1979 March 16 - Every person is guilty

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1979 March 16 - Every person is guilty - Journal Friday, March 16. 1979 Griffin, Pogue...
Journal Friday, March 16. 1979 Griffin, Pogue and Treu tale? The Secrets story, By Paula McLaughlin Journal Reporter At a time when Ottawa is ducking from the fallout of the Peter Treu case, the final CBC For the Record program Sunday at 9 p.m. takes a look at the dilemma a man faces when he gets a hold of documents that put him in violation of the Official Secrets Act. The exciting plot for Every Person is Guilty which weaves a tale of commando troops and a plan for the invasion of Quebec is based on a story' by Ottawa writer Roy MacGregor. Last fall, MacGregor did extensive research on the presence of a mysterious crack British commando commando squad, the Special Air Service, secretly stationed at CFB Petawawa last July and August. The story has just been nominated for a national journalism award. In the fictional account, a member of a British commando outfit training Canadian troops how to fight and infiltrate in case Quebec separation seems certain, seriously injures the lead character's character's daughter. In investigating the incident, an ex-journalist ex-journalist ex-journalist stumbles into "official secrets", the plans for the invasion of Quebec. MacGregor, who worked on two other For the Record programs, Tyler and Cementhead, boasts that' Every Person is Guilty is "the best of the bunch. "I've got to give full credit to executive produc Parkes in Every Person Is Guilty er Sam Levene. It's a pretty gutsy show to air," MacGregor said in an interview this week. When Levene took over the critically acclaimed For the Record last year, one of his goals was to do a film dealing with the Official Secrets Act. According to him. Every Person is Guilty is an "important film because there are numerous prosecutions under the Act with involve secret trials and we don't get to.read about all of them in the newspapers." MacGregor is more explicit about his feelings for the Act: "It's absolute hogwash.This is an incredibly restrictive country compared to the U.S. in terms of access to information." He calls the Treu case "the height of absurdity" and says he encountered a "chilling secrecy" .surrounding the presence of the commandos in Petawawa last summer. The final screenplay was written by Ralph Thomas. Paul Almond (Act of the Heart, Journey) directs and Vivienne Leebosh is producer. Ken Pogue and Gerard Parkes lead the cast with Lynne Griffin, R.H. Thomson- Thomson- and Miguel Fernandes. - The winner of two national magazine awards, MacGregor writes for Maclean's and has Several new projects up his sleeve. "What I'd really like to do is a story on Gail Cummings, the young female hockey player denied the right to play on a boys' team. It's a fascinating story." V 'J CBC style

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal16 Mar 1979, Fri[First Edition]Page 26

The Ottawa Journal (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)16 Mar 1979, Fri[First Edition]Page 26
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