The following letter from Gary McHale was published Sept 08/07 in the Brantford Expositor under the title, “Strife moves to Hancock’s backyard.” It was sent in response to the illegal occupations and intimidation of land owners in the area.
Last September I booked a room at the Lions Hall to help residents of Brantford understand what was happening in Caledonia, and the effect it was having on innocent residents and builders being victimized by an illegal occupation and the threats that come with these occupations. Mayor Hancock directly interfered with my booking and had it cancelled. It appears that it is okay for native people to have a public voice but not non-natives.On Oct. 4, The Expositor printed Mayor Hancock’s words from my taped conversation with Mayor Hancock where he stated why my rental had been cancelled. His words: “There is a real concern this would not be productive to have in our community. We’re working hard at a very tough time to have some kind of harmony between ourselves and our neighbours who we’ve lived with for a long, long time. At the moment in Brantford it’s relatively calm.”