A doughty biology graduate from a Canadian Christian university named Bethany Paquette says she will forge ahead with her human rights complaint against a wilderness company that she says rejected her job application because of her faith, despite revelations that the company may be a fake.
Paquette made national news after she revealed that a manager with Amaruk Wilderness Corp. responded to her application in an email exchange filled with bizarre references to her Christian faith, her alma mater and the employees’ own homosexual preferences.
But in the latest twist in an already odd story, when the CBC, which first broke the story, subsequently checked into the company's bone fides, they found none. The news service could find none of the advertised tours, no long distance cargo plane, no 40,000-head sheep ranch and no jobs. There were, however, suggestive links to a male sex site.
The CBC also heard from other women who said they have received inappropriate emails after they applied for a position with the putative “corporation.”
Now LifeSiteNews has visited the Victoria address listed on Amaruk’s British Columbia incorporation for the company and for three of its officers. No Amaruk. No Olaf Amundsen, hiring manager, no co-CEOs Dwayne Kenwood Bjornsen and Christopher Fragassi Bjornsen.
The address houses a respectable firm of certified general accountants, Hampton and Co. Spokesman Tuffy McPherson told LifeSiteNews that the firm had let its address be used as the location of the company’s minute book (the minutes of its AGM), but had severed the relationship a year ago.
“We instructed them remove our address from their company listing,” McPherson said. Apparently the company’s officers hadn’t been seen for years.
But this won’t stop Bethany from pursuing her complaint against Amaruk with the N.B. Human Rights Tribunal. Says her lawyer Geoffrey Trotter: “The latest revelations about Amaruk reported last night on the CBC will not have any impact on Bethany Paquette's human rights complaint.”
It all began when Paquette’s application for an outdoor guiding internship with Amaruk Wilderness Corp. was summarily rejected, and she was subjected to a diatribe against her alma mater, Trinity Western University.
The Langley, B.C.-based private Christian university has been in the news in recent months because of its plan to start a law school. Several Canadian law societies have voted to reject TWU law grads because the university insists students follow Christian moral practice, including on sexual matters, while enrolled.
Olaf Amundsen, a manager at Amaruk wrote in response to Bethany’s application that, “Unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity, and the right of people to sleep with or marry whoever they want.”
He continued, “In asking students to refrain from same sex relationships, Trinity Western University and any persons associated with it, has engaged in discrimination, as well as intolerance against other people’s religious beliefs, religious and otherwise. This is precisely [why] Trinity Western University students are not welcome in our (Norwegian) company.”
Amundsen further complained that Christianity had “destroyed our culture, tradition and way of life,” meaning the pagan Norse way of life.
Bethany shot back that she didn’t want to intern as a guide at Amaruk and told Amundsen as much, and said he was guilty of discrimination under Canadian law and to the “76% of the world’s population” who believe in traditional morality on sexual matters.
Eventually two other individuals, claiming to be the company’s chairmen, chimed in, telling Bethany that “a man ending up with another man is probably the best thing that could happen to him,” while Amundsen accused Christians of having “flayed, burnt, roasted, quartered” those who rejected Christian belief.
“I’d hate for anyone else, Christian or from any religion, to have to face discrimination in this way,” Bethany told LifeSiteNews. “It’s a pretty low blow, blaming us for what our ancestors have done.”
Another Amaruk employee concluded the email exchange by telling Bethany to treat everything Amundsen had written after rejecting her application as personal opinion, not company policy.
But Trotter says he’s confident he has more than enough to make a case for job discrimination before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
Bethany told LifeSiteNews she would be open to a negotiated settlement, so long as it included an apology and a promise to end all further discriminatory practices.