A reliable source says that secret meetings have been taking place in Haldimand County regarding the occupied Douglas Creek Estates following the arrests of the Caledonia Eight on Dec 03/11 for ‘trespassing’ on a county road that passes through the occupation site.
On Monday Dec 19/11 Haldimand Council held an in camera meeting to discuss the Douglas Creek Estates.
On Wednesday, Dec 21/11 Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs visited Haldimand County to meet with Mayor Ken Hewitt for another private meeting to discuss the Douglas Creek Estates.
In camera meetings are frowned upon by the Ombudsman even though there are 9 exceptions to the rules that require them to be open to the public:
- Ombudsman of Ontario brochure: Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team [PDF, 6p] (see p3 for ‘exceptions’)
There are two exceptions that could apply here:
- proposed or pending acquisition or disposal of land
- security of the property of the municipality or local board
These meetings raise some troubling questions:
1. Is the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, in the wake of the arrests of the Caledonia Eight, now pressuring Haldimand Council to try to help it ‘legalize’ OPP racial policing practices, perhaps by convincing the county to find a way to exclude non-natives from county roads through the occupation site?
This issue suddenly became more urgent once we exposed the fact that it is the county, and not the province that owns these roads, hence our arrests were illegal:
- CANACE media release, Dec 05/11: ‘Caledonia 8’
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 07/11: VIDEO: The Caledonia Eight Arrested
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 04/11: The Caledonia 8 – arrested in non-native ‘no-go zone’ occupation site
2. Is the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs working with Haldimand County to betray the people of Caledonia yet again, this time with a secret deal to reward native lawlessness with the transfer of the Douglas Creek Estates – the epicentre of Caledonia’s nightmare – to Six Nations?
Unfortunately, if transferring land that doesn’t belong to Six Nations in the name of appeasement is the objective of these secret meetings, the exception for land acquisition/disposal with respect to in camera council meetings means that it is possible the entire affair could be conducted entirely in secret.
- HelplessByBlatchford feature, ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares‘ event, March 22/11, Mark Vandermaas presentation, Part 2: ‘Vexatious Land Claims…‘ [VIDEO, 14:50; presentation notes PDF, 36p (incl. citations)]
Whatever the purpose of these secret meetings may be, our source makes it clear they are NOT about the county seeking to have the province uphold the rule of law and Charter rights of non-natives.
Caledonia Eight in court Jan 06/12
Assuming the prosecutor doesn’t drop the charges now that they realize we weren’t trespassing on provincially-owned land as alleged by the OPP, seven of the Caledonia Eight will be in court on Jan 06/12 at the Cayuga Courthouse, 45 Munsee Street North, Cayuga.
Gary McHale is acting as the agent for all of us; he has already requested full disclosure of OPP notebooks, email transmissions and documents, and has notified OPP legal services that some of their officers, including a superintendent, will be subpoenaed to testify. Other government employees will also receive subpoenas.