Category Archives: Peter Worthington

Caledonia good news catch-up

applause.jpgI had no idea of just how time-consuming the Blue Beret vigil would be when I started it. Not an exaggeration to say that I’ve been going on 3-4 hours sleep per night trying to keep up with all the writing and behind the scenes developments that I can’t talk about, all the while monitoring and reporting on the stunning developments in the Caledonia crisis. Normally I like to cross-post material from the Caledonia Victims Project here on VoC, but while I was covering it in my daily updates to the Blue Beret vigil, I just didn’t have time to re-post.

That was why I was sending out updates on the vigil to my ‘Caledonia list’ and if you were following them you might have gotten a sense of just how related the issues were as the vigil progressed. If not, go back and have a re-read. Or, you can catch up here. 🙂 

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Kudos to London Free Press for Worthington’s ‘Truth and Consequences’ feature page re Caledonia, Islamic appeasement

Palestinian flag (red, white, black & green) flies on Douglas Creek Estates occupation site in Caledonia underneath Mohawk Warriors flag (red & yellow)The London Free Press today published a remarkable, full-page feature to highlight Peter Worthington’s ‘Truth and its Consequences’ column which connected the dots between the intimidation of victims in Caledonia, the persecution of Islam critics in Europe and our application of Dr. King’s teachings to confront extremists and their enablers.

London Free Press, page B3 (full page): ‘Truth and Consequences’

The hard copy of the LFP page – which has not been published online – has Worthington’s column in a box on the left side beside a large close-up image of a woman wearing a burka. Underneath, across the full width of the page, is a large photo of the occupation site in Caledonia, and below that is a smaller photo showing a riot in Pakistan.

The  title is ‘Truth and Consequences,’ and the tagline reads:

‘PROTESTS: Around the world are people under pressure to watch what they say or face incarceration’

The giant photo of the burka woman contains a quote from Denmark’s Lars Hedegaard:

“Hundreds of thousands of little girls in Muslim majority societies have been sold into marriage with much older men…” Historian Lars Hedegaard

My letter to the Editor of the London Free Press

I submitted the following letter to the editor of the LFP for their consideration. I have not yet been advised if it will be published.

Re: Worthington’s ‘Truth and Consequences,’ Feb 14/11

I am profoundly grateful to Peter Worthington and to the London Free Press – and other media in Canada, Europe and Israel – for running this column, and especially for devoting an entire feature page to it for two reasons:

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TorSun founder Peter Worthington connects dots between Caledonia victims, Dr. King, and European persecution of Islam critics

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REMINDER: ‘Truth & Reconciliation’ Rally in Caledonia on Feb 27, 1pm.

Peter Worthington, Toronto SunToronto Sun founder Peter Worthington has become the first Canadian journalist to connect the dots between 1. the targeting of non-Native victims in Caledonia; 2. our application of Dr. King’s teachings in confronting appeasement of extremism; and 3. the persecution of European critics of Islamic extremism such as Lars Hedegaard, Jesper Langballe and Elisabeth Sabaditsche Wolff under draconian ‘hate speech’ thought-crime laws:

Truth and its Consequences

by Peter Worthington, Toronto Sun/SunMedia, Feb 13/11

When Ontario’s McGuinty government and the leadership of the OPP sided with First Nations protesters against local residents in Caledonia in 2006, it outraged many people. In her seminal book about the issue, Helpless, Christie Blatchford avoided the native rights issue and concentrated on the abandonment of rule of law which, curiously (or maybe not so curiously), offended many rank and file OPP officers who were ordered not to provoke Indians, but to hammer down locals who protested against the protesters.

Two of the victims of the temporary policy — Gary McHale and Mark Vandermaas, once arrested for raising the Canadian flag! — cite Martin Luther King’s famous letter from Birmingham jail in 1963, where he was under arrest for parading without a permit. In his landmark letter, Dr. King recalled that it was not an issue between legality and illegality, but right and wrong. He noted that everything Hitler did in Nazi Germany was “legal”, and everything Hungarian freedom fighters did in 1956 was “illegal”. “One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty,” Dr. King wrote. One who does this “is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”

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Peter Worthington uses Ipperwash Papers report to put the lie to McGuinty’s Ipperwash Inquiry ‘defence’ re Caledonia

Peter Worthington, Toronto SunOn Nov 13/10 the legendary Peter Worthington, co-founder of the Toronto Sun, became the first Ontario journalist outside Caledonia to write about our work on the Ipperwash Papers project in Caledonia crisis of facts.

Worthington’s latest article – inspired both by Christie Blatchford’s Helpless and Joe Warmington’s “curious justification” of the OPP’s actions (even though he hadn’t read Helpless) – follows on his first column about the Caledonia crisis – Helpless in Caledonia – written on Oct 27/10 after the release of Blatchford’s book.  It is based on a two-part series published by Caledonia’s Regional News (link below) authored by Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale and Ipperwash activist/community leader Mary-Lou LaPratte, a copy of which was sent to Worthington after his first column was published.

Here is an excerpt that deals with our work on the Ipperwash Papers project:

CALEDONIA CRISIS OF FACTS
by Peter Worthington
Toronto Sun, Nov 13/10

EXCERPT […] The inquiry by Justice Sidney Linden in 2007 supposedly is the definitive word on the 1992 violence at Ipperwash, where a police bullet killed Dudley George and unleashed anger that still persists. At the time, people from the nearby Ojibway reserve occupied land that had been expropriated from Indians in 1942 for an army base.

The Linden report is more concerned about pacifying Indians than recognizing abuses to non-aboriginals. It’s as if aboriginal status gives immunity from laws that apply to everyone else. Justice Linden’s report, is viewed as sacrosanct by Ontario’s McGuinty government, and made the premier fearful of getting involved in Caledonia lest he be pilloried as Mike Harris was pilloried for Ipperwash and Dudley George’s death.

Mark Vandermaas, Mary-Lou LaPratte and Gary McHale challenge the Ipperwash Report and its recommendations. The three held a press conference at Queen’s Park that was largely ignored. They had a two-part article published by the Caledonia-based Regional News — virtually the only media to give them a hearing.

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