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Canoe and Kayak Criminal Rescue Safety Scam: 1500 Canadian and American Adults and Children Die Agonizing Deaths Since 1993

Tim Ingram

Copyright 2006, Tim Ingram
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Index:
Preface http://www.canoekayaksafety.com
 Introduction http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/introduction.html
Chapter 1: Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety Scandal, US Governmental Affairs (http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterone.html)
Chapter 2: Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety Scandal, Canadian Governmental Affairs
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chaptertwo.html)
Chapter 3: Fundamental Lifesaving Error in Rescue Safety of Canoes and Kayaks, No Level Flotation Standard: Responsible for Thousands of Deaths Since 1978
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterthree.html)
 Chapter 4. Recognition by All Major Authors of The Simple Facts of Human Life Saving and Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterfour.html)
Chapter 5: Criminal Fraud in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterfive.html)
Chapter 6: Blaming Victims for Their Own Deaths Through Degrading Propaganda
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chaptersix.html)
Chapter 7: The Milgram Studies and Criminal Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapterseven.html)
Chapter 8: Legal Developments in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chaptereight.html)
Chapter 9: Ongoing Reckless Endangerment and Death in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety. The Intent.
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chapternine.html)
Conclusion
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/conclusion.html)
Appendix: Ongoing Police and Homeland Security Investigations in Canada and the United States, Regarding Criminal Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety. Canada:
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/appendix.html)
Appendix2: Ongoing Police and Homeland Security Investigations in Canada and the United States, Regarding Criminal Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety. America:
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/appendix2.html)

Supplementary OPP Appendix:
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/appendix3.html)

RCMP Zaccardelli File
http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/appendix4.html

New Book:
The Minnesota Canoe Murders
http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/TheMinnesotaCanoeMurders.html
 

Chapter 8: Legal Developments in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety
(http://www.canoekayaksafety.com/chaptereight.html)





I do not think that lawyers are much use at the moment regarding this scandal. The best ones I know are already engaged in the profitable lawsuits against corporations who have made defective cars or other things that have hurt people. It is not that they think it is OK to deliberately kill people in canoes or kayaks. It is just that they are already too busy. I have only communicated briefly with a few of the better firms in the US and Canada. If I spent more time with them, I likely could get them to see both an excellent "pro bono" cause, as well as a very lucrative pay-off for litigation against orgainizations, governments and companies.

At the moment I intend to stop the deaths as quickly as possible. It is much more efficient to get a politician to attend to their perceived self-interest to do the right thing, than educate a law firm. The politicians are fairly quick movers too, once they see the point, and their own place in history. Politicians are usually more perceptive of the "big picture", compared to lawyers.

Eventually, I think that lawyers will become involved when the money trail is better publicized. The class action pay-off for thousands of deaths is quite impressive to them. In either country.

Of course money compensation for a single canoe and kayak death is a poor goal in the first place. I must stop the deaths first. And I don't think multi-million dollar lawsuits will change that as effectively as talking to the politicians, who after all, have families and friends, and a vested interest in behaving respectfully toward human life.

Ultimately I would like to lead the politicians down the very simple path of legislation for canoe and kayak safety. I have already established the ground-work for this. The only people against CO2 sponsons are some canoe and kayak instructor lobby groups; and I have neutralized them by calling them "child murderers" for several years. This is a very effective tactic. Of course this only works if it is true. Otherwise, it is against the law to say untrue defamatory things about people. However, I guess you have seen in this book, and my previous book, that "the truth" is not something the American Canoe Association or the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association would like to bring to the attention of a court. Child murderers are like that. They may be brave bullies when they have some potential canoe and kayak victims to endanger. But they steer very clear of accusing me directly of libel. Otherwise I say "OK, let's go to court you child-murderers." They are afraid of that.

They are also afraid of saying very loudly that I am not being truthful about them being child murderers. You see, that is untruthful and it defames me, since I am being accused of not telling the truth. I am obviously telling the truth, using some of their own spokespersons. So I can easily convict them of libel. (They also murder adults as well as children. But there is no doubt that they kill children, like the Girl Guides, as well.)

I suppose I am the Ralph Nader of canoes and kayaks. But I do have other concerns that are far beyond this simple book. As you know by now, the famos Milgram experiments have proven in most universities in the world that cruel and torturing, murdering criminals did not die out with the Nuremberg Trials. This canoe and kayak scandal reaches aspects of our society that are quite unexplored, and quite uncomfortable for many citizens. It is disturbing to think that honest canoe and kayak instructors, educators, and citizens have been prevented from having $25 CO2 sponsons for many years. Despite over 500 deaths in the last 4 years in the US and Canada, since $50 CO2 sponsons were invented.

It is also true that child pedophile rings have not been investigated thoroughly; such as the Cornwall ring, simply because this is such a horrible subject for investigation, that even police forces in Canada have refused to step in to protect the public, and serve justice to the victims! This is also true in the U.S.

And all of This is not unknown fact. This information is on government websites in the United States:

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, (NASBLA) Boating Accident Investigation, Reporting and Analysis Committee Minutes, April 16, 2002: "As for non-motorized boats, several committee members reported receiving email from Tim Ingram, who is rather severe, but he got some attention. Perhaps sponsons are a good alternative. Frank Disbrow commented that about 50% fatalities in Connecticut are canoes and kayaks."

The USCG National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) also recognized Sponsons in the Minutes, 22 - 23 April 2002: "Mr. Tsuneyoshi had an observation then a question... He then asked where the ACA stood on automatic inflating sponsons for canoes."

ACA Yeager lied, referring to sponsons as "training wheels" when they obviously have no "training" function. Sponsons are "automatically inflating" in emergencies, concealed in 2 tiny containers on any canoe or kayak, above the waterline and almost un-noticeable except for the words "emergency rescue". Lightweight (1 lb.), inexpensive ($50 installed at the factory), sponsons are manufactured exactly like US Coast Guard approved CO2 gas-inflating PFDs, with back-up oral inflation. ACA Black also lied to the Attorney General of Florida only a few months previously, stating any kind of sponsons did not work. See this letter in the book on the link "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims. For further information and contact see: http://www.sponsonguy.com/

Here is recent email to these bodies, with a few recent changes, due to changing statistics at USCG headquarters in the last few months. Kayaks are becoming more popular and increasing their death toll relative to open canoes. (Note that very few kayaks are "traditional" Eskimo types or White Water types, which constitute only 2.9% and 5.2% respectively, of the total 340,300 kayak sales estimated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association for year 2002, the latest year available to me now. Contrast this with 48.6% of all 2002 kayaks sold being "Sit-in Recreation" and 25.2% as "Sit-on Recreation". Open canoes sold 2002: 100,000.

So the remarkable thing here is this:

The ACA has no instruction at all for these largest representative types of kayaks, since the Sit-on-Recreational types (also called Sit-on-Tops) are 25.2% of all kayaks, the Sit-ins are 48.6% and these types cannot be Eskimo rolled, which is what the ACA mainly tries to sell. They don't like the "recreational" types obviously, since they do not fit their instruction money scam. Neither type normally has a sprayskirt because the cockpit is either far too large, or open-cockpit, as in the sit-on-tops. Obviously no rolling.* And obviously no pumping out is possible.* (*Without a sprayskirt the "Sit-in-Recreationals" just re-flood. But with a sprayskirt they just re-flood. Sprayskirts are unworkable anyway, for any kayak. Sea Kayaker Magazine, February, 2003, p.29)

Sprayskirts do cause entrapment deaths, especially when kayaks are rented or borrowed since victims are unfamiliar with the tricks of fitting any particular skirt to any particular kayak. Miss the grab loop and most sprayskirts are tight enough, (since they have to be to keep out water properly), that they cannot be removed by a capsized victim. Who then drowns. Summer camps and elementary schools combine children with sprayskirts according to ACA instruction programs for schools, funded by the USCG Wallop-Breaux Trust.

Without sponsons, the 48.6 % are impossible to use to get out of the water, on top of them, even a little. They roll like a log. They are just as unstable upside-down as upright when flooded. After just a little while in the water, hypothermia effects prevent holding on, as victims begin to die. These kayaks prevent anyone from getting out of the water without sponsons.

(The "Sit-on-Tops" already have built-in sponsons, but these sponsons are too small for the majority of the population to use as a Level Flotation Standard Type of Rescue Platform. US Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular 73* "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue. 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978." Only canoes and kayaks have a US Coast Guard Safety Exemption (that Chairman Muldoon threatened the ACA to lift, NBSAC minutes October 2002.) Well over 100 US canoe and kayak deaths ago.)

The victims die fairly quickly, in PFDs or not. In above chapters in this book you have seen Sea Kayaker Magazine and other sources admit that both rolling and pumping out with a sprayskirt are unworkable tricks to save lives for any kayak.

So the funding of the ACA by the Wallop-Breaux Trust, through the US Coast Guard essentially prevents sponsons on all kayaks and canoes. But most of all it prevents the safety of the majority types of kayaks and canoes for which the ACA has no safety instruction. In fact they say most often that the public should not use these canoes and kayaks, but should use ones that they can roll. (After they take expensive rolling lessons that don't save the lives of experts in Greenland etc.) So this money scam by the ACA and the instructors' lobby essentially murders people like Mary Jagoda and Sarah Aronoff who died in Massachusetts last year in recreational kayaks. These two young victims are the reason behind the Mary Jagoda / Sarah Aronoff Kayak Safety Amendment H-4456 in Massachusetts:

"The families of the two missing young women, reached yesterday by Coast Guard Capt. Judith Keene, commander of Coast Guard Group Woods Hole, both said they would support the idea of having their daughters' names attached to the bill, which would become an amendment to current law. "Both fathers answered the calls, and both thought it would be a good idea to do whatever they could to ensure that what happened to their daughters does not happen to someone else," Keene said. It is inspiring to see this dedication to saving lives in canoes and kayaks, in Massachusetts.*

*Inspiring as this may be, this Amendement will do almost nothing to make canoes and kayaks safer since there is no means to get out of  the water. Mandatory PFD use is smart to require, especially including a whistle and a compass, but already 35% of victims are wearing PFDs. They have no way to get out of the water!

See website on this Amendment: http://www.vse.cape.com/~harborm/ciha/kayakersmissing2.html

PFDS cannot magically get victims out of the water.

Mary Jagoda and Sarah Aronoff would have died anyway if they capsized because they had no means of getting out of the water, like $25 CO2 sponsons on their recreational kayaks. (They would quickly have been affected by hypothermia, even kayakers in Florida don't last long enough in 70 degree water, before they can no longer hold their heads out of the water, weakened by hypothermia, wearing a PFD, and they drown.) No matter how much flotation inside a recreational kayak, they cannot be re-entered because the kayaks are too unstable full of water. And they cannot be pumped out because the cockpit is too large and sprayskirts can't prevent water coming in faster than it is pumped out. They cannot be rolled, but of course no canoe or kayak can be rolled reliably enough to save a life. The World Champs in Greenland need a rescue powerboat close by, since they cannot always roll. (Sea Kayaker, Feb. 2001, p.41)

(This is just a murderous instruction scam anyway. Put a judge and jury in a swimming pool and see how easily they roll.)

Rolling is difficult to learn, and time-consuming, and requires lots of practice for even the expert rollers, who might occasionally think they are "bombproof". It is ridiculous to think of this as safety. Most of the kayak and canoe books admit rolling is so unreliable for anyone that a back-up is required. Of course the back-up, a paddle float or some other ridiculous idea, is just as dangerous as a roll, maybe worse. See most of the instruction books again and you will find that the paddle float is generally regarded as a poor substitute for a "reliable roll". (Most of the Arctic peoples did not roll. Both the few who did in Greenland and Alaska, and the majority who did not roll, historically had huge rates of death, as I pointed out in detail in my previous book.)

*This is the "bait and switch" scam that murders people. Mary Jagoda and Sarah Aronoff were murdered. Someone get the family attorneys to phone me right away. The money compensation is at most $750,000 US per dead victim. In most cases. This is just a mild cost of doing business for the ACA, who take over $100,000 in grants from the US Coast Guard alone, in a year. Since they cannot get normal insurance from the insurance industry (who are not that crazy!), they self-insure through the Professional Paddlesports Association (who have the same address as the ACA.) Mr. Fetchero was the insurance guy who set this up for them, last time I looked. The PPA website used to freely admit that they could not buy insurance due to their safety record. Check out their website. They don't buy insurance. Everyone puts money in the "kitty" so they can cover the very few "murder cases" that get to court. Most families are so devastated that they don't have the energy to pursue this terrible task anyway. So the ACA and PPA happily get away with murder: About 100 cases a year in the US, between 25 and 40 in Canada, depending on how many do not get out of the water, wearing a PFD or not.

The pattern here is second degree murder. Get the attorneys to talk to me. I have communications with every State Attorney General since 2001. I also know the best law firms in the United States. You need all of the facts before going to court. I have thousands of pages. This can be a huge case, covering many hundreds of victims if done properly. Do something right for Mary, Sarah, and the 2 eleven-year-old Girl Guides murdered last year.

Tim Ingram, phone 705-549-3722
 


February 19th, 2004

US Coast Guard and National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC)
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)

Re: 1000 US Canoe and Kayak Deaths, Lifesaving Scandal

As you well know, I have documented over 10 years the deaths of about 1000 US citizens, by leaving them in the water to die. This is an area of concern for the USCG and other law enforcement parties. US Coast Guard report 071-01: "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type". (This figure may be far too low, considering the death statistics of the Ford/Firestone scandal, over a similar time frame, with many more vehicles, many, many more use/hours daily, and only 200 deaths.)

"A total of 105 canoeists and kayakers drowned in 1998. Canoes and kayaks have the highest fatality rate of all boat types ñ double the rate of personal watercraft and 4 times higher than open motorboats." (Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives, May 15, 2001, BOAT/U.S.)

The issue, in a nutshell, is that the American Canoe Association (ACA) sells instruction, and they act as a Washington lobby group to protect their interests, against the safety of citizens. Not only is their instruction fraudulently "bait and switch"; they have connnections to other organizations who would also lose money if canoe and kayak deaths were greatly reduced.

For example in the ACA commercial magazine:
"All national paddlesports organizations combined comprise just one percent of committed users and a tenth-percent of the total user group...To represent paddlers to regulatory agencies with legitimacy, an organization should represent at least 10 percent of the sport's committed users...The ACA is the paddlesport organization best placed ...to protect paddlers from paddlecraft registration, required education and mandated PFD use...protecting our sport from needless government regulation." (Paddler, Sept./Oct., 2003, p.84)*

Despite this ACA policy to make canoes and kayaks kill as many as possible, (and the steady decline of canoe/kayak sales over the past 4 years), these ACA criminals are rumoured to be facing "mandated PFD use" soon, according to a recent US Coast Guard NBSAC decision. This is good! However, compliance with child PFD use is poor: "nearly 40% of the children who perished in 2002 were not wearing lifejackets." (USCG Executive Summary, Recreational Boating Accidents 2002) And 35% of Dead Canoe/Kayak Victims in 2002 were wearing PFDs, while 32% of the DEAD wore PFDs in 2000. PFDs cannot magically get victims out of the water, where they die! So more PFD use, a good idea if somehow they get out of the water in time, will continue to show years when more victims die while wearing PFDs (2000) and some years when fewer die while more of the dead are not wearing PFDs (1999). It depends on getting out of the water.

Open canoes are by far the most deadly craft! They make up 75% of all canoe and kayak deaths in the US and Canada. (It is clear that the trend is now changing due to more kayaks being sold, that are also very deadly without sponsons.  It would make sense to install "automatic inflating sponsons" on canoes immediately, to cut all canoe/kayak deaths by more than half immediately! New Data July 2004: Now, with kayaks nearly catching up to open canoes in numbers of deaths, both canoes and kayaks should be included. (These sponsons are discussed on the US Coast Guard website, NBSAC minutes April, 2002.)

Some USCG officials try to effect change. The National Boating Safety Advisory Council, that is part of Homeland Security and the US Coast Guard, has recognized "automatic inflating sponsons for canoes" since April 2002. (You can see these minutes on the US Coast Guard website now.)

However there have been about 200 US deaths since then. The dead victims (104) in 2000 wearing PFDs were 32%, the dead victims (84) in 1999 wearing PFDs were 28%. The dead victims (78) wearing PFDs in 2002 were 35%. PFD use has not affected death statistics since you can have fewer deaths while not wearing PFDs, and more deaths wearing PFDs! Obviously Deaths are Not a reflection of PFD use. (Although this is a good idea for the most deadly watercraft on the planet.) Deaths are a reflection of who does not get out of the water. They die of hypothermia effects while wearing PFDs.

The USCG BARD statistics reflect recent lowering canoe/kayak use and sales, and type of canoe/kayak, corresponding to National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) stats for types sold. "Looking at the first six months of each year, the number of kayaks sold has decreased 50 percent from 12,502 in 2001 to 6,216 in 2003." (Paddler, Jan/Feb 2004, p.8, published by the ACA.)

The wider kayaks and "sit-on-tops", are by far the most popular types of kayaks according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (reflecting users' choices, who find narrower craft too unstable). They are less deadly due to a wider beam. However if flooded, the "recreational kayaks", unlike the equally popular "sit-on-tops", do not have built-in sponsons. They cannot be pumped out due to the very large cockpit opening. The victims die when they cannot get out of the water (rate of body heat loss is 25 times the rate in air.) PFDs cannot magically get them out. Furthermore, deaths indicate that the "sit-on-top" types, that already have built-in sponsons, have insufficient sponson buoyancy for most victims to rescue themselves and not recapsize. (Sufficient sponson buoyancy is only possible through "automatic inflating sponsons" on the USCG website.)

Lifesaving Scandal

There is simply no equivalent in the 20th century or the 19th century regarding this extremely high death rate. Death Rates one could only expect through deliberate anti-safety and anti-social policies. Compare: 11,000 British sailors dead in overloaded and heavily insured ships 1879-1899, in the largest merchant marine in the world. This is 1 sailor in 60 dying violently in water; in mining, same period, 1 dead miner in 315, both over a lifetime of exposure. (Neil Hanson, "The Custom of The Sea",1999, p.54)

The US Coast Guard has created this scandal by funding the deadly ACA instruction scam. Without USCG funding and encouragement to kill, the ACA and other instruction groups would not have any credibility or power!

Think about this:

All city waterfronts have lifesaving stations with throw rings or long poles prominently displayed in case someone falls in the water. Since most victims don't sink immediately, the safest way to rescue a victim is to use a pole or throw ring to pull the person to shore. Most people do not stroll on city waterfronts already wearing a PFD. (Especially on a hot day.) So most victims are rescued from the water do not wear a PFD. And most do not sink immediately! To save their lives all you need is to get them out of the water!

Canoes and kayaks with sponsons, to create the Level Flotation Standard that the US Coast Guard considered for canoes and kayaks about 30 years ago, enable most victims to get out of the water alive, even if they are not wearing a PFD. See what happened: These people were denied sponsons to get out of the water alive, even if they were wearing a PFD. The US Coast Guard website states 35% of dead canoe and kayak victims were wearing a PFD in 2002.

So canoe and kayaks were deliberately sold to leave people to die in the water whether they were wearing a PFD or not. Unlike citizens who are better protected on a stroll along a city waterfront!

So if you are a lawyer, or you know a family hurting from the death of a loved one, have them call me. Most lawyers are not specialized in knowing what I have documented. This book is just the "Tip of the Iceberg." I know "where the bodies are buried" and by whom. The interviewing technique is simple and straight-forward with respect to confessions from members of the canoe and kayak industry that they are aware that they are deliberately killing people by sending them out with no means to escape the deadly waters (i.e. no sponsons). They know CO2 sponsons work as reliably as CO2 inflatable Coast Guard approved PFDs!

This deadly and well documented pattern of intent constitutes murder. Not just civil liability.

Better contact me through the many addresses mentioned in this book. Have the lawyer do that. I will be plenty of help to any grieving family, or their lawyer, for free.


Next Page: Chapter 9: Ongoing Reckless Endangerment and Death in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety. The Intent.
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A few Faxes Regarding the Girl Guides deaths received by the Coroner's Inquest, Sault Ste. Marie courthouse, all faxes followed-up by a phone call to confirm receipt:
 

FAX TO:

Dr. Porter
Office of the Chief Coroner

(original sent to Superintendent/Commander K.C. Smith, OPP)

April 23, 2003
 

Dear Sir:

Re: Ontario Canoe and Kayak Murder Fraud

Thank you very much for your letter of February 26, 2003 regarding my numerous correspondence.

I appreciate your forwarding to M. Thibault, who is the Federal minister responsible for the Canadian Coast Guard, my concerns. His desk must be pilled high by now, with similar letters from Members of Parliament, both Federal and Provincial. As well as those from  myself, over the last year.

I want to say that Sergeant B. Schlorff  has been extremely helpful and compassionate regarding the needless deaths of our citizens in canoes and kayaks.

And I understand that the OPP, like the US Coast Guard, tries very hard to help society.

I have recently written a book, in about 2 weeks, regarding the Coast Guard of the UK, the US, and the Canadian Coast Guard. I have included all letters regarding this murderous "bait and switch fraud," over the past decade. Quickly written but having extremely accurate facts.

The Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association continues to mislead the public to their deaths. The most recent issue of "KANAWA" features the same murderous techniques. Most particularly this organized criminal organization features pictures in their magazine that tell our citizens that they can paddle a fully flooded open canoe to safety.

This killed not only the 13 victims on Lake Temiskaming, 1978; but also the dozen killed on Balsam Lake in 1926. The Department of the Attorney-General of Ontario had representatives at both inquests. Of course no flooded canoe can be paddled fully flooded any distance before capsize. Otherwise the 2 dozen dead Ontario children, who were with trained adult canoeists, and were very well trained themselves in school and camp programs, could have simply saved themselves.

This issue is well documented in the recent book by James Raffan, "Deep Waters", 2002. The "patron saint" of the above criminal organization, the late Bill Mason, also condemned such rescues as deadly. The criminal organization, CRCA, defies obvious common sense, for apparently no other reason than to murder citizens through their instruction, for profit.

This is now extremely well documented. Another season of murders in Ontario is upon us. Already, at least 40% of dead victims are wearing PFDs. (Drowning Report 2000, Lifesaving Society.) PFDs cannot get people out of the water, that kills by hypothermia. Body heat is sucked out at a rate 25 times the heat loss in air!

Please forward this letter to your criminal branch. The CRCA and other instruction groups use police and Coast Guards to endorse their deadly and profitable, murder instruction.

I document thoroughly that all large government bodies have been lied to for years. When my book is published this Summer, all correspondence with Coast Guards in the UK, US, and Canada will be revealed in original form.

I do not blame any government body. They were all tricked by an obvious "bait and switch" fraud scam. Canada has a death rate at least twice as high as the US. I provide the third paragraph of my book "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans":

Canoes and kayaks are the most dangerous watercraft in the world. In 2001, U.S. Congressional Testimony: "Canoes and kayaks have the highest fatality rate of all boat types ñ double the rate of personal watercraft and 4 times higher than open motorboats." The US Coast Guard Release No:071-01 "Canoes and kayaks have by far the highest fatality rates per million hours of exposure (.42) as any other boat type."

Please contact your investigators to lay charges immediately. I believe that police and Coast Guards must work positively to correct this, (and the USCG is already in motion). I support all branches of government and I have taken pains to excuse short-comings. I have been a civil servant. I know it is not simple.

However, put a judge and jury in any swimming pool with these murder rescues and you will see in seconds how the CRCA murders many more innocent victims than other organized crime.

Statistically, in the US the canoe and kayak death rate is many times higher than any vehicles: 15 times higher than the old Firestone/Ford Explorer SUVs. In Canada this death rate is higher, although the database is much inferior to the database of the USCG and US Department of Transportation.

I shall also Fax this letter to the deputy Chief Coroner, Dr. B.M.B. Porter, who has also expressed concern over this issue.

I want to help all government organizations to achieve their purpose: To serve and protect all citizens.

My book and all of my correspondence I believe, reflects this end.

Respectfully submitted,

Yours truly,
 

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722

cc. Dr Porter, Office of the Chief Coroner



 

Fax To: Dr. B.M.B. Porter, Deputy Chief Coroner-Inquests (416) 314-4030
Dr. David Legge, Regional Supervising Coroner- Northwestern (fax 807-343-7665).

August 1, 2003

Dear Dr. Porter (and Dr. Legge):

Re: Deaths of Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell

Thank you very much for your letter of July 25, 2003, sending a Cc with attachment, to Dr. David Legge, Regional Supervising Coroner- Northwestern (fax 807-343-7665). It was my greatest hope that an inquest would be held regarding this terrible tragedy. I shall offer whatever I can to assist Dr Legge in this inquest, and I shall fax this to him as well.

As you know, the Girl Guides and anyone else can be killed in any canoe or kayak at any time of the year, in 70 degree Fahrenheit waters of Florida, in or the much cooler waters of Canada, wearing a PFD or not. I have literally thousands of emails stating this fact and others, to all federal and state and provincial government bodies.

I also have much documentation regarding the misinformation given to the public regarding the dangers of canoes and kayaks. The Canadian Coast Guard and the US Coast Guard, among many other goverment representatives, sometimes state that only wearing a PFD is sufficient to prevent canoe and kayak deaths. Of course this is untrue. And aproximately 30% of dead paddlers in the US (USCG BARD), and about 40% of Canadian dead are wearing PFDs (Lifesaving Society). I do however fully support wearing PFDs in canoes and kayaks. I own a belt pouch CO2 powered PFD myself as well as other solid types. However, the public is misled, albeit unintentionally, by most PFD programs.

I realize that coroner's inquest is intended to not cast blame or make criminal charges. Nevertheless, in Canada and the United States, as well as other countries, canoe and kayak "safety"
instruction is deadly and misleading. Worst of all, this instruction denies all canoes and kayaks a means to get out of the water and get to shore, and even the capability of saving other swimmers in the water. The self-acknowledged unreliable and deadly instruction actually is a perfect means to lure victims into water from which they cannot escape (unless seen in time by a powerboat or other capable rescuer.)

All of this information and much more is contained within my book. I deliberately allowed a few unimportant editing errors to remain in order that this book be available as soon as possible:
http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818

(If this link does not get you to "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans: US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims", simply paste this link into the address bar of your browser, and this page on the internet will appear, describing the book's contents.) I am expecting a few copies of the paperback from the publisher in a week. In the meantime the ebook is easily downloaded. If any letters or diagrams are unclear in the Adobe format, simply print out that page on your own printer, for a page that better resembles the high-quality paperback.

I shall fax this information to Dr. Legge today as well. This inquest may well want to use a swimming pool and canoes to demonstrate the unsafe instruction sold in Canada, as well as the simple alternative, that creates a life raft, capable of rescuing other swimmers in the water. Thank you very much again, for informing me.

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram, 231 Gordon Drive, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2, phone 705-549-3722


FAX To:
Ms. Deborah Del Duca
Executive Director, Girl Guides of Canada
416-487-5570

August 7, 2003

Dear Ms. Del Duca:

Re: Girl Guide Deaths, Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell.

I am Faxing this letter to you Sunday, in the hope that it will be on the top of your desk Monday, August 11th. I spoke with Ms. Virginia __ (I did not catch her last name), who explained that you were away from the office, but that this information would reach your desk.

I have spoken with Ms. Maggie Van Dusen, about 2 weeks ago, who said that she would forward an email sent to her (reproduced below), to the National Office.

I am interested in helping your organization, your guides who survived the terrible tragedy, and the berieved families. Your Girl Guides can still die in any waters in North America, at any time of the year, even 70 degree F. waters in Florida, because they cannot get out of the water in time. Your Guides and staff are statistically about 100 times less likely to die in a mine in 19th century Great Britain, than canoeing or kayaking.

The death rate scandal of canoeing and kayaking is the highest rate in modern history. To achieve such a high rate of death per exposure hours, you would require an organization dedicated to the most deadly and misleading use of canoes and kayaks. You can read about this in my book, that is described in the link below:
http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818

Simply paste this link into the address bar of your browser to see "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills..."

The parents of the children, the entire community, and the entire community of Girl Guides need to be aware of this terrible atrocity. And most importantly, the berieved families need the support of Girl Guides of Canada immediately. They are suffering a terrible hell right now, and they need to know that they are not alone. And they need to know that something can be done immediately to save other children like Erica and Megan. About the only real consolation in such a horrible tragedy might be that these young lives are not just thrown away, like so many children (and older victims) before them.

I wish to meet with you as soon as possible, bringing copies of the book, to discuss exactly what help you can offer. The survivors are also suffering from trauma, pain, and guilt, to say nothing of your organization.

Please contact me quickly, to set up a meeting at your Toronto offices.

Yours truly,
 

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone (705) 549-3722

Reference:

Dear Ms. Van Dusen: I have not received an email confirmation yet, that you have received the below. Could you please acknowledge yes or no, and try to get this to legal counsel at the national office.

I think that the best idea, after giving this some thought, for all concerned parties, would be for Girl Guides of Canada to have legal counsel confirm that they have received this. That way I can be certain that this matter is being addressed properly, and everyone at GG of Canada can be likewise protected.

Legal formats are very useful here. I would point out that in most (I have documented about 100) child deaths in North America, insurance companies routinely force a payment on berieved parents for a signature, thereby depriving them of any further legal rights regarding their dead child.

I am not suggesting that Girl Guides of Canada will do this. On the contrary, I believe your organization will act in the best interests of the future safety of Girl Guides, as well as ensuring that the families of the dead girls, staff and survivors are informed of the terrible truth of these deaths: That these children died as a result of a deliberate scam to sell fraudulent instruction, by making canoes and kayaks as deadly as possible.

There is terrible guilt and pain in these cases. And of course I want to ensure that the parents of the dead children, the survivors, and Girl Guides of Canada are all properly cared for.

I certainly appreciated your very appropriate concern on the telephone yesterday, a response that met my high hopes, when I decided to phone Girl Guides. And I understand the proceedures mean that it is best for you to forward this to the national office. I just want to ensure that this gets to legal counsel etc. Thank you again. Tim

----- Original Message -----
From: "oldguy (Tim Ingram)" <oldguy@csolve.net <mailto:oldguy@csolve.net>>
To: <vandusenm@guidesontario.org <mailto:vandusenm@guidesontario.org>>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 3:27 PM
Subject: phone call Tim Ingram

Dear Ms. Van Dusen: Thanks again for your attention to this email, sent yesterday to guidesontario.org, Tim Ingram:

Dear Madam:

Re: Girl Guide Deaths, Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell, both 11 years of age.

I have decided to contact your organization directly now, before further action in this case. Of course this is one of the most tragic incidents in the history of Canada. You need to know that your organization was deliberately misled regarding the safety of your children, by the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association (CRCA), among other parties.

You should know that thousands of pages of warnings regarding this kind of tragedy have been sent years ago, to the Ontario and Federal governments. The CRCA has already been accused many times of deliberate child murders. They have chosen not to contest these charges in court, but to continue to murder children, and others. The horror of these canoeing deaths has marked the survivors for life. The long agony of death by hypothermia for the victims, and the knowledge of the berieved families that their children died slowly, with terrible fears of never seeing their loved ones again, has marked everyone. I am recognized by the US Coast Guard as outlined in my book on the following link.

<http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818>The ebook can be downloaded in minutes if you wish to read references to the Canadian canoeing murders, that involve a bait and switch scam. I can provide copies of the paperback to give to your organization's legal authorities. I insist on helping you to ensure that no Girl Guides or Boy Scouts, or their loved ones ever suffer this same ordeal again. I am the father of the 2 girls on the cover of the book. I am a retired family therapist, and individual psychotherapist of 30 years experience, as well as a former Scoutmaster and YMCA counsellor. I am very much concerned with the survivors receiving proper care, as well as the loved ones of the victims. This same tragedy is entirely predictable at any time on any Ontario waters. Even the warmest months leave these waters capable of killing by hypothermia. It is a simple matter to protect your children as you will read in the above link, describing the book's contents. Read all of the above link and contact me as soon as possible. I have children too. Girl Guides of Canada were set up for this kind of tragedy.
I would point out that it is better to contact me as quickly as possible, in view of the assistance my knowledge and my book can offer the victims' families, your organization, and your surviving guides. I am very sorry for your loss, as I can understand that this was also a terrible experience for your organization. I can assure you that I have worked for many years in the interests of safer canoeing and kayaking, as quickly as I possibly could. I am aware of many other children, needlessly dead. This terrible tragedy at least provides an opportunity to ensure this cannot happen again! Please allow me to help Girl Guides immediately protect all children in the future. In any country of the world.

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722 Please telephone any time.


FAX To:
Virginia, 416-489-1481

Dear Virginia:

Thanks for the brief phone conversation before you were called to a meeting. I just want all of you to understand the larger picture regarding the tragic incident. I will come to Toronto immediately, at your convenience, in view of the terrible circumstances that people are suffering.

These deaths are fully in the public domain, and I am sure that Girl Guides of Canada can use their excellent reputation and good intent to prevent any other suffering. It is rather simple.

Tim

Ms. Deborah Del Duca
Executive Director, Girl Guides of Canada
416-487-5570

August 7, 2003

Dear Ms. Del Duca:

Re: Girl Guide Deaths, Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell.

I am Faxing this letter to you Sunday, in the hope that it will be on the top of your desk Monday, August 11th. I spoke with Ms. Virginia __ (I did not catch her last name), who explained that you were away from the office, but that this information would reach your desk.

I have spoken with Ms. Maggie Van Dusen, about 2 weeks ago, who said that she would forward an email sent to her (reproduced below), to the National Office.

I am interested in helping your organization, your guides who survived the terrible tragedy, and the berieved families. Your Girl Guides can still die in any waters in North America, at any time of the year, even 70 degree F. waters in Florida, because they cannot get out of the water in time. Your Guides and staff are statistically about 100 times less likely to die in a mine in 19th century Great Britain, than canoeing or kayaking.

The death rate scandal of canoeing and kayaking is the highest rate in modern history. To achieve such a high rate of death per exposure hours, you would require an organization dedicated to the most deadly and misleading use of canoes and kayaks. You can read about this in my book, that is described in the link below:
http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818

Simply paste this link into the address bar of your browser to see "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills..."

The parents of the children, the entire community, and the entire community of Girl Guides need to be aware of this terrible atrocity. And most importantly, the berieved families need the support of Girl Guides of Canada immediately. They are suffering a terrible hell right now, and they need to know that they are not alone. And they need to know that something can be done immediately to save other children like Erica and Megan. About the only real consolation in such a horrible tragedy might be that these young lives are not just thrown away, like so many children (and older victims) before them.

I wish to meet with you as soon as possible, bringing copies of the book, to discuss exactly what help you can offer. The survivors are also suffering from trauma, pain, and guilt, to say nothing of your organization.

Please contact me quickly, to set up a meeting at your Toronto offices.

Yours truly,
 

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone (705) 549-3722

Reference:

Dear Ms. Van Dusen: I have not received an email confirmation yet, that you have received the below. Could you please acknowledge yes or no, and try to get this to legal counsel at the national office.

I think that the best idea, after giving this some thought, for all concerned parties, would be for Girl Guides of Canada to have legal counsel confirm that they have received this. That way I can be certain that this matter is being addressed properly, and everyone at GG of Canada can be likewise protected.

Legal formats are very useful here. I would point out that in most (I have documented about 100) child deaths in North America, insurance companies routinely force a payment on berieved parents for a signature, thereby depriving them of any further legal rights regarding their dead child.

I am not suggesting that Girl Guides of Canada will do this. On the contrary, I believe your organization will act in the best interests of the future safety of Girl Guides, as well as ensuring that the families of the dead girls, staff and survivors are informed of the terrible truth of these deaths: That these children died as a result of a deliberate scam to sell fraudulent instruction, by making canoes and kayaks as deadly as possible.

There is terrible guilt and pain in these cases. And of course I want to ensure that the parents of the dead children, the survivors, and Girl Guides of Canada are all properly cared for.

I certainly appreciated your very appropriate concern on the telephone yesterday, a response that met my high hopes, when I decided to phone Girl Guides. And I understand the proceedures mean that it is best for you to forward this to the national office. I just want to ensure that this gets to legal counsel etc. Thank you again. Tim

----- Original Message -----
From: "oldguy (Tim Ingram)" <oldguy@csolve.net <mailto:oldguy@csolve.net>>
To: vandusenm@guidesontario.org <mailto:vandusenm@guidesontario.org>>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 3:27 PM Subject: phone call Tim Ingram

Dear Ms. Van Dusen: Thanks again for your attention to this email, sent yesterday to guidesontario.org, Tim Ingram:

Dear Madam:

Re: Girl Guide Deaths, Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell, both 11 years of age.

I have decided to contact your organization directly now, before further action in this case. Of course this is one of the most tragic incidents in the history of Canada. You need to know that your organization was deliberately misled regarding the safety of your children, by the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association (CRCA), among other parties.

You should know that thousands of pages of warnings regarding this kind of tragedy have been sent years ago, to the Ontario and Federal governments. The CRCA has already been accused many times of deliberate child murders. They have chosen not to contest these charges in court, but to continue to murder children, and others. The horror of these canoeing deaths has marked the survivors for life. The long agony of death by hypothermia for the victims, and the knowledge of the berieved families that their children died slowly, with terrible fears of never seeing their loved ones again, has marked everyone. I am recognized by the US Coast Guard as outlined in my book on the following link.

<http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818>The ebook can be downloaded in minutes if you wish to read references to the Canadian canoeing murders, that involve a bait and switch scam. I can provide copies of the paperback to give to your organization's legal authorities. I insist on helping you to ensure that no Girl Guides or Boy Scouts, or their loved ones ever suffer this same ordeal again. I am the father of the 2 girls on the cover of the book. I am a retired family therapist, and individual psychotherapist of 30 years experience, as well as a former Scoutmaster and YMCA counsellor.

I am very much concerned with the survivors receiving proper care, as well as the loved ones of the victims. This same tragedy is entirely predictable at any time on any Ontario waters. Even the warmest months leave these waters capable of killing by hypothermia. It is a simple matter to protect your children as you will read in the above link, describing the book's contents. Read all of the above link and contact me as soon as possible. I have children too. Girl Guides of Canada were set up for this kind of tragedy.

I would point out that it is better to contact me as quickly as possible, in view of the assistance my knowledge and my book can offer the victims' families, your organization, and your surviving guides. I am very sorry for your loss, as I can understand that this was also a terrible experience for your organization. I can assure you that I have worked for many years in the interests of safer canoeing and kayaking, as quickly as I possibly could. I am aware of many other children, needlessly dead. This terrible tragedy at least provides an opportunity to ensure this cannot happen again! Please allow me to help Girl Guides immediately protect all children in the future. In any country of the world.

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722 Please telephone any time.



 

FAX TO:

Dr. B.M.B. Porter
Deputy Chief Coroner-Inquests
(416) 314-4030

OPP Superintendent Commander K.C. Smith
705-329-6050
 

Friday, June 25, 2003

Dear Dr. Porter and Commander Smith:

Re: Girl Guide Deaths, Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell, both 11 years of age.

I am faxing this letter to you to ask about investigations into the above deaths by both the OPP and the Coroner's Office.

I suggest that it would be helpful to you to see my book by simply looking at this link on your computer:

http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818

You can immediately read the ebook by simply clicking on "Buy" and following the steps with a credit card. It only takes a few minutes to download, but the paperback is best for reference since the letters, pictures etc. are of the quality you can expect of the best books at Chapters/Indigo.

This book contains references to Ontario Deaths that you need to be aware of. Also, the parents and family of the 2 children in the above tragedy deserve the best resources of your departments. In a similar tragedy in the UK, there were manslaughter convictions and huge media coverage. Canadian children are just as valuable, and their families have similar legal rights that I want to ensure.

To be very clear where all of this is eventually going: You will see this if you read the entire book and the references to the Milgram experiments at Yale, as well as the recent book "Hitler's Willing Executioners", that was a best-seller in Germany as well as a dissertation at Harvard University. (You may be aware that normal citizens gladly helped the Gestapo exterminate fellow, innocent citizens, and the Milgram studies are the best known in any Introductory Psychology Courses at any Universities in the world. The compliance rate for citizens to willingly inflict pain and injury on any innocent victim, quite freely and without any coerced circumstances is 65%. This is true in Canada, the US or any country of Europe where these experiments have been replicated.

So I want you to be aware that the above book is part of a very large social psychology study that just happens to also be a simple attempt to greatly improve the safety of citizens in canoes and kayaks, a scandal with the highest death rate in history, far eclipsing the death rates for mining in 19th century Great Britain, as well as the deadliest vehicle death rates per hours of exposure.

You really need to read this book. For example, I have found OPP officers on a random basis stating that they can paddle a fully flooded open canoe to safety. Of course neither the Girl Guides nor anyone else can do this, although the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association (CRCA) teaches this lie to OPP officers and the general public, both in instruction and recent pictures in their magazine "Kanawa" (Spring 2003, p.18).

I find OPP officers to be very well-trained and they quickly give up this contention regarding the paddling of flooded canoes (that has killed so many Canadians, 600 in the past 12 years as printed in "Kanawa", Winter 2003), after I ask them 2 or 3 questions. In fact they soon readily acknowledge that this trick is not capable of rescuing OPP officers or anyone else. Most OPP officers do not postulate this deadly contention in the first place, since this is such an obvious untruth. Only officers who have been defrauded by canoe instruction are likely to be so deluded, in the first place.

I use this example to emphasize how deadly the CRCA is, even to a well-trained police force, who may in turn unintentionally compromise public safety. In the Girl Guide tragedy I want to emphasize that the families need your help, and those innocent Canadian children and adults who are about to die soon, need your protection.

I suggest that you read this book immediately. I shall be publishing another book in a short while that more specifically details the nature of unregulated canoe and kayak murder in the US and Canada, as well as Europe, Australia etc. The Canadian Coast Guard, I mention in the book, deliberately covered up a "study" by a Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Officer, stationed in Victoria, B.C., August 1994. His study reflected identical findings to the US Military 10th Airborne Special Forces kayakers. This Military evaluation of course carries special weight, like a police or coroner's office investigation, being free from conflicts of interest that affect so many scandals in government, involving mostly money fraud. I am documenting the highest death rate fraud and murder scandal in history. Canada actually has a higher canoe/kayak death rate than the US, as posted on the US Coast Guard website.

Please contact me as soon as possible. The Girl Guides deserve the same dedication to duty as the Toronto police force gave Holly Jones. Murders have obviously occurred in both cases. Only the modus operandi is different. As horrible as the Toronto tragedy was, please do not for one moment forget how horrible were the prolonged deaths by hypothermia, and the terrible fears and longings to see loved ones again, experienced by all of the Girl Guides. The living Girl Guides are haunted now
by the deaths of the smallest: Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell, both 11 years of age.

Your offices are intended to be used to help society in such serious matters. Thank you.

Yours truly,
 

Tim Ingram, 231 Gordon Drive, Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2, phone (705) 549-3722

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Dear Dr. Porter and Commander Smith:

Re: Girl Guide Deaths, Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell, both 11 years of age.

These needless canoeing deaths, May 31st, 2003, near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, are being investigated by both the OPP and the Coroner's Office. According to a local newspaper, The Sault Star, autopsies conducted June 2nd confirmed both children died of hypothermia.

Your offices need to know that these children were killed because they could not get out of the water. Children die of hypothermia in 70 degree water in Florida, wearing PFDs or not, because they are dis-allowed any means to get out of the water.

In Canada the instructor lobby group, the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, (CRCA), prevents any means for paddlers to rescue themselves, or other victims: using a simple, inexpensive, built-in life raft.

The OPP and Coroner investigations will discover that human bodies cannot die in the water (where most deaths occur), if victims can easily get out of the water (where heat loss is 25 times the rate in air.) "Drowning Report 2000", by the Lifesaving Society states that PFDs were worn in 40% of  Canadian canoeing deaths in year 2000.

PFDs cannot get victims out of the water, where they die tragically, like the two 11 year old girls above.

Please ensure that your offices act immediately to prevent any more of these easily preventable deaths. The loved ones of these two little girls deserve the best your offices can provide.

I am at your service, to provide any technical or other useful knowledge in these deaths.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. The parents deserve some help here. Berieved families have no resources to prevent the deaths of other children in the future. The CRCA lobby usually blames the victims or other organizations for any deaths, to discourage berieved families from investigating CRCA practices. The CRCA prevents the only possible means to escape death in the water: A simple life raft.

This simple remedy, mandatory for all combatants in both world wars, to prevent deaths in the water, is obvious.

Yours truly,
Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario, L9M 1Y2, phone 705-549-3722


FAX TO:
Linda Crawford
Executive Manager
Girl Guides of Canada
416-487-5570

August 29th, 2003

Dear Linda:

Re: Girl Guide Deaths, Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell.

I thank you Linda, for your letter of August 21, 2003. I feel that an informal, first-name format is very appropriate, now that I have spoken so many times to the Girl Guides' organization. I have spoken with Virginia at National Headquarters, Maggie Van Dusen for Ontario Guides, and I have recently replied to an email from Daphne Young, who kindly emailed me, referring me to National Headquarters, while also mentioning my phone call and emails to Maggie; after Daphne returned from holidays.

This terrible tragedy is affecting your organization in many ways. Yesterday I returned from Thessalon, the exact scene of the tragedy, and I have been told by one family that you (or anyone else) refuses to speak to them. They are terribly grief-striken. They deserve a response. If you are acting on incompetent legal advice in this regard, (I am certain that you would not deliberately be so cruel to a grieving parent), I would recommend changing immediately. I can help mediate your organization's response to the berieved families, as well as help recommend appropriate grief and trauma counselling for both the families and the survivors.

I am dissappointed that your world-wide organization has behaved poorly with regard to the needs of your Guides and their families. However, I also realize that this kind of tragedy, by its' horrendous nature, may lead to decisions that many of you disagree with, individually.

Girl Guides of Canada is a well esteemed and powerful organization. Much more influential than the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association (CRCA), and the Office of Boating Safety of the Canadian Coast Guard, who deliberately make canoes and kayaks so deadly. Instruction money and ego is one reason for the CRCA to make canoes capable of killing girls guides in any North American waters at any time of the year.

The Canadian Coast Guard has actually covered-up their own "study", for some reason to be determined. Even in Florida, any North American waters can induce fatal hypothermia anytime in the year. Girl Guides of Canada was deliberately deceived, like so many other organizations and victims over the years. See:
http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818  (paste this link in the address bar of your browser to see how deadly this matter actually is!)

In the meantime, your surviving guides, and the victims' families deserve the best of care. Your world-wide organization can easily provide that. And you can ensure that kayaks and canoes are no longer death traps.

Use this tragedy to show the strength of your organization. Do not throw the deaths of these young girls away; but make certain this cannot happen again.

The families want this. Society demands this; as well as your Code of Honour as a reputable organization.

I hope to hear from you promptly. People have been left alone in terrible distress far too long already!

Yours truly, Tim


Jan. 30, 2004

Det. Sgt. Zambusi (phone: 705-949-6300, Ext. 264)
Sault Ste. Marie Police Department
580 2nd Line East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6B 4K1

Dear Detective Sergeant Zambusi:

Re: Girl Guide Inquest

Please find enclosed a copy of the book, for you to keep for reference. I hope that it is useful to you regarding canoe and kayak safety.

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone: 705-549-3722


Fax To: Dr. B.M.B. Porter, Deputy Chief Coroner-Inquests (416) 314-4030
Dr. David Legge, Regional Supervising Coroner- Northwestern (fax 807-343-7665).

May 16, 2004

Dear Dr. Legge and Dr. Porter:

Re: Girl Guide Inquest, Sault Ste. Marie

I was unable to attend the inquest since I only found out the date the day before it began when I phoned the office of Dr. Legge, as I have done regularly, to see if a date was set. I have never made any money in my safety mission and I am not independently wealthy, so I could not finance my attendance on such short notice.

However, I was telephoned and interviewed on May 6th by Mr. Jim Fitzpatrick of ltvnews in Sault Ste. Marie. He asked me if I had contacted Girl Guides of Canada regarding the deaths, and I confirmed with him that I made the decision to approach GG after hiking with about 50 Boy Scouts in July in Gros Morne National Park. I had been thinking a great deal about these tragic deaths, and the best way to remedy these terrible tragedies. I contacted GG immediately upon my family's return from the motor trip. I spoke with some fine people among GG and explained the opportunity for this fine organization to help the families of the dead girl guides by ensuring that no more children need to die in easily preventable tragedies in canoeing programs.

Unfortunately GG did write to me insisting that all families of GG were adequately looked after following the tragedy. This is a lie. The Mitchell family has been treated very badly by GG, and ltvnews reports indicate that the adult leaders of GG are also suffering terribly for their roles in the deaths. Both the Mitchell family and the GG leaders are being terribly mistreated in this horrendous tragedy taking the lives of  2 eleven-year-old girl guides.

According to the daily reports on ltvnews, the coroner's jury at the Inquest is being misled by questions that are not asked. I realize Dr. Porter and Dr. Legge that you both have taken pains to ensure the story comes out. I sent a copy of my book "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans/ US Coast Guard Studies Device To Save Victims" (http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818) to Detective Sergeant Zambousi of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department on Jan. 30 th, 2004 by Expresspost 5 days after my January 25th Fax to Dr. Legge, according to my records. DS Zambousi phoned me shortly after I had faxed Dr. Legge (not mentioning the Fax, so perhaps it is only co-incidence, but odds are highly against it); and I told him I would just send a free copy to him, in view of the important role in canoeing deaths played by all police departments in Ontario. I appreciate the important work by the office of Dr. Legge too.

Unfortunately, my impression of the Inquest is that the correct questions are not being asked. Please see the email to Ms. Nancy Komsa below. I believe that no-one wants this Inquest to be a whitewash, for the safety of Canadian children and adults, or the responsibility of Girl Guides toward the families suffering terrible loss and their own Girl Guides and leaders.

Accordingly I have decided to Fax both of you now, since only 4 days remain in the Inquest, according to ltvnews daily reports. These few days are crucial to the facts being drawn out by proper questioning at the inquest as explained below. Thank you for your immediate attention to this, for the sake of the young  deceased girl guides and their families.

Ontario has the single highest rate of canoeing deaths in the World, and you can see historically in the 1926 and 1978 canoeing Inquests that you have the chance now to make a significant change in history that will save literally hundreds of lives in the immediate future, in Canada and the US as well (due to significant US Coast Guard initiatives with respect to canoe deaths.)

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722

P.S.: I shall Fax this to the courthouse, to the Attention of Ms. Clark, Office of the Crown Attorney, Nancy Komsa below. I believe  that Ms. Clark and Dr. Legge will be in the couthouse together tommorow morning, Monday May 17, 2004. This may be the best way to ensure that Dr. Legge receives this information as quickly as possible.

Dear Ms. Clark:

Please forward this information to Ms. Komsa, from the Inquest on Friday. Thank you. This may be very helpful to her, as it was reported that she attended the inquest earlier this week.

Dear Ms. Komsa:

I am hoping that you see here some means to help protect citizens from continuing misleading information regarding canoe safety. I sent this to Jim Fitzpatrick at ltvnews regarding his story at the Inquest on Friday.

"Hi Jim:
Just a follow-up to your story on Friday:

1. James Raffan, author of "Deep Waters" wrote in his book: "...the canoe upset. Whether this was from a sudden gust of wind...in any case the big canoe upset. It had no air tanks, sponsons, or flotation chambers..." (chapter V "The Boat As Teacher", p.108)

According to your report, Mr. Raffan essentially recommended more ORCA canoe
training for the Girl Guides: "He would like to a way to make sure, that
if the organization is to continue to approve of canoe outings, the
adults leading the youth be properly qualified for such trips. He says
it would be better than "banging them over the head about the danger of
such situations." Raffan added, "Children have the right to go to these
activities. They also have the right to come home.""

*This information is misleading to the Inquest if not properly
questioned:

2. Mr. Raffan's excellent book makes the point that the 12 students and
1 teacher died in Lake Temiskaming 1978 due to extensive training in
canoe rescues. The only survivors were the ones who swam to shore in
PFDs. The rest died in PFDs in the water trying rescues that are already
well documented as failing to "work" in reality.

The Lake Temiskaming Tragedy Inquest made no simple, workable
recommendations to increase canoe safety.

3. The Balsam Lake Tragedy near Peterborough, July 1926 resulted in a
large Inquest too. No simple or practical recommendations then either,
despite: "...the canoe upset. Whether this was from a sudden gust of
wind...in any case the big canoe upset. It had no air tanks, sponsons,
or flotation chambers..." (chapter V "The Boat As Teacher", p.108)

4. Mr. Raffan, if asked the right questions, would admit that more ORCA
training does not make for safety, given "the sudden gust of wind" above
that can capsize any canoe, or a number of other reasons for capsize
will leave people "suddenly" in the water, where they will eventually
die if they have no way to get out. Very simple. Water is always too
cold to live, in July (Balsam Lake) or June (Lake Temiskaming).

5. I have literally emailed a thousand warnings to ORCA and the
affiliated Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association (CRCA) in the form
of emails to the Canadian Coast Guard, Federal and Provincial MPs,
Justice Departments, Attorneys General etc. over 2 years ago. The
Honorable Joe Clark MP responded consistently and very astutely
regarding these issues, but he was only among the few who showed any
concern. (The CRCA responded indirectly to members who then told me that
they were very angry and wanted to "take me to court.")

I welcomed the "court idea" where I would have a public forum with
depositions taken under oath, from people like Mr. Raffan, to confirm
that ORCA, the CRCA and other instructor lobby groups sell instruction
that is misleading and fraudulent, with a record of huge numbers of
preventable deaths (CRCA figures for Canada: 500 deaths over 12 years,
about 75% of which were canoes. "Kanawa" Magazine, Winter 2003.)
A surprisingly high number of these deaths involved "experts" who could
not get out of the water.

Canadian water is too cold for survival any time of the year (even in
July, as indicated in the July 1926 Balsam Lake Tragedy.)

6. Mr. Raffan and other outdoor experts tend to recommend the advantages
of canoe and kayak experience without a practical means to save lives,
$50 cdn 5 second inflating CO2 gas sponsons to get people out of the
water and alive. They will recommend sponsons if asked the right questions. It
is only commonsense if they do not wish to appear negligent, foolish or
worse.
Tim"

I hope this is helpful Ms. Komsa.

Yours truly,
Tim Ingram

----- Original Message -----
From: timingram <mailto:timingram@isp.com>
To: Rina.Clark@jus.gov.on.ca <mailto:Rina.Clark@jus.gov.on.ca>
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2004 10:11 AM
Subject: Girl Guide Inquest

Dear Ms. Clark:

Thank you for forwarding this to Ms. Komsa:

Dear Ms. Komsa:

Please find below an email sent to Jim Fitzpatrick who is covering the Inquest for ltvnews. I got news of your attendance at the inquest through his daily stories. I thought that it may be useful for you to know about canoe rescues. I would also send this information to Ms. Jennifer Tremblay-Hall, lawyer for the family, but I cannot find her address, and I do not wish to contact Shelley Mitchell at with this information now, (due to the very stressful ongoing inquest. I have spoken with Ms. Mitchell in the past regarding some of this information.)

I am contacting you (and hopefully Ms. Tremblay Hall) so that you and others at the inquest have this information to help this inquest to be as effective as possible, in the interests of the Mitchell family and other citizens who have preventable risk.

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram 231 Gordon Drive Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1Y2 phone 705-549-3722

Hi again Jim:

Your reports from the inquest on the ltvnews website are very easy to read, concise and helpful. I get the impression from these reports on the inquest that almost everything is discussed there except the core issue: Allow people to get out of the water or they will die, no matter how "warm" the water.

Florida has the highest number of drowning deaths, even wearing PFDs in 70 degree water: Dr. Warren Gould, a surgeon, and his friend Marty Dismukes, a businessman from Pensacola, Florida, died floating in PFDs near Pensacola, Florida after capsize of their kayak. A common saying among those who pay regular attention to these deaths, is that PFDs are only helpful in prompt retrieval of bodies.

If you were to swim in 70 degree water you would notice that it still feels "cool" to your 98.6 degree body. Body heat loss in water is 25 times the rate in air. By the way, Canadian canoe and kayak deaths are about 2 and a half times the US canoe and kayak deaths. This takes into consideration that canoe/kayak use is year round in Florida versus about 4 months in Canada, and the paddling population is about 10 times that in Canada.

Tim

----- Original Message -----
From: timingram <mailto:timingram@isp.com>
To: jim@ltvnews.com <mailto:jim@ltvnews.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:03 AM
Subject: Girl Guide Inquest

Hi Jim:

I thought that canoeing deaths stats in Canada might be helpful to your story.

The "welcome" page of the Canadian Red Cross is at www.redcross.ca <http://www.redcross.ca>

On that page, on the left, click on "Water Safety Services". On that page click on "Drowning Research". The 10 year drowning summary on PDF file reveals (fig. 3) "Boating was the leading cause...most frequent...fishing, powerboating, and canoeing. Aquatic activities were the second..."

I phoned Red Cross about 2 years ago and the latest stats they had for canoe/kayak deaths was 21 in canoes, 2 for kayaking in year 1999. Their figures are always about 2 years behind since they acquire data from coroner's offices. The US Coast Guard had a similar problem until recently when they reduced time to about 1 and a half years.

The Red Cross recently published on the web somewhere, that canoe death are 75% of all canoe and kayak deaths. This figure is identical to the US Coast Guard stats when canoes and kayak deaths are differentiated: 75% canoes/25% kayaks. Only last year was this fact gathered in the US. I can't find the Canadian canoe 75% reference today but it might be on the Lifesaving Society of Canada web pages since responsibility for recording water fatalities stats are shared between them. The Canadian Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety has no role in these stats. (You might remember that they hid their Search and Rescue officer's sponson study in August, 1994. I have all of the details. The Canadian Coast Guard spokespersons are often wildly incorrect regarding canoe deaths. I have documents.)

The gist here is that canoes are more deadly. It may be that they are used for fishing, hunting etc. more often than kayaks simply because they are cheaper and more utilitarian than kayaks, able to carry more, more easily loaded etc, They also have a higher centre of gravity than kayaks, and are more vulnerable to wind and flooding than kayaks since they are higher in the water and open.

Canoeing books by Canadian authors admit that there are no Rescues in the Water. (Mason, Franks, Jacobson). For example, Jacobson states "swimming to shore" as the only option that works in waves. This is generally contradicted by the Red Cross that usually recommends "stay with the boat". However, I have seen Red Cross reports that admit getting out of the water is essential to prevent death, so swimming to shore may be the best chance, compared to staying in the water until noticed and "very hopefully" rescued by someone. (The rescue of an entire grade 6 class from Elliott Lake out in kayaks from St. John's Island YMCA camp, nearly got the world record for kayak deaths, a few years back, except for the magical appearance of a large boat that rushed the kids to the nearest road where they were met by 3 ambulances. This story was not in any news release that I know of. It was related by an ambulance pramedic on the scene.)

The Inquest has not apparently noted that death by hypothermia is relatively uncommon as a "cause of death" in canoes since most drowning victims suffer hypothermia sufficiently to be unable to keep their heads out of the water while floating in PFDs, and they drown. The Girl Guides, I understand from what I have learned, had their heads held out of the water, so they could not drown. In most canoeing fatalities however, the heads of weakened victims in PFDs are not able to be held out of the water for long.

The key is to get them out of the water as the Inquest into canoe deaths of The Lake Temiskaming tragedy, 12 kids, one teacher, 1978, failed to recognize. Only the ones who got to shore survived. All others perished since all of the well-practised "rescue" attempts failed, as most authors could predict.

I hope this is helpful.

Feel free to use anything I have written anywhere. I always have facts well-documented.

Tim


Fax To: Ms. Nancy Komsa. Crown Attorney, Sault Ste Marie Courthouse
Attention: Ms. Clark (705) 942-6060

Monday, May 17, 2004

Dear Ms. Komsa:

Re: Misleading Information at Girl Guide Inquest and Fax to Dr. Legge

Please read this Fax to Dr. Legge, sent to his office yesterday (Sunday). Please make a copy for yourself. As I indicate to Dr. Legge and Dr. Porter below, hopefully you or Ms. Clark will be able to get this information to Dr. Legge immediately, in view of the importance to the Girl Guide inquest, and all of you are in the same building in Sault Ste. Marie this morning.

I believe that you can see that the Inquest has been misled, albeit unintentionally, by the information given to the Inquest. This is a disservice to the Coroner's Office, the process of the Inquest, the Mitchell family, and Girl Guides. This misleading information cannot be allowed to stand.

According to ltvnews: "P.O.R. FINAL WORDS: When questioned by Malcolm McLeod, the attorney representing Unit 14 volunteers, Dundas admitted there was a contentious approach made by the unit leaders as they formulated the plan for the weekend stay at Camp McDougall. She also agreed that there were ambiguities in regarding qualifications of leaders and just what was acceptable during a camping outing. Under questioning by Joe Bisceglia, the attorney for the Mitchell families, Dundas noted that there are Girl Guides canoe trips in the planning. When asked if there should be a moratorium on such trips until the Coroner’s Jury has submitted its recommendations and changes can be made to Girl Guides policy regarding canoe trips Dundas said; “Yes.” The inquest wraps up next Thursday with summations and the jury’s recommendations."

I believe Ms. Komsa that you can be very helpful to Dr. Legge and the Inquest. The daily reports from ltvnews stated that you asked questions at the Inquest last week. I believe that you can see below, as any reasonable person can see in a Coroner's Jury, that Girl Guides of Canada will continue to have unsafe canoeing programs without a means to get people out of the water.

The Inquest does not know the important facts regarding previous Inquests into Canoeing Deaths in Ontario, both in 1926 and 1978 below. The Inquest does not know that Mr. Raffan, the only "expert" called, in his excellent book "Deep Waters" clearly states the fact that: "...the canoe upset. Whether this was from a sudden gust of  wind...in any case the big canoe upset. It had no air tanks, sponsons, or flotation chambers..." ( V "The Boat As Teacher", p.108)

Canoes are always going to upset, "from a sudden gust of wind" or many other reasons, and victims will continue to die in the water if they cannot get out, even in Ontario waters in July. The continuing dangers to Girl Guides and the Public are obvious and very simple to change. Canoe instruction is sold to the Girl Guides by ORCA (and other canoeing lobby groups), that does not work. Mr. Raffan indicates this in his book, but did not tell this to the Inquest.

"Malcolm McLeod, the attorney representing Unit 14 volunteers", above, does not realize that the adults supervising the Girl Guides could not have saved the girls even if there was no wind, as indicated in Mr. Raffan's book. Girl Guides had no way to rescue themselves in canoes when capsize occurred. The GG volunteers are suffering terribly without the truth. The Mitchell families are suffering terribly without the truth. And Girl Guides continue to endanger girls without the truth.

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722


FAX to Malcolm McLeod, phone (705) 759-0948 fax 705-759-2042
Joe Bisceglia, phone 705-942-5856, fax 705-942-6493
Nancy Komsa, phone 705-942-8001, fax 705-942-6060
 

May 18, 2004

Mr. Malcolm Mcleod, Attorney
Unit 14 Volunteers, Girl Guides

Dear Mr. Mcleod:

Re:Misleading Information At Girl Guide Inquest, Faxes to N. Komsa and Dr. Legge

I received information that you are representing Debbie Pulente and Nancy Cardiff at the Inquest. They were the GG leaders in the terrible tragedy.

I telephoned your office number this morning after getting the number from 411. Hopefully you will receive this Fax of 7 pages immediately, in view of your clients' position at the Inquest.

When you read the following 6 pages, you will see that your clients and the Mitchell families are being put through a terribly painful process at the Inquest that is misleading, untruthful and unfair. My information comes from daily reports on the ltvnews website. According to these reports, your clients are required to take a "Safe Guide" program. This information and other information at the Inquest clearly cast a net of inadequacy on your clients.

However, the ORCA canoe training received by Debbie Pulente and referred to by "expert" James Raffan, cannot enable anyone, including Ms. Pulente, to rescue anyone from the water in canoes, as Mr. Raffan's book points out:
"...the canoe upset. Whether this was from a sudden gust of  wind...in any case the big canoe upset. It had no air tanks, sponsons, or flotation chambers..." ("Deep Waters", Chapter V "The Boat As Teacher", p.108)

Mr. Raffan's book, like "Song of  The Paddle" by the famous Canadian canoeing author Bill Mason, showed that the 12 dead at the summer camp in July, 1926 and the 12 dead students from St. John's School on Lake Temiskaming, June 1978 died because they could not get out of the water. The only survivors were the ones in the 1978 tragedy who swam to shore wearing PFDs. The other 12 died in Lake Temiskaming trying their much practised ORCA-type rescues that are well-documented to not work to save lives, no matter how much ORCA instruction.

Apparently Mr. Raffan, according to the reports, told the Inquest that he would recommend more ORCA training for your volunteers. I was not there, but it appears that Mr. Raffan was not asked the right questions. The ORCA training apparently gave Ms. Pulente and Ms. Cardiff  a false sense of risk, just like this type of training gave St. John's School a  very deadly notion that they were prepared to safely go canoeing.

Any capsize in calm July waters or calm June waters will kill, since "a sudden gust of wind" or many other factors mentioned by Mr. Raffan, will capsize any canoe. And there is no way to get out of the water no matter how much training. The only survivors in such incidents (these are not capsizing "accidents" but normal expectations for canoes and kayaks) are the victims who swim to shore successfully, or are rescued by a motorboat etc.

Tragically, this Inquest reflects poorly on your clients. The Inquest also leaves the Mitchell families with no hope of stopping the deaths of other Girl Guides and other children and adults in the future. The Inquest reflects badly on Girl Guides of Canada. who have not chosen to adequately support the grieving families and your grieving volunteers. There was a clear choice for GG. This Inquest so far has not supported a search for truth that would obviously save lives in a quite dramatic fashion, since victims would have a simple and inexpensive means to get out of the water and live, unlike the Inquests in 1926 and 1978.

Please contact me anytime. I was not at the Inquest so I am unaware of other points made by Mr. Raffan or other participants in the process. I shall also try to reach Mr. Bisceglia (phone 942-5856) with this information as well.

Yours truly,
 

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722


FAX To All Parties Below

May !8, 2004

Attention: Ms. N. Komsa, Dr. Legge, Dr. Porter, Attorneys Malcolm McLeod and Joe Bisceglia:

Re:Misleading Information At Girl Guide Inquest

I was informed this morning that canoe rescue sponsons were mentioned at the Inquest by both Dr. Legge and James Raffan, the canoe expert at the Inquest. According to my source, Dr. Legge stated he wasn't aware of any empirical studies but they sounded like a "good idea". Please let me direct you to the best empirical studies right now, in Prof. Raffan's book "Deep Waters".

Essentially, if you get people out of the water, they cannot die in canoes or kayaks. All studies, books and magazines confirm this fact. The Inquest does not dispute this fact. Almost all canoe and kayak deaths result from drowning after a person is weakened by hypothermia. Although 35% of dead US victims are now wearing a PFD (US Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database), they drown when they can no longer hold their heads out of the water. If a PFD is successful in keeping the head out of the water then victims will die of hypothermia. The Canadian Coast Guard has no database like the USCG. But they did at least one sponson study that they covered up in 1994.*

1. The ORCA canoe training received by Debbie Pulente and referred to by James Raffan, cannot enable anyone, including Ms. Pulente, to rescue anyone from the water in canoes, as Mr. Raffan's book points out:
"...the canoe upset. Whether this was from a sudden gust of  wind...in any case the big canoe upset. It had no air tanks, sponsons, or flotation chambers..." ("Deep Waters", Chapter V "The Boat As Teacher", p.108)

Mr. Raffan's book, like "Song of  The Paddle" by the famous Canadian canoeist Bill Mason, showed that the 11 boys dead at the summer camp in July, 1926 and the 12 dead students (and one leader) from St. John's School on Lake Temiskaming, June 1978 died because they could not get out of the water. The only survivors in the 1978 tragedy swam to shore wearing PFDs. The other 13 died in Lake Temiskaming trying their much practised ORCA-type rescues that are well-documented to not work to save lives, no matter how much ORCA instruction.

Apparently Mr. Raffan, according to the reports, told the Inquest that he would recommend more ORCA training for your volunteers. I was not there, but it appears that Mr. Raffan was not asked the right questions. The ORCA training apparently gave Ms. Pulente and Ms. Cardiff  a false sense of risk, just like this type of training gave St. John's School a  very deadly notion that they were prepared to safely go on a canoe trip after practising all of the "rescues" that killed so many. "A sudden gust of wind" among other possibilities mentioned by Prof. Raffan can capsize any canoe, and then anyone can die in the water without sponsons, even in July. Think about this: Any "rescue" that needs "practice" instead of just working the first time, is not a rescue but a deadly trick that is too unreliable to entrust with human life.

Bill Mason recommended massive interior flotation for canoes in 1984, instead of canoe training that kills people by suggesting that they are OK if they capsize. However his point is ignored by ORCA and other canoeing lobby groups that sell this deadly instruction. Mr. Mason died young of stomach cancer but is still revered by these groups for his contribution to canoeing, even though they sell training that he plainly condemned in his last book.

Prof. Raffan's book indicates that he is also aware of the failure of canoe training to save lives. He also apparently tries to sell the benefits of canoeing through this same deadly training. He will acknowledge the problem of canoe training if asked the right questions, I am sure. He also mentioned sponsons, which is usually not done in Canadian canoeing circles. Good for him! Put Girl Guides in a canoe that capsizes without a means to get out of the water and they will die obviously, as documented in the Inquests of 1926 and 1978 in his book. Prof. Raffan is aware that selling instruction that endangers people and is hard to do cannot be the best way to sell a sport. At least he is among the socially responsible canoeists who will mention sponsons. The Canadian Coast Guard does not mention sponsons and supports a continuing lobby program by canoe and kayak groups to sell expensive and deadly instruction.*

To re-iterate these simple points: Any capsize in calm July waters or calm June waters will kill, since "a sudden gust of wind" or other factors mentioned by Mr. Raffan in his book will capsize any canoe. And there is no way to get out of the water no matter how much training. The only survivors in such incidents (these are not capsizing "accidents" but normal expectations for canoes and kayaks), are the victims who swim to shore successfully, or are rescued by a motorboat etc. This is pretty obvious.

Canoes with CO2 gas sponsons are virtually indistinguishable fom canoes without: Two small containers, each costing $25 factory installed and 1 lb. each, can be bolted to any canoe in the factory in a minute. These Sponsons do not touch the water nor affect normal paddling in any way until the emergency cord is pulled. Otherwise they blend into the gunwale line un-noticed, except for the emergency rescue marking.

The only people against this are the canoe instruction lobby groups, who apparently have money or ego to consider. Canoe instruction generates much more money than any canoe sales. Another point: Canoe instruction must be made time consuming and difficult for most people or else the "mastery" by the "experts" would not be apparent.

Tragically, this Inquest has reflected poorly on the misled Girl Guide volunteers. The Inquest now leaves the Mitchell families with no hope of stopping the deaths of other Girl Guides, or other children and adults in the future. The Inquest reflects badly on Girl Guides of Canada who have chosen to not adequately support either the grieving families or grieving GG volunteers. There was a clear choice here for GG to confront the lack of canoe safety. This was explained to them thoroughly. I suspect that most members of Girl Guides do not support the organization in this decision. They decided not to be socially responsible, and contradicted the code of conduct that they teach young girls.

This Inquest so far has not supported fully the search for truth that would obviously save lives in a dramatic fashion, since future victims should have a simple and inexpensive means to get out of the water and live, unlike the Inquests in 1926 and 1978. (Dr. Legge and Prof. Raffan are at least trying to help here.)

This Inquest is an ordeal for everyone, but it has lifelong consequences for everyone, including Girl Guides of Canada, if this Inquest does not get the summations and jury recommendations right. The best idea in my opinion a year ago was to put the jury into canoes in a swimming pool to see how they could rescue themselves with ORCA training and then try Sponsons, like the 7 and 10 year old girls in the big white canoe in the pictures. Not only is it out of the water in 5 seconds, the entirely flooded canoe can be turned and paddled to shore at 2 knots by these little kids, even standing up.

Large waves and  heavy winds cannot affect the canoe because it literally has a ton of water inside, and it is very low in the water. Lean on one sponson and most of the water will run out. The lower in the water, the easier these kids can rescue several adult drowning victims in the water, since victims can just crawl in, they are already wet. Yes, this canoe is a superior rescue device to any now employed in tricky water and ice rescues by professionals. ORCA training is deadly and obsolete as it was 10 years or about 500 Canadian deaths ago (Kanawa Magazine, Winter 2003).

Personally, I have made no income from this venture over 16 years. However I have been told of several lives I have saved. Sponsons have been used from Germany to Australia, where they have been copied as I have hoped. Sponsons can save over 100 lives in Canada and the US annually. That means a life saved every few days by the newest CO2 sponsons. And the shrinking canoe and kayak industry can re-invent itself and sell using safety instead. Most people are turned off by the needless risks. And somedays they kill someone's child.

Yours truly,
 

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722

*references

1. The US Military Special Forces Kayakers (10th Airborne) recommended the original sponsons as providing "almost guaranteed rescue" in 1994, using their wide folding kayaks, that are nearly as wide as canoes but are much lower and more stable.  The new Sponsons are CO2 gas inflatable, larger volume, and provide a much more powerful stability force.

2. Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Officer in Victoria B.C., August 1994 found local instructors at Ocean River Sports/Current Designs expressing the same enthusiasm for the sponsons as the US Special Forces. This study was covered up by the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Jon Churchill, Superintendent of Boating Safety.

3. In January 2002 I contacted Mr. Churchill regarding the "automatic inflating sponsons" now in the April, 2002 minutes of  the US Coast Guard's National Boating Safety Advisory Council (Homeland Security). Mr. Churchill spent 3 weeks and many taxpayer dollars asking every kayak and canoe shop across Canada about the original, non CO2 sponsons (I received a call from a Fredericton N.B. about this study). Mr. Churchill told me that his friends at Current Designs mailed in a response: "Sponsons. Some people love them and some people hate them." Mr. Churchill conducted a poll, not a "study".

Let's stop here for one moment. There have been many "tests" of the original sponsons by experts and authors in the UK, US and Canada. Just over a year ago I compiled some of this sponson information in  "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans/ US Coast Guard Studies Device To Save Victims" (http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818).

This was written for the US Coast Guard who did not realize that they had been tricked by the American Canoe Association about the time of the US Military Study, resulting in about 1000 US Canoe and Kayak Deaths (75% are canoes, 25% kayaks). In the same time period there may be as many as 500 Canadian deaths, mostly (75%) canoe fatalities, according to some authorities. The USCG has a much more sophisticated database than Canada, called BARD. (Boating Accident Report Database)

Why Focus On US Deaths Instead of Canadian Deaths if the Rate Of Canoe Death in Canada is Much Higher?

The Coast Guard in both countries legislates boating safety requirements. The Canadian Coast Guard is a mess, only partly a result of budget cuts. The US Coast Guard has great people who are very open and enthusiastic about saving lives. (It is a pleasure to talk with them.) This is not the case for Mr. Francois Cote, senior counsel of the Canadian Coast Guard and a few others. Of course there are dedicated rescue professionals in the Canadian CG like this rescue diver: Just today the Canadian CG changed their legislation again to allow  rescue divers to enter a capsized vessel to save victims, after a tearful coroner's inquest into a tragedy near Vancouver.  Front Page of the Globe and Mail today: "Tearful diver recounts..."

*Coroner's Inquests can change Ottawa very Quickly!!*

I think you can understand what I am doing and what I have done now. Thank you for reading this. And for trying to help at this Inquest.  Tim


 FAX To  Ms. N. Komsa, Dr. Legge, Dr. Porter, Attorneys Malcolm McLeod and Joe Bisceglia:

Sault Ste. Marie, Jim Fitzpatrick, LTVNEWS, May 20, 2004.- Jury Makes Forty Recommendations:
"MORE RECOMMENDATIONS: The jury felt the Ministry of Health should look into forming a regional hypothermia treatment unit based along the lines of the current trauma unit place at the Sudbury Regional Hospital. It also asked that the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association and Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association review and clarify its certification levels. It asked Environment Canada to include water temperature in its marine forecasts, that the Ministry of Transport make whistles mandatory on P.F.D’s and that the Department of Fisheries improve safety equipment requirements for canoes. FINAL WORDS: The jury also wanted to see a universal 911 system in place across the province, the ability to include private aircraft in searches and that the Joint Rescue Communications Centre be contacted and become part of a search for missing boaters as soon as a call is received. The jury also asked that a film, dedicated to the memory of Erica and Megan Mitchell, outlining the dangers of hypothermia be commissioned and shown to organizations such as Girl Guides of Canada and in schools."

1. I get the impression that the "film" is particularly worthwhile. The Mitchell families at least can hope that the memories of their loved ones are kept alive, and further tragedies can be prevented if this film has accurate information. As noted below, all drowning victims are also victims of hypothermia (body heat loss is 25 times the rate of loss in air); so even in PFDs weakened victims usually cannot hold their heads out of the water and they drown.

2. "It asked Environment Canada to include water temperature in its marine forecasts, that the Ministry of Transport make whistles mandatory on P.F.D’s and that the Department of Fisheries improve safety equipment requirements for canoes." This last includes the Department of Boating Safety, Canadian Coast Guard. I wonder how this is going to be implemented if the Canadian Coast Guard continues to insist on no Sponsons on any canoe or kayak. This has been policy since 1994, in order that Current Designs and other "friends" of the Coast Guard can sell fraudulent instruction that doesn't work. It almost looks as if the Coast Guard, after severe budget cuts is "looking for business" to keep their jobs, and has a vested interest in dangerous canoes and kayaks since they need rescue so often.

I think that you can see that I have contacted the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of Justice many times.

3. "It also asked that the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association and Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association review and clarify its certification levels." These 2 groups have never conducted any studies regarding their instruction that does not work. The 12 dead students of St. John's school practised all canoeing rescues a great deal, over a long time, before setting out on their long canoe trip, as stated in Dr. Raffan's book "Deep Waters".

Two Emergency Sponson Floats, inflating in 5 seconds in emergencies, but otherwise blending into the gunwale line almost unseen and almost indistinguishable from a canoe without sponsons, were supposed to be in a story published by the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, by their editor Judy Lord who thought "looks like a good bet for Kanawa" in their "Kanawa Magazine", Feb. 5, 2001. The exchange with Judy (there are many honest people at CRCA, but this story was not permitted), was about 80 dead Canadian Citizens in Canoes ago. See the Story on pages 168-174, "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans/ US Coast Guard Studies Device To Save Victims" (<http://www.1stBooks.com/bookview/16818>). I suggested this swimming pool idea to Dr. Legge too, last August, after weeks of communication with Girl Guides. But this idea is a lot easier to simply show in pictures in a magazine.

An innocuous, even humourous story, isn't it? But others at the CRCA, apart from Ken and Judy the editors, apparently did not want it published. Some of their instructors actually maintain that they are able to paddle a fully flooded canoe to shore, without sponsons! As I have said, their instruction program is expensive, time-consuming, fraudulent, and deadly.

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722

reference:  FAX To ALL Parties Below-May 18, 2004Attention: Ms. N. Komsa, Dr. Legge, Dr. Porter, Attorneys Malcolm McLeod and Joe Bisceglia:

Re:Misleading Information At Girl Guide Inquest

I was informed this morning that canoe rescue sponsons were mentioned at the Inquest by both Dr. Legge and Dr. James Raffan, the canoe expert at the Inquest. According to my source, Dr. Legge stated...



 
 

Fax To: Ms. Nancy Komsa. Crown Attorney, Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse
Attention: Ms. Clark (705) 942-6060

Monday, May 24, 2004

Dear Ms. Clark:
Thank you for forwarding this to Ms. Komsa.
Yours truly,

Tim Ingram

Dear Ms Komsa:

Re: Girl Guide Inquest-Criminal Charges

I am both emailing and faxing this information to you, in order to simplify and clarify the issue of criminal wrong-doing with regard to the deaths of the 2 Girl Guides.

1. Dr. Raffan was the canoeing expert at the Inquest. He is a member of the Canadian canoeing fraternity. He has written many books promoting the benefits of canoeing. However, he still sells canoeing using unsafe canoes, despite the evidence in his own book "Deep Waters", that even the most time-consuming and detailed instruction cannot make safe canoe trips possible, as in the 13 death Temiskaming tragedy.

Dr. Raffan ignores Bill Mason's condemnation of this canoeing instruction in "Song of the Paddle" in 1984, at least 800 dead Canadian canoeists ago. Dr. Raffan knows Bill Mason's book since Dr. Raffan also wrote an excellent book about the famous Bill Mason, called "Fire in the Bones". However, Dr. Raffan ignored Mr. Mason's most important contribution to canoeing: Safer Canoes 20 years ago.

You can easily obtain all 3 of these books through a public library or bookstore. Mr. Mason has been dead for a decade, but he is a revered figure among canoeing groups like ORCA and CRCA; although they ignore his condemnation of their deadly instruction, using unsafe canoes.

2. I have noted that my diplomatic approach for many years: Asking that canoeing instruction enable people to save themselves from dying in the water, by providing simple and inexpensive Sponson flotation, was paid the same attention as Mr. Mason's attempts to save lives. None.

It is much more effective to approach the problem as in "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans/ US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims". Victims are killed by ORCA and CRCA canoe instruction that is recommended by Dr. Raffan. Victims are deliberately denied any means to get out of the water, although this plainly is the only way to save their lives. This is the fundamental lifesaving principle around the world for the past several centuries of maritime history.

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If you deny victims a means to get out of the water, as Mr. Mason pointed out at least 800 Canadian deaths in canoes ago, they will die. No matter wearing PFDs with whistles or any other paraphernalia that cannot simply and inexpensively get people out of the water, where the rate of body heat loss is 25 times the rate in air.

These facts are obvious, even to the ORCA and the CRCA who deliberately prevented citizens from getting out of the water for 20 years.

3. In view of the horrendous loss of life from such a tiny industry as canoeing, the question is asked: "Why are no charges laid against such a deliberate plan to effectively kill so many innocent citizens?"

You notice that police and law enforcement offices such as yours have not yet laid criminal charges against this organized killing of Canadian citizens. ORCA and CRCA instruction is permitted to lure citizens out in the water in canoes that are obviously prone to capsize, and prevent any means to get out of the water and stay out, to remain alive. This death rate in exposure hours is huge. Statistically, cars are hundreds of times safer than canoes in exposure hours.

So the question is here: "Why have no charges, not even simple negligence; no charges whatsoever have been laid against the highest death rate organizations in Canada? (You will not find a higher death rate in exposure hours anywhere, not in vehicles, nor in skydiving-with 80 Canadian deaths in 25 years.)

4. Canoeing deaths by ORCA and CRCA are about to rapidly increase at this moment! The May 24th weekend is statistically a canoeing death bulge in the numbers that continue into the Summer.
The Inquest into the Girl Guide Deaths has exposed the fact that even Dr. Raffan, who has written to sell the Canadian canoeing industry, ORCA and CRCA, for years at a tremendous cost to society, now recognizes Sponsons. Unfortunately he also recommended deadly ORCA and CRCA instruction at the Inquest, maintaining the Death Rate.

5. So I ask you as a Crown Attorney, recently at the Inquest: "When are you going to put a stop to these canoeing deaths? How long will you tolerate these deaths?" What excuse do you have when any judge and jury is unable to get themselves out of the water after capsizing a canoe in a swimming pool, using ORCA and CRCA instruction.

6. Police Departments as well as Criminal Law Departments of the Crown recognize the value of psychology in understanding deaths, from involuntary manslaughter to murder. Fundamentally, the law must not "approve" of these canoeing deaths by doing nothing, or they will remain unchanged. Another principle of Police and Criminal Studies: Enable money or human ego to be affected with respect to canoeing instruction, and you will find a remarkable enthusiasm for the most deadly instruction possible.
I have found lawyers and police officers recommending deadly ORCA and CRCA instruction in the past. Now this is rapidly being understood as the most deadly scam in the history of Canada.

Yours truly,

Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722

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Fax To: Dr. B.M.B. Porter, Deputy Chief Coroner-Inquests fax 416-314-4030, Dr. David Legge, Regional Supervising Coroner- Northwestern fax 807-343-7665, Ms. Nancy Komsa. Crown Attorney, Sault Ste. Marie fax 705-942-6060

May 31, 2004

Re: Coroner's Inquest Girl Guide's Deaths, Canadian Canoe Deaths, Criminal Charges

Dear Dr. Legge and Dr. Porter:

I have advised Ms. Nancy Komsa regarding my contact with you today. It is of utmost importance that the coroner's office and the office of the attorney general co-operate fully to prevent the further needless deaths in canoes and kayaks. I have explained that the Canadian Coast Guard immediately changed their RESCUE DIVER program after a coroner's inquest near Vancouver, Front Page of the Globe and Mail, May 18, 2004: "Tearful Diver recounts..."

These Girl Guides deserve the best that any coroner's inquest, or attorney general has to offer too. The following link provides more information regarding with Mr. Jon Churchill at the Canadian Coast Guard: http://www.edst.educ.ubc.ca/rboshier/RBrescusediving.htm , that describes Mr. Churchill's sneaky and deadly ways.
I have already faxed the following to you:

1. The US Military Special Forces Kayakers (10th Airborne) recommended the original sponsons as providing "almost guaranteed rescue" in 1994, using their wide folding kayaks, that are nearly as wide as canoes but are much lower and more stable. The new Sponsons are CO2 gas inflatable, larger volume, and provide a much more powerful stability force.

2. A Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Officer in Victoria B.C., August 1994 found local instructors at Ocean River Sports/Current Designs expressing the same enthusiasm for the sponsons as the US Special Forces. This study was covered up by the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Jon Churchill, Superintendent of Boating Safety.

3. In January 2002 I contacted Mr. Churchill regarding the "automatic inflating sponsons", now in the April, 2002 minutes of the US Coast Guard's National Boating Safety Advisory Council (Homeland Security). Mr. Churchill spent 3 weeks and many taxpayer dollars asking every kayak and canoe shop across Canada about the original, non CO2 sponsons (I received a call from a Fredericton N.B. about this study). Mr. Churchill told me that his friends at Current Designs mailed in a response: "Sponsons. Some people love them and some people hate them." Mr. Churchill conducted a poll, not a "study". He spent 3 weeks avoiding Office of Boating Safety Staff, regarding my phone calls about the new CO2 sponsons. Even the reception staff became exasperated by his devious behavior! I have the logs.

About 500 Canadians have died in canoes and kayaks (mostly canoes) since Mr. Churchill helped his friend Brian Henry, owner of Current Designs sell all sorts of canoe and kayak rescues that don't work. This is a terrible crime, lying to Canadians and killing so many who are left in the water to die, although 35% of the dead are wearing PFDs in the US (USCG BARD), and some data suggest that over 40% die in PFDs in Canada, just like our Girl Guides.

The Office of Boating Safety, Canadian Coast Guard, continues to fund canoe and kayak organizations like the CRCA and ORCA, helping them to make money by selling instruction that kills Canadians at a death rate in exposure hours over twice as high as US canoe and kayak deaths.

1. Dr. Raffan was the canoeing expert at the Inquest. He is a member of the Canadian canoeing fraternity. He has written many books promoting the benefits of canoeing. However, he still sells canoeing using unsafe canoes, despite the evidence in his own book "Deep Waters", that even the most time-consuming and detailed instruction cannot make safe canoe trips possible, as in the 13 death Temiskaming tragedy.

Dr. Raffan ignores Bill Mason's condemnation of this canoeing instruction in "Song of the Paddle" in 1984, at least 800 dead Canadian canoeists ago. Dr. Raffan knows Bill Mason's book since Dr. Raffan also wrote an excellent book about the famous Bill Mason, called "Fire in the Bones". However, Dr. Raffan ignored Mr. Mason's most important contribution to canoeing: Safer Canoes 20 years ago.

You can easily obtain all 3 of these books through a public library or bookstore. Mr. Mason has been dead for a decade, but he is a revered figure among canoeing groups like ORCA and CRCA; although they ignore his condemnation of their deadly instruction, using unsafe canoes.

2. I have noted that my diplomatic approach for many years: Asking that canoeing instruction enable people to save themselves from dying in the water, by providing simple and inexpensive Sponson flotation, was paid the same attention as Mr. Mason's attempts to save lives. None.

It is much more effective to approach the problem as in "Canoe and Kayak Scam Kills 1000 Americans/ US Coast Guard Studies Device to Save Victims". Victims are killed by ORCA and CRCA canoe instruction that is recommended by Dr. Raffan. Victims are deliberately denied any means to get out of the water, although this plainly is the only way to save their lives. This is the fundamental lifesaving principle around the world for the past several centuries of maritime history.

If you deny victims a means to get out of the water, as Mr. Mason pointed out at least 800 Canadian deaths in canoes ago, they will die. No matter wearing PFDs with whistles or any other paraphernalia that cannot simply and inexpensively get people out of the water, where the rate of body heat loss is 25 times the rate in air.

These facts are obvious, even to the ORCA and the CRCA who deliberately prevented citizens from getting out of the water for 20 years.

3. In view of the horrendous loss of life from such a tiny industry as canoeing, the question is asked: "Why are no charges laid against such a deliberate plan to effectively kill so many innocent citizens?"

You notice that police and law enforcement offices have not yet laid criminal charges against this organized killing of Canadian citizens. ORCA and CRCA instruction is permitted to lure citizens out in the water in canoes that are obviously prone to capsize, and prevent any means to get out of the water and stay out, to remain alive. This death rate in exposure hours is huge. Statistically, cars are hundreds of times safer than canoes in exposure hours.

So the question is here: "Why have no charges, not even simple negligence; no charges whatsoever have been laid against the highest death rate organizations in Canada? (You will not find a higher death rate in exposure hours anywhere, not in vehicles, nor in skydiving-with 80 Canadian deaths in 25 years.)

The Level Flotation Standard for small boats is nearly 3 decades old, in both Canada and the US, to provide a rescue platform so people don't die in the water: US Coast Guard Boating Safety Circular 73* "Establishes level flotation standards on rowboats and outboard boats less than 20 feet in length, the boats most often involved in swamping and capsizing accidents, so that the boat will float level when swamped and provide a safe platform until rescue. 33 CFR 183. Issued April 18, 1977; Effective August 1, 1978."

Mr. Churchill and senior counsel F. Cote deny canoes and kayaks an obvious and established safety standard. Not even the Criminal Code of Canada can provide any reason to prosecute any of these organizations. You think they are too "stupid" to be held accountable? I have spoken with them and warned them bluntly. They are of normal intelligence and plainly aware of the consequences of their acts-dead people in canoes and kayaks, including Girl Guides.

Successful Prosecution of these parties by Ms. Komsa is very easy, with a 100% certainty of conviction regarding plain negligence. Other charges I leave up to the Crown.

Yours truly, Tim Ingram 231 Gordon Drive Penetanguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2 phone 705-549-3722


Complaint FAX
The Ontario Judicial Council
P.O Box 914
Adelaide Street Postal Station
31 Adelaide St. E.
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2K3
416-327-2339 (FAX)

Please Advise Re: Legal Steps to Bring This Matter to Justice, In View of Unresponsive AG etc.

Thank You,
Tim Ingram
231 Gordon Drive
Penetaguishene, Ontario L9M 1Y2   phone 705-549-3722

September 11, 2004

Dear Mr Bryant, Attorney-General:

Re: Public Forum, Murdering Ontario's Children in Canoes and Kayaks

Apparently you enjoy luring children into deep waters that they cannot escape, to die of hypothermia in terror. Nearly 200 Canadian children have died in canoes and kayaks since the 12 Ontario students died wearing PFDs in Lake Temiskaming. Only those who swam to shore survived. None survived trying the "canoe rescues" that they had practised intensively.
Most people know that these rescues don't work because capsized and flooded canoes and kayaks need emergency flotation to get to shore. You and others deny this emergency flotation to favour "pit-bull" instructors who make money and swell their collective ego using the most deadly canoes and kayaks possible.

The Ontario Girl Guides whom you and your Coroners dishonour in death, also wanted to swim to shore to stay alive. In the water hypothermia soon affected their heartbeats terminally, long before any rescuers could reach them:

"The criminal actions of the coroners involve 40 recommendations that insist on leaving Girl Guides in the water to die, although Dr. Legge and Dr. Porter had the choice to get them out of the water immediately. The OPP was actually criticized for not doing enough to save them, although plainly the Girl Guides were also denied any means to get out of the water themselves, long before the most rapid emergency force could possibly reach the canoeists. The coroners insist on not getting victims out of the water immediately, although death from hypothermia effects is rapid (25 times the rate of heat loss in air). McGuinty and Kwinter apparently like this idea too. Leave the eleven-year-olds to die and blame the OPP."

Dr. Porter has been replaced as Deputy Chief Coroner-Inquests. To judge from your response and the other men (McGuinty, Kwinter, Legge, Lucas), regarding these precious little Girl Guides, Dr. Porter may have attempted to prevent more children from dying in the water wearing PFDs. We do not know that she may have been forced from her job by your cruel and deadly expectations.

Your government is a thousand times more deadly toward Ontario children than any Pit Bulls, which does not recommend the deadly stupidity of Pit Bulls any more than your government. Your behaviors are unfit and irresponsible toward the police, public safety and the lives of our children.

Your total lack of response to this most serious issue is despicable, dishonourable toward the dead Girl Guides, and unworthy of public office.

Humanize yourself Mr. Bryant and protect children instead. Stonewalling, and denying canoes and kayaks $25 CO2 inflating floats (far less expensive than car airbags), is a criminally reckless disregard for human life. Ontario is the world leader in canoe deaths. Reasonable people ask why your government does not choose obvious and simple flotation to save so many lives. You have already killed over 2 dozen Canadians in canoes and kayaks since the little Girl Guides. Some of these dead Canadians were children too!

If you continue to lure children into deep water to die, you will be treated as a monster by any jury in any court of law. As a collateral effect, most people will conclude that the Attorney General is an ass.

Tim Ingram,
231 Gordon Drive
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1Y2
phone 705-549-3722

August 31st, 2004

Dear Mr. Bryant:

Re: Dead Ontario Girl Guides

No reply from you for 11 days. The Girl Guides that Dr. Porter and Dr. Legge chose to leave in the water to die, instead of getting them out immediately, were only 11 years old. The family only wants to prevent this from ever happening again. This is the usual wish of the berieved families in these cases...

January 6, 2003

Dear Dr. Porter:

Thank you for your letter of December 19, 2002. I hope that I may be of some service to your office. Thank you for following up the young boy's death at camp. It is significant that summer camps all over Ontario now put kids at similar risk. No 2 guides can bring 2 kids to shore safely, even well-trained guides. Without sponsons they re-capsize and die in their PFDs. Just like the Lyme Bay tragedy in the UK, in fairly mild conditions.

In 1994 I was officially contacted by the UK Coast Guard following the deaths of four 16-year-old schoolchildren in kayaks, off Lyme Bay near Portsmouth. Two convictions of manslaughter resulted, mainly due to the cry from the British press. The Coast Guard felt the heat too. You need to be aware that in 1998, St. John's Island YMCA camp nearly killed an entire grade 6 class from Elliott Lake, Ontario. This would have been the new world record, currently held by Lake Temiskaming 1978 (St John's School, no relation.) The Elliott Lake kids were saved by the great luck of a guide paddling "all out" to alert a large motorboat that just happened to be in sight. It radioed for ambulances to rendezvous at the nearest road. Prompt treatment of hypothermia by many paramedics saved the kids.

This will happen again somewhere. The Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association feels absolute power in the ability to sell instruction fraudulently, that murders so many. I include below an exerpt from a brief letter to engage the police in their sworn duty to uphold public safety...

Dear Mr. Bryant:

Re: Dalton McGuinty and Monte Kwinter Responsible for More Ontario Child Murders

I am requesting that you, as Attorney-General, immediately intervene to prevent more children being needlessly killed. It is quite beyond reason that The two politicians below, (who normally are expected to protect the lives of children), are apparently hiding behind political office and insisting on murdering more eleven-year-old Girl Guides, and anyone else in canoes and kyaks.

The criminal actions of the coroners involve 40 recommendations that insist on leaving Girl Guides in the water to die, although Dr. Legge and Dr. Porter had the choice to get them out of the water immediately. The OPP was actually criticized for not doing enough to save them, although plainly the Girl Guides were also denied any means to get out of the water themselves, long before the most rapid emergency force could possibly reach the canoeists. The coroners insist on not getting victims out of the water immediately, although death from hypothermia effects is rapid (25 times the rate of heat loss in air). McGuinty and Kwinter apparently like this idea too. Leave the eleven-year-olds to die and blame the OPP.

Mr. Bryant, it may be that The two politicians are simply extraordinarily stupid. However, the reality is that they have already caused more deaths this Summer in canoes and kayaks. The innocent public in Ontario should not be losing more lives to any politicians, no matter how mentally incompetent.

You are aware that these are serious charges Mr. Bryant. I hope that you will immediately convince McGuinty and Kwinter to be reasonable and save the lives of children in Ontario. Get on this immediately!

My advice to you, Mr. Bryant, is that your government lost the high ground on this issue long ago. The cowardly behavior of the Ministers can be retrieved if you act effectively now. If you are unsuccessful then you become just another liability, and personally culpable for this fiasco as well. If you have any doubts about this, educate yourself by reading history. Many names come to mind with respect to despicable government practices: Balzac, Swift, Paine, Mill, countless others.

Tim Ingram, 705-549-3722

Re: Dalton McGuinty and Monte Kwinter Responsible for More Ontario Child Murders

Both Ontario Ministers of the Crown, D. McGuinty and M. Kwinter deliberately leave children in the water to die of the effects of hypothermia, including the two eleven-year-old Ontario Girl Guides. Previously in Ontario, elected politicians chose to prevent needless child deaths. Previously in Ontario, all media and government officials have declared the intent to stop any more of these easily preventable deaths, echoing the berieved parents who wish to prevent such pain ever again.

But McGuinty and Kwinter attempt to cover-up the criminal actions of their coroners: Legge, Lucas, and Porter (who has been replaced as Deputy Chief Coroner-Inquests.) Apparently they think that this egregious stupidity will go un-noticed, despite the declared wishes of the OPP and other groups to prevent these canoe and kayak deaths now, August 20, 2004.

Tim Ingram, phone 705-549-3722

August 9, 2004

Dear Mr. Kwinter:

Ontario Coroners' Canoe and Kayak Murders

I have phoned your office regularly, leaving a message regarding the Girl Guide Inquest. No reply yet, not even a date set to discuss this matter.

Apparently you and Premier Dalton McGuinty have no respect for the murder of children in Ontario. You have plenty of information regarding the Coroner's Office deliberately leaving Girl Guides, and many other children and adults in the water to die. You endorse the murder program of your 3 Coroners: Lucas, Legge and Porter...

August 1, 2004

Dear Mr. Kwinter:

Ontario Coroners' Canoe and Kayak Murders

I replied to your letter of July 7th, agreeing with your point that Dr. Legge, "...the presiding coroner at the inquest, considered the information you had provided in determining the relevant evidence to be heard at the inquest." Leaving the Girl Guides to die in the water of hypothermia! So Mr. Kwinter, you wish to leave more Girl Guides to die in the water?

This is second degree murder. This is child murder. I have studied the Coroner's Office with respect to children killed in canoes and kayaks for years. See letters and Faxes to Dr. Porter long before the Girl Guides were even killed! See the boy at Camp, Lake Rosseau, Thanksgiving Day, 1997: Dead of hypothermia after the kayak tipped, and the communication with Dr. Porter. See about 500 deaths, according to the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, since the Transportation Safety Board of Canada Report Number M93W0008:
"2.8 Emergency and Safety Equipment: The side sponsons and/or paddle floats were not inflated and installed ahead of time to assist the kayaker to reboard after a possible capsizing or to increase the stability of the kayaks. Consequently, when the kayakers entered an area of rough seas, they had to keep paddling to keep their kayaks upright. Each kayak was equipped with these floats. The secondary use of the sponsons, i.e. to increase the stability of the kayaks, was not foreseen before the kayaks encountered severe weather."...

reference:

August 1, 2003

Dear Dr. Porter (and Dr. Legge):

Re: Deaths of Erica Auclair and Megan Mitchell

Thank you very much for your letter of July 25, 2003, sending a Cc with attachment, to Dr. David Legge, Regional Supervising Coroner- Northwestern (fax 807-343-7665). It was my greatest hope that an inquest would be held regarding this terrible tragedy. I shall offer whatever I can to assist Dr Legge in this inquest, and I shall fax this to him as well.

As you know, the Girl Guides and anyone else can be killed in any canoe or kayak at any time of the year, in 70 degree Fahrenheit waters of Florida, in or the much cooler waters of Canada, wearing a PFD or not. I have literally thousands of emails stating this fact and others, to all federal and state and provincial government bodies...

I shall fax this information to Dr. Legge today as well. This inquest may well want to use a swimming pool and canoes to demonstrate the unsafe instruction sold in Canada, as well as the simple alternative, that creates a life raft, capable of rescuing other swimmers in the water. Thank you very much again, for informing me.


Just a few of the Faxes regarding the Girl Guides. You might wonder why I try? I have 2 young daughters. They have many young friends. I was a Scoutmaster and YMCA counsellor. I try to protect the young and vulnerable (and the elderly also) against criminals who kill them for profit. Most other Americans and Canadians in my position would try to prevent these State murders, in pain and terror, too. Tim Ingram

There are many more documents. But this book would be over 1000 pages, not 300. Please see http://www.sponsonguy.com/
for contact information regarding more correspondence. Tim Ingram


Next Page: Chapter 9: Ongoing Reckless Endangerment and Death in Canoe and Kayak Rescue Safety. The Intent.
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