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  1. Your talking alot of land there, 6 miles either side of the Grand River from sorce to mouth, including not only Caledonia, but Dunnville, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo etc. Over 1 million + people & their homes. I don't think that is an option. But I agree enough is enough.
  2. Open Letter to the Commissioner Julian Fantino, Mr. Fantino, unlike you, I have been involved with the ongoing land claim in Caledonia from the time the OPP botched up the removal of protestors from privately owned land known as DCE. I saw with my own two eyes, protestors pushing back the OPP and breaking many laws as we know them. I saw the actions of men such as Clyde Powless exhibit very little concern for the people of Caledonia and much less concern for the misguided OPP officers on the street. Who were mostly un-prepared for the situations that they were put into. I witnessed many occasions when the OPP, confused by the lack of leadership by both yourself and your predecessor Gwen Boniface, both of you allowing the Ipperwash Inquiry to influence your decision making, knowingly violated or ignored your own training and standard operating procedures. I was thoroughly offended when you came to meet with business leaders through the local Rotary, to listen to you lay blame on the citizens of Caledonia for injuries sustained by your police force in several confrontations. To hear you justify the lack of arrests made with respect to the many crimes committed by protestors around Caledonia. To hear you continue to use the phrase that you’re only the “meat between the sandwich” yet laws continue to be broken under your watch. These are laws that have nothing to do with land claims but your fear and your mismanagement has created a fear amongst your officers in knowing when to apply the law and when not to. On several occasions, to hear you comment on the ongoing costs of policing in Caledonia, and that it is not related to your inability as Commissioner to contain the criminal elements that still continue to exist, but to lay blame on those that choose to challenge you and the government of Ontario, how you have let the community of Caledonia down in what I would call an abysmal failure of leadership. Most of all, however it is this most recent letter of support that you submitted in defense of Clyde Powless, that has finally brought me to this point in writing you, along with petitioning for your resignation as Commissioner of what was once known as an exceptional police force the OPP. You were not there that day that Clyde Powless lead the protestors to block Argyle road for a month, you were not there when on his direction, the same road was dug up, you were not there when Clyde Powless and his associates specifically told me three days prior to the hydro station being destroyed, that should there be any resistance from the people of Caledonia, that the services such hydro or water could be targeted. Instead, you allow your personal conflict with Gary McHale to cloud your judgement, and as such use your position of power to sway the courts in seeing Mr. Powless as a good man, a man who cares about his neighbors, and a man that would do everything to diffuse tense situations rather than the truth as already mentioned. In football, they call this play the “Flim-Flam”; you have been played sir, and the confidence in your ability to lead and make the right decision without reservation is diminished. This lack of confidence exists within and without your own police force; it does not only exist in Caledonia, but reaches beyond its borders. The reality that Ontario will be heading into deficits for the next several years supports the idea of a public inquiry on your actions and those of the OPP and its decisions in the past three years in Caledonia. Up to now there has been a blank cheque and there is no clarity to the costs up to now let alone to the future. As a taxpayer who must shoulder the burden of these deficits, have the right to call for accountability and the right to call for your resignation. Ken Hewitt
  3. Caledonia residents launch petition for Fantino's resignation Posted By KAREN BEST, CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER Posted 2 hours ago Ken Hewitt and another Caledonia resident want an inquiry into Ontario Provincial Police commissioner Julian Fantino's handling of issues in Haldimand County. On Dec. 22, they launched a petition which will be distributed across Haldimand County including Dunnville. It demands an inquiry into Fantino's actions and into overall policing based on the "tainted" report from Ipperwash, said Hewitt, who was a key Caledonia Citizens Alliance spokesperson in 2006. The petition also demands that Fantino be suspended until the inquiry is concluded and be removed from his job if cause if found. The petition will be circulated across Ontario and will soon be available on the internet. The petition sprung out of frustration and anger over a recent letter Fantino wrote in support of Clyde Powless of Six Nations, Hewitt indicated. OPP officers charged him with assault and mischief related to events at the Dec. 1, 2007 smoke shop protest on Argyle Street South in Caledonia. "He defies the charges made by his own officers by submitting a letter of support (for Powless)," said Hewitt. "I question why the commissioner of the OPP would submit a letter on a misdemeanour." In the letter filed for a Dec. 5 court hearing on Powless's charges, Fantino wrote that Powless was "instrumental in diffusing serious conflict and confrontation" and has acted as a peacemaker. In Fantino's letter, which was released last week by Gary McHale, the commissioner said he was making no excuses for Powless's behaviour. Fantino also said the volatile situation and provocation could simply be avoided if McHale and his followers were not in attendance. Three of five paragraphs in the letter mention McHale. In an email, McHale said a preliminary hearing on his "counselling mischief that did not occur" charge spanned 10 days. His bail conditions which banned him from Caledonia were lifted and altered for the Christmas holidays. He can visit his lawyer and accountant in town and can visit people upon receiving an invitation but he can only visit one home in the vicinity of Douglas Creek Estates. Article ID# 136158 http://www.dunnvillechronicle.com/ArticleD....aspx?e=1361581
  4. To: People of Ontario Petition for Caledonia Public Inquiry TO THE LEGISTLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO: The background for this petition is as follows: 1. Commissioner Julian Fantino has proven through his own court testimony and published documentation that he is no longer unbiased or neutral. Along with native leaders having his personal cell number exclusively; he also uses his position to support them in court against charges by his own police force. 2. Following the flawed results and recommendations of the Ipperwash Inquiry, the OPP and the command decisions made by the OPP have violated and ignored the rules and guidelines as set out by a number of statutes. These include the Criminal Code and the Ontario Police Services Act. In addition the OPP have violated or ignored their training and standard operating procedures. There is documented and electronic evidence that the OPP did so knowingly. 3. The costs surrounding OPP is grossly underestimated. As taxpayers, we have the right to know the true costs of Caledonia. As the province of Ontario enters into years of deficits, how much more money will be wasted on flawed policing and the inability of leadership to change to tactics. We petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: 1. To request the Premier of Ontario to immediately launch a public inquiry into the actions and decisions made by the Commissioner of the OPP Julian Fantino and impose his immediate suspension without pay and upon confirmation of the facts, his immediate resignation. 2. To request the Premier Of Ontario to immediately launch a public inquiry into the actions and decisions made by the OPP with respect to Caledonia over the past 3 years. Sincerely, The Undersigned http://www.petitiononline.com/4625FA46/petition.html If you have been following Caledonia We need your help. Thank you Caledonia Resident.
  5. Yes the wealth is coming from hard working people making a honest living & doing something with their lives. EVERY Canadian EVERY day those honest Canadian Tax Payers that deserve to benefit in this country that they built. Not on the backs of people but the sweat from thier work.
  6. Well if the negotiations don't go well for the Occupiers, what then? More violence? Are they going to take no for an answer that the Plank Rd. Claim is not valid?
  7. A good start in dealing with these situations is for the feds to abolish the Indian Act & the Constitution Act 1982, section 35. should be amended.
  8. Letter: Cowering on Caledonia The ongoing illegal actions of native protesters in Caledonia, Ont., has been the focus of many stories and columns in the Post. And in Monday's issue, it was again the subject of a scathing editorial, titled The Scandal of Caledonia. Readers we've heard from have generally applauded that editorial, though few have employed as colourful language as the letter-writer below. --Paul Russell, NP letters editor This was a phenomenal and timely editorial. The first-and-last issue in (any) Ontario election can be only the maintenance of "the basic rule of law" for one-and-all alike. Mr. McGuinty's Liberal government -- smarmy, politically-correct, pusillanimous, cowering, buckpassing, sanctimonious, immensely well remunerated financially -- was sworn to uphold the Law in Ontario:. They have since rendered increasing chunks of Ontario ungoverned and ungovernable, in increasing numbers of places where law-and-order are remote memories. Ontario is a law-and-order province. Yet, Ontarian private property is held-hostage increasingly by fully-armed thugs illegally "sitting in" or occupying that which legally is not theirs and property developers are being harrassed. The Attorney-General has seen fit continuously to gut lawful orders from Cayuga court-house that started being issued in 2006. Last year the issuing judge wondered aloud, 'Why is no one obeying these (lawful court orders)?' And where Mr. Bryant can't undermine lawful court-orders, he -- along with the Premier, Mr. McGuinty - blame Ottawa for anything untoward and everything bad that occurs. Lawlessness on this scale -- with over forty O.P.P. law enforcement officers injured by thuggish, masked, gun-totting, rock-throwing malefactors in-and-around Caledonia, with law-abiding citizens being beaten and harrassed while the provincial police can do and do do nothing -- has never been witnessed in Ontario before. For all the little honest good that Mr. Dalton McGuinty's government has done in the Province of Ontario during its term, it is time the political winds of change sweep them away, out of office, like the leaves that drape Queen's Park, before "the winds" of lawlessness cull more innocent victims amongst us, the law-abiding and peaceable in Ontario. Dr. Robin Bredin, Toronto. http://tinyurl.com/ywdog8
  9. Our gov't has always stated that the Douglas Creek Estate Subdivision is a legal surrender. Have not stated anything but that. There is a way of dealing with this which is the court system. Which this claim was pulled from by the SN. Obviously at this point if that is what the gov'ts intentions are why have they not stated it? Are they waiting for Christmas to present as a present? If anyone is interested in talking to the residents of Caledonia & listening to some back ground & getting some information on the statues of these claims I would suggest that you take a look at http://chick66.proboards105.com not taking away from this forum but would love to have others from out of the area comment of help us to understand what can be done or what has worked around Canada & Ontario with regards to holding people accountable to a situation such as this.
  10. 2007 translation = EXTORTION
  11. Because you say so jennie? HDI was only formed after they did the shakedown of Mayberry homes. Again PR works wonders too bad nobody buys it anymore & the tides are turning & true colours are showing through. I think the fencesitters have now realized the fence had no posts.
  12. K. Horn is somewhat of a cult godess to the Occupiers Janie Jamieson's press releases are no better. Last week Jamieson was quoted as saying the following: Natives warn OPP of local 'repercussions' TheSpec.com - Local - Natives warn OPP of local 'repercussions' Paul Legall The Hamilton Spectator CALEDONIA (Sep 7, 2007) Native activist Janie Jamieson warned about possible local "repercussions" if the OPP tries to expel native protesters from a proposed uranium mine site in eastern Ontario. In an e-mail this week, Jamieson told Prime Minister Stephen Harper there'd be "repercussions at Six Nations" if the 70-day native occupation at Sharbot Lake near Kingston ends in "bloodshed." She didn't say what form the repercussions would take. "It wasn't meant as a threat to make people afraid. It's a fact," Jamieson stated yesterday during a ceremony at the former Douglas Creek Estates honouring native activist Dudley George. http://www.thespec.com/printArticle/245141
  13. I would hope that the charge would be attempted murder but as of yet the OPP will release no information on what charges will be laid. Excellent PR work done by the Occupiers & the Confed. again. All I can say is this blows & people shouldn't have to live this way.
  14. Thank you riverwind couldn't have said it better or simpiler for others to understand. Kudos There is a on-line petition that we are asking people to sign if they like here is the link & thank you http://www.petitiononline.com/2509dp/petition.html
  15. No there was another person who walked in on the assault a member of the family. The OPP spokesperson Paula Wright stated to CHCH news crew that a person would be named within a couple days. That would mean that identification has been made now whether warrants have been issued or the persons responsible are in custody we do not know. The OPP Officials as well as the Gov't Officials seem to keep Caledonia in the dark on these or any other issues. Duty to Consult = Extortion A little background here the HDI did not form & come out identifing themselves until the builder from Brantford let the media know that the Confed. told him he needed to pay 48k to keep going on his building site. Then & only then did the Lawyer representing the newly formed HDI show up.
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