way to the RAH,Â Don noted that the Mounties were lost, heading in direction
of St. Albert and advised them as to where to go to get to the hospital.
First he was held for some days in the cold emergency ward where the cot was far too small for a man
the size of Don.Â After being admitted to hospital, psychiatrists at the R.A.H. tried hard to declare that Don
was, incompetent. He is not incompetent. After a month of taking up an active treatment bed & other
resources, a lawyer intervened and the attending psychiatrist had no choice but to allow Don to leave
the hospital.Â Don’s children would not drive him home to his farm.
Liesje B. One day 89 yr. old Liesje B. failed to return home from the Kirby senior daycare program.
Had she been abducted? When in the fall of 2008, family found her at the Glenmore Beverly Care
Center, Calgary, Liesje no longer had her upper teeth,Â Â her hearing device or even her own name.
The name on the door of Liesje B.’s room was LESLIE KWONG.Â Â The Public Guardian had changed
Liesje B.’s name toÂ LESLIE KWONG. Her visitors are sharply restricted. This bizarre story is still unfolding.
.Barrett B had been working in his garage when he was apprehended and arrested (handcuffed) by
Edmonton Police. He was taken to the Grey Nuns Hospital and placed in a small cell like room.
He was told to take medication which he refused. Fortunately, after 5 days a psychiatrist told him
that there was nothing wrong with him & sent him home. He learned that unbeknownst to him, a daughter
had made an ex parte Application to the Court to have him apprehended. Years later he was suffering
from post traumatic issues.Â Â He was very fearful that the police would come and arrest him again.
Indeed! We have lengthy documented files in regard to each named person and we have more
names which we shall bring forward.
It is almost impossible to comprehend the magnitude of the collective injustices which have been
perpetratedÂ against these Alberta citizens.
“Away with your hymns of praise,
I will not hear the noise of your instruments.
But let Â justice run down as waters
And righteousness as a mighty stream“.
Amos 5:23, 24
In future, we will continue to name other Alberta senior citizens whose rights have been sharply
curtailed / suspended -Â suspended by government employees, the public advocates, the Office
of the Public Guardian andÂ the Office of the Public Trustee, psychiatrists, psychologists, guardians,
trustees, socialÂ workers & other professionals.