Hamilton Spectator apologizes to Gary McHale


Corrections TheSpec.com – Local – Corrections

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.

VoC Comment

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



3 responses to “Hamilton Spectator apologizes to Gary McHale

  1. Dear Mark,

    This is wonderful news and too long in coming.

    I am hoping that by the time his court case is over we will see public apologies from the OPP and the thoroughly dishonored Fantino IMO.

    I am also hoping that Fantino and McGuinty get a comeuppance for their very tactical and underhanded approach in blaming innocent people for all the woes of Caledonia. We now know with the mess still ongoing there and Gary and company not involved for weeks that he nor anyone else telling the truth about incidents is not at fault and should not be made the scapegoat for the government and the OPP for not doing the jobs they are essentially paid to do.

    Did the Brantford Expositor ever apologize for that outrageous Christmas piece on Gary that was thoroughly obnoxious and revolting????


    VoC REPLY: Hi ML! No, the Expositor never apologized for their disgusting editorial that made fun of Gary’s injuries, nor would they agree to meet with us in order to become educated about us, about the struggle and about The Ipperwash Papers. Still, their editorial will serve a purpose I think. Remember that journalism student doing a project about how the media has covered Caledonia? The Expositor may (I don’t know for sure) find itself used as an example of just how low some ‘journalists’ can sink. Unfortunately, I was too busy to file a complaint to the Ontario Press Council.

    Re ‘comeuppance’: see the latest VoC post: BREAKING NEWS: Fantino served subpoena to appear at McHale bail hearing.

    Regards, Mark

  2. Well Mark seeing the truth finally starting to rise above the BS of Fantino and McGuinty makes all of the protests and Marches in all kinds of inclement weather worth every minute of our time.

    This is finally proof that our Marches, protests and the endless hours of time so freely given by crusaders like you, Gary, Jeff, Merlyn and the countless faceless others who have given their time are making a big difference.

    We can only hope that those most affected in Caledonia and other occupied areas of this country will take notice and start to come out to support our efforts.

    If our small group can make such a marked difference in exposing the truth just imagine what could be done if we could get hundreds or even thousands of P’d off citizens to finally speak up, be seen and counted by the McGuinty Government and the loosing OPP led by Fantino’s misguided programs.

    I’m sure that the OPP and the Liberal McGuinty government are becomming concerned now that their lies and deceit are exposed for all to see.

    I am glad I chose the side of the truth and didn’t succumb to the terrorist tactics of the Native occupiers and intimidation of the OPP and McGuinty Liberals.

    Our work has just started and we must now encourage everyone to stand with us and demand the Laws be enforced and terrorists be held accountable for their actions. Both criminally and financially.

    Maybe a lawsuit against the First Nations Leaders for their support of terrorist tactics to further their land claims. This would allow for a mechinism to recover the damages to properties, business and the lives of those being terrorized by a lawless group of Natives who have obviously been supported in their actions by the local Native communities.

    The courts should send a message that anyone who takes a path of lawlessness and terrorism to further a political adgenda will be held financially responsible for their acts as both individuals and supporting Native Leaders.

    The facts are clear Non of the Native Leaders have clearly spoken out against the terrorism and lawless acts being committed against the innocent landowners , businesses and developers.

    In fact most have seized on the opportunity to squeeze the governments for larger settlements
    and have shown a very callous attitutude against those most affected by their illegal actions that have damaged communities, reduced the land values and destroy businesses and families in the occupied areas.

    In fact the Native terrorists don’t give a damn about the carnage they have wrought or the costs to their neighbours just as long as they can extort as much money and land as possible from weak, gutless politicians and governments afraid to stand up against terror.

    The hardest thing for Canadians to understand and accept is the fact that McGuinty and the OPP have so readily sold us all down the River so to speak by not enforcing the Law against terrorists and Law Breakers while falsely accusing the victims of these crimes as being the agressors and instigators.

    Jim Anderson /Exonerated Interloper

    VoC REPLY: Exonerated Interloper indeed! I’m glad you chose not to go to the ‘Dark Side’ of apathy and acquiesence either!!! Thanks for being one of The Few! I think some William Shakespeare is in order. Warm regards, my fellow EI, Mark

    O, do not wish one more.
    Rather proclaim it presently through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart. His passport shall be made
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
    We would not die in that man’s company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is called the Feast of Crispian:
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a-tiptoe when the day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall see this day and live t’old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian”:
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
    And say “These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.”
    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember with advantages
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he today that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England now abed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

    King Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3

  3. WL Mackenzie Redux

    Seems the atmosphere is changing….although my cynical side suspects the Spec is just cutting itself loose from Fantino’s slander to diminish their liability as a libel chill hits the boardroom…I still think they’re more afraid of Dolton’s media hit team than defamation suits.

    But this IS good news and it is part of the changing political atmosphere…the McGuinty-media concocted fog over Caledonia is lifting and when the sun shines Dolton will find a new “deal” on the table 😉

    VoC REPLY: Hey WL, the Spec has now joined The Sachem and Jamie West (CHML) in apologizing to Gary McHale. I expect there will be more as the Two Tier Justice ship begins to sink. We have outstanding suits against the OPPA. Gary has a suit against the OPP, Fantino, Liberal associates of McGuinty and Haldimand County for conspiring to defame him. There are other defamation actions in progress. With the evidence we have, and the evidence they don’t have, I expect there will be a move to settle them. I can tell you that there are some VERY interesting discussions under way with respect to one or more of these actions. Stock up on the pop and chips. Regards, Mark