Man facing retrial in son’s death set to speak on health
A man due to face a retrial in the meningitis death of his son later this year is scheduled as a speaker at a health event in Calgary this weekend.David Stephan is listed as a speaker on brain and thyroid health and on brain injury and recovery at the Calgary Health Show, taking place at the BMO Centre.Stephan and his wife Collet were found guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son Ezekiel.Last May, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned their convictions and ordered a new trial for the Stephans after lawyers argued contrary evidence from medical experts led the trial judge to issue a misleading charge and did not “give the jury the tools that they needed to decide this case properly.”Their trial in Lethbridge heard evidence that the mother and father had treated Ezekiel with natural remedies and smoothies instead of taking him to a doctor.The child died in hospital in 2012.Stephan’s appearance at the local health event comes after two scheduled presentations in Calgary were cancelled last year.In March 2018, he was scheduled to appear at the Calgary Wellness Expo but was dropped after two major sponsors pulled their support for the event.In April 2018, organizers of a holistic medicine expo ejected Stephan from their Calgary show after the event’s venue objected to his presence.An event description of Stephan’s Saturday talk indicates he will be providing information “on how you can simply improve your mental health, promote hormone balance, and advance your journey to becoming your best self through proper nutrient supplementation.” On Sunday, his talk is focused on brain injury and recovery, the event’s website states.Stephan’s company Truehope is also listed as an exhibitor at the two-day event. The organizer of the Calgary Health Show declined to comment when contacted by Postmedia.A new hearing for the Stephans is scheduled to begin in Lethbridge on June 3.
David Stephan, found guilty with his wife of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son Ezekiel, is scheduled to speak at a health show at the BMO Centre this weekend.
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