Saturday, September 15, 2007

Breaking News - Feds appoint liaison on Caledonia

The Record is reporting that former Toronto mayor David Crombie will be the liaison between federal negotiators and the non-aboriginal community.

At least someone is listening.


Meanwhile, Sam Gualtieri is now able to speak and says that he knows who his attacker is.


Joe said his brother recalled telling the protesters that they were on his property and to get out. “They said, ‘not anymore it’s our property now,’” a tearful Gualtieri told his brother. Gualtieri’s nephews, who were with him at the time, said he was attacked after trying to chase a group of natives off the property and hit from behind with a piece of wood. But several natives gave a different version, saying the protesters were defending themselves against Gualtieri who attacked them first. OPP Sergeant Dave Rektor said no arrests had yet been made in the assault but that investigators were working “diligently”.

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Related links here - CP, CNW, Chronicle

CBC - Ottawa gives Crombie a role in Caledonia standoff. This won't be a solution to the standoff, but it will be a pressure outlet for the non-natives. Will David Crombie be the Tiny Perfect Liaison? Time will tell.

Various video and audio links here.


Sunday Update:
Spectator - Provincial party leaders offer few solutions to Caledonia tensions:

McGuinty said the province will not participate in the next scheduled negotiating meeting and called upon the federal government to do the same.
What is your reaction?

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And a big thank-you to fellow blogger Brian (At Home in Hespeler) who has bestowed the honour of Blogging Tories Site of the Week on this humble blog. I do it as a public service, Brian, but acknowledgment is always appreciated. Thanks, Brian!


29 comments:

Anonymous said...

About time Harper did something - way, way overdue.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Why did the OPP just stand by and watch the thugs beat a man in his own house?

New to Kitchener said...

Because JF wants a legacy of old cars, Black and Whites, law and order and not another Ipperwash. He cut down the visabilty of the high profile of Cam Wolley but puts the emphasis on traffic problems not criminal problems. Ask the rank file? At one time I thought he was a leader. I now compare him to the discraced head of the RCMP.

Time to cancel the INDIAN INDUSTRY.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I am very disappointed with Julian Fantino as well.

Anonymous said...

I just read a report on the CBC sight about the appointment of Crombie. They descibe That poor man that was beaten to within an inch of his lifw as 'having abroken nose and bruises'. This is unbelieveable. Do you think the CBC is trying to downplay this for McGuinty. Imagine if you had a Conservative provincial government. The coverage would be much more verbose. Cheers. SOR

Joanne (True Blue) said...

SOR - Thanks for that. The link is here.

The man was almost murdered!

The CBC really does like to sanitize things! Of course, they're not allowed to use the word 'terrorist' either; not under any circumstances.

Barbara said...

To the anonymous poster who said it's time Harper did something - this is not only a federal matter - it falls into provincial responsibility. Tell me, what has McGuinty done about this so far?? McGuinty hasn't had the balls to do ANYTHING. Of course, as usual, blame Harper. Hey - it rained today - must be Harper's fault. sigh.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Hey - it rained today - must be Harper's fault.

No, that would be due to global warming. ;)

Joanne (True Blue) said...

BTW, Harper would love for McGuinty to ask for help with policing in Ontario.

Anonymous said...

Barbara,

Please tell us HOW this falls into provincial responsibility.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Anon, land titles and policing are a provincial responsibility.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

i.e. land registries are provincial; native land claims are federal.

Anonymous said...

What efforts have been made by the Federal Govt. to settle this land dispute?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

What efforts have been made by the Federal Govt. to settle this land dispute?

They have been at the negotiating table for a year and a half with the first Caledonia claim/occupation.

I'm not sure about this one. I think it blindsided the developer.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

David Crombie should be able to help somewhat with all the confusion, I would imagine.

Anonymous said...

Why would a developer want to develop on disputed properties? Doesn't make sense to me as they stand to lose big-time. There must be other land available. Just asking.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Why would a developer want to develop on disputed properties?

They seem to find out after they start developing. The Six Nations let's them know. You would think that the Province's Land Title Registry might have a clue.

Here's a little background on a recent development. Six Nations have decreed that they will issue permits that have no basis in Ontario law.

Interesting, no?

Anonymous said...

I think everyone needs to think of this from a different point of view.

Imagine that your family had homesteaded 3 generations ago and along came a promoter offering to trade their land for a stake in his company. Your relatives sold the farm to the promoter for a small amount and went on to focus on the company. The company went out of business and now, 3 generations later you come back and squat on the land claiming it was stolen from you.

Not only that but you beat a man, who legitimately owns the land, to within an inch of his life. As a Caucasian what do you think the police would do. I believe that that person would have been hauled off to jail quicker than the speed of light.

Now what part of this equation should the Federal govenrment be part of. As far as I can tell this is matter of a crime being committed and the reponse should be quick and concise from the police.

If these natives have a gripe they should use the courts like anyone else. The more they are allowed to get away with the more emboldened they will become. Imagine if the cops had beat a native with a stick from behind to within an inch of his life. The media and Natives would be howling. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

that last comment was from me. Cheers. SOR

Joanne (True Blue) said...

SOR - Thanks. The problem is the McGuinty and the OPP are treating the 'thugs' the same as law-abiding natives. This will only serve to stir up racism and anger.

Anonymous said...

Best thing that can happen for everyone is that the Feds settle this land dispute--soon. I read your background info--thanks.

Anonymous said...

Feds have already stated that the Six Nations is wrong in their claim.

The land is NOT theirs.

The province has been gutless since Day 1!!!

Anonymous said...

The lack of action by McGuinty on law and order issues related to Aboriginals is one reason why I won't be voting for the Liberals this time.

How many properties and highways need to be occupied?

Tony said...

I agree that the Province has been gutless since day one. This issue is clearly a law enforcement matter. Appeasement never works when dealing with a band of native thugs. They have remained on the site for almost 2 years, without any significant progress in negotiations.

If the province had allowed the OPP to do their job and enforce the law from day one and remove the protesters from the site, we would not be in this situation.

Regarding the Grand River land claim, fellow blogger, Christian Conservative spelt out the implications of the latest native claim to six miles on either side of the Grand Rives.

The Grand River Land Claim - The Cold Reality

Institutions that within the six mile range

1. The Grand River Hospital and Regional Cancer Centre
2. St. Mary's Hospital
3. Cambridge Memorial Hospital
4. RIM (yes, the makers of the Blackberry)
5. The Toyota Manufacturing Plant, Cambridge
6. The University of Waterloo
7. Laurier University
8. The ENTIRE City of Waterloo, including all homes and businesses
9. The ENTIRE City of Kitchener, including all homes and businesses
10. The ENTIRE City of Cambridge, including all homes and businesses
11. The ENTIRE City of Brantford, including all homes and businesses
12. The ENTIRE Town of Paris, including all homes and businesses
13. The ENTIRE Town of Calediona, including all homes and businesses
14. Highway 401 between exits 268 and 286
15. Highway 403 between exits 27 and 41

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Feds have already stated that the Six Nations is wrong in their claim.

Yeah, actually, I do recall something to that effect as well. I'm not sure exactly where it all stands now; if that decision is being challenged by SN or what.

One thing for sure, there should be an arrest by now for the beating. The person who allegedly did it has been I.D.'d.

What are the police waiting for? An o.k. from McGuinty????

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Thanks, Tony.

Yes,there is a lot at stake; more than most Canadians realize. Anyone sitting somewhere other than Ontario and thinking this doesn't apply to you - Think again!

Remember the native day of action at the end of June?

Lee said...

The occupation at Caledonia that has been going on for a long time has shown the natives that they can get away with just about anything.
So now they are emboldened by their apparent success and are expanding their claims.
Anyone can lay claim to anything. It doesnt mean that the claim is legitimate.
The first thing to be established here is the rule of law.
Without that we cannot have a civil society.

Lee said...

Funny thing.
It was reported that the police stood and watched the beating.
And now they are working "day and night" to investigate?
You would expect an officer to have better powers of observation.

Möbius said...

Crombie is just the sleight of hand appointment to deflect blame.

Remember Jane Stewart?

How many $ per day is his contract worth?