As reported in the update to Fantino to meet with Haldimand Police Services Board, CTV News (Kitchener) filmed me as I asked the Commissioner of the OPP two questions as he was leaving his closed door meeting with the PSB at Haldimand’s admin building in Cayuga:
“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?”
As reporter Nicole Lampa pointed out, the commissioner didn’t want to answer my questions.
Here is the teaser copy and link from the CTV website:
An historic offer has been put on the table that could possibly settle land claims by Six Nations including the site in Caledonia. The federal government is offering $26 million dollars for the Welland Canal, near St. Catharines. This is one of twenty-seven land claims.
Five gold stars for CTV Kitchener!
I have recently railed against the media for their very poor coverage of the issues in Caledonia and of us, in particular so it was very heartwarming to see them air my attempt to confront Julian Fantino with questions that professional reporters should already have been asking him. Thank you, CTV for having the guts to finally give a voice to the truth where so many before you have refused to listen!
If Julian sics his lawyers on you, I’d be delighted to share all the evidence we have with you to back up my statements, and – while I’m not able to literally speak TO Gary McHale due to his recognizance restrictions – I can most definitely speak FOR him in saying that he would be similarly pleased to help. Call me if you need his number.
We have other evidence of OPP misfeasance, too
We also evidence on other OPP Two Tier Justice subjects, too, that we’d love to share with a great media outlet who wants to educate the public, so feel free to call anytime. We’d love to have a chat about – for example – The Ipperwash Papers and how the Inquiry can NEVER help Caledonia or any other town facing similar lawlessness; children without policing in Caledonia; OPP taking orders from occupiers; our audio recordings of DCE occupiers threatening to kill OPP officers and civilians; how native people are victimized by landclaim lawlessness; internal OPP email showing how a Hamilton police officer was targetted for a Police Act complaint because of his association with Gary McHale; OPP officers allowing native suspects to escape without being identified or arrested; an OPP investigation that exonerated the officer that illegally held Gary McHale overnight after arresting him for trying to raise a Canadian flag; how the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is turning a blind eye to systemic violations of non-native civil rights violations, our Human Rights complaints, etc., etc. The list goes on and on.
We’d also love for you to have a look at the draft copy of a book we’ve written. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get it in the mail right away.
We have it all, CTV. Would you like it? It’s yours.
We have other internal OPP stuff, too. Stuff that I can’t mention here that we’d just love to talk to you about.
In the meantime, thanks for tonight – it was very much appreciated by those who have worked for more than a year to help us tell the story of Caledonia’s agony. Many thanks to those who showed up to welcome Julian today! It was cold, but it turned out to be well worth the wait.
- CTV News (Kitchener), Dec 12/07: Federal government offers $26 million for Welland Canal (coverage of Fantino/VoC confrontation at Haldimand admin bldg)
- CANACE release, Dec 13/07: Co-founder arrested, CANACE calls for RCMP after Fantino interferes with investigation into Dec 01/07 Caledonia violence
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 10/07: Fantino to meet with Haldimand Police Services Board
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 8/07: Caledonia violence deliberately incited by depraved liar
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 12/07: Kyle Hagan: arrested for ‘Protesting While White’
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 05/07: Brantford Expositor endorses violence against civil rights activist
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall feature: Doug’s Smokes (smokeshack issue + post-violence Queen’s Park Media Studio conference w/Gary McHale Dec 04/07)
- VoiceofCanada collection: Caledonia – Dec 01/07
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality