Archive for the ‘Tobacco Kings’ Category

Daniel Nolan
The Hamilton Spectator
CALEDONIA (Feb 8, 2008)

A smoke shop at the centre of a December fracas that led to nine arrests has been damaged by fire.

Arson is the suspected cause of the fire that struck the shop at the south end of Argyle Street South, just east of Highway 6.

It follows a fire last month at another smoke shop on Highway 6 and Fifth Line, although fire officials said then it was not considered suspicious.


From CD98.9 

Haldimand OPP are investigating two fires in Caledonia. Early Thursday morning police got a report of a barn fire at the Caledonia Fair Grounds on Caithness Street East. Haldimand County Fire Department extinguished the barn that stored wooden planks, straw, and utility trailers.

Minutes later, firefighters and police were called to another fire – this time at a smoke shop at the south end of Argyle Street on Highway 6 in Caledonia. The smoke shop sustained minor damage as the fire was quickly put out by firefighters from Hagersville.

No injuries were reported in either fire and the total amount of damage is unknown at this time. While the cause of the barn fire is to be determined, the smoke shop fire has been determined as intentionally set.

Edit: More information on this fire / alleged arson will be posted as it becomes available but for the moment the OPP are being quiet about the details and I’m not going to post the rampant rumors and speculation floating around.

Updated 02/09/2007It seems alot of people are finding this article while searching for information about the smoke shack fire on February 7 2007.  Please see Another smoke shop fire in Caledonia  if that’s the one that brought you here. More news on the latest fire at an illegal smoke shack will be posted as it becomes available.


Haldimand OPP are investigating a smoke shop fire on Highway 6 south of Caledonia. Wednesday night at around 11:50 firefighters were called to Highway 6, north of the Fifth Line. At the scene they found the building fully engulfed in flames. It took crews an hour and a half to put out the flames, the building sustained extensive damage. The preliminary fire investigation has revealed the fire is not suspicious in nature. The investigation continues.

November 27, 2007

The ongoing protest known as Dougs Smokes by Caledonia resident Doug Flemming of the illegal Native smoke shacks on highway 6 outside of Caledonia have been an effort on his part to be arrested or at least shut down by the OPP so that they would have to deal with the bigger issue of Natives illegally selling tobacco off of the reserve.

Several times, Doug has set up his smoke shop on the property owned by Chris Syrie that is adjacent to DCE.



National Post

In the history of cross-border smuggling, the Thousand Islands in general, and this one in particular, have a special place. Scattered through the upper St. Lawrence River, with the republic on the south shore and the dominion on the north, the islands were a smuggler’s dream — the American border is only about 10 kilometres from where I live.

But those days are in the past, no competition for a reality even better than any smuggler’s dream: Indian reserves.

The smuggling action is now to the east of us on the cross-border Akwesasne Mohawk reserve near Cornwall, Ont., where illegal cigarettes from New York state can be brought into Canada without leaving the reserve. And to the west is the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve near Belleville, which is another sort of customs-free entity, in which tax-free cigarettes, legal for native Canadians, are smuggled out and sold on the black market. As was reported on the front page of yesterday’s Post, it is estimated that nearly one-third of all cigarettes sold in Ontario and Quebec were illicitly tax-free, smuggled off native reserves.

The lawlessness of the Caledonia, Ont., property dispute, now well over a year old, brought to public attention a phenomenon well-known in the illicit cigarette trade–namely, that many native reserves are no-go areas for police and treasury agents.

Perhaps attention is being paid now. At the end of June, when the Ontario Provincial Police obligingly closed the 401 highway in order to facilitate the native “day of action” protests, many residents in these parts were rather taken aback that the police appeared to be on the side of the illegal blockaders. Yet that has been true for a long time in regard to illegal tobacco and the rule of law — the peddlers of contraband have no better friend than police who deliberately look the other way.

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