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 .
“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.
According 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
The 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
MAYOR: Clarence Zieman
DEPUTY MAYOR: Dennis Tompkins
COUNCILLOR: Norm Clark
COUNCILLOR: Ian P. Miller
COUNCILLOR: Barbara Thompson
DEPUTY CLERK & TREASURER: Bryan Brooks
- VoiceofCanada, April 30/07: Federal civil rights law would protect us from OPP
- VoiceofCanada photo gallery: CALEDONIA PHOTOS
- VoiceofCanada post, Oct 11/06: MARCH FOR FREEDOM: the movie
- VoiceofCanada/CaledoniaWakeUpCall joint investigation: The Ipperwash Papers
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall editorial: Native Terrorist Threats to CN Rail
- Sunmedia editorial, May 16/07: One nation, one law one justice
Mark Vandermaas, Editor