‘HELPLESS’ – Christie Blatchford’s Caledonia book available for pre-order

HELPLESS: Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us, by Christie Blatchford, RELEASE DATE Oct 26/10

HELPLESS: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy and How the Law Failed All of Us         

by Christie Blatchford
Doubleday Canada/Random House
Hardcover & E-Book
ISBN – 10: 0385670397
ISBN – 13: 9780385670395
272 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct 26/10          

On October 26, 2010 – four years after I and 2,000 other people marched with Gary McHale on his Oct 15/06 inaugural ‘March for Freedom‘ – Caledonia’s nightmare will be revealed in all its shocking and disgusting details by Canada’s premier investigative reporter, Christie Blatchford — winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for her book – Fifteen Days — about the experience of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.          

Bill Jackson, reporter with Caledonia-based Regional News — the only media outlet that ensured those of us who opposed racial policing and native extremism had a consistent place to share evidence and opinions – had this to say:   […]       

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Mark Vandermaas
Editor, VoiceofCanada
Founder, Caledonia Victims Project


4 responses to “‘HELPLESS’ – Christie Blatchford’s Caledonia book available for pre-order

  1. Thanks for the heads up Mark. I am certainly looking forward to reading the book as soon as it becomes available. Christie Blatchford is a great investigative reporter , does not bend to political pressure and is not afraid to tell it as it is. We definitely need more reporters like Christie.

    I really hope that Christie will now complete the book she was apparently previously planning to write about the Canadian justice system. It is my opinion that in Canada – and especially in Ontario – we have a court system – not a justice system. It would be interesting to hear what Christie’s investigative talent has uncovered and her view of the Canadian justice system.

    VoC REPLY: I can’t reveal much other than to say Christie dug deep, deep, deep. This book should be a great precursor for a future book on our justice system given the near total lack of true accountability by those who abdicated their responsibilities for enforcing the law and safeguarding the constitutional rights of all citizens in Haldimand County.

    One of the most pressing needs is to create a defined process whereby the federal government is required to intervene in a timely manner when there is credible evidence that a province has undermined the rule of law and/or the Charter by refusing to enforce the law for a class of citizens. Unlike the U.S. where feds can step in when a state refuses to honour their constitution – as Eisenhower did to protect the Little Rock Nine in 1957 – Canada has no such protection. It is a glaring shortcoming from our system.

    My short-term suggestion would be to empower the Ontario Ombudsman to investigate and intervene in such matters. Unfortunately, we were told by senior staff there that the Ombudsman is prohibited from getting involved in policing issues. I’m not sure why they were able to investigate the SIU and the G20 summit issues, but not Caledonia.

    Had it not been for ‘ordinary’ people like Gary McHale and Caledonia Class Action lawyer John Findlay who both doggedly pursued justice for years against the overwhelming resources of the state against incredible odds there would have been virtually no justice at all for Caledonia’s victims.

    Final thought: if the provincial PC Party can’t bury the McGuinty government with this issue after this book comes out, and promise to move this province down the road to a province where the police enforce the law equally it doesn’t deserve to be elected.

    Thanks for thoughts, Merv. Mark

  2. I can hardly wait to read this – thanks!

    VoC REPLY: I’m sure all those who perpetrated the lawlessness and civil rights abuses; enabled or supported them; cowered from them; tried to intimidate those who spoke out against them (thinking especially about my OPP (see sect ‘L’) & CUPE 3903 ‘friends’ here); and failed to report the facts about them feel exactly the same way — but for entirely different reasons.

    BTW, if you haven’t seen this post and the short video in it, I heartily recommend it (when you get to the site I’ve linked to, wait a minute for the video to load):

      VoiceofCanada, Jan 06/10: I gotta feeling today’s gonna be a good day!

    Thanks for writing ‘K.’ Mark

  3. Bonnie Stephens

    Three cheers and a couple of huzzas to Christie Blatchford and the brave people who stood up against the wrongdoings in Caledonia. Finally, the story will be told and I suspect that a whole lot of people will be paying close attention to what happens next in Caledonia and every other place like it around Ontario.

    VoC REPLY: Hi Bonnie. You and Larry were among those who stood up to march and support us and the people of Caledonia. Thank you! I hope this book gives everyone who was sitting on the fence the push they need to do the right thing so this never happens again. We shall see. Regards, Mark

  4. I read this book in 2 days and found it both intriguing and blunt with a touch of humour in spots. It is unbelievable what the residents of Caledonia went through and are still enduring.

    This book reflected that there was, indeed, a 2 tiered policing with the natives allowed almost anything while the residents were the one arrested. Unbelievable in this day and age. All the strategy of the OPP was first discussed with the occupiers of the Douglas Creek Estates through Ron George, the cousin of slain native Dudley George.

    This book is a “got to read” one for sure.

    VoC REPLY: Thanks for writing, David. re ‘touch of humour’ – I know exactly what you mean; I’ve said to several people that it reminds me of the movie Pulp Fiction. It’s unbelievably violent and outrageous, but you can’t help but laugh at stuff one ordinarily wouldn’t/shouldn’t find ‘funny.’ Blatch is a brilliant story teller. As I said in my review…”a despicable, ugly story – beautifully told.”Mark