February 07, 2019

ATA finally cancels paid speaking engagement of convicted killer — but only after two days of public outcry

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

After two straight days of public outcry and doubling down at least once, the Alberta Teachers’ Association has finally dropped the convicted murderer they booked as one of their keynote speakers for the upcoming Calgary City Teachers' Convention.

Nicole Parisien was strangled to death in a Vancouver area apartment building in 2007 and thrown away like trash. According to her admitted killer, Andrew Evans, and as reported in the Times Colonist at the time of his early parole:

“Evans contacted the victim on Craigslist and paid her $200 for sex. He was on an hours-long, drug-fuelled bender that included 15 drinks, several hits of marijuana and half a tablet of ecstasy.

But when Evans failed to get an erection, he reacted in embarrassment by assaulting Parisian, choking her to death, wrapping her body in linens and dragging her into the bushes outside the apartment.”

Parisien was no match for her killer who was a former University of British Columbia rugby player.

Evans had to be talked into turning himself in after he fled to Calgary the day after the murder. He was sentenced to ten years to life for second-degree murder, but was paroled after seven.

He now works with troubled youth at a Calgary drug treatment centre, and this week, the Alberta Teachers’ union hired him to be a featured speaker at the Calgary City Teachers Convention.

According to the ATA, Evans was hired to speak about adolescent addiction and his journey through addiction. They said his story demonstrates “the tragedy and loss, as well as irreversible consequences for the addict and the community. By helping share the stories we hope people can learn from others and that further tragedies can be prevented by addressing youth addictions in our community.”

They even called Evans’ self serving narrative of redemption “a story of hope” in a now-scrubbed webpage.

Who’s writing these ghoulish ATA talking points? The Prime Minister’s office?

Thankfully, after defending hiring a killer, the union has now disinvited Evans, caving to overwhelming public outcry.

Today, I’ll show you how Evans’ story isn’t one of a man redeemed but rather, a man who didn't get the sentence he deserved, and who tried to avoid responsibility for his crimes, who got out early because our system said this woman's life was only worth seven years and who is now being treated like a hero for staying sober and not killing again.

Nicole Parisien and her family were victimized again when the union hired Evans - by her killer who's now selling his so-called story of redemption for cash and fame, and by the union that that willing to pay for it.

The ATA owes Parisien’s family an apology.

But they're probably too busy trying to book Paul Bernardo for next year’s get-together.

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commented 2019-02-14 01:17:18 -0500
What the hell do all these comments that I have just read have anything to do about the suffering of the victims family left without a daughter , perhaps children with no mother . What about the murderer and his suffering , maybe an ex wife or girlfriend and how they had to put up with whispering and stares every time Mr.Evans name was in the media . Also Mr. Evans parents ,brothers and sisters etc.had to endure the stares and whispering. What gives any of you the right to comment ? You can ask the same of me , but unlike most or all of you , I FEEL I HAVE MORE OF A RIGHT THAN ANYONE OF YOU INCLUDING SHEILA GUNN ! I expect to hear back from a lot of you and I will give my much more informed opinion on the crime of murder the death penalty foster care system etc . I will give you a one word clue why ’m an expert on the subject of murder . That word and clue is " UXORICIDE"
commented 2019-02-11 09:11:53 -0500
He has not paid any debt to society. He has paid a debt to a ridiculously lenient and morally bankrupt legal system.
commented 2019-02-10 11:07:46 -0500
If he’s served his sentence, he has paid off his debt to society and is exactly the same as any other superficially unsavory character. Frankly, a story of a reformed criminal sounds way more interesting than listening to Jordan Peterson talk about lobsters.
commented 2019-02-09 12:35:06 -0500
“Alberta Maga commented 1 day ago
Andrew Stephenson really? You think a murder is the same as some phony left wing label for someone? "

If the murderer’s done his time then there shouldn’t be a difference. Free speech is free speech, deplatforming is deplatforming. Is it acceptable to cut off speakers for subjective reasons, or isn’t it? Where you draw the line is less important than the existence of the line at all.
commented 2019-02-08 10:22:59 -0500
Is it any surprise that that teachers union, chalk full of dirty, stinkin’ commie scum and other criminals and degenerates, would hire a murderer to express their dirty, stinkin’ commie BS ideology?
Is it any surprise that these devil worshiping pagans and pinkos would insist on hiring this murderer in the face of sane, correct public opposition?
It is NO surprise, it is typical of the backwardsland mentality of the left and their irrational and delusional hallucinations.
Save our children, crush public sector union criminality and immorality NOW!
commented 2019-02-08 02:11:30 -0500
Andrew Stephenson, F**K YOU!!!!!!
commented 2019-02-08 01:21:44 -0500
Andrew Stephenson really? You think a murder is the same as some phony left wing label for someone?
commented 2019-02-08 00:26:04 -0500
I find the attitude towards “deplatforming” of unsavoury speakers to be most inconsistent here.
commented 2019-02-07 23:11:57 -0500
Henry said, “Public sector unions have always been an abomination. They should all be disbanded.”

I am not sure I fully agree with banning them.

If their union dues were made voluntary instead of mandatory, and if they were forced to not be political, no advertising or campaigning for any political party, then they would be forced to do what they were meant to do … represent the employee.
commented 2019-02-07 22:51:48 -0500
I can’t help but laugh – in a bitter sort of way – at the idea that a union would have had the sense to never invite such a person to speak at one of its gatherings. Now that CUPE has publicly urged the government to refrain from supporting the new president of Venezuela in favour of the dictator Maduro, it’s crystal clear that our unions care nothing about decency and want only to undermine all that is free and democratic and good in this country.

Public sector unions have always been an abomination. They should all be disbanded.
commented 2019-02-07 22:35:29 -0500
At the very least…the ATA should have contacted the victims family and asked for their permission & blessing…
commented 2019-02-07 22:32:48 -0500
What the hell are these people thinking? I’m so sick of Canada.
Where’s was the former aboriginal justice minister on this case?
commented 2019-02-07 20:03:26 -0500
Well maybe next time the ATA can have a returned Isis fighter to speak after all Trudy said they could be a useful tool-LOL!!! Stupid socialist’s strike again.