Archive for June 20, 2007

Canadian press – posted Toronto Star

The Liberal government is circumventing the ombudsman’s office and squandering tax dollars by hiring outsiders to investigate public complaints because it wants to maintain control over the investigations, the province’s ombudsman said Wednesday.

Andre Marin said the government is “queasy” about referring public complaints to his office – even when the province finds itself in a conflict of interest as it does with a current set of complaints against Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino.

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The government could have asked him to investigate the complaint, Marin said, but instead often chooses to hire outsiders so it can dictate the scope of any investigation and retain some control over the results.

“You don’t have that when you come to the ombudsman’s office,” Marin said in an interview. “You don’t know where the ball’s going to land because we don’t accept scripted mandates.

“I’m just getting advice,” Kwinter said. “I have confidence in the commissioner, and unless I hear … a valid reason that I should be concerned, I’ll have to deal with that. I will make the decision but I want to make sure I have all of the facts.” (EDIT: Way to sound objective Monty)

Conservative Leader John Tory said if the government finds itself in a conflict of interest investigating complaints like those prompted by Fantino’s email, the matter should be referred to the ombudsman.

“We have a government that wants to sweep this under the carpet,” “The concern now spreads beyond Fantino to concern about (Premier Dalton) McGuinty’s inability to adequately respond to these serious allegations.”

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Read the full story here & Stay tuned to CaledoniaWakeupCall.com for the latest on the slow painful demise of the careers of Fantino and McGuinty

The Real National Day of Action & Resistance
Meet at Grandview Park (at Commercial Drive) at 1pm, March to follow.

For more information contact: anti.canada.day@gmail.com

While the collaborator chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations plan to march, acquire corporate donations and access government funds on June 29th (http://www.afn.ca/nda/wcid.htm), other groups are calling on Indigenous people and their allies to take grassroots ACTION on Canada Day – the day that symbolizes epic state atrocities and oppression against Indigenous people, including: genocide, land theft and occupation, brutality, violence and abuse, and mass child apprehension and deaths.

Canada’s Dirty History is Repeating Itself…
REFUSE TO ACCEPT YOUR OPPRESSION!

ANTI-CANADA DAY
JULY 1st, 2007

THE REAL NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION & RESISTANCE

Take Action in your own communities!
Let the AFN collaborator chiefs know they don’t represent you!
Let Canada know you reject their program of assault!
Native People rise up and take back the land!

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A video showing about 300 men and boys as young as 12 at an Al Qaeda training camp is creating fears, ABC News says, that suicide missions are being deployed to Canada and other countries.

“This is really no news to us, because we always plan for the worst and hope for the best,” OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino said. “We believe that terrorists are planning all the time to frustrate our security, to attack our infrastructure.”

David Harris, director of the international and terrorist intelligence program at Insignis Strategic Research in Ottawa, cautioned that the threats could be valid.

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OTTAWA — Flanked by some of the top police officers in the country, Phil Fontaine issued a clear warning yesterday to aboriginal protesters plotting a wide range of mischief in the coming days.

The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said anyone who breaks the law in protesting against native poverty should expect to run afoul of police. But he also urged police not to clamp down on those protesting peacefully as part of a long-scheduled day of action June 29.

“Freedom of expression and freedom of association are constitutional rights, and people have a right to demonstrate, to protest,” Mr. Fontaine said. “And if they so wish to engage in civil disobedience, they can, as long as they’re prepared to accept the consequences.” (EDIT: Easy to say when they all know there are NO concequences)

Commissioner Fantino said “Our issue is to diffuse, to create a peaceful environment and, yes, enforce the law and all of that, but it isn’t at all cost.” (Edit: No Julian. The cost isn’t to you or your officers, it’s to us the residents of Ontario who you fail to protect)

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OTTAWA — Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino said yesterday he has always known former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli to be an honourable man, and was surprised he has been “so vilified” in public comments about the Mounties’ pension fund scandal.

Several members of the RCMP have said Mr. Zaccardelli tried to thwart the initial police investigation four years ago.

Commissioner Fantino has been a professional friend of Mr. Zaccardelli for many years, since Commissioner Fantino was the chief of the Toronto Police Service.

But Commissioner Fantino said he’s not going to let his relationship with Mr. Zaccardelli stand between himself and his sworn duty as a police officer. (Edit: He still thinks he’s a cop?)

“I can assure you the OPP will do whatever we are called upon and required to do,” he said. (EDIT: Yeah.. right)

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OTTAWA — With the threat of native rail and road blockades looming, the Assembly of First Nations and the RCMP have signed a protocol aimed at ensuring protests don’t turn ugly.Surrounded by the scent of burning sweetgrass, AFN national chief Phil Fontaine and interim RCMP commissioner Beverly Busson hailed the pact as key to maintaining good relations between natives and the Mounties.

“The purpose of this protocol is to establish trusting and reciprocal relationships among the parties with the goal of addressing issues of mutual concern and preventing crisis situations from arising in First Nations communities and resolving any crises that may arise at the earliest possible opportunity,” says the text of the agreement.

Both Fontaine and Busson said they are hopeful that the national day of action on June 29 will be a peaceful way for Canadians to gain a better understanding of native issues.

Courtesy of www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com

Peterborough Examiner – a somewhat less than objective publication

The rotten core of the Indian Act, it seems to me, is this single line, clause 20, section 1). “No Indian is lawfully in possession of land in a reserve unless, with the approval of the Minister, possession of the land has been allotted to him by the council of the band.” If you live on a reserve, you don’t really own your home, or the land on which it sits. You borrow it – sort of. Perhaps you pass it on to your children, or perhaps you don’t. It’s not your right to do so.

In 1969, Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien proposed abolishing the Indian Act and ending every form of special status based on race in Canada. You can still read that document, the White Paper, on the Internet. It was couched in the idealistic language of Pierre Trudeau’s Just Society. It died because of opposition from the chiefs.

Is aboriginal anger justified? Certainly. Every Canadian should be furious at how this country’s First Peoples have been and are being treated. Will illegal blockades focus public and political attention on the problem? Maybe.

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