Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.
Did two northern Ontario doctors refuse to treat an autistic man because he ratted out their mafia business associate?
In February 2012, I was working as a cab driver for City Taxi in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Though I am qualified to be employed as an investment advisor, am a graduate of the Canadian Securities Course, and have worked for companies like Fidelity Investments, E*Trade, and the Royal Bank of Canada, challenges I face as an autistic person led me to employment as a cab driver. In 2012, I also owned a fully paid for home located about 20 kilometers outside of Kirkland Lake.
City Taxi, and the other cab companies in Kirkland Lake, including A-1 Taxi and Co-Op Taxi, perform quite a bit of work for government-funded organizations, including District School Board North East, the District of Temiskaming Social Services Administration Board, Kirkland and District Hospital, and the Temiskaming Health Unit, headquartered in New Liskeard, where Dr. Marlene Spruyt serves as chief executive officer. In 2012, Dr. Ken Boss was working with the THU, ostensibly treating autistic adults, such as myself.
While working as a driver with City Taxi, where I was described by owner Lou Chouinard as a "very valuable" employee, I became aware that a new employee, Greg Heard, was selling prescription drugs from the City Taxi office, which was then located at 5 Woods Street. Greg had recently been hired from Royal Taxi, which was located inside a Kirkland Lake bar called Swiggs, which, according to Greg, was co-owned by Ontario Provincial Police Officer Jim Comeau. Greg often boasted about his close friendship with Officer Comeau.
In response to my suspicions that Greg was dealing prescription drugs out of my place of employment, I made a report to Lou, in a private Facebook message. I also informed Lou of Greg's association with Jim Comeau. In response, Lou stated that he had been "been involved with the mob in my younger years," and that he intended to contact his friend in the "mob in val dor."
In response to Lou's statements, I made a full, written report to then staff sergeant with the Kirkland Lake OPP, Andy Atchison, including a copy of the Facebook conversation, and sent copies to local Member of Provincial Parliament John Vanthof and then-Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Staff Sergeant Atchison told me that I was a "good person" and that I had done the "right thing." He advised that I should refuse an unsafe workplace at City Taxi and apply for Employment Insurance benefits, which, as can been seen in the below screenshots, is exactly what I did. I was immediately accepted to the EI program.
Following this incident, I was upset and afraid. Having only been diagnosed as an autist a few months prior, I decided to contact Dr. Ken Boss and his associate, Lynne Marwick, with the THU for support.
To my shock, instead of offering me support, both Dr. Boss and Ms. Marwick agreed that I had done something wrong by reporting Lou to the police and offered the opinion that I should have kept my mouth shut. When I insisted that I had followed the advice of Staff Sergeant Atchison, and that he had told me that I had done the right thing, I was dismissed as a client. Written follow-ups with Ms. Marwick resulted in a terse letter from Dr. Marlene Spruyt, which put the blame for this incident, where one of her THU subcontractors intimidated me with the Val-d'Or Mafia after admitting that drugs were being sold out of his place of business, squarely on me.
This situation culminated with what I believe were outright lies from Dr. Spruyt that I "did not show up for" some appointment with Dr. Boss that I was never informed of, which can be seen in the below image. It also resulted in a string of visits to my residence from Ontario Provincial Police Officers Sandro Cave, Keegan Wilcox, and Jacob Moore, who informed me that Staff Sergeant Atchison had been fired, as well as insisting that I was making up stories about Lou Chouinard and City Taxi.
As a result, fearing for my life, I fled the Kirkland Lake area, in September 2013, and was forced to sell my home and most of my possessions for much less than their fair market value. Since this incident, I have been unable to receive proper medical treatment for my autism, or what I feel is a related condition, an enlarged aorta. It appears as though I have been labelled as a troublemaker for making truthful reports about drug dealing and mafia intimidation on the part of an Ontario government subcontractor and business partner, and blacklisted from the Ontario health care system.
What has been done about this organized crime mafia syndicate? Are these individuals still selling drugs in Kirkland Lake? What sort of punishment has Lou Chouinard received for his behavior? What sort of punishment have Dr. Spruyt, Dr. Boss, and Ms. Marwick, not to mention Jim Comeau, received for their part in this? Currently, it appears as though this seeming Ontario government organized crime mafia syndicate has been permitted to continue to operate, unfettered.
© 2017 Stephen Sinclair