The City of Kenora is seriously considering whether or not to replace the Kenora Police Service with the OPP (stop laughing, it’s not funny. They’re really thinking of doing it!). Fantino was in Kenora recently to plug the OPP’s bid, but, according to a news story, he didn’t have time for the little people:
“It’s all about trying to make sure that people are comfortable with the decision made and they have all of their concerns aired,” Fantino said. “And so we’re out to listen to those issues and clarify some misinformation. And it’s always good to dialogue with people at a grassroots level.”
“He [Fantino] began his day with lunch with the Kenora Rotary Club, followed with a meeting with First Nations elders and band members before addressing a public council meeting. While Fantino addressed two questions from Coun. Rory McMillan, community members were denied the chance to put questions to Fantino, who had to meet a plane back to southern Ontario.”
Miner and News, April 08/08: OPP Commissioner addresses policing issue
Gee, does any of this sound familiar? Fantino says it’s important to talk to ‘people at a ‘grassroots level?!?’ Who’s he kidding? Hasn’t happened in Caledonia so I hope the people in Kenora don’t expect it to happen there. As Dr. Phil says, “The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour,” so if landclaim lawlessness erupts in their area, the people of Kenora better get used to being ignored and insulted by Fantino and the OPP while their rights are being violated. And, they shouldn’t expect any help from McGuinty’s government, either.
Here’s my follow-up email to ‘Kenora: Beware Fantino bearing gifts.’
April 15, 2008
Dear Kenora Council:
I have been actively involved in the struggle to peacefully and lawfully oppose landclaim violence and OPP civil rights violations in Caledonia since October 2006.
Since that time, the OPP and the OPPA have defamed us with statements they knew or ought to have known were utterly false. Both are being sued as a result of those statements. In an interview with the Hamilton Spectator on Nov 09/07 Fantino said that our use of the courts is “mischief making.”
More recently, the Minister of Aborginal Affairs Michael Bryant, upon hearing that Fantino was being asked to appear at a mediation session to deal with my complaint about race-based policing to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, defended Fantino by publicly attacking my character and my complaint. His remarks were eerily similar to Fantino’s. The evidence of racial policing in Caledonia under Fantino is overwhelming, yet the government, rather than put a stop to it, supported the man in charge of the force that is perpetrating the practice.
The OPP and Liberal government are working together to suppress the civil rights of those who speak out against OPP race-based policing. Even worse, Bryant’s comments reveal that he does not believe that non-natives should be allowed to enforce their Human Rights during aboriginal land claims.
The political connection between the OPP and the Ontario government is, I think, the single most important reason for not allowing the OPP into your town. If you do, you will never be safe from blatant political interference of the most outrageous kind. I would strongly urge you to read the shocking Statement of Claim by Caledonia residents Brown/Chatwell located on this page at VoiceofCanada. Their lawsuit alleges – among many shocking things – that 3 Ontario cabinet ministers (Kwinter, Ramsay and Bryant) committed ‘Misfeasance in Public Office’ by directly interfering with OPP policing in Caledonia. The suit alleges that they made deals not to prosecute native criminals and not to call in the military to protect Caledonia from those terrorizing their town. The OPP gave in to that pressure to the complete detriment of the community.
On behalf of the Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality we are prepared to come to Kenora at your invitation to meet with council and citizens to explain, based on our extensive, first hand experience, why you should not replace your police force with the OPP. Please feel free to call me any time, day or night with any questions you may have.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor, VoiceofCanada www.voiceofcanada.ca
Director of Research, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality www.canace.ca
Co-author, ‘The Ipperwash Papers’ www.ipperwashpapers.ca
Co-author, ‘The Human Costs of Illegal Occupations’
519.xxx.xxxx cell: 519.xxx.xxxx
Please, Kenora, don’t make a mistake that will be very, very difficult to undo. Caledonia’s residents discovered just how hard it was to get rid of the corrupt OPP even though their town has been devastated by race-based policing. I encourage Caledonia and Ipperwash residents to write to the Kenora Council (see link inside CANACE letter to Kenora Council listed in References below) and tell them to send Fantino and his Political Police Force packing.
- CANACE letter to Kenora Council: Beware Fantino bearing gifts
- VoiceofCanada feature: The Barrett Proclamation (reprint of historic document by MPP Toby Barrett calling for an end to race-based policing that allows and encourages landclaim lawlessness by native extremists in Haldimand County.)
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com discussion thread: Kenora: Beware Fantino bearing Gifts
- Miner and News, April 08/08: OPP Commissioner addresses policing issue