VoC request to Toronto Star re Bryant’s anti-human rights comments

2inch_voc_logo-url.jpgI just sent a message to the Toronto Star requesting that they do a follow-up story on Bryant’s attack on my Human Rights complaint and/or allow me to write a detailed rebuttal op-ed piece:


sent via submission form accessed through online story at: http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/411097

April 14/08

Re: Michael Bryant’s comments about me in ‘Fantino asked to attend mediation,’ April 07/08

Dear Toronto Star:

I am writing to request that you write a follow-up story regarding my efforts to obtain an apology from Minister Bryant for his derogatory remarks about me and my complaint, and/or publish my comprehensive op-ed rebuttal.

I am a former U.N. peacekeeper who has given up my career as a real estate broker to become a full-time activist in opposing the violence and civil rights violations in Caledonia.

I have never committed a single crime in Caledonia, and I have encouraged only non-violent opposition to OPP and government policies in order to restore the rule of law and equality before the law. The Minister’s remarks are, therefore, false, misleading, and highly inappropriate.

In addition to notifying the OHRC about the Minister’s remarks I have contacted my MPP, Deb Matthews, requesting her assistance in obtaining an apology from the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

I have also written directly to the Minister asking that he meet with me to discuss his comments.

Please see the following for PDF copies of these documents.


For a Caledonia resident’s view of Bryant’s remarks please see:


For background info on Caledonia and its impact on both native and non-native victims, see ‘The Human Costs of Illegal Occupations,’ co-authored by Mr. McHale and me.


The issues at stake with respect to the violations of non-native (and native, too) human rights in Caledonia, and the Minister’s apparent total lack of respect for them are very serious indeed. Will you consider publishing a 1,200 word +/- op-ed piece on the subject if I were to submit same?

I would remind you of a quote from a Toronto Star editorial – Time for a reality check on Caledonia -from Dec 21/06, just days after Gary McHale and I were arrested while trying to raise a Canadian flag in Caledonia:

“There cannot be different classes of law for different classes of people. That undermines the very equality we strive for and cherish in Canada. The rule of law is paramount in Canada’s society and must be upheld.” http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/163595

During the last 18 months I have done everything humanly possible to peacefully and legally fulfil my oath as a former Canadian soldier to defend my country against attacks by the OPP and Ontario government on the rule of law. Please allow me to clear my name of this unwarranted attack on my rights and my character.

Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-author, The Ipperwash Papers www.ipperwashpapers.ca
Director of Research, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality www.canace.ca




One response to “VoC request to Toronto Star re Bryant’s anti-human rights comments

  1. Mark, if you gave up your career to fight two tier justice how do you pay your bills, put food on the table and pay rent or a mortgage?

    Seems Gary lost his home in Toronto and now lives in Binbrook while also working “full-time” on the issue of two tiered justice.

    I’m not trying to pry, I’m just curious as to how you derive an income from what you and Gary are trying to accomplish.

    VoC REPLY: Thanks for the question. My wife works. Her income is not, however, enough to cover our growing debt level created by my full time attentions to ending violence and civil rights violations in Caledonia. As for Gary’s situation, you’ll have to ask him.

    We are courting corporate donors who are increasingly becoming alarmed by the dangers posed by native extremists and the McGuinty government. Our successful efforts with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and Gary’s aggressive court actions in opposing the silly charge and bail restrictions against him have both contributed to a new ‘behind the scenes’ respect for what we are doing. People are starting to realize that our aggressive, MLK-inspired, non-violent confrontational methods represent the most effective means to end race-based policing. We have a good feeling about the coming year.

    Any thoughts on a Cabinet Minister lowering himself to attack a Human Rights complainant, and the dangers that attitude poses? Regards, Mark