December 6, 2011

By Jeff Parkinson

For those who have not yet heard, The Caledonia Eight is a group of people who on December 3, 2011 were arrested on Surrey Street in Caledonia because of the color of their skin. A trait over which they have no control.

The group consisting of Gary McHale, Merlyn Kinrade, Randy Fleming, Bonnie Stephens, Jack VanHalteren, Mark Vandermaas, Doug Fleming, & Jeff Parkinson had their freedom taken from them for walkilng down a public road owned by the Corporation of Haldimand County by order of the McGuinty government who does not own the road.

At no time did any in the group stray from the road or set foot on the property of the Douglas Creek Estates (outside of the public road), and knowing this, the Ontario Provincial Police chose to continue to unlawfully arrest them, handcuff them, search them, put them in a paddy wagon, take them to the local substation, and issue them each a summons for failing to leave premises when directed.

The battle to end race based policing in Ontario will continue on January 6th 2012 when all of the Caledonia Eight will appear in Court to face their invalid, unlawful charges.

Now here’s the video. Best viewed at 720p, but that may take some time to buffer.

Much will be said in the months and likely years to come about these arrests, but I’ll leave it to you folks to judge for yourself what took place.

Also worthy of your time is this footage I captured of the OPP failing to do anything about a direct threat by one of the Natives to Bonnie Stephens right before her arrest. “Come again & the cops won’t be here to protect you”. Truly disgusting behavior from an obviously depraved person.

Here’s a look at what’s coming this Month to CanaceHD which as of this writing has over 398,000 views in just over One year.

  1. counterpoise says:

    Kudos to the Caledonia Eight. The videos are truly shocking and brought me to tears a couple of times.

    Although I am non-native, I have had many dealings with aboriginals in different parts of Canada for several decades. This includes working in the native organizations themselves and also on a less formal basis.

    I certainly cannot speak for anybody but myself, but my experiences make me think that not all aboriginals agree with what happened on December 3, 2011 in Caledonia. However, if they disagree, what are their options? If they live at Six Nations and express their disapproval, is it not possible that they could be subjected to harassment and intimidation just as much as the eight of you were?

    It is very unnerving to see that a native can get away with uttering a threat to Bonnie Stephens, with the police standing right there and doing nothing about it. But what if an aboriginal were to express his or her disagreement with what happened? I agree with the Caledonia activists who have pointed out that race-based policing can hurt native people too.

    I don’t think this conflict should be seen as strictly native/non-native. I think it is more the policies of the McGuinty government, the OPP and certain native factions and their supporters, pitted against the rest of “us.” And some of that “us,” I suspect, are aboriginals who would prefer a more peaceful resolution to the situation.

  2. Good blog man! I just added this post to my Twitter account. Keep it up!

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