IFPS-Canada VP Mary Lou Amgrogio speaks about free speech, and announces that her organization is co-sponsoring ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ in Ottawa, March 22/11. Click image to play video (5:13)
UPDATED March 07/11 — after returning home yesterday from Sunday’s tumultuous Truth and Reconciliation Rally on Feb 27/11, and our unsuccessful attempt to place a symbolic Healing & Reconciliation Apology monument on the road allowance near the entrance to the occupation site in Caledonia, I forwarded some initial thoughts and references to Natasha at MooseAndSquirrel.ca who has been kind enough to not only cover this story, but also share my speech notes with her readers since I have not had time to do so.
I apologize to other bloggers like Celestial Junk, Gods of the Copybook Headings, Blazing Cat Fur who have covered the Caledonia story for not being included, but I was completely overwhelmed with the preparations for the event, and had only intended to leave a short comment to some of Natasha’s stories which led to a very hurried idea to just send copies of my speech notes & photos of the monument I had just taken to her. Your exclusion was not intentional, and I promise to try to do better. Thanks also to Xanthippa for coverage of Caledonia and our March 22nd presentation in Ottawa. 🙂
Natasha’s story based on my rally notes has sparked a great debate in which Dan Kellar (yes, that one) weighed in to help all of us understand that the anarchist/anti-capitalist support for the occupation is based on dogma and not reality:
What’s been happening since the Truth & Reconciliation Rally
PHOTO: The photo above is of Mary Lou Ambrogio, VP of International Free Press Society (Canadian chapter) giving her speech on Sunday in which she speaks about preserving free speech, and announces that her organization is co-sponsoring ‘Caledonia:No More Nightmares‘ in Ottawa, March 22/11. From L-R: Christie Blatchford, Ernie Palmer (Caledonia resident, in background, head turned); Doug Fleming; Peter Kamerman, Mary Lou Ambrogio, Merlyn Kinrade.
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UPDATE: ShalomLife, June 16/10: Anti-Israel Protesters: Canada is Also Occupied Territory
UPDATED June 04/10 — The shutdown of University Avenue and the Gardiner Expressway by Tamils in May 2009 showed just how far the Toronto Police were prepared to go in order to allow supporters of the Tamil Tiger terror group to disrupt the lives of law-abiding people. Micro-Caledonia Redux.
Now, in a situation which also parallels Caledonia, Toronto Police seem to be operating from the OPP’s racial policing playbook by deliberately downplaying assaults against law abiding, non-Muslim activists/bloggers who are documenting anti-Israel protests.
Leader of Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadian Arab Federation assaults blogger
Yesterday, blogger Blazing Cat Fur was filming an anti-Israel demonstration when CUPE/Canadian Arab Federation leader Ali Mallah purposefully crossed the street in full view of the camera to assault him. Unbelievably, the Toronto Police treated the victim as though HE were the criminal:
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A storm of controversy that was ignited by an internet petition aimed at intimidating Mount Royal University into revoking the invitation to speak has now, unexpectedly, brought about some very positive results for the people of Caledonia and Six Nations, and the future of debate in Canada:
1. The petition was voluntarily taken down by the Australian host due to libelous statements against Mark Vandermaas & Gary McHale.
2. Christie Blatchford was drawn into the firestorm when a Mount Royal professor announced he planned to sign the petition, and then suggested that she be invited to speak instead Vandermaas & McHale.
Blatchford sent forum organizer Dr. Widdowson a lengthy email explaining that she was too busy to come because she was writing a book about Caledonia, and that the allegations against the two – based on her personal knowledge – were untrue.
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Native protesters & supporters interfere with CANACE anti-racism rally for 2nd straight week trying to incite responses from residents & organizers. Crashers placed their own banner behind CANACE founder Merlyn Kinrade as he announced the cancellation of the event due to lack of police presence.
UPDATED 1115 March 30/10 — For the second week in a row native protesters and supporters forced the cancellation of CANACE’s Anti-Racism Rally in Caledonia after they confronted organizers and residents, surrounded them and heckled Gary McHale as he explained why he and Merlyn felt it necessary to again call off the event – all without a single OPP officer present to separate and control the two sides.
You can see some of the native protesters w/CUPE members coming to confront the CANACE protesters in the photo below with absolutely no police presence. Above, they made sure to hold their banners behind Merlyn as he spoke while others mingled with the residents who came out to hear speeches about racial policing and how it has caused terrible trauma to residents.
UPDATE: Gary McHale informed me after publication that he saw a handful of officers standing “150 feet away.”
The speech native protesters and CUPE didn’t want you to hear
I was not able to give my speech – Healing in the Absence of Justice – for the second week in a row, so I have published it in this article on the Caledonia Victims Project site:
Zero OPP presence
Although police have lined up numerous time to stop non-natives from walking down a street near the occupation site, and four people (Randy Fleming, photo R), including both McHale and me, have been arrested to prevent a ‘breach of the peace’ because we dared try to raise a Canadian flag, there was not a single officer present to keep native protesters and their supporters apart to prevent them from disrupting the CANACE event. The only police presence I observed was a single officer videotaping the event. That was it. Clearly the OPP were trying to do the very same thing as was done on Dec 01/07 – set up a situation where violence could break out and then blame it all on McHale:
OPP knew of very real danger of false criminal allegations by native protesters
Not only do native protesters have a long history of violence in Caledonia, including the vicious assault on Gary McHale on Dec 01/07 which I discussed in ‘Why Merlyn’s Anti-Racism rally is rescheduled for this coming Sunday, some native protesters have fabricated false allegations against non-natives in order to incite violence, and then have others falsify ‘corroborating’ witness accounts. The worst of the violence on Dec 1st was actually incited by a false allegation of assault by Camille Powless against Gary McHale.
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RELATED: June 05/10: ‘CUPE extremists supporting Muslim extremists supporting Native extremists.’
UPDATED July 27/10 — Links to key references can be found at the bottom. More source docs will be uploaded as time allows. In the meantime, bonafide journalists can contact Mark Vandermaas for supporting docs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUPE 3903 leader Tom Keefer first became known to CANACE due to his June 23/09 attempt to orchestrate a vicious smear campaign, with help from numerous other groups, to falsely link CANACE founders and Doug Fleming to neo-nazis and white supremacists. We subsequently learned, from his own words videotaped at a Cayuga protest, that he and CUPE and 0ther groups have been supporting the DCE occupation ever since the April 20/06 failed OPP raid.
Tom Keefer in Caledonia , Brantford and Concordia University
These are the key facts which have been verified thus far. Information came from Keefer’s own oral and written statements (including a key Nov 15/09 report he wrote for CUPE 3903), media reports of OPP testimony at the Brown-Chatwell trial, internet pages, court documents and newsletters published by Concordia University, and extensive email interaction with Mr. Keefer himself:
Tom Keefer & CUPE in Caledonia
1. SUPPORTING ORGANIZED CRIME – Mohawk Warriors: Keefer and his associates have been supporting native militants in Caledonia ever since shortly after the failed OPP raid of April 20/06 on the occupied Douglas Creek Estates – when police were attacked with weapons that included axes, clubs, socks filled with rocks and a chainsaw when they tried to enforce a court order to remove the occupiers.
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