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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.
- Toronto Star, April 07/08: Fantino asked to attend rights mediation
- VoiceofCanada, April 12/08: VoC requests help from Opposition MPPs re Bryant’s anti-Human Rights comments
- VoiceofCanada, April 11/08: Caledonia resident takes on Aboriginal Affairs Minister over anti-Human Rights comments
- VoiceofCanada, April 10/08: Bryant’s attack on VoC’s Human Rights complaint
- VoiceofCanada category: Human Rights complaints
- Toronto Star, Dec 21/06: Time for a reality check on Caledonia
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 22/006: History has been made this week! Toronto Star & St. Catharines Standard: “The rule of law is paramount…”