No - not for good, just hopefully the last on this annoying Mr. X.
I'd posted before on this person. I'd also sent him an email assuring him our aim is not to support vandalism, and asking him to meet face to face. I also pointed out I'd been copying in here his emails to various customers - forwarded to me by them for comment, as well as forwarded to each other. And added I've also included my responses and those of support from many others of what we are trying to do with our program. I also asked him to meet with me to discuss further.
His response was to worry about me publishing private emails - these were not one-on-one communications, these were emails he had sent to dozens of people, who in turn forwarded them to many others. He referred me to the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Not sure why, as it has a caution about email that he doesn't seem to have read himself:
Most of us have strong expectations of privacy when sending email, but the reality is that sending an email message is like sending a postcard. |t is not technically difficult for a copy to be made in transmission. And once you send an email, you have lost control over it and its contents. In this world of electronic networks and instantaneous communications, your “personal” message can be forwarded to a public forum for the entire world see with the click of a mouse.
He does ask that I express his views in my own words, rather than quoting him directly - and accurately. You'd think he'd prefer the latter. Maybe he's worried I might repeat his specific accusations against named individuals and open him to accusations of slander. He did question my ethics - a strange accusation considering the slanderous contents of his emails and his underhanded approach of contacting almost everyone in Ottawa except me and Keepsix. He doesn't realize that the real issue is not whether his emails - sent to dozens, are in fact private communications. The real issue is that he has slandered not just our group Keepsix but also the names and reputations of these young artists, and likely hindered their business prospects. Some of them are considering legal action, based on what they have seen in his emails that others have forwarded to them - I don't blame them. People often consider youth as powerless and an easy target - not a nice attitude and not accurate. They can fight back - as was shown last year when a Toronto photographer tried to take advantage of some young graffiti artists. See my post Graffiti and Copyright.
And now he has added a confidentiality disclaimer at the end of his emails. Too late, and I'm not sure of the effectiveness of that.
He declined to meet in person, as he has with others, maybe his courage exists only behind the safety of a pseudonym and an email account.
I checked with a legal contact, his opinion is that basically on the internet everyone gives up a lot of privacy just by using it. He also doubts a confidentiality disclaimer can really stop someone from distributing a received email to the world. The actionable issue under privacy laws would be if someone actually sourced someone’s private data (like their SIN or medical records) and distributed it. If we could prove actual damages there could be a case for slander but that would be a costly slow legal process. He agrees that this guy is entitled to rant and say outrageous things and my only real protection here is that most don’t take him seriously at all.
So, I'll stop giving him a forum on here - even if it is an anonymous one. Hopefully we can get back to focusing on murals, cleaning up neighbourhoods, and helping youth.
We have a mural underway out here in Orleans, on a retaining wall off St. Joseph Blvd. It's between St. Joseph's Church and the Jean Coutou mall. Theme is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Parish of Orleans. The customer mentioned early Indians putting in at Hiawatha point on the Ottawa to repair the canoes after the rapids, farmers sending goods to Montreal, the bishop arriving by boat to establish the parish, and connections to Ottawa by #174 -and maybe the O-train. Design theme also moves from spring to winter - left to right, as well as dawn to night. Very nice.