March 12, 2010
By Jeff Parkinson
Caledonia residents Merlyn Kinrade and Doug Flemming are not planning to take the decision to hand over DCE to Six Nations quietly. Mr. Kinrade is going to hold a series of rallies starting with the Anti Racism rally during International anti racism week on March 21st, and Doug Flemming is planning a series of smoke shack rallies beginning April 11th.
Most people do their best to ignore the gaping hole in democracy that is the Douglas Creek Estates and go on with their lives in the hope that the Extremists who have terrorized their town in the past will simply decide not to do it again. It’s a strategy that may sound good to some in theory, but in practice it has simply allowed those who are desperate to make people forget about the dangers of DCE to further their agenda of getting closer to handing it over.
The reality is that DCE remains a sink hole that has drained the province and the County of countless dollars in failed policing, utilities for illegal occupiers, and the dead stop of all development in an area which was once set to explode. Wal-Mart pulling out of Dunville at the sight of some Mohawk Warrior flags is a perfect example of what could have been for Haldimand County.
We’re in a deep recession, and every penny of the taxes paid by everyone reading this combined will never begin to cover the cost of appeasing the DCE thugs. You work hard for your money so that those who choose to illegally occupy land in Ontario don’t have to.
On March 21st it would be easy for most of us to find a way we would rather spend the afternoon. Watching the game, visiting family, washing the car, or running away from a backlash that’s not coming.
Some may tell you that you shouldn’t come. They may use terms like “provocation” as a means to spread fear, but when they do so they are dehumanizing the situation and the DCE occupiers. These are just people we’re dealing with, not some kind of animals in cages that we need to walk on egg shells around. They know as well as we do that violence is wrong, and they’ve made a conscious decision in the past to ignore what is right for what is easy.
Being “provoked” by the site of some people exercising their civil and human rights is no excuse for criminal behaviour and the OPP are well aware of it. Intimidating a person into abandoning something they have every right to do is a crime in this Country as Floyd & Ruby Montour learned when they were charged with it.
I have at times heard such analogies as “poking a sleeping bear with a stick” used to describe any actions that the occupiers deem disagreeable, but that’s an absolute crock. Becoming angry does not give them special rights.
Private prosecutions have taken a lot of the wind out of the sails of the criminals and they know that if they try to pull anything illegal at one of our events, we will document it and lay charges. Fear of something we may think could happen is no excuse for hiding from an opportunity to send a strong message to the Municipal and Provincial governments that we don’t intend to quietly tolerate Canadian land being given to thugs like crackerjack prizes.
For those who may have forgotten, DCE is owned by the province of Ontario and was paid for by your hard earned tax dollars. The only reason that those who paid for it have not been given use of it is because your government chose to make it a home free zone for organized crime. In the interest of fairness, Caledonia residents are considering holding a pot luck lunch on the DCE on March 21st. If Six Nations can do it, there is no logical reason why Caledonia can not.
Update; The Ontario Realty Corporation was not agreeable to anyone other than criminals having a pot luck on DCE, therefore it is doubtful that there will be a pot luck lunch for the residents in the near future.
For those who need a little extra incentive, the onerous bail restrictions that have kept Gary McHale out of Caledonia for more than 2 years have been modified, and McHale will be a speaker at a Caledonia event for the first time in 26 months.
Invitations have been sent to a wide variety of politicians, and at least one that you won’t be expecting has committed to giving a statement.
The time has come to get on your feet and make your voice heard. Stand with Merlyn against the rampant racism in our police system and government, and let those who have ruled you with fear for 4 years know that you’re not afraid anymore. Failure to do so now will lead to an irreversible precedent that generations to come will have to live with.