McHales do it again: Haldimand Council votes to dismantle Caledonia blockade

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Last year, Gary McHale shut down the illegal Enbridge Line 9 occupation with a single letter to the Hamilton Police. Now, he and his wife have done it again.

It was a long time coming, but Haldimand Council has announced that it will finally do something to reclaim the Caledonia occupation site–the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision–where so many of us volunteered to be repeatedly arrested for ‘trespassing’ and/or ‘breaching the peace’ simply for trying to walk on the public county-owned roads through the site which have been blocked by native militants since 2006:

CALEDONIA – Haldimand County Council has voted to dismantle a blockage set up by protesters at the entrance of the former Douglas Creek Estates.

Mayor Ken Hewitt said the vote happened in camera Monday night. The county will be hiring a contractor to take apart the barrier – fashioned with metal, concrete and other materials – at Surrey Street in Caledonia.

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For those wondering about Haldimand council’s sudden discovery of spinal strength, it may help to tell the backstory of which the Spectator was unaware:

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Coming soon — VICTORY IN THE NO-GO ZONE: Winning The Fight Against Two Tier Policing, by Gary McHale

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COMING…November 9, 2013! Join us for the launch of this book at the 2013 Freedom Symposium; click on the image to register. Free copy included.

You shared the agony of Caledonia’s victims with Christie Blatchford’s best-selling Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare Of Fear And Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All Of Us. Nowread VICTORY IN THE NO-GO ZONE, Gary McHale’s account of how a small group of Canadian patriots followed Dr. King’s teachings in order to defend freedom against OPP corruption and, in the process, showed Canadians how to fight back…and win when police refuse to enforce the law. Gary names names as he takes you through some of the critical legal battles leading to criminal charges against senior OPP officers, including Julian Fantino and Chris Lewis. Foreword by Christie Blatchford, endorsements by Jerry Agar, Newstalk 1010, and Barbara Kay, National Post columnist.

Review by University of Ottawa English professor Janice Fiamengo who is also editor of the Freedom Press Canada Journal:

If you want to stop police appeasement of violent radicals in Canada today, or prevent European-style Islamic ‘no-go zones’ from arriving here tomorrow, you need to read the shocking and inspiring story that is Victory In The No-Go Zone.

  • Freedom Press Canada: pre-order form for a signed copy of Victory In The No-Go Zone
  • Freedom Press Canada: registration form for the 2nd Freedom Symposium, Old Mill Inn, Toronto, Nov 9/13 where Victory In The No-Go Zone will be released. FREE signed copy included!

You are invited!

Freedom Press Canada: 2013 Freedom Symposium, Nov 9/13If you’d like to share in the joy…Victory In The No-Go Zone will be released at the Freedom Press Canada 2013  Freedom Symposium, “Freedom in Canada: Tribute or Eulogy?” on November 9th at the Old Mill Inn in Toronto.

Both Gary and Mark Vandermaas, founder of the Caledonia Victims Project, will be speaking along with other freedom advocates/authors/thinkers. Cost is $75 which includes a buffet lunch and a copy of Gary’s book. Please register now to guarantee your seat.

Mark will be talking about the Ipperwash cover-up and its legacy,  a topic to which an entire chapter of Victory In The No-Go Zone is devoted.

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One Law For All — Illegal Peacekeeping Missions on Canadian Soil…And How To End Them


  • AM1290 Talk Radio, London, ON, Jan 17/13: Andy Oudman interview w/OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis, then Mark Vandermaas, Caledonia Victims Project re Ipperwash Inquiry failures & Ontario’s illegal peacekeeping missions [AUDIO]


How The Ipperwash Inquiry suppressed evidence
and put Ontario communities on a collision course with anarchy 

110322 Mark Vandermaas, Caledonia-No More Nightmares conference, Ottawa, ON, CanadaEverything you need to know about Ontario’s illegal peacekeeping missions on Canadian soil plus: our recommendations – based on 6 years of full time activism during the Caledonia crisis – on how to end them:  

1. VIDEO – from ‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares’ conference, Ottawa, March 22/11:

‘An Illegal Peacekeeping Mission on Canadian Soil’ (Mark Vandermaas, 9:39)

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TorSun founder Worthington hammers ‘journalistic negligence’ & ‘defacto’ suspension of Charter, Police Services Act protection for Caledonia victims

Peter Worthington - TORONTO SUN PHOTOThe good news re Caledonia keeps coming. I received a call from a Caledonia resident yesterday who excitedly informed me that Peter Worthington had written a column that mentioned the Caledonia Victims Project, and which included several quotes from my writings (links & emphasis added):

[…] Mark Vandermaas, founder of the Caledonia Victims Project, credits lawyer John Findlay for winning the $20 million settlement. […]

Vandermaas, protesting the protestors, was arrested for the provocative act of raising the Canadian flag across the street from protestors.

Vandermaas says neither he nor others who agitated for justice (often to media disinterest) don’t share in the award – and “rightly so,” he says. Taking a stand of the basis of principle nearly bankrupt[ed] him. […]

Were it not for journalist Christie Blatchford’s book about political lawlessness during the Caledonia siege, little of the democratic abomination would have been publicized. The media was largely silent. Christie’s book, Helpless…How the Law Failed All of Us has become something of a classic, and an indictment of the government, the OPP and journalistic negligence that failed to adequately report the standoff.

While Caledonia is now relatively quiet, the $20 million award confirms the view of Vandermaas and others that the McGuinty governmentmade a decision to allow the Ontario Provincial Police to suspend — defacto — the Charter of Rights and Police Services Act protections of an entire class of citizen in order to appease a small, violent, racial constituency.” [from: LINK]

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Thank you note to Senator Bob Runciman: FIRST to denounce Ipperwash Inquiry ‘peacekeeping’ recommendations

Senator Bob RuncimanSENT VIA EMAIL (some links have been added to body text)…
July 13, 2011
Office of The Honourable Senator Bob Runciman
351 East Block
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4
Dear Senator Runciman:
As a former UN peacekeeper and Caledonia activist who has devoted countless hours to denouncing the OPP/McGuinty government’s substitution of ‘peacekeeping’ in lieu of the Charter and Ontario Police Services Act protections the people of Caledonia were entitled to, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart forInquiry needed into Caledonia occupation‘ [PDF] (Toronto Sun, July 12/11).
Regional News (Caledonia) series, Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale, Mary Lou LaPratte, Feb 18-25/09: McGuinty's Ipperwash Cover-Up: The Caledonia Legacy
You may recall we had a brief conversation during the 2007 Caledonia Convoy event at Queen’s Park where you mentioned you had been reading our Ipperwash Papers project of which I was the team leader. I am, therefore, profoundly pleased that it was you who now has the honour of being remembered as the first politician in Canada to open the desperately-needed public debate that will allow us to remove the Ipperwash millstone from around our province’s neck once and forever. Bravo!
I am optimistic that your words will help us end the shameful, illegal peacekeeping mission on Canadian soil and allow us to move forward via a meaningful and longlasting healing and reconciliation prcess based on truth, justice and apologies, rather than the artifical, short term non-solution of appeasement.
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Caledonia: what went wrong? Where do we go from here?

CANACE diagram, Aug07/08: 'Reconciliation: The CANACE Path': Click to download PDF.No one should assume that Caledonia is all wrapped up with a nice bow because the Caledonia Class Action suit has been settled. Even though the government was forced to write a cheque it can ill afford (politically and financially) the Caledonia story is far from turning its final page.

Even when the last lawsuit has been settled, what do we as a province, as a country, say to a family like the Gualtieris, or the Dudychs on the Sixth Line who, with others, lived without policing for nearly four years? What can we do to make up to them for what was done to them by their government while the vast majority of their fellow citizens were content to let them suffer the agony of abandonment?

Below are excerpts from my presentations at both the 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum at Mount Royal University, and the Caledonia: No More Nightmares event held at the National Library and Archives building in Ottawa on March 22/11 which was sponsored by the International Free Press Society and the Free Thinking Film Society.


Discover why the CVP logo contains the image of a dancer...taken from…

‘Caledonia: No More Nightmares
Part 1: Caledonia’s Victims
Mark Vandermaas

Ottawa, ON  March 22, 2011

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  • [PDF, 36p (incl. citations)]

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Caledonia’s unsung hero: Class Action lawyer John Findlay

UPDATE: Caledonia Victims Project, July 15/11: TorSun Founder Peter Worthington quotes CVP founder as he hammers ‘journalistic negligence’ & ‘defacto’ suspension of Charter, Police Services Act protection for Caledonia victims [LINK]

UPDATED July 09/11 — One of Caledonia’s greatest unsung heroes walked out of court with a victory most never thought would happen.

But, the real victory is not the $20M payout for the victims of Caledonia; no, John Findlay’s victory is far more spectacular, and far more priceless than mere money.

Lawyer John Findlay went to war on behalf of all Canadians against the full weight of the resources of a provincial government, a lonely, thankless war that took five years — all to defend our precious rule of law during an awful, dangerous time when the Dalton McGuinty Liberal government made a decision to allow the Ontario Provincial Police to suspend – defacto – the Charter rights and Police Services Act protections of an entire class of citizens in order to appease a small, violent, racial constituency.

[UPDATE: bolded text quoted by TorSun founder Peter Worthington, July 13/11: LINK, PDF]

Those of us who are intimately familiar with the goings-on in the courthouses forced to deal with the Caledonia crisis know just how hard the Attorney General’s taxpayer-funded lawyers and the Ontario Provincial Police worked to legalize native lawlessness against innocent people.

Appeal for help from foreign government by Caledonia resident, 2006. For a time I wondered if anything would pull us back from the anarchy we were fighting, back from the brink of, yes, civil war. If McGuinty and his lawyers and police had their way that could easily have been the legacy left for our children. People were losing hope that the police would ever protect them again, and some may never lose their fear of being abandoned by the law again.

Thanks to one remarkable lawyer named John Findlay, however, the rule of law in our country is a whole lot safer.

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Caledonia milestone: DCE occupiers & OPP respect rights of non-natives during Truth & Reconciliation Rally

“I believe the greatest reason the OPP both acknowledged our Charter Rights and then protected them this past Sunday was because we have maintained a clear message of Equality under the Law for all people, that the Rule of Law demands all people obey the Law and that we have remained peaceful even in difficult situations.”Gary McHale

Gary McHale, DCE occupation site, June 19/11Something changed in Caledonia yesterday. In a way never before seen in the history of the Caledonia crisis both the OPP and the occupiers of the Douglas Creek Estates displayed respect for the rights of non-natives at yesterday’s CANACE/Caledonia Victims Project Truth & Reconciliation Rally yesterday, and that respect resulted in us being able to place our symbolic Apology/Reconciliation monument on the paved road-allowance portion of the entrance to DCE while we made some short speeches and answered questions from the media.

The contrast between the conduct of the OPP and the occupiers yesterday compared to our Feb 27th and March 27th attempts to place our monument couldn’t have been more stark. During those attempts the OPP stood by as occupiers bumped, assaulted, and screamed insults at us from inches away, and falsely accused us of assault. During the March rally officers watched as our monument was stolen from us by occupiers, destroyed and then burnt with our Canadian flag.

Yesterday’s event, however, was nothing short of remarkable.

Pre-Rally Father’s Day BBQ

Stuart Laughton sings the blues in Caledonia, June 19/11We held a BBQ at the farm of Ernie Palmer at the south end of Caledonia with free hotdogs and drinks from 12-2pm. We were joined by members of a Jewish group, some of whom have read Helpless and are concerned about both the existence of racial policing and the involvement of anti-Israel groups in the Caledonia crisis.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Father’s Day BBQ and Truth & Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia, Sunday, June 19th

UPDATE: Caledonia milestone: DCE occupiers & OPP respect rights of non-natives during Truth & Reconciliation Rally
CANACE logo           Caledonia Victims Project. Click the image to find out about the dancer.

Joint Media Release by CANACE and Caledonia Victims Project – June 9, 2011

Father’s Day BBQ (free food & live entertainment)
– 12 to 2 pm –


Truth and Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia on Sunday June 19 at 2 p.m. [PDF]

CANACE, founded by Gary McHale, and the Caledonia Victims Project, founded by Mark Vandermaas, are holding a Truth and Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia as part of their on-going efforts to bring about lasting peace based on truth, justice, mutual respect and restoration of the Rule of Law.

A Father’s Day Barbecue will precede the rally from 12 noon to 2 pm Sunday June 19th where we will be serving free hotdogs and drinks to the public at the farm of Mr. Ernie Palmer [LINK, MAP]. All are welcome to drop in to chat and listen to the music of multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton who was an original member of Canadian Brass [LINK] and founder of the roots-rock band Porkbelly Futures [LINK]. He is also Founder & Artistic Director of The Forest Festival [LINK] in Haliburton, Ontario. Stuart will be singing and playing guitar on a selection of favourite songs by Willie P. Bennett, James Taylor, Jim Cuddy, Ron Sexsmith and others.

At 2 p.m. we will go to Douglas Creek Estates to place our Truth and Reconciliation Monument on the road allowance at the entrance to DCE. At both our Feb. 27 and Mar. 27 rallies the OPP refused to uphold the law as non-natives were swarmed, harassed and assaulted. During the Feb. event the OPP refused to remove trespassers on the private property we were using, but later arrested Gary McHale for attempting to remove their leader who had led a large group of pro-occupation activists to swarm him, and refused instructions to leave. That charge has now been withdrawn by the Crown [LINK]. On March 27th the OPP allowed the occupiers to steal, destroy, then burn our original monument along with our Canadian flag [LINK].

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R. v. Gary McHale (Assault)

Caledonia Lawsuits & Court Actions> Targeting of Non-Native Activists  R. v. Gary McHale (Assault)

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAA charge of Assault was laid against Gary McHale arising out of a ‘Truth & Reconciliation’ rally held Feb 27/11. It was dropped by the Crown on June 07/11 because there “was no reasonable prospect for conviction.”

The charge was laid by the OPP in connection with a Feb 27/11 Truth & Reconciliation Rally in Caledonia organized by McHale and Caledonia Victims Project founder Mark Vandermaas where non-native participants were swarmed, harassed and assaulted by native occupiers and busloads of unionists, anarchists and anti-Israel types led by CUPE 3903 leader Tom Keefer.

Keefer and the groups he works with have been supporting native lawlessness in the Haldimand Tract since 2006:

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