- Canada Free Press, March 26/10: Democracy Caledonia Style – Who Will Speak Up?
- VoiceofCanada, March 02/10: Join Merlyn Kinrade’s anti-racism rally in Caledonia on March 21/10
- Jeff Parkinson, March 21/10: OPP fail to protect residents from radicals
- Jeff Parkinson, March 23/10: Video: March 21, 2010 Rally
Why last Sunday’s protest was cancelled
Since the OPP refused requests from Merlyn to send officers to separate the two sides, CANACE decided, shortly after 2pm to immediately re-schedule the protest for this coming Sunday, and left the area at 2:23pm. This is why:
The situation on Sunday was very similar to what happened during a Dec 01/07 smokeshack protest where non-natives were attacked and sent to hospital because the OPP changed their SOP and failed to provide sufficient resources ( including – curiously enough, for the first time in Caledonia’s history, officers capturing evidence on videotape). OPP officer Jeff Bird testified he was “alarmed” at the lack of resources for the protest and that it was not following SOPs.
- VoiceofCanada, April 26/09: McHale hearing: ERT officer “alarmed” at lack of OPP resources for Dec 01/07 protest
- CANACE reference: Journalists’ Quick Reference Guide [PDF, 9p] (see P5 for notes/link to court transcript re testimony from JEFFREY BIRD, CONSTABLE, OPP.)
Insufficient officers present allowed those supporters of the smokeshack to cross the police ‘line’ to provoke confrontations and conduct numerous assaults on residents and CANACE founders, including yours truly. The police refused to arrest any of them, but did manage to arrest a resident quietly drinking coffee.
- CANACE incident summary, Dec 13/07: CANACE calls for RCMP to take over investigation after Fantino blames victims of Caledonia violence
While the victims of the native violence were still in the hospital Fantino and the OPP issued a news release blaming the non-native victims for the violence, and later wrote a letter of reference for the native man who led the swarming attack on Gary McHale which – incredibly – blamed McHale for the violence against him.
- Julian Fantino, Dec 04/08: Reference letter for Clyde Powless re assault on Gary McHale
And, as we now know from OPP emails, Fantino ordered his officers to target McHale for charges even though the force had now evidence to support one, and two of his most senior officers are now facing Obstructing Justice charges because they followed those instructions.
- VoiceofCanada, March 16/10: Senior OPP officers charged w/Obstructing Justice in McHale case
- CBC News, Feb 02/10: Ont. top cop pushed for charges against protester [PDF]
- Globe & Mail, Feb 02/10: OPP’s chief’s pursuit of activist laid bare in emails [PDF]
McHale (and some reporters) believe that the OPP deliberately allowed the situation on Sunday to remain under-policed in order to allow a confrontation/violence to break out for which they could again blame him, and then tell the town, See – Gary’s dangerous. After what transpired on Dec 01/07, I can hardly blame him for thinking that since that’s exactly what I told the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services in a complaint dated May 30/08:
- Police Services Act complaint, May 30/08: Vandermaas et al v. Fantino [PDF, 71P]
- VoiceofCanada, Jan 21/09: EXPOSED: How the McGuinty gov’t refused to investigate criminal allegations against Fantino
- VoiceofCanada feature: Caledonia Lawsuits (see E1)
Gary McHale has sent a detailed letter to the Minister of Community Safety informing him about the activities of the leader of last Sunday’s CUPE protest, Tom Keefer, who has a long history of supporting organized crime groups in Caledonia & Brantford. McHale warned the minister that if violence does break out this Sunday because of a failure to protect our right to speak, there will be legal repercussions for him and the OPP.
Tom Keefer/CUPE 3903 role in Caledonia’s misery
- VoiceofCanada fact sheet: Caledonia Players: Tom Keefer & CUPE 3903
- VoiceofCanada feature: Caledonia Players
At last Sunday’s protest I arrived with a sign saying, “HEALING BEGINS WITH APOLOGIES FROM OPP, MCGUINTY, 6 NATIONS.” Just two days later, on March 23/10, MPP Toby Barrett sent out an email announcing that the PC’s Aboriginal Affairs critic Ted Arnott had called for the McGuinty government to “apologize to the people of Caledonia for the ineffective policy of this government.”
I wonder if the PC’s have been reading the CANACE plan for healing and reconciliation Merlyn Kinrade and I presented to Brantford Council in September 2008:
- CANACE diagram: Reconciliation: the CANACE Path (right click>rotate clockwise)
Note – I will be pleased to supply bonafide journalists with PDFcopies of CUPE docs should URL’s be no longer active or contents of docs appear to be altered.
- CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group, Nov 15/09: Tom Keefer reporto AGMt (this reads like a confession)
- Voortman v. Haudenosaunee Men’s Fire, April 03/09: Judge’s reasons for granting injunction to end Hagersville occupation
- Jeff Parkinson, March 21/10: OPP fail to protect residents from radicals (see comments section)
- Regional News, Gary McHale column,
- VoiceofCanada, June 24/09: CUPE 3903 protests in support of organized crime
- VoiceofCanada, June 24/09: CUPE and criminals work together against Haldimand victims
- CANACE principles: We Believe… (never altered since it was published Aug 2007)
- CANACE feature: Race-Based Policing
In order to build on his extensive experience as an activist and founding member of CANACE in opposing and documenting racial policing on behalf of victims in Caledonia since October 2006, Mark Vandermaas left CANACE in February 2010 to independently focus on education and policy research regarding the adverse impact of present aboriginal policies with the goal of ensuring that the lessons learned from the victimization of innocents – both aboriginal and non-aboriginal – during land claim disputes are fully represented in policy discussions seeking long-term solutions to healing and reconciliation. Mark maintains a close working relationship with CANACE, and continues to participate in protests on behalf of the victims of racial policing. He endorses CANACE principles respecting the rule of law and the protection of human rights