Archive for June 27, 2007

5 Locations – reported continously starting June 29th.

CNN – Caledonia News Network
 

Live reports from Caledonia, DCE, Dunnville, Deseronto, & Port Dover will be continuously updated throughout the day. Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest as it happens

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As a resident of Norfolk County who certainly spends his share of time in Port Dover, I was saddened but not surprised to learn that the same Native Terrorists who took over DCE and who are threatening Canada with a summer of Terrorism are planning to come to Port Dover.

For those of you who are not familiar with the area, Port Dover is a small town on the shore of Lake Erie in which most businesses are seasonal and the economy is built on tourism. It also happens to have a road known as Highway 6 running through it which is about to turn this little town upside down.

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DESERONTO, ONT. — Mohawk protester Shawn Brant has emerged as a lonesome voice of hard-line native militancy, plotting major economic disruption as his way of making Canada sit up and listen.

Whether Friday’s national aboriginal day of action will amount to peaceful marches or burning barricades isn’t clear. Regardless, Mr. Brant says it’s just the beginning.

“We’re going to have that expression of strength and solidarity across this country,” he said in an interview at the quarry he occupied on disputed land last March near Deseronto, west of Kingston.

“Then we’ll step back and say: ‘You absorb this.’ Because the next time we come out, it’s going to be harder, it’s going to be longer and it’s going to have an impact on this economy that Canada can’t imagine at this point.

He and a tight-knit group of supporters within the Bay of Quinte Mohawks are determined to wreak at least some economic havoc.

“June 29th is the day to start this campaign,” Mr. Brant said.

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RESTLESS SUMMER, PART II: $51M and 17 years later, the Oka crisis still has not been settled. Are we on the verge of a repeat?

The war never ended in Kanesatake, the Mohawk community at the centre of the Oka crisis, and now the government has been put on notice history might repeat itself.

Ottawa’s lead negotiator on the Kanesatake file has received two letters this year from the Kanesatake Women’s Coalition warning the federal government to stop negotiating with the band council. The letters say they could throw up a highway blockade or worse to force the issue.

Kanesatake Grand Chief Stephen Bonspille says the government would be wise not to take the letters, dated April 2 and March 12, lightly. He says the band council has kept the community in the dark over land claim negotiations.

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It will be nearly Christmas before the criminal charges against Mohawk protester Shawn Brant are back before court here.Brant’s attorney, Toronto-based social justice lawyer Peter Rosenthal, appeared on Brant’s behalf Tuesday morning. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 20 and 21.

Brant, a well-known Terrorist from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and spokesman for a group that has inhabited a privately-owned Deseronto-area quarry since March, is charged with mischief, disobeying a court order and breach of recognizance. The charges stem from a 30-hour blockade of a Canadian National rail line, the main corridor between Toronto and Montreal, on April 20.

Brant said in an interview Tuesday that if he does break his bail conditions on June 29 not to incite, encourage, plan or participate in illegal protests, it will be a testament to the desperation of the cause and the poor conditions of First Nations communities.

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Tyendinaga Mohawks plan to target Highway 401, the town of Deseronto or the CN Rail Line – again – on Friday’s national aboriginal day of action, says a local Mohawk protester.Shawn Brant, the spokesman for a group that has occupied the Thurlow Aggregates quarry on Deseronto Road since March, said there will be activity, likely involving “one of the targets we identified back on April 22,” he said. Those targets are Highway 401, the railway and the town of Deseronto.

The day of action happens three days after a preliminary hearing date was set for Brant in Napanee court on charges of mischief, disobeying a court order and breach of recognizance in connection with the April CN blockade. Brant is out on bail on the condition he not participate in any unlawful protests or block any thoroughfares on or off Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.Brant said in an interview Tuesday that if he breaks his bail, “that has to speak to our commitment of the day.”

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Kingston Whig-Standard

Via Rail will move its passen-gers by bus if the national ‘Day of Action’ by First Nations creates a blockade on rail lines in the Kingston corridor.Catherine Kaloutsky, a spokesperson for Via Rail, said although the company is continuing with business as normal, it is carefully monitoring the situation for any changes.

Although there is still speculation as to what will happen, said Mark Hallman, a media representative for CN Rail, the company has “had some notification about some reputed plans in Kingston.” He said CN is taking steps to “ensure the safety and security” of its customers and CN plans to continue service.

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interesting interview with Gary McHale about Terrorist Shawn Brant, Caledonia, the OPP,  and the June 29th day of Terrorism.

Courtesy of www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com dial up version also available

Dunnville Chronicle

The Six Nations band council has planned to distribute information on land claims at the Brantford casino on June 29.A convoy of vehicles will roll into the Brantford casino at 10 a.m. For two hours, people will conduct “a peaceful, respectful and educational event,” said Six Nations band council Chief Dave General. “But we need to share with our neighbours what our issues are.”

Six months ago, First Nations chiefs voted in favour of protests on June 29 to draw attention to First Nations land and human rights issues, poverty and racism.General said the day will involve a whole spectrum of direct action from those who will erect blockades to those who want to press their point with education.

Haldimand County OPP Inspector Dave McLean said “Let the day come and go,” “There are so many good people in both communities. Everyone is waiting for resolution so they can get back to their lives.” (EDIT: Read between the lines and that statement is “Just let yourselves be terrorized because the OPP won’t do anything to help you “)

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By Donna Pitcher – Haldimands Unheard Voice

Well Friday June the 29th is just a few days away, and there are “rumors” and “threats” that “all bridges” that cross the “Grand River in Haldimand County” will be blockaded.

Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t know many people that have the “financial resources” to miss a day’s pay if they can’t cross the River! I don’t mean to “trivialize” aboriginal issues by attaching a dollar figure, but to most people they “need ever dollar” they can get!

What would justify “any” individual or group of “individuals” to take there fight with the Government out on the “average” Canadian?

As I live just outside Dunnville, I can tell you that I believe that the “average” Canadian will not take kindly if they can’t get to work on Friday. “Most don’t have the luxury”!

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

By Gary McHale – www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com

It has now been a full year since I first got involved in Caledonia. A year ago the media was completely focused on Native Land Claims and Native Rights and paid little attention to the victims in Caledonia. 

Don’t get me wrong though, since I, like most Canadians, am more than willing to have our Government resolve Land Claims Issues and Governments should respect Native Rights. But those Land Claims and Rights do not include creating additional victims because some are frustrated with the Government.

A year has passed and once again the media doesn’t care about Caledonia or what happens to the residents there. What media takes any time to interview residents of Caledonia for their views? Who really cares whether a person with an AK47 is running around on DCE or whether there are fires on DCE and intimidation of residents?

Within six months I had the media talking daily about Two Tier Justice in Caledonia. The media across this country were printing stories about the problems faced by residents and by the end of 2006 few, if any, natives were being interviewed by any media. The topic had become Law & Order and the Rights of all people to be treated equally under the law.

The OPP & Ontario Government intimidated and pressured the County to take part in an endless attack upon me and anyone else who still was willing to speak out.Since the beginning of the year, the residents of Caledonia have demonstrated quite clearly that they do not want to have a voice. Their silence is deafening.

So where are we today? The media neither cares about the views of the residents nor any of the many events over the past two months – including the AK47 event.

A year ago I leaked the Liberal Plan that was to resolve Caledonia. This Plan included naming the various people in Caledonia who were working directly on behalf of McGuinty. I named two particular people who would work to ensure that McGuinty had it easier. They were to ensure that Mayor Trainer would not be re-elected and ensure that Caledonia had no voice. 

These two people were Ken Hewitt and Lorraine Bergstrand. Ken Hewitt went on CHTV with me and stated clearly that he had no connection with the Liberal Party – then he ran for the Federal Liberal nomination (surprise, surprise). He stated on TV the Alliance had received no funding from the Liberal Government but within a few days we exposed that two cheques went to the Alliance from the County from the fund provide by the Liberal Government.

Lorraine Bergstrand phoned me and told me that she wasn’t part of any Liberal plan to help McGuinty. She told me that she had no connection with the Alliance either. The same day I contacted her (conservation taped) and asked her whether she already had private meetings with the key members of the Alliance – she said ‘Yes’. This meeting was to get the key members of the Alliance to help fund her run against Mayor Trainer which she lost. 

Now she is running against Toby Barrett as a Provincial Liberal. She is now singing McGuinty’s praises, but a year ago she claimed no connection to the Liberal party. Isn’t it amazing how quickly she rose through the ranks of the Liberal party in less than a year?

The people of Caledonia made a choice. They chose to follow their fears and to believe the lies of McGuinty. Just how many residents believed McGuinty about all the great negotiations that were happening or believed McGuinty about protesters on DCE not staying there over the winter?

Now we have Councilor Grice and the County telling everyone that they can finally start helping the residents of Caledonia by replacing the OPP, but that will not be until the fall of 2008. Did you get that, the county which told you everything was going great a year ago is now saying that nothing can be done for another 14 months.

Under councilor Grice’s leadership the people of Caledonia have not been organized. McGuinty has been able to switch the Caledonia issue to be Nation Wide Land Claims which is Federal. For months Fantino ran around claiming that Caledonia cannot be resolved until the Federal Government resolves it. McGuinty is off the hook. Grice has been silent as he believes he is more than able to play the same political games that all politicians play. To Grice the solution to failed political games is more political games.

Grice has been out to every one of our marches including each Flag Raising Event. However, he openly lied to the people of Caledonia on TV after being threatened by Fantino’s email when he told everyone that he did not support the Flag Raising Events. Instead of Grice filing a complaint against Fantino’s threat he caved in and did what politicians do – he chose to lie to the public instead of taking a stand. 

Now Caledonia has no voice – what national media cares to interview a single resident? The reasons are simple – their political leaders and the major players in town will do everything to ensure no one speaks out. 

The town is silent – just like Ipperwash.

Congratulations Caledonia you are now Ipperwash Part Two or Ipperdonia.

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Aboriginals gearing up for the June 29 national day of action should know they aren’t above the law and should be threatened with hefty fines or lawsuits if they set up illegal blockades, Ontario’s Opposition leader told an audience of provincial police chiefs Tuesday.Amid threats from at least one aboriginal protester that a key provincial highway and rail line in eastern Ontario may be targeted, Conservative Leader John Tory said the province should send a strong message that such behaviour is unacceptable, regardless of how legitimate the grievance may be.

“People have to understand that if they take the law into their own hands, there are going to be consequences for that,” Tory said following his speech to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police in Waterloo, Ont. “We cannot allow a precedent to be established for anybody.”

“We have to send a message that says, the law is the law. We are all subject to the law. There aren’t exceptions to that.”

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The Ontario government will now have a stand-alone Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs to build a stronger relationship with Aboriginal people and speed up the resolution of outstanding issues, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

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Since October 2003, the McGuinty government has been implementing change to deliver better health care, education, economic opportunities and justice for Aboriginal people by working together in Ontario’s New Approach to Aboriginal Affairs.

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There are 2 important things to take special note of in this video.

The first is that Dunville residents (and trust me they are not the only ones) are saying loudly they will not allow Native Terrorists to take over their town, and the Second is the clear message that the OPP have already told residents they will NOT act to stop illegal blockades of bridges on June 29th.

Video courtesy of www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com Dial up version also available

CTV – Mike Duffy Live

 

CTV sent a camera to interview Terrorist Leader Shawn Brant about June 29th, but he was too much of a coward to come out of his “home” out of fear of arrest so he called into the show instead to talk about using Terrorism to strong arm the Canadian Government into listening to Native demands.

Courtesy of www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com