Reality check time for Trout Point Lodge. A Eco-Libel Tourism Update
There is a country saying about poseurs that is a personal favorite folks and it is time I shared it with everyone.
Big hat, no cattle
Why do I mention this? First allow me to quote that phony news story dated December 21, 2012 by the Halifax Chronicle Herald’s Bill Powers on Slabbed’s historic SPEECH Act victory over the SLAPP Happy libel tourists at Trout Point Lodge:
Perret said he and his business partner will consult with their lawyer on the ruling and are tired of commenting on the case.
“We do not have high expectations of ever collecting any part of that $425,000. This was never about the money,” he said.
Unfortunately this is pure fantasy as Perret and his hubby Charles Leary tried enrolling the money portion of the specious Nova Scotia judgment against me in Hancock County Circuit Court earlier this year. Later they would ask for relief they did not plead in enforcement of the very broad injunction Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Hood also issued. Judge Guirola found both the money judgment and Hood’s injunction repugnant to the constitution of the United States under the SPEECH Act but Perret and Leary are in full tilt damage control mode after Guirola’s decision. I’d submit Perret, a self proclaimed Park Avenue lawyer is fooling only himself, beclowning himself in the process. Why do I mention this?
Alas this is not some small time local yokel courthouse in BF Egypt of the type preferred by Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret. Federal Court is no place for boys to play a man’s game as put up or shut up time has arrived.
At this point, well worth pointing out is the fact that self proclaimed Park Avenue lawyer Vaughn Perret put himself in this position. The way the SPEECH Act works the burden is on the plaintiff in terms of burden of proof and a litigation instigating loser pays the fees. You see folks I filed first under the SPEECH Act against Leary and Perret way back on February 8, 2012 and served the suit on them with Waivers of Service so that litigation costs were minimized. They returned the paperwork unsigned refusing to accept service upon leaving to winter in Spain and then filed to enroll their specious judgment against me in March, taking the role of Plaintiff upon themselves. Following is the copy of the suit I filed as a reminder to all that Perret and Leary landed themselves in the position of paying for my excellent lawyer, Bobby Truitt. (Thanks guys)
The bottom line is the federal court system has very efficient ways of dealing with frivolous litigation designed to “sue” a journalist “into bankruptcy”. Speaking of bankruptcy I wonder how the hotel industry is doing in southern Nova Scotia since the ferry from Maine closed? Let’s check in with one of the area’s preeminent citizens Michael Tavares and the following open letter he wrote to the “Dexter Government” asking for a taxpayer funded subsidy from Facebook:
The release of the RFP to seek a new transportation link from New England may seem like a wonderful attempt at righting a wrong however there is a bigger picture EVERYONE needs to realize. A daily service from the US will require a significant increase of accommodations and services in order to support the demands of the traveling public. Since 2009, the Yarmouth and Area has been crippled with the loss of overnight lodging and food service venues. Presently, we have only 307 hotel rooms, down from nearly 800. We simply cannot house and feed over 500 people per day at this time. A new ferry service would not begin for a year and a half which will only result in the loss of more services available in the area. In combination with this RFP, the Provincial Government needs to immediately invest in propping up the remaining service businesses and investing in attracting new service businesses to the area. The Town of Yarmouth, with the highest commercial tax rates in the Province, needs to revisit its policies and tax rate in order to attract investments to the area. In the past year, we have lost nearly 2000 residents to our Town and presently we have nearly 600 properties on the market. We have lost our human resource network further complicating the issue. If nothing changes on this front it could take a decade to rebuild our infrastructure, if ever. The ferry RFP is only one part of the pie. Alone it will not have a positive affect. As private operators we are beginning to question our long term commitment. WE ALL NEED HELP IN ORDER TO SUSTAIN OURSELVES, otherwise this action may be too little too late.
Man that sucks. You see folks we only think we have it bad in Mississippi compared to that! The word I’m getting is there will be no new ferry service to Yarmouth so the tourism biz really looks to be in for continued very tough times. And with the SPEECH Act the Nova Scotia libel tourism biz looks to be cratering as well. Stay tuned.