“…the law in Haldimand County operates as the law in America’s Deep South once worked, where there was one law for the white man, who could break it with impunity, and another for the black man. In Haldimand County, since the occupation began, there has been one law for natives and another for non-natives.“
- Globe & Mail, Christie Blatchford, May 04/11: Caledonia activist free to drop by Canadian Tire [PDF]
What does the term ‘Non-Native’ really mean? ‘Rights for Whites?’ Or ‘Rights for All?’
For five years we have been engaged in a struggle to end OPP race-based policing directed against “non-native” people. During that time many journalists have used the ‘non-native’ term, including Christie Blatchford, author of the Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear And Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All of Us, in which she laid bare much of the damning evidence proving that OPP officers were given, and followed, orders to conduct racial policing.
On May 04/11, barely six months after release of Helpless Blatchford wrote a story after witnessing the shocking testimony of an OPP officer attempting to justify why the force was again trying to exclude Gary McHale from certain areas of Caledonia after arresting him on a trumped-up assault charge (later dropped by the Crown prior to trial) in which she wrote the words above comparing the law in Caledonia/Haldimand County to the blatantly biased workings of the racist Deep South.
- VoiceofCanada, May 06/11: Blatchford on McHale bail hearing: ‘law in Haldimand County operates as the law in America’s Deep South once worked’
But, what does the term ’Non-Native’ really mean?
Those who have supported and/or enabled the lawlessness by native extremists, have tried to portray our use of the term ‘Non-Native’ as being code for ‘White Rights’ in a vicious effort to paint us as racist white supremacists for daring to protest against the injustices of race-based policing. When I was arrested and charged with a trespassing offence on Dec 03/11 as part of the ‘Caledonia Eight‘ for merely standing on a county road running through the Caledonia occupation site no one seemed to take notice of the sign I held saying, ‘No Whites Allowed.’
On Jan 27/12 we held another protest where, again, police, occupiers and their anarchist supporters paid no attention to my sign. But, when we began to put up signs reflecting the truth that ‘non-native’ people who are excluded from the area include Black people and Jewish people as well as Whites, the OPP became enraged and ripped down the first sign, then arrested Gary McHale and threatened other non-natives with arrest for breaching the peace — even though we were the victims of native thugs who were swarming and assaulting us and deliberately interfering with our access to hydro poles on public property as police – typically – stood by and watched.
It was only after the arrest of Gary McHale that I was told by the OPP I would be arrested should I attempt to place my ‘No Whites Allowed’ sign on the hydro pole because it was a ‘breach of the peace.’
I was assaulted by the woman in the photo (R) who tried to destroy my sign. (No arrest, of course). Caledonia resident Randy Fleming (one of four people arrested for walking down the road with a Canadian flag) was assaulted by another woman who blocked his attempt to climb a ladder which caused him to lose his balance and fall. A journalist captured the scene on video, but an OPP officer immediately claimed no assault took place, that Fleming was faking his fall.
Kristin Kaye, a new reporter for the Caledonia-based Regional News, informed me at the scene that she had been assaulted by an OPP officer who swore at her while she was trying to take photos. Kaye is a tiny woman with a disability that makes her unsteady on her feet. The Regional’s owner/editor Chris Pickup wrote a scathing editorial in this week’s edition saying, in part, about the OPP, “And welcome to Caledonia Kristin, where the law is turned upside down and inside out. We might as well be down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland.” You can read the whole editorial below, but first…
…McHale explains, in his weekly Regional News column below, why he was arrested for the fifth time in Caledonia (not once has any charge ever come to trial) for daring to point out that Ontario’s Dalton McGuinty government does not allow Jews and Blacks to simply walk down the county-owned road through the native-controlled — but provincially-owned – Douglas Creek Estates. Be sure not to miss Jeff Parkinson’s video story immediately following Chris Pickup’s editorial.
‘No Blacks, Whites or Jews Allowed by Order of McGuinty’
by Gary McHale
Regional News (Caledonia), Feb 01/12 [PDF]
This past Friday I was arrested but released within 20 minutes with no charges. While the media was recording the OPP, they told us if we walked on roads on DCE we would NOT be arrested for trespassing. I guess that is their way of admitting the arrest of the Caledonia 8 on Dec. 3, 2011 wasn’t lawful – McGuinty doesn’t own the roads, Haldimand County does.
At issue in Haldimand are racist policies of the McGuinty government and OPP. They will not arrest Natives committing serious crimes while arresting and charging non-Natives on bogus charges. It isn’t hard to see examples in recent history of how violating one group’s civil rights or allowing another group to have special rights has devastating effects. I have met with many Jewish people who are concerned by how the OPP has been allowed to target people.
About two weeks ago I met with a couple of new immigrants to Canada at the locate Tims in Caledonia. Both live in Toronto and came out to a few rallies and saw the OPP targeting non-Natives people. One had immigrated from Japan and runs a Japanese website. The other was born and raised in a European Communist county and also runs a website. Both have been updating their websites about the real dangers of Race Based policing.
We would be wrong to believe that we, in Canada, can never possibly see such racist attitudes that created problems in Southern USA or in Germany. On Toronto First Synagogues’ website they state how, at the Toronto Beaches area there were signs saying “No Jews and No Dogs” in the 1920-30s. Remember, we interned Japanese during WWII, had a Chinese head tax and what about our racist treatment of aboriginals in the 1800-1900s. Our politicians refused to learn from past racist policies and instead simply change the group being targeted.
It should be noted that Canadians didn’t stand up against the Head Tax or the internment of Japanese so are we, as a People, willing to allow our government to target groups of people?
We need to heed the words of the 1977 Manitoba Court of Appeal ruling regarding special exemptions from the law for aboriginals. The court stated, “In a civilized country priding itself on equality of all people before the law, a special dispensation in favour of a particular group would hardly be a matter suitable for public discussion… Today the dispensing power may be exercised in favour of Indians. Tomorrow it may be exercised in favour of Protestants, and the next day in favour of Jews. Our laws cannot be so treated. The Crown may not by executive action dispense with laws. The matter is as simple as that, and nearly three centuries of legal and constitutional history stand as the foundation for that principle.”
When the occupation of DCE started five Palestinian groups helped finance the occupation, and a Palestinian flag [photo, R] was raised on DCE. Since then several anti-Israel protesters were seen on DCE including last Friday. At McMaster the same protesters on DCE are organizing Six Nations/Palestinian struggle events which various Jewish groups are now starting to be upset over by the ongoing anti-Jewish rants.
Last Thursday night McMaster hosted Zafar Bangash, president of the Islamic Society of York Region, as a speaker – the Spectator reported Mr. Bangash as being “known for his strong anti-Israeli views and for advocating Iranian-style theocracy” stating that the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies in Toronto had complained.
There is a growing concern by those who have been victimized in the past that the issues in Caledonia are the beginning of a serious trend toward targeting any group for whatever reason the government wants. In March of last year we met with 3 well known Jewish people – two of them had lived through Nazi Germany. They had read Blatchford’s book and were greatly upset by what was happening and thus they wanted to find ways to help cover the court costs of fighting against what the OPP are doing.
We accept the reality that racist policies that go unchecked will lead to more and greater abuses. This is why we fight so hard to restore the Rule of Law – we cannot allow racism to gain a foothold within police policies.
Last Friday we planned to raise three signs on the hydro pole, as is our right, which reflect the truth about policing in Caledonia. The signs stated, “No Whites Allowed by Order of McGuinty”, “No Blacks Allowed by Order of McGuinty” and “No Jews Allowed by Order of McGuinty”.
These signs clearly explain the current policing policies in Caledonia and demonstrate the real danger of such policies being allowed to continue. Prior to raising these signs I wanted to get the views of various Jewish people to ensure that they saw Caledonia as a key issue in the battle against racism. The following statement was provided to me to be used.
“The Never Again Group, a group that fights anti-Semitism and defends Israel, supports Gary McHale (CANACE – Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality) and his group’s effort to win equal treatment for all Canadians. We are also against race-based policing and Ontario government actions which have defended those who commit acts of violence and break the law with impunity in land claims incidents surrounding the occupation of land in Caledonia by a violent splinter group of the native community. The sign that CANACE is using today to illustrate their grievance saying, ‘No Jews Allowed,’ is a sad reminder that early stages of discrimination can lead to serious forms of abuse.”
Let’s be clear, Race Based Policing in Caledonia is a real danger for everyone’s future in this province. Do not believe that we are exempt from radicals who will use violence as a way to force police and governments to establish special rights for them – just look to Europe as proof of what can happen regarding Sharia Law.
I will not apologize for raising a sign that warns all Canadians of what happens when racist police policies become the norm. I will raise the same signs again.
VoC Note: Gary McHale is the co-founder and Executive Director of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE). His ‘Caledonia resume’ can be found here.
‘Oh What Heroes Our Cops Are!’
Regional News (Caledonia) Editorial, Feb 01/12
by Chris Pickup, Editor/Owner
Oh what heroes our cops are! During Friday’s demonstration on the DCE, our 5ft 100 lb female reporter was shoved by a burly cop who was attempting to stop her taking the same picture three other reporters were taking … namely, the arrest of Gary McHale. The only reason she didn’t hit the ground was because she landed on a nearby parked car.
“What are you doing?” this brave cop asked. “I’m a reporter trying to do my job,” she replied. “That’s f…..g wonderful but keep away,” says this wonderful specimen of those “peacekeepers” tasked with keeping us all safe. Asked for his name and badge number, he turned away and repeatedly refused to answer. Of course, the police are madated to give their badge number when asked, but not this one.
Congratulations cop-whoever-you-are. You just made another unbeliever in the sanctity of the oath you took when you became a member of the force.
And welcome to Caledonia Kristin, where the law is turned upside down and inside out. We might just as well be down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland.
Of course, the right thing would be for this cop to come forward and apologise, but that’s not likely. Meanwhile Kristin is left with that queasy feeling we all get when we find out for the first time that cops are not the decent, law-abiding people people we were trained by our parents to believe they were, and that they won’t keep us safe while we go about our legitimate business. They’re all too busy trying to keep their jobs and pensions while violating the oaths they swore when they became members of the force, and in the process enforcing a definite racial divide in the enforcement of the law.
Oh…but native activist Ruby Montour was allowed to shove Randy Fleming off a ladder with impunity.
It’s the same old, same old, but nothing will change while Caledonia residents and and so-called ‘movers and shakers’ of the communitykeep their heads firmly down the rabbit hole, brown-nosing Dalton McGuinty.
VoC Note: The Regional News does not publish an online edition.
CANACE VIDEO – ‘No Jews Allowed By Order of McGuinty’
CANACE co-founder Jeff Parkinson captured the irony of the situation as the police allowed native radicals and supporters of their lawlessness to swarm us and attempt to block us to prevent us from putting up our signs, all the while accusing us of being racists.
- CANACE video, Jan 27/12: No Jews Allowed By Order of McGuinty
The loudmouth in the video constantly insulting McHale and accusing him of being an anti-Semitic racist was Tom Keefer of CUPE 3903 at York University, a central figure in coordinating and mobilizing support for those who terrorized Caledonia and the rest of Haldimand County. More on Keefer and the various anarchist, anti-Israel groups’ involvement in fomenting native extremism can be found in these resources:
- ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares‘ presentation, Ottawa, March 22/11: Mark Vandermaas – Part 2 [VIDEO, 14:50] (‘Vexatious Land Claims‘ & ‘Caledonia: A National Security Issue‘ (See also: [PDF w/citations)
- VoiceofCanada feature: Caledonia Players: Tom Keefer & CUPE 3903
- Caledonia Victims Project brochure, March 28/10: Caledonia’s Fifth Column: How radical unionists, anarchists, anti-Israel groups and terror group sympathizers are aiding and abetting native militants in their quest for ‘aboriginal sovereignty’ in Caledonia and Brantford [PDF, 6p]
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 21/09: Anarchist groups & unions assist native militants to undermine rule of law
- Caledonia Victims Project April 12/10: CUPE now supporting illegal smokeshacks in Caledonia
- ‘CUPE extremists supporting Muslim extremists supporting Native extremists’ [LINK]
After continually accusing McHale of racist motives, and of being a white supremacist, Keefer can be heard at the 14:50 mark saying, “You’re making it sound like Six Nations is opposed to Jewish people. That’s what your attempt was.” Clearly, Keefer knew full well that we were not promoting racism, but exposing it.
As a final note, Keefer (wearing grey toque & red scarf) can be seen at the 12:45 mark standing beside Tekawennake News reporter/editor Jim Windle (w/beard, holding tape recorder in right hand). Windle (seen in photo, R, at an earlier protest), received $1,000 through Keefer’s CUPE 3903 local that was donated by the anarchist Freedonia foundation to Windle’s pro-occupation organization. Windle’s paper was forced to publicly admit — as part of a pre-trial court settlement — that, contrary to his associate Keefer’s silly assertion in the video, it had NO evidence to support its allegation that we were associated with white supremacists:
- Tekawennake News op-ed series: Healing Two Communities’ [PDF, 7p]
- Mark Vandermaas submission to Dr. Francis Widdowson, Aug 03/10: Response to Jim Windle allegations of “totally fabricated” stories by ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum presenters Vandermaas & McHale [PDF, 12p]
- Caledonia Victims Project: Caledonia Players – Jim Windle
Gary McHale noted in his article some of the Toronto signs from the 1920′s which said, ‘No Jews and No Dogs.’ I recall searching Land Registry documents in the 1970′s and finding a chain of title that included transactions for property sold with conditions that the buyer not sell them to Jews. I was shocked.
Our use of signs labelling the occupation site as being a government-segregated ‘NO JEWS’ or ‘NO BLACKS’ or ‘NO WHITES’ area makes people uncomfortable, and that’s a good thing. The ugly truth about racial policing should make people squirm.
Nearly fifty years ago Dr. King said this from the Birmingham Jail in reply to well-meaning people concerned about his raising of tension with his marches down streets where Blacks weren’t wanted:
Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.
- VoiceofCanada feature: Lessons from Dr. King
For nearly six years those responsible for Caledonia have refused to acknowledge their responsibility let alone apologize. It is my hope that the tensions raised by our attempts to place these signs can help kickstart a meaningful debate on how we are going to put an end to the despicable existence of racial policing in 2011 Ontario. We do have some suggestions. These were presented to both the Freedom Party of Ontario and the PC Party prior to the last provincial election:
- ‘The Caledonia Act – Issues & Recommendations’ [PDF (begins p2)]
- Hamilton Spectator, Jan 27/12: OPP arrest McHale again in Caledonia protest
- Brantford Expositor, Jan 27/12: OPP arrest protester at controversial Caledonia site
- VoiceofCanada category: Caledonia 8 arrests
- Caledonia: No More Nightmares presentation, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 22/11: Mark Vandermaas – Part 1 [VIDEO, 15:05] (‘Caledonia’s Victims’)
- ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares‘ presentation, Ottawa, March 22/11
- HelplessByBlatchford project: HelplessByBlatchford.ca