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ANOTHER interesting connection between the Church of Scientology and the Vancouver Stock Exchange has surfaced on Howe Street, this time involving former B.C. superintendent of brokers Michael C. Ross.
Two weeks ago, Time magazine alleged that two Scientologists, Michael Baybak and Kenneth Gerbino of Beverly Hills, Calif., have been raising money for church activities through the Vancouver Stock Exchange.
The magazine said Bayback has promoted several controversial VSE issues, including Neti Technologies and Wall Street Ventures, and that both Baybak and Gerbino are embroiled in a struggle for control of VSE-listed Athena Gold.
Last week, a reader faxed us a copy of a questionnaire that Ross, now a management consultant, has been using in his practice. It contains 200 questions such as "Does life seem worthwhile?" and "Are you a slow eater?" and is copyrighted by L. Ron Hubbard, the late founder of Scientology.
Ross served as B.C.'s top securities regulator for several months during 1987 before he was forced to resign for accepting an all-expenses paid junket to the Super Bowl with Nelson and Eleni Skalbania, courtesy of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.
Contacted Tuesday, Ross said he has been a Scientologist since 1982 and that the questionnaire is part of a management system developed by Hubbard, whom he describes as "a multi-faceted genius."
Ross said he has administered the test to several employees of VSE-listed First Generation Resources Ltd. at the request of chairman Stephen Funk, best known for his aborted attempt to acquire the B.C. Lions football team.
Interestingly, Baybak provided public-relations and management-consulting services for First Generation during late 1986 and early 1987, and was paid 12,392 shares for his services.
Funk could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
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