Category Archives: Doug Fleming

Caledonia activists McHale, Kinrade, Fleming launch campaign for Haldimand Council seats

Three of the most visible activists in Caledonia/Haldimand County have filed nomination papers and launched campaign websites under the unified theme, ‘HALDIMAND is OPEN for BUSINESS.

In the 2008 federal election Gary gathered 10% of the vote, including 1822 votes in Caledonia alone so this should be an interesting race.

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Caledonia Players: Tom Keefer & CUPE 3903

RELATED: June 05/10: ‘CUPE extremists supporting Muslim extremists supporting Native extremists.’

CUPE 3903 leader Tom Keefer, June 23/09, Cayuga, ONUPDATED 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: info@voiceofcanada.ca.

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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Legal notices served re CUPE protest

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UPDATE July 27/10: On July 14/10 the Six Nations newspaper Tekawennake published the first of two ‘clarifications’ and an op-ed series which make it clear the paper had NO evidence that Mark Vandermaas (VoC), Gary McHale, Merlyn Kinrade and Doug Fleming were associated with white supremacist groups:

  • Tekawennake News op-ed series, July 14-21/10: Healing Two Communities [PDF, 7p] (complete series)

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Last week, a number of notices under the Libel and Slander Act were served on various individuals and media outlets in connection with the June 23/09 CUPE 3903 protest in Cayuga against Doug Fleming’s Caledonia Militia/Peacekeepers concept.

CUPE 3903’s smear campaign

Members of CUPE 3903’s First Nations Solidarity Working Group – which has been involved in Caledonia for 3 years and openly supports the Haudenosaunee Men’s Fire – and their supporters did their best to paint Gary McHale, Doug Fleming and me as white supremacists for speaking out and/or acting on behalf of Caledonia’s victims. 

Media outlets take the bait

Several media outlets published some of the sleazy allegations and/or the statements on signs carried by the protesters without even attempting to verify if the statements were true or not. One media outlet also attacked Merlyn Kinrade’s character. Two other outlets named had previously published disgusting editorial content making fun of Gary McHale’s injuries after he was viciously swarmed and attacked by supporters of an illegal smokeshack in Caledonia on Dec 01/07. Another has already settled a previous action for libel brought by Gary McHale.

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Are media ‘scum’? McHale letter to Dunnville Chronicle

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The Dunnville Chronicle, to their great credit, published Gary McHale’s scathing letter to the editor regarding their recent editorial entitled, ‘Craving Attention‘ [REPRINT]. My comment and reference material follows.

JUST EXERCISING OUR RIGHTS

July 08/09 [LINK]

TO THE EDITOR:

In a democratic society there are tens of thousands of groups seeking to get media attention for their cause. I hate to be the one to tell the Chronicle, but modern marketing is all about doing things to get media attention -it is far better than wearing masks and beating the crap out of people.

The media, on the most part, are scum. They are not truly interested in the concerns of people and are only interested in selling ad space. The bloodier the story the more coverage you get. After three years I have seen few media outlets reporting the content of any speeches, airing the footage of any peaceful protests or capturing the meaning of what people are concerned about.

Announce you are marching onto DCE and suddenly media are there to capture whether, in the course of an hour, someone swore or gave the finger -that is what will be aired.

If the Chronicle is upset by the use of the word ‘militia’ because it was used to get media attention then you need to look into a mirror and ask the following questions:

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What’s that sharp-looking shiny thing sticking out of your back, Ernie?

Illegal smokeshack on Palmer property, June 16/09: STAIRS

UPDATE 2235 EST June 29/09: Regional News Comment by Bill Jackson, June 24/09: Getting both sides of the story. I’ve posted some excerpts related to Ernie and the smokeshack at the end of this post.

OH ERNIE, ERNIE, ERNIE…

Let’s take a fun stroll through the ‘Everything That Goes Around Comes Around Department,’ or, if you prefer, the ‘One Knife in the Back Deserves Another Department” and, if you have time, what about having a look at the ‘When You Lie Down With Dogs You Get Fleas Department.” They’re all good when it comes to this story:

I recently ran a post regarding my opinion that 73 year-old farmer Ernie Palmer was an honourable, law-abiding citizen who was bullied by Steve Powless into allowing a smoke shack onto his private property and then insulting Doug Fleming for announcing the Caledonia Militia after speaking to Ernie. (now called ‘Caledonia Peacekeepers.’)

Since running that story, Ernie’s been busy trying to paint Powless as a great guy who had coffee with him all the while insulting Caledonia resident Doug Fleming at every opportunity. I was a little puzzled, but I was pretty sure this story wasn’t finished.

At first, I just couldn’t believe that he wasn’t intimidated. After his numerous backstabbing jabs at Doug Fleming, an honourable man who went to speak with him in good faith to try to offer lawfully permitted assistance if it was desired I began to have my doubts.

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CUPE 3903 protests in support of organized crime

UPDATE July 27/10: On July 14/10 the Six Nations newspaper Tekawennake published the first of two ‘clarifications’ and an op-ed series which make it clear the paper had NO evidence that Mark Vandermaas (VoC), Gary McHale, Merlyn Kinrade and Doug Fleming were associated with white supremacist groups:

  • Tekawennake News op-ed series, July 14-21/10: Healing Two Communities [PDF, 7p] (complete series)

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by Jeff Parkinson

Admittedly when I first heard that Tom Keefer was bringing a bus load of people to protest against the Caledonia Peacekeepers in Cayuga last night, I wasn’t sure what to think. This is a union after all so I anticipated something different from the usual racist, bigoted, ignorant crowd that gathers in small numbers to protest against law & order in Caledonia. Fortunately I’m not afraid to admit it when I’m wrong and I was very wrong.

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CUPE and criminals work together against Haldimand victims

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UPDATE July 27/10: On July 14/10 the Six Nations newspaper Tekawennake published the first of two ‘clarifications’ and an op-ed series which make it clear the paper had NO evidence that Mark Vandermaas (VoC), Gary McHale, Merlyn Kinrade and Doug Fleming were associated with white supremacist groups:

  • Tekawennake News op-ed series, July 14-21/10: Healing Two Communities [PDF, 7p] (complete series)

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RELATED: June 05/10: ‘CUPE extremists supporting Muslim extremists supporting Native extremists.’

Unfortunately, I’m too busy preparing some legal documents today to get up a fully detailed post on the protest against the Caledonia Peacekeepers presentation yesterday in Cayuga where members of various locals from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) led by protest organizer Tom Keefer made fools of themselves in so many ways.

The left-wing lunatic fringe was definitely out in force yesterday and they didn’t disappoint,  making idiotic, false and defamatory statements that left my mouth hanging open more than once. Best of all, we caught it all on tape.

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Caledonia breakthrough: Canadians allowed to walk past DCE with Canadian flags

opp_000682UPDATED 1126 EST June 23/09: Video footage of marchers put to music courtesy of Jeff Parkinson.

I am very pleased to report that I sent the following letter to the OPP on behalf of CANACE to thank them for their role in yesterday’s ‘Support Randy Fleming‘ rally.

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June 21, 2009 

Commissioner Fantino, Ontario Provincial Police
Superintendent Gentle
Inspector McLean
Sergeant Carter
Sergeant Michaud

Dear Gentlemen:

Gary McHale and Merlyn Kinrade asked if I would pass on thanks from CANACE to you and your officers for your assistance, your honest communications and your decision to protect and respect the rights of non-natives to walk down Argyle Street with Canadian flags past the DCE. I know this was a big step for the OPP and I know that Sgt. Carter could not have helped make it happen without the support of the OPP leadership. For this we are truly grateful to you all.

Before leaving Lions Park I told the crowd that the officers of the OPP have had a rough three years, too and that no matter what has happened in the past, or will happen in the future, today they made the decision to do the right thing for us. I asked them to thank every OPP officer they met that day in the hopes your officers would go home to their families to tell them that perhaps life will be getting better for them, too.

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History in the making as OPP promise escort for Caledonia protest

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Last night OPP Sgt. Phil Carter called Merlyn Kinrade to confirm that the force will be providing an escort for the Support Randy Fleming flag march down Argyle Street tomorrow past the occupied Douglas Creek Estates.

If the OPP keep their word, we will make history together by forcing them and the Province to recognize that the rights of non-natives cannot be unreasonably suspended or denied during a land claim dispute simply because they find it easier than confronting the intimidation and threats of native protesters.

Even if we are betrayed this time, even if native gangsters mobilize to block us, it changes nothing but the date that the Rule of Law returns to our province. History is on our side. Justice is on our side. Racial policing will end, we just don’t know the date.

While the struggle against Race-Based Policing is far from over, tomorrow will be a very, very good day, a notable mile marker in the long journey ahead of us. 

Bring your flags tomorrow!

Let’s say ‘thank you’ to the OPP

As we march tomorrow with our flags, can I suggest that you look each OPP officer squarely in the eye when you pass near and say, ‘thank you.’

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MPP Toby Barrett hammers McGuinty over Caledonia Militia insults

MPP Toby Barrett has absolutely hammered McGuinty and his cabinet ministers over their much-publicized insults regarding the Caledonia Militia in what is his most powerful statement since issuing the extraordinary Haldimand Proclamation for Peace, Order and Good Government on Feb 11/08.

As I said in emails to Toby’s Executive Assistant today:

I thought Toby’s letter to McGuinty was the best thing since the Barrett Proclamation. It was gutsy, honest, hard-hitting, passionate, and oh-so-very right on target! I am so bloody sick of politicians and bureaucrats accusing non-natives of being ‘unhelpful’ while they stay silent regarding native gangsters who have terrorized innocent people.

Read for yourself, and then send Toby a well-deserved thank you.

Toby Barrett supports Tim Hudak’s plan for renewed focus on rule of law

Toby Barrett has also issued a news release announcing that he is backing the call by Tim Hudak (candidate for PC Party Leader) for changes to the Trespass to Property Act and the creation of a separate offence for illegal occupations.

Toby was there in the beginning

Toby Barrett was a key-note speaker (photo above) at the inaugural March for Freedom  on Oct 15/06 when every other politician was hiding under their beds and predicting a nuclear holocaust if non-natives peacefully marched in Caledonia.

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91% of TorStar story readers shoot down Liberal insults aimed at Caledonia Militia

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UPDATED 1924 EST June 19/09: Canada Free Press, June 15/09: Politicized policing, incites call for citizen militias

UPDATED 1529 EST June 19/09: Added LARGE TYPE PDF version of Star story & reader’s comments.

In ‘Proof positive native extremists have lost PR battle’ I laid out the evidence to show how native extremists have lost the support of  the media and – just as importantly – their own communities.

Yesterday’s reaction by readers to a Toronto Star story regarding Doug Fleming’s Caledonia Militia idea shows just how much the public is fed up with the lawbreakers AND the McGuinty government.

After reading the story in which the Premier, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Brad Duguid and Community Safety & Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci called the milita idea “unhelpful;” “dumb” and “shameful” 85 comments were left. Result: 77 positive comments for the militia, Fleming, and Caledonia. 5 negative comments. 3 neutral.

In other words, despite the scathing criticisms by three Liberal ministers 91% of readers who read their words – published by one of the biggest, most liberal newspapers in Canada – think the following:

1. McGuinty’s ministers are a bunch of twits;

2. They’re not buying justifications or tolerance of landclaim lawlessness anymore, and

3. They think the Caledonia Militia is a great idea. If you count the neutral comments, it means 94% of readers were either positive or neutral regarding the militia.

It must have been a tremendous blow to their egos to find out that they were wrong – that the public sees the Caledonia Militia as a legitimate reaction to their interference in policing.

BTW, the TorStar story had a link to the Hamilton Spec’s ‘let’s rewrite history’ story as discussed in my last post, ‘More BS in Caledonia: Spectator helps smokeshacker spread it thick & wide.’  This makes the positive number of comments even more impressive!

CHTV coverage – positively inspired!

1 bCHTV had some positively brilliant coverage featuring Doug Fleming. In an interview by Donna Skelly and Lawrence Diskin, Doug’s common sense and understanding of history shone forth while Skelly firmly announced that she supported Doug 100%. 

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More BS in Caledonia: Spectator helps smokeshacker spread it thick & wide

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UPDATE 11:55 EST June 17/09: Doug Fleming was interviewed on CHTV today and pointed out to Lawrence Diskin and Donna Skelly that between the time he spoke with Ernie Palmer and the time he announced the Caledonia Militia, Steve Powless had erected signs to announce his new ‘business.’ Obviously, his claim that he was planning to leave at Ernie’s request, but Doug squirrelled the deal was pure, unadulterated bullshit. Gee, who could have known!
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In my last post I talked about the attempts to ignore the history of victimization of Caledonia by Six Nations and the disgusting attempts by some to portray residents as ‘inbred’ racists and white supremacists in order to discredit Doug Fleming’s decision to form the Caledonia Militia.
Well, residents should be careful where they walk if they want to avoid the latest steaming piles of bull doo doo being shovelled onto the streets of their fair town thanks to the Hamilton Spectator and Steve Powless:

Pile of BS #1: A tale of two Hamilton Spectator stories

Here are links to two PDF versions of Spectator stories about the Caledonia Militia:

You might be forgiven for thinking these are two different stories with two different titles with two different links, and that Version 2 was a fresh, new story published after the Spec gathered more information.

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Caledonia Militia seeks volunteers to defend Haldimand property owners

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Caledonia flag raising protest, May 24/09: Merlyn Kinrade, Doug Fleming (white shirt) and Peter Kamerman following their placing of a Canadian flag on a hydro pole near DCE.

UPDATED 1120 EST June 16/09: Caledonia Militia story goes across Canada thanks to Canwest newswire story, ‘Ontario residents eye ‘milita’ as aboriginal dispute drags onPDF, which was picked up by the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Hamilton Spectator and Western Standard. See links in References below.
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This announcement from Caledonia resident Doug Fleming was released this evening:

Caledonia Militia

by Doug Fleming
June 14, 2009

Enough is enough! Due to the ongoing reality that the OPP refuses to enforce the Criminal Code with regards to people’s property rights I am forming the Caledonia Militia to ensure that the criminal code is upheld in Haldimand County.

Section 38 – 42 of the Criminal Code outlines the rights of all citizens to lawfully protect their property against trespassers and against those who would steal private property. Parliament has seen fit to allow citizens the right to use reasonable force to remove trespassers from private property.

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