Excellent reporting by CBC News

Excellent reporting by CBC News

See recent articles at links below for some excellent reporting by CBC News:

Alberta Health Services staff pressured to attend controversial seminars – Government continued to use Landmark Education despite employee complaints
by Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell, CBC News, October 15, 2014

by Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell, CBC News, October 15, 2014

by Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell, CBC News, October 17, 2014

by Roger Collier, Canadian Medical Association Journal, October 17, 2014

Including response via press release from company reported on by CBC News:

Prior relevant history and background information:

Cafe Gratitude Sued for Labor-Code Violations
by Ellen Cushing, East Bay Express, August 9, 2011

Reports on lawsuit by employee who claimed religious discrimination for being pressured to go to seminars:
Report by ABC News

Report by New York Post

Report by The Village Voice

Reports on Australia Defence Department using controversial seminar training:
ABC News Australia report

Australia AM radio program report

Investigation by United States Department of Labor in Texas

Investigation by United States Department of Labor in California

Investigation by United States Department of Labor in Colorado

Employees sued after being pressured to attend similar seminar program:

Report by The Wall Street Journal

Report by Los Angeles Times

Report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


LGAT subreddit

There’s a new subreddit on Reddit for Large Group Awareness Training.

Check it out at:


Self-Help debunked and exposed in five fun articles

Self-Help debunked and exposed in five fun articles :

1) New book by author Brian Haigh

Awaken Your Perfect Self: How to Become Better than Everybody Else

2) New York Magazine at http://www.nymag.com

The Power of Positive Publishing – How self-help ate America.

3) io9 at http://www.io9.com

6 Possible Secrets to Happiness, According to Science

4) The Advocate of Hampstead & Manchester at http://www.carrollcountytimes.com

Do self help books work?

5) Blouin Art Info at http://www.artinfo.com

Cult Theater: Brainwashing Experience Tests the Line Between Fantasy and Reality

Two pop culture LGAT updates

Two pop culture LGAT updates:

1) Andrea Kuchlewska’s COMPLETE Opens 2/23 at the Matrix Theatre  

This looks to be a fascinating play inspired by a young girl who was subjected to a form of large group awareness training at the age of nine years old.

2) Morris Berman on America’s culture of “Me, Myself, and I”  

Dr. Berman compares a former leader of a large group awareness training organization to: “Ayn Rand warmed over”. It’s a most interesting and fascinating commentary on the resultant psyche of those who have participated in forms of large group awareness training.

Top five questions to ask at Large Group Awareness Training

Top five questions to ask at Large Group Awareness Training:

5. Are you willing to engage in conversation with me that may question the group and its leaders?

4.  Is the volunteer to paid employee ratio of your group greater than 2:1 ?

3. Does your group have its own unique words, cliches, slogans, chants, prayers and doctrinal phrases that reinforce the group viewpoint? 

2.  Are doubts viewed as a lack of faith, dedication, commitment or disloyalty? 

1. Does your group use frequent public testimonials, confessions, or sharings that reinforce the group’s mission or agenda? 


More questions and resources:

Cult Help and Information: “Questions for Cult Recruiters”.

Periodically.org: “How to Know If You Are in a Greed Group”.

John D. Goldhammer: “Self Quiz – Are you ‘under the influence’ of a destructive group or belief system?”.

Remembering 34 years after Jonestown


Let’s take a moment 34 years after Jonestown and the dangerous group Peoples Temple to remember the tragedy of November 18, 1978.


Here are some videos about how groups with cult like qualities recruit, and about how cults are related to Large Group Awareness Trainings or LGATs, to reflect on during this time: