Letter - Province needs to do something

The Regional

June 17, 2009

Dear Mr. Nolan (copied to assorted politicians)

I am writing you because the Smoke Shack issue in Caledonia has gone beyond building Smoke Shacks on Band Council owned or provincially owned land and have now moved onto third party deeded land seemingly without the permission of the owner.

Land I might point out the Provincial Government has said will not be expropriated for the settlement of land claims and the same land when the Province said it stands behind its land titles system. The Federal Government has repeatedly said that the 1844 Surrender is valid, that the Plank Road claim is invalid and the "third party alienation rule" applies yet people continue to have intimidation and threats imparted on them on their own land. Now we have an invasion of someone's private property. The Federal Government has also said land claims are about fiduciary responsibility not land ownership or land transfer.

It appears a Smoke Shack has been moved onto a private farm property on the east side of highway 6 just south of the lights at Argyle Street south and highway 6.

When this nonsense starts to affect legally deeded third party landowners it is no longer acceptable.

If this is correct I would like to know when the OPP are going to put a stop to the intimidation, threats and in some cases violence that these thugs re imparting on innocent land owners in this area.

Landowners can no longer be expected to put up with this type of behaviour both by the activists from Six Nations or the OPP. Far too much has been invested in properties in this area to have it stolen and/or ruined by thugs.

I realize everyone from the Province and the OPP cringe when the word "Extortion" is used but when someone is intimidated into relinquishing unfettered use of their property by those that would wrestle that property away from them that by definition is "Extortion."

"346. (1) Every one commits extortion who, without reasonable justification or excuse and with intent to obtain anything, by threats, accusations, menaces or violence induces or attempts to induce any person, whether or not he is the person threatened, accused or menaced or to whom violence is shown, to do anything or cause anything to be done."

The Province is responsible for this issue and needs to make it right immediately. Your attention to this very serious matter is greatly appreciated.

Lisa Parent, Caledonia