Municipal and Canadian Legion officials in Deseronto have wisely headed off, for now, a potentially ugly confrontation between antagonists in the non-native community intent on stirring up passions over the Deseronto quarry occupation and Mohawks who insist the land is theirs.
As reported in The Intelligencer this week, Mark Vandermaas, editor of the Voice of Canada Internet weblog, and others had planned to come to Deseronto to hold a public meeting about “the rule of law” and a “two-tiered justice system” that his organization claims allows violence to prevail in native land claim protests.
“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, Municipal official Brian Brooks, who books the Lions Hall, said none of Vandermaas’ and McHale’s past shenanigans influenced his decision.
(Edit: An ugly confrontation? PLEASE.. enough with the drama. This was to be a meeting with citizens of Deseronto to provide them with information. It is the politicians and the Lions Hall who are trying to make this a confrontation. As someone who was planning to personally attend, I assure all of these drama queens that we WILL come to Deseronto with or without their approval)