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Authored for the Landmark Report by ‘Kaffir Kanuck,’ a Canadian Forces veteran of Afghanistan
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A-Native-Patrol-drives-by-in-a-red-pickup-in-front-of-the-Embassy-sign-invites-tourists-outside-the-barricade-remains1-300x202 (photo by Kaffir Kanuck)(My second part from Landmark Report. See here for Part 1)

(This is the second of two parts examining the Native occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ontario. It is a result of interviews with activists Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale and Merlyn Kinrade. It has been framed exploring what it has cost the Ontario taxpayer so far and how the OPP’s actions under their former Commissioner Julian Fantino and those of various stake holders may affect the federal election in two ridings.)

Behind the barricade remains, a Native patrol drives by in a red pickup in front of the press-board ramshackle “Embassy.” Outside DCE, a sign invites tourists.

(This is the second of two parts examining the Native occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ontario. It is a result of interviews with activists Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale and Merlyn Kinrade. It has been framed exploring what it has cost the Ontario taxpayer so far and how the OPP’s actions under their former Commissioner Julian Fantino and those of various stake holders may affect the federal election in two ridings.)

The Douglas Creek Estates were to be a bedroom community for Toronto and Hamilton. Small economic off shoots to strengthen the community were planned such as Chris Syries’ plans to open up a music school for 400 students. A class action suit is still under way representing the few businesses which have remained and are still fighting for justice.

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Authored for the Landmark Report by ‘Kaffir Kanuck,’ a Canadian Forces veteran of Afghanistan
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600-Million-Hydro-Tower-Project-kept-unfinished-and-unwired-due-to-Native-occupation-of-the-Douglas-Creek-Estates-300x257 (photo by Kaffir Kanuck)(This is the first of two parts examining the Native occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ontario. It is a result of interviews with activists Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale and Merlyn Kinrade. It has been framed exploring what it has cost the Ontario taxpayer so far and how the OPP’s actions under their former Commissioner Julian Fantino and those of various stake holders may affect the federal election in two ridings.)

Conservative MP Julian Fantino hopes for re-election in Vaughan on Monday. He won the previously Liberal held seat by less than on thousand votes. However, the legacy he inherited and left behind in Haldimand Track, the events of Native occupation in Caledonia have come back to haunt him.

Conservatives Against Fantino peppered his constituency during his by-election, and their information campaign may very well have contributed to his marginal win, although the 2008 election had Liberal Maurizio Bevilacqua win by over eight thousand votes. This movement has morphed into Conservatives Against Racism, now also targeting the Conservative Party elite who supported getting Fantino elected into Vaughan.

In Haldimand-Norfolk, Liberal Bob Speller running against incumbent CPC Diane Finley, has been the first federal candidate to offer a Caledonia policy statement. Of note to Caledonia residents has been Finley’s conspicuous absence from their township and her silence regarding issues related to the Native occupation during this campaign.

Recently, some of the main stream media played up a few resignations form the Julian Fantino Conservative MP re-election camp.

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POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas  info@caledoniavictimsproject.ca

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When I returned home last night after our final protest rally (that’s my wife and me to the right) prior to getting out most of the rest of the 60,000 ‘Conservatives Against Fantino’ brochures we have been blanketing Vaughan parking lots with during the past four weeks, there was an email from a journalist I respect asking simply, “Any predictions about byelection?”

Here is an updated, edited version of what I sent him:

PREDICTION? Well…first things first

I read in London Free Press recently that reporters were being told that Genco (Libs) people were telling them they expected to lose by a landslide of 10K. A CPC contact in Vaughan who was supporting Genco (the Liberal candidate) tells me the ‘source’ was a CPC plant and it was pure BS. Says Genco started down 20% but has now closed gap to pull even. (I seem to recall a Globe & Mail article w/similar stmt, but not sure 100%.)

My/our impressions from our experiences in Vaughan:

Our team of about 15-20 regulars from Caledonia got out between 40-50,000 of our brochures during the past few weeks, mainly by leaving them on cars in parking lots. What was really interesting is how often new people were reporting how pleasantly surprized they were by the warm reception they got from people they met during the day, how most people seemed to know about Caledonia (at long last!) , and how no one was rude to them. They also reported that people weren’t throwing the brochures away, but noticed that after getting in the car, the car wouldn’t move for about 5 mins because they were reading the brochure. (It is very eyecatching and extremely hard hitting.)

  • Conservatives Against Fantino brochure: ‘Caledonia: Fantino’s legacy of Lawlessness & Racist Policing Policies’ [PDF]

We began each Sat/Sun with a protest in front of Fantino’s HQ for which media including the Vaughan Citizen (love those ladies!), Rogers Cable and CBC showed up to interview us. This fabulous photo of the loyal Caledonia Contingent – who regularly drove 1.5 hours each way just to make sure their town’s suffering wasn’t forgotten in this election – was taken yesterday (Nov 28/10):

101128 Caledonia Contingent at Fantino HQ

My friend, CANACE co-founder Merlyn Kinrade (who is also featured in Helpless) and I are both former peacekeepers and, since Fantino/McGuinty ‘justified’ suspending the rule of law in Caledonia by claiming it was a ‘peacekeeping’ operation we both wore our blue berets for some of our rallies in front of Fantino’s HQ in protest of this illegal peacekeeping mission on Canadian soil for the media. Rogers Cable did a stand up interview w/me on that topic, said the story would be aired in Richmond Hill area, so I didn’t catch it. This picture is after the Rogers reporter left last week’s rally and was taken by CANACE co-founder Jeff Parkinson as we were handing out flyers at the Price Chopper grocery store which is 100 feet or so from Fantino’s HQ – in the background.

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  1. VoiceofCanada, Nov 29/10: Prediction: Caledonia & Canada win Vaughan byelection by landslide

POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas info@voiceofcanada.ca

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If there was any doubt about whether the Prime Minister of Canada supports Julian Fantino and police use of racial policing; appeasement of violent extremists as an alternative to protecting victims; the blaming of victims for crimes against them; intimidation of elected officials; and the wholesale abuse of police powers to smear and arrest citizens who speak out, there is absolutely none now:

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in the 905-area Friday to give Julian Fantino a political boost. Fantino is running for the Conservatives in an upcoming Vaughan by-election. The date for the byelection has not yet been set. Harper said he is proud to have the former lawman on his side. ”He’s, as you know, a highly-respected figure throughout the GTA and throughout Ontario,” Harper told reporters at the news conference. […]

680 News, Oct 15/10: Fantino gets high-profile help from Harper in Vaughan

Front line OPP officers “sold down the river” by Fantino

Harper has deliberately and knowingly wrapped the Conservative Party’s arms around a man who Christie Blatchford – after carefully researching the facts – including with the Ontario Police Protection Association (and what facts they are! I only wish I could reveal the evidence and statements from OPP officers in the book.) introduces Julian Fantino in the Author’s Notes section of her Caledonia book thusly:

“As it turns out, the front line officers of the OPP were sold down the river too, by their senior ranks, in particular by two commissioners of the force, Gwen Boniface and Julian Fantino, who either subjugated themselves to government will, held their tongues or respectively dreamed up the disastrous operational plan for Caledonia and then stubbornly held onto it for dear life.”

Blatchford gets evidence from the union from officers who served under Fantino

The fact that Blatchford got damning evidence about racial policing through the OPP union about Fantino’s race-based policing policies is no secret. On July 07/10,  she published an article in the Globe & Mail about how the the present commissioner Chris Lewis (charged w/Obstructing Justice in the McHale case by following Fantino’s orders to target him for a criminal charge at the outset of an investigation), with Fantino beside him, told OPP officers they were NOT allowed to pursue suspected native criminals onto the provincially-owned Douglas Creek Estates occupation site:

The Globe and Mail has obtained OPPA minutes of the spring, 2008, meeting, one of two that the force’s senior command have every year with the police union and where they answer questions.

The minutes show that Detective-Sergeant Roger Geysons, president of the branch encompassing Caledonia, prefaced a question by noting that there had been several recent occurrences “involving First Nations persons observed committing a criminal act and subsequently fleeing” onto DCE.

He demanded to know what written orders there were, and concluded, “Are OPP members allowed on DCE?”

Mr. Lewis, then deputy commissioner, with Commissioner Fantino at his side, replied that it was “news to me that this was still an issue” and said, “Short of somebody having a kid kidnapped and running onto the DCE, we’re not going to go onto that property. It’s just a recipe for disaster and it will set things back there.”

The emperors have no clothes

The two emperors are walking around with no clothes as they embarrass themselves and the Conservative Party members who are forced to pretend otherwise. Perhaps someone should tell them. Oh, we tried that. I forgot. It didn’t work, and they probably won’t listen to this either:

POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas, info@caledoniavictimsproject.ca

– FANTINO PROTEST POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE –

[5:28pm, Oct 14/10] We have decided to cancel the planned protest for tomorrow at the ‘GTA Rally for Julian Fantino’ event in Vaughan.

We knew that Gary McHale would be unable to speak because of his campaign to win a seat on Haldimand Council, which left Mark Vandermaas and Jeff Parkinson to travel to Toronto to speak. Unfortunately, Mark is too ill to travel from London to attend, so we must cancel the event. We apologize. The event will be rescheduled when key speakers and supporters are available. 

We appreciate your understanding, and would be grateful if you would share this with your contacts who may be planning to participate.

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The Conservative Party of Canada is having a rally for Julian Fantino this Friday in Vaughan, and we are organizing a protest to take place outside the venue, details below:

– JOIN US IN PROTEST AT –

Conservative Party of Canada ‘GTA Rally for JULIAN FANTINO’
Riviera Parque Banquet Hall
2800 Highway #7, Vaughan, Ontario
(East of Jane & #7, north of 407. Directions: #400 to #7, east past Jane) MAP

Meet here at 6:00 pm for speeches by longtime Caledonia ‘rule of law’ advocates Mark Vandermaas (CAF co-founder)  & Jeff Parkinson (CANACE co-founder)

(Registration for CPC guests begins 6:30 pm, Fantino rally starts 7:30 pm)

NOTE: We are NOT entering the venue to disrupt Fantino’s event.  

JOIN US to send a message to Stephen Harper and the voters of Vaughan  

“…front line officers were sold down the river by…Gwen Boniface and Julian Fantino, who either subjugated themselves to government will, held their tongues, or respectively dreamed up the disastrous operational plan for Caledonia…”

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