Category Archives: Courage & Sacrifice

Christie Blatchford profiles Caledonia hero Merlyn Kinrade

Merlyn Kinrade, arrested Dec 03/11 as one of 'Caledonia Eight.' PHOTO by Steve Scheffer, Never Again Group “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

070120 Merlyn Kinrade holds Cdn flag for Mark Vandermaas near Cdn Tire 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 Helplessfirst 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.  

Merlyn Kinrade, arrested Dec 03/11 as one of 'Caledonia Eight.' PHOTO by Steve Scheffer, Never Again Group

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.

071201 Merlyn Kinrade holding sign during anti-illegal smokeshack protest, Caledonia. 'TWO TIER JUSTICE VICTIMIZES NATIVE PEOPLE TOO!'

Photo credits

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. 

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Christmas: God’s gift to Haldimand County – by Gary McHale

Gary McHale in hospital after being attacked by Six Nations smokeshack supporters, Dec 01/07The article below was published in Caledonia’s Regional News paper as one of Gary McHale’s weekly columns.  Gary’s example and instruction were key to me eventually deciding to become a Christian. More below… (all photos added by VoC)…

Christmas: God’s gift to Haldimand County

by Gary McHale  (Dec 21/11)

I am quite certain that God’s gift to mankind wasn’t a Turkey, stuffing, cranberries and an iPod (or a stone tablet and a chisel). Even the Charley Brown Christmas show tells us that the gift was God’s son being born in a manger. However, it wouldn’t have been much of a gift if Jesus grew up to be a drunken sailor.

God’s gift includes the life Jesus lived and how Jesus was willing to pay a price in order to show the love of God to all mankind. If Christmas was merely about giving then God could have rained down Turkeys and cranberries until everyone was full.

Christmas is about Jesus being willing to sacrifice himself to bring us the truth. As he stated before Pilate, “the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth”. This truth caused riots, crowds called for him to be stoned and he was finally crucified. His death is as much a part of Christmas as his birth is. While Jesus doesn’t walk the earth today, he lives on in the hearts of all Christians who are called to be the salt and light of their communities.

For this reason I have, for the past 30 years, wondered what pastors and Christians who lived in the deep South would say when they stand before God and are asked what they did to help their black neighbours, what they did to end racism or what they did to address the injustice that they saw every day. I envision the Christian saying, “I did pray privately and I didn’t engage in any beatings but I was afraid to speak out, I was afraid of what my neighbours would say, would I lose my job, would my family be targeted for hate so I… well… didn’t do much.”

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Jacob Peretz to London Free Press: Coverage of Gaza boat story shameful as voyage itself

Jacob Peretz, June 25/11, Day 3 of Blue Beret vigil vs London Muslim Mosque support for Cdn Boat to HamasLetter to London Free Press submitted by resident, Jacob Peretz, who was the first member of the London Jewish community to show support for the Blue Beret vigil outside the London (Muslim) Mosque, on Day 3 – June 25/11 (I have made some minor typographical corrections).

Jacob sent a copy to me after it appeared in the LFP.

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Middle East

Gaza

I would like to submit a letter Letter to the editor July 5, 2011. The London Free Press (LFP), daily coverage of the “Canadian boat to Gaza” is shameful as is the voyage itself.

Billed as a humanitarian voyage to aid the people of Gaza against “Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza”, this trip is nothing but a provocation against the legitimacy of the state of Israel. The people of Gaza are proud to say that they democratically elected this Hamas government and the world has to accept their votes. These people then have to live with the consequences of a government bent on the destruction of Israel and the elimination of the Jewish people all over the world.

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BULLETIN: Crown drops Assault charge vs. Gary McHale

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Hamilton Spectator, Jan 20/07: It's About Accountability: McHale

UPDATES:

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Earlier this afternoon I received a call from Gary McHale shortly after he left the Cayuga courthouse in which he confirmed that the Crown has now dropped the charge of Assault against him because there was “no reasonable prospect for conviction.”   

OPP arrest victim instead of pro-occupation trespasser   

The Assault charge was laid by the OPP in connection with our Feb 27/11 Truth & Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia where we were swarmed, harassed and assaulted by native occupiers and busloads of unionists, anarchists and anti-Israel types led by CUPE 3903 leader Tom Keefer.   

Despite being warned well in advance that busloads of radicals were being bused-in for the specific purpose of helping native occupiers of the Douglas Creek Estates to disrupt our planned rally at the Caledonia Lions Park the OPP refused – again – to provide officers to protect us from them. When we then relocated to private property to try to avoid the planned confrontation the radicals swarmed the property, refused to leave and the OPP refused to remove them.   

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Caledonia has some new friends: Ezra Levant & SUN News TV

UPDATED May 08/11 — Sun News-ezralevantGary McHale appeared on Ezra Levant’s show on the SUN News network this evening and it was clear that Caledonia had found some new – and very powerful – friends.

After putting MP Randy Hillier on the spot by lambasting Tim Hudak’s backtracking on his commitment to eliminate Ontario’s human rights tribunal to put an end to frivolous and abusive prosecutions (Levant was once prosecuted, er persecuted,by the Alberta Human Rights Commission for hate speech himself after publishing the infamous Mohammed cartoons at the Western Standard) he then spent about 12 minutes interviewing McHale. Levant finished with a promise to have McHale back many more times, recognizing that their first interview had “just scratched the surface.”

Hat tip to Blazing Cat Fur and ‘sdamatt2’ for getting the story & video out so quickly.

Levant/Sun News willingness to hold Conservatives accountable is good news!

knight-w-sword.jpgAs much as I was pleased at seeing my longtime associate appear with Canada’s leading conservative advocate for free speech to talk about Caledonia, I was just as gratified to see that the SUN News network is not planning on being a cheerleader or apologist for wimpy, backsliding, spineless Conservative politicians any more than it is for the left-leaning iteration. Watch and enjoy:

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Blatchford on McHale bail hearing: ‘law in Haldimand County operates as the law in America’s Deep South once worked’

crowd_laughing_at_village_idiot.jpg“…the law in Haldimand County operates as the law in America’s Deep South once worked, where there was one law for the white man, who could break it with impunity, and another for the black man. In Haldimand County, since the occupation began, there has been one law for natives and another for non-natives.”  Christie Blatchford, Globe & Mail, May 04/11

On Wednesday, May 04/11 I was present at the Cayuga courthouse  where Gary McHale was representing himself at a hearing into the bail restrictions imposed by the OPP after they arrested him for allegedly assaulting Tom Keefer – the ringleader of the anti-Caledonia coalition of unionists, anarchists, anti-capitalists and anti-Israel crowd that has supported native lawlessness in the Haldimand Tract since 2006.

Helpless author Christie Blatchford was there, too, covering the hearing for the Globe & Mail. She wrote what is simply a ‘must-read’ article that included strong commentary on the regressive nature of the OPP/McGuinty civil rights abuses in Caledonia as revealed by the unmitigated silliness of the testimony by McHale’s arresting officer – Detective-Constable Wesley Barnes – who had testified in an earlier bail review session on April 19/11.

The Crown, after reviewing the transcript of the officer’s testimony during the lunch break on Wednesday, decided to drop all travel restrictions against McHale. After reviewing the excerpt below readers will understand why.

Blatchford on the ‘ridiculous’ testimony by McHale’s arresting officer

HelplessByBlatchford project, Nov 22/10: CANACE video - Christie Blatchford on targeting of "law abiding" McHale by "prime minister's new best friend"“Last month in the Ontario Court of Justice, Mr. McHale attempted to vary his travel restrictions, and in the the course of a lengthy proceeding, questioned OPP Detective-Constable Wesley Barnes, the man who had arrested him and drawn up the colour map laying out his own personal no-go zone. Now it may be that there is somewhere a police officer who has looked more ridiculous by this own testimony, but I can’t think of one offhand.”

Here is an excerpt from the testimony by Det.-Const. Barnes on April 19/11 during cross -examination by Gary McHale. It begins at the bottom of page 43  of the transcript (page 44 of the PDF doc):

[Gary McHale] Q.  …let’s take Plank Road and 5th Line.

[Det-Cst. Barnes] A.  Yes, sir.

Q. Can you explain why I can’t go to that particular intersection?

A. Because there have been protests there before, sir.

Q. Can you name when?

A. I can’t name the, exact date, no.

Q. Can you name who did the protest?

question-mark_cartoon.jpegA. No, sir, I can’t.

Q. Can you name what happened, describe what happened?

A. There was a protest. There was a confrontation. I don’t know all the details, all of them, sir.

Q. So are you, are you even aware whether Tom Keefer was there?

A. I’m not aware of Tom Keefer…

Q. Or were you, are you aware that I was there?

A. No, sir, I’m not.

Q. So in actual fact, you’re unaware of whether or not any of the witnesses, or a victim, or me were at this unspecified rally that you get, don’t have a date for?

A. All I know, it’s one in the fall, sir.

Q. Okay.

A. Or it wasn’t a rally. It was a confrontation, not a rally.

Q. What was the confrontation?

A. I don’t know.

Q. Then how do you know there was one?

A. I was working that day. There was something happened.

Q. Well what day?

A. I don’t recall the specific day, sir.

Q. This is, this is really quite vague.

A. It is, yes.

Q. You’re, you’re working on a day…

A. It’d be sometime since I came back from August.

Q. You can’t, you – just a second, wait for my…

A. Sorry.

Q. You’re working on a day, you can’t describe what took place, don’t know who’s there, can’t remember the date, can’t describe the confrontation, but something happened  to say that, enough for you to say that I should be restricted from that area?

A. It’s be sometime since August, when I returned to Haldimand County, around August, I think the second week of August.

Q. Of what year?

A. Of 2010. And I’m not sure that, whether it was in the fall, I believe it was in the fall. There have been a few rallies there and confrontations.

Q. What’s at that spot that would cause a rally?

A. I don’t know, sir. I don’t know, I don’t know why we have the rallies when we have them. I don’t know why we have the confrontations where we do.

Q. So let’s take the McKenzie and York Road intersection. What happened over in that area?

A. I don’t recall, sir.

Eventually, the Crown objects to the continuing focus on the officer’s lack of knowledge about his reasons for restricting McHale’s travel within Caledonia and the judge overrules the objection saying:

REASONS FOR RULING

KIVEL J.P. (Orally):

“I, the Officer’s saying he used it as a geographical boundary to, probably to encompass a particular area that he’s referring to. Conversely, McHale is suggesting that if there’s been no history or any issues over there, why does it, necessary to prevent me from using that roadway. I, I think it’s important to appreciate that an officer in charge, setting terms and conditions, would be able to justify the restrictions that he is imposing, and I think Mr. McHale is challenging some of those, some of those conditions. And, Mr. McHale, I would agree that you, your issues raised are, are important.”

  • Ontario Court of Justice, Cayuga, April 19/11: Transcript of McHale bail variation hearing [PDF, 125P]

Blatchford compares justice in Caledonia to U.S. Deep South

Birmingham_may04-63_dogs“In the Ontario government’s continuing war on Gary McHale, the day will stand as another small notch in his belt.”

“…the law in Haldimand County operates as the law in America’s Deep South once worked, where there was one law for the white man, who could break it with impunity, and another for the black man. In Haldimand County, since the occupation began, there has been one law for natives and another for non-natives.”

March 27/11: 4 OPP officers watch DCE occupiers destroy our Truth & Reconciliation/Apology monument, and then insert Six Nations flags in the side of the base before buring the monument and our Canadian flag.“…it’s also clear that the state remains interested in stopping or silencing him – not because of anything he does, but rather because his presence irritates natives and their supporters such that, God forbid, passions may be inflamed and people reminded of the shame which unfolded here.”

VoC Comment

1. Well said, Ms. Blatchford, and thank you for taking time to travel to Cayuga to watch the latest episode of racial policing exposed. Even though Tom Keefer, the alleged victim, lives in Toronto and even though the alleged assault took place at the south end of town, nowhere near the Lions Hall where we have held the majority of our rallies, the OPP’s Det-Cst. Barnes made the Lions Hall off limits to McHale. Clearly, the restrictions were not designed to protect the alleged victim, but rather they were intended to prevent McHale from organizing and speaking at protests in Caledonia.

2. McHale made a point of thanking the Crown Attorney on the record for doing the right thing after reading the transcript of the OPP’s foolish attempt to once again abuse their authority to silence free speech. In the past the Crown has been all too willing to go along with the OPP’s nonsense, so it was quite a pleasant surprise when she agreed to end the travel restrictions. I thank her, too.

3. One of the key issues also raised by McHale, as shown in the transcript, is the OPP laying of a charge against the victim (McHale) of a trespasser (Keefer) in the first place in direct defiance of the Criminal Code. While Det.-Cst. Barnes arrested McHale for exercising his lawful right to remove trespassers from private property under Section 41 of the Criminal Code, he did NOT charge Tom Keefer with trespassing or charge him with assault after resisting McHale’s attempt to remove him. 

March 27/11 - Native occupiers of Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia burn our Truth & Reconciliation/Apology monument and our Canadian flag within minutes of attacking us - all while OPP officers watchedDespite having received complaints Barnes has also refused to lay charges against the native man who assaulted me on Feb 27th, and who assaulted Jeff Parkinson on March 27/11 was filming the native destruction of our Truth & Reconciliation ‘Apology’ monument.

The OPP has consistently refused to protect non-natives from native occupiers and/or their anarchist supporters – just look at the pictures and watch the video from our two Truth & Reconciliation rally where the OPP watched as we were swarmed and our Apology monument stolen, destroyed and burnt, along with our Canadian flag. If you watch closely, you’ll see a man drag our monument off the middle of the road after it was kicked there by a crazed native woman – he’s a plainclothed member of the OPP’s Provincial Liaison Team.

On Feb 27/11 it was the anarchists/anti-Israel/anti-capitalist crowd that the OPP allowed to harass us after refusing to remove them from the private property we were on – which we were forced to relocate to in the first place because they refused to separate them from us even though they were notifed these radicals were being bused in to confront us.

We are making progress, but make no mistake about it: OPP race-based policing is as alive and well in Haldimand County as it was on Feb 28, 2006.

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Free speech dead in Austria: neo-Dark Ages begin w/Sabaditsche-Wolff conviction unless…

UPDATES:

Elisabeth Sabaditsche-Wolff (Click to watch video of Copenhagen speech, Nov 2010)Mary Lou Ambrogio, VP of IFPS-Canada, sent me the following story in the The Brussels Journal about the frightening conviction of Elisabeth Sabaditsche-Wolff for hate speech in Austria.

Mary Lou’s accompanying  remarks:

This is a fascinating summary of what happened in the case against ESW and how the judge was able to introduce a new charge after hearing all the evidence and realizing they couldn’t get her on the original charge. Kangaroo court doesn’t even begin to describe this process.”

The Brussels Journal, Feb 21/11

Convicted for calling Muhammad a ‘paedophile’

In Austria, calling Muhammad a ‘paedophile’ constitutes illegal denigration of “religious teachings”. This is what Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was found guilty of in an Austrian court. Read on for an extensive analysis of the puzzling verdict.

Acquitted and convicted

Crying -  ashamedThere is now a conviction against Austrian citizen Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff (ESW), who stood trial on a charge of “incitement to hatred” at a series of seminars educating about political Islam and the challenges we face. The case was closed on February 15th 2011 by judge Bettina Neubauer, who gave the following verdict to ESW, who was also convicted of being a “Repeat offender”, in spite of this conviction being her first:

  • Acquitted on the charge of incitement to hatred
  • Convicted for denigration of the teachings of a legally recognized religion.
  • Punishment: 120 day fines for a total of 480 euros.

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