I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bradford fire wants Alliston's 'Bat Girl' to pay for broken truck

Posted June 29, 2009

An Alliston woman charged with mischief for climbing the Cookstown Outlet Mall's water tower in April is facing about $50,000 in potential restitution costs, including a $36,921 bill by the Bradford fire department because the truck that responded to the call, broke down on the way back to the station.

Paulette MacDonald, dressed as Bat Girl, climbed the tower to draw attention to Parental Alientation Awareness Day, made a second court appearance last week, and learned from the Crown's disclosure the total cost being sought by South Simcoe Police, Innisfil Fire, and Bradford Fire, is $48,944.

Ms. MacDonald had scaled the tower before sunrise, unfurled a banner supporting her cause, then spent several hours unnoticed before "I finally yelled down to a group of young ladies coming out of the mall and requested that she notify the mall security for me."

Police were called, as were firefighters, first from Innisfil, but then Bradford for its aerial truck.

"When the fireman asked me to come down the ladder of the firetruck, I didn't want to," said Ms. MacDonald in a press release from the group Fathers 4 Justice (F4J). "I felt much safer getting back down the way I came up."

The F4J has also weighed into the situation, suggesting that Bradford should thank "Bat Girl."

"In my eyes, Ms. MacDonald should receive thanks for highlighting flaws in the fire department's equipment before it was actually needed in an emergency," said Kris Titus, F4J National Coordinator. "This might have more to do with with the competence of their maintenance system than our featherweight superhero. We're obviously glad that she was safe during the rescue, considering the circumstances."

Ms. MacDonald is due back in Bradford court July 23.


My letter to the editor, the Mayor and Fire Chief of Bradford West Gwillimbury Date: 2009/6/29 Subject: Letter to the Editor ~ Bradford fire wants Alliston's 'Bat Girl' to pay for broken truck To: tony.veltri@sympatico.ca Cc: larscott@townofbwg.com, kgill@townofbwg.com

Dear Editor:

Re: http://www.madhunt.com/paulette-macdonal-20090629.html

I'd like to see the maintenance records on the 9 self propelled vehicles in the Bradford Fire Department to ensure the tax payers of this municipality their Fire Chief, Lorne Arscott, actually has a grasp on the areas he needs to manage. They send out #1016 (10 one six) - 100' Aerial (E-ONE) truck to a Grandmother standing steadfastly, strongly and resolutely on a water tower, it is not an emergency by any stretch of the imagination, and they say their truck breaks down. Not overly encouraging is it?

The Fire Chief is playing games with a Crown's Office in Barrie, already under scrutiny for corruption relating to breaking the law in having the police, who are also breaking the law, use the Criminal Conviction data base known as CPIC to pre-screen jurors. Simcoe County used to have more going for it than this. Is this Chief also getting sucked into a prosecutor’s questionable judgment or is this the usual manner that public services pick on citizens in this county?

It is using what power they have to intimidate legitimate protest in aid of children. Did the Chief in Toronto send the bill to the Tamils for the overtime and double shifting of emergency personnel in the city recently? Does the Fire Chief want to cover up their possible mistakes by billing a grandmother that kind of money? Something smells in Bradford. What is it? Power does have its corrupting influences.

Michael Murphy CC Mayor Doug White , Bradford WG, Fire Chief, Lorne Arscott, Bradford WG


  • 1011 - Rescue Pumper (Almonte/Spartan)
  • 1012 - Pumper/Tanker (Rosenbauer/Spartan)
  • 1014 - Tanker (Dependable/WhiteGMC)
  • 1015 - Pumper/Tanker (Rosenbauer/Spartan on order, currently using a loaner apparatus)
  • 1016 - 100' Aerial (E-ONE)
  • 1019 - Dodge Ram Pickup
  • 10401 - Dodge Ram Van
  • Car 10-1 - Dodge Durango (Fire Chief)
  • Car 10-2 - Dodge Durango (Deputy Fire Chief)
  • Specialized Rescue Trailer


Life Insurance Canada said...

Power really does have its corrupting influences. It's incredible how they want to pay for their TV bills and coffee by charging this woman, it's just inhumane and wrong on so many levels. Thanks for the article, I'll have to show it to my friends.

Take care, Lorne

Michael J. Murphy said...

Thanks for your observation. It will also help Paulette who was in a fairly large state of shock when she received the disclosure from the Crown. It is, unfortunately, part of the gamesmanship these public servants play.

The irony is many serious criminal investigations may have to be reversed due to the corruption in the Crowns Office over illegal use of jury lists and non-disclosure to the defence. Convicted murderers could get a new trial or may get away with time served. It could cost tax payers a lot of money at the very least so they pick on Grandmothers who want to do the right thing for our kids.

I think it is a sign of how pathetic these people have become and why the average citizen has become so cynical over the legal system.

J. Goldberg said...

I have more faith then most people in the good judgment of the courts.

Imagine what a public outcry there
would be if a precedent like this
actually was upheld by a Judge. If
a person could be held accountable
for damage to a firetruck used in
the line of duty, then people might
be afraid to call the police thinking what happens if a police officer gets injured trying to help me ?

What if their patrol car gets damaged ? What if the garbage collectors have a truck break down with a flat tire in front of my house because of a nail in the street ? We would have total chaos, that's what would happen. I think Batgirl may be the wrong person to make an example of
if this is anyone's misguided view of justice.

I think she tried to do a good thing by trying to raise our awareness that children are being psychologically abused by parents that induce parental alienation. She climbed up a water tower to say " is anyone listening ? " She
took a personal risk in doing it.
Now she's being asked to pay a bill as a punishment for that act.

Don't give up Batgirl, if they do this to you, who will be next ?

J. Goldberg

Anonymous said...

I know this woman and the cause she stands for. She is nuts...she threatened to kill her self from that tower just to get attention like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum. That is why the fire department took it very seriously. Get a life woman. All I can say is you deserve jail time.

Michael J. Murphy said...

You are badly misinformed and don't appear to know much about the event at all.

Are you related to the fire chief who tried to pull a scam for damages because of possibly poor maintenance of vehicles? I have a great deal of experience in shop maintenance systems and can tell you when I smell a scam or incompetence.

I know the cause she stands for with great expertise as I am an impacted parent. You are wise in staying anonymous, otherwise you would be suffering great embarrassement at your lack of understanding.

Do some homework next time before commenting - it will help your credibility.

Based on the fact your search term, as follows was, "Cookstown Batwoman law suit" was based on a civil lawsuit and had the wrong name I somehow don't think you know anything about it. She is actually BatGirl, a Grandmother and has a great deal of courage on behalf of abused children.

Looks like you think that kind of abuse is OK.