Deseronto keeps “Contentious Group” out

Posted: June 5, 2007 in Appeasement & Cowardice, Caledonia, Corruption, Deseronto, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, Land claims, OPP, Propaganda

A controversial citizens group involved in the Caledonia land claim dispute has been turned away from Deseronto’s public meeting rooms.Mark Vandermaas, editor of the Voice of Canada Internet weblog, and others planned to come to Deseronto to hold a public meeting about “the rule of law” and the “two-tiered justice system” his organaztion says allows violence to prevail in native land claim protests. But first the Deseronto Lions Hall, then the Royal Canadian Legion in the town denied them meeting space, said Vandermaas.“What’s really frightening is it’s shutting down free speech with people who have never committed a crime and never instigated hatred,” said Vandermaas, a London-based real estate broker who also compiled the Ipperwash Papers, an account of what residents experienced in the Ipperwash conflict.

The planned community meeting, said Vandermaas, would have educated Deseronto residents on filing complaints against police, the importance of documenting injustice and “what kind of country we want to have.”“I don’t understand how talking about the rule of law would cause problems,” he said.Deputy Mayor Clarence Zieman concurred (with oppressing free speech)“We’re trying to deal with this situation the best we can,” he said. “From what I understand,(Edit: you understand Nothing) the meeting would have been to berate what they call a two-tier system of policing. We’re quite happy with what the OPP are doing.”

For Vandermaas, who did a UN peacekeeping tour in 1978, it was surprising to be denied by the legion. He said he was told by legion president Tom Dowling that his group is sectarian and the legion is non-political with a large native membership.“I was stunned,” he said. “If anyone should know the value of free speech and equality, it should be the legion.”Vandermaas said the group still plans to hold its Deseronto meeting. “We may just go and speak in the park,” he said. “Just because these people refuse to rent us rooms doesn’t mean we’re not coming. If we have to speak in someone’s backyard, we will.”

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