Poll: Detective Sergeant Jim Van Allen should resign or be stripped of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces
A one day reader poll at DonaldBest.CA asked: Should Jim Van Allen resign from the Order of Merit of the Police Forces?
The result was a tsunami of votes that James (Jim) Arthur Van Allen (twitter @JimVanAllen1 ) should either resign from the Order voluntarily or that the Governor General should terminate his award.
Of the 258 participants, 96 voted to allow Van Allen to resign, while 161 voted that the Governor General should not wait for his resignation. Only 1 person voted that Van Allan should be allowed to remain a Member of the Order.
The now retired Ontario Provincial Police Detective Sergeant was invested into the Order by Governor General Michaëlle Jean on May 26, 2010.
What the then Governor General of Canada did not know was that during the nomination and selection period over the Fall and Winter of 2009-2010, Van Allen was illegally working ‘on the side’ as an unlicensed private investigator for the Toronto law office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.
Van Allen broke several provincial and federal laws including the Police Services Act, the Ontario Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, S.0. 2005, c. 34, and the Criminal Code, Section 120 (Bribery of Officers) and/or Section 122 (Breach of Trust).
The detailed court documents and supporting evidence are posted on this website so readers can fully examine all the evidence themselves and make up their own minds. A good place to start is the following document filed February 11, 2014 in the Court of Appeal of Ontario:
The fresh evidence shows, inter alia, that the Respondents’ primary witness below, Jim Van Allen, was in fact a serving Ontario Provincial Police officer, unlawfully hired by counsel and illegally working ‘on the side’ as an unlicensed private investigator. To date, Detective Sergeant Van Allen’s true status and primary expertise have been concealed from the Applicant, from the court below, from the Court of Appeal and from the individual Justices who have heard various motions including Justices Goudge, Tulloch, MacFarland, Feldman. and Blair.
(from page 11, para 25, of Court of Appeal Motion Record Donald Best and Richard Ivan Cox et al, Amended Notice of Motion dated February 11, 2014 – pdf 7.3mb )
Further reading about Van Allen at DonaldBest.CA