Category Archives: MPP Toby Barrett

MPP Toby Barrett: Double standard for highway blockades?

I received a copy of the following article from Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. It dovetails perfectly with CANACE’s planned flag-raising event at 1:30 pm this next Sunday, May 24/09:

May 19, 2009

Hi, Toby here,

Please find attached a newspaper column titled, “Is there a double standard for highway blockades?”, that I have forwarded to our area newspapers.


Is there a double standard for highway blockades?

“You can’t block highways – You endanger others and you endanger yourselves.”

Who said that? – Why it was Premier Dalton McGuinty identifying last week’s Tamil highway blockade as, “unlawful activity.”

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McGuinty’s Ipperwash Cover-up: The Caledonia Legacy


The Caledonia-based Regional News has become the first media outlet in Canada to publish the full story of our Ipperwash Papers project, and the legacy of the inappropriate application by McGuinty of the Ipperwash Inquiry’s flawed recommendations.

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Rally at Queen’s Park: Say NO to Barrett’s political inquiry


UPDATE 2253 EST Feb 16/09: Caledonia resident Doug Fleming is organizing a group of residents to leave Caledonia tomorrow morning to go to Toby Barrett’s office in Simcoe. To join them, be at Canadian Tire at 0845 to car pool over. The goal is to get Toby to re-write the wording of his inquiry to be more representative of what the people want.

CANACE has issued a call to rally at Queen’s Park next Wednesday, Feb 18/09 at 11:00 AM to protest against MPP Toby Barrett’s private members bill, ‘Truth About Caledonia Act.’

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Please…no more political inquiries


The weekly Regional News in Caledonia has stood like a rock on the side of justice by ensuring that non-native activists and residents have been able to express their opinions and educate readers as to the facts and stories that other so-called ‘mainstream’ media in the area refuse to tell. One of their key contributions to readers has been to provide Gary McHale with a regular column to allow him to report, indepth, on the struggle against racial policing.

Yesterday, the Regional was scheduled to print part one of a two part series by Mary-Lou LaPratte, McHale and myself called, ‘McGuinty’s Ipperwash Cover-Up: the Caledonia Legacy.‘ Prior to publication however,  MPP Toby Barrett issued a call for an inquiry into Caledonia, ostensibly as a follow-up to Ken Hewitt’s petition — a petition that was sparked by McHale’s publication of Fantino’s character reference for Clyde Powless submitted to the Court on Dec 05/08 after he pleaded guilty to assaulting McHale at an illegal smoke shack on Dec 01/07. 

Unfortunately, the objectives of Barrett’s proposed inquiry bore little resemblance to  those proposed by Hewitt in his petition.

This prompted McHale to delay part one of our story by a week so he might devote his column to alerting readers to the potential flaws in Barrett’s private members bill:



Please no more POLITICAL inquiries

By Gary McHale

Caledonia sits in the aftermath of one of the biggest politically motivated inquiries in Ontario – the Ipperwash Inquiry. Instead of dealing with illegal acts, either by the OPP or individual protesters in Ipperwash, it was designed as the means to expose Mike Harris. The residents of Caledonia have paid the price of such any inquiry. You can read a detailed report of this political inquiry in the regional news over the next two weeks.

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MPP Toby Barrett: HELP WANTED!!!

—–Original Message—–
From: Barrett, Toby []
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:11 PM
Subject: HELP WANTED!!!!

Toby here,

A recent issue of Ontario Legislative Highlights states, “Newly installed Economic Development Minister Michael Bryant is moving most of his senior advisors to his new portfolio,” leaving, “Brad Duguid, who replaced Bryant in Aboriginal Affairs, looking to fill almost every” staff “position.” plus staff in Duguid’s office have also indicated they are staying in his old Ministry (Labour).

It looks like it’s time to dust off those resumes!!

WANTED: Staff to fill vacant positions in the office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

QUALIFICATIONS: at least 2 1/2 years experience with ongoing aboriginal occupations, lawlessness and related chaos, mayhem and economic disruption. Further proven skills in persevering through 26 months of government inaction will be considered an asset!

Please send resumes and cover letters to

Any thoughts on local talent to fill these positions?

Would you believe it…EVERY CANACE founder applied for these jobs!   

Dear Mr. Barrett: 

I have attached the ‘Caledonia resumes‘ for four Canadians who I believe may be (almost) over-qualified for positions within the Aboriginal Affairs Ministry left vacant by Michael Bryant’s staff. I would be very grateful if you would pass them on to the new minister, Mr. Duguid.

We all have extensive experience with race-based policing as well as many valuable connections with the OPP and within the native community. You may check our references with Mr. Fantino, the Ministry of the Attorney General, Mr. McGuinty, Mr. Bryant, Mr. Kwinter, Mr. Powless and Ruby & Floyd Montour as we are all very well acquainted and have extensive experience working together.

One of our number is a long time resident. One has three brothers born in Caledonia. A third sold real estate in Caledonia before moving to London. The fourth member of our team has no real connections to the town other than having driven through a few times before deciding to become  an outsider/interloper/troublemaker like us. The fifth member, Mary-Lou LaPratte has more experience in dealing with doubletalking politicians, OPP two tier justice, and landclaim lawlessness than all of us combined. 

I should note, however, that one of our group may be employed in Ottawa after Oct 14th, but the rest of us would still be available, and we really, really need the money these positions could provide. I’m fairly certain that, as with all those in the OPP and McGuinty government we, too, could be convinced to sell out our fellow Canadians in Caledonia for 20 pieces of silver. (Or perhaps even less…make us an offer!)

Please allow me to thank you for your assistance in providing access to these employment opportunities. I believe we could be a real asset to the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in undermining the rule of law in Ontario.


Mark Vandermaas
Gary McHale
Merlyn Kinrade
Jeff Parkinson
Mary-Lou LaPratte  

P.S. Nice one, Toby! 

VoC Comment 

You know, if I could get a government job promoting “aboriginal occupations, lawlessness and related chaos, mayhem and economic disruption” in places like Cashedonia, I could dig myself out of debt and wait for my gold-plated pension. Of course, I’d have to break every mirror in the house so I wouldn’t have to look at myself in the morning…but, hey, who cares about a conscience when there’s money to be made?  

P.S. Be sure to read Toby Barrett’s ‘Haldimand Proclamation for Peace, Order and Good Government.’

Mark Vandermaas, Editor


Human Rights complaint forces Fantino to tell truth (PART 2)

picture-worth-a-thousand-words.jpgIn Part 1 of ‘Human Rights complaint forces Fantino to tell truth,’ I summarized the background to complaints made by Gary McHale and I to the Ontario Human Rights Commission in July 2007, and showed how the subject officers, Commissioner Fantino included, actually admitted in writing to the OHRC in July 2008 that they made a deliberate decision to stop us from putting up flags and arrest us in order to ‘protect us’ from native ‘extreme elements’ who might choose to use violence against us. 

Here, in Part 2, I have reprinted the conclusion (section 6) and supplementary note (section 7) to the document I sent to the OHRC on Sept 02/08 to counter the OPP position:   

Mark Vandermaas v. Ontario Provincial Police       

OHRC file xxxx-xxxxxx
Complainant’s Response To Respondent’s Submissions Of July 22/08

6. Conclusion

I cannot help the fact that I was born of non-native parents with white skin. Having white skin, however, does not prevent me from recognizing racism when I see or experience it. Nor does white skin prevent me from learning and applying the lessons taught by Dr. King in order to confront injustices.

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A reader comments on Haldimand Tract Good Neighbours Coalition appeasement plan

UPDATED 2123 EST July 14/08

“An appeaser is someone who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

Winston Churchill

CANACE released three editorials yesterday to aggressively counter an attempt by a coalition of Brantford builders called the Haldimand Tract Good Neighbours Coalition to sell out Canadian justice by urging municipalities to turn over taxpayer’s monies to the Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI), an organization that has shut down development sites in Hagersville, Cayuga and Brantford with intimidation and illegal occupations.

The HDI has been accused of extortion by both MPP Toby Barrett and MPP Bob Runciman:

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Brantford takes a stand for democracy in Canada against native threats!

UPDATED 1100 EST June 03/08


Brantford and democracy wins big! Yesterday, June 02/08, the judge granted the injunction to the City of Brantford, ordering that there be no more blockades, threats, intimidation, work stoppages. See, ‘Big win for Brantford and for Canada!

Yesterday, the lawyer for Brantford responded forcefully to a threat against Canada and the rule of law from Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, that was – unbelievably – actually read out loud in a Brantford courtroom on Friday:  

The man who was the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for most of the 1990s had some dire words of warning for Brantford. Ovide Mercredi filed an affidavit from Winnipeg as part of the defence against Brantford’s request for an injunction against native protesters.

“If an injunction is issued in Brantford in these circumstances, I have grave doubts that the peace will hold. Moreover, I think it is important for the court to understand that organized groups, institutions and leaders with aboriginal nations will not … have the authority to control the actions of the individual members of their communities.

“An injunction employed to restrain the exercise and assertion of aboriginal rights not only threatens the public peace and safety but fundamentally undermines the rule of law.”

Brantford Expositor, May 31/08: Former First Nations chief issues warning to city [REPRINT] [PDF]

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Dramatic developments coincide with CANACE activities

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.’

2inch_voc_logo-url.jpgWhile 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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PCs pound Bryant over alleged interference in Caledonia policing


The Ontario PCs pounded Michael Bryant this week over alleged interference with the OPP in connection with the 4 day Six Nations highway blockade that began on April 25/08. The blockade was begun to force the OPP to stop arresting native protesters in Deseronto. During the blockade, natives threatened to ‘carve up’ OPP officers and kill their families.

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MPP Toby Barrett speaks at CANACE presentation

t-shirt_free-caledonia-now_sep22-07.jpgLast night we released our latest CANACE report, Legalized MYTHS of Illegal Occupations, at our presentation to a packed house at the Lions Hall in Cayuga that included MPP Toby Barrett who talked about his trip to Deseronto, and thanked those who have done research and kept his office informed.

  • Click here to read a post on about the presentation and/or download the PowerPoint file and/or report. 
  • Click here to download the report. [DIAL-UP]

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NATIONAL POST: Police ignoring native violence, MPP alleges


UPDATED 1035 EST Feb 24/08 

During our excitement over ‘The Barrett Proclamation,’ we somehow overlooked this great story by the National Post that included these quotes from MPP Toby Barrett: 

Toby Barrett said police and government agencies have turned a blind eye to the acts of lawlessness and intimidation by native protesters in the Haldimand County area. In a proclamation presented to Haldimand council on Monday, Mr. Barrett, Conservative MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk, said illegal action “appears to be tolerated, and perhaps condoned, by provincial and federal government policy.”

“I empathize with the officers on the front line,” Mr. Barrett said yesterday. “They seem to be under a senior level policy to ignore certain things depending on the race of the person. There is a race-based policy here.”

National Post, Matthew Coutts/Melissa Leong, Feb 13/08: Police ignoring native violence, MPP alleges

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‘Interloper’ John Tory sinks his teeth into ‘gutless’ Premier


UPDATED 1845 EST Feb 23/08 

What a difference a couple of weeks can make:

John Tory and the Ontario PCs sink their teeth into “gutless” Premier

sam-gualtieri-stirling-assault0001.jpgYesterday, John Tory and MPP Toby Barrett were in Caledonia doing what McGuinty has refused to do: meet with residents, including Sam Gualtieri. Last night Gary McHale got a call from brother Joe Gualtieri to let him know that John Tory had met with his family and their lawyer, John Findlay, who also happens to be our lawyer and author of the Caledonia Class Action lawsuit.

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John Tory: Ipperwash Inquiry not a licence for “OK Corral”


It’s been almost a year since we visited the Queen’s Park Media Studio (March 14/07 to be exact) to release our Ipperwash Papers project that predicted – 2 1/2 months before the release of the Ipperwash Inquiry report – that the Inquiry would never be able to make any credible recommendations for preventing landclaim lawlessness because it deliberately suppressed evidence of native crimes against innocent residents before, during and after the death of Dudley George.

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MPP Toby Barrett encourages Haldimand to demand ‘Peace, Order and Good Government’


UPDATED 1845 EST Feb 23/08: National Post, Feb 13/08 – Police ignoring native violence, MPP alleges 

At 1000 this morning I received an email from MPP Toby Barrett (top photo on right) outlining his attempt to encourage Haldimand County to issue a strongly worded proclamation  calling on federal and provincial governments to restore ‘Peace, Order and Good Government’ to their citizens. He even provided a draft proclamation for Council’s “review and action.”

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