The non-payer is Jonathan Daniel Muzlera, a realtor with RE/MAX Reatron Realty, Toronto, Canada. I had researched and created a blog post on what made Toronto unique.
In an email Muzlera agreed to accept it. There was no payment. When I contacted him, he notified me via SKYPE he had changed his mind and wasn't using it.
The tone seemed derisive of my concern. Unlike how Judas felt about his 30 pieces of silver, I perceived mine as well-earned. Of course, I preserved all the communications as evidence.
Among the powers-that-be in Canada I asked for help in collection has been the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). Very professional, they explained that trade of real estate was within their jurisdiction, only. My option could be to take legal action. I may or may not do that.
The good news is that if I do and if there is a court judgment in my favor against Muzlera or a failure to pay that judgment, then RECO would be interested. That is because the issue would then impinge on the suitability of this real-estate professional for registration. Justice, or how I perceive how that abstraction could play out in real life, could be achieved on a number of levels.
Why my intense concern? I experienced this business transaction as extreme disrespect for an American, for a woman, and for a writer. Fortunately, a decade of legal blogging has given me a global voice.