From The Desk of Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition. FORMER RED RIVER CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PAUL SLOAN HAS HIS 25000$ SMALL CLAIMS SUIT COME TO A HALT AGAINST RICHARD IAN HODGKINSON AND THE GUARDIAN ANGELS. DEPUTY JUDGE RICK KALABISKY ORDERS SLOAN TO PAY 1200$ TO GUARDIAN ANGELS LEADER HODGKINSON.
Appearing in Small Claims Courtroom 201 this morning at 10am before Deputy Judge Rick Kalabisky is former City Council Candidate Paul Sloan who is representing himself. Hodgkinson & Guardian Angels are represented by local lawyer Mike Maher and his student assistant Matthew Smiley whom are present from Buset & Partners law firm.
Hodgkinson who is a former professional wrestler known as Vampiro is not present in court. Sloan remains on his feet throughout the entire 2 hour and 40 minutes proceeding. He’s well dressed for court in collared shirt with black pants and a long gray coat on.
The lawsuit against Hodgkinson and Guardian Angels alleges numerous things including civil extortion, negligence, human rights violations, deceit, defamation and discrimination of sexual orientation. There are numerous text messages and emails between Sloan and Hodgkinson for the Deputy Judge to review.
Sloan was dropped as a volunteer with Guardian Angels in March 2015. According to messages filed in the lawsuit from Hodgkinson to Sloan, there was an incident on March 26, 2016 at the Guardian Angels Club House with former Chief Georjann Morriseau of the Fort William Indian Reserve #52 in which Morriseau and her son witnessed a condom (new and in the package) falling out of Sloan’s pocket. According to messages from Hodgkinson, former Chief Morriseau was not happy to witness a condom falling out with her son present.
Hodgkinson told Sloan via message “What you did in my place was not cool”. Another message tells Sloan “There have been complaints from other members, particularly female members, so before this drags on any further, I suggest you let it go and accept the fact that it didn’t work out”. Hodgkinson asks for Sloan to turn in his Angels uniform and wants this to happen as soon as possible.
Sloan sent messages to Morriseau and others in the Guardian Angels stating he was threatened. Deputy Judge Kalibisky says there was no threat. Part of Sloan’s lawsuit was that according to left wing activists in social media that there was a rumour his firing was due to treatment of women. Deputy Judge Kalibisky says statements by Hodgkinson do not support any basis to that statement.
Kalibisky asks Sloan what his residential address is. Sloan replies “I’m not going to give you that address”. Sloan starts to argue the fact that he has filed affidavits to state he’s a resident of Thunder Bay. He’s supplied the court with a UPS mailbox number on Memorial Ave and a Skype telephone number with a Minnesota area code. Deputy Judge Kalibisky states “Mr. Sloan be quiet. You’ve not complied with the rules. I could order you to provide that address and if you don’t, you could be found in contempt of court. I am at liberty to do so if I wish”.
His Honour decides not to issue a contempt order and suggests that Sloan might be homeless. Sloan begins to argue the rules of residency. “You seem to know the rules, tell me the rule number” Kalibisky responds. Sloan can’t win this argument. Judge Kalibisky tells Sloan there is no reasonable cause of action on any part of his lawsuit at this point. There is no employee/employer arrangement. This is a volunteer position with a volunteer organization. The messages from Hodgkinson to Sloan are not inflammatory, aggressive or inappropriate. He orders Sloan to pay 1200$ to Hodgkinson for legal costs and tells Sloan that that if he wishes to continue the lawsuit that he must provide a current address and phone number.
Paul Sloan’s lawsuit is dismissed and if he wishes to continue it, he must abide by Deputy Judge Kalibisky’s order to provide phone number and address. He MUST pay the 1200$ to Hodgkinson.
Current Mayor Keith Hobbs claims to have brought the Guardian Angels to Thunder Bay in 2015 in an effort to try alleviate Thunder Bay’s growing crime problem. Mayor Hobbs first political campaign was that he would be best suited to understand and address the growing crime problem. The Guardian Angels gave up their street patrols in their first year and Mayor Hobbs has gone on to acquire his own criminal charges which are before the court.
Paul Sloan, the past president of three ridings for the Northern Ontario Party and a former candidate for Thunder Bay city council, ran in the Red River ward in the 2014 municipal election. He finished 4th out of 4 candidates with 386 votes or just over 6% of the ballots for that ward.
CRIME IS STILL RAMPANT IN THE CITY OF THUNDER BAY. People have said “Mayor Hobbs is essentially a lame duck Mayor” and the Guardian Angels have given up street patrol. THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICE DO THE BEST THEY CAN WITH THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE. (Left to right: Paul Sloan & Richard Ian Hodgkinson)