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Who’s telling the truth about Mark Steyn cancellation, Part 2

muzzled_man_cartoon.gifRELATED: 3 Questions for London mayoral candidates re Mark Steyn cancellation by London

In my previous article, Who’s telling the truth about Mark Steyn cancellation at London Convention Centre?, I reported on my conversations with both Andrew Lawton of Strictly Right, organizer of the Mark Steyn event, and Lori Da Silva, general manager of the London Convention Centre who clearly led me to believe that the only reason they refused to rent the facility was because they did not want other guests disturbed.

I thought it seemed silly for a convention centre which had hosted the 2009 3-day Sexapalooza event to be worried about how other users might be disturbed by someone  giving a speech, and observed in my commentary that the argument didn’t have what lawyers and judges call ‘the ring of truth’ to it.

‘The Ring of Truth’ – its power revealed…

The National Post today is reporting that London Convention Centre’s GM Lori Da Silva expressed concerns – in part – about security for the event in addition to concerns about “rowdy” Mark Steyn fans.

“London Convention Centre general manager Lori Da Silva said denying next month’s Mark Steyn speech was a “business decision” in part due to concerns for security, and fairness for the centre’s other clients who might not enjoy a “rowdy” crowd at the same time.” Asked if the content of Mr. Steyn’s work had anything to do with the Convention Centre’s decision, general manager replied, “No, we’re looking at the security risk.”

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Caledonia activists on CHCH TV ‘Square Off’ today re Fantino

100421 Gary McHale (R), Christine McHale and Merlyn KinradeCaledonia activists and lifelong Conservative supporters Gary McHale and Merlyn Kinrade (seen here w/Christine McHale) have been invited to appear on Hamilton-based CHTV’s ‘Square Off’ feature today at 5:30 to discuss Fantino’s now-confirmed candidacy for the federal Conservative Party.

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Copy of ‘Obstructing Justice’ charge order vs. now-OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis

Justice Walsh's signed order that former OPP Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent Ron Gentle face Obstructing Justice charges. Click to enlarge.

Justice Walsh's signed order that former OPP Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent Ron Gentle face Obstructing Justice charges. Click to enlarge.

Gary McHale has supplied VoiceofCanada with a copy of the charge order (called an ‘information’) signed on Feb 16/10 by Justice of the Peace Walsh after he ruled McHale had presented sufficient evidence to charge former Deputy Commissioner Chris Lewis and Superintendent Ron Gentle with Obstructing Justice in the case against him. 

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Minister knew about OPP obstruction allegations in 2008

UPDATED 1308 March 19/10 — Nearly two years before yesterday’s issuance of Obstructing Justice charges against OPP Deputy Commissioner Chris Lewis and Superintendent Ron Gentle, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci was informed  that serious allegations of possible criminal conduct were being made against the OPP in connection with their investigation of the Dec 01/07 Caledonia protest and the resulting charge against Gary McHale.

On May 30/08, on behalf of Gary McHale, Jeff Parkinson and myself, I sent a 71 page complaint under the Police Services Act to the Minister which summarized evidence alleging that Julian Fantino may have committed three criminal offences  — Obstructing Justice, Influencing Municipal Official and Breach of Trust — and asked that the RCMP be called in to investigate.

Although I/we did not, at that time, have the damning OPP emails that have now resulted in charges against Lewis and Gentle the minister was supplied with an extraordinary amount of detailed information that should have had him ringing alarm bells at RCMP HQ. Clearly, he should have been concerned: a Superior Court judge believed there was evidence to charge Fantino with Influencing Municipal Officials and now, a justice of the peace has issued process for Obstructing Justice charges against Lewis and Gentle for their involvement in the Dec 01/07 investigation.

Not only did Bartolucci refuse to call in the RCMP to investigate he didn’t bother to ask for supporting documents before dismissing the complaint out of hand. Despite a follow-up letter from me, he did not even address part 3 of the complaint which alleged Fantino may have committed a Breach of Trust by lying to the public about McHale and me.

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Join Merlyn Kinrade’s anti-racism rally in Caledonia on March 21/10

'TWO TIER JUSTICE VICTIMIZES NATIVE PEOPLE TOO!' CANACE's Caledonia liaison Merlyn Kinrade - flanked by Jeff Parkinson (L) and Jim Anderson (R w/flag) holds sign during protest against illegal smoke shack built on public property, Caledonia, Dec 01/07 - before smokeshack supporters from Six Nations swarmed and attacked Gary McHale, sending him to hospital along w/Parkinson who suffered a brain injury. Click to enlarge.

LAST UPDATE: March 25/10: ***Anti-racism rally rescheduled for 2pm, Sunday, March 28/10 at Caledonia Lions Hall. See, ‘Why Merlyn’s Anti-Racism rally is rescheduled for this coming Sunday.’

  • Hamilton Spectator, March 22/10: McHale calls off Caledonia rally – Activist cites potential for violence after arrival of a rival group. Great coverage of Sunday’s Anti-Racism Rally, which has been now scheduled for March 28/10 at 2pm.
  • Jeff Parkinson, March 22/10: OPP fail to protect residents (note: after some research and communications with Tom Keefer, leader of Sunday’s CUPE 3903 confrontation at Merlyn’s Anti-Racism Rally,  Jeff has clarified the fact that, contrary to an assertion in an article about the extreme anti-Semitic/anti-Israel climate at Concordia University that we discovered at a site belonging to a Jewish watchdog organization, Keefer was NOT expelled for spray-painting anti-Semitic slogans on school property. He was, however, expelled for allegedly uttering death threats against the guards who were trying to arrest the son of a Syrian diplomat Laith Marouf for the vandalism. Keefer denied his statements were meant as a threat, but was eventually allowed to return after apologizing for them. Keefer was the Vice President Communications of the Concordia Student Union between 1999-2001. 

This is a reprint of Gary McHale’s column in the Regional News for Feb 24/10. Used with permission. My comment follows.

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Merlyn Kinrade calls for Rallies in Caledonia

by Gary McHale

Regional News this Week – Feb. 24, 2010

This past Friday Mr. Chris Bentley, the new Aboriginal Affairs Minister who is also the Attorney General of Ontario, met with Haldimand Council at a Tim Hortons in Brantford. After the meeting Mayor Trainer told people that she directly asked Mr. Bentley if the province had already decided to give DCE to Six Nations. She reported his reply was yes.

Merlyn Kinrade contacted the Mayor the same day to verify that this did occur and the Mayor confirmed to Mr. Kinrade that it was true. Mr. Kinrade saw this as the final straw of rewarding people for criminal behaviour and as such he calls upon people to rally in Caledonia on March 21 to help bring an end to the racist policies of the Ontario Government.

For four years the people of Haldimand county have been forced to endure what almost every media outlet in Ontario has called Two Tier Justice or Race Based Policing. There appears to be no limit to the level of appeasement that is done to ensure that certain radical elements from Six Nations stop committing criminal acts.

In June of 2006 David Peterson arranged a deal to pay the criminals who dug up the road and barricaded the highway for 5 weeks to be rewarded with the Burtch Tract in return for bringing down the barricades.

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Sun reporter equates opposition of Caledonia ‘apartheid’ to anti-Israeli activities

If one wants to know why the public is turning their back on traditional media, one needs to look no further than SunMedia reporter Jonathan Jenkins’ article about the Legislature’s unanimous condemnation of the use of the word ‘apartheid’ in connection with anti-Israel campus activities.

Here are the final three paras from the London Free Press version of the article which can also be found on the Toronto Sun website (bolded passages by VoC):

But [MPP Peter] Shurman’s objection to the use of the word apartheid did not extend to condemning those who would use it in the context of the aboriginal land claim in Caledonia, which has led to a bitter standoff and the occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates.

Activist Gary McHale has used the term in his efforts to evict the native protesters from the land but Shurman said he saw nothing similar in the usage.

“For a variety of reasons, it’s not really comparable,” Shurman said.

London Free Press, Feb 26/10: House condemns campus use of ‘apartheid’ [PDF]

Toronto Sun, Feb 25/10: Bad word banned [PDF]

There are two issues here: first, Jenkins’ distortion of the truth and second, his apparent attempt to equate McHale’s activities to those of anti-Israel radicals. I sent the letter below to the editor of the London Free Press today in order to address issue #1: 

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Feb 26/10

SUBJECT: ‘House condemns campus use of ‘apartheid’

I have read various laments from LFP contributors and editors regarding the move by readers away from so-called ‘mainstream media.’ The article, ‘House condemns campus use of ‘apartheid’ is a perfect example of why this move may be occurring. Reporter Jonathan Jenkins asserts that, “Activist Gary McHale has used the term [apartheid] in his efforts to evict the native protesters” from Caledonia’s Douglas Creek Estates (DCE). Mr. McHale subsequently contacted Mr. Jenkins who told him he read this in an article on a website belonging to Mr. McHale’s organization Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE).

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MPP Toby Barrett: “The people of Ontario deserve an explanation”

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Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett sent out a news release yesterday that followed up on the strong PC Party statements of Feb 03/10 regarding the dropping of the charge against OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. (PDF copies are available below):

Caledonia update – is there a conflict of interest in Fantino case

by Toby Barrett, MPP, Haldimand-Norfolk, Feb 05/10

Toby here,

As you may know, we in the Ontario PC Caucus, and people from across Haldimand, have criticized the fact that the Crown has seen fit to drop charges against Julian Fantino.

I continue to join Opposition Leader Tim Hudak in maintaining our stance that this matter should have been referred to an outside Crown Attorney (as we saw in the Michael Bryant case) to prevent a conflict of interest.

In my view, the Attorney General’s failure to assign an independent Crown Attorney has diminished the public’s trust in our justice system. The people of Ontario deserve an explanation.

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Ontario PC Party calls for outside prosecutor after Fantino charge dropped

UPDATE – VoC, Feb 06/10: MPP Toby Barrett: “The people of Ontario deserve an explanation.”

tim_hudak_ontario_mpp_erie-lincoln.jpegUPDATED Feb 04/10 — As expected, the Crown Attorney assigned the task of ‘prosecuting’  Julian Fantino dropped the charge of Influencing Municipal Official today against the OPP Commissioner via a prepared statement he read to the court. Gary McHale will be filing a judicial appeal of that decision. He has just issued a news release to the media:

Tim Hudak & PC caucus sound the alarm

CHTV’s 2pm newscast included a strong statement from PC leader Tim Hudak  on behalf of the PC caucus which called on the McGuinty government to call in an outside prosecutor in order to not only see justice done, but to preserve the “appearances of justice being done”:

“What we have called for as a PC caucus is for a prosecutor from outside the province to take a look at the evidence and that way people in Caledonia and across our province know that it was done with objectivity. Here’s the problem…I mean first you have Dalton McGuinty’s Crown Attorneys arguing that the case shouldn’t proceed, then other Crown Attorneys were put in charge of prosecuting the case. Now we hear they’re dropping the charges. We need to see not only that justice is done, but all appearances of justice being done.”

CHTV News (1400), Feb 03/10: PC Leader Tim Hudak

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CBC News stories vindicate CANACE founders

UPDATED Feb 04/10 — CANACE is pleased to announce that on Feb 02/10 investigative reporter John Nicol of the CBC National News published two important stories about our work.

The first focuses on how we came to have OPP Commissioner Fantino charged with a criminal offence:

Both the cops and the Six Nations people believed McHale and Vandermaas were agitators bent on encouraging unrest. Some even went so far as to accuse the pair of being white supremacists who didn’t like the province’s handling of the native demands. But anyone who believes in justice being open and transparent might just consider them heroes with what they’ve accomplished so far in Ontario courts.

Where the police have turned a blind eye, they have shone a spotlight and laid private charges, with astonishing success. To date, they have won four cases in Superior Court and now — against serious odds — have succeeded in laying criminal charges against OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, the province’s top cop, for influencing or attempting to influence municipal officials.

CBC News, Feb 02/10: The 2 men who are putting a police chief on trial [PDF]

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McGuinty shows contempt for judge’s decision in Fantino charge

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First ‘Two Tier Justice,’ now ‘Two Tier Criminal Codes’?

The Toronto Star is reporting today that when Ontario Premier McGuinty was asked if Julian Fantino will step down now that he is charged with influencing municipal officials he said he will not. The Premier also downplayed the charge against Fantino by misleading the public into believing that the charge is somehow legally insignificant or lesser of a charge because it was filed by McHale through the private prosecution provisions of the Criminal Code:

McGuinty downplayed the allegations, saying he didn’t think Fantino should take a leave from his duties while the case progresses. “My understanding is that it’s a private information being put forward by a private citizen, it’s going to work its way through the courts and I’ll try to all that to take its normal course,” McGuinty said.

Toronto Star, Jan 12/10: No need for Fantino to step aside, McGuinty says [PDF, REPRINT]

Premier of Ontario shows contempt for Superior Court decision

The premier is deliberately misleading the public about the nature of the charge against Fantino and, in the process, is showing extraordinary contempt for the decision of a Superior Court judge who reviewed the evidence; rejected the government’s arguments and issued process for a charge that – according to an Osgoode Hall criminal law professor – “is no different than if filed by police,” according to a story published just today in the National Post which also points out the conflict of interest on the part of the government:

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Brown-Chatwell trial: crimes against democracy

UPDATE: The Ontario government chose to end its public relations disaster known as the Brown-Chatwell lawsuit by reaching a mid-trial settlement on Dec 31/09.  National media outlets have issued strongly-worded commentaries on the settlement and the failure of the McGuinty government to  order the OPP to enforce the law equally: 

Please see the CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com feature page for complete media coverage of the Brown-Chatwell trial.

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And the government denies it owes any “duty of care” to Mr. Brown and Ms. Chatwell because all its decisions “in relation to the occupation of the DCE lands were policy decisions.”

Effectively, Mr. Brown’s and Ms. Chatwell’s lawsuit alleges the same thing – that the government, as a result of policy decisions taken for improper reasons including “political gain,” actively condoned the unlawful and criminal conduct of the protesters and failed to protect non-natives, denying them “the equal protection that they are entitled to under the law in a free and democratic society.”

Globe & Mail, Nov 10/09: Just how sensitive is Canada’s native file? REPRINT 

Brown & Chatwell trial: crimes against democracy

The $7M trial of Brown-Chatwell v. OPP (Ontario government) is in recess with at least 3 more weeks of evidence to come in the new year.  As part of a group of people who have been trying promote truth, justice and eventual healing/reconciliation on behalf of the innocent victims of racial policing – both native and non-native – I have some mixed feelings about the lurid evidence that has so utterly captivated the national media, and about what should come next.

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Caught on tape: McGuinty cabinet minister insults Deseronto resident

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Liberal MPP Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

UPDATED 1539 EST JULY 03/09

It’s my privilege to serve you, my neighbours, in Prince Edward-Hastings as your voice in the provincial Legislature. In order for me to continue to be effective it’s important to keep me apprised of your opinions on the issues that face our province. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

I continue to enjoy meeting with active members in our community, witnessing their achievements and listening to their concerns. And in turn, I look forward to attending events where we are able to get together and meet our neighbours.

Liberal MPP Leona Dombrowsky: ‘Welcome to my New Website‘ (as of July 03/09)

Dombrowsky’s nasty words for constituent Cindy Welsh & CANACE

In my post about CANACE’s visit to Deseronto-Picton I mentioned that the area’s MPP Leona Dombrowsky (Prince Edward-Hastings) – McGuinty’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – unintentionally left a nasty message for Cindy Welsh who had invited CANACE and residents to speak about our suggestions for coping with Race-Based Policing in her community, but was being stonewalled by the OPP, Deseronto and the Elks who reneged on their room rental agreement.

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OPP helps CANACE & Deseronto residents expose Race-Based Policing

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Deseronto resident Cindy Welsh tries unsuccessfully to convince Shawn Brant supporters to give Gary McHale a chance to speak.

UPDATE: VoC, July 03/09: Caught on tape: McGuinty cabinet minister insults Deseronto resident

UPDATE JULY 03/09: Napanee Beaver, July 02/09: Raucus meeting defuses with talk  VoC download

UPDATE 2134 EST July 01/09: See, ‘Video of CANACE in Deseronto‘ by Jeff Parkinson for complete coverage in 7 clips. Note: the event was actually held in a Picton park because the town of Deseronto refused to rent resident Cindy Welsh a room where we could speak and the Elks reneged on their rental deal with her.

UPDATE: New story about our visit to Deseronton. See CANACE visits Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, by Jeff Parkinson.

UPDATE: Video added of Mohawks & supporters clapping when Gary McHale talks about attempted murder of police officer in Caledonia. More video clips to follow.
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CANACE was invited to speak by Deseronto resident  Cindy Welsh who rented the Elks Hall in Picton for Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 because the Town of Deseronto refused – again – to allow non-natives access to their hall to discuss their rights during a land claim dispute.

Unfortunately, the OPP had earlier convinced the Elks manager to cancel the room rental which forced us to try to speak outside in a remote park with no police presence whatsoever while a large group of Shawn Brant supporters shouted us down and screamed hateful insults.

It seemed as though some – especially one woman in particular wearing a red shirt (photo, below) – were deliberately trying to provoke some kind of fight. Jeff Parkinson filmed the entire event, and clips will be posted when available.

Monsters in Deseronto-Picton?

At one point some of the group actually applauded when Gary McHale tried to talk about how a police officer was nearly murdered in Caledonia!

One resident later said, “Believe it or not, this is a GOOD day!”

CANACE meets with the nice officers of the OPP MELT

We met with 2 MELT (Major Events Liaison Team) members at Cindy’s home prior to the event. We tried to let them know that no one had anything to fear from us. Gary even explained how he was opposed by the Crown when he tried to lay charges for assaults against police officers in Caledonia. 

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Revisionist BS piles up in Caledonia

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UPDATE 2004 EST June 18/09: Brantford Expositor corrected a story quoted in this post. See, ‘CORRECTION – $300 Million not $300 Billion needed to bring Six Nations reserve to appropriate standard. REPRINT The article has been updated to reflect the correct figure.

UPDATED 2053 EST June 17/09: Link to Spec article below changed to PDF of original story after Spec rewrites history. For details, see, ‘More BS in Caledonia: Spectator helps smokeshacker spread it thick & wide.
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The Canwest News Service published a good article by reporter Jorge Barrera about Doug Fleming’s decision to organize an unarmed Caledonia milita group to help defend property owners in Haldimand County where the OPP refuse to do so.

The Canwest story was picked up by the National Post, Montreal Gazette, and the Hamilton Spectator and the Western Standard. At least one radio station in Toronto is talking about it, and people like Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade and Gary McHale have been interviewed numerous times by other media outlets across Canada.

The revisionist BS just keeps on flowin’…

samgualtieri-sm.jpgA Six Nations councillor quoted in the Canwest story – Claudine VanEvery-Albert – actually had the nerve to say that creating the Caledonia Militia was “anarchy.”  Pardon me? Where was her voice of reason while the nutjobs from her community have been terrorizing innocent residents during the past three years:

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Six Nations Council votes to endorse Caledonia highway blockade, April 2008. Click to enlarge.

This is the same Six Nations Council who voted to support the Caledonia by-pass highway blockade by the Haudenausaunee Men’s Council in April 2007 who were in turn trying to force the OPP not to enforce the law against Shawn Brant and his gang in Deseronto.

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Merlyn Kinrade made them ‘believe’

Click for hi-res image and info re Barb Patterson-Tuck's award winning painting. Merlyn is at the top of the maple leaf in the middle facing left.

UPDATE 1847 EST June 13/09: Belleville Intelligencer editorial: Six Days too long to end protest no one wanted. REPRINT.

See also, ‘Proof positive native extremists have lost PR battle’
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Is the OPP really changing?

After three years the people of Caledonia may find it hard to believe that OPP attitudes towards them are changing. One resident told me not to trust the OPP saying, ‘Once a snake always a snake.’

I understand where such skepticism and cynicism comes from given what the police have done to them – and to us, but here is why I believe that the OPP will not renege on their agreement with us to allow us to march down Argyle Street past DCE on the 20th in support of Randy Fleming.

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