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It was another crazy day in Caledonia. If you remember, last December OPP wrongfully arrested eight peaceful protestors on one of the town’s public roads. After their acquittal, Gary McHale, one of the organizers of the protests against the illegal native occupation in Caledonia, announced another protest planned for February 18.
Originally, the event was scheduled for 2 p.m., but Gary decided to move it to 11:30 a.m. The reason was to make the protest really peaceful – every time before, when the Caledonia people showed up to demand equal justice for all, they were faced by a large number of aggressive natives, their lefty sidekicks and an indifferent police force.
This time Gary called 911 to notify the police that the time was changed. Shortly after that, the protestors gathered in front of the Lion’s Hall before heading to the disputed area.
When we arrived, the place was empty, as you can see in the picture (at the far left are the only two reporters, who showed up to cover the event).
Mark Vandermaas, a veteran peacekeeper, showed up wearing his blue beret and carrying the UN flag.
As more people arrived, they walked in following the road (which was established in court to be a county property). The few policemen, who just arrived, had no other choice but to follow them.
The group stopped at the fire hydrant – that was remarkable, because no people other than the occupiers have been able to go that far in the disputed land. The police were still watching and no natives were at the scene (apparently, they were still sleeping).
Meanwhile, we saw more and more police cars arriving with officers quickly heading toward the protestors.
By that time, the first few natives came out of the house. That house is the only structure remaining from the original real estate development. It now houses an unknown number of natives with all hydro and other expenses paid by the Ontario taxpayers (courtesy of Dalton McGuinty).
McGuinty’s “tenants” were a strange bunch – they looked like a group of addicts furious to be disturbed. The protestors were treated to a strange Indian dance. The short native woman in jeans will play an important role later:
Emboldened by the police presence, the natives started to display their usual behaviour – shouting insults and trying to assault the people. The police used the increasing tension to try to end the event. The officers pressured the participants to leave. It didn’t work – Gary and Mark told them that they were standing on county property and are not doing anything illegal and in fact they could walk even further. And so they did, reaching the area near the house:
At the same time, things turned ugly. After an altercation, the police had to detain the unruly native woman. That by itself was a miracle – before that no native person has ever been arrested in Caledonia for violent behaviour during the commission of a crime against non-natives, let alone on the occupation site.
Since she refused to walk, four officers had to carry her holding her arms and legs:
They put her on her legs when they came closer to the police van. As you can see, they seized from her a piece of pipe with sharp edges (I don’t know what she was going to use the lamp shade for):
As a side note I need to say that I have never heard a woman talk like her. She was hurling insults at the officers, some of the mildest of which were “motherfuckers”, “assholes”, “racists”, etc. I heard similar things from other natives, who arrived later. Apparently, the militant type of Indians has an amazing proficiency in the vulgar English slang.
Eventually, she was handcuffed and sent away in the van (still shouting):
Meanwhile things got even uglier at the rally. An aggressive native man tried to attack a police officer, another one attempted to assault Merlyn Kinrade, a 77-year old Canadian Navy veteran who served as a UN peacekeeper during the 1956 Suez Crisis. The police refused to deal with them, alleging they didn’t have enough officers (although the police outnumbered both the protestors and the natives put together).
While this was going on, more and more natives started arriving in cars from the fields. I had a nasty encounter with some of them telling me that they’ll break my legs, if I don’t leave their land. Since the police were busy with the big group, I had to leave the road to be safe (not that the police would’ve helped me, if they were around).
As it is usual in the weird world of the Caledonia conflict, the police made another strange decision. Instead of arresting the aggressive natives, they detained Gary McHale, who didn’t do anything to deserve that. That was Gary’s sixth unlawful arrest.
The natives brought even more people and blocked the entrance of the area with cars. Here is another woman making points, which are unprintable:
… and taken away in the police van:
At the time one of the major figures of the illegal occupations in the area – Ruby Montour – was already there. During the December rally she had a complete control over the police, telling them whom to arrest. This time she looked very disappointed:
At the entrance, Mark Vandermaas made a short speech about the conflict. He condemned the provincial government’s indifference to native violence, from which the native people suffer just as much as the residents of Caledonia and other towns.
Ironically, while Mark was speaking against violence, the natives made every effort to silence him – honking, shouting “liar”, “racist” and other unprintable words.
They even yelled at the police, because the officers “disappointed” them. One of the natives was overheard as saying that they should block the highway again.
So far, it was a good event – nobody was beaten up or injured by the natives.
After lunch we drove back to the occupied area to see who showed up at 2 p.m. It was already 3 o’clock and probably most people had already dispersed, but we still saw a few union activists with their flags. As I mentioned before, they are some of the major supporters of the native lawlessness:
There still was one issue to be resolved: where was Gary McHale?
We went to the police station where he was held – it was shortly before 4 p.m. and he still hadn’t been released.
A few minutes later, Gary emerged from the lower floor of the station. He showed up wearing only his underpants (I will spare you that picture) and my first thought was that he was strip-searched. However, when I talked to him later, he explained that he took his clothes off as a form of protest against the unlawful arrest. He did the same in December of 2006 , while under arrest in similar circumstances (with Mark Vandermaas in the next cell). Here is he just after being released:
We couldn’t leave immediately, because he needed another piece of vital information – the policemen who dealt with him, promised at his request to provide him with the name of the officer, who made the decision about his arrest. After waiting for nearly half an hour and knocking on several doors (the station looked deserted), somebody showed up and said that they can’t provide that information. So much about their credibility – I guess the case is heading to court as usual.
While we were waiting, a reporter from Dunnville’s Chronicle showed up at the police station. He was tipped off that a native woman was assaulted at the rally. As with all false accusations coming from the natives, Jeff Parkinson had the irrefutable evidence to debunk this one as well. Jeff is a videographer who meticulously films every protest event and his footage has helped many times to expose lies in court. The reporter was patient enough to go through Jeff’s video recording to find the truth. Then he interviewed Gary.
We took a picture at the entrance of the police station:
As a sign that the conflict continues, we saw outside two native girls. They took (not very discreetly) pictures of everybody and wrote down the licence plates of our cars. I guess we may expect a visit from Ruby’s henchmen…
On the way back I interviewed Mark Vandermaas about the meaning of those protests. His main concern is that the people in the area don’t understand the gravity of the situation. The lack of property rights protection means that everybody’s house or business could be seized, if the natives make a claim against the land (even if it’s false, like in the DCE case).
If the DCE is handed over to the Six Nations, that would mean an economic disaster for Caledonia. The natives will be able to open restaurants, stores and other businesses, operating tax-free. Although they’ll be required to sell only to Status Indians, they’ll sell to everybody (as they currently do on the reserve and in the illegal smoke shacks). That will drive out of business most of the entrepreneurs in the town. It will also mean lost tax revenue, because, judging from the government’s actions so far, they have never confronted a native “business”.
It looks like this will be another nail in the coffin of McGuinty’s jobless Ontario…
© 2012 Blogwrath.com
Not exactly… but having Gary McHale, Mark Vandermaas and their supporters talk to the press at Queen’s Park, from where most of the injustice to the people of Caledonia started, almost sounds like a takeover.
Unfortunately, we can’t credit Dalton McGuinty for that event. The news conference, entitled “Ending Race-Based Policing: The Caledonia Act”, was arranged by MPP Toby Barrett and he is the person, who deserves the praise. Regardless of how good Mr. Barrett is, I can’t miss the opportunity to say a word about his party boss.
I (and other conservatives) would never forget how Tim Hudak squandered the chance to defeat in the last election one of the worst Premiers Ontario ever had. If he had the courage to place in his platform, as one of his major issues, the restoration of justice and equal treatment under the law of everybody in Ontario, he could’ve easily defeated McGuinty, who was already disliked for his abysmal economic record. Instead, we are now faced with the perspective of another 4 years under Dalton’s rule and nobody knows how bad those years would be for the people of Caledonia (and for our electric bills).
Besides the Caledonia activists, some other organizations were present at the event. Stuart Laughton from the pro-Israel Hamilton-based Never Again Group, who made an excellent speech (I will get back to it), and Mary Lou Ambrogio, the VP of the International Free Press Society.
No Caledonia-related event has ever gone smoothly and this one wasn’t an exception. The third speaker, Kristin Kaye, a reporter for the Regional, was previously shoved by an OPP officer. Right before the news conference, she was contacted by the OPP who called to tell her that if she did speak at the conference she would be “breaching the peace.” Kristin was very concerned about this threat, but refused to be intimidated and gave a great speech. In my earlier post about Gary I quoted a statement of an OPP officer, who was also complaining of Gary disturbing the “peace”. It’s amusing to hear such complaints from an organization, which for years made sure that there was no peace in Caledonia.
Gary McHale and the others presented a well thought-out summary of the issues and the legal remedies that would resolve them. I don’t have enough space to list each and every one of them, so I will provide just the highlights. The major issue is the institutionalized race-based policing through which the province violated the rule of law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As a result, police protection was refused to the victims of the radicals.
The senior police officers were engaged in issuing illegal, politically-motivated orders, which were disguised under some kind of a “peacekeeping” mission to justify the race-based policing. The police allowed security threats from radicals conducting economic terrorism on the Canadian state at the cost of $4.1 Billion (according to MPP Toby Barrett) in the Haldimand Tract.
The vexatious land claims used by radicals created instant payouts for them from federal/provincial governments while opening door to legalized lawlessness. Thus the land claims became a political process rather than a legal one.
On the basis of those issues, the activists presented legislative recommendations affecting several government acts. Some of the changes in the Police Services Act would require: ‘Duties of a police officer’ to include higher duty to come to the aid of victims while crimes are being committed; duty not to violate section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; duty to report, to the Ombudsman and civilian oversight agency, orders from a superior officer not to uphold the rule of law, or orders that violate section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (providing ‘Whistle-blower’ protection for officers who report); Police Services Boards, by resolution, may call public inquiry into police services in their jurisdiction; police officers not permitted to refuse to give a statement during police complaint investigations; end the policy of police investigating police – creation of transparent, independent civilian investigation service for police complaints, and others.
The Ombudsman Act should require: expanding Ombudsman’s mandate to include policing issues; the Ombudsman to have authority to call public inquiry into police services in an affected jurisdiction; whistle blower protection for any officer who report violations of the Charter.
The Crown Attorneys Act needs an overhaul as well: private prosecutors to be treated on par with the Crown; Crown to be required to seek permission from the Court in order to take over a prosecution in absence of consent from private prosecutor; Crown to be prevented from intervening to stop a private prosecution before a charge has been issued by a judge, i.e. before evidence is presented by the private prosecutor, etc.
Similar changes were proposed to the Ministry of the Attorney General Act and the Ministry of the Solicitor General Act.
A section on Policy Recommendations proposed concrete measures to address the grievances of the victims: call public inquiry into Caledonia to examine both the policies and actions of the OPP and Crown’s office as to whether they violated section 15 of the Charter of Rights regarding equality of all people and whether they followed orders that permitted and/or encouraged criminal activities; apology to Caledonia/Haldimand County by OPP; apology to Caledonia/Haldimand by Ontario Government; Douglas Creek Estates (DCE) to be given to Haldimand County subject to exercise of right of first refusal by Henco, under no circumstances is DCE to be given to Six Nations; provide funding for future monument on DCE, to be inscribed with above apologies; fund counselling for Caledonia victims; refuse any further negotiations with any group that is involved in violence or illegal occupations of private property; appoint a new OPP Commissioner with a mandate to end race-based policing within the OPP.
There was also a request to call on the federal government to cease all funding to groups, organizations or publications such as Redwire Magazine that advocate racism, hate, violence or other criminal behaviour – with the exception of peaceful civil disobedience.
The last part providing recommendations on how to make the land claim process more transparent and straightforward and to specifically exclude from the claim negotiations violent groups involved in illegal occupation.
An eloquent speech was delivered by Stuart Laughton from the Hamilton-based Never Again Group, whose purpose is to defend the state of Israel from baseless accusations and fight anti-Semitism in its various guises. Although this may seem a very different issue from what happened in Caledonia, there are staggering similarities due to the bad policies of the Ontario government:
“The Never Again Group does not believe that the Ontario government’s directives to police in Caledonia began with ill intentions—and we don’t know anyone who believes that Premier McGuinty is specifically targeting Jews there—but these directives were nevertheless profoundly wrong and dangerous in ways Canadians are only now beginning to appreciate. I want to stress that my group has made no opposition to Natives who make land claims: we only protest the violent manner in which the claims to the Caledonia property are made and the racially skewed responses of the Ontario government.
It is a temptation we all fall into at one time or another to do what feels generous in the short term and to extend consideration to others, especially those perceived to be different from us. A much more challenging stance is to consider what the unintended long-term consequences of such generous instincts might be, and whether these results might still be judged to be good. We see today that one of the unintended consequences of privileging natives on the Caledonia property has been to bar Jews from that property.
Gary McHale’s provocative “No Jews Allowed” sign is correct. Does Premier McGuinty now wish he’d chosen the path of one law for all right from the beginning?
Now that we have this unfortunate precedent in Caledonia let’s consider who Ontario’s next Premier might be, and which groups he might favour. Will he turn everything completely around and allow me to assault a native person, arresting the innocent victim of my violence? Will Tamils once again be allowed to walk their families down an expressway, stopping traffic and endangering lives? What if a large Christian activist group “occupies” downtown areas of our cities for weeks on end at great expense and inconvenience to the public, breaking numerous laws with impunity? Why wouldn’t that be permissible under some future premier? Will our next premier instruct police not to enter predominantly Muslim areas of our major cities, and allow microstates governed by Islamic Sharia law to flourish there? The nightmare scenario of parallel, segregated societies where police have lost control is playing out in Europe today. Parts of England—even parts of London—have become No-Go zones that are extremely hostile to non-Muslims.
We also have to consider the effect that racially biased policing has on those Native Canadians, Tamils, Muslims and others who ask for no special favours and want nothing to do with the demands of the more militant members of their community. Who speaks for them? We have to consider the corrosive effects of the government’s directives on the rank and file police officers who can no longer obey their primary instinct—and sworn duty—to arrest the bad guys. Who speaks for them and what has been lost in this process?
The Never Again Group calls on the Ontario Provincial Police and the government of Dalton McGuinty to set the example that Ontario’s citizens expect from them. Equality before the law is an unassailable position that must be part of the election platform of every responsible political party.
There are many ethnic groups in Canada, which is a wonderful thing but wholly irrelevant where the law is concerned—because where the law is concerned we must forget who is a Jew, a Native, a Tamil, a Muslim or an atheist. Our citizenry consists of millions and millions and millions of individuals, and these INDIVIDUALS are the ultimate minorities. Each of us has the right to be treated impartially before the law. That’s what matters.
Maybe it’s all that matters.
This speech should be required reading for all politicians in Canada. It illustrates very well the saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions – the preferential treatment of any group usually end up in disaster. You see, I don’t think that politicians could be our moral compass – most of them really think within a very short time frame and only from a position that would answer their most essential question: “What can I do to get more votes?”
As a result, the big picture is totally lost to them and all they care about is finding some ethnic, religious or other group, which they can enchant en masse to win their votes. Do you remember those inspirational posters with a picture and a slogan, which you could see in every corporate office? One of the Laughton’s closing sentences should be on the wall of every politician’s office:
“Our citizenry consists of millions and millions and millions of individuals, and these INDIVIDUALS are the ultimate minorities.”
I am sure Dalton McGuinty and Barbara Hall would definitely win, if they follow it (but I don’t bet on it).
As I mentioned before, I fully support the recommendations outlined in the Caledonia Act. And I am just as sure that the next Ontario government would start working on restoring justice in the province. However, none of those measures would ensure full justice unless an important obstacle is removed.
Actually, that’s not an obstacle; it’s a giant boulder that blocks the solution of the native issues in Canada. It’s called the Indian Act. That outdated piece of legislature, a relic from the colonial past, ensures that all aboriginal issues are treated from a racist point of view. Since the federal laws supersede the provincial ones, the shadow of the Indian Act will always be a threat.
Right now I am working on a piece about Section 13 of the Human Rights Act (the censorship section). While going through the decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal, I came across a recent (September 2011) decision concerning a native rights complaint: Jeremy Eugene Matson, Mardy Eugene Matson And Melody Katrina Schneider (Nee Matson), Complainant – and – Canadian Human Rights Commission – and – Indian And Northern Affairs Canada, Respondent; Ruling by Member: Edward P. Lustig, Tribunal Member, 2011 CHRT 14, 2011/09/27.
It deals with three people, whose rights as Indians were not recognized by a band and by the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada:
- The Complainants were all born before 1985. They have one Indian grandparent: a woman who lost status when she married a non-Indian before 1985, and who regained her status under s. 6 (1) (c) of the Indian Act with the passage of the Bill C-31 amendments in 1985. By virtue of those same amendments, the children of her marriage with a non-Indian man (one of whom was the Complainants’ father, Eugene) were deemed eligible for status under s.6 (2) of the Indian Act. Since the 1985 amendments only gave their father status under s. 6 (2), and since their mother was a non-Indian, the Complainants were not at the time of the filing by them of their Complaints entitled to any status under the Indian Act since s. 6 (2) does not allow a person to pass his or her status to children with non Indians. As a result, the children they have had with non-Indians since 1985 were also not entitled to status.
- The Complainants prepared and delivered a chart that sets out their family and status history as compared to a hypothetical family history that is identical in all respects, save for the sex of their Indian grandparent. In other words, in the hypothetical family history, their Indian grandparent is male instead of female. All dates of births, marriages and deaths are consistent in both scenarios. As shown in the chart, the Complainants in the hypothetical patrilineal scenario would at the time of the filing by them of their Complaints have had status under s. 6 (1) of the Indian Act, and would be able to pass s. 6 (2) status to their children while in their real matrilineal scenario they had no status either under s. 6 (1) or under s. 6 (2).
- The Complainants alleged that this differential treatment, flowing from discrimination in the Indian Act, had two principal adverse effects: first, they were themselves denied status, and the benefits that flow therefrom; and second, they were being denied the opportunity to pass status to their children.
I don’t know about you, but I feel dirty after reading that. It’s hard to believe that such blatantly racist considerations about the “purity” of origin are discussed seriously in Canada in 2011. The explanation above is like a court case in Nazi Germany or the old South Africa or an elaborate evaluation in Dr. Mengele’s Auschwitz office, where the purity of genealogy would decide who is allowed to live longer. Only the Nazi phrenology examination is missing. It also reminds me of the famous conductor Herbert von Karajan’s case where his wife who had Jewish ancestry was proclaimed an “honorary Arian” due to his membership in the Nazi party.
What would you think if any other ethnic group is privileged in the same way? With any other ethnic or racial group such discussions are taboo in Canada. I don’t see any reason why the Indians should be treated differently than anybody else.
Section 13 was suspended, because a human rights “judge” finally realized that it violates the freedom of expression. Why can’t another human rights “judge” strike down the Indian Act as discriminatory and racist?
Here is why – when things are in chaos and disarray because of a bad law, there are always clever people, who benefit from the situation. While the ordinary natives are fighting to prove their ancestry, the band elites do everything to maintain their control over them.
Let me introduce to you Dr. Pamela D. Palmater, one of the people who speak for those elites. She has an impressive resume – a Mi’kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She teaches Indigenous law, politics and governance at Ryerson University and heads their Centre for Indigenous Governance.
Last month we witnessed a meeting between the Canadian government and the Indian chiefs. Dr. Palmater was unhappy about it and wrote the following in an article for Rabble.ca:
“The assimilation plan of the 1969 White Paper which is also reflected in Flanagan’s two books, is now being promoted under the guise of “individual opportunity.” What is worse, is that Atleo signed on to this plan fulfilling Flanagan’s and Conservative visions of “voluntary” assimilation.
All you need to be able to read between the lines is to understand their use of code words like “individual opportunity” (destroy communities), “solution to Canada’s labour woes” (we are their labour pool), “unlocking the potential of First Nation lands” (transfer to non-Indians) and “maximizing benefits for all Canadians” (Canada gets rich off our remaining lands and resource).”
So no matter what the government does to empower the native individuals, it is always based on some evil plan. If they provide jobs, they are using the Indians; if they develop the lands, they are stealing them, etc., etc. Boy, it isn’t easy to be such a grumpy woman. But it gets even worse when she describes the ceremonies around the meeting:
“None of this organizational nightmare would compare to the very overt symbolism embedded in the actual ceremonies. The gathering was held in a government building, with a limited number of chiefs, separated from their real strength — their people, under the guard of many RCMP, undercover security and what looked like snipers on top of the building. It is very notable that one of our most respected elders in the procession was immediately followed by an RCMP officer. Similarly, after our elder gave a prayer, this was immediately followed up by an RCMP singing Oh Canada. This is symbolic of the very real control of our populations by Canada’s police, RCMP and military. Our relationship has been and continues to based on control over our communities by Canada in often harsh and deadly ways.”
Chiefs who can’t bring the whole tribe… Secret agents in dark trench coats… Cold-blooded snipers on the rooftops… Scary RCMP officers… Horror of horrors – somebody sings the National Anthem of Canada… And you can probably hear in the background the demonic laughter of Stephen Harper…
If I tell that woman that she is not different in her way of thinking from the violent occupiers in Caledonia, she would certainly get offended. But they both have the same goal – to alienate the natives from the rest of Canada and turn them into a herd without individual voices. A herd is easy to control when you are the elite, who distributes the federal money.
It’s no wonder that so many people are leaving the reserves. At least that is clear to the people of Caledonia – you can’t resolve any major issues in our society, if you don’t treat everybody as a sovereign individual, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, religion or any other characteristic that tends to herd us into faceless groups.
© 2012 Blogwrath.com
I have said a few times in previous posts that one of the most entertaining features of our Western societies is to watch special groups trying to “outentitle” each other.
A recent example of that is the decision of the Cherokee Indians (the second-largest tribe in the USA) to expel the descendents of their black slaves, who moved with them to what’s now Oklahoma in 1838.
I don’t know whether the reason for that were the black flash mobs or the Indians’ reluctance to share the huge revenue from the Indian casinos. Without any doubt, the most interesting and shocking fact revealed in the article was that the Cherokees owned slaves.
When studying US history or watching historical movies, we are led to believe that the Indians were noble men and women, with ethics and organization far exceeding those of the white people. Yet it turns out they weren’t any better – they owned plantations and used black slaves to work for them.
Ain’t that great? The Indians were no different than the white people in the way they got their income. They even used the black slaves to carry their stuff on the way to Oklahoma. I wonder what idiots like Ward Churchill, who built their careers on making white people guilty, are going to say about the situation.
The article quotes Marilyn Vann, the leader of the expelled “Freedmen”, who said: “This is racism and apartheid in the 21st Century.”
This is by far the funniest part of the article – apparently, Ms. Vann forgot that according to the politically correct orthodoxy, only white people can be racist. The Indians can treat blacks like garbage (as they do in this case) and they can get away with it, while white people will be chased and robbed blind for even the smallest perceived transgression.
But in this situation, which involves two groups fighting for larger handouts, it’s really entertaining to watch from the side…
© 2011 Blogwrath.com
house (they didn’t need to go to work the next morning). The family was searched regularly by the thugs. They were even told to remove the Canadian flag or else something bad may happen to their house (they removed the flag to stay out of trouble).
assaulted or arrested.
In mid-May a bunch of Indian thugs occupied a part of High Park in Toronto under the pretence that it was their ancient burial ground. Their excuse was that the bikers, who were conducting their (illegal) races in the area desecrated the “cemetery”. The mainstream press reported the incident and the City Hall provided the occupiers with a portable toilet and a tool shed for the shovels they were supposed to use to restore the grounds.
The newspapers quickly found out that the cemetery excuse was a hoax. However, nothing more would have happened, if the activities of that group – Red Power United – didn’t attract the attention of the alternative press. This is a criminal and racist group of Native extremists, who try to accomplish their goals through intimidation and terror.
Those events eventually alerted two organizations, which have been fighting the Native bullying for years – CANACE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality) and Caledonia Victims Project. They have stood for the victimized and terrorized citizen of Caledonia (Ontario) who suffered from the intimidation of Indian criminals supported by the Ontario Government and the Ontario Provincial Police.
One of the most amazing facts about their respective leaders – Gary McHale and Mark Vandermaas – was that they were arrested not so long ago for raising the Canadian flag in Caledonia. This is such a unique case, that they should report it to the Guinness Book of World Records – I have never heard of a situation, where the regular police of a democratic country would arrest two law-abiding citizens for raising the official flag of that country. Even the barbarians in Saudi Arabia wouldn’t do something like that.
The organizations scheduled a protest against the occupation for Saturday, May 28. It was supposed to start at the Grenadier Restaurant in High Park from where the participants were to walk to the occupied area.
There was something ominous in that event – the arrival of those people in Toronto reminded me of the appearance of the ghost of the Christmas future in “Christmas Carol” with the premonition of something bad happening, if we don’t listen to them. The only difference being that the bad things would happen not to the evil Scrooge, but to the hapless Bob Cratchit (Toronto is much closer to his character).
Of course, the mainstream media didn’t miss the event. A reporter from CBC (who looked native) showed up shortly after 2 p.m. and interviewed first Mark Vandermaas and then Gary McHale. The interesting thing about her was that she tried very hard to spin the protest into something insignificant – she said that the case was exaggerated, there was only an overnight stay by the Natives and then they were replaced by volunteers to repair the grounds.
I wonder if she received her education at the Pravda University of Journalism, but the truth is different – several days after the occupation started, I went there and saw the tents and the “Mohawk Warriors” flag with the Natives sleeping. I wrote about that here.
Mark was obviously used to such shallow provocations – he rebutted her points one by one. He pointed out that Red Power United has advocated for years criminal occupation, service disruptions and violence to achieve their goals, even though many Natives don’t support them. He asked what would happen if someone created a group named White Power United – they would be jailed right away. Yet the native criminals have been tolerated by the authorities for years. Why should they be above the law? He also mentioned that on May 23, 2011, Harrison Friesen (the thugs’ leader) posted a video that if the City ignores his demands, he will come back and build a camp in High Park.
According to Mark, the issue is the trend created – in Caledonia the occupation, which brought violence, started the same way, with a very few people starting it and the violent radicals joining later. Gary, who joined the conversation, added that once a precedent is established allowing them to occupy land without reason, they may start occupying residential areas. The reporter didn’t have much to say in response – you can’t manipulate a person who knows the facts.
Aside from the reporters, there were two representatives of the City, one of whom worked for the parks department.
Shortly after the interview, we all walked to the occupied area, followed by a large number of police officers on bikes.
When we reached the place, I saw that it was still surrounded by a fence, although the tents and the flags were gone. The City people stated that it was needed until the rejuvenation is completed, although initially it was announced that the fence will keep everybody but the Indians from the place (let’s hope that this is true).
I saw inside two guys with shovels working. However, here is what bothered me – when the “warriors” occupied the place, they were telling everybody that they were restoring it, but they didn’t do any work whatsoever (that’s why I called them “lazy Indians”). A person, who doesn’t like to work is lazy, do you have any objections to that definition?
Today we saw that the two guys finished just about 2 square meters of the ground, the rest was flat and dead as it was before. That’s probably one hour’s work – and I have the bad feeling that the parks department started the work right before the demonstration to show that they are doing something.
But don’t worry – I’ll be sure to go back to check if any work is done or if everything is a sham to keep that part of the park segregated.
After listening to detailed explanation from the City guys about they are going to do rejuvenate the area, we all left.
Upon leaving, both Mark and Gary talked to the police officers – both were pleasantly surprised by the civilized and polite behaviour of the Toronto Police. It was in a stark contrast with what the Ontario Provincial Police forced them to endure.
On our way back, I talked to Mark about the situation in Caledonia. There was not much to cheer about. The thugs were still there – now they own the whole lot with the housing development that the McGuinty government bought from the local residents. The Indians demolished all houses and left one where they live. All the utilities of that house are paid by the government.
A few months ago the local residents placed a small monument to commemorate the events that happened. Within minutes, the Indians destroyed the monument and burned the Canadian flag, while OPP were watching.
I can’t help but wonder: how much longer would the Canadians tolerate that double legal standard? A large number of the natives are “professional sufferers” who extort money from us in every possible way with the help of lefty loons.
The federal Ministry of the Indian and Northern Affairs is a huge welfare office, which gives away billions and billions of dollars to kill the initiative in the Natives and keep them in poverty. On the Ministry’s website it is stated that “In Aboriginal communities, Elders are keepers of traditional teachings and language. They are greatly respected for their life experience and wisdom, and members of the community often seek their counsel.” Yet those “elders” take huge amount of the subsidies for themselves. Last year huge misappropriations were uncovered - for example, an Indian chief of a community of about 300 people was getting over $900,000 tax free.
Is there any solution to this disastrous situation? What about treating all Canadians equally under the law?
We can simply abolish that money – wasting Ministry and let all Natives work like everybody else. Or if they want to keep their lands, the courts must decide all land claims once and for all. Once they have the territories, in which they even now consider themselves “sovereign nations”, they should start acting as such – developing their own businesses and agriculture without any welfare payments from us.
Maybe one day somebody in the government would get enough courage to tackle that problem, but I don’t bet on it…
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