Antoine Trépanier was arrested this week after a harassment complaint from an investigation suspect
By Amanda Pfeffer, Andrew Foote, CBC News Posted: Mar 16, 2018
Radio-Canada reporter Antoine Trépanier is the subject of a criminal harassment complaint from a woman involved in one of his stories. (CBC)
Journalists are standing behind an Ottawa reporter arrested after a criminal harassment complaint from the subject of a story he had been writing.
A Radio-Canada investigation, with a team including reporter Antoine Trépanier, revealed that the executive director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter in Gatineau, Que., falsely portrayed herself as a lawyer and practised law without a licence.
Yvonne Dubé told Radio-Canada she knew nothing about the case and insisted she never represented anyone as a lawyer.
Trépanier had talked to Dubé over the phone Monday, eventually offering a formal interview request for the story before it was published earlier this week.
After initially accepting the interview, she declined it at the last moment. She instead spoke by phone.
The next day, Trépanier sent an email reiterating the offer for an interview.
Subsequently, Dubé contacted Gatineau police and made a complaint of criminal harassment against Trépanier.
Trépanier was arrested Tuesday evening and he signed a promise to appear in court.
The Crown has not yet decided if charges will proceed.
Trépanier, left, waits outside a Gatineau police station after the criminal harassment complaint was levied against him this week. (CBC)
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Another ‘fluff’ case tying up expensive police resources, and yet another person having their life turned upside down…
The woman misrepresented herself…will she be charged?
I think we can smell a rat with the this woman who is charging this journalist. I hope she gets punished for falsely accusing someone of harassment. Did he request an interview 100 times? I await the full story.