Shack owner rants about taxes and treason

Posted: April 3, 2010 in Caledonia, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs, Land claims, Natives, Tobacco Kings

April 3, 2010

In a letter to the editor that was quite fitting for April fools day, the owner of one of the illegal smoke shacks littering highway 6 near Caledonia ranted about the issue of taxes, and accused the Six Nations Band Council of treason. Why? Because they don’t agree that his “Hawk Shop” should be exempt from the law.

Jeffrey Henhawk was among the first to plop a trailer down on property outside of Six Nations and call it a store. His shack was the target of the Native who went nuts with an AK-47 and shot up the place in 2007, and he responded with a bizarre video about how he didn’t want pictures from that incident hosted on Caledonia Wakeup Call.

This is the shack that inspired the epic Doug’s Smokes protests and it continues to be a blight on the community.

The Six Nations Band Council has acknowledged that the land on which this dump sits belongs to Ontario and that Henhawk should have to collect and pay taxes like every other off reserve store. They have according to Henhawk attempted to obtain a court order to remove him and his shack from the property.

It’s a great idea in theory, but in his rant he mentions that the assistance of the OPP was requested to remove him, and once they’re involved you know the odds of a court order being enforced are greatly reduced.

On taxes he states “We all know taxes is a bad word here” Why might that be? Perhaps because these shacks sell to customers who aren’t old enough to afford the taxes. I’m sure it’s tough to scrape up enough money for smokes from a paper route.

On treason he states “I believe they have betrayal of one’s country.”(the band council)” I believe they have betrayed the peoples of Six Nations by first siding with the providence and Canada, that the Plank Rd. is theirs.”

It’s good to know that Six Nations has sided with the “Providence” and Canada that these shacks are illegal, but let’s just reflect for a moment on that one statement. I believe they have betrayal of one’s country. I believe that statement says everything we need to know about this nut.

In the event that the law is enforced here and the shack is removed, I doubt anyone will miss it (except perhaps the children who want cheap smokes) but I must admit I will miss the sight of Mr. Henhawk running out of his shack at the sight of Doug Fleming’s truck coming down the road so that he can shake his fists in the air vigorously.

It’s one of the few things I’ve seen in Caledonia that made me laugh until I ached. It was regrettably one of very few times that I did not have a camera with me.

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