The Hamilton Spectator (Feb 13, 2008) Correction published: – 20080213
A Dec. 4 letter to the editor described Gary McHale in a way that was not accurate. The Hamilton Spectator withdraws any suggestion that Mr. McHale has perpetrated violence in his activities at Caledonia. The Hamilton Spectator apologizes for the error.
Note: Gary McHale has a legal action pending against the Spec regarding statements by Julian Fantino published in Susan Clairmont’s articles from November. This apology was unrelated to that issue.
As the largest daily newspaper closest to Caledonia, the Spectator has a responsibility to the area, to the province and to Canada to be fully and accurately informed. I have contacted their Editor-in-Chief on two separate occasions and offered to meet with Spectator staff in order to brief them on our activities and projects such as The Ipperwash Papers, and to answer any questions they may have about us. So far, the Spec has not responded to the offers, but I am hopeful this will change in the future.
As Gary’s ‘official’ closest associate (according to OPP Detective Murray in his testimony at his bail hearing in December) I thank the Spec for their apology to Gary McHale. We have never deliberately incited violence, nor do we believe in the use of violence, a fact that we have made clear many times.
Despite Fantino’s wildly irresponsible and utterly false claim made the same day, before any investigation had been done, the evidence – and growing list of charges (with more to come) – reveal that it was native smoke shack thugs and their supporters who incited and perpetrated – with possibly one minor exception – every bit of the extensive violence on Dec 01/07, and lied to police. Please see, ‘CANACE calls for RCMP to take over investigation after Fantino blames victims of Caledonia violence.’
If the Hamilton Spectator or its readers truly want to understand the principles that guide and inspire us, may I suggest a VoC story from Dec 20/07 – Lessons not learned from Martin Luther King Jr.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality
Hamilton Spectator, Feb 13/08: Corrections (apology to Gary McHale)
Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality, Dec 13/07: CANACE calls for RCMP to take over investigation after Fantino blames victims of Caledonia violence
VoiceofCanada, Nov 12/07: Fantino – delusional or desperate?
VoiceofCanada, Dec 20/07: Lessons not learned from Martin Luther King, Jr.
VoiceofCanada, Nov 8/07: History comes to Hamilton: “No one was left to speak for me.”