“He has stood tall not for himself, but for his neighbours and his community. Throughout the turbulent times alongside the Douglas Creek Estates, he sought to bring about a sense of security and provide a piece of mind to others. It was he who knocked on my door, telling me that if my family ever needed anything, he would be there. In fact, this truly courageous individual spoke to all of us in an effort to organize a call for help, as we all could see the O.P.P. with their hands tied. The gentleman I speak so highly of is David Hartless.”
Craig Grice, Haldimand Councillor, Ward 3
March for Freedom, March 03/07
Yesterday, Jamie West and CHML issued an apology for calling Gary McHale a “racist moron,” and today the Hamilton Spectator shared the news that Dave Hartless had been cleared of the bogus complaint filed by OPP Commissioner Fantino in an attempt to muzzle his criticism of the OPP and Ontario government.
Hartless is the Caledonia resident who also happens to be a police officer for the City of Hamilton, but never used his position as a police officer when criticizing the Two Tier Justice policies followed by the OPP in his home town. That didn’t stop the OPP from going after Hartless, but today they were stopped dead in their tracks.
The WHOLE story about the OPP attack on Dave Hartless
The Spec story doesn’t mention that, in addition to attacking Hartless’ right to free speech, the OPP used his association with Gary McHale as a key justification for their complaint.
VoiceofCanada has obtained a copy of an email dated Dec 05/06 that was sent by Inspector McLean to senior OPP officers in which he libels Gary McHale, and then urges that a complaint be filed with the Hamilton Police based on McLean’s assertion that Hartless’ association with McHale is a breach of the Police Services Act!
McLean’s email strongly suggests that OPP senior brass were motivated to try to destroy Dave Hartless’ career and interfere with his Charter rights as a means of attacking Gary McHale. At the very least, it is clear that the complaint against Hartless was – in no small way – revenge for Hartless’ association with McHale.
McLean’s message also exposes his role in creating the OPP myth that McHale’s (law-abiding) activities were somehow illegal. Contrary to the Inspector’s words to his superiors about McHale’s “inability to follow the rules of law,” McHale – as he well knows – has never committed a single crime in Caledonia. In fact, McLean even called him to express thanks for ensuring that the original Oct 15/06 March for Freedom was peaceful.
It is simply outrageous how far senior members of the OPP were prepared to go to silence two law-abiding citizens of Canada simply for exercising their Charter rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association.
Does anyone – anyone! – in the OPP know that Canada has a constitution? Hello???
Thank you, Dave Hartless!
Dave Hartless put his career on the line for his town and for democracy itself by speaking out against OPP Two Tier Justice, and by fighting back with everything he had against those who tried to silence him. With the help of Caledonia Class Action lawyer John Findlay, Hartless has been vindicated, and those in the OPP and Hamilton Police Service who would disrespect the Charter of Rights have been sent a strong message.
Well done, Dave. Very well done.
Photos below are from the March 03/07 March for Freedom event organized to support Dave Hartless. Photo 2: Councillor Craig Grice; Photo 3: Gary McHale and me. Photo 4: McHale being interviewed by media. You can read Councillor Grice’s very eloquent remarks here.
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall, July 06/07: Jamie West’s (CHML) Apology Accepted
- The Hamilton Spectator, July 07/07: Cop cleared in war of words
- Caledonia Class Action (John Findlay) website: www.caledoniaclassaction.com
- VoiceofCanada, Feb 23/07: Fantino muzzles victim of Caledonia violence
- KyleStubbins.com, Feb 25/07: More of Fantino’s Two-Tiered Tactics
- VoiceofCanada, March 04/07: March for Freedom – Caledonia supports Dave Hartless