Man fac­ing re­trial in son’s death set to speak on health

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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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