CANACE needs your help

8 11 2008

READY TO HELP? Click here to become a CANACE Advocate and/or set up a monthly donation plan.

For more than two years the founders of CANACE have worked full time to restore the rule of law and equality before the law in places like Caledonia, Hagersville and Cayuga, and have paid a heavy price for doing so.

Along the way, founders Mark Vandermaas and Gary McHale were cited by the Ryerson Review of Journalism for providing coverage of the issues when other media failed. CANACE activism was recognized by the residents of Caledonia in the recent federal election when Gary McHale captured nearly 5,000 votes in the riding of Haldimand-Norfolk, and when three CANACE founders were portrayed in a painting by Caledonia artist Barb Patterson-Tuck (top right). 

Now, Mr. McHale is just two weeks away from arguing 3 separate Charter of Rights challenges related to the OPP’s attempt to silence his voice via a trumped-up charge of ‘Counselling Mischief Not Committed’ related to a protest that took place at an illegal smokeshack in Caledonia on Dec 01/08.

If he is successful, the OPP may be forced to dismantle their race-based policing framework.

Mr. McHale has gone into Court repeatedly to force the Crown to turn over evidence related to his arrest. Evidence that proves how race played a role in deciding who to arrest. Evidence that includes emails from OPP Julian Fantino revealing how the Commissioner ordered Mr. McHale to be targetted for arrest before any investigation had been done (only one of these emails – from Dec 01/07 – has been made public thus far; a second unpublished email dated Dec 02/07 is far more damaging. It can only be published after it is presented in court).

Thanks to Mr. McHale’s persistence and commitment to expose the truth, Commissioner Fantino now cannot avoid being questioned under oath – for the first time ever – about his role in enforcing race-based policing. 

CANACE and Gary McHale stand alone with no resources

Gary McHale must represent himself in court because CANACE cannot afford to hire a lawyer to help. No special interest groups have stepped forward to intervene or even speak out against the outrageous civil rights abuses by the OPP. Mr. McHale and CANACE stand alone – with virtually no resources at our disposal.  

Can you afford just $5 per month to help us continue to stand strong against race-based policing and landclaim lawlessness?

Jim Anderson has been a loyal supporter of Gary McHale and CANACE from the beginning. He recently posted a plea on a discussion board asking for support to keep our work alive:

As we continue into our third year of the occupation it has become very evident that Gary McHale has become an important voice for the Victims of Native Land Claims Occupations and violence. Gary has worked relentlessly on our behalf and has been a voice to reckon with in dealing with the issues of Native Occupations, Violence against innocent Citizens and Police inaction against the criminals.

To be able to continue the fight on our behalf Gary urgently needs our financial support. He needs money to pay for court transcripts, extra funds would enable him to pay for expert legal advice and of course he needs money to live on and survive to be there for us on another day.

Before you dismiss this plea for financial help stop and ask yourselves where would we be today without Gary’s research, tenacity and penchant for seeking the truth and holding the Government and the police accouontable. Think back to the visionaries of the 60’s and 70’s who went to the streets to protest and think of the difference they made in our lives and then think what will happen if Gary can’t continue on in his quest to ensure everyone’s rights under the constitution equally.

In the past election Gary clearly demonstrated that he had the support of almost 5000 voters in Haldimand and that didn’t include the many donors outside the community that supported Gary’s campaign. He also demonstrated through poll results that he clearly won the vote in Caledonia in all polls except for two and in those two he placed 2nd.

What we need is a very small committment from all of those people who clearly supported Gary in the past election to donate at least $5.00 each per month into a war fund which Gary could use to pay his rent and other legal and court expenses in the fight for our rights. Without money and support the resistance will be lost and none of us want to see that happen.

Gary has nothing to do with my plea for financial assistance on his behalf and he does not know about me posting it here. I have talked to Merlyn about my plan and have asked him to also help seek out volunteers to set up this account for Gary.

This would be a stong message from the people to the establishment that we want justice, equality and we will not go away. Of course if there is someone else in the community that will run an information board like Gary has been running with CaledoniaWakeupcall and take up the fight to the extent that Gary has then we would welcome you to do it and Gary’s services and our financial help would no longer be needed.

Somehow I don’t think we have anyone else willing to do all that Gary has done for us so we must support him at his moment of need.

Jim Anderson

Jim was hoping that someone in Caledonia would set up and administer an account. This would be a positive and welcome action on the part of the community. In the meantime, however, we are in desperate need of financial help ASAP, and so we would ask that you consider joining CANACE today as a member Advocate and also that you consider making a monthly financial investment in our work: 

Please help us keep this important work moving forward.

Thank you for your support.



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