Archive for the ‘Land claims’ Category

December 8, 2011

By Jeff Parkinson

On December 7 2011, I learned of an OPP raid on one of the illegal smoke shacks around Caledonia that was about to take place, and decided to check it out.

At first it appeared that the OPP were going to get the job done. They brought plenty of officers, a moving van to clear out the house the squatter built behind the shack, enough trucks and vans to take away anyone who interfered, and presumably some kind of orders to get the job done.

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May 17, 2011

By Jeff Parkinson 

In protest of cyclists riding through a section of Toronto’s High Park that they claim was once a cemetery, a group of Mohawk Warriors have set up camp complete with tents and warrior flags. 

They brought shovels and picks which they’re using to carve out ridges they claim were made by mountain bikers, they’ve strung up tarps between the old oak trees for added shelter, and they say they’re not leaving. 

Does Mohawks squatting in a park where they claim there’s a cemetery that nobody has ever heard of sound familiar to anyone else?

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January 14, 2011 

By Jeff Parkinson 

Last night, (Jan 13 2011) Governor General Award winning author Christie Blatchford was a guest on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin where she discussed Caledonia and her book Helpless – Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy and how the law failed all of us. 

Viewers were weighing in throughout the 32 minute interview via a web chat with mixed opinions. Some still fail to understand that there is no valid claim to DCE, some think that the words “land claim” possess the magical ability to absolve those who utter them of any responsibility for their actions, and some finally understand the facts that we have been presenting to the public for almost 5 years. 

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Update: A few people have reported difficulty in viewing these video’s at 720p (HD) so I have changed the embedded video’s to play at a lower resolution.

By Jeff Parkinson

In my early days with CANACE in late 2006 and early 2007, I was on a very regular basis told stories that saddened and repulsed me. I sat and listened to each and every resident who was willing to share with me what they had endured and over the course of 4 years; I thought I had heard the worst of if not all of them.

One exceptionally disturbing story unfolded in the summer of 2009, and managed to fly under the radar of many including myself. Many of us heard that a smoke shack had gone up at the farm of Caledonia resident Ernie Palmer, but I didn’t know too much about it at the time. We had a particularly busy year, and by the time we slowed down to catch our breath, the shack was gone.

I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Palmer on October 13 2010 and he generously allowed me to record that meeting. The only things I knew for sure when I arrived were that the facts were largely unclear to me, and that an interview with him would be interesting. The media reports that I had read in 2009 painted him as a collaborator, and the County had charged him with bylaw infractions for hosting the smoke shack.

I explained a bit about myself to Mr. Palmer and made clear to him that my objective was simple. I wanted to leave that day with the necessary information to tell his story in his words. I wound up spending a day with him, and the things I learned were absolutely shocking even to a 4 year veteran of the Caledonia crisis.

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June 23, 2010

By Jeff Parkinson

Attacks on Ontario infrastructure are escalating quickly this month, and from the sounds of things it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better. We bowed down quickly to threats of blockades if Natives were not made exempt from the HST that will increase the cost of living for the rest of us by 8% on July 1st, but giving in to them seems to have fuelled the desire of some to wreak havoc on innocent people.

A group of Natives decided to shut down highway 403 last weekend where it meets the Lincoln Alexander Parkway in Hamilton, so the OPP and Hamilton Police shut down the highway so that this little group of malcontents could “march peacefully” on a major highway. Never mind the impact on countless thousands of people trying to go about their business on the fathers day weekend, some Natives wanted to walk on the freeway, so the cops helped them do it.

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June 18, 2010

By Jeff Parkinson

Two “red power” protests are being planned for June 24th 2010 that will (hopefully) finally test the patience of the Canadian government who talks tough but does nothing to stop Native protests which at times have escalated to terrorism.

According to a wide variety of media sources including Native media, a group calling itself red power united intends to blockade highway 403, or highway 400 next week as well as the Trans Canada Highway because they don’t approve of the G20. This same group disapproved of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and ultimately their “peaceful” protest turned into a group of anarchists destroying property, and attacking police in the downtown core.

The 403 runs from Woodstock, Ont., to Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto, and Highway 400 runs north between Toronto and Barrie, Ont. A blockade of either would tie up thousands of people for no reason at all and since it is apparently designed to force a political agenda, would amount to terrorism.

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June 11, 2010

By Jeff Parkinson

On the sandy shores of Georgian Bay, Balm Beach offers spectacular sunsets, superb restaurants, bountiful amenities, and the chance to see some maniacs commit arson, vandalism, and assault without fear of the ever vigilant OPP.

John Marion and his family moved to a beautiful beach front home in Tiny Township for the same reasons that anyone else buys a house on the beach, but their dream home was turned into a nightmare by a group of juvenile minded thugs, and the OPP, all over a fence.

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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.

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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.

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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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February 19, 2010

UPDATE: it’s been all of a few hours and emails are already coming in from people claiming this is just a rumor. Despite what they would like to think, the facts were verified by multiple sources who were at the meeting this morning.

By Jeff Parkinson

In a disgusting piece of news, Attorney General Chris Bentley met with members of Haldimand Council this morning to inform them that the Douglas Creek Estates will be given to Six Nations, and that Council had best go negotiate with Six Nations now if they want any chance at having a say in what becomes of the DCE.

The meeting took place this morning at a Tim Hortons in Brantford and involved Mayor Trainer, and several council members. The obvious plan being for the province to push Haldimand Council to negotiate a deal with Six Nations so that they can say “it wasn’t us, we’re just doing what the county wanted”. You can be sure the last thing they wanted was for this to be exposed to the public before McGuinty has had a chance to deflect the blame.

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January 22, 2010

With all of the headway CANACE has been making in bringing an end to race based policing in Ontario, I was somewhat surprised to learn today that the signs of another illegal occupation are beginning to surface. This time it’s not small town Ontario, but in Oka Quebec where the Canadian military had to be called in to quell Mohawk Warriors (a terrorist organization) in 1990.

The Oka crisis had many familiar hallmarks of Caledonia. An illegal occupation to prevent development on private land, a lack of action by the local police until it was too late, a riot, the blockade of a prominent highway, and a government that wanted to keep its hands clean of the situation.

The primary differences are that the Mohawk warriors murdered a police officer with a gunshot to the face, and the military was subsequently brought in to quell the riot. Extensive history of Oka can be found online so long as one is able to weed through the pro criminal propaganda.

The issue in 1990 was the expansion of a golf course, and today it’s development of land right across the street. Thus far media coverage is somewhat limited, but we’re hopeful that many more details will come out soon. Here’s what we know so far.

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September 19, 2009

When I first got involved in the Caledonia crisis in 2006, I expected to see and hear some rather strange things, and that has certainly been the case, but none more so and none more consistent then the nearly unintelligible ranting of Kahentinetha Horn and the Mohawk Nation News. I try not to subject you good people to her mind numbing crap on any regular basis, but someone was kind enough to anonymously subscribe me to her mailing list for which I am truly grateful.

For those who may not remember her or have not had the pleasure of trying to choke down her special brand of logic, this is a woman who in the last few years has babbled about the “evil white man” at every possible turn but admitted to admiring Hitler, used the word Genocide so frequently and in such absurdly inappropriate context that I actually thought about turning her rants about it into a drinking game early on but refrained out of fear that most would get alcohol poisoning, claimed that the US was about to take over Canada in order to stop France from doing so, claimed that Canadian Border guards tried to kill her, claimed that the heavily armed Mohawks at Akwesasne have no guns which is why they over ran an international border crossing, claimed that the attempted murder of Sam Gualtieri was actually a group of Non Natives attacking Native children, created a bizarre (even by her standards) persona known as “the red X”, claimed Canada was secretly building weapons of mass destruction, and said a few silly things as well.

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January 25, 2009

In an interesting tale of 2 stories that were posted at Caledonia Wakeup Call today, a Six Nations resident is trying to deflect the blame that belongs squarely on the head of Julian Fantino toward Diane Finley for joining some 5000 residents in signing the petition calling for an inquiry. The January 20 editorial by Tracy Bomberry in the Toronto Star states in part:

The convoluted petition currently being circulated by disgruntled Caledonia residents calling for an inquiry into the handling of the Caledonia land claim dispute by OPP commissioner Julian Fantino is a direct result of the federal government’s reluctance to resolve the land claim issues not only on Six Nations but across the country.”

Ms Bomberry (forgive me if that should be Mrs but I’ll err on the side of caution) appears to feel that if the Federal government would just make an offer to settle land claim issues, everything would be magically resolved and everyone could presumably start singing Kumbaya. It’s not to be however because the government just won’t make an effort.

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January 8, 2009

In a story in today’s Simcoe Reformer, we learned that the cowardly McGuinty government is trying to force Norfolk County to restrict development and consult with Six Nations on any archaeological finds in the County.

 an overall guide to how and where growth will occur in the county — was changed by the province to say the Six Nations reserve must be told of any archeological finds in the county.”

Fortunately our Mayor and Council don’t seem inclined to lie down and accept this nonsense without a fight.

“They have no claim in our territory at all — remove the language,” Mayor Dennis Travale said during Tuesday night’s council meeting. “I want the language about the Six Nations of the Grand River taken out.”

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