Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the
round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're
not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify
them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change
things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the
crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs
US computer engineer & industrialist (1955 - 2011)

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Alderon/Williams Lawsuit Letter

As some of you may know, I was served with a letter from Alderon Iron Ore Corp two weeks ago today. The story begins with a phone call received on my business phone on May 9, 2012. It was a 416 number, and a woman asked: "What area of town is your business in?" I responded: "the east side." She then asked: " what is your address?" I asked: "Why do you want to know my business address?" She said: " I want to see your work." I said: "You can see our work on our business website." and hung up.

For curiousity, and because I knew a person from Toronto wouldn't be stopping by to see my work, I phoned the 416 number back. Low and behold if it wasn't the number of Cassels Brock law firm in Toronto. Several attempts to contact them for clarification for the need of my address failed to receive a response. The matter has now been sent to the Law Society of Upper Canada in the form of a compaint. You see, it's not legal for a law firm to misrepresent itself to gain information. But I digress. It just so happens that the senior partner of Cassels Brock was named to Alderon's board of directors, along with Danny Williams, on March 28, 2012. Danny Williams was granted 1,125,000 share options on the date he joined the board ( he has since acquired an additional 100,000 shares under 10981 Newfoundland). That compares to John Vettese/director (Cassels Brock) 300,000 share options; John Baker (Altius) 400,000 share options; Todd Burlingame 250,000 share options; Brian Dalton (Altius) 400,000 share options; Gary Norris 250,000 share options; and on it goes. Suffice it to say that of all the directors of Alderon, Danny Williams got the biggest number of share options of any director or officer in the company. Why that is the case? I do not know.

But there is a little background for you. Here is the document served on me by Alderon, although it appears to be almost completely about Danny Williams. Just a quick pointer: You will note that almost all comments on it that Alderon says are defamatory are quotes from the radio host, and not me. You will likely also notice the many references to discussing the Muskrat Falls project, which considering Alderon came out this week publicly campaigning for the project, seems a little rich. More on that later, but for now here is the letter (click on each letter to view):

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