Democracy takes a hit in Deseronto

UPDATE 1452 June 07/07: Halls of Macademia, June 05/07: Shutting down free speech…

UPDATE 1228 June 07/07: CBC News, June 06/07: Critics of aboriginal protests denied space in Deseronto

UPDATE 1721 June 06/07: Belleville Intelligencer, June 05/07: Deseronto keeps contentious group out 

UPDATE: Please be sure to see the May 30/07 sequel to this post: Democracy takes another hit in Deseronto from unlikely source .

2inch_voc_logo-url.jpg“Deseronto extends a warm welcome to all visitors and commuters. Deseronto is a small town with heart, friendly people who greet you with a smile.”   www.deseronto.ca

Despite the enticing advertising copy found on its website Deseronto seems neither welcoming or to have much of a heart today after its Deputy Clerk & Treasurer, Bryan Brooks, called Merlyn Kinrade to tell the former Royal Canadian Navy veteran of the Korean War that the town council had voted to revoke permission for Merlyn to use the town’s Lions Hall for a planned law and order workshop. The hall is owned by the town, so they get to say who speaks and who doesn’t.

see_no_evil_woman.jpegAccording to Mr. Brooks, Deseronto council decided to refuse to honour its rental agreement because the OPP are “doing a great job,” so citizens didn’t need to hear what Merlyn and other Caledonians might have to say about dealing with Two Tier Justice and Landclaim Terror.

I am reminded of that night back in October 2006 when the Mayor of Brantford refused to honour the city’s room rental agreement with Gary McHale. He was forced to speak in the parking lot, under streetlights, all the while being heckled by supporters of the criminals who had terrorized Caledonia for months. After listening to McHale’s words and the disgusting slurs made against him that night I made a movie to explain why I decided to get involved in the fight against Two Tier Justice.

It is sad to discover that Brantford’s mayor wasn’t unique, that there are even more politicians in our province prepared to cast aside our country’s values, values that people like Merlyn Kinrade fought to defend. Values that I served as a member of the Canadian Forces and as a United Nations peacekeeper.

I can hardly believe that I am living in Canada in the year 2007.

To the citizens of Deseronto

march_for_freedom_oct15-06-048.jpgThe people of Caledonia and Ipperwash have suffered greatly at the hands of the OPP, and a small group of native criminals who have terrorized their towns. It is their wish that you not have to experience Two Tier Justice and Landclaim Terror at its worst. They want to share their stories and the lessons they learned with you yet, your elected officials have deemed those lessons unimportant to you even though they have no idea what they are.

As the lead investigator for The Ipperwash Papers I want you to understand how the people of Ipperwash were abandoned by the OPP when they were needed most, and how the politicians were utterly helpless in the face of the OPP’s refusal to enforce the law, just as they are today in Caledonia, and just as they will be in Deseronto.

A new chapter in Landclaim Terror is being written in Deseronto, but your council is attempting to silence those who would help you. When they trampled on Merlyn Kinrade’s rights, they also trampled on yours. 

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Town of Deseronto
331 Main Street, P.O. Box 310
Deseronto, ON
613.396.2440

MAYOR: Clarence Zieman
DEPUTY MAYOR: Dennis Tompkins
COUNCILLOR: Norm Clark
COUNCILLOR: Ian P. Miller
COUNCILLOR: Barbara Thompson
DEPUTY CLERK & TREASURER: Bryan Brooks

References:

Mark Vandermaas, Editor
VoiceofCanada
info@voiceofcanada.ca

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5 responses to “Democracy takes a hit in Deseronto

  1. Could someone please tell me why the article “Democracy Takes A Hit In Deseronto” has been changed significantly since it was first posted on May 15, 2007? The copy that I printed out last evening @ 2200hrs is not nearly as sugar-coated as this one. It was most enlightening and well written as it was.

    VoC REPLY: Hi Chris. Thanks for noticing. There are two reasons the story changed:

    1. After spending 3 hours writing the darn thing, I somehow lost the whole post during the final ‘save’ due to a WordPress quirk or my own stupidity; I don’t know which. I had to rewrite the story from memory the next day after getting some much needed sleep. I was pretty annoyed since I had just sent an email to my mailing list to let them know about the new story. I probably should have put a note on the post regarding the rewrite.

    2. After the rewrite, I decided to take out some of the more ‘judgemental’ adjectives regarding Deseronto council because I thought the stupidity of their actions was so obvious that readers didn’t need additional embellishment. Also, I called Deseronto City Hall to let them know about the post and so, I was – naively, I admit – hoping that they might just read it and change their minds. (You can stop laughing now.)

    In other words, the post was part editorial and part mis-guided appeal to the common sense of small-minded, woefully naive and misguided politicians blissfully arrogant in their pathetic lack of knowledge on a subject in which we have – unfortunately – become experts. It will be to their eventual shame that they refused help from the people of Ipperwash and Caledonia, help that might have made a real difference in the coming months and years.

    Thanks for reading! Regards, Mark

  2. Donna Pitcher

    Well it looks like the council in Deseronto is following in the footseps of Haldimand County Council.
    Don’t worry “we can look after things ourselves”. Our residents trust “us”, they don’t need to hear what you have to say.

    It would be interesting to find out if the residents in Deseronto even had a choice, or were even made aware of Merlyn’s request to speak to the residents.

    It seems that the “Lions Club” was influenced by council, or could it be that the Lions Club is run by Council, either way it once again was council that didn’t want an “outsider” to speak on their issues.

    I do recall reading an article, where a council member in Deseronto stated that they are not involved in the negotiations, and are not getting any information from the Government. So why wouldn’t they welcome Merlyn Kinrade to speak to them about an issue that he knows first hand? They don’t have to agree!

    I hope that Deseronto has a resident or two that are like the Merlyn Kinrades’s that are not afraid to speak out on a “hot” issue.

    VoC REPLY: Thanks for writing, Donna. You just gotta wonder sometimes, don’t you – how elected officials can be so clueless about how democracy works, how democracy survives despite the worst efforts of those who should know better. These same people will wear poppies for Remembrance Day, but in actuality, they remember nothing. They value nothing. They respect nothing, including those who have sacrificed their lives, their limbs or their youths in the name of freedom. They mouth the words for a couple of minutes on November 11th, but they don’t believe them. As the old saying goes, “Freedom isn’t free.”
    Regards, Mark

  3. I do not know of any residents of Deseronto who were aware of this workshop by Merlyn Kinrade. Had we been given a choice it would not have been cancelled. We are hungry for information here as our local provincial government has literally turned their backs on us. We are getting no answers from the government- appointed liasons even though the residents are turning out in droves to ask questions.

    Calls and e-mails are being made to our municipal, provincial, and federal governments but the answers are not there for us. We are being made to feel as though we are unruly for being persistent with pursuing these answers with our own government liason bullying residents who ask for answers at open meetings. He was quoted in our local paper as calling the attendees of one meeting “beligerent.”

    People tend to get upset when they are asked to come to information sessions and cannot get any information. It is my understanding that the Town of Deseronto owns the Lions club. When the Lions could not afford to keep it up it was transferred to or bought by the Town.

    Thanks for taking an interest in us. We do not intend to take anything at face value. We are learning that lesson the hard way and things are just beginning! Thanks. Chris

    VoC REPLY: Hi Chris. You didn’t know about the workshop because we didn’t have a chance to advertise it before your Council made the decision you didn’t need to hear us. Unfortunately, your town Council has decided to become part of the problem. Get used to thinking of them as just one more burden you must bear, just as Haldimand (Caledonia) has become to the residents there. If you have even one politician, local, provincial or federal who will stand with you, speak out for you, and welcome any help available from ‘outsiders,’ consider yourselves very lucky.

    We will be coming to Deseronto with or without the ‘permission’ of council, even if we have to speak in the backyard of someone’s home. Perhaps you know of someone locally who would be willing to rent the Lions Hall (we’ll reimburse the cost) or another venue and invite us. Then, it would be politically much harder for council to revoke its permission. If so, send me an email at info@voiceofcanada.ca. Even if they did cancel it would give us – and you – more ammunition against them.

    People in authority do not like being held accountable, so your experiences in being rebuffed and insulted while trying to get answers are no surprise whatsoever. Get used to it. Get used to the name calling, too. That is the technique used to deflect criticism and attention from the truth.

    I strongly urge you and your fellow citizens to visit http://www.ipperwashpapers.ca and watch the videos from our news conference at Queen’s Park and/or read our notes. Also, be sure to read the ‘Summary of Evidence.’ If you have time, read Mary Lou LaPrattes statement that the Ipperwash Inquiry refused to publish. The Ipperwash Papers will tell you what is in store for you, the lies that will be told to you, the utter abandonment that you will feel by your elected officials and the OPP. People in Caledonia who have read the Ipperwash Papers always comment that except for the names, the story is identical.

    Thanks again for writing; it’s nice to know we’re reaching you in Deseronto. Hope to see you some day soon!
    Regards, Mark

  4. Donna Pitcher

    Chris, I would like to offer my help, it may be small in comparison to others, but I am here if you need me . I ran in the last two municipal elections here in Haldimand County and I truly understand your frustrations with your local officials.
    I know that living in a small town makes things more difficult as many of you know each other very well.

    One thing I can say is that there is nothing wrong with being open for information, it is another to be denied the right!
    There are always ways that we can be in touch, so I hope to hear from you soon.

    Please don’t give up, you can make a difference!
    Donna

    VoC REPLY: Hi Donna and Chris! Chris, if you want to reach Donna, send me your contact info (info@voiceofcanada.ca) and I’ll pass it on to Donna. She’s a real tiger, and I know she’ll be glad to talk to you. She and another person were very upset when Haldimand refused to hear from us. Thanks for the comment/offer, Donna. Regards, Mark

  5. William Connell

    Hello ! Although you are veterans it seems quite clear by your comments that you are not so familiar with the objects and purposes or THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION ! Let me enlighten you abit .

    The legion is a veteran’s club in remembrance of them anf for those that are still with us . The legion promotes unity and it strives to remain neutral on any issues which may discredit government at any level or any attempts by others to do same . If you are a member of the legion you may recall your swearing in . I will just give you the last paragraph.
    I MAKE OATH AND DECLARE THAT I AM NOT A MEMBER OF OR AFFILIATED WITH ANY GROUP, PARTY ,OR SECT.WHOSE INTERESTS CONFLICT WITH THE AVOWED PURPOSES OF THE LEGION AND DO NOT AND WILL NOT SUPPORT ANY ORGANIZATION ADVOCATING THE OVERTHROW BY FORCE OF ORGANIZED GOVERNMENT IN CANADA OR WHICH ENCOURAGES OR PARTICIPATES IN SUBVERSIVE ACTION OR PROPAGANDA . The legion is faithful to all and to THE QUEEN and strives for unity and comradeship amongst all.

    Here is one of the articles of faith the legion stands for , MAINTAINING IN AND FOR CANADA THE RULE OF LAW , ENCOURAGING THE NATIONAL AND UNITED SPIRIT,ORDERED GOVERNMENT ,AND STRIVING FOR PEACE,GOODWILL AND FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN CANADIANS AND AMONG ALL NATIONS .

    I am so proud to be a resident of this community and we have a great legion which supports our town ! I read your comments against our council and now our local legion service club and i get the impression that you the VOICE OF CANADA are very antagonistic and probably whatever the message that you want to deliver to us would in fact have a very negative impact on this whole land claim issue . LORD GOD OF HOSTS, BE WITH US YET , LEST WE FORGET, LEST WE FORGET . Our local legion promotes unity and strives to aid those that need our aid . Thank’s

    VoC REPLY: Thanks for taking the time to write, William. I’ve got to say, though, that you’ve got me flummoxed.

    1. What, specifically, makes you think that VoC is ‘antagonistic?’ I never say things I can’t prove, and sometimes the truth is ugly. Unfortunately, as Dr. Phil would say, “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.” The reality is that there is a criminal element within the native community that sees nothing wrong with using violence to achieve it’s goals. I believe in the Rule of Law, equality before the law, and in respecting the Charter of Rights, and the decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada. I also believe in free speech. What is ‘antagonistic’ about that?

    2. Thank you for sharing the Legion’s oath. What makes you think I don’t share those same values? Show me a single instance in VoC where I advocate for or say anything that goes against your oath.

    If you would do me a favour please, have a look at one of my recent posts called, “OPP Two Tier Justice policies victimize native people.” After you’ve read the article, take some time to read a few of the articles I’ve written that are included in the ‘References’ section at the end. I think you’ll find that I have nothing but goodwill towards honourable native people, and that you and I both share the same values. Let me know what you think. In fact, I’ll send you my phone number so we can talk, if you like.

    Regards, Mark