CaledoniaWakeUpCall and VoiceofCanada have obtained a copy of the Statement of Claim for a $12,000,000 lawsuit against Gwen Boniface, Julian Fantino, Brian Haggith and the Province of Ontario by Caledonia residents Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell.
One very important part of the lawsuit filed against the OPP and Government by Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell, is the suffering that they have endured at the hands of the DCE protestors and the OPP who are supposed to protect them. These people have been denied very basic rights that we are all entitled to and any of us could be next so we should pay careful attention to this. Under the McGuinty / Fantino regime this could easily happen to anyone living in Ontario. My comments will be italic as we look once again at the official court documents:
The occupation by the protestors of Douglas Creek Estates has received wide local and national coverage since the beginning of the occupation on February 28, 2006.
The prolonged occupation by the protestors, which has been allowed by the defendants in contravention of the respective duties, has created an impression among prospective purchasers of property in Caledonia and the surrounding area that Caledonia is not a safe community.
As a result of the public nuisance for which the owner of Douglas Creek Estates, the Minister of Infrastructure and Renewal is responsible, and as a result of the negligence of the OPP, Commissioners Boniface and Fantino and Inspector Haggith, the false imprisonment and assault and battery of Brown, the trespass and illegal surveillance, and as a result of the misfeasance in the public office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Renewal, Commissioners Boniface and Fantino, Inspector Haggith, the Minster of Aboriginal Affairs, the Minister of Community Safety, and Correctional Service, and the Attorney General for Ontario, the plaintiffs have suffered the following damages:
They have been denied the protection, to which they are entitled under the law,
the minor plaintiff Dax had to live away from his home and his family for extended periods of time,
The minor plaintiff Dax was unable to complete the last month of school in his grade nine year (2006) and his performance declined,
Chatwell had to close down her business and suffered a loss of business income,
Brown’s employment was terminated and he had suffered a loss on income,
All of the plaintiffs have endured days and nights living in fear for their lives, their safety, their property, fear of home invasion and violence, and have lived under siege without the protection of the law, through the OPP to which every Canadian resident is entitled,
Loss of a sense of security,
Nights and weeks of sleeplessness,
Numerous nights having to sleep in the homes of friends and relatives on short notice to avoid the conflict and danger posted by the protestors at Douglas Creek Estates,
A loss of guidance, care and companionship from each other,
Brown and Chatwell’s 12 year relationship has deteriorated and may not be able to sustain the stress they have endured,
The plaintiff’s insurer has advised them that they will no longer insure the residence in the event of fire caused by terrorist acts
Anger and anxiety,
Loss of enjoyment of life,
A loss of use and quiet enjoyment of their property,
A devaluation of the property,
Brown and Chatwell have been unable to sell their property at fail market value,
Pain and suffering,
Damages pursuant to s. 21(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
What you have just read is a very long very real and very disturbing glimpse into life for 2 people who happen to live next to DCE in Caledonia. There are dozens of households next to DCE and many more full of people being directly affected in ways that are likely very similar and we haven’t heard about it in this kind of detail yet simply because they have not filed legal papers against the OPP and Government (yet), but hopefully in time more people will come forward with lawsuits of their own so we can see the likes of Julian Fantino and Gwen Boniface who ran away from this to Ireland have to own up to their failures.
This has been just a tiny glimpse into the lives of these innocent civilians caught in the middle of what their insurance company referred to as “Terrorist acts”. This is eerily familiar to the suffering endured at the hands of the same group by the residents of Ipperwash. How many more communities and lives will have to be destroyed before the people we elect to power stop ignoring us and enforce the law equally as it was intended to be?
How many lives must be destroyed before the reign of horror by Dalton McGuinty, Julian Fantino, and the countless OPP officers who are content to follow any order no matter how illegal it may be will come to an end?Jeff Parkinson Caledonia Wakeup Call Jeff@CaledoniaWakeupCall.com