“Caledonia, Ont. — The fight for justice in Caledonia has cost him at least $40,000 and an incalculable toll on his health but even now, at 76 and with the cancer in his bones, Merlyn Kinrade is unrepentant and without regret.”
- National Post, Christie Blatchford, Jan 04/12: No regrets in the battle for justice in Caledonia
Christie Blatchford, author of Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear And Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All of Us, has published an inspiring profile CANACE co-founder Merlyn Kinrade, a staunch ally in the struggle for justice since Jan 20/07 when he — as described in Helpless — first clambered up the side of a hill near Canadian Tire when I asked for a volunteer to hold my Canadian flag (photo, L) while I gave my ‘Blue Beret’ speech.
Through Blatchford, Merlyn reveals publicly what we have known privately for some time: he is battling cancer that is spreading through his body, and that he has no regrets whatsoever about taking time away from his wife and daughter to fight for justice in his community and country.
- National Post, Christie Blatchford, Jan 04/11: No regrets in the battle for justice in Caledonia
- also: VoiceofCanada, Dec 07/11: VIDEO: The Caledonia Eight Arrested
Blatchford’s article references a day when he blocked traffic for 40 minutes (after the road was first blocked by native protesters) even though he was sick with hives. This was Dec 01/07, the day we were attacked by Six Nations smokeshack supporters at a protest against one of the illegal ventures…when Gary McHale and Jeff Parkinson were sent to hospital, and I was also assaulted (but uninjured). The picture below is of Merlyn holding a sign that day (which I made) that says, ‘TWO TIER JUSTICE VICTIMIZES NATIVE PEOPLE TOO!’ I use this image as part of my header at the Caledonia Victims Project site where you can read more about it.
Blatchford’s National Post article includes two photos of Merlyn being arrested as one of the Caledonia Eight on Dec 03/11. They are credited to Never Again Group member Steve Scheffer who has come to Caledonia on several occasions to support our protests.
My thank you note to Christie Blatchford
Here is part of the thank you note I sent to Blatchford today:
“After all we’ve been through together in Caledonia, and as former ‘brothers in arms’ [Merlyn & I are both former members of the Cdn Forces and veterans of UN peacekeeping missions], I’ve been struggling to come to terms with the knowledge that I’m going to lose one of the true friends I’ve ever had, one of the greatest Canadians I’ve ever known personally.
- Caledonia Victims Project: Merlyn Kinrade (CANACE)
- VoiceofCanada, April 19/07: Leadership has a name in Caledonia: Merlyn Kinrade, RCN (retired)
Merlyn & Caledonia Eight in court today at 1pm
Seven of the ‘Caledonia Eight,’ including Merlyn Kinrade, will be in court today at 1pm, Cayuga Courthouse, 45 Munsee Street North to answer trespassing-related charges from our Dec 03/11 arrests while walking on one of the Haldimand County-owned roads that run through the occupied Douglas Creek Estates.
- 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 (photos, story)
See you there.