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The OPP has finally responded properly to illegal protesting and terrorism. Haldimand OPP have made an arrest and laid charges in what they are saying will be the beginning of many in relation to the labour day protests in Caledonia earlier this month. Police say they are sorting through evidence, witness statements, photo and video images from September 1st incidents on the Highway 6 Bypass and Argyle Street. Today, 43 year-old Kenneth Greene was arrested and handed 14 charges including 4 counts of assault with a weapon and three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. Greene is currently being held for a bail hearing.
This comes on the heels of Gary McHale’s entrance into the national election stage, and only after revelations surfaced about OPP boss Julian Fantino has been intimidating Haldimand Council, Haldimand’s mayor Marie Trainer, and even Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett, over the past year. This blog finds a strange coincidence between the entrance of McHale into the race and the sudden interest to “show” the OPP are doing their jobs in Caledonia.
UPDATE: A Powless was also arrested? What?!?!?! I Wonder if Clyde said it was okay. OPP say 19 year old Byron Powless, of Ohsweken, was involved in the Highway 6 by-pass blockade from April 26-29 of this year. He is charged with Mischief and disguise with intent.
An official latter from Toby Barrett, the MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk
Simcoe – This week media and others have contacted my office about attempts to intimidate with respect to my work on land dispute issues throughoutthe former Haldimand Tract.
As those involved will know, intimidation has been one of thestrategies attempted by a number of players over the past two-and-a-half years – ask anyone living adjacent to Douglas Creek Estates.
As for me: Have attempts been made? The answer is yes. Did they work? The answer is no.
To be more specific, here are some examples: Did I receive a native eviction notice at my home? Yes.Did I receive a letter criticizing me from OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino? Yes.Did I receive a subpoena to appear in courtlastChristmas Eve from Gary McHale? Yes. Have I been named in a $250 billion native lawsuit? Yes.
Are these attempts to intimidate? You be the judge.As for me, I have a job to do and was given a significant mandate last fall to keep doing it. I have only one agenda – the agenda of the 100,000 people I represent – I don’t march to any other agenda. Threats don’t change that.
People not from our area eventually find that attempts to intimidate do not work down here. I commenced this summer with a record number of demands for answers on the land dispute file. You can access Hansard transcripts at:http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_transcripts_current.do?ParlCommID=8857&locale=en (there are three days of hearings so you will have to click on each individual day as this is the first of the three).And my colleagues and I will go right back at it once McGuinty reconvenes the Legislature.
To conclude, as MPP for the area I work for all – not the bidding of a few. Intimidation does not work with me – any rumour to the contrary has about as much credibility as the one I’m running in the federal election.
Tobacco use isn’t down hardly at all, according to Toby Barrett, the MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk. Barrett says nearly 40 per cent of tobacco smoked in the province is from illegal sources – due to a direct lack of enforcement. Barrett goes on to say why would any smoker shell out $50-$70 a carton when they are available for between $6 and $20. Barrett says high taxes are the main culprit and he is calling for similar cuts that helped solve this problem back in the 90′s. While the McGuinty Liberals are touting their tobacco policies are responsible for a decline in smoking, Barrett says 75 percent of this ‘decline’ is actually people just buying illegal smokes.
Lets face it – Toby gets it. All you need to do is hit up Indian Line Road, or any of the main roads around six nations to know this. these roads are busier than ever, carrying carton after carton of unlicensed, unchecked, untreated smokes where the government is getting nothing in return for them. Meanwhile, none of the age rules apply; I’ve heard story after story of parents being able to send their child in to “buy smokes for them.” Where is the enforcement of the age rule there?
Not to mention – buying illegal native smokes mean you are sponsoring the terrorism currently underway in Caledonia and Brantford. So McGuinty – fix it. Now.
Haldimand Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says the new Bill 69, ‘An Act to Protect children from second Hand Smoke in Motor Vehicles’ is an example of ‘show and sham’ politics by the McGuinty Liberals.
Barrett says that while everything looks good on paper, it will accomplish little. Barrett wants to know how it will be enforced, and how will it solve the problem. There are several questions Barrett directed to the provincial Liberals Thursday. Barrett also asked if future legislation will target parents who smoke at home while their children are present.