NOTE: this is a summary of the events that took place in Caledonia on Dec 01/07 during a protest against the appearance of yet another illegal smoke shack. It is intended to provide media and politicians with a ‘quick reference’ guide to counter pronouncements by the Ontario Provincial Police that peaceful non-native demonstrators were somehow responsible for the violence that occurred that day.
It will be updated as new evidence and information becomes available. Links to additional evidence and commentary can be found at the bottom.
Also note that this page does not contain a comprehensive list of all evidence that may be available.
UPDATE DECEMBER 03/08: Despite a history of making serious allegations against Mr. McHale that he and his supporters were ‘involved’ in or ‘inciting’ violence OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino testified under oath on Nov 26/08 that the OPP never charged Gary McHale with any crime prior to Dec 01/07 because they had NO evidence to support any such charge. Please see the following references that support the CANACE version of events set out below:
- ‘Fantino testimony at McHale trial: what the media didn’t report‘
- EXPOSED: How the McGuinty gov’t refused to investigate criminal allegations against Fantino (see part 1 of complaint doc re events of Dec 01/07)
- McHale/Vandermaas v. Fantino (statement of claim for defamation – a comprehensive account of Fantino campaign to arrest/defame non-native activists, includes reference to key evidence re Dec 01/07 not available at time complaint doc above was filed – PDF, 49 pages)
UPDATE OCTOBER 17/08: CANACE Executive Director Gary McHale presented evidence to a Hamilton court on Oct 16/08 proving that OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino directed his officers – prior to the investigation having begun – to target Gary McHale for arrest in connection with the confrontation described below even if there was insufficient evidence for a conviction. Please refer to VoiceofCanada article, ‘McHale Charter application alleges Fantino misconduct” for additional information and links to media articles.
DECEMBER 13, 2007 - On December 01, 2007 CANACE Executive Director Gary McHale was viciously swarmed and assaulted in multiple, unprovoked attacks by native supporters of an illegal smoke shack operation.
False allegation of assault, and initial assaults against Mr. McHale
The violence against Mr. McHale was initiated when a woman walked over to him and loudly screamed that he had pushed her when, in fact, he had not. She then pushed him and again loudly accused him of assaulting her.