March 1, 2010
By Jeff Parkinson
As announced earlier this week, Merlyn Kinrade of CANACE is holding an anti racism rally in Caledonia on March 21st 2010. The plan is quite similar to other events we’ve had in town, and is in protest of the current plan of the McGuinty government to hand DCE to Six Nations. The Liberals are now denying that this is their plan, but we’re all used to their pathological need to lie by now.
Mr. Kinrade sent an invitation to his elected council to attend and speak to the public and media. He wasn’t brimming over with confidence that they would show up, but he wanted to give them a chance to stop sitting on their hands and speak up for their constituents during the lead up to the Municipal election later this year.
Their response was to demand a permit for this event which includes a bounty of forms and a multi million dollar insurance policy. It was copied to the OPP and reads in part:
“Dear Special Event Organizer:
It has been brought to our attention that an Anti-Racism Rally has been planned for Sunday, March 21st, 2010 in Caledonia. Haldimand County has a process for all event organizers to adhere to when planning an event on Municipal Property. It appears that this event is planned to be held at the Haldimand County Caledonia Centre Parking Lot. This is municipal property and therefore the policy applies.
It is important to remember that a completed application package (enclosed) including a copy of insurance with Haldimand County named as additional insured on the policy for the event and detailed site plan be submitted to begin the approval process. This process is also outlined on our website”
This raises some questions which I’m sure Merlyn will be posing to the County very soon.
How many of these permits have the Native occupiers applied for?
Why would they now suddenly believe that we’re going to ask for a permit to lawfully protest against racism?
Does council hope to see any of us who organize and lead this event arrested for parading without a permit? (Mayor Trainer did years ago say she hoped Gary McHale would be arrested for parading without a permit)
Does this mean that Council is opting not to speak at the event?
Surely Councilor Grice who wants to organize meetings with Six Nations to discuss the future use of DCE wouldn’t mind explaining his position to his constituents and the media in a public forum. Contrary to popular belief, I’ve always gotten along fairly well with Grice and would like to hear what he has to say about his plan.
Why exactly they copied the OPP, and why they’re singling out a war veteran in a sudden effort to enforce a bylaw in a county that is known for its rampant lawlessness is most curious.
I was in Caledonia today to observe a group of Natives celebrating the 4 year anniversary of the illegal takeover of DCE. Their numbers have dwindled, and they made no attempt to shut down the highway for a little stroll (as they have in the past), but I did not observe any by law enforcement officers on site checking to ensure they had a valid permit for their bonfire.
En Route I passed some of the charming little illegal smoke shacks littering the area and was unable to observe any bylaw or other enforcement personnel on site, but if Merlyn wants to rally some people against the toxic problems that Caledonia is facing, he’s supposed to get a permit.
Anyone who thinks that trying to slow us down with such formalities will stop the rally from taking place is sadly mistaken. Rewarding criminals by giving them the deed to land they decided to steal is not conducive to bringing an end to race based justice, and will not be tolerated by the public.
Fortunately this is an election year, and I anticipate some interesting changes. We have only to wait until the fall to see it happen.
UPDATE: When contacted by Mr. Kinrade, the County was unable to quote the alleged bylaw in question.