Archive for May 18, 2007

10:45 am Friday update: Notre Dame school is in lock-down again. Natives are gathering to stop the local Baptist Church from paving their driveway.

12:30 pm Friday update: Resident states, “Around 10:30 this morning, we drove around by Notre Dame to see if many kids were at school. We met a friend who said there was something happening at the Baptist Church. She thought it had something to do with their drainage after the heavy rain this week. We drove there, stopped on the side of the road. Right away a police officer came and asked my husband to move. He said that he just wanted to know what was going on and she said there were discussions and she couldn’t report anything. My husband said he was staying there, that he lived in Caledonia( she said she did too, supposed she meant at Unity School). She left, then another one came and asked us to move – we were on the shoulder of the road, but he said we were blocking traffic.

My husband turned the car around to the shoulder on the other side of the road, while we sat there a Norton Construction truck had its turning light on to go into the church and the natives talked to the OPP, so an officer talked to the driver and made him drive on, right by the church and not stop. Right away another OPP came over, asked my husband to move, he said he was off the road, asked again what was going on and that he could sit there at the side – we lived in Caledonia. She went back, then a male OPP officer came, asked him twice to move or he would be arrested for disturbing the peace. Of course, my husband got upset at that. Then the female officer came over, with a native following her, discussion kept on, she finally said that some natives were about to come over and she said, ” We don’t want to see her hurt”, pointing to me. my husband then asked, “So, if they try to pull me out of the car, what are you going to do?”  She said, “We won’t let that happen”, but my husband said “You’ve done nothing in the past”. Then my husband and the native got into a verbal speel, I was very nervous and said “Let’s just go”. Sometime during this, the female OPP turned around to the native man and smiled. The native said that the road was theirs as was the land, and when my husband asked where were we to go, back to Europe, he said “That would be a good start”. He also said that the natives had an agreement with the Church that there would be no digging. Then the male OPP officer came over again and said this was the last time, that my husband would be arrested if we didn’t leave. All this time, traffic was able to move freely, as we were still on the shoulder of the road. My husband said fine and we left.We just heard it said on the news that there was confrontation between the OPP and the natives at the church, that’s not true – they are gettng along fine. Any Cal. citizen or non-native person who goes to see what is happening in our town is who the OPP are confronting.Neither governments are bothered about what is going on here, in Deseronto or any other area – we almost are hoping that the natives will blockade major roads, railways, etc. on June 29, so that maybe the governments will finally take notice and settle things speedily. A question – why are not two of the land claims the gov’t. are trying to settle not the Douglas Creek Estate in Caledonia and the one in Deseronto?”

1:20 pm Friday Update: OPP starting to admit the shooter was on DCE with his gun before the shooting, “In a statement, the OPP said “the suspect may have been observed at the Douglas Creek Estates, but the suspect’s actions were in relation to an issue not related to the ongoing land claim dispute.”

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A native spokesman warned yesterday that an injunction barring blockades of Canadian National Railway lines in Eastern Ontario may backfire against the railway.

“These proceedings will bring about a reaction, and maybe an unintended reaction, that CN wasn’t looking for,” Mohawk spokesman (Edit: Terrorist) Shawn Brant told reporters after a
Toronto court hearing. “I don’t believe that a goddamn piece of paper is going to change those things,”

“CN is one of the targets that was listed for economic disruption by our community and it’s going to be our community that is going to decide that.”

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Last December, the Assembly of First Nations voted to make June 29 a national day of peaceful protest. Now Chief Terry Nelson of the Roseau River First Nation is threatening to kick off the Canada Day long weekend by blocking a CN rail line, and encouraging other chiefs to do likewise.

Mr. Nelson was one of the few native leaders to stand up for David Ahenakew after the latter’s notorious anti-Semitic remarks in 2002. He later went on the attack against
Winnipeg broadcaster Charles Adler, as well as against the Asper family’s CanWest media empire: “The Jewish silence is deafening. It is not just one article, there are thousands of articles and stories carried by Jewish controlled media that are evidence of hatred against recognized races of people.” He played another race card this week: “There are only two ways of dealing with the white man. One, either you pick up a gun, or you stand between the white man and his money.”

Let’s hope governments and police forces do their job on Canada Day weekend, tearing down any barricades as soon as they are put up and laying charges against anyone who breaks the law. With such lavish forewarning, there’s no excuse not to be prepared; this is no Caledonia-style surprise.

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A Toronto police operation that saw undercover officers eavesdrop on the chair of the police service’s own civilian oversight body – and prompted the police board to order an investigation yesterday – was the culmination of more than a decade of police surveillance targeting gay political activists.

In an internal police report, a Toronto undercover officer describes spying on gay activists George Hislop – who was at the time running for Toronto City Council – and Peter Maloney, tailing them to a conference in Calgary in 1980 and later resuming surveillance of Mr. Maloney in 1991.

“The big issue now is … who else [did they have under surveillance],”

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Toronto Police are investigating the leak of a document that allegedly contains confidential information about a wiretap and spying operation involving a former police board chairman.

“The first thing is to identify what it is that people are talking about. What is the content of that? What does it say about anything? How does it get to be circulated?”

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If I block my neighbour’s driveway and claim that his house is sitting on land that’s rightfully mine based on a story that my great-great-great grandfather used it and never actually got around to deeding it over to anyone else, or didn’t really know what deeding it over actually meant, I’d be lucky to get away with just an injunction to take the sawhorses down.
Regardless of what one might think about native land claims–and the history of conquest shows that they’ve been given much more consideration to their claims than most conquered peoples centuries after the fact–letting them get away with blockades only encourages more of the same, and worse. Around Caledonia, the OPP’s inaction has just kept the matter dragging and dragging on.

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An Ontario Superior Court judge has temporarily upheld an injunction barring further blockades on Canadian National Railway’s (TSX:CNR) rail lines in eastern Ontario. The injunction was granted April 20 after aboriginal protesters set up a rail blockade near Deseronto, Ont., some 30 kilometres west of

Both sides are expected to return to court to deal with the injunction application in the coming months.

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There are dire predictions that this will be a long hot summer of confrontation as aboriginal groups ramp up blockades and protests to push for action on some of their long-stalled land claims.

June 29 is the designated day of action, and there are protests threatened across the country. Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine has called for speedy action on land claims in order to ease native anger.

 Some people believe the system is working as it should.

Take, for example, the claim over the Douglas Creek Estates in
Caledonia. That stalled from 1995-2001 because an aboriginal group took the federal government to court over it. It is a policy of the federal government that you can’t sue them and negotiate with them at the same time, so the negotiations broke off. That’s why there was no progress on the claim at that time.

As far as the feds are concerned, there was a valid surrender of the land by the Six Nations in 1844. They’re simply not negotiating over it any more. In an attempt to end the stand-off in the 40-hectare construction site that native activists are still occupying, federal officials have offered to discuss two other nearby land claims — but the activists have refused.

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The federal government is preparing to make an offer on May 30 to Six Nations on two of their outstanding 27 land claims but neither one deals with the disputed property in Caledonia.

Janie Jamieson, a Six Nations spokesperson, said she didn’t believe the community would ever accept an offer from Canada that was only money because getting land back is so important to them.

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Ottawa is putting the finishing touches on plans to defuse growing native tensions by giving a federal commission the power to order redress for historic treaty violations. The Canadian Press reported Wednesday that it has obtained internal documents showing the government has been concerned for months about potential rail and road blockades.

Read the full story here and see how Ottawa is starting to buckle to Terrorist threats

A court order that ended an aboriginal blockade of a major Ontario rail line in April has been extended, temporarily banning further rail blockades in eastern Ontario.

On Thursday, an Ontario Superior Court judge granted a request from CN Rail to extend the order used to end a Mohawk land dispute protest that started in the early hours of April 20 and disrupted freight and passenger traffic on the Toronto-Ottawa and Toronto-Montreal rail corridors for 30 hours.

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Court injunctions barring blockades on rail lines will do little to deter frustrated First Nations residents from staging similar demonstrations across the country, an aboriginal protester who led an eastern Ontario blockade said Thursday.”I don’t believe that an injunction changes the circumstances that people live in across this country,” protest leader Shawn Brant said outside court Thursday.

“I don’t believe it serves to resolve those issues.” “This injunction or these proceedings, in fact, will bring about a reaction, and maybe an unintended reaction, that CN wasn’t looking for,” Brant said outside the court.

“They have to bear the consequences of how they’re proceeding now.”

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Toronto, Canada (AHN) – Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino has strenuously denied allegations that he authorized officers to spy on former Toronto Police Services Board chair Susan Eng in the early 1990s.A report uncovered by the CBC indicated that Eng and her close friend, criminal lawyer Peter Maloney, were watched, and Maloney’s phone tapped, shortly after Eng became chair of the body charged with civilian oversight of Toronto police in 1991. The report indicates that police initiated the surveillance because they believed Maloney was a “security risk.”

Fantino denies that he knew about the surveillance, and says that allegations that he authorized the action are “false,” “ridiculous,” and “evil lies.” In fact, Fantino says that “[a]t no time did I ever authorize the eavesdropping of the board chair or any other member.”  

Despite Fantino’s denial that he authorized, or knew of, the spying, NDP MPP Peter Kormos has said that Fantino should “step aside as commissioner of the Ontario provincial police” pending an investigation. Read the full story here

Federal advisers suggested the Conservative government lie low and back off contentious land issues in the months prior to a national native day of action set for June 29. Internal briefing notes specifically warned Transport Canada’s plan to let farmers buy back 4,400 hectares of expropriated land around Mirabel airport could rankle the same Mohawks who stared down soldiers during the 78-day Oka crisis in 1990.

“Transport Canada may wish to remain a relatively unknown and neutral party as the proposed June 2007 protest approaches,” say the briefing notes released under Access to Information.

“In contrast, its current plan for the return of Mirabel Lands may expose it to legal and political action by the Mohawks of Kanesatake. It may wish to review its plans in the context of this note.”

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Terry Nelson, chief of the Roseau River aboriginal band in southern Manitoba, seems to resent two things — racial discrimination and white people.

Mr. Nelson said this week there’s only one way to deal with the white man: “You either pick up a gun or you stand between him and his money.” Forgoing the former for now, he vows to spread economic chaos this summer by blockading the CN rail line connecting eastern and western Canada. Such incendiary comments will provoke a justifiable backlash from those Mr. Nelson refers to as “immigrants.”

It may be hard to focus on the facts when tempers are fraying and leaders like Mr. Nelson are inciting his supporters to break the law. But the interests of all Canadians will be best served if cool heads prevail and a long, hot summer of discontent is averted.

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