Archive for April, 2007

QUEEN’S PARK (April 3) – Progressive Conservative Party Leader John Tory today pointed to further evidence of attempts by Dalton McGuinty’s office to cover-up the lottery scandal before it became public.

“When people buy lottery tickets, they are buying a dream,” said Tory. “They expect that the system is going to be fair and trustworthy. They expect that you will take those interests to heart and deal with problems when you find out about them. But instead of fixing this up, you tried to cover it up.”

Tory started off Question Period today by noting with sadness the passing of Bob Edmonds, who battled Ontario Lottery and Gaming for a prize that was taken away from him by an unscrupulous retailer.

He then revealed that according to PC sources, Wilson Lee, now chief of staff to Minister David Caplan, attended a meeting on August 30, 2006 where he said the premier’s office thought there was nothing to the lottery scandal and it should be treated as a communications problem.

That meeting was held well before the scandal became public.

“Dalton McGuinty thinks this is a communications issue when people’s money is being stolen,” Tory said. “Instead of fixing the problem, he sent in his political spin doctors to try and downplay the story.”

Tory also failed to get answers as to any steps the McGuinty government is taking to recover the $12.5 million which, according to the ombudsman, found its way into improper hands.

Tory added: “Quite simply, the more fingerprints we dust for on the Lottogate scene, the more often we find people from Dalton McGuinty’s inner circle and the minister’s inner circle. We don’t need to call in CSI to figure out what’s going on – the facts are speaking for themselves. There is a cover-up here.”

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Section 83.01(1)(b)  defines terrorist activity as:

(b) an act or omission, in or outside Canada,

(i) that is committed

(A) in whole or in part for a political, religious or ideological purpose, objective or cause, and

(B) in whole or in part with the intention of intimidating the public, or a segment of the public, with regard to its security, including its economic security, or compelling a person, a government or a domestic or an international organization to do or to refrain from doing any act, whether the public or the person, government or organization is inside or outside Canada, and

(ii) that intentionally

(A)  causes death or serious bodily harm to a person by the use of violence,

(B) endangers a person’s life,

(C) causes a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or any segment of the public,

(D) causes substantial property damage, whether to public or private property, if causing such damage is likely to result in the conduct or harm referred to in any of clauses (A) to (C), or

(E) causes serious interference with or serious disruption of an essential service, facility or system, whether public or private, other than as a result of advocacy, protest, dissent or stoppage of work that is not intended to result in the conduct or harm referred to in any of clauses (A) to (C),

and includes a conspiracy, attempt or threat to commit any such act or omission, or being an accessory after the fact or counselling in relation to any such act or omission, but, for greater certainty, does not include an act or omission that is committed during an armed conflict and that, at the time and in the place of its commission, is in accordance with customary international law or conventional international law applicable to the conflict, or the activities undertaken by military forces of a state in the exercise of their official duties, to the extent that those activities are governed by other rules of international law.

Question: Why has the OPP not charged anyone with Terrorist active in Caledonia? i.e. Destruction of Power Station, Barricade of railway line and highway for weeks etc.

Why is it not a terrorist threat to announce a nation wide blockage of CN rail for June 29th?

Courtesy of www.caledoniawakeupcall.com

So, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino says it’s not his fault that towns are suffering from Landclaim Terror, it’s all the fault of the federal government. Ottawa has clearly said that the Caledonia land claim is invalid, so what more does Fantino want from them?

I do not want to live in a police state where politicians control the police, but neither do I wish to live in a lawless state where the police act as agents of criminals, wilfully violating and ignoring the law while spitting in the face of the Supreme Court. There must be limits placed on police independence in order to prevent the abuses we have witnessed in Ipperwash, Caledonia and, now, Deseronto. Quite simply, the OPP is out of control. Its Commissioner is out of control. The Ontario Provincial Police must be disbanded or reformed as soon as is humanly possible….

Read this full article PACKED with disturbing true facts about Fantino and the OPP here

Canadians fundamentally believe in Equality for All as enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We, as a Nation and as a People, welcome those from around the world to join us as Citizens in an Equal and Just Society. We stand united against racial discrimination, against religious discrimination, etc.

We hold to a fundamental view that All People have the right:

1. to ‘right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.’

2. to be ‘equal before and under the law and have the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.’

3. ‘not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned.’

The failure of the OPP, as directed by all levels of Government, to uphold the laws of Canada in Ipperwash and now in Caledonia has become a proven fact. The direct policy of the OPP to do policing based on race is contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and against the fundamental views of Canadians.

the OPP continues to violate Supreme Court rulings and Court orders showing their direct contempt for Canadian ‘Rule of Law’. Instead of upholding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and obeying Canadian Courts the OPP has taken upon itself to publicly slander and attack Canadian Citizens who peacefully speak out against OPP “Two Tier Justice”. 

Purposed Motion:

The average Canadian does not have the financial resources to ensure their Charter Rights are not violated. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is not just for the wealthy but for All Canadians….

Read this full MUST READ article here

TORONTO — The inquiry into the police shooting death of aboriginal protester Dudley George will release its final report May 31. Commissioner Sidney Linden, who since last August has reviewed the testimony of 139 witnesses heard over 25 months at the Ipperwash inquiry, made the announcement yesterday.

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THEN

Read the REAL story of Ipperwash here

Planning to drive or take the train to Toronto this summer? Maybe you should fly: Indian protest groups haven’t yet figured out how to block the sky. As for trains, at least, Ontario seems to have little interest in keeping the public right-of-way public.

Could someone explain, please, why Indian protesters are allowed to use disruptive tactics forbidden to anyone else? Imagine if some other ad hoc group had chosen to strand 3,600 passengers: police would surely have cleared the track in short order. But in Ontario,ever since a policeman shot a native protester at Ipperwash in 1995, the police have taken a hands-off approach to any native protest even if, like this one, it consists of a few hotheads without approval from their band council or tribal elders.

The result is to make the situation worse, not better. Who can doubt that more than a year of police inaction at an occupation in Caledonia, Ont., figured in the calculation of these protesters, who now say they’re planning further, bigger actions? Who can deny that some natives elsewhere in Canada are talking of similar tactics precisely because they see that they can operate with impunity?

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Well, all I have to say to OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino is this:
If you had done your job, Caledonia wouldn’t be occupied by terrorists for more than a year now, so to demand someone else solve the problem only makes you look even more incompetent. They’re breaking the law. They’re committing illegal acts of all sorts, and the OPP does nothing about them. So who are you to speak? Just remove them. Oh, sorry- I forgot you take orders from Premier McGuinty. Yep- the OPP only acts on politically-motivated orders!

The Full story can be found here

Radical natives are included on the same list as the Tamil Tigers and Hezbollah in a new counterinsurgency manual being prepared for the Canadian army.  “The rise of radical Native American organizations, such as the Mohawk Warrior Society, can be viewed as insurgencies with specific and limited aims,” the manual states. 

While the draft is stirring controversy for Native activists and supporter, some believe the document, and the tactics outlined in it, is necessary. “The people who do these things should be treated like anyone else, and that may mean surveillance and military operations where necessary,” said David Harris of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies.

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Only one man to blame

Posted: April 30, 2007 in Headlines

There in only one person to blame for what’s still going on in Caledonia, and it’s the same person who’s responsible for what went on in Deseronto Friday. Dalton MGuinty.

Yesterday was a day that all Ontarians should be have been able to look to their leader to finally take a stand, to finally take some action and show the people of this province that there isn’t one set of laws for natives and another set of laws for the rest of us. But instead of showing some leadership for the first time in his pathetic, dishonest and miserably unsuccessful rein he wimps out again.

When asked what he planned on doing about the domestic terrorism taking place across the train tracks in eastern Ontario, he offered nothing but suggest the federal government “intervene as quickly as possible to resolve the issue behind the blockade.”

This story and more can be found here

Editors Note: The following is satire and is not meant to reflect the views of myself, or www.caledoniawakeupcall.com 

What a great idea. Block all the nations railways, but wait not just for the Native attention, but why not combine that protest with two tier judicial system, and more important, high gas prices. This is perfect, I mean it. I am not being sarcastic here. I think this is excellent.It’s a perfect day. The Natives are planning to bring the economy down to the ground, along with the total destruction of the Canadian economy, so lets all get involved and go all the way. Everyone has gripes. Everyone has complaints about the governments, everyone has complaints about the high oil prices and the high taxes being paid by Canadians. I mean it, this is perfect…

This story and more can be found here

With recent comments from OPP commissioner Julian Fantino such as “Enough is enough … we’re just not going to take it any more”  ” Police are neither the cause of the problem, nor are they the solution to the problem ” and “Aboriginal land claims and issues surrounding conflicts in Caledonia and Deseronto are federal matters and there has to be a response from Ottawa”, one has to start to question the mental health of our beloved commissioner.

There has been a response from Ottawa. There is NO valid claim by Natives to the Douglas Creek Estates. The responsibility of the Federal Government during a land claim dispute such as DCE is to handle the land claim itself. The criminal occupation of the land is the responsibility of the Provincial Government, and the OPP. I’m sorry to break this to you Mr. Fantino, but you sir are the commissioner of the OPP so this is your problem.

The image that appears to be building here is one of a man at his wits end, who may soon decide to retire from his job as OPP commissioner due to excessive stress placed on him by mean people who blame him for circumstances he claims are beyond his control.

In my opinion this is nothing more than a carefully calculated attempt to build a smoke screen around the fact that he will most likely resign in shame when called upon to do so by Solicitor General Monty Kwinter at the conclusion of 3 separate investigations set in motion by complaints to the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services for Defamation, & Intimidation of elected officials. If by chance his career survives beyond the conclusion of these complaints, there are no doubt plenty more to be filed against him until it becomes impossible for his superiors to ignore his wreckless and purely political handling of the OPP.

This attempt to paint himself as a victim rather than someone who used his power to do nothing to stop criminals from living at tax payers expense on DCE, allow racial profiling against non Natives by the OPP, waste countless tax dollars having hundreds of Officers guard a hydro pole from a couple of guys who wanted to put up Canadian flags, slander Gary McHale, Mark Vandermaas, and anyone who dares to join them in standing up for what’s right, and become little more than an extended press secretary for Dalton McGuinty is very sad indeed.

Jeff Parkinson,
Caledonia Wakeup Call
Jeff@caledoniawakeupcall.com

On May 22, 2006, control systems at the hydro transformer station located on Argyle Street South, just south of the protesters’ barricade, were purposefully destroyed and set on fire by participants in the protest causing over $l million in damages and power failure throughout Haldimand County and Norfolk County for periods of time ranging from 3 to 48 hours. The act was recorded on security equipment installed at the site and the perpetrators were known to the OPP – no arrests or warants issued so far.

At the time the OPP refused to protect the hydro transformer station and during the attack on the hydro station the OPP did not respond to the emergency. Six Nations Police were no where to be found and fire trucks were stopped by Native Protesters.

June 4, 2006, after the OPP had refused Hydro One’s request to provide policing of the Caledonia transformer station, a 20 year old student, William Cowan, who had been hired by a private security firm to guard the transformer station, was swarmed by a number of the protesters who smashed the security car while he was inside the vehicle, threatened him with death if he did not leave, then put gasoline on the car, lit it on fire and entirely destroyed the vehicle.

On July 7th OPP SWAT team entered Native Lands in Caledonia to remove acetylene torches the natives had placed at the base of Hydro Towers. We spoke to a long standing resident of Caledonia who told us that he was the one who phoned the OPP to report the torches. He did this after several residents noticed the torches and questioned why Natives would want these torches so close to the towers.

Read the full story and see the evidence for yourself here

The occupation of the Thurlow Aggregate quarry near Deseronto, by members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, continued peacefully and without any major incidents this week. While cooler heads have so far prevailed, there is no guarantee that the situation will remain calm.

The Pioneer was present at the quarry when two OPP personnel, members of the Major Event Liaison Team, showed up at the site uninvited. The Tyendinaga police have asked the OPP repeatedly to stay away from the quarry. Sergeant Steve Flynn, one of the two OPP personnel, said that they were just stopping by to say hello to their fellow officers. “We’re building bridges, not tearing them down. I hope Larry (Hay) feels the same way,” he said.

Unfortunately for Sergeant Flynn, Police Chief Larry Hay did not agree. The OPP have not been of any assistance to the Tyendinaga police, even refusing them a porta-potty for the Mohawk police officers at the site. ” if its not OPP pee, forget it,” said Hay.

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The advantage of always capturing what is said on blogs, and websites is that you have proof that people like Jamie West, from AM900 CHML, are clueless about non-biased reporting in today’s world.

Not only is CHML out of date regarding what is happening in Caledonia, they are also quite clueless about people’s views in town. Mr. West thought it was quite okay for him to call me a “Racist Moron”, but of course that means anyone who supports what I am saying is also a “Racist Moron”.

Below is Mr. West’s post and the responses to his post on the CHML site. Of course CHML has completely removed his whole post.

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Tyendinaga police acted as negotiators, playing a pivotal role in ending the 30-hour blockade of a major railway line between Toronto and Montreal. A court injuction ordered the protesters to remove an old school bus off the track, but was not enforced by local OPP Instead, the two sides met through the night to reach an agreement at around 4:00 a.m.  “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had any dialogue – we would have just had a battle,” said Shawn Brant, a spokesperson for the demonstrators. (edit by Jeff: Leader of the group, not simply spokesperson) “Our contempt towards (the OPP) is strong, and if we don’t have the ability to relay information then we could never have even a sense of a dialogue with them.

Brant said they had set the time for 48 hours when they went in, but in the evening there were some concerns that Mr. Prentice indicated the blockade was a threat to the negotiations involving the Culbertson Tract land claim. The people asked the demonstrators if they would consider a shorter period of time for the blockade, and a compromise was reached.

“The people are ready to finish the job. We set this course and even with the intensity of (the blockade), people didn’t walk away – more people walked in. People aren’t concerned with the consequences of our actions…

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