Man on hunger strike in B.C. says justice minister plans to meet with him

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THE CANADIAN PRESS

Weldon MacIntosh-Reynolds

SYDNEY, N.S. — A man in British Columbia who alleges he was sexually abused as a teen by a former Nova Scotia businessman says he’s been promised a meeting in October with Justice Minister Peter MacKay. But Weldon MacIntosh-Reynolds, who spoke to MacKay by phone last week, says he will continue with a liquids-only hunger strike until the government calls for an inquiry into his case. Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh had 17 sexual abuse convictions thrown out when the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruled the case took too long to get to trial. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld that decision. A spokeswoman for MacKay says the two men did speak, but she did not confirm that MacKay agreed to meet with MacIntosh-Reynolds. MacIntosh-Reynolds began his hunger strike in July, the same day Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry released a review of how the province’s Public Prosecution Service handled the file. In December 2011, a Nova Scotia Supreme court judge granted MacIntosh-Reynolds’ wish to lift the publication ban on his name. (Cape Breton Post)

Organizations: Nova Scotia Court, Supreme Court of Canada, Public Prosecution Service

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, B.C., SYDNEY British Columbia Cape Breton

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