The Caledonia Class Action lawsuit has passed the last major hurdle that ensures it will go to trial. Justice Crane of the Superior Court today certified the action and released the reasons for his ruling.
According to the ruling, notice of the certification must be posted – at the Defendant’s expense – in the Globe and Mail; Hamilton Spectator; Regional News; Grand River Sachem; Simcoe Reformer; and posted on the www.caledoniaclassaction.com website; on the Caledonia Regional Chamber of Commerce website at www.caledonia-ontario.com; Haldimand County website at www.haldimandcounty.ca; on the website of the Ontario Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs at www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca; and – best of all – on the website of the Ontario Provincial Police at www.opp.ca.
The enemy is now encircled
Certification means that the Ontario government and the OPP’s racial policing policies have now been caught in an encircling attack by civil litigation, criminal prosecutions, critical scrutiny by both media and members of the PC Party in the Legislature.
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The National Post editorial board has issued a notable commentary on the Brown-Chatwell settlement and the cowardice of the McGuinty government in refusing to enforce the law:
The government cannot decline to enforce the law and protect its citizens simply because it might anger a certain segment of society or create an uncomfortable political situation. (…) Men and women who lack the stomach to enforce the law, always and equitably, have no business holding public office. That’s the real lesson of Caledonia.
National Post editorial board, Jan 02/09: It’s simple, really. Enforce the law. PDF REPRINT
Their editorial captures the essence of the government’s nearly criminal indifference to the suffering of non-native victims in Caledonia.
I would – as always – like to remind readers that native people have also been victimized by OPP racial policing:
“A most unsatisfying outcome”
The Post rightly observes that while they understand why both Brown and Chatwell, and the Ontario government decided to settle the agreement does have some drawbacks:
For society at large, however, this [settlement agreement] is a most unsatisfying outcome. The Liberal government has never been able to argue coherently, in or out of court, against Mr. Brown’s and Ms. Chatwell’s basic version of events: that their family and home were abandoned to the caprices of often-intimidating protesters whose appalling conduct the police refused to … well, to police. This shocking abdication of the government’s most basic responsibilities deserves a stern rebuke from the highest court available: The government cannot decline to enforce the law and protect its citizens simply because it might anger a certain segment of society or create an uncomfortable political situation.
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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)
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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