On Saturday morning I was having a coffee at the Intercontinental Hotel on Front Street in Toronto reading a column by Christie Blatchford in the Globe and Mail. I read Ms. Blatchford regularly, as should anyone who wants a no-holds-barred, honest opinion on issues relevant to all of us.
It was a coincidence because the night before I read about half of Christie Blatchford’s new book entitled “HELPLESS”. It is a non-fiction account of the native occupation in the Town of Caledonia, Ontario. The sub-title is; <strong“Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed Us All”.
In the Saturday column, Ms. Blatchford talked about how she was invited to speak at the University of Waterloo last week. She describes how THREE protestors chained themselves together on the stage with bike locks. The local campus cop, who must have been a very brave individual, decided that things could get out of hand and cancelled the presentation.
Three people….. and things could get out of hand….. please help me…. who is in control here?
The column was especially interesting to me as Christie talked about the reaction she is getting to her book in certain quarters. She calls it “pushback”. She noted that because the main focus of the book is the inability of Ontario’s police force to apply the laws of the land equally to natives and whites, “some bookstores were reluctant to host signings or events for fear of a native backlash, some shows were less than keen to touch the subject for the same reason”.
Christie, I know where you are coming from. In my book, TRASHED, I talk about the role of the natives in opposing a valid and environmentally progressive waste management system for Ontario. I detail how Jack Layton, then on the City of Toronto council, used the First Nations and Chief Carol McBride to create an insurrection at the council meeting over disposal of waste at the Adams Mine Landfill near Kirkland Lake. Not one of the issues raised by the natives was proven valid or had any merit; but nobody would admit that.
In dealing with the natives, I make the comment in my book that, “you can win, but you will still lose”. Unfortunately, in this Province and across Canada, anything that is controversial that relates to the First Nations causes the politicians and, as the book HELPLESS details in great depth, at times, the police, to run and hide. Most of us are afraid to stand up and call it like it is.
Christie Blatchford is calling it like it is! Read her book – It’s very important!
TRASHED! How Political Garbage Made the United States Canada’s Largest Dump