LAST UPDATED 2238 EST Dec 12/07: The Haldimand Police Services Board closed their meeting with Fantino at 3:03pm, three minutes after it began. We went outside where we were interviewed by the Hamilton Spectator and a CTV cameraman from their Kitchener station.
The Spec reporter suggested that it would be a good idea if we could come in and meet the editorial staff for an interview, especially since Fantino refused to do so. Since I had already suggested that idea twice to the Spec’s editor-in-chief, I readily agreed to make myself available on short notice if he could make it happen.
We waited until Fantino came out at about 4:30 whereupon I was filmed by CTV confronting Fantino in the lobby asking him two questions. Here is my recollection of what I said:
“Commissioner, why are you lying to the public about who was responsible for the violence in Caledonia on December first? Are you going to call in the RCMP to take over the investigation that you tainted?”
The commissioner didn’t look at me and didn’t respond.
Afterwards, Inspector Dave McLean, commander of the Caledonia detachment introduced himself to me and we chatted about my flag and good places to eat in the area. For a guy who had just watched me publicly call his boss a liar in front of the media, he seemed pretty laid back about it.
Jeff Parkinson came to show his support despite his brain injury that he is still recovering from due to being thrown to the pavement by an OPP officer on Dec 01/07. We brought a chair for him to sit on while we waited for Fantino to come out.
CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com has posted a notice asking people to be at the Haldimand County admin building in Cayuga early enough to welcome Julian Fantino as he arrives for his 3:00pm meeting with the Haldimand Police Services Board tomorrow.
Wow, maybe I can get a real look at Julian this time; last time he was peeking out at us from a window at the OPP Caledonia detactment on Unity Road like a frightened rabbit, hiding so he wouldn’t have to answer questions about why his force was violating our civil rights. (Be sure to read ‘OPP & OPPA vs. Supreme Court of Canada and the Charter of Rights & Freedoms.‘ Scroll down near the bottom to read about our visit to Unity Rd.)
I’ll be there by 2:30. I’ll be the one with the duct tape on my mouth and plugs in my ears so Julian’s boys and girls can’t accuse Gary of violating his recognizance order by communicating with me.
Let’s all go out tomorrow and stand up for Kyle Hagan, Doug Fleming and Gary McHale, civil rights protesters who have risked their freedom for us all! Let’s send a strong message that Fantino is the problem, NOT peaceful residents who were attacked while protesting against injustice.
My original source (a Caledonia resident) advises that the meeting will be open to the public until Fantino wants it closed.
I received a tip today from a Caledonia resident that OPP Commissioner Fantino will be meeting behind closed doors with the Haldimand County Police Services Board on Wednesday Dec 12th at the Cayuga administration building. According to my source, these meetings used to be public, and were even held in various communities in the area so that citizens could have greater access to them.
I guess Fantino needs secrecy so he can try to convince the PSB – against all evidence to the contrary – that it was the peaceful, demonstrating residents – and, of course, Gary McHale – who were responsible for the ugly violence committed by native extremists on Dec 01/07, and not the failures of him and his force.
I’m sure he won’t volunteer the fact that the worst of the violence against Gary McHale was incited first by a native woman who got caught on video trying to set up McHale for a phoney assault charge by yelling, “Don’t you fuckin’ push me!” before SHE pushed him, [see link below] allowing other native thugs to use her piece of ‘street theatre’ as an excuse to escalate the violence.
Given Fantino’s pronouncement in a press release issued the next day blaming the peaceful, non-native protesters for the violence before the investigation had begun, I do hope the Police Services Board will demand that the RCMP be called in to investigate both the crimes committed that day, and the OPP’s role in allowing it to happen. In particular, they should ask why the OPP had only 18 officers (+/-) at an event that was well publicized in advance, and why no backup officers arrived once the natives began attacking residents. According to a native media reporter who was there, “The OPP allowed this to escalate without intervening.”
Back in April 2007, Haldimand Council met with Fantino after he threatened Council and – again – defamed Gary McHale and his followers, but they refused to meet with a delegation consisting of Merlyn Kinrade, Gary McHale and me so we could clear our names.
There’s simply no excuse anymore for Haldimand politicians to accept Fantino’s dishonest attempts to blame Gary McHale and peaceful residents for protesting against violent native extremists now that the ugly face of landclaim lawlessness has been captured on video for all to see during the Dec 01/07 protest at an illegal smoke shack.
Here are the links to material every member on the Haldimand Police Services Board should review before meeting with Fantino on Wednesday:
Mark Watson, Caledonia resident: The Realities of Citizens under Occupation and the Dangers of ignoring Civil Rights
Brantford Expositor endorses violence against civil rights activist [links to videos of some of the many assaults by native thugs on Dec 01/07]
CANACE.ca media release, Dec 05/07: OPP allowed the violence to escalate
CANACE release, Nov 26/07: Michael Bryant: Ontario deserves fair inquiry into violence against residents (why the Ipperwash Inquiry can never help Caledonia)
If members of the PSB have any questions, they are most welcome to contact me at any time, day or night at 519.457.0709. Since Gary McHale is not allowed to visit Caledonia, I am prepared – on short notice – to meet with the PSB members individually or as a group to answer any questions they may have about the statements made in the above articles and to provide supporting evidence to back them up.
The people of Haldimand deserve to know the whole ugly, rotten truth about December 1/07 as a first step to restoring their community to its former self. I urge the Haldimand Police Services Board to demand that Fantino step aside and call in the RCMP to take over the OPP’s tainted investigation into the events of Dec 1st. Once the lies stop, the truth revealed, the true criminals arrested, and equal justice returned to Caledonia, then – and only then – can the healing and reconciliation begin in earnest.
PSB members may also wish to listen to my speech from the October 08/07 ‘Remember Us’ March called, Natives are victims of Two Tier Justice. This is the last paragraph:
“My hope is that one day people will come to Caledonia, not to study the destruction caused by those who would do evil to other human beings for their own selfish purposes, but to learn about your culture, about the damage that was done to it, and how Caledonians – native and non-native – came together as one in the dark days to peacefully proclaim Six Nations and the rest of Haldimand County as a sanctuary from that evil.” VoiceofCanada to native reader, Jan 12/07 in ‘Mediation & negotiation with natives? Yes. With sociopaths? No.‘
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality