Last week Regional News reporter Bill Jackson ran the editorial below in response to the criticism by Haldimand politicians about our May 24/09 flag raising protest in Caledonia.
VoiceofCanada category: Caledonia – May 24/09
REGIONAL NEWS THIS WEEK
by Bill Jackson
Some people see flag raising events in Caledonia as disruptions to a quiet town on a Sunday afternoon. Others see them as driving at the root of two-tier justice that has inhibited economic development and inflicted much bigger wounds than anything occurring last Sunday.
Sure, cars took it slow to make sure that they avoided a few dozen people who were standing on the shoulders of Argyle Street South. But while frustration and hostility were in the air, acts of violence and major confrontations did not occur.
After all, why would they? People only wanted to raise a few Canadian flags in Caledonia. In Canada.
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Merlyn Kinrade and I are very pleased that Caledonia’s Regional News today published the letter below from us regarding comments by Haldimand Councillors Grice and Sloat about Merlyn’s May 24/09 flag raising protest.
Many thanks to a great newspaper which has decided to give a strong voice to those who struggle for justice. Don’t miss today’s Regional News column by Gary McHale: ‘Of Mice and Men.’
REGIONAL NEWS THIS WEEK
Councillor Sloat should apologize
by Merlyn Kinrade & Mark Vandermaas
We would like to thank Mayor Trainer for publicly defending our right to peacefully oppose racial policing by attempting to force the OPP to respect our right to raise a Canadian flag across from DCE. I hope she will take comfort in knowing that she is on the right side of history.
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UPDATE 1245 EST May 26/08: Fantino has emergency meeting with Six Nations Confederacy chiefs, tells them he will enforce court orders against native protesters. See ‘End of the beginning’ for struggle against race-based policing.’
While CANACE can’t take credit for all the dramatic developments that have taken place recently, they do seem to coincide with CANACE activism and education efforts.
A quick refresher:
- On May 07/08 CANACE released our latest report, ‘Legalized MYTHS of Illegal Occupations‘ to a packed Cayuga Hall that included business people and developers. MPP Toby Barrett spoke to the crowd and provided an update about Deseronto.
- On May 08/08 CANACE directors met with two federal MPs at a resident’s home in Caledonia where we supplied them with copies of 4 CANACE reports. We have received confirmation that 20 copies of these reports were distributed ‘broadly’ in Ottawa and are ‘causing quite a stir.’
- On May 12/08 CANACE was authorized to gather evidence at a construction site in Cayuga for the purpose of laying criminal charges against native blockaders. Charges should be filed via ‘private informations’ by the end of next week. The OPP subsequently advised the builders that their Criminal division was ‘investigating.’
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One of the saddest aspects of our struggle to restore the rule of law in Caledonia has been the consistent refusal of Haldimand Council as a group to take a stand on the side of justice.
- They allowed themselves to be manipulated by OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino into being part of a secret ‘mutual understanding’ intended to blame Gary McHale for tensions in Caledonia despite him having committed no crime. (see also, Legalized MYTHS of Illegal Occupations, Myth #3)
- They allowed Julian Fantino to speak to Council after he threatened them to remain quiet, but refused to allow McHale, Kinrade and I to appear as a delegation in order to clear our names.
- On July 09/07 Council issued a silly press release blaming the federal government for the crisis in their community instead of holding McGuinty and the OPP for not enforcing the law – which is a provincial responsibility.
- They refused to stand with15 year-old Dancer and the brother of Sam Gualtieri to speak at the pre-election October 08/07 ‘Remember Us’ March.
- They refused to ratify Toby Barrett’s historic ‘Haldimand Proclamation for Peace, Order and Good Government.’
- They recently cancelled a scheduled meeting with CANACE directors because ‘they were too busy’ and because ‘Council has no appetite to go after Michael Bryant’ – even after CANACE helped Mayor Trainer expose how the Ontario government – and Bryant in particular – has knowingly allowed the OPP to lie to landowners regarding the ‘Colour of Right’ myth. (see also, Legalized MYTHS of Illegal Occupations, Myth #1, link below)
- Not one member of Haldimand Council showed up to see our May 07/08 presentation of ‘Legalized MYTHS of Illegal Occupations.’
UPDATED 1054 EST April 28/08
On April 23, 2008, just one day after personally serving Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant with notices under the Libel and Slander Act for his public comments about me, my complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Commission and CANACE co-founder Gary McHale, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino appeared on the John Oakley Show on AM640 Toronto Radio and earned the right to a similar notice by falsely accusing us of being ‘involved’ in violence and having a violent agenda.
Bryant is served, CANACE helps Mayor Trainer expose a key OPP fabrication
I served Bryant right before the start of his meeting with Haldimand Council on April 22/08 while he was going around the room shaking hands.
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Yesterday, CANACE co-founders, Jeff Parkinson and Merlyn Kinrade managed to do what the OPP refused to do – lay a charge of assault against Haldimand Councillor Buck Sloat with respect to an Aug 07/07 incident at the Haldimand County office in which Sloat allegedly grabbed Parkinson’s shoulder while he snatched Parkinson’s tape recorder from his pocket and dropped it on the ground. Fortunately, the recorder was running at the time and recorded the incident.