College Revokes Licence of Discredited Pathologist
The Goudge Inquiry was powerful and full of insight. Led by Judge Stephen J. Goudge, the inquiry explored the despotic misdeeds wrought by forensic pathologist Dr. Charles Smith. As this history unfolded, I felt grateful. Pieces of a puzzle fell into place. The repugnant conduct of Saskatoon GP Dr. Joel Yelland had me reeling until I understood: Yelland and Smith were cut from the same cloth.
For seven years I was ensnared in a legal gristmill with Dr. Joel Yelland. It was the inverse of the Smith tragedies. Core of my case: Letters were circulated accusing Yelland of being a deviant predator. I did not author or distribute the letters. I knew nothing at all about Yelland's personal life or his lifestyle, and was unaware of his heavy involvement in the justice system as a ‘forensic physician.’ That was outside my scope.
At that time (2002) my only web access was at libraries (Saskatoon Public Library, and the U of S Health Sciences Library). Both places limited the computer time of patrons. That constraint, as well as my temperament, set my priority: With dedication, I scoured MedLine for current treatments for my painful uncommon diseases. Not once did it cross my mind to search for details about a doctor. How I wish I had. I would have learned of the Klassen/Kvello tragedy; I would have learned of Yelland's notoriety; I would have been forewarned; I could have run …
Despite his unsavory history, Dr. Joel Yelland presented himself to the unwary as a standard family doctor working at the Mediclinic in Saskatoon. Yelland was my primary care provider (or GP) from 1998 to 2001. Originally he had a technical focus, but as the three years passed, I saw his memory and personality disintegrate.
At my request Yelland referred me to specialists, sometimes out of province. When I obtained my chart from Yelland, however, I learned why those relationships floundered. The offer of outside medical help enraged Yelland. He expressed this in letters to the specialist – and preserved the letters in his chart. Sidebar contains an example.
The letter to Dr. Roy Chernoff (below) outlines the conduct of four Saskatoon Police Officers: Sgt. James Bracken, Sgt. Bill Simpson, Sgt. Allan Stickney, and Cst. Lee Jones. These officers synchronized their lies before the 2002 search of my home. This would have worked if the search had gone according to plan. But it didn't: Due to physical disability, I moved slowly, which threw off their pre-written timeline!
Lead Investigator Bracken wrote history ahead of time. His hand-picked crew fell in step. A logical way to select such a crew would be to study legal cases of local police officers charged in the past with falsifying information, but who avoided being fired. Simpson and Jones had that precise history (see letter for links).
Curiously, Bracken allowed a maze of contradictions to stand in his Occurrence Reports for the Breach of Undertaking exhibit. Those reports, plus personal interactions, indicate the four officers expected only superficial challenge. Corroboration: Court transcripts of the Preliminary Inquiry show a strangely cooperative cross-examination between all prosecution witnesses and my defence attorney Robert Borden. Exculpatory evidence emerged only when I chose self-representation and took over the cross-examination. Note: In 2015 the Law Society of Saskatchewan began disciplinary proceedings against Borden for conflicts of interest.
Dr. Roy Chernoff
Willowgrove Medical Group
2 - 527 Nelson Road
Saskatoon, SK S7S 1P4
Dear Dr. Chernoff:
Since you no longer practice with Dr. Joel Yelland, I felt I would contact you regarding the legal battle which began in May. This letter provides information and asks for input. It does not represent a complaint towards your office in any way.
I have been deeply hurt by this legal case. In my early life, I earned two University degrees in physics (lasers and non-linear optics). I worked as a research scientist. My credibility is a valuable commodity. To restore it, I offer a concise explanation in this letter. Substantive details are in my sworn Affidavits attached.
Core of the legal case: Letters were circulated describing the predatory lifestyle of Dr. Yelland. I did not author or distribute the letters. I knew nothing at all about the lifestyle of this GP, and I was not aware of his heavy involvement in the justice system. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Yelland was my family physician, or primary care provider, for my autoimmune diseases. That is all. During this period, his personality began to disintegrate, he lost his technical skills, and he lost his recall ability. But in view of my serious health conditions which are multiple and uncommon, my only concern was whether he could fulfill his medical duties.
Regarding the lifestyle-letters: Dr. Yelland admitted to police that the first three of those letters “had his own real signature.” This admission appears in a form titled Request for Analysis/Examination of Exhibits which Sgt. Bracken sent to the RCMP Forensic Lab in 2001. That report was long buried. It was not disclosed until my Preliminary Inquiry was over.
Another grievous example, with black-and-white proof: Sgt. Bracken made a false report of a postmark date in order to justify a false Breach of Undertaking charge, which led to my unlawful arrest and unlawful imprisonment for two days during June 24-26, 2002. This was retribution for a complaint I made to police in early June 2002 regarding my experiences with Dr. Yelland.
From the outset, the police tried to create a case, rather than just investigate the case. The disclosure makes it plain that the source and instigator was Dr. Yelland. He aligned himself with police officers of dishonorable character. The four known officers of my case have the following history (verification is enclosed):
My own case echoes those themes. Sgt. Bracken still doesn't understand that a person reports sexual abuse in order to STOP IT, not to invite perpetuation. Sgt. Simpson still shows reckless indifference to the health conditions of suburban citizens, and he will still suppress the names of police officers who attend an arrest or a search. Cst. Lee Jones, to shield his superior officers, still enters false information onto the police file.
In May 2002, my home was searched. Five officers participated in the actual search, while Cst. Lee Jones had the role of driving me to the police station. That is a total of six police officers. Only four have been named. Partway through that search, Sgt. Bracken phoned for a driver. Cst. Lee Jones arrived, spent a few minutes in my home, then escorted me to the police station. After I left, Sgt. Bracken planted evidence in my home in the form of “15 scraps of paper” which he claimed were “found in the toilet bowl.” These were torn-up bits of lifestyle-letters (photocopies, not originals). It was the only “evidence” the police could cite to justify charges against me. Over the next six years, Dr. Yelland then gleefully told all and sundry that “lifestyle-letters about him were found in the home of (this patient).”
It was obvious that the four named officers synchronized their lies before the search. They expected the search to go according to plan. It did not. I was slow that day because I dealt with disability issues. Later, each officer wrote a separate Occurrence Report. Comparing them shows major inconsistencies between the reports written by the search officers Bracken and Simpson, versus the report from the driver Jones. Their timeframes are off by half an hour – this from police who are trained to record everything to the nearest minute.
The two unnamed officers have exculpatory evidence, and are required as witnesses. Yet six years into the case, they are still not identified.
A broad perspective: Beginning in the early 1990s, Dr. Yelland developed a notorious reputation, publicized across Canada, which was independent of any lifestyle-letters.
I refer to the Scandal of the Century. In that case, Dr. Yelland had a central role. His medical report laid the foundation for criminal charges which shattered the lives of 12 innocent members of the Klassen and Kvello families. All the accusations were false. Example: Dr. Yelland examined a young girl (Michelle Ross) and noted scars. But Dr. Yelland failed to question the child, her birth parents, or her foster parents as to what caused the scars. He never obtained the chart from the pediatrician in the child's home town. He failed to consider differential diagnoses. Instead, Dr. Yelland hurtled to the most bizarre interpretation possible, and labeled the scars “knife cuts from satanic rituals.” The true cause of the scars was a car accident. Dr. Yelland, who is supposed to be a man of science, testified also that he “absolutely believed” the stories about eating eyeballs, drinking blood, and killing babies for sacrifice.
The Fifth Estate research division verified this, and broadcast their program on CBC. The legal documents are available on the website www.injusticebusters.org. The Klassens launched a malicious-prosecution suit. Judge Baynton presided over the trial in 2003. Among other things in his landmark decision, Judge Baynton impeached Dr. Yelland for “clouded judgment” and “irrational thinking.”
Dr. Yelland is the Saskatchewan equivalent of Dr. Charles Smith, the Ontario forensic pathologist who was first lionized and relied upon for rapid convictions; then shielded in the face of growing warning signs; then disgraced when chilling miscarriages of justice were unearthed.
Dr. Yelland is a close parallel. Court transcripts affirm that between 1991 and 2005, Dr. Yelland appeared in court and testified for the prosecution in over 100 cases of child abuse in Saskatoon He acted as an arm of the Crown. Rapid convictions were assured. Dr. Yelland continues to scoop up virtually all of Saskatoon's child abuse cases, which gives him professional isolation in the field. That is something no other MD would accept, in any specialty. Dr. Yelland has no one to talk shop with to keep his mind sharp; no one to discuss difficult cases with; no one to relieve him when he is ill or on holiday – and no one to scrutinize him.
For my own legal case: This is serious business. I have grieved and remained silent long enough. I request and deserve your input, and any material facts and references you can provide.
Georgena Sil, M.Sc., Cdn Association of Physicists
Tuum Est - It Is Up To You
The Crucifixion and other historical precedents notwithstanding, many of us still believe that outstanding goodness is a kind of armor, that virtue, seen plain and bare, gives pause to criminality. But perhaps it is the other way around.
Due to a shortage of endocrinologists in Saskatoon, the College of Physicians and Surgeons suggested I go out of province. Saskatchewan Health agreed to cover the cost.
I chose Dr. Kendler of Vancouver. My first appointment was productive. The consultation report was packed with technical ideas for diagnostics and treatment. Dr. Kendler felt Saskatoon should not just palliate symptoms year after year, but instead treat the underlying disease process. Dr. Kendler offered to coordinate my overall care long-distance, while I returned home to Saskatoon.
In reply to Kendler, Dr. Yelland wrote a vague letter filled with emotion and rage, ending with, ‘Sil is disenchanted with medical care in Saskatoon’. That may not sound foul, until you know how MDs interpret such comments: it makes the patient appear ‘difficult.’
Dr. Kendler, true to his scientist nature, asked Yelland to provide just the medical facts. Yelland continued to obstruct.
Dr. Kendler wrote a final letter saying, ‘There is no need for this patient to return.’
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