NOTE: Just one day after this article was posted, Sam Gualtieri was viciously attacked by native thugs in a home he was building for his daughter in the new Stirling heights subdivision in Caledonia.
LAST UPDATED 1831 EST Dec 05/07
Reasonable restrictions on citizens’ rights in a free and democratic society
We do not believe one should give up one’s rights because others may be provoked to violence. Democracy and fundamental principles of justice demand that the law punish those who threaten such violence while vigorously protecting the rights of law abiding, peaceful citizens.
There are, however, times when it is reasonable, in a free and democratic society, to restrict citizens from exercising their rights. In a letter to the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services, we said the following:
“…I am a reasonable man. If the police were actively engaged in a short-lived law enforcement action (i.e. hostage taking, arresting criminals, etc.) lasting a few hours or days, it would not be reasonable for me to inject myself into the situation, and the officers would be justified in temporarily preventing me from exercising my rights. This is not the case here. My complaint is a direct result of deliberate, systemic discrimination that persists to this day in direct contravention of two Supreme Court decisions, and Ontario’s Human Rights Code. The OPP’s own investigation shows that the subject officers were willing participants in this discrimination in that they made no attempt whatsoever to protect my right to raise a flag.”
We have conclusive evidence that proves that the OPP in Caledonia had no problem with us putting up flags on public utility poles until they were pressured by the DCE occupiers to stop us, a fact that has also been communicated to the OCCPS. The audiotapes of DCE/OPP radio traffic prove that the OPP regularly take direction from native occupiers.
We all need to be clear about what is going on in Ontario: Not only have the government and the OPP destroyed our Land Titles system by allowing natives to seize any land they wish, the OPP are systemically violating the rights of non-native citizens as per the wishes of the occupiers. This is like a southern US police force taking direction from the KKK to enforce segregation or stifle black protests. It is unacceptable in Canada in the year 2007. It is not only unacceptable; it is an outrage that should be condemned by every politician and media outlet in the country. Instead, McGuinty’s Solicitor General covered up the complaints against Fantino, and McGuinty talks about ‘peacekeeping’ while people’s rights and safety are threatened by native lawlessness.
Our best chance of ending Two Tier Justice
The best chance we have of ending Two Tier Justice in the short term is by doing as Toby Barrett and Gary McHale have suggested: take the message of Caledonia out to other people in Ontario and influence them to turf McGuinty. By doing so we also send a strong message to John Tory that we will not sit by and allow our province to descend into anarchy. Now is not the time for silently hoping that things will get better if we all just keep quiet and don’t defend our rights.
Our last March for Freedom was on Jan 20/07, almost 8 months ago. Since then, the crimes on DCE are becoming more unspeakable by the day, and occupations have occurred in Hagersville, Deseronto, Dunville, York and Brantford. How could anyone think that if we just stopped “pestering” the occupiers that things will get better? The evidence clearly suggests otherwise.
Is Caledonia healing or is it suffering from shock and PTSD?
Cynthia argues that “tensions have subsided” and the situation can’t heal if we keep “picking at a scab to keep the wound open.” I’m reminded of a line from a Touched by an Angel episode in which one of the angels encourages a man to tell the truth about something to his wife so their relationship can be healed and enhanced:
“Healing can only happen when you clear away the diseased and damaged parts.”
There can be no healing in Caledonia while police enforce laws based on race on orders from people with no respect for the law. There can be no healing while children on Sixth Line don’t feel safe in their homes because the OPP refuse to police their road. There can be no healing while criminals are protected from the law with the direct assistance of the Liberal government and the OPP. There can be no healing until those responsible for terrorizing Caledonia’s citizens – native and non-native – renounce the use of violence and apologize for their crimes. There can be no healing until the diseased and damaged parts are cut away – when Two Tier Justice is dead, and all citizens are equal before the law, subject to the promises we made to native people in our treaties with them.
To carry on with Cynthia’s medical analogy: some might wish to believe that Caledonia is a town on the mend with a scab forming over a clean, disease free wound. We see her as a severely traumatized accident victim stuck in a car wreck suffering from a badly crushed leg and shock as she waits for help that never comes because the 911 operator won’t answer the phone. She either survives with a badly mangled leg, loses the leg, or dies an agonizing death unless she is fortunate enough to be aided by passersby.
Are we creating tension? Are we provoking violence? Do ‘outsiders’ belong in Caledonia? Are we going where we’re not wanted?
Gary McHale has just reprinted Dr. Martin Luther King’s inspiring reaction to the very same concerns and criticisms confronting us today as so clearly expressed by Cynthia. The first document is a statement by Alabama clergymen against Dr. King’s marches. The other is an excerpt from his reply to their criticisms expressed in his famous letter from the Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963. Highlights have been inserted to help illuminate the comparisons of the civil rights movement of the 1960’s with today’s struggle to restore ‘One Law for All’ to Ontario.
Dr. King’s reply to the well-meaning critics answers – with careful consideration – every question or concern you may have about having a protest march that many would condemn. Any question you might have about our willingness to risk arrest and imprisonment. Every question you might have about provoking violence by those opposed to us. Every question about the role of ‘outsiders.’ Read it with an open heart and an open mind. It explains our actions and motivations much better than anything we could write ourselves.
The cynics and those who would try to justify landclaim lawlessness no doubt will – in an effort to deny you the wisdom of Dr. King’s irrefutable and prescient logic – put forth the feeble accusation that we are comparing ourselves to him. I freely confess that none of the people in this struggle can ever compare to such greatness, although we certainly do compare his struggle for human rights to this struggle. We can also aspire to live up to his ideals. To refrain from sharing his message or the strength we receive from it out of fear of criticism dishonours both the letter and the spirit of Dr. King’s words, and we will not be silenced by critics any more than he was.
Photo of Dr. King giving his ‘I have a dream’ speech in Washington, from Wikipedia citation for Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King’s path shows us the way
Dr. King could have chosen the path urged by the clergymen opposed to his marches in Birmingam, that of non-confrontation and negotiation. He could have chosen a different path – one of violence – but he is remembered today, not for inflicting injustice on innocents in the name of justice, but for taking the path of peaceful confrontation that liberated an entire people. Dr. King’s approach was the right one. Let us learn from history that we must confront evil and injustice where it lives, peacefully, but directly, otherwise we are doomed to live in quiet fear and anger.
Let us learn from Ipperwash
Condemnation of our march to and through the Douglas Creek Estates is based on the wishful belief that quiet negotiation and letters to politicians alone will destroy Two Tier Justice. The people of Ipperwash wrote a lot of letters to politicians. You can read a collection of them and the responses to them at The Ipperwash Papers website in Section ‘H.’ Politician after politician from every level of government wrote back to offer sympathy, but absolutely nothing else to people desperate for help due to native lawlessness.
You might also want to read 34 of the hundreds of victim impact statements written in 1996 by innocent residents about the trauma they suffered. You’ll find them in Section ‘F.’ Not only did these people receive no help, and no counselling, they had to suffer the final indignity of being utterly ignored by McGuinty’s Ipperwash Inquiry. Some still suffer from PTSD to this day because their suffering has never been acknowledged.
Are we making a positive impact with our protests in Caledonia?
It certainly must be tough for people like Cynthia to believe that anything has been accomplished by our protests given that occupations have expanded and Two Tier Justice continues. In fact, a great deal has been accomplished to date, and I encourage all Caledonians to read Two Tier Justice struggle: What has been accomplished? No single protest or action will end the evil of Two Tier Justice overnight; it will take a concerted, sustained movement of committed people – inside Caledonia and outside – to accomplish this important goal.
Do we respect Caledonians?
Cynthia says that we have a lack of respect for the wishes of Caledonians. An ongoing poll of contributors to the ‘Have your say Caledonia‘ discussion board, however, shows that 60% of board voters support our March. Let’s assume, however, that Cynthia is right, that there is little or no support for our actions. When I first started helping Gary McHale in this struggle he told me something I’ve never forgotten:
“I would have gone to Caledonia even if there wasn’t a single person in town who supported me. Why? Because it was the right thing to do.”
I feel exactly the same way. In a speech at a Caledonia townhall meeting I said that I didn’t go to Caledonia to defend Caledonians, I went to defend Canadians. The simple fact is that our democracy is under attack. Our constitutional rights are under attack. Our judicial system is under attack. Our Land Titles system is under attack. The future of Canada as a peaceful country where all citizens are equal before the law is under attack by people who believe in violence, people who are aided and abetted by a corrupt police force and government. I/we cannot and will not stand idly by and watch.
It is because we respect Caledonians that we will do everything within our power to legally and peacefully oppose those who have terrorized innocents. It is because we respect Caledonians that we will stand up for the children on Sixth Line who are afraid in their homes. We will stand up for developers who have been victims of landclaim extortion. We will stand up for the women being raped on the occupied Douglas Creek Estates. We will even stand up for native teenagers being victimized by crime on DCE although they victimize other human beings. It is because we respect Caledonians that we will stand up and speak for the rights of the native victims of Two Tier Justice as well as non-native.
We had enough respect for Caledonians to learn not to be angry because many of them are too traumatized, too afraid and too tired to continue a fight that seems almost impossible to win. We understand the extreme psychological pressures brought to bear by the police, the government and the native criminals designed to wear down resistance to their outrages.
In short, we have enough respect for our fellow Canadians in Caledonia to give everything we can to help them preserve their rights and their children’s rights for the benefit of all Canadians.
Live in fear, or live in hope working for a worthy cause. It’s your choice.
A wise man once told me that most people live their lives in fear. Fear that things won’t get worse. Fear of the unknown. Fear of confronting injustice. Evil thrives on fear, and fear permeates Caledonia today.
Every institution we thought would protect us has, in fact, abandoned us to lawless thugs in the name of political correctness. Peaceful confrontation and resistance, combined with media attention is the only way to make them listen.
If it is justice and equality that you seek for your children and your fellow Canadians, then we look forward to marching peacefully with you through the public county roads of the Douglas Creek Estates on October 8th.
BULLETIN: As this article was about to be posted, the Brantford Expositor reported allegations by a Brantford developer that the Six Nations Confederacy tried to extort money from him in return for leaving his development alone. Even worse, a Hamilton Spectator story says the Ontario government has stated that developers are on their own. They will receive no help in dealing with illegal occupations. This has effectively destroyed what little integrity remained of our Land Titles system, and confirmed the Liberal’s commitment to destroy the rule of law in our province.
It is not peaceful protesters like us who are provoking violence; it is the native gangsters, the OPP and the Liberal government who are taking the province dangerously close to the brink of anarchy. There is still time to stop this insanity by focusing media attention on this issue before the election.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality
Gary McHale, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall: Statement by Alabama clergymen directed against Martin Luther King Jr.
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall: Lessons OPP and Caledonia Residents can learn from Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’
- VoiceofCanada, Aug 17/07: Two Tier Justice struggle: What has been accomplished?
- Brantford Expositor, Sept 12/07: Local builder balks at payment
- Hamilton Spectator, Sept 12/07: Ontario won’t help developers stop natives
- VoiceofCanada, Sept 11/07: McHale’s letter to Brantford
- VoiceofCanada, Sept 13/07: Caledonia man’s injuries on hands of McGuinty, Kwinter, Fantino and many, many others