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Where is Scientology dying most Ideally? Could it be our neighbor to the north?

All the Scientology propaganda in the world, pumped out through leader David Miscavige’s fancy TV station and a million fliers, can’t make up for the reality that Scientology is dying — and in some places, it’s going quickly. Our thanks to Phil Jones, who sent in this report from on location in our great neighbor nation to the north.

Since the Toronto Org on Yonge St has sat rotting and empty for some years now, the Scientology Ideal Org in Cambridge, Ontario could be considered the ‘Flagship Org’ of Canada.

Like any Ideal Org, it was launched with great fanfare by David Miscavige. In this case on a chilly February 9, 2013.



And since it’s less then 100 kilometers from downtown Toronto, it should be a busy and bustling organization.

I happened to be in Cambridge on a recent Wednesday, so I thought I’d swing by and take a look.


Even though the sign out front said, “All Welcome” I knew that welcome wouldn’t include me. So I just looked around from the outside.

At first glance, I knew this was in an area where there would be literally no foot traffic for them to ‘body route’ into the Org. Next door were some offices, and across the street a big wine store, but other than that, not much. I suppose they could go down the street to the corner where there’s a Tim Horton’s coffee shop and wrangle a few strays now and then. During the time I was there I saw no wrangling of any kind.

The building itself is huge, and at the back is an enormous parking lot that stretches far into the property. However, there were only a handful of cars at the back, along with the requisite yellow Volunteer Minister van. While I was there one older gentleman mosied out to his car and drove off. That was the only sign of life I saw.


I remember back in the days when I was on staff during the ’70s at the Toronto Org, and a Wednesday was always a busy day. This close to the week-ending Thursday stat push would be pretty busy. Cambridge, not so much.


The only other Canadian Org I’ve seen in recent years is Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was even more dead than Cambridge.

Scientology Canada seems to be a withering lost hope with one foot in the grave.

— Phil Jones


Meanwhile, in Africa…

I understand that you years ago were doing some Scientology but left because it wasn’t centered around Christ. It is true but one can do Scientology and be Christian too.

I just wanted to ask, did anyone make you wrong for having studied Scientology years ago?

Sam Barron
Letter Registrar

Yes, there’s no reason for an eager registrar to point out that in a 1968 lecture, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard literally said “There was no Christ.” It’s much better for Scientology to pretend that somehow its underlying ideas about 76 trillion-year-old godlike beings and between-life implanting are compatible with Christianity.


In that same vein, Scientology’s United for Human Rights showroom in Clearwater was decorated yesterday with Easter treats. And just look at the crowd…


United for Human Rights Florida

United for Human Rights Florida, Clearwater, Florida. 1,669 likes · 152 were here. Inspiring peace and uniting mankind through education on human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal…

As for other reasons why Scientology is incompatible with Christianity, we made a short film about that…



Bonus items from our tipsters


Actual caption: “Criminon Florida · April 17 · Everglades C.I. is a new type of ‘incentivized’ prison currently being piloted in FL. It offers inmates better conditions, more activities and a big choice of educational / wellness programs. In order to remain at Everglades, inmates must not receive a single DR (Disciplinary Report, issued for disobedience, rule-breaking, aggression, etc), otherwise they get transferred elsewhere. Criminon FL is very excited to be part of this pilot for a new type of prison where the goal truly is rehabilitation. We deliver our correspondance courses to over 200 inmates, and this number keeps on growing! There are another 60 currently participating in seminars with inmate facilitators. Here’s a photo of a recent Criminon graduation at Everglades”

Meanwhile, a few days ago Leah Remini’s former close friend Melinda Brownstone posted this photo and tagged it as a 50th anniversary celebration for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). Melinda’s on the right, and that appears to be actress Marisol Nichols next to her.


Do you think, at the 50th anniversary celebration, they claimed that CCHR had actually made a dent in the psychiatric profession in all that time?


HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. We have something in mind, but for now we’re not giving out information about it.

Friday night we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22. Note: You need to ask for the “family reunion” special rate.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Alanna Masterson, Terry Jastrow, and Marisol Nichols]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Everything — even Scientology — is up to date in Kansas City, and here’s who’s responsible!
[TWO years ago] Scientology denied twice in wrongful death lawsuit as parents grieve for Tabatha Fauteux
[THREE years ago]
[FOUR years ago] Scientology: Making fools of your local elected lunkheads since 1952
[FIVE years ago] The Garcias take one more shot at Scientology before their fraud suit will live or die
[SEVEN years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Jake and Elwood Want Your Cash!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,424 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,553 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,057 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,537 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 600 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 488 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,795 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,663 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,437 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,211 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,557 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,123 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,043 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,210 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,791 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,052 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,091 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,803 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,329 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,418 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,558 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,878 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,734 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,853 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,209 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,511 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,617 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,019 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,891 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,474 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,969 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,223 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,332 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 22, 2019 at 07:00

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