Archive for the ‘CUPE 3903’ Category

March 4, 2011

By Jeff Parkinson

During the CANACE truth & reconciliation rally on Sunday February 27, Gary McHale had a long, respectful conversation with Six Nations Elder Jan Longboat. Unfortunately the two leaders were surrounded by radicals who insisted on interrupting repeatedly, but ultimately the respectful dialogue continued until the two came to an agreement to separate the 2 sides.

The plan was simple. McHale would take the CANACE crew and residents South down Argyle Street, and Longboat would lead her people north to DCE.

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When Caledonia resident Doug Fleming held an anti illegal smoke shack protest on April 11 2010, the only people who showed up to support the shack were some students from CUPE 3903 lead by political commentator Tom Keefer, and a couple of small children waving propaganda signs.

A stark contrast to December 1st 2007 when Native supporters of the same shack violently attacked residents and activists resulting in Jeff Parkinson and Gary McHale being hospitalized which is a topic and a video for another day.

March 23, 2010

By Jeff Parkinson

Before we arrived at the Tom Keefer counter protest to our scheduled anti racism rally, an amateur videographer was on scene with our camera gear to capture the scene and mingle with the crowd. Between us, we got some good footage of the event which I’m glad to share with you here.

Please note in advance that these videos will need time to buffer if you want to watch them full screen in high resolution.

In the first clip our guy is questioned at length by one of the Natives for taking video of the Keefer protest. It’s worth noting that there were dozens of cameras on us the entire time we were there, and not once did we bother anyone about it, or try to hide from them.

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March 21, 2010

By Jeff Parkinson

How many keystone cops does it take to separate hundreds of protestors on opposite sides of a contentious issue? Judging by the actions of the OPP today, the answer is under a dozen.

As most who read this site already know, today was to be Merlyn Kinrade’s Anti Racism rally in Caledonia, but a somewhat intriguing development caused a change in plans. Tom Keefer of CUPE 3909 brought his unkempt rabble to town to hold a counter protest which he not so creatively called “the anti racism rally”.

Keefer was mistakenly alleged by the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs to have been formally expelled from Concordia university and banned from campus for spray painting antisemitic slogans on school property and threatening security guards who tried to stop him.(1)

In a letter to me this morning, Mr. Keefer denies that allegation, and states that he was exonerated and reinstated. When asked to provide documentation to this effect, Mr Keefer provided some questionable material, but we have dug up the evidence on our own and it would appear that the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs was mistaken. They drew what they perhaps thought to be a reasonable conclusion at the time, but to be clear Tom Keefer was never charged with painting graffiti of any kind.

More information is becoming available to us on this topic, and it will be explored further once we have had enough time to properly review all of the evidence.

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Exclusive video from the Caledonia Peacekeepers meeting in Cayuga on June 23, 2009. For best results I recommend buffering the video (if needed) and then playing it full screen in high quality.

CHCH news interviewed Doug Flemming before the event began. I don’t know how much of this they used but it was an excellent interview.

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June 24, 2009

Admittedly when I first heard that Tom Keefer was bringing a bus load of people to protest against the Caledonia Peacekeepers in Cayuga last night, I wasn’t sure what to think. This is a union after all so I anticipated something different from the usual racist, bigoted, ignorant crowd that gathers in small numbers to protest against law & order in Caledonia. Fortunately I’m not afraid to admit it when I’m wrong and I was very wrong.

Tom Keefer brought with him a motley crew of crazies that made Forrest Gump look like a Rhodes Scholar. Listening to Keefer being interviewed on CFRB on the drive to Cayuga, I began to understand a bit about the level of delusion this guy has as he rambled about the need for Canada to stop trying to give Six Nations money as compensation and instead hand over our land to them.

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June 23, 2009

When Caledonia residents gather tonight to hear from Doug Flemming about the forming Caledonia Peace Keepers, CUPE intends to bus in protestors who are in favour of organized crime and support the Men’s Fire. I quoted their release in an earlier story.

Doug Flemming has been in contact with Tom Keefer who is leading the CUPE 3903 protest against law and order tonight and asked him to sit in on the meeting to hear first hand what’s actually going to take place, but Mr. Keefer refused stating that he has no need to hear the facts. He did suggest however that this evening’s meeting be cancelled and he would set up a meeting between Residents / CANACE and the Men’s Fire instead.

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