NATIONAL ARCHIVES OR DATA PENITENTIARY?
RG146: ACCESS DENIED!
|OTTAWA 12 March 2020: ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS has been swiftly, specifically and arbitrarily denied all access to Library and Archives Canada’s RG146 Series containing records of the World War II internment, the release from internment, the legal appeals, the legal claims for redress, the police files, surveillance and other records including diaries and photographs concerning Adrien Arcand and his National Unity Party of Canada.
LAC pretends all these files are “closed” when in fact they are OPEN for consultation … as documented by David Rajotte, a senior archivist at Library and Archives Canada in a research article published by him to encourage their use by writers on Adrien Arcand.
|On Monday, March 9th, 2020 at 10:44 am, my formal user card number at last arrived in my inbox, allowing me to attend at the National Archives in Ottawa to review materials.
On behalf of ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS, I immediately made a formal request to Library and Archives Canada for access to a number of archival documents on Adrien Arcand, in particular on his arrest, his aborted trial, his wartime internment, his attempts at appeal, and then after the war his claims for redress.
The documents are held at the Archives on 395 Wellington Street. Most are catalogued in Series RG146.
THE FORMAL REQUEST
Sent: March 9, 2020 2:37 PM
To: Consultation (BAC/LAC)
Cc: Reference (BAC/LAC)
Subject: Fw: Request to retrieve documents for consultation.
On Monday, March 9, 2020 11:32 AM, Research2020 wrote:
I am attaching a PDF list of documents in the Archives concerning Adrien Arcand who led the National Unity Party of Canada. All of the documents would be of interest; however, the really important ones are highlighted in YELLOW, and I would appreciate having those first. In particular the DIARIES and PHOTOS.
In case I run out of things to do, or I am waiting for documents to arrive while I’m on-site, is the SUPREME COURT OF CANADA file easily available on the QUEBEC SECESSION REFERENCE? If it’s easily available, it would give me something to look at if I happen to be waiting for the other items to arrive: https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/1643/index.do
Thank you for your time, I really appreciate it.
RE: Request to retrieve documents for consultation.
Received: Monday, March 9, 2020 5:14 PM
Thank you for this. I was going to jump on the bus tomorrow; I hope & pray something shows up by noon or so on Tuesday, so I can come to Ottawa this week.
Thanks for the Debates online, I don’t usually need the paper versions; the links are much appreciated, as I have a hard time negotiating that database.
I presume ATIP won’t have to release the BC Gazette Notices to Creditors, or the other BC newspapers. They will be looking at the Arcand material.
I hope that won’t take too long; because I need to really quickly check the BC Gazette & newspapers; and I can’t afford a hotel until the Arcand materials arrive before I jump on the bus.If it’s of any use in possibly speeding up the ATIP assessment, I have a contract with the Quebec Archives who collect my English translations and other work on Adrien Arcand (contract attached). The BAnQ distributes my free Arcand eBooks.
Also, I’ve just had a devastating robbery of an important fonds that was hard for me to get; it was Arcand’s writings out of a university collection.
So, I’m really hoping to “make up for it” by having access to other important materials on his internment; and I suspect the Mackenzie King government confiscated Arcand’s personal diaries because they contain evidence he was innocent of the allegations when they interned him without trial.
Thanks, I will wait for news.
“Memorandum and Request
Re: Claims of Canadian Nationalists Against The Government of Canada for Unjust Internments“
THE RG146 FILES REQUESTED
L’État canadien contre le Parti de l’unité nationale et Adrien Arcand1 (translation: “The Canadian State Versus The National Unity Party and Adrien Arcand”), published in 2018 as a research guide on the life and times of Adrien Arcand, LAC senior archivist, David Rajotte criticized two authors on Arcand for their sloppy research: François Nadeau and Hugues Théoret. Frustrated by their incompetence, Mr. Rajotte wrote a detailed research guide to the holdings on Arcand at Library and Archives Canada, inviting authors and researchers to use them.
In his article, |
At the beginning of March, 2020, I extracted a number of items from the footnotes to Rajotte’s article and planned a bus trip to Ottawa to view them. 48 hours after submitting the list of materials ― most of them in LAC’s RG146 Series on the RCMP and surveillance ― Library and Archives Canada slammed the door shut and locked it by suggesting I appeal their denial, which is an abuse of process.
But this was no surprise, because the first thing LAC told me, even before I submitted my request, was cancel your travel plans and wait till your documents arrive. Actually, I did cancel my hotel (good thing), but I lost my deposit.
LAC DENIES ACCESS
LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA SQUELCHES THE ARCAND FILES
BAC-LAC Request for textual archival material
Received: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:24 PM
From: Consultation (BAC/LAC) email@example.com
To: Research2020 MtlResearcher2020@privatemail.com
EXTRACT OF EMAIL FROM
ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS
ATIP MEANS “ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND PRIVACY”
Re: BAC-LAC Request for textual archival material
Received: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:10 PM
From: Research2020 MtlResearcher2020@privatemail.com
To: Consultation (BAC/LAC) firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, Ms. Vachon.
Thank you for this information. You said: “Regarding the RG146 series, I have been advised by ATIP that these files are all closed.”
ATIP is mistaken. I presume that ATIP put its decision in writing to deny access to “all” files in the RG146 series. I would like to have a copy of it, please. And I would like to point out two things.
1. First of all, a colleague and neighbor of mine, [A.S.], obtained scans from LAC of a large file of internment papers on Arcand directly out of the RG146 series, just last year. Those archival papers were also reviewed by ATIP, and approved for release. (A copy of the [A.S.] purchase order for these RG146 series materials is attached.) The invoice came to $133.14 with tax (invoice attached). Payment of the invoice was confirmed by LAC (three credit card receipts, also attached). Mr. [A.S.], in addition, clarified with LAC that the documents released were free for circulation. In addition, the particular file of internment documents was physically marked with a black rubber-stamp as “closed,” meaning that no further documents were to be added to the contents. “Closed” in that case did not mean the file was unavailable to researchers. So, obviously, the RG146 series is not, in fact “closed” (meaning access denied to researchers like myself), as now alleged by ATIP.
2. Secondly, the RG146 series files that you say are all marked “closed” by ATIP (i.e., denied access) are specifically referred to as available to researchers in an article by David Rajotte, a senior archivist at your very own Library and Archives Canada. Mr. Rajotte published his article precisely to tell researchers where to find these records. All of the the RG146 series files that I have just requested from Library and Archives Canada, and which have been denied to me by ATIP, are footnoted in Mr. Rajotte’s very detailed article designed for researchers, as available.
Mr. Rajotte, himself, therefore, obviously accessed all the RG146 series materials and viewed them in order to know what was in the files, in order to recommend them to authors and researchers on Adrien Arcand. I find it hard to believe that a senior archivist at Library and Archives Canada would publicly recommend them to other researchers if the files were locked or as you say “closed,” and unavailable.
I am referring to this article: L’État canadien contre le Parti de l’unité nationale et Adrien Arcand by David Rajotte, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada: https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/bhp/2018-v26-n3-bhp03727/1046920ar/Right off the top, Mr. Rajotte, in his article, used a photograph of the leadership of the National Unity Party of Canada sourced from RG146. Materials in the RG146 series are cited copiously all throughout Mr. Rajotte’s article. I requested access to photographs and other materials from the RG146 series footnoted by Mr. Rajotte in that article.
Mr. Rajotte moreover produced and published his detailed article to encourage proper research by authors and academics. Mr. Rajotte criticized sloppy research by two named authors. Said Mr. Rajotte:
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In another paragraph, Mr. Rajotte criticizes author Hugues Théoret for his failure to do proper research. Says Rajotte:
There could be no clearer, open invitation to come and see the files Mr. Rajotte footnoted, than these two criticisms.
It would seem an awful waste of the time of a senior archivist of Library and Archives Canada, and a waste of time of his publisher, to publish such a detailed research guide, obviously intended for the use of authors and academic researchers, to encourage them to come and use these archives, only for access to then be denied once a researcher actually requested the recommended files; as ATIP has just done to me.
Either Mr. Rajotte has wasted his own time in mysterious ignorance of the fact that “all” the RG146 series files are “closed” and unavailable to researchers; or ATIP has made a mistake.
So, if you would please let me have a copy of the ATIP decision, I will formally contest it. […]
Thank you for your time.
Appeals from denials of access to available information are an abuse of process.
Refusal by public officials to do their salaried jobs properly, according to the law, impartially toward all citizens, is fraud and theft of the taxpayer’s money.
Abuse of power and manipulation of the “system” by public officials to target and destroy the rights of citizens is malfeasance.In particular, it is criminal when the type of abuse is intended to hijack the country, slant its politics, control its viewpoints, control its history and crush and silence political opposition. That can be achieved by controlling information.
Unelected petty bureaucrats in cataloging, reproduction, consultation, and other departments of Library and Archives Canada, at least since 2004 when I became aware of it, routinely engage in abuse of power to deny the public access to information.
Access to information appeals engineered to deny available information is soft warfare waged from within government structures by enemies of the country and its citizens.
These enemies should be fired; they should be tried and jailed; they should be fined; and they should be banned from the public service permanently for violating fundamental rights including freedom of information and freedom of speech.
Library and Archives Canada is our central and largest bank of public information, and those allowed to run it must not be allowed to subvert it on personal whim or for personal agendas.
Furthermore, jobs in the civil service should be rotated regularly to prevent cliques who abuse the public from forming within departments.
LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA
IS NOT CATALOGUING ADRIEN ARCAND BOOKS
I should have included this in my previous post, as an update on bannings. Here is my short exchange of emails (not the first; and not the only department) with Library and Archives Canada because they are not cataloguing publications by Adrien Arcand Books.
Subject: RE: ISBN Request – Habeas Corpus Canada / Adrien Arcand Books
I’ve checked the catalogues again, Voilà and Aurora, and Worldcat, and NOT A SINGLE TITLE that I have submitted with ISBNs, has been catalogued.
This looks an awful lot like blacklisting of me and of Arcand’s work. And I’m going to write a post about it. Because these ebooks have been online at the Quebec Archives for well over a year, and should have appeared in Worldcat by now; and there is no point in my taking out ISBNs with you people who aren’t cataloguing my publications AT ALL.
‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
The ISBN unit does not receive the publications nor does it catalogue books.
I am forwarding your message to Legal Deposit unit, the section of Library and Archives Canada responsible for these tasks.
ISBN/ISMN, Direction générale du patrimoine publié
ISBN/ISMN Published Heritage Branch
1. Rajotte, D. (2018). L’État canadien contre le Parti de l’unité nationale et Adrien Arcand. Bulletin d’histoire politique, 26 (3), 189–211. https://doi.org/10.7202/1046920ar
2. In his article, Rajotte continues on François Nadeau as follows:
“McDuff n’est en fait pas le seul individu présenté comme prisonnier par Nadeau dont le nom n’apparaît nulle part dans les archives de l’internement.”
“McDuff is in fact not the only individual presented as a prisoner by Nadeau but whose name appears nowhere in the internment records.”
And the LAC is now barring access to archives on Adrien Arcand, abusively. Any information LAC officials might disapprove of, such as facts to support Arcand’s innocence, is thus prevented from getting out. This is Communist, when you can’t have another viewpoint. There is no freedom of speech, thought, expression or association in Canada.
Ignorance is strength.
L’ignorance, c’est la force