The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2004 · 7
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The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · 7

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Thursday, June 10, 2004
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BEST COPY a NATION. TI IF. X'WCOUVIR SUN. TI ILKSDAY. JUNK 10. 200-1 A7 ti t J 1 iari imlmm Piece of Titanic history goes on sale 6 MONTHS NO INTEREST on all guitars, drums, pro keyboards, DJ, pro audio & recording Over $500 o.a.c. pis. see In slore for complete details. gojforjti Yamaha Roland Pearl Sonic Fender AARW ESP Martin Larrivee Northland f 11 Drumset . . i.te 5-PC. urun.. maha 61 -note Sonic co.i.r-- ,99 wevbo tc!L portage ara Check out our $179 fr $ioo hose Canadian Titanic buff Steve Santini's purchases of Titanic memorabilia in Halifax and other port cities where sailors helped salvage property from the 1912 shipwreck is expected to yield a major payoff today when an original deck chair from the doomed vessel is sold at an auction in New York. The chair, one of 450 artifacts being offered by Guernsey's auction house in what is being billed as the largest sale of Titanic memorabilia, was used as a model to build props for the James Cameron movie and could fetch $80,000 Cdn, according to pre-sale estimates. Woman gets $100,000 for electroshock treatments Gail Kastner was left out of an original award to former psychiatric patients BY JEFF HEINRICH MONTREAL After years of waiting, Gail Kastner could barely believe the news. "I'm stunned," Kastner said, moments after learning Wednesday she has been awarded $100,000 in compensation for undergoing massive electroshock treatment for depression in 1953 at a Mon-tsteal psychiatric institute. lKastner, who had been living in pover-jwas left out of a 1994 federal compensation package for other victims of brainwashing because she was deemed to have undergone less intense treatment that had fewer long-term effects. Now, a Federal Court judge has reversed that decision and awarded her (t$100,000, the same Ottawa granted a decade ago to 77 other victims of Dr. j JEwah Cameron, the director of the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal. Two hundred and fifty three of Cameron's other patients also had their claims rejected. Carried out from 1950 to 1965, Cameron's now-discredited "de-patterning" program of massive electroshock therapy and drug-induced sleep was funded by the CIA and Canada's Health Department. Even though Kastner was an early : patient, she was "substantially," if not "fully" de-patterned like the others, and so is entitled to compensation, Justice Michel Beaudry wrote in his nine-page decision. Reached at home in a low-income apartment block in Montreal, Kastner, 70, was unaware of the decision, which was rendered Friday in Ottawa. "I'm stunned," she said. "Is this a joke?" After some reflection she added: "I'm pleased and I'm numb." In 1953, Kastner was a 19-year-old honours student from a wealthy Montreal family. Suffering from mild depression and anxiety, she was admitted to the Allan Memorial twice for short stays and given electroshock treatments 63 in all. '' She was also put into comas by being injected with insulin and given different drugs to induce sleep. The goal was to "de-pattern" her brain so she could recover and lead a normal life. Instead, she wound up a mess. She emerged in a childlike state: sucking her thumb, talking like a baby, demanding to be fed from a bottle, and urinating on the floor. She also suffered memory loss and couldn't recognize members of her own family, not even her twin sister, Zella. With this judgment comes mixed feelings. In 2000, Kastner sued the Allan Memorial for $4.2 million, but lost. She tried to appeal, but with no success. The federal compensation doesn't nearly equal what she could have won . "It begs the question: if I'm awarded now, why was I turned down in my lawsuit?" said Kastner, who lives alone on a guaranteed income supplement of $1,000 a month. Kastner got married in 1955, to an appliance salesman, but he left her 10 years later, leaving her with their son and no rent money. Over the years, she was ostracized by her family, but she and her sister have since reconciled. Now, savouring a bittersweet victory in Federal Court, Kastner wonders how far the new compensation will stretch after her legal fees are paid. "I have such mixed feelings of anger and satisfaction," Kastner said. "I don't end up with the whole amount. But, nevertheless, it is closure." Montreal Gazette Art & Lutheri Seagull, Ovation Takamne Taylor Mi;iin:f www.tomleemusic.c 1-888-8TOMLEE SI IS p p I URCM YamahaT Examination Pianos !fc $279 oniy - w flji tftM' f I I- 2003 I bebote Jfender o1 r-,can An' I Series COLD 4tU44 Bessie T.. A 1. 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