One small step for Non Natives, One giant leap for the OPP

Posted: June 13, 2009 in Caledonia, CANACE, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs, OPP

June 13, 2009

While I was admittedly unborn at the time of the telecast in which Neil Armstrong proclaimed “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” I am quite capable of grasping the power of  the moment and can not help but feel that those words ring quite appropriately for all opposed to race based policing today.

As accounced by CANACE president Gary McHale this morning, during a private meeting between the Ontario Provincial Police and CANACE Randy arrestedfounders that took place at the request of the OPP yesterday, Staff Sgt. Phil Carter announced that the OPP intend to do something they’ve never done before. When we gather to march down Argyle Street next Saturday in support of Randy Flemming who was violently arrested for walking down the street with a flag in hand recently, the OPP say they’re not going to interfere.

That may not sound like much to some, but for those of us who have been on the front lines of this battle for nearly 3 years; it’s a big step in the right direction. For the OPP to have gone from issuing slanderous press releases about us and refusing to even speak to us to requesting a sit down meeting in which they state they are not going to interfere with our charter right to express ourselves is a substantial change of pace and is certainly a welcome one.

We can only speculate about the reasons for this change of tune, but we’re certainly not complaining, and will be happy to freely march down Argyle Street with our flags free from OPP interference. A press release with the details of this event can be found here, and we look forward to seeing those who choose to join us on June 20, 2009 at 1:30pm at the Caledonia Lions Hall.

Canadian flagNo discussion has yet taken place between CANACE and the OPP about the upcoming monthly flag raisings in Caledonia that will take place until they stop interfering with them, but perhaps the time is coming when those in positions of power are going to start to realize that they can not go on indefinitely abusing that power without being held accountable.

In any event it appears the day has come for the OPP and CANACE to take the first step toward equality in Caledonia and that truly is a giant leap for the OPP

Jeff Parkinson

  1. Mary-Lou says:

    I think the bear in Canada has awakened, and cannot be ignored any longer.

  2. Aaron says:

    Can be a provocation too.

  3. Aaron says:

    You chose to delete my earlier comment, which is pertty sad. You already had a provocation by OPP – an arrest or Randy Fleming, which was conveniently blamed on you as OPP lumped Randy with you into a ‘group’ and no amount of denying would help you.

    Just don’t be surprised, if once approved, you march down Argayle, but find yourself in hot water due to another incident blamed on you, like a traffic accident, rock throwing or something else.

    I am trying to warn you not to lower you guard for ‘something they’ve never done before’ may be deception. Remember, that the difference between police and the public is that police are trained in using verbal and body language to deceive.

  4. caledoniawakeupcall says:

    Actually Aaron, I didn’t delete anything. I was out of town all day and most of the night yesterday and thus didn’t get to moderating this site until now.

    I was going to ask for an explanation of your first comment, but you’ve already done that quite nicely.

    No worries sir. I have not lowered my guard and won’t truly believe that they’re going to stay out of the way until I see it happen.

    The truth is that Randy being arrested had little if anything to do with the OPP backing out of letting us hang a flag. The Tekanawake news reported on Sgt. Carter coming down to DCE and trying to convince the Natives to allow us to have our charter rights. He was denied at which point he reneged on the deal he made with Merlyn Kinrade, not because of Randy Flemming, but because the occupiers at DCE told him to do so.

    I have no illusions about the odds that something which appears spontaneous will occur at the time of our march and result in more of the same thing we’ve seen for years from the OPP, but the fact that they requested a formal meeting to open dialogue with CANACE is a big first step, and I’m hopeful that they will stay true to their word for the first time in more than 3 years.

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