Archive for November, 2007

November 29, 2007

One would think that the Haldimand OPP would have learned their lesson having been sued by Dave Brown for his wrongful arrest and detainment, but their efforts to intimidate residents of Caledonia into submission appear to know no bounds.

In light of the recent attempt by an OPP officer to run him over, Chris Syrie has decided to make public another of their efforts to stop him from speaking out.

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Nov. 29, 2007
Brantford Expositor

A Brantford builder remains in a standoff with Six Nations protesters over the future of his duplex development on Grand River Avenue.

Mike Quattrociocchi, a former city councillor and owner of Mayberry Homes, went in front of officials at the Haudenoshaunee Development Institute to plead for understanding on Tuesday evening, hours after Confederacy members Floyd and Ruby Montour and a handful of supporters took over the site of his four-duplex development.

But he left the meeting empty-handed.

The shutdown was the second such action since the Montours stood in front of construction vehicles in September.

The Montours said the occupation was prompted by the fact that, despite months of talking, Quattroociocchi had not yet paid assessed development fees to the HDI, nor had he signed a protocol document recognizing that organization’s jurisdiction.

(Edit: Maybe that’s because the “fee’s” are extortion, and the HDI has no jurisdiction over anything anywhere nor will they ever)

Read the full story here

Nov 28, 2007
Brantford Expositor

Feeling ignored and “laughed at,” Six Nations protesters again shut down the building Tuesday of four duplexes on Grand River Avenue. (Edit: Is that the new excuse? How about a little truth Floyd? “we figured our wallets were getting a bit light so we decided to try again to extort this developer”)

Bricklayers at Mike Quattrociocchi’s project left the site after Floyd and Ruby Montour and a handful of supporters arrived at about noon.

The former councillor, owner of Mayberry Homes, was in Hamilton at the time the native group stepped onto the land.

The Montours also stopped work at the same site in September after which Quattrociocchi said he wouldn’t pay a $50,000 fee requested by the newly launched Haudenosaunee Development Institute and compared the request to Mafia extortion.

Read the full story here

As disturbing as this story is, it’s a must read in light of the epidemic of illegal smoke shacks popping up around Caledonia)

Most people would think they know what is in the cigarettes they are smoking. If the cigarettes were smuggled and you bought them off the street, think again.

Contraband cigarettes and tobacco that were seized in B.C. were found to have insect eggs, dead flies, mold, and even human feces! RCMP labs have been testing counterfeit and smuggled cigarettes that were seized in 2006, also found some cigarettes that were entirely stuffed with tobacco stems.

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Brantford Expositor, November 27, 2007

Native protesters again have shut down a building site on Grand River Avenue.

Ruby and Floyd Montour and a handful of supporters arrived at about noon at the housing project being developed by former city councillor Mike Quattrociocchi.

(Edit: because someone has allowed them to do it yet again. They’ll keep huffing and puffing until someone stands up to them and says get lost. Someone has to take a hard stand against the extortion institute or they’re overinflated ego is going to keep growing in leaps and bounds. If the Brantford police don’t have the guts to remove them, someone needs to exercise their right as a property owner to use reasonable force to remove these tresspassers from their land, and defend themselves. The sympathy from the public to allow another DCE style occupation is simply no longer there and it’s time for someone to call their bluff)

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November 27, 2007

The ongoing protest known as Dougs Smokes by Caledonia resident Doug Flemming of the illegal Native smoke shacks on highway 6 outside of Caledonia have been an effort on his part to be arrested or at least shut down by the OPP so that they would have to deal with the bigger issue of Natives illegally selling tobacco off of the reserve.

Several times, Doug has set up his smoke shop on the property owned by Chris Syrie that is adjacent to DCE.

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November 26, 2007

In a historic first, Aboriginal affairs minister Michael Bryant visited Caledonia today. After only 20 months, the Liberal party finally sent a representative to town. The only problem with this is he avoided residents like the plague.

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Monte Sonnenberg SIMCOE REFORMER
Friday November 23, 2007

A Six Nations representative says provincial officials came up with the idea of freezing development on several properties in Norfolk and Haldimand while native land claims are being negotiated.

Brian Skye said provincial claims negotiators set aside the 14 parcels last month as potential bargaining chips in an eventual settlement of claims along the Grand River in an area known as the Haldimand Tract.

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Update November 25, 2007: The officer who attemped to run over Mr. Syrie has admitted to his superiors that it happened, but claims his foot accidently slipped and hit the gas, at the same time that his arms accidently spun the steering wheel around to point the car at Mr. Syrie who was standing beside the drivers door and had to jump onto the road to avoid being hit. He also states he was enraged at the time due to Mr. Syrie holding a camera in his hand (which he was not using at the time).

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November 18, 2007

A report coming soon to www.caledoniawakeupcall.com from the OCCPS investigation into the arrest and imprisonment of Gary McHale on December 16, 2006 has determined (big surprise) that the officer who violated Mr. McHale’s rights was not in violation of the OPP standards of professional conduct. It also reveals that the OPP went to great expense to use Gary McHale as a guinea pig for experimenting in how far they can push the limits of “breach of the peace”.

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November 18, 2007

Having presumably filled his quota for harassing drivers in Toronto this month, Julian Fantino granted an interview to the Hamilton Spectator regarding Caledonia, and his relationship with the criminals at DCE.

“He says he frequently meets with native leaders, eats meals with them and works on establishing a personal relationship.

Developing that trust, that dialogue, that face-to-face relationship with people … that’s why I’m spending the kind of personal time that I am. Because I want to know these people and I want them to know me, personally. I want to know them by first name. I want to be able to call them on their cell phone number as they’re able to call me. I want to be on the front end of any potential flare-up and that’s worked very, very well for us.

Fantino says his relationship with the Six Nations community is so strong, they’ve allowed him on occupied land no other white person has tread upon since the conflict began at Douglas Creek Estates some 21 months ago.”

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November 8, 2007

When I ended yesterday’s scoop on Fantino about to have another fit with the ridiculous question “How long before he blames the lack of a settlement of the invalid claim to DCE on Gary McHale?” I meant it to be a joke, but apparently Julian liked the premise.

To quote the Spectator article from today “Each time McHale stages a production in Haldimand County, everyone leaves the negotiating table to deal with his antics. How is this helpful?” Clearly intimation that we are somehow responsible for stalling negotiations.

Reading today’s Spectator, I was immediately fascinated by the sight of page 4. Grouped together are a set of 3 stories that give a lot of insight into why there is such a high cost for policing in Caledonia.

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The Hamilton Spectator
Toronto (Nov 8, 2007)

The cost of policing the native land occupation in Caledonia has reached $32 million.

All by himself, the town’s infamous “interloper,” Gary McHale, has racked up a bill of more than half a million.

That’s $500,000-plus spent to police his rallies. To shut down his flag-raisings. To watch over his stump speeches. To keep him and some supporters in jail overnight. To deal with a guy who travels from his condo in Richmond Hill every week to “stir things up” in a town that doesn’t need to be stirred any more.

That’s the way OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino sees it anyway.

It takes Fantino just three and a half minutes into an interview at his downtown Toronto office to offer up, unsolicited, the cost of policing McHale. This is at his fingertips. It takes someone else at the OPP to hunt down the $32-million figure.

This is Fantino on the attack.

Anybody who has been following the native protests in Caledonia since February 2006 knows the dispute between self-appointed watchdog McHale, who runs a controversial website critical of the OPP’s conduct in the town, and no-nonsense Fantino is nearly as heated as the land-claim issue itself. The critic and the cop have been trading barbs and legal threats publicly ever since Fantino stepped in as commissioner one year ago.

Read the full story here

November 7, 2007

In a story that will soon be run by the Hamilton Spectator, Julian Fantino has decided to take a day off from his duties as the most over paid traffic cop in the Country to try once again to divide the residents of Caledonia.

His nature as a bully simply does not allow him to understand that he can not win a battle against truth and justice, so he’s about to announce that under his orders, the OPP have wasted $500 Thousand of your tax dollars to prevent a Canadian flag from being hung on a hydro poll in Caledonia.

He will no doubt say that Gary McHale is somehow responsible for that absurd cost, but don’t allow your intelligence to be insulted by such a claim. Take the time to review the facts so you can make the educated judgment of this announcement that Fantino desperately wants to avoid.

The OPP have chosen to disobey the Supreme Court at great cost to you:

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Norfolk’s Mayor says he’s satisfied with the explanation of the “Hold” on development of provincially owned land. The recent announcement of a hold on development of land in Norfolk due to negotiations between the province, federal government, and the First Nations has caused some confusion in the county offices.

There are three areas in Norfolk which the hold affects, those are The Simcoe Agriculture Research Station, the Old OPP station on highway 3, and the Sprucedale correctional facility. In a media release Travale says “this hold does not affect any plans Norfolk might have relative to the development of county property” and that he “has been assured that the…properties will not be turned over to the First Nations”.

Travale also said that in the future he would be informed and briefed on any issue affecting Norfolk County.