Archive for May 25, 2007

Fantino’s new “We’ll sue you” policy is now actively being followed by OPP officers.

Listen to an OPP Sergeant threaten to sue me for showing you this video.

Please note the following:

The reason you’re looking at this guy’s shoulder instead of his face for the better part of the clip is because I moved the camera onto my shoulder in order to do this guy the courtesy of looking him in the eyes while we spoke.

Note how polite I was to this officer from start to finish. Even after he started threatening me, I continued to call him “sir” while asking for his name and badge number.

If he wants to try to hide behind the claim that we were on private property, then I will explain why that is. I had just finished watching him brush off residents of Hagersville who were asking him about the Mohawk flag hanging from a fence post and their right to hang a Candian one. He walked off to go speak with Illegal occupiers instead. This is the type of behavior that some of us have seen enough of and will no longer tolerate, so I followed him to get an answer to a very legitimate question.


New OPP Service: Can’t get enough Natives to help with illegal barricades?

Don’t worry the OPP will now help build barricades against the ‘Whiteman’ 

These officers should be charged!

Having been there to witness and record this personally I can tell you what the missing audio is. Overwhelming road noise, and the OPP telling residents to “get moving” Officer #2 later says ” It’s not gonna stay ” referring to the flimsy nature of the illegal barricade they’re building.  Fortunately some residents are well aware of their right to stand on a public sidewalk.

Jeff Parkinson
Caledonia Wakeup Call

The native occupation in Caledonia has taken an ominous new twist for residents of Norfolk.During a day-long occupation of a construction site in Hagersville yesterday, a native spokesman said Six Nations has extended its land claim to include half a mile on either side of the Hamilton Plank Road.

Hamilton Plank Road was the original name of Highway 6. When it was built in the early years of the 19th century, Hamilton Plank Road extended from Port Dover to Hamilton.”It gets interesting, doesn’t it?” said Six Nations protester Wesley Elliott.

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HAGERSVILLE — “See you at the next construction site.” With a bandanna over his face, (EDIT: COWARD) the words from the “Mohawk Warrior” didn’t sound like they were meant to be a joke.

There may not be another construction site in Haldimand County for awhile since protestors here yesterday made it very clear if there is one they don’t approve of, you will see red Mohawk flags.

In other words it’s the Mohawk Warrior who is in charge down here. Just ask developer Dan Valentini. “Everything I have is in that land,” he said, as he agreed to send his construction crew home in exchange for protesters to leave.

To translate into taxpayers English what is really being said is “Mr. McGuinty break out the chequebook because you may have to buy another piece of land on behalf of Ontarians.” The whole thing is an outrage. Perhaps ask the premier about it at an Ottawa Senators Stanley Cup Final game where you may find him in the owner’s luxury box — probably not far from vote opportunistic Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who should be back after his latest photo op with the troops in Afghanistan while gas prices rise and land claims fester.

This whole thing is a mess, brought on but gutless leadership and equally as despicable acts of anarchy by some self-appointed native “representatives” — a few of whom were trying to pass themselves off as chiefs and elders when all they really were was acting like punks.

Read the full article here  Way to go Toronto Sun! Be sure to go check out the rest of this one folks!

A short-lived aboriginal protest in Hagersville, Ont., on Wednesday prompted federal and Ontario officials to temporarily walk away from negotiations aimed at settling a 15-month occupation by Six Nations protesters in nearby Caledonia.

Opposition Leader John Tory said Ontario’s Liberal government should demand an end to the Caledonia occupation before negotiations with the Six Nations resume.

“I just find it interesting that in Hagersville, they walk away from the table when an occupation starts,” Tory said.

“But we have one in Caledonia that is affecting children, affecting neighbours, affecting businesses that’s been going on for 400 days, and they won’t insist that that come to an end or be phased out in order to continue the negotiations.”

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Native chiefs should show “leadership” and avoid actions that could trigger a police response during next month’s planned day of action on First Nations issues, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino told an assembly of chiefs yesterday.

As the chiefs gathered at an Assembly of First Nations meeting in Gatineau, Que., Six Nations protesters moved into a housing project in Hagersville, south of the disputed land claim in Caledonia.

Fantino cited the the Hagersville “occupation” as an example of the type of thing he wanted to avoid on June 29.

“My expectation is that things be done in a law abiding and peaceful manner,” he told Sun Media. “Nobody wants this thing to go sideways.” (EDIT: Fantino should learn to obey the law before he tries to speak about it)

He would not say whether police would take a harder line against blockades. (EDIT: Because they will not)

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Canada’s native chiefs will pressure the national railways to close down for the Assembly of First Nations’ “day of action” on June 29, backing it up with a veiled threat they will probably face blockades from individual native bands if they refuse.

Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice responded by arguing that it is wrong for the AFN to place companies in the middle of a dispute with the government, and repeated his warning that blockades will only hurt the public support for their cause.

Chief Fontaine rejected that warning earlier in the day, even though he insisted that the AFN was not advocating violence or blockades. He argued that public support peaked during the 1990 Oka crisis, which saw the death of a provincial police officer and a tense three-month standoff between Mohawks and Canadian Forces soldiers.

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The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has passed a resolution calling for Canada’s national railways to voluntarily shut down during the group’s “day of action” on June 29.

Native chiefs at a special AFN conference almost unanimously adopted the approach Wednesday in Gatineau, Que. (EDIT: This is proof that it’s more than a splinter cell who support Terrorism to further their political agenda)

The step serves as a veiled warning to the Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway that they will face disruptions on June 29.

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The violent and fatal standoff between Mohawks and Canadian soldiers in Oka, Que., 17 years ago marked a high point in Canadian sympathy for aboriginal issues, says Phil Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

The pointed reference to the summer-long crisis came yesterday as chiefs from across Canada gathered to discuss a so-called Day of Action planned for June 29. Like Oka, the day could involve blockades. (EDIT: The murder of a police officer is considered a high point by these people?)

“The highest level of support for our position was during that crisis, that’s the highest level of support that Canadians have ever expressed for our issues,” Fontaine said in response to a reporter’s question about the effectiveness of civil disobedience. (EDIT: Stop sugar coating it Phil. It’s called Terrorism)

For Chief Terrance Nelson of the Roseau River First Nation, the plan is to blockade railway lines that move to and from the United States in southern Manitoba.

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Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice has said he wants to speed up talks to settle First Nations land claims, but don’t expect him to embrace Premier Dalton McGuinty’s suggestion to set up an independent body to settle the nation’s 800 outstanding clams.There’s just too much at stake for the federal government to give an independent body that kind of power, and yet, the time has come for such a mechanism.

How First Nations’ frustration will manifest itself – on June 29 or otherwise – remains to be seen, but at least one band chief, Terry Nelson of the Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba, is making it clear what he has in mind. Said Nelson to CTV’s Newsnet: “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.”

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Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice replaced some of the country’s most seasoned federal land-claim negotiators with hand-picked choices who have comparatively less experience, including his former law partner.

Critics say the unusual political handling of the lucrative contracts is further proof that Conservative vows to shun patronage were hollow. It will also slow down complex land-claim talks as new negotiators climb steep learning curves, they say.

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When Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice makes changes to the land claim system this spring, he would be wise to consider the involvement of municipalities.

With the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte stating explicitly that the Culbertson Tract 923.5 acres encompassing 60 per cent of Deseronto and part of Tyendinaga Township is unsurrendered land, there is understandable worry amongst the residents on that tract. Many of them had no idea there was a land claim when they purchased or moved in to their homes. For the older residents, their ownership of their homes pre-dates the land claim process.

“I hope the federal government realizes their process is not as clear and as functional as they think it is,” said Coun. Edgar Tumak. “We want to be more a part of the process.”

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CALGARY, Alta. — Canadian native groups are calling on the nation’s railways to voluntary shut down service during their June 29 “day of action” or face blockades.
Native chiefs met yesterday to discuss their plans for June 29, which aims to disrupt Canada’s economy.

“If passing out pamphlets along the roadway was effective, we’d be doing that,”(Chief Terry) Nelson told reporters yesterday. “The pressure’s going to come from industry, it’s not going to come just from powerless Canadians that figure that they have a great democracy and all they have to do is vote and things will change.”

CN told the Globe and Mail that it would not shut down its operations on June 29.

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