Paul Palango is a Nova Scotian – chapter one

Paul Palango on the CBC Drive Home Show – April 22 2020 (This was deleted after I linked it)

Cracks are forming in the RCMP’s cone of silence – by Paul Palango – May 21 2020

Mark Furey And His Secret Army Of Smurfs – by Paul Palango – May 25 2020

The RCMP’s Rural Policing Is An Ongoing Disaster Day Politicians – May 28 2020 – by Paul Palango

The Nova Scotia Massacre, Did The RCMP Risk It Out One Too Many? – by Paul Palango – May 30 2020

An Epic Failure, The First Duty Of Police Is To Preserve Life by Paul Palango – June 18 2020

Why We Need A Full Public Inquiry Into The Nova Scotia Massacre – by Paul Palango – July 13 2020

February 12th Was A Strange Day For Gabriel Wortman – by Paul Palango – August 10 2020

The Nova Scotia shooting encapsulates all that’s wrong with the RCMP – by Paul Palango – May 14 2020

“What happened in Nova Scotia was an example of a cascading failure for the Mounties and there are horrible questions for which answers are needed now”.

RCMP marching with Halifax Fire and the Canadian Forces in Halifax 2018.

The Portapique Portal – Part 1; A cold dark night

Ottawa Life Magazine

“On April 18–19, 2020, Gabriel Wortman committed multiple shootings and set fires at 16 locations in the Nova Scotia, killing 22 people and injuring three others before he was shot and killed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Enfield. The attacks are the deadliest rampage in Canadian history, exceeding the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, where 14 women were killed.”

“On May 1, in the wake of the attacks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following through on a 2019 campaign promise, announced an immediate ban on some 1,500 makes and models of “military-grade assault-style” weapons, including the types used in the attacks. For part of the 13-hour crime spree, Wortman impersonated a police officer by driving a replica RCMP car and wearing a RCMP uniform.”

RCMP members march on Brunswick Street in Halifax November 2018.

October 28 2020 – MACLONE’S EXCLUSIVE! By Paul Palango

“The denturist who killed 22 Nova Scotians in April acquired about $300,000 in mysterious circumstances from the estate of a disgraced lawyer who was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy.”

The Nova Scotia Killer’s Dark Past, And A Mysterious $300,000, by Stephen Maher, Maclean’s Magazine, October 16 “My betters in the mainstream press are said to be on the cusp of pouring some piping hot tea regarding mass-shooter Gabriel Wortman and a decades-long personal friendship he shared with an older gay man in New Brunswick.” What Went On With Gabe & Tom?, Frank Magazine, September 25

Frank Magazine – An excellent Portapique primer, gaping holes aside – November 24 2020

“What if police had not made the fatal assumption that Wortman had committed suicide in Portapique? What if RCMP had thought to ask someone if the main road was the only way outta there, that perhaps there was a back road they weren’t aware of? But one gaping hole in the story is too big to ignore, although a dearth of information about the shooter is almost to be expected, in this Brave New World…”

The Portapique Portal – Part 2; Where’s Wortman?

December 4 2020 – THE THINGS WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO SAY – By Paul Palango 

A new series devoted to Paul Palango’s months-long investigation into the Nova Scotia mass murders debuts tonight at Among many other things, the veteran reporter’s initial entry compares the official narrative about where Gabriel Wortman’s common-law wife Lisa Banfield spent the night and what she was doing, with another, rather conflicting set of facts and observations.

A former Globe and Mail editor who has written three books on the RCMP, Palango has also had multiple bylines on Portapique in Macleans, The National Post and the Halifax Examiner. So why does this new series have an exclusive home at Frank Magazine? “Frank’s motto is Frank By Name, Frank By Nature, and I’m pretty Frank by nature too,” he says.

“And I’m tired of editors telling me, ‘You’re not supposed to say some of these things’.” Not because these things are wrong, not because they are “fake news,” but because in 2020 they are considered insensitive. Never mind that they’re germane to the story, it’s that they’re, um, not nice. He’s doing this series in Frank because he wants to make a statement about that problem, which is widespread.

In most newsrooms these days, there are constant discussions about which facts are ethical to report. Which are the right facts to report, the ones that won’t unduly upset any number of, er, “stakeholders,” for lack of a better term. Everyone from unnecessarily coddled story subjects, to a readership/viewing audience that is seen as being as fragile as a newborn kitten.

The mainstream used to be “frank by nature.” No more. In this media vacuum, there is a self-imposed blackout on impolite facts, no publication ban required. Case in point: Leon Joudrey, a forest technician for the Department of Natural Resources, lives in Portapique. He’s the guy who answered his door early that Sunday morning to find Lisa Banfield, who told him she’d been hiding out in the woods all night. He doesn’t believe her.

She was wearing a spandex top, yoga pants and no shoes. Her makeup was perfect, according to his description. And the temperature dropped below zero overnight on April 18. “I don’t know what happened, but I think it isn’t what she said happened,” Leon says in an interview on the YouTube channel Little Grey Cells that was recorded in October.

Twenty years ago, Leon would be relaying this story to one or more of our national broadcasters. Reporters would be clawing each other’s eyes out to explore this topic with him. Today, he’s telling his story in a YouTube video that had 645 views at press time. Until just a few hours ago, the RCMP had anointed Lisa Banfield as a victim (Y’know, our phones might be bugged..-ed.) , and mainstream outlets feel obligated to play along. Which is where Paul Palango and Frank Magazine come in.

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December 4 2020 – Frank in Portapique: More to the story – By Paul Palango 

That Lisa Banfield has been charged along with her brother, James, for providing ammunition to Gabriel Wortman that he used in his murderous rampage last April comes as both a relief to those who didn’t believe her story and a nightmare to the journalists across Canada who have been protecting her from public scrutiny.

On Friday, December 4, Frank broke the news that Lisa, her brother, and Brian Brewster of Sackville had all been charged under Section 101 of the Criminal Code for the crime, alleged to have taken place in the month leading up to the massacre. According to a statement from RCMP Superintendent Darren Campbell, “based on their investigation to date,” the three charged had no prior knowledge of the gunman’s actions.

What follows is the final version of the story that was written over the past two months which a number of media outlets across Canada refused to publish, mainly because they had concluded without evidence that Banfield was a victim and not complicit in any way.

On the night of April 18, Lisa Banfield, the long-time common law wife of killer Gabriel Wortman, was supposedly beaten by Wortman, restrained and escaped from him, hiding in the woods around Portapique Beach for about eight hours.

In the more than seven months since the murders of 22 people in Nova Scotia by Wortman, the RCMP and the Crown have provided little if any evidence about when Banfield escaped or where she actually might have been. Wortman was eventually shot and killed by an RCMP dog handler on the morning of Sunday, April 19, when the two accidentally came together at a gas station near Enfield, one exit north of Halifax International Airport on Highway 102.

Great Village

December 6 2020Frank Magazine – MONTHS TOO LATE? RCMP orders moratorium on Wortman evidence destruction in October – by Paul Palango

“A former executive-level officer in the RCMP says the revelation of this memo is devastating to the organization. “It shows how corrupt the force is, and how it has to be disbanded,” the former officer tells Frank.”They use the word ‘moratorium’? That means not preserving evidence is a regular thing. That means they’re gonna continue to do it all the time”.

RCMP members march with their military pals in Halifax 2018 with two orange cone in the background.
The RCMP confirmed to Frank Magazine that these documents are legit.


(Last month Frank Magazine brought an application arguing that all the security videos from the Irving Big Stop shooting site be released to the media. The CBC, CTV, Global and The Canadian Press eventually joined in and supported Frank. Recently, the federal justice department withdrew its opposition to the claim. It appears that the videos will be released). Here is Andrew Douglas’ report summarizing the events so far. 


The stage has been set for the release of surveillance videos depicting the RCMP’s takedown of Gabriel Wortman at the Enfield Big Stop on April 19, 2020. It’s widely expected that the Mass Casualty Commission will announce the release of the videos at the start of proceedings on Monday morning in Dartmouth, in place of a hearing during which the publisher of Frank Magazine, supported by several major media outlets, was scheduled to present arguments on the issue.  In his written submissions to the MCC last month, Coltsfoot Publishing Ltd. legalist David Hutt rather diplomatically argued that the footage is important because it “may suggest a slightly different version of events from the one set out in the Big Stop (Foundational Document) and evidently adopted by Commission counsel.”

From the beginning, the official story from the RCMP has been that Constables Craig Hubley and Ben MacLeod happened upon Wortman in Enfield when they stopped to gas up. But poor-quality video clips of the takedown leaked to Paul Palango and the Nighttime Podcast and published in Frank last year raised the possibility that the encounter wasn’t happenstance at all. And better, more complete videos — which, up to now, the Commission had been trying to stifle – only bolstered the argument that police knew Wortman was sitting there when they pulled up to the pumps.

So, er, why the change of heart on the part of the inquiry?

Without getting too deep into the legal weeds, suffice to say that the only opposition to the Coltsfoot application was from federal government lawyers, and that evaporated earlier this week when they learned of arguments from MCC counsel which framed the last several weeks of legal wranglin’ as a colossal, Three’s Company-level misunderstanding. For one, MCC counsel argued that although the videos were tendered as public, not-for-publication exhibits, any member of the public who wanted to see them could simply email the Registrar and ask. Although, er, they forgot to tell anyone that until now.

“Commission Counsel disagrees with Coltsfoot’s contention that Commission Counsel can suppress documents without apparent oversight. However, the fact that there was a misunderstanding over whether the Videos had been made exhibits and whether they were accessible to the public, indicates that there is room for improvement in communications,” MCC counsel said in a June 8 brief (It’s like, remember that time when Chrissy and Jack were in the kitchen feeding a puppy, but Janet thought they were doin’ it? Well, you’re Janet and we’re Chrissy and Jack-MCC lawyer ed.) “Confusion erodes trust,” Canadian media-lawyer-of-the-year Hutt said in his response.

“Commission Counsel concedes a ‘misunderstanding’ as among the Commission, the public and Participants about whether the videos were exhibits (para. 30). In fact, Coltsfoot’s application has brought to light a general state of confusion about what material has been entered as public exhibits, and what has not. This confusion is understandable, and results from the Commission’s approach to ‘anticipated exhibits,’ public exhibits, exhibits shared in the hearing, exhibits marked but not shared, exhibits summarized in Foundational Documents, and public exhibits marked ‘not for publication’ without process or justification. This confusion, coupled with the chill of the ‘media confidentiality undertaking,’ naturally results in suspicion and a perception of opacity.” 

With the Attorney General having withdrawn the only opposition to the Coltsfoot application, the decision was made that a Everyone v. Mass Casualty Commission hearing would not be very trauma-informed due to the graphic, and very one-sided rhetorical violence that would shurely ensue, the thing was called off. I should also tell you that in their submissions, MCC counsel clarified that it, um, wasn’t their decision to withhold videos from the public (That were never actually withheld in the first place!-ed.), but as a result of veto-power exercised by the Commissioners (Michael MacDonald, Kim Stanton and Leanne Fitch) themselves. “Although the Commissioners did not give reasons for exercising their discretion not to post the Videos, it can be inferred that this was out of concern for the fact that portions of the Videos portray the shooting death of a human being, his body being removed from the vehicle he was in, and his body on the ground afterwards. The exhibits are publicly accessible, but posting them online makes them available globally and in perpetuity, for use out of context or misuse.”

Which strikes one as a convenient excuse, considering the Coltsfoot application – and the overwhelming media support which came with it – was based not out of a desire to present to the world a half hour of footage featuring the carcass of a dead arsehole baking in the sun, but a mere few seconds of video, from numerous angles, which appears to tell a much different story than the one the public has been told up to now.



Almost a year after the RCMP called in the Ontario Provincial Police to determine who leaked 911 tapes and other material to Paul Palango, the Nighttime Podcast and Frank Magazine, investigators don’t appear to be any further ahead on the file. The RCMP announced last summer that the OPP had been tasked with the probe, a month after Frank published the material. The leaker – who also provided the Big Stop Enfield security videos, among other things – was identified only by the handle True Blue. Retired N.S. Mountie Cathy Mansley tells Frank that a pair of OPP detectives tracked her down yesterday (June 8) at her place in Richmond County, Cape Breton, and she subsequently agreed to a meet-up in the parking lot of the Walmart in Port Hawkesbury.

“He did ask me specifically if I knew this ‘Blue, whatever’ named guy, and did I know who that was,” she tells me of the interview, which took place in a rented yellow Kia SUV over perhaps 15 minutes. “He said, ‘do you have any idea who would release something like that?’” She says both Det-Const. Daniel Roy and Det-Const. Marc Gauvin sat in the vehicle with her. The one sitting behind the driver did most of the talking, and they both provided her with business cards.

She said she didn’t know the answer to their main questions, and asked why on Earth they would think she would. “They said, they started this investigation last June, they’ve been speaking to a lot of people, and when they speak to people someone else’s name comes up, and someone else’s name comes up, so it keeps on broadening the scope of it”. They also said they spend a lot of time on social media and are paying close attention to Jordan Bonaparte’s Nighttime Podcast. It was just last Sunday, I should tell you, when Nighttime published video on YouTube of a recent launch of Paul Palango’s best-selling book on the massacres, 22 Murders, during which Cathy was a guest speaker. (Getting closer to cracking the case!-ed.)

Frank readers might remember that Cathy isn’t shy about discussing the emotional and physical abuse she suffered while serving in Halifax County. She left the force in 2020 and received a financial settlement with NDA’s all around. “‘If there’s any criminal code or provincial laws that are broken,’ he said, ‘people are gonna be charged’”, one cop apparently promised. “He said, do you know Frank Magazine, who owns Frank Magazine? I said, ‘no, I don’t know who owns it, but I know a guy that’s involved with it, Andrew Douglas… and he was like, ‘Do you know him very well,’ and I said ‘I met him once, at Paul’s book-signing in Halifax.” “He said, ‘Did Paul ever mention to you who (True Blue) is?’, and I said ‘no, but I would never ask him that.’”

They also asked how often she speaks with Paul, and whether or not she has ever provided him with information. “If I know something and Paul asks me,” she answered, simply. “I said I support the person who divulged the information. I support what Frank Magazine and Paul Palango are doing, because they’re getting the truth out. I said, ‘the RCMP are the one who should be investigated’”. (Getting colder now…-ed.) Last November, Frank reported that RCMP headquarters on Garland Avenue in Dartmouth was overrun with up to a dozen OPP personnel prepared to leave no stone unturned while investigating the leak (Frank 858), which revealed the Queen’s Cowboys knew a lot more than they let on from the very beginning of Gabriel Wortman’s murderous rampage in April of 2020.

At the time, I rang up ‘H’ Division headquarters with an offer to assist our out-of-town guests with their inquiries. The gal who answered the phone took my information down and promised to “send your message along to the officer involved,” but a return phone call never came. The cops told Mansley that while they’re leaving Nova Scotia tomorrow (June 10), plans for a third trip east are already in the works. Gauvin, I understand, is originally from New Glasgow and welcomes the opportunity to return to his home province for some official investigatin’. (Two more trips might be wise. The water at the Merb is warmest in late August, and then maybe take a shot back for Celtic Colours in the fall?-ed.)

Former HRP sergeant rips force’s response to N.S. mass shooting: ‘We did not try at all’

By Chris Lambie – Saltwire

“Halifax Regional Police “did not make any effort whatsoever to become involved” in the hunt for Gabriel Wortman, says a sergeant with the force’s emergency response team who retired after the Nova Scotia mass shootings. This “despite the requests of the (non-commissioned officers) on the scene,” Charles Naugle, who was one of those NCOs, told the Mass Casualty Commission in an interview last September. “It was a fight to get resources, it was a fight to get people called out.”

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