Archive for the ‘Haldimand County Council’ Category

By Jeff Parkinson

On December 5, 2007 Haldimand County stated that they would be closing the illegal smoke shack at the corner of Highway 6 and Argyle Street according to a CD98.9 story which can be found here and reads as follows;

A native run smoke shop at the centre of a clash in Caledonia is going to be shut down. Last weekend two people were injured after a fight broke out as people on both sides of the land dispute argued over who’s land the smoke shop was on. Haldimand County official Don Boyle says the move to close down the smoke shop is to restore “peace and harmony“”

As one of the two people who were injured at the protest they’re talking about, I wonder why Haldimand and Mr. Boyle would lie to the public about such a thing.

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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.

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May 18, 2009

During the testimony that Julian Fantino gave a Hamilton Court last month about his involvement in the witch hunt to charge Gary McHale with “Counselling mischief not committed”, Julian was forced to reveal on the stand that he sent an email on December 3, 2007 to deputy commission Chris Lewis in which he stated “I feel like doing what LA Police Chief Darrel Gates go out and arrest the goof myself”.

Just who is this Darrel Gates that Julian idolizes? McHale’s efforts to clarify were quickly interrupted by Mitch Hoffman in order to prevent Fantino from being held accountable for his words. So since we’re not allowed to hear it from the horse’s mouth, I decided to have a look for myself (and all of you) at who Gates is and why Julian so admires him and it quickly became obvious that there are similarities.

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1pm – From residents of Caledonia we’ve received the following update:

The Terrorists blocking the highway have torn up and are using sections of the railway in their blockade in addition to a hydro tower and hydro poles, and the Natives have used a Backhoe to dig up the road. 

The number of “protestors” is increasing at this point and Haldimand Council has called an emergency meeting for 2pm. Much as in 2006, the Natives have used a Backhoe to dig up the road.

April 24, 2008

When Aboriginal Appeasement Minister Michael J. Bryant visited Cayuga on April 22, 2008 I had the pleasure of being in attendance with many residents, and as I sat listening intently to his words, I found myself a bit confused as he appeared to be avoiding giving any real answer to the questions posed to him, but surely no member of the Liberal government (appointed by Dalton McGuinty no less!) would try to swerve us.

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April 21, 2008

Since the first March for Freedom event was announced for October 2006, people have been asking the question “why do you have to be so confrontational? Why don’t you go to queens park to protest?” and the answer has always been that nobody would care if we did.

Yesterday however we decided to test that theory by loading up a bus and taking the residents of Caledonia to protest at Queens Park. By all accounts it was a successful event which saw us peacefully deliver our message about the continuing lack of basic law and order in front of the Ontario Legislature.

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The Hamilton Spectator – with commentary added by Jeff Parkinson

A plan is being promoted to have the Ontario Provincial Police and Six Nations police do joint patrols of a rural concession caught in the middle of the Caledonia land claims dispute. (Edit: A road which Six Nations has no jurisdiction over nor any right to)

The OPP have not been welcomed by aboriginals (Edit: Criminals Who have no more right to dictate to the OPP than you or I do) on the Sixth Line, which runs south of Douglas Creek Estates, since the OPP raided the site two years ago in an effort to end the aboriginal occupation.

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CD98.9

Haldimand County council has decided to provide legal representation for one of its councillors facing a charge after a incident last summer. On January 9th, Councillor Buck Sloat was charged with assault stemming from a private complaint filed against him. Allegations are that Sloat assaulted an individual at the county offices while on break from a council meeting in August. That month Gary McHale, who has made headlines in Caledonia before, faxed the OPP and politicians asking for police protection from Councillor Sloat.  

The request was made due to an alleged altercation between Sloat and another man outside council chambers earlier that month, and that fact that McHale feels Sloat has a personal hatred towards him. Under a by-law passed in 2002, council ensured that public servants exercising duties in good faith would be protected from personal and financial risk from claims and actions with respect to matters arising out of County business. This incident is believed to fall directly under that clause.

By Donna Pitcher

At the Council meeting February 4th, 2008, council voted 6-0 in favor of having the County Lawyer represent Councilor Buck Sloat. Councilor Sloat appeared in the Cayuga Courthouse Wednesday February 6th, 2008, with the County Lawyer and Councilor Grice at his side.

I don’t really have a problem with a member of council being represented by the county lawyer if in fact the problem is of an “official” Haldimand County Matter. But when a council member is charged under the Criminal Code, that is a whole new ball game!

Read the full story here

Courtesy of www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com

By Gary McHale – www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com

According to the Mayor it is Mr. Sloat who is directing council to pass the motion to read the Mayor’s Email. Mr. Sloat attempted to clarify this point by getting Mr. Pearce to state that Sloat wasn’t the one behind the motion. 

But is wasn’t too hard to see which council member was leading the charge because Mr. Sloat made the debate over the motion very personal – directly attacking the Mayor and her staff.

While Bartlett, Boyko and even Grice tried to find a middle ground it was clear Mr. Sloat would settle for nothing but all emails in his hands.

When Bartlett and Boyko presented the argument that no one wanted to read the Mayor’s email, Sloat was clear – I want her Emails.

Mr. Sloat’s argument was he missed an event that the Mayor went to and that was because she didn’t give him the email. The Mayor’s answer is that her staff forwards all emails that are either labelled Mayor & Councilor or includes a request to another council member.

I guess Mr. Sloat didn’t think that maybe this event he is so concerned about didn’t have his name on it in the email. Maybe the person who invited the Mayor didn’t include Mr. Sloat’s name and that is why he didn’t get a copy. 

Mr. Sloat is an experienced council member and I would ask why he cannot get people in his riding to email him directly instead of going through the Mayor? He does have an email account so why not ask why the person in his riding failed to email Mr. Sloat directly – maybe because Mr. Sloat wasn’t invited.

Mr. Sloat claims that he had nothing to do with creating the motion. Somehow his views are the ones expressed in the motion and somehow it just happens to be a personal problem he claims to be having with the Major but he didn’t help create the motion.

 

Read the full story here.

By Gary McHale – www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com

One of the more surprising things that I heard at the Council Meeting last night was Boyko’s speech about how the first resolution title “Mayors Office Correspondence Management” was being called ‘Snooping’. He used the word more than once to refer to resolution that council had before it the previous week.

 He didn’t say that someone may think it is snooping or that people have told him it may be snooping, he was very clear that “it is snooping”. Boyko is an experienced councillor and who am I to disagree with his inside information on why last week’s motion was put forward. 

What is surprising is that according to Boyko’s judgement of the resolution, Ricker, Bartlett, Sloat and Pearce, who all had a hand in creating the resolution and/or bringing it forward, were trying to snoop.

Well quite the judgment call by Boyko towards the people who created and brought forward this resolution. Again let’s be clear, Boyko didn’t say that someone may think it is snooping, he declared it was snooping.

 

The solution to the snooping, for Mr. Boyko, was to have the new CAO (Chief Administrative Officer) be the one reading the email.

So let’s get this straight, Mr. Boyko saw the resolution to Ricker’s, Bartlett’s, Sloat’s and Pearce’s snooping was to have the New CAO be what?… the chief Snoop? 

How is controlling who is snooping change whether it is snooping?

How is a paid snoop any better than an elected snoop?

By Gary McHale www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com 

 

One has to hand it to Grice for informing the public about the Revenge factor as the motivator behind the Email motion. During the debate about the Email motion Grice did a little speech in which he talked about a united council. To be more exact he was pointing to the press release by the council that blamed Harper and Harper alone for the ongoing problems on DCE. 

The Council was united that the OPP shared no blame. The Council was united that McGuinty should not be blamed at all. Grice and all the councillors wanted to blame Harper alone and thus they issued their press release. 

Grice stated last night that the Mayor publicly went against this within a few short hours.

 

       

Grice and Council were completely united that it was time to help McGuinty’s re-election campaign and say almost word for word what McGuinty and Fantino have been passing by the public as the truth for months. What McGuinty wants most is for the public, just before the election, to think that he has handled Caledonia properly.

 

 

How exactly, Mr. Grice, was Harper to stop the attack on the CHTV camera crew?

It is the OPP not the RCMP who police  Caledonia – maybe you didn’t notice that point?

 How exactly, Mr. Grice, was Harper to stop McGuinty from buying DCE? How was Harper to stop McGuinty from appealing Judge Marshall’s decision? 

 How was Harper responsible for appointing Fantino, the bully who has you so scared to speak out because he threatened to sue you?

It doesn’t take much logic to conclude that in Grice’s mind the council needs access to the Mayor’s email to ensure that she doesn’t speak out.

Now Mr. Grice didn’t directly say this – what politician directly says anything?  But he talked about how upset he was by the Mayor’s actions over the press release and this he did while debating the email motion.

Grice didn’t say the motion was needed so he could know about events in the area or because he was missing being invited to such events. He didn’t talk about how the motion was to allow for better bonding between the Mayor and the new CAO – those were Boyko’s and Bartlett’s speeches.

How, exactly, is passing this email motion to help? 

 

 

 

 

 

He stated, “Will this solve the problem? No. Will it help? maybe”. I got one clear message from Mr. Grice’s speech – How dare you mayor speak out. We told you what to say.

Fortunately for Haldimand County Mayor Trainer is no puppet.

Last week councillors were told to “Beware” by the county lawyer. What exactly are they to ‘beware’ of is not completely clear since the letter has not been made public. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs warned the Council to seek legal advice, but again it is not completely clear why since council stopped the Mayor as she was reading it out.

The new improved resolution by council was to remove them from the list of people intercepting the Mayor’s email.

Now I am not saying that these possible charges would hold up in court nor am I saying that a local council has the authority to override the Criminal Code of Canada. What I am suggesting is that council suddenly wanted their names off the list of people ‘intercepting’ the Mayor’s email.

 

Read the full story here. Much more at www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com

Here is the resolution to deny your privacy.

Ist Resolution – Aug. 3, 2007

Resolution Re: Mayors Office Correspondence Management

WHEREAS THE Mayors’ office receives a considerable volume of correspondence through written or electronic form;

AND WHEREAS THE MAYOR has acknowledged in the past that management of this correspondence, especially e-mails has been overwhelming to the point where many e-mails may go unanswered of otherwise not responded to;

AND WHEREAS the management of this correspondence is critical to the effective operation of the County;

AND WHEREAS the dissemination of this correspondence to the remainder of Council as well as the Clerk is if utmost importance to successfully conduct the business of the Corporation;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED;

THAT ALL correspondence sent and received through the Mayor’s office including all e-mail addressed to the Mayor by title or name, be copied to all councilors as well as the County Clerk;

AND THAT the Mayor’s assistant implement this direction for all hard copy correspondence;

AND THAT the General Manager of Corporate Services through the information Systems Division ensure that all e-mail sent to the Mayor by title or name, is automatically copied to all Councillors and the County Clerk;

AND THAT any questions or concerns from Councillors regarding specific correspondence to the Mayor’s office be first directed to the Mayor for a response and if required, the matter be referred to Council in Committee under the “Inquires, Announcements and Concerns of Councillors” part of the agenda.