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  • Emergency In Caledonia!!!!!!

    Forward this EVERYWHERE please!

    Just now on the phone to Jacqueline House.... she and the other leaders from 6Nations heard that Warrants for the 5 leaders ARREST have been issued. This includes Jacqueline and Hazel Hill, and 3 others. The 6Nations leaders did NOT even go into the Cayuga Court House this morning as the police station near the Courthouse was overflowing with police cars and paddy wagons. Then they learned of the Arrest Warrants.

    While on the cell phone with Jacqueline, she drove the perimeter on Unity Road going near the encampment.... SURROUNDED with police cars!!

    Jacqueline has asked for me to get the word out across the Nations-

    "This is a RED ALERT! We need help here from our Relatives, we need prayers of protection and help. This is NOT any kind of false plea...we are surrounded by police at this point. PLEASE come to help us if you are able!"

    The 6Nations leaders are NOT going to places where they can be arrested. PLEASE, my relatives, PRAY and get there to help if at all possible.

    Mitakuye Oyasin,
    Wahela Bluejay

    Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace --

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    update 2:43 PM in Caledonia-


    Current word is, that inside the court room, the Mayor of Caledonia, Marie Trainer, is pushing for the original injunction issued by Judge Marshall to be immediately enforced so the 6Nations people will be forcefully removed if they do not do so voluntarily. The OPP is said to be standing behind the agreements between their officers and the Canadian Government appointed negotiators (such as former Premier Peterson) to NOT enforce the injunction orders issued by the court. That is actually a bit helpful to 6Nations as it reinforces the fact that the negotiations were taking priority over the injunction orders.

    Also, revealed today was the fact that Judge Marshall is now known to be in a conflict of interest THREE ways! Seems that there are new BIG TIME injunction orders being set before the Judge today by CN, the Canadian Railway. This injunction, if granted on behalf of the railroad, would force 6Nations to immediately remove any barriers and debris from blocked rail lines.

    Interestingly enough, today it was revealed that Judge Marshall does indeed own land on 6Nations land. BUT! now we know that he owns 140 acres in the valley right next to the RAIL LINES... and also? He has his land up for SALE. Talk about conflicts of interest!!!

    Currently, there is a helicopter located in Caledonia at a nearby school. Also, several of the cube-box vans with the marking "National" on it have returned to the Caledonia site. These are the same vans that came in the LAST time 6Nations was attacked. However, currently, things are quiet and reserved in tone. We all await word from the Courthouse as to what decisions will be mandated. That will be the critical point for 6Nations.

    More updates as soon as I hear from those inside the area.
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    • #3
      The original post in this thread goes to extremes. Facts should be checked before posting. Anyways, that judge is a redneck.

      Good info, Blackbear.


      • #4
        yeah were ready to march and block a bridge out here again...

        <--in vancouver bc canaduh
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kiwehnzii
          The original post in this thread goes to extremes. Facts should be checked before posting. Anyways, that judge is a redneck.

          Good info, Blackbear.

          I agree! Good info!


          • #6
            The information actually comes from the same person... it's just that the one I posted came later in the day than the one that Wepunk made. The person that sent it out is'nt really a sensationalist. There was a an update before his that was'nt posted but to help give insight I suppose I should post it for you...

            1:15 PM Caledonia time- voice mail message in to me from Jacqueline. She said that the OPP Liaison, Ron George contacted 6Nations representative, Dick Hill and told him that the high number of OPP around Caledonia are there due to a huge community "Yard Sale" being held and they were concerned about any outbreaks of violence from that going on. Jacqueline reminded me that this same kind of "reasoning" was used about OPP training exercises going on when the OPP attacked 6Nations the first time.

            A call directly to Kimberly and David Maracle who are there on the site in Caledonia, revealed that thought the OPP, numbering over 100 currently, are NOT moving in right now, but they are moving around them on 4 wheelers and circling the encampment site.

            Jacqueline said in her voice mail to me that the 6Nations leaders are awaiting word from the Court House in Cayuga as to what this Judge Marshall will issue in terms of mandating his civil injunction orders or not. THAT decision will be the primary turning point as to the acceleration of potential violence on the site knowing that the 6Nations people are probably NOT going to leave that site.

            More updates as soon as I receive them.

            Serving in Peace,
            Wahela Bluejay
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            • #7
              Of course you don't hear of any of this down in the states!

              Why would the government or the press want to interupt their coverage of important issues (or at least in their opinion) of such pressing issues as gay marriage and flag burning to take a look at issues such as native relations in another country (heck they don't even do that here!)

              Makes me sick! A big thanks to for getting the word out, thanks blackbear for the updates. Many prayers to our brothers and sisters up north!

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              • #8
                What's the latest news from Caledonia?
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                • #9

                  Thursday 8 June 2006

                  NATIVE LAND DISPUTE
                  Mr. Robert W. Runciman (Leeds-Grenville): My question is for the Minister of
                  Community Safety. Minister, in today's Toronto Star there's an alarming
                  report that calls into question the safety of OPP officers policing the Caledonia
                  land occupation. The Ontario Provincial Police Association says that public
                  image is being placed ahead of officer safety and law and order. Can you tell
                  us if officer safety is being put at risk at Caledonia, and, if yes, what
                  are you doing about it?
                  Hon. Monte Kwinter (Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services):
                  The member from Leeds-Grenville, of anyone in this House, should know that I
                  have no responsibility for directing the OPP as to what they do and how they
                  do it.
                  I have utmost confidence in OPP Commissioner Gwen Boniface. She is
                  internationally recognized as a top police officer. I have confidence in the senior
                  management of the OPP. They make decisions based on their need to provide the
                  citizens of Ontario with the safest police force that they can have.
                  Mr. Runciman: The Star report indicates that so far, 100 days into the
                  longest occupation in Canadian history, 13 officers have been injured. It also
                  states that officers are not being allowed to wear appropriate safety gear, for
                  optical reasons. These are the sons and daughters, husbands and wives, moms
                  and dads who don't know if they'll be coming home unharmed because they're not
                  in proper uniform.
                  One of your responsibilities as top cop is to stand up for front-line
                  officer safety. Earlier this week, you blamed OPP officers for making what you
                  described as a wrong turn that resulted in them being assaulted and run off
                  occupied property. Minister, when are you going to put political imagery aside, do
                  your job, stand up for officer safety and insist that front-line officers at
                  Caledonia be equipped with the appropriate safety gear?
                  Hon. Mr. Kwinter: Just to correct the record, I did not blame the OPP
                  officers for making a wrong turn; I just stated that they did. I wasn't
                  apportioning any blame to them; I was just stating the facts.
                  The other situation is that any equipment that is required, any dress that
                  is required, any operational issues that are required are the sole
                  responsibility of the OPP. If there are any concerns that people have, particularly the
                  president of the OPPA -- he knows the procedure; he knows that he should be
                  contacting the commissioner. As a matter of fact, I understand he is planning
                  to do that as we speak.
                  This is a situation where when you talk about political posturing, we have a
                  situation where the Leader of the Opposition was in Caledonia, bragging
                  about how he's been there several times, and he has not once talked to the OPP.
                  How does he know what's going on there when he's never talked to them?
                  Mr. Runciman: I wonder how many times the Minister of Community Safety has
                  been to Caledonia. Zero.
                  We are now beginning to see public concern among police officers forced to
                  work in the politically correct world of Dalton McGuinty. Political optics
                  trump front-line officer safety: Don't do or wear anything that could
                  potentially damage the image of the Liberal government.
                  Minister, knowing you as I do, I'm sure you are personally concerned about
                  the safety situation: 13 officers injured to date. I ask you to override the
                  political manipulators in Mr. McGuinty's office and insist that officers at
                  Caledonia can wear the appropriate safety equipment. These officers and their
                  families deserve to know that their safety, not optics, is your government's
                  first priority.
                  Hon. Mr. Kwinter: I hold a challenge out to the member from Leeds-Grenville:
                  If you can prove to me that anybody -- anybody in my ministry, anybody in
                  this government -- has in any way directed the OPP to do anything, then we can
                  discuss your concerns. I would suggest to you that you have a responsibility
                  to correct the record, to suggest that we in fact are interfering with the
                  operation of the OPP.
                  The Speaker (Hon. Michael A. Brown): New question.
                  Mr. Ted Chudleigh (Halton): My question is to the minister of native
                  affairs. This week, Dalton McGuinty referred to the Caledonia standoff as being one
                  "without incident," this after 13 police officers have been injured; tire
                  fires have been seen for miles; there was an electricity blackout involving more
                  than 9,000 people and businesses caused by sabotage of a transformer
                  station; there were brawls between protesters and other Caledonians; a security
                  guard's car was burnt to the ground; paved Ontario roads were being dug up by
                  heavy machinery; two OPP officers were reportedly held by protesters for
                  entering a no-go zone, and on and on. Clearly, Minister, Mr. McGuinty is out of
                  touch with what is going on in Caledonia. If not, why would he have said such a
                  Hon. David Ramsay (Minister of Natural Resources, minister responsible for
                  aboriginal affairs): I was in the House when the Premier give that response,
                  and I know exactly what the Premier was responding to. Basically, your party,
                  the official opposition, was asking questions that were suggesting there
                  should be stronger action being brought to bear on this situation rather than the
                  approach that we have taken of negotiation.
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                    What the Premier was saying was,
                    unlike some of the incidents in the past where there have been deaths --
                    there was a death at Oka and there was a death, as we know, at Ipperwash. What
                    the Premier was stating was that we did not have an incident of loss of life
                    like that here, and that it's because of the cool manner we've taken and
                    proceeded with in trying to resolve this issue.
                    Mr. Chudleigh: I beg to differ with you. Caledonia has undergone more than
                    100 days of hardship, with no solution in sight. Businesses have suffered.
                    People have been hurt. The community is torn in half. Youth sports are now being
                    cancelled or boycotted. For Mr. McGuinty to describe this standoff as one
                    "without incident" is at best insensitive and insulting to the injured OPP
                    officers and the entire community of the Caledonia area. The Premier has
                    trivialized this standoff from the beginning, and his lack of leadership is
                    Minister, will you, on behalf of your government, apologize for the
                    Premier's remarks, his insensitive remarks, of this week?
                    Hon. Mr. Ramsay: It appears we're going to be here all afternoon, I suppose,
                    debating semantics, and you can do that if you wish.
                    What I want to say to you is that Premier McGuinty has put all the resources
                    of the Ontario government behind resolving this issue, and that's from day
                    one. We've been doing that and working with the people of Caledonia, and you
                    know the help that we've brought to the community: the $500,000 that the
                    Minister of Economic Development and Trade has brought to the community; the work
                    we've been doing with the Six Nations community. You know it's a complex and
                    difficult issue. Today, the long-term table, with Jane Stewart and Barbara
                    McDougall, are talking as we speak today, and we're working towards a
                    Mr. Chudleigh: Dalton McGuinty has been missing in action when it comes to
                    the standoff in Caledonia. All we have heard is desperate spin about
                    instructing police officers, how motions passed in this Legislature are nothing but
                    mischievous and how this situation is without incident or physical harm.
                    Minister, your Premier's irresponsible and inexcusable spin job exemplifies
                    his inability to show real leadership on this particular issue. You and your
                    Premier need to tune in to what is really going on down there, and you can
                    start by retracting and apologizing for Dalton McGuinty's insensitive remarks
                    about the standoff being without incident. It is not even close to being
                    accurate, and the record should be corrected here in the House today. Will you do
                    that, Minister? Will you apologize and confirm that the Premier's comments
                    were inaccurate and wrong?
                    Hon. Mr. Ramsay: On many occasions in this House in response to questions,
                    all of us on the government side have stated how saddened we were by the
                    incredible disruptions to people's lives that have happened down in the Caledonia
                    area. It has affected the community, it has affected businesses, and we have
                    tried to support and respond to those concerns.
                    I would say to you, in talking to Jane Stewart this morning before she went
                    into negotiations, that we are confident that we have a good engagement with
                    the Six Nations leadership. We're going to have some good, productive
                    discussions today, and our goal and our aim here are to solve this situation for the
                    betterment of the community at large in Caledonia and the people of Six
                    NATIVE LAND DISPUTE
                    Mr. Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe North): My question today is for the Minister of
                    Community Safety and Correctional Services. Minister, as you know, the
                    general headquarters of the OPP is located in my riding of Simcoe North in the
                    city of Orillia. We're very proud of their strong presence and community
                    involvement. I speak to officers virtually every day, and lately the discussion is
                    about Caledonia. Officers have told me that the officers at Caledonia feel
                    like the meat in a sandwich. They are the sons and daughters, brothers and
                    sisters, and mothers and fathers of Ontario families. These men and women put
                    their lives on the line every day.
                    Minister, the president of the OPPA has criticized the government for the
                    lack of support involving equipment and clothing used under normal procedures.
                    The officers have been told not to wear riot gear and tactical uniforms when
                    dealing with native protesters. In today's Toronto Star, Susan Clairmont's
                    column, President Walsh of the OPPA made a statement on this very issue: "Due
                    to the political pressures and optics involved with this, the OPP seems to be
                    bending their own rules while sacrificing officer safety."
                    The Speaker (Hon. Michael A. Brown): The question's been asked.
                    Hon. Monte Kwinter (Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services):
                    I assume there was a question that was contemplated in that statement. I'll
                    try to anticipate what it is.
                    As I told the member from Leeds-Grenville, the OPP is directed by
                    Commissioner Gwen Boniface and her command officers. They make the determinations as to
                    what their officers will be doing. It is their responsibility. In
                    conversations I've had with the commissioner over time, she has not in any way ever
                    indicated that they lack resources, that they lack manpower. She has said they
                    are equipped to deal with the situation as they find it. I have a great deal o
                    f confidence in the OPP. I have confidence in their leadership, and I have
                    confidence in all the men and women who serve this province so ably.
                    Mr. Dunlop: Minister, it is clear that OPP officers' safety is in jeopardy
                    because of political optics. Further in today's Toronto Star, President Walsh
                    makes two more statements in reference to this issue: "It's okay to have an
                    officer ... in tactical uniform at Wasaga Beach on a long weekend, but it's
                    not okay in Caledonia." The second quote is, "But these officers were ordered
                    not to wear them for optical purposes." Minister, do you agree with the
                    statements made by OPP President Walsh?
                    Hon. Mr. Kwinter: I have no ability to disagree with him because this is an
                    internal operational issue of the OPP. If Karl Walsh, the president of the
                    OPPA, has a problem with the direction the OPP is taking, it's up to him as the
                    president of the OPPA to direct his concerns to the commissioner. It is my
                    understanding that in fact that is what he is doing. To suggest that I should
                    get involved in an operational issue that is the responsibility of the OPP
                    and the concern of the OPPA is just not true. That's not something I am
                    entitled or enabled to do.
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                      ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE (
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                      Attention News Editors:
                      OPP Presence in Caledonia Supports Peaceful Resolution
                      ORILLIA, ON, June 8 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continues

                      to monitor and maintain public safety at the site of the Caledonia occupation

                      as the protest by members of the Six Nations reaches day one hundred.
                      OPP officers remain in place at Caledonia to keep the peace while

                      negotiations continue with the aim of achieving a peaceful resolution to this

                      difficult situation. Operational decisions, such as the uniforms and equipment

                      to be worn by officers, are made in a manner that promotes the safety of all

                      members of the community, including OPP officers.
                      "The well being and safety of officers is always a priority," says

                      Commissioner Boniface. "The OPP is committed to working through the occupation

                      without significant injury to anyone involved."

                      For further information: Contact: Sgt. Dave Rektor, 1-866-437-5621
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                        OPP Officers Getting Unfair Rap: Residents

                        Sheryl Nadler, the Hamilton Spectator
                        An OPP officer stands watch yesterday in Caledonia where OPP officers are
                        often taunted and feel their safety is compromised.

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                        gbox&HChannel=news) Some in Caledonia feel police aren't allowed to do their
                        By Paul Legall
                        The Hamilton Spectator
                        CALEDONIA (Jun 9, 2006)
                        The OPP officers assigned to the native standoff did little to bolster the
                        confidence of the people they're supposed to protect by admitting they are
                        concerned about their own safety.
                        "How can they be expected to protect a town of 10,000 if they feel unsafe
                        themselves?" a Thistlemoor Drive resident told The Spectator.
                        But the citizen, who identified herself only as Christy, was pleased the
                        officers had publicly revealed concerns about their ability to enforce the law.
                        "As a Caledonia resident, it is wonderful to see the OPP front-line officers
                        are finally speaking up and telling their superiors they are tired of not
                        being protected themselves," added the woman whose home backs onto Douglas
                        Creek Estates.
                        She was reacting to comments Wednesday by Karl Walsh, president of the
                        Ontario Provincial Police Association.
                        In an interview with The Hamilton Spectator, Walsh accused the OPP brass of
                        bending the rules and compromising officer safety because of political
                        pressures and "optics."
                        He said officers are often left without proper backup and aren't allowed to
                        carry riot gear or wear tactical uniforms while dealing with native
                        protesters. So far, 13 officers have been injured policing the standoff. Most of the
                        officers are from other departments across the province and were brought in
                        specifically to police the protest.
                        Walsh's comments marked the first time anybody representing the rank and
                        file officers had spoken out since the native occupation of Douglas Creek
                        Estates started 101 days ago.
                        In a press release, OPP Commissioner Gwen Boniface said, "The well-being and
                        safety of officers is always a priority. The OPP is committed to working
                        through the occupation without significant injury to anyone involved."
                        The release said operational decisions, such as uniforms and equipment to be
                        worn, are made in a way that promotes the safety of all members of the
                        community, including OPP officers.
                        Starting with a core group of 18 protesters, the natives now have the
                        40-hectare subdivision completely sealed off with an elaborate system of
                        barricades, encampments and lookout points. They have a sophisticated security network
                        and can bring in hundreds of supporters to the site on short notice.
                        On April 20, native protesters wielding clubs, shovels and other crude
                        weapons were able to drive back dozens of OPP officers who had entered the
                        occupied area in an abortive effort to evict the natives. It was the first and only
                        time they've attempted to enforce a court order directing the natives to
                        leave the site and their inaction has prompted charges they're allowing people to
                        break the law with impunity.
                        But some residents -- like the Thistlemoor Drive resident -- feel the police
                        are getting an unfair rap.
                        "I feel bad for them. They seem to be hanging their heads because the town
                        people have shown so much disrespect for them," she said.
                        She added they're often taunted and assailed with epithets such as "Pig"
                        when they try to do their job.
                        A young mother, who identified herself only as Chris, said she understands
                        why the officers have safety concerns.
                        "I think they're doing the best they can within the limits they've been
                        given," she said.
                        Local businessman Ken Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Caledonia Citizens
                        Alliance, said police morale has suffered because they aren't allowed to do their
                        job. "OPP morale is at an all-time low. I mean, they enlisted and signed up
                        to uphold the law and they see the law broken because their bosses are
                        telling them not to engage for political reasons," Hewitt said.
                        Like other residents, he believes the OPP brass's attitude has been coloured
                        by the Ipperwash fiasco 11 years ago when an OPP tactical team shot and
                        killed native protester Dudley George during the occupation of a park.
                        "I think it's very clear you can link the actions in Ipperwash with
                        decisions made today. They've been walking on eggshells," Hewitt said.
                        He believes there were about 500 officers in the Caledonia area the day they
                        tried to enforce the injunction. But the numbers have fluctuated since then
                        and went down dramatically after politicians at Queen's Park complained it
                        was costing millions to police the dispute.
                        His biggest fear is that somebody will do something stupid -- like crashing
                        through a native barricade -- and create a confrontation the police won't be
                        able to control. "If some hothead decided to go off the deep end and do
                        something stupid, there wouldn't be enough officers to protect anybody," he said.
                        Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer also praised the police for their
                        She said she has spoken privately with a number of officers who are
                        frustrated with the constraints.
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                          Finley: Send Cops To Clear Out Natives

                          Sheryl Nadler, the Hamilton Spectator
                          Tom Bernard, a member of the Caledonia Citizens Alliance which helped
                          organize the sign campaign, says the response has been strong and the signs may be
                          extended to other politicians such as Premier Dalton McGuinty.

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                          gbox&HChannel=news) MP wants Caledonia returned to 'normalcy'
                          By Daniel Nolan
                          The Hamilton Spectator
                          CALEDONIA (Jun 9, 2006)
                          Federal cabinet minister and local MP Diane Finley is urging Queen's Park to
                          send police into a housing site occupied by native protesters to clear them
                          out in an effort to return the town to "normalcy."
                          The human resources minister's comment is contained in a letter sent
                          yesterday to a constituent about the three-month occupation of Douglas Creek Estates
                          as talks resumed between federal, provincial and Six Nations officials on
                          the land claim surrounding the Argyle Street site.
                          It also comes as a group of residents, upset with Finley's handling of the
                          dispute, mounted a lawn sign campaign to embarrass her into more visible
                          The Haldimand-Norfolk Tory MP's comment is in a letter to Tom Bernard, a
                          member of the Caledonia Citizens Alliance which helped organize the campaign
                          featuring lawn signs that ask: "Has anyone seen Diane Finley? Leadership?"
                          The minister says talks between Ottawa, Queen's Park and Six Nations are
                          important in the long-term resolution of land claims, but she continues to push
                          for the "short-term resolution" for the protest site.
                          "I continue to strongly urge the provincial government, which is responsible
                          for all matters relating to policing, to clear the protest site so that our
                          community can return to normalcy," Finley said.
                          The OPP raided Douglas Creek Estates April 20 and arrested 16 protesters. A
                          few hundred natives and their supporters rushed to the site and police left
                          after only four hours. The raid led to native barricades being erected on two
                          roads and a rail line -- the Argyle Street barricade was removed May 23 --
                          and fisticuffs between townspeople and their native neighbours.
                          Finley was unavailable for comment, but her spokesperson Colleen Cameron
                          said the letter was just a regular update on Ottawa's actions surrounding the
                          "I'm not sure she's intending to elaborate on those letters, which are
                          intended to go to constituents," Cameron said.
                          Bernard said he was amazed at the comment.
                          "That was incredible when I saw that. That is totally out of line . . .
                          That's not the solution. It's past that now."
                          Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer didn't know if another OPP raid was
                          "feasible" given the results of the first one. She said, however, she
                          understands where Finley is coming from.
                          "Somehow we have to get back to the rule of law in Haldimand County, but I'm
                          not too sure what the best way to do that is," said the mayor. "It's so
                          upsetting to everyone. It just seems a disrespect for the laws and Canada."
                          Finley has been accused of being invisible in dealing with the standoff. She
                          has countered that she talks every day with federal Indian Affairs Minister
                          Jim Prentice and has been to Caledonia to talk to people affected or involved
                          in trying to end the crisis.
                          Bernard, who has met with provincial negotiator David Peterson, said he has
                          never met Finley or received a phone call.
                          He doesn't doubt she is working behind the scenes, but said, "The people of
                          Caledonia don't see that, we don't feel it, we don't experience it. We don't
                          see her doing anything ... Leadership in a vacuum of communication is not
                          In her letter, Finley said the best thing she can do is make, "my voice
                          heard by the parties who are working to resolve it."
                          She said she has been to the protest site several times. "It was not to have
                          my photo taken and/or attempt to persuade people that I am frustrated by
                          what's going on ... I, too, wish I could march in there and remove the
                          barricades myself. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way."
                          Bernard said organizers have printed 250 signs and are selling them at $7
                          apiece. He hopes the move will push Finley to become more visible and, "refocus
                          the federal government's efforts on getting this thing resolved."
                          Bernard said organizers have had a great response and may expand the sign
                          tactic to others, such as Premier Dalton McGuinty.
                          In other news, Haldimand lifted a state of emergency for Caledonia
                          yesterday. It had been in place since Victoria Day after a blackout caused by a
                          vandalism attack on two transformers.
                          Hydro One has told the county everything is back to normal.
                          Trainer said Ontario has given Haldimand an additional $160,000, on top of
                          $50,000, to market Caledonia and help its business community.
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                            Top Cops Must Back The Ranks

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                            annel=news&position=bigbox&HChannel=news) By Lee Prokaska
                            The Hamilton Spectator
                            (Jun 9, 2006)
                            It's disturbing that Ontario Provincial Police officers on duty in Caledonia
                            don't feel safe.
                            Even more disturbing is that in the flurry of worry over the safety of
                            native protesters and non-native Caledonians, the safety of the police officers
                            was not even publicly raised for discussion until 100 days into the Douglas
                            Creek Estates protest.
                            These are the people we count on to keep the peace; the ones we look to for
                            protection, for assurance. Yet, in Caledonia, it seems that appearances have
                            won over standard operating procedures, politics have trumped basic policing
                            and concerns about front-line cops have been ignored.
                            The officers have legitimate concerns about their own safety. They have been
                            called upon to keep the peace in circumstances fraught with anger and
                            frustration. They have reason to fear for their own safety, particularly after two
                            out-of-town officers were surrounded by some 40 angry natives after the
                            officers made a wrong turn into a "no-go" zone.
                            We should be concerned with what the front-line officers' feelings say about
                            the top brass of the provincial police. It is understandable that the OPP
                            doesn't want to find itself in a mess like Ipperwash, in which a native
                            protester was shot to death by an OPP officer.
                            But there is a significant difference between making reasonable efforts to
                            avoid a repeat of that sorry incident and not allowing officers to do the jobs
                            for which they are trained.
                            OPP officers have been told not to wear riot gear or tactical uniforms when
                            dealing with the native protesters, even in circumstances that would normally
                            call for the gear -- often enough in itself to deter angry mobs and ensure
                            the safety of the officers.
                            There is the possibility OPP brass made the tactical decision that
                            paramilitary outfits might inflame rather than subdue. There may be a reasonable
                            explanation for such a decision. But ensuring positive appearances is not
                            justification if it leaves front- line officers feeling vulnerable, unsafe and
                            The OPP is already perceived by many non-native Caledonia residents as
                            largely ineffective. Officers have told their union they aren't sure they would
                            have the backing of commanding officers and the courts when they try to uphold
                            the law. That surely leaves the rest of us wondering if the OPP can handle
                            these types of protests in future. If there's a leadership issue, it needs to
                            be resolved. And front-line concerns must not be ignored for the sake of
                            optics and politics.
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                              Natives Boxed The Wrong Ears To Get Attention
                              By William R.J. Costello, Stoney Creek
                              The Hamilton Spectator
                              (Jun 9, 2006)
                              Re: 'Native rights upheld in law' (letter, June 7)
                              I read with sadness this letter stating the Caledonia native viewpoint of
                              the rights of indigenous peoples and the obligation of the Canadian population
                              to support them.
                              The letter writer describes the native protests as justified and the
                              counter-protests of the townsfolk as "racist-based."
                              Like perhaps most non-native Canadians, I agree with much of the natives'
                              stand on land claims and other issues.
                              When the letter writer dismisses the reaction of the people of Caledonia as
                              simple racism, I'm frankly not sure if she's taking a negotiating position or
                              is truly sincere.
                              If sincere, I feel she, too, doesn't properly understand her neighbours. The
                              natives made a classic mistake by using the townsfolk as "cannon fodder" in
                              their dispute with the government.
                              Few non-native Canadians feel any responsibility for the actions of their
                              government. They view it as something that tends to oppress us all.
                              The native blockades hurt and inconvenienced Caledonians deeply. No matter
                              how the letter writer may say it, the fact remains the native actions directly
                              affected the town in a very negative way. To expect support after such
                              actions is strange salesmanship indeed.
                              One can understand native frustration about non-natives having deaf ears.
                              Boxing the wrong ears for attention is only inviting anger and resentment.
                              This is especially true of actions against ordinary folks who have little
                              power to grant demands as they, too, are usually ignored by government.
                              Hopefully in the next dispute, the tactics of both natives and government
                              will be more focused.
                              The rest of us can only stand aside and nurse our lumps from collateral
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