Justice at last for Caledonia man arrested for carrying a Canadian flag

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Among a police officer’s many tasks are preserving the peace, preventing crime and protecting life and liberty, the judge said. But while the execution of these duties sometimes means police have to interfere with the liberty of individuals, “…a free and democratic society cannot tolerate interference with the rights of law-abiding people as a measure of first resort.

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Ontario government faces lawsuits over troubled Family Health Teams

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Jun 8, 2012
The move to FHTs also has seen more than 2.1 million Ontarians who didn’t have a family doctor get one. Rolled out in five waves starting in 2005, Ontario has poured millions into the teams — $244-million in fiscal 2010-11 and $347-million in fiscal 2011-12 alone — and now has 200 FHTs across the province, serving 2.8 million patients… The auditors urged the government to strengthen the conflict-of-interest section of the agreements it signs with FHTs… Almost half the 200 FHTs, for instance, are physician-led… For the doctor-led family health teams, it means that only members of the FHOs (that is, the physicians) are voting members of the FHT board.

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Deal tries to hush up disgrace of Caledonia

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Jul 11, 2011
There was a double standard — two-tiered or race-based policing, with natives allowed to break the law with impunity — at work in that town, in 2006 and until the present day. Anyone who imagines Caledonia is peaceful now is correct. It is. And that’s because non-native residents know not to even attempt to set foot on the old DCE, and so do the OPP. It is de facto Six Nations territory, won through weakness on the government side and intimidation on the other… this story remains Ontario’s greatest modern disgrace.

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We’re failing our most vulnerable

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Jul 2, 2011
No one minimizes the difficulties faced by social workers. No one doubts theirs is an awful job, that they are overburdened. No one doubts their good intentions… But they and the agencies they work for are bad at the job… The deaths of all those kids I mentioned off the top span almost two decades. The people and agencies who failed the youngsters have learned bugger all. Why are they still charged with protecting children when the guy in the trailer or apartment next door is better at it?

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It’s not Diane Anderson who should be judged harshly

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Apr. 23, 2011
… she was also strong, resilient, proud and even near what turned out to be her breaking point – when she was consumed with grief and flailing – she was still trying to rouse the bureaucracy to action… What she was offered, for the most part, were figurative hugs for her “issues” by a gathering flock of helping professionals… The concrete things that I believe may actually have helped her – child care… a better place to live… a bit of extra cash… a ride now and then to the agencies that were downtown… never materialized.

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For sheer abuse of state power nothing touches Caledonia

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Feb. 28, 2011
… for sheer abuse of raw state power, nothingtouches Caledonia – and where the G20 lasted but three days, the situation on the former Douglas Creek Estates remains formally unresolved… From start to finish, this story is but a stain on the Canadian landscape, the lesson that anything – criminal conduct, lawlessness, state abuses – is tolerated if it is done in the name of aboriginal self-expression.

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Lifting the veil on native youth suicide

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Jan. 4, 2011
About every 10 days, a young member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, either in one of the region’s many tiny isolated communities or in the bigger Northern Ontario towns where they often go to attend school or find work, takes his own life… there were a total of 425 confirmed suicides in all age groups through the same 24-year period… The Rangers then approached Staff-Sgt. MacLeod, and last month the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, based in CFB Borden near Barrie, Ont., sent six instructors to the suicide prevention course held in Dorset.

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A case study on first nations poverty

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Dec. 31, 2010
In the court case of Pikangikum v Nault is a glimpse of an answer to the age-old Canadian question of how so many first nation communities in this country continue to suffer appalling conditions and ruinous poverty even as Ottawa throws millions and millions and millions of dollars at impoverished reserves… what happens when intransigent bureaucracy (the federal Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, or INAC) meets stubborn and hypersensitive first nation… is… nothing.

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Secretive nature of fledgling bureaucrats raises questions

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Aug. 11, 2010
The LHINs have simply added to the enormous administrative costs Ontarians pay to have health care delivered unevenly and opaquely – and not one of the people in the new bureaucracy treats patients. Those who do, like doctors and nurses, or those who are the patients, such as the public, were excluded from discussions as the LHIN met illegally in secret, as Mr. Marin found – all the while simultaneously claiming to be doing the opposite. As Mrs. Jacobs says, she’d rather have a process that makes no pretence of consultation than a dishonest sham: Better the honest dictatorship than the faux democracy.

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Judge lets Caledonia class-action suit proceed

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Last updated on Tuesday, Feb. 09, 2010.

The judge determined “the core issue is whether there was a failure of the OPP” to provide policing services to residents of the small town south of Hamilton during the occupation of the former housing subdivision called Douglas Creek Estate.

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