The Outside Interlopers are Watching, by Gary McHale

eye-keyhole image by IFPS-Canada: www.ifpscanada.comOriginally published in the Caledonia Regional News on Feb 23, 2011.

If every single person in Haldimand were to sign a petition and join a rally against the injustice that occurred the Ontario Government wouldn’t care as long as those outside Haldimand didn’t hear about it. With 107 seats in the province and Haldimand being a strong conservative riding a Liberal Government doesn’t care how much noise you make as long as no one is listening.

However, outside interlopers are listening – tens of thousands have read Christie Blatchford’s book, read the media reviews of the book, watched the news reports for five years and viewed dozens of videos posted on the internet. While the government policies that created the injustice remain, the government’s ability to control the message, to silence or bully people into submission has come to an end.

For example, take the recent story printed in the Toronto Sun (a newspaper that virtually had no stories on Caledonia in 2006-07) by Peter Worthington titled ‘Truth and its consequences’ which was reprinted in the London and Brantford newspapers. The story was then circulated around the world via the International Free Press Society, which will have a representative speak at our rally this Sunday, and was covered in Europe as well as in Israel.

For the first time major media has accepted the view that the struggle in Caledonia is part of a greater global civil rights movement against political correctness run amok. Worthington has seen that Caledonia represents something far greater than local Ontario politics. Of particular importance is how Worthington links the civil rights struggle of the 50-60s to the issues of Caledonia.

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NOTE: the use of the word ‘interlopers’ is a direct reference to former OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino who repeatedly denigrated non-native rule of law activists from outside Caledonia as ‘interlopers’ while remaining silent about all the natives who came from outside Caledonia to help terrorize the town. The term has special meaning to readers of the original, hard copy edition of the Regional News which is distributed to every home in Haldimand County. The paper does not publish an online edition.

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