Archive for April 29, 2007

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
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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.

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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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Suspended Police Chief Larry Hay of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Police Services once said, that an injustice cannot be remedied by the rule of law. His recent suspension, in which this publication played a small part, serves only to highlight the difference in philosophies that exist on either side of the figurative barricades when it comes to policing and justice.

Peacekeeping is not a new word to most Canadians. Few of us though, think of it in terms of policing. But, it is the case for First Nations police officers and the people being served by them. Traditional policing practices are about law enforcement, about laying a charge and bringing a criminal before the courts. First Nations policing has a different take, one that believes the law should be the last house on the block…

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Native protesters blocking a major railway line over a land dispute Friday are not getting any support from the local band council or the courts. Members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte were order by the Ontario Supreme Court to remove a school bus on the tracks early Friday afternoon, restoring service. However, by 6 p.m., the bus remained on the tracks while both sides negotiated.

The band council expressed its disappointment with the actions of its members in a press release. The council said the real issue of the land claim is being overshadowed by the protest and the time and effort spent on advancing the claim will be wasted.

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In what has to be one of the most bizarre statements ever made by a police commissioner, OPP commissioner Julian Fantino complained that he and the OPP have been treated unfairly by the media and some politicians over their handling of the Caledonia problem.

To further prove just how delusional Fantino has become, he also stated:

“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.”

This really sends a good message to criminals and organized crime groups. Keep up the pressure and Fantino and the OPP will take their ball and go home!

Full story and more at www.caledoniawakeupcall.com

It was in the early hours of April 20th, 2006 that the OPP botched a raid on native protesters at Douglas Creek Estates. The protesters had been occupying the land since February 28th of 2005 and were woken by police just after 4 a.m. on April 20th. Within two hours over 5,000 native people gathered at the site, pushing OPP off the land. Eventually OPP retreated and road blocks went up.

Dawn Smith, a spokesperson for the reclamation of Douglas Creek Estates says she was proud of her people that day.

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It’s less than 48 hours since Shawn Brant shut down rail traffic on one of the busiest rail lines in the country and he’s relaxing by a campfire with his ever-present personal effects: a cigarette and a cellphone. The protest will expand in the coming days and weeks if the (quarry) licence is not revoked, Brant has warned. He has even named targets: Highway 401, the CN rail line and the town of Deseronto.

Brant doesn’t plan to quit kicking out the jams any time soon. He said for First Nations communities, 2007 is the year of fighting back, and a day of protest is planned for June 21. “This is the year we redefine and reshape who we are within this society,” he said.

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The blockade of the CN rail tracks by native protesters on the weekend pointed out three salient facts. An innocent public paid the price extracted by the illegal actions of Mohawk protesters. OPP officers have their hands tied by a government that is paralyzed. The duly elected chief and band council of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte are not willing to act when some of their own stage renegade actions.

There is no excuse. There can be no excuse.

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