Archive for June 6, 2007

If there is a hero to be found in the Ipperwash story, it is a remarkable woman by the name of Mary-Lou LaPratte. She lived through it all: crime and intimidation from natives over an invalid land claim against her home and those of her fellow residents; an eventual Supreme Court victory; threats; a home invasion; an assault; ongoing OPP refusal to enforce the law; DND failure to enforce the law; abandonment by the OPP when they fled Ipperwash to save themselves after the death of Dudley George, and psychological trauma so acute during the events of September 1995 that her hair fell out in chunks.

Despite the unbelievable stress and intimidation that caused most Ipperwash residents to suffer unbearable outrages in silence, Mary-Lou refused to be bullied. She spoke out, again and again, on behalf of her fellow citizens who were too afraid to speak for themselves.

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Toronto Sun

Aditya Jha started his life in Canada as Bell Canada’s general manager of eBusiness and now, 13 years later, has a $100-million fortune. But he’s not just sitting on that fortune — he’s giving back to Canada’s First Nations.

His first venture was to start mentoring for 20-30 young native people from Nishnawbe-Aski Nation. In what he calls “job shadowing,” he matches the young people with business leaders to learn from, and to bring that knowledge back to the reservation to start a business.

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The late American composer Oscar Levant once cynically quipped that a politician is someone who will “double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.”Which brings us, of course, to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and his shameless reaction to the final report of the Ipperwash Inquiry by commissioner Sidney Linden, a retired judge.

Moments after Linden’s overwritten and overwrought report was released, McGuinty telephoned the George family to apologize on behalf of Ontario and then stood in the legislature to repeat his apology on behalf of the province.What McGuinty failed to say, of course, was that the real reason he set up the inquiry to begin with in November 2003, was to embarrass former Tory premier Mike Harris and use the tragedy to enhance his own electoral fortunes.

No doubt that given all these sorry events, the natives undoubtedly are now convinced that the laws which apply to the rest of us don’t apply equally (if at all) to them, we can count on more of the same when they hold their national day of protest later this month.

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Letter to Editor – London Free Press: June 4, 2007

I have another recommendation for the Ipperwash report. “Don’t break the law.”

That is exactly what Dudley George and others decided to do. Dudley George’s actions and moral choices got him to where he is now.

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The insurgents of Caledonia have been offered $125 million from the Federal Government to stop their criminal occupation, but Six Nations leaders have rejected the offer saying they are more interested in the land.

Last night, a Six Nations negotiator dismissed the offer and said natives have made it clear from the start of talks they only wanted land. “The only positive thing about it is it was an offer,” said Mohawk Chief Allen MacNaughton.“It being an initial offer, we realize initial offers are never accepted anyway. I guess it’s a starting point to talk about things and I guess the only positive is it’s obviously a recognition they owe us something.”

We are thus collectively guilty and owe the Caledonia occupiers for causing them to burn telephone poles to settle their grievances.

The full story and much more at www.caledoniawakeupcall.com

Karl Walsh, president of the 8,100-member Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), today called on all native leaders and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, to take responsibility for the actions of Aboriginal people at protest sites and instruct them on what constitutes a peaceful demonstration.

President Walsh said the OPPA does not object to peaceful protests by any group and never has. However, the Association does object to violence and criminal acts that put citizens and police officers at risk.

(Edit: That’s a boldfaced lie and Walsh knows it. They have screamed ‘bloody murder’ about every peaceful and law abiding protest Caledonia Wakeup Call has held)

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It’s almost an Ontario legend if indeed there is such a thing. During the 2003 provincial election campaign, Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty looked straight into the cameras and told Ontarians that they wouldn’t pay one penny more in taxes under his government than they were paying under the then-PC government. Then, after being elected with a majority in October 2003, the 2004 Budget contained not just a tax increase but the largest tax increase in the history of the province. Many Ontarians who voted Liberal, no doubt because McGuinty promised no tax increases, were forced to ship up to 90,000 more of their pennies off to Queen’s Park. The lie didn’t stop there. McGuinty at first denied that his new health tax was even a tax; it was a health care “premium”.

Then, last weekend while speaking to the converted at a Liberal party meeting, McGuinty promised that if re-elected he will not increase taxes during his second term. Like any person who finds fibbing a relatively easy thing to do, McGuinty rationalized his dishonesty. “I’m in charge, McGuinty said, “I’m not hiding a deficit.”  So it’s okay to lie as long as you’re not in charge.

McGuinty’s “I’m telling the truth this time” was reminiscent of David Radler’s recent testimony at the Conrad Black trial. Radler had received top billing as the essential prosecution witness against Black and the others, and there he was, telling the court that even though he lied to more U.S. officials than the extra pennies that some Ontarians had to pay Dalton, he was telling the truth then.

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