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Barry Neufeld Legal Fund

$41,362 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 185 people in 12 months
Created July 19, 2018
Coalition of Concerned Canadians
on behalf of Paul Jaffe
Barry Neufeld, a Board of Education Trustee in Chilliwack, was democratically elected --and Re-Elected only 4 months ago-- has been respectfully speaking to very challenging issues regarding curriculum on behalf of his constituency. 

Over a year ago, complaints on behalf of unnamed complainants were made under human rights legislation by two unions. Regardless of one’s beliefs of the merits on either side of the ongoing discussions regarding SOGI 1-2-3, these complaints appear to be made to undermine the democratic process, shut down valid public debate and to silence free speech.  

Insurance assigned a lawyer for these human rights complaints. We are concerned this will not be sufficient, given that fundamental Canadian values are at stake. With this being the case, we believe Barry Neufeld will need as much support as he can get. 

Help fight for the purity of the democratic process,  free speech, parental rights, legitimate scientific inquiry and protection of vulnerable children. 

TLDR: Barry Neufeld is a democratically elected official: He has a right to free speech.  All proceeds will go directly to Barry’s legal fund.

Free speech, use it or lose it.

September Update:  A panel review including Dr. Debrah Soh, Barbara Kay, Lindsay Shepherd, and Jared Brown, titled Bill C-16: A Year Later is linked below. Barry Neufeld's situation was discussed in connection with the challenges surrounding free speech in our country.

The full video can be viewed here: 

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I have revised my YouTube video...here
https://youtu.be/YKrEq2sz6Bk
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the latest on my legal struggles
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July 11-12, 2019, 9:45 AM
Application by defendant Glen Hansman under Bill 32, a.k.a. the Protection of Public Participation Act
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Things are heating up in this week leading up to my day in court. It begins in Vancouver Supreme Court, 800 Smithe St. Vancouver Next Thursday, July 11-12 at 9:30 am.
Mr. Hansman seems to think that I want to criticize SOGI 1 2 3 and at the same time not be accused of being a homophobe and a bigot. But I am anything but a homophobe: (definition of homophobe: “a person who fears or hates homosexuals.”)
If I was afraid of Glen Hansman, I would not be standing up to his bullying tactics. This isn’t about accepting gay people: I have friends and loved ones who are gay. LGBTQ+ people are in our society and schools, and SOGI 1•2•3 is an attempt to deal fairly with them. But I have serious problems with parts of it. It is when ideologues like Hansman purport to represent all LGBTQ+ persons (a very diverse group) and then, to prevent debate, seek to destroy others who disagree with their views.
Now, Hansman has used a brand new BC law that only came into effect in BC in March of this year. Anti SLAPP legislation, Bill 32, a.k.a. the Protection of Public Participation Act. which was intended to protect the exercise of free speech on matters of public interest by individuals who did not have financial resources to defend themselves against lawsuits launched by big corporations.
The legislation was intended to protect: “little guys”: Imagine a nature lover who lives off the land in a shack in the forest. He is a “tree hugger” and wants to protect the spotted owls. He publicly (and truthfully) accuses the big forestry companies of irreparable damage to the environment. The big company silences him when their team of lawyers threaten him with civil action. This is the kind of citizen the Anti SLAPP legislation was designed to protect. Needless to say, environmentalists saw this as very helpful to their causes.
When I first learned about this new legislation last fall, I thought this new law might benefit my case, but Glen Hansman has turned this legislation upside down. He is the one with unlimited financial resources for a court battle, and he is using this new law in BC to prevent me from exercising my duty as a school trustee to approve learning resources (according the BC School Act), my right to dissent and free speech. And he is claiming in his 600-page affidavit that Neufeld is preventing HIS freedom of speech to tell people Neufeld is unfit for the office of a School Trustee. This is the first case in British Columbia for Bill 32, and the judge can only rely on precedents set in Ontario, where it is been in place for 4 years. https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-anti-slapp-laws-to-get-first-test-in-sogi-defamation-case It is an unfair attempt to exhaust my legal defense fund, stall my case almost indefinitely and bring me financial ruin. That was NOT why Bill 32 was enacted.
While I am willing to be hard on the “IDEA” behind SOGI 1•2•3, I have no fear or malice towards any individual who experiences gender dysphoria or same-sex attraction. But I do think there will be disastrous unintended side effects that are being ignored. Children in public schools should not be used for a social experiment with a controversial new ideology: that of gender fluidity.
My lawyer, Paul Jaffe will bring up the opinions of psychology Professor Jordan Peterson, respected journalist Barbara Kay, and transgender activist Jenn Smith.
I have touched base with several trustees around BC and across Canada who are facing the same kind of bullying as I have. With good intentions, SOGI 1•2•3 has been promoted as a new way to combat bullying by promoting inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons. But its proponents refuse to consider the side effects and have turned out to be the biggest bullies I have ever encountered.
If I lose this battle due to lack of resources, there will be many people with experience and integrity who will be disqualified from running for public office anywhere in Canada.
Anybody who knows me and/or who has paid the slightest bit of attention to what I have actually said, knows perfectly well that I do not hate LGBTQ+ children. I have nothing but compassion and concern for children with identity confusion and who are not comfortable in their own bodies. But I do NOT believe that school age children are old enough to be so sure of their identity that they should start transitioning by cross dressing, taking puberty blockers, hormones, and end up lopping off perfectly good body parts. Just like the eating disorders of a few years ago and the "Goth" fad, the diagnosis of gender dysphoria is increasing at an alarming rate due to social contagion. Most concerning is that teachers can refer children for gender dysphoria treatment without parental approval or knowledge.
The reason this method of therapy is so popular is that the experts cannot agree on any other, less intrusive type of treatment or therapy that effectively relieves the misery gender dysphoric persons feel. If I do win a settlement in this case, I would like to donate it to a foundation dedicated to researching less intrusive ways of assisting children who suffer from gender dysphoria.
My lawyer and I were prepared for a defamation trial with a Jury in December of this year. But this “counter” application by Hansman has created a lot of extra work and has exhausted my financial resources. I have put several thousand of my own savings into this fight. I need your help in several ways:

--Barry Neufeld, July 8, 2019
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