A reader sends in this photo, with the following comments:
“Here’s my photo of the eight arrested Saturday for trespassing on ‘Ontario government’ land in Caledonia.
“The smiles are because immediately prior to this photo-taking, Gary McHale had informed OPP brass that all 8 arrests had been illegal.
“He produced documentary evidence that 16 acres—including, by design, the very spot where he was arrested—of the 100 acres of what was formerly known as Douglas Creek Estates’ actually still belong to Haldimand County, not the provincial government.
(The McGuinty government’s solution to the land dispute was to buy all available lands with our money and then allow only natives on it).
“Government instructions to police were to arrest any non-natives ‘trespassing’ on the now provincially-owned lands, but neither the police or the government had actually taken the trouble, as Gary had, to research all the deeds to the properties.
“The larger issue of racially-based policing is what’s really at stake here, of course, and that issue has just got a lot more negative publicity.”
I hear one of the arrestees will be talking to Brian Lilley on Byline tonight at 9pm ET.