OPI Books and Patrick Brown file Defence

Optimum Publishing International has filed our defense to the Finance Minister’s claim. The document is one of public record and as such can be requested from the court. Optimum will continue to publish books of public interest in order to hold individuals, corporations and institutions accountable.

B E T W E E N:

 VICTOR FEDELI

 Plaintiff  and

 PATRICK BROWN, OPTIMUM PUBLISHING INTERNATIONAL,

JF MOORE LITHOGRAPHERS INC. and DEAN BAXENDALE

 Defendants

 STATEMENT OF DEFENCE

The document is filed with the Superior Court of Ontario.

Stockwoods LLP Barristers T

Toronto-Dominion Centre
TD North Tower, Box 140
77 King Street West, Suite 4130
Toronto ON  M5K 1H1

Andrea Gonsalves Tel:  416-593-3497 andreag@stockwoods.ca

Justin Safayeni Tel: 416-593-3494 justins@stockwoods.ca

The document is one of public record and as such can be requested from the court.

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Optimum serves Notice of Intent to defend Takedown

The Publisher and Optimum Publishing intent to defend the $8 Million lawsuit by the Finance Minster of Ontario.

Optimum Publishing will not be intimidated by multi-million dollar defamation suits, and will continue to give authors a platform to take on powerful institutions, governments, corporations and individuals, in order to tell stories that are in the public interest.

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Mayor Brown's Transformation

City Life Magazine, February/March Issue

From political pundit to party outcast, former Progressive Conservative leader and MPP Patrick Brown, author of Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown, shares the triumphs and challenges of his life in politics.

Politics has been a part of Patrick Brown’s DNA from the time he was nine years old. His parents, Judy and Edmond, nurtured this interest in their young son by encouraging him to read a variety of daily newspapers and discuss what he’d read around the dinner table. It was this unbridled passion and genuine interest to serve for the public good that would at first pole-vault Brown to great heights of electoral success, before almost destroying him on both a personal and a professional level. This hit-by-a-truck fall from grace prompted Brown to write Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown

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Optimum Retains Counsel

After a number of consultations Optimum has retained counsel to defend the recent claim brought forward by Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. We will seek to defend the book and it’s content as well as our right to address questions arising from the book.

LILLEY: Looking back at year following Patrick Brown's fall from grace

I have to wonder which policies the lefty activists would be protesting now had Patrick Brown not been taken out as Progressive Conservative leader a year ago.

Brown had established that he would run a moderate campaign, a less than conservative campaign, for the PC’s in the 2018 election. He endorsed a carbon tax, called for a huge investment in health CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

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Press Release: Bad Blood The Unspeakable Truth

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/optimum-releases-bad-blood-the-unspeakable-truth-by-vic-parsons-845062182.html

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Optimum releases Bad Blood, The Unspeakable Truth, by Vic Parsons

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Optimum Publishing International 

Jan 15, 2019, 10:10 ET

TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Optimum Publishing International is pleased to announce the release of Bad Blood: The Unspeakable Truth, the revised and updated book on the Canadian tainted blood crisis of the '80s and '90s.

None of us knows when we, or a loved one, might need blood. We all have a stake in a safe blood system. Although Canada's blood system today is immeasurably more reliable than it was in the 1980s and 1990s, we need to remain vigilant against any threats to safety.

A recent Canadian Blood Services poll showed 61 percent of respondents have little or no knowledge of the tainted blood disaster of the '80s and '90s when money and expediency were put ahead of the health of those who depended on a safe blood and plasma supply.

On Wednesday, January 9th CBC aired the first episode of their 8 part docudrama, Unspeakable, based on the original book by Vic Parsons, Bad Blood: The Tragedy of the Canadian Tainted Blood Scandal.

https://www.cbc.ca/unspeakable/

"This is why I am pleased to be associated with the Unspeakable series on CBC, produced by Robert Cooper," said Parsons.  Cooper had this to say about the book, "Unspeakable, the television series, would not have been the same without Vic's detailed, compassionate and personal account of the tainted blood tragedy.  If you want to know what really happened, how it affected people and the impact it still has today, read this book."

In the new book, we update the story and tell the final chapter of many of the victims that were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C. Vic is an award-winning journalist who was directly affected by the crisis as his son battled with HIV and Hep C but remarkably he is one of the few survivors and lives with his family in Vancouver. "This is why I am proud that Bad Blood: The Unspeakable Truth, the new and revised version of my earlier book, can contribute to raising public awareness," said Parsons.

"One of our key goals for the new book is to provide readers with new insight and recent developments in the managing of blood, particularly the new controversy surrounding paid plasma," said Dean Baxendale publisher.

"Corporations are compelled to minimize the cost of goods produced to maximize returns to their shareholders," said Andrew Cumming, a severe hemophiliac before the Ontario legislative committee in December 2014. That controversy is being played out in every province and our parliament in Ottawa this year.

While Canadian Blood Services was incorporated and formed after the blood crisis, as a result of incompetence and liability, they have played a pivotal role in safeguarding our blood supply.  However, in a hauntingly similar nod to the past, the Agency, in reaction to the TV series, released a statement that paints a rosy picture claiming that this can never happen again. Officials entrusted to safeguard our blood supply were responsible for thousands of deaths here in Canada and around the Globe, and that is why the public needs to be reminded of the tragedy of the past so that the public can hold those responsible to account for their actions. Time will tell.

https://blood.ca/en/news-and-events/newsroom/op-ed

Blood, the Gift of Life? In God we Trust

To see the trailer for the series on the most extensive government malfeasance ever, Click Below.

https://youtu.be/jXYjUTdPEVo/youtu

www.opibooks.com

SOURCE Optimum Publishing International

For further information: To interview Vic Parson's, or to receive an electronic review copy, please contact publicity@optimumpublishinginternational.com or call 647 970-1973

From The Queen's Park side of the coin

FOR THE RECORD

ONTARIO LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

WEEKLY ROUNDUP

EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK – Political memoirs, at least the Canadian variety, tend to be pretty tame, but former PC Leader Patrick Brown’s new book is causing quite a stir. Take Down: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown – a revised title, “Attempted” being added when his political career was resuscitated by winning the Brampton mayoralty – has many of his former colleagues scrambling to discredit his version of the events that led to his provincial downfall. Relations between Brown and his successor, Premier Doug Ford, were already frosty, and now figure to get downright arctic. Ditto for current cabinet ministers trashed in the book. Lisa MacLeod, for instance, initially declined to offer an opinion, scoffing, “I don’t comment on fiction.” But when she saw how Brown depicted her, particularly her mental health struggles (which she has been quite public about), she blasted his writing as “disgusting and cruel.”

“His was the biggest betrayal because I always thought I treated him well. I recall that Fedeli sucked up to me non-stop with compliments like ‘you’re the best leader we ever had’ and … ‘you inspire me.’ He’d lay it on thick; it was over the top at times. My experience with Fedeli was that he was extremely competent, but that he was also duplicitous and too ambitious for his own good.”

·          Excerpt from former PC Leader Patrick Brown’s new book, which is less than complimentary about many of his former colleagues, including the current Finance Minister. Brown’s memoir also tells of sexual harassment allegations against Fedeli in 2017 (never pursued, due to lack of evidence). Fedeli vehemently denies any such claim, and told reporters he is considering legal action against Brown. In a show of support, almost everyone in the PC caucus wore a yellow tie – Fedeli’s trademark apparel – in the House.

“I would rather have the endorsement of Kathleen Wynne than Patrick Brown. The lies in this book are disgusting.”

·          Premier Ford’s book review.

“It’s hard to watch, that’s for sure. It’s really hard to watch. I don’t like watching what are, in my opinion, bad decisions. I don’t like that at all, and it worries me enormously.”

Former Premier Wynne, in a Globe and Mail feature on what it’s like to sit in the Legislature while the government rapidly undoes many of her policies.  Asked which policy is toughest to see go, she answered (‘dryly,’ according to the Globe), “It’s hard to choose.”