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Freedom Party of Ontario bestows ‘Free Speech Award’ on Mary Lou Ambrogio; praises Caledonia activists

The week beginning Saturday, April 21, 2012 was surely one of curious contrasts for Caledonia rule-of-law activists…

120421 Mark Vandermaas is arrested after being assaulted by Mohawk Warrior Ken Greene on Douglas Creek Estates 'no-go zone,' Caledonia, Ontario, Canada. PHOTO BY CHRISTINE MCHALEDuring the day I was one of two non-native activists arrested for ‘breaching the peace’ as I was being assaulted by one of the occupiers on the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia.

120421 Freedom Party of Ontario 'Red Alert' dinner meeting. L-R: Robert Vaughan, Leader Paul McKeever, Mary Lou Ambrogio, Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale, Eva Ryten, Al Gretzky, Bob Metz, Bjorn Larsen.

120421 Freedom Party of Ontario ‘Red Alert’ dinner meeting. L-R: Robert Vaughan, Leader Paul McKeever, Mary Lou Ambrogio, Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale, Eva Ryten, Al Gretzky, Bob Metz, Bjorn Larsen.

In the evening, I was honoured to be a guest speaker and presenter at the post-election dinner meeting for the Freedom Party of Ontario where executive members Bob Metz, Robert Vaughan, and leader Paul McKeever explained why the NDP, Liberals and Hudak PCs are all nearly-identical ‘red’ parties more interested in promoting ‘wealth distribution’ than in promoting wealth creation and protecting liberty. 

On the way home my very apolitical wife said, ‘The penny dropped after listening to the speeches. Now I understand the difference between the parties.’

Freedom Party of Ontario – honouring a great friend of Caledonia, Canada, liberty and democracy

120321 Mary Lou Ambrogio, VP of International Free Press Society (co-sponsor), evening emcee, Israel Truth Week Conference, London, Ontario, Canada

120421 Mark Vandermaas speaks at Freedom Party of Ontario 'Red Alert' dinner meetingFollowing Paul McKeever’s very thought-provoking speech about the red parties vs. liberty I gave a short talk to help honour an amazing activist named Mary Lou Ambrogio, VP of the Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society (seen above as evening emcee for my inaugural 2012 Israel Truth Week Conference), and presented her, on behalf of the Freedom Party of Ontario, the party’s ‘Free Speech Award’ in recognition of her tireless work in giving a voice to artists, authors, politicians and advocates who have been faced persecution by those who fear the light shone on their lies and/or crimes. 

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(FINAL) DAY 26 UPDATE: ‘Blue Beret’ vigil at London (Ontario) Muslim Mosque re support for ‘Canadian Boat to Hamas’

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The ‘Blue Beret’ vigil ended Monday, July 18th (Day 26).
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July 02/11, Day 10 of Mark Vandermaas's 'Blue Beret' vigil to protest London Muslim Mosque support for Cdn. Boat to Hamas, London, ON, CanadaABOUT THIS PAGE: This page is for updates and photos related to former U.N. peacekeeper Mark Vandermaas’ campaign of daily protests against the support given to the Canadian Boat to Gaza by the London Muslim Mosque.

For background and supporting references, see:

STANDING OFFER TO CANCEL ‘BLUE BERET’ PROTESTS – See Day 7 update for details.

 INVITE MARK VANDERMAAS TO SPEAK –  I would love to share the ‘Blue Berets for Peace’ message with your church or organization:

Blue Beret vigil in the media

PROTEST INFO: Blue Beret vigil ended Monday, July 18th (Day 26)

Final days of Blue Beret vigil:
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  • Monday, 10:00 – 11:00 am: daily Blue Beret vigil
    London Muslim Mosque, 151 Oxford St. W., London, ON [MAP]
  • Monday 11:30-1:00 pm: London Free Press
    369 York St., London [MAP]

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MARK: If you decide to join me…

The purpose of these protests is to share the truth about Israel’s unique United Nations creation and its fight for survival  by doing so in a positive, peaceful, firm fashion so others will understand what it will take to truly bring peace between Israelis and PalestiniansBirmingham_may04-63_dogs, and protect innocent civilians in the interim. I would appreciate it very much, therefore, if you would please review these 2 items before deciding to participate:

  • Blue Beret protest guide: ‘OUR GOALS TODAY’ [PDF]
  • Provoking Violence? Lessons from Dr. King and the Little Rock Nine‘ [LINK] [PDF] [VIDEO, 9:24] (Mark Vandermaas speech, March for Freedom, Caledonia Lions Park, ON May 24/09)

VoC 21 minute course: ANTI-ISRAEL PROPAGANDA 101

Ethnic cleansing of Palestinians or a struggle for survival against genocidal anti-Semitism?

In this short course, which should take you no more than 21 minutes or so to complete, you’ll learn how to distinguish fact from fiction before entering into any debate on the Middle East issue, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you will most likely be the most informed person in the room:

Photo Credits: click here

(FINAL) DAY 26, Monday, July 18/11

110718 (FINAL) Day 26 Blue Beret vigil vs. Mosque support for Cdn Boat to Gaza, London, ON, Canada + protest at London Free Press.A terrific lady who has been with me nearly every day of the Blue Beret vigil joined me at the mosque from 10-11am. Just before leaving the lady with the hat and almost-matching vest to mine (photo R) came by for the first time to talk, offer support and get her picture taken with us.
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One final protest at the London-Not-So-Free Press
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110718 (FINAL) Day 26 Blue Beret vigil vs. Mosque support for Cdn Boat to Gaza, London, ON, Canada + protest at London Free Press.We then headed off, after a quick refreshment break, to close the vigil by spending an hour in front of the London Free Press – the paper that published 3 ‘puff pieces’ for David Heap (UWO) and Muhammed Humou (former Ops Mgr of the London Muslim Mosque), the two ‘delegates’ on the Canadian Boat to Hamas, but steadfastly refused to publish any stories about the Jews, Christians and others who came from as far away as Hamilton, Binbrook and Caledonia to help me hold the mosque accountable for their support for the mission to break the Israeli blockade keeping weapons from Hamas.
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Just to refresh your memory, this is what the LFP published about the Canadian Boat to Hamas:
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This is what they refused to publish:
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What did the Blue Beret vigil accomplish?
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  • 110718 (FINAL) Day 26 Blue Beret vigil vs. Mosque support for Cdn Boat to Gaza, London, ON, Canada + protest at London Free Press.Allowed me a daily opportunity for nearly a month to do what I could to counter the anti-Israel fabrications from the Boat to Gaza operators in my own small way (If you haven’t seen it yet, take this 21-minute course – ‘Anti-Israel Propaganda 101′).
  • Exposed the London Free Press editorial bias against Israel, and the importance of the role of alternative media in countering that bias.
  • Exposed – with key help from former journalist Leila Paul – the undue influence of Muslims in controlling editorial content at the London Free Press.
  • Mark Vandermaas (blue beret) w/supporters during Blue Beret vigil, London Muslim Mosque, June - July 2011Exposed – with key help from investigative blogger Blazing Cat Fur – the role of London Muslim Mosque in aiding war instead of peace via its support for the Cdn. Boat to Hamas.
  • Created network of relationships and sense of unity. Plans are being made to build on the Blue Berets for Peace initiative.
  • Brought Jews & non-Jews together to help public understand truth about Israel.
  • Shared thoughts re Israel & Middle East with a letter to Canada’s Ambassador to U.N. on Day 25 [PDF, 3p]
  • Provided training for new activists. Comment from one regular participant: “I feel much more comfortable now taking a truly activist role in whatever it is that concerns me.  That’s thanks to you and Gary [McHale].”
  • Obtained media coverage in mainstream (non-London) print media, local broadcast media, and key online outlets. The protest was covered by the legendary founder of the Toronto Sun, Peter Worthington, and by Canada’s largest Jewish newspaper, the Jewish Tribune.
  • Had a lot of fun meeting new people, and learning from them.
Many thanks to…
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  • London Police Service CORE unit. I kept my promises and I kept them informed; in return they didn’t interfere with what I was trying to do, and I knew if I needed them they’d be there. Thanks to the OPP PLT for the introduction to the LPS unit.
  • London Muslim Mosque, taken during Blue Beret vigil/protest re support for Cdn. Boat to Hamas, June 2011London Muslim Mosque: I had absolutely not a single confrontation or even a hint of one from the mosque. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for you seeing me there each day, but I appreciate the respect you showed for my right to protest.
  • Everyone who came out to support me: Jews, Christians, others from London and as far away as Hamilton, Binbrook and Caledonia. Thanks especially to the amazing Blue Beret ladies, especially one who was with me nearly every day right up to the end. Thanks to the Never Again Group for making 3 trips to London. Thanks to Jacob Peretz for being the first member of London’s Jewish community to stand with us. Thanks to Al Gretzky and Mary Lou Ambrogio of the the International Free Press Society. Thanks also to Pesach Ovadyah, Chair of the Jewish Defence League in London.
  • Rabbi Jonathan Hausman from Massachusetts for his very kind and very generous words of encouragement on Day 4, and for his offer to come to Canada to speak at an event with me.
  • Gary & Christine McHale support Blue Beret vigil, London Muslim Mosque, June-July 2011Gary & Christine McHale, Merlyn Kinrade, Bonnie Stephenson — the Caledonia contingent – for repeated trips to London. I’ve spent the last 5 years travelling back and forth from London to Caledonia, so it was wonderful to see Caledonia faces supporting the Blue Beret vigil in London.
  • Pat Woolley from Caledonia for making time to come out all by himself to be with me/us last Saturday (Day 24) to see the ‘divine invitation’ to attend the funeral service for a former RCR U.N. peacekeeper brother in arms — offered by a woman driving past us. Glad you got to witness that little miracle, especially given your role in leading me to become a Christian.
  • Mark Vandermaas w/supporter during Blue Beret vigil, June-July 2011Former journalist Leila Paul for her courage in allowing me to publish her emails between her and LFP Editor Joe Ruscitti which showed how editorial content in the paper was subject to undue consideration of Muslim interests.
  • Thanks to all of you who provided coverage that ‘mainstream’ media in London) refused to provide. Blazing Cat Fur; Kaffir Kanuck; Gary & Christine McHale/CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com; Bob Metz & Robert Vaughan of the ‘Just Right’ Show at CHRW 94.9FM at UWO; The Jewish Tribune; Peter Worthington of the Toronto Sun; Moose & Squirrel. (I’d put in links, but I’m falling asleep at the keyboard, guys and won’t last much longer.)

So, what now?

First, some time away from the computer to rest, catch up on sleep & recharge batteries. I thought it would be easy to stand every day for an hour and then get on with the rest of my work on the Caledonia issue. I was wrong(!).

After some R& R…

1. I’d love to present ‘Why I carry a Palestinian flag in my pocket‘ to your church, synagogue or organization. Email me at mark@blueberet.ca, or call 519.457.0709. You can find my ‘resume’ here.

2. Given Rabbi Hausman’s offer to come from the U.S. to speak at an event with me, I would like to use it as an opportunity to build on the Blue Berets for Peace initiative to create an event called, ‘Israel: The Case For The Defence‘ that would be presented in Southern Ontario universities this fall as a counter-point to the repulsive ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ events. If you can help with venues, sponsorship or promotion, let me know.

'6N' (SIX NATIONS) APOLOGY - Truth & Reconciliation monument 3. And, of course, there’s still plenty to do in Caledonia:

Thank you for following the Blue Beret vigil. I’ve been overwhelmed with your interest and support. If you’d like to be on my mailing list send an email to mark@blueberet.ca to let me know.

Mark

DAY 25: Sunday, July 17/11

110717 Day 25 Blue Beret vigil vs. Mosque support for Cdn Boat to Gaza, London, ON, Canada.Just my wife and me today on a quiet Sunday morning. How I love that woman!
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One more day left
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Tomorrow will be the 26th and final day of the Blue Beret vigil. 10-11 at the mosque. 11:30-1:00 pm at the London Free Press building on York St. Addresses and maps above.
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Have you taken VoiceofCanada’s 21 minute course: ‘Anti-Israel Propaganda 101’ yet?
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Now recommended by Christians for Israel via Twitter, and Gary McHale who called it “…the best post I have ever seen on the topic – quite amazing.”
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My letter to Mr. John McNee, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations re anti-Semitic Richard Falk cartoon + related issues
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McHale, Vandermaas discuss Caledonia on ‘Just Right’ Show, CHRW 94.9FM at University of Western Ontario

(L-R): Mark Vandermaas, Robert Vaughan, Bob Metz, Gary McHale at CHRW studio following 'Just Right' show, University of Western Ontario, Dec 09/10On Dec 09/10 Gary McHale and I appeared for a full hour on the ‘Just Right‘ show hosted by Bob Metz and Robert Vaughan on CHRW 94.9 FM at the University of Western Ontario in London where we discussed the Caledonia crisis. 

One segment of the show was devoted to fellow guest Wayne Forbes a fish farm operator from Grand Bend (near Ipperwash) who refused to submit to unequal enforcement by Ministry of Natural Resources officers who targeted him for repeated inspections (and eventually charges when he refused to comply) while ignoring violations by native fish sellers.

You can listen to the show here, and find links to CJBK (London) host Scott Kitching’s shows about Christie Blatchford’s book Helpless:

Honoured to be in such fine company…

Gary and I were honoured to be invited to appear on Just Right considering their impressive guest list that includes:

  • Salim Mansur (Associate Professor of Political Science at UWO; SunMedia syndicated columnist)
  • Rory Leishman (former SunMedia columnist who resigned from London Free Press over refusal to print article re Islamist extremism)
  • Lars Vilks (Swedish artist with $150K bounty on his head for drawing a picture of Mohammed’s head on the body of a dog)
  • Dick Field (WWII vet, writer, conservative activist)
  • Mary Lou Ambrogio (VP International Free Press Society – Canada which brought Ann Coulter to Canada; former Conservative Party candidate)
  • John Thompson (President of The Mackenzie Institute)
  • Karen Selick (Lawyer w/Canadian Constitution Foundation)
  • Barbara Kay (Columnist, National Post)
  • Ezra Levant (Author, Journalist, Political Activist)

Bob Metz and Robert Vaughan: Volunteers? Yes. Amateurs? No!

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