We finally got him, that thug who hit our reporter Sheila Gunn Reid in the face at the Women’s March last year.
His name is Dion Bews. We sued him for assault and battery. And this week, we won. The judge was scathing in his comments. But first, a reminder:
In January, 2017 our Alberta bureau chief, Sheila Gunn Reid, reported on the Women’s March at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton.
And when this male feminist, an NDP activist with a lip ring, saw Sheila, swore at her, said he was going to hit her, and then he did.
We offered a $1,000 reward for anyone who could identify him, and by the way, it was his “friends” who gave him up. We gave that info to the police, who charged him. And he was convicted.
But Sheila wasn’t informed of that court date, so she wasn’t allowed to testify or give a victim’s impact statement, which is her legal right. So that shocking video of Dion Bews threatening her and punching her was never shown to the judge.
Instead, Bews said he was the victim — he said that people were really mean to him on Facebook about it.
Dion Bews was convicted, but he got off with just 30 hours of community service.
Even worse, the left-wing media turned Bews into the victim. The CBC actually published a conspiracy theory that claimed Sheila wasn’t hit in the face by Dion Bews.
So we sued him in civil court, so Sheila would finally be able to show a judge this videotape, and to tell her side of the story.
We didn’t sue for a lot. It obviously wasn’t about the money. It was about Dion Bews admitting that what he did was wrong, and that he needed to apologize.
We offered to drop the suit if he admitted that he hit Sheila, apologized, and give $1,000 to a battered women’s shelter.
So it went to trial — and this time Sheila was there. And she won.
TONIGHT I'll share the judge's decision. You have to hear it.
Judge Sharek has ordered Bews to pay Sheila $1,000. That’s pretty normal, in civil court cases, for one punch.
Then the judge did something very unusual:
He awarded Sheila another $2,500 for punitive damages.
But the judge had one more thing to say, about Sheila as a journalist. You’d think other media would say this, or journalistic organizations, or women’s organizations. But they won’t.
"The fundamental freedom of the media as provided for in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that the media shall have the freedom to report and provide opinion with respect to such public events as the 2017 Women’s March. To seek to curtail the media’s right to report and opine on the event, such as the Defendant Bews did here, was unacceptable..."
So, has any journalism organization or anyone in the Media Party condemned Bews now? What do you think?
We were the ones who found the criminal. Or more to the point — you were. Our viewers.
We had a great lawyer who kept his fees reasonable. But we still spent $36,000 on the lawsuit. (I'll show you the invoices.) Because justice demanded it.
If you want to help us cover that legal bill, I’d be grateful — please go to DionBews.com.
That’s the website we’ve set up, to remind him, and the world, for the rest of his life, of what he’s done.
Or at least — until he finally apologizes.
He still hasn’t...
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