How the Canadian Justice System Fails our Aboriginal Sisters and Brothers

Open Letter to Marc Depatie, communications coordinator, TPS and Mayor Steven Black, Timmins, Ontario.

Timmins Police officer slaps handcuffs on an aboriginal woman who just wanted to get some fresh air. Photo by Frank Giorno TheONEONLINE.CA

Marc, in reading your bombastic and threatening email to me, in which you falsely accused me of writing inflammatory statements about the takedown, handcuffing of a young aboriginal woman in Timmins on Sunday, April 15, 2018, just because she wanted to go for a walk and get some fresh, please read some of the research I have undertaken in support of my statements.

Marc Depatie, is the communications coordinator for Timmins Police Services. Yesterday in response to my video recording the completely unnecessary arrest and re-criminalization of a young aboriginal woman, wrote me a scathing email in which he accused me of writing untrue and inflammatory words.

I respectively disagree with Marc Depatie’s self-serving words and let him know that I am not in the least intimidated by his vile and malicious response. And I am speaking the truth in the biblical senses as John the Apostle said the Truth will Set You Free. http://biblehub.com/john/8-32.htm

I suggested to Marc, that accepting the truth of the situation is needed if TPS ever hopes to heal and improve the rapidly deteriorating relations with Timmins’ Aboriginal community that has been ongoing, but reached a boiling when on one day in late February two people from Fort Albany in Mushkegowuk Territory died at the hands of Timmins Police –21 year-old Joey Knapaysweet and 62- year old Agnes Sutherland.

These deaths are much more serious than the abominable arrest of the young woman on April 15, 2018, but in posting my video recording I wanted to show that Timmins Aboriginal community suffers even when it comes to everyday things like going for a walk in Timmins. Now TPS says this young woman was supposed to be on house arrest and she was required to stay in doors 24/7. What idiot prosecutor and foolish judge would order such a thing? With technology such as it is other more humane options are available like an ankle monitor.

For example, celebrity Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to house arrest in 2011, but unlike the young woman in Timmins who had to stay indoors all day, Lohan was fitted with an ankle monitor and she had more freedom to go about and walk outdoors and enjoy the simple things in life.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/05/27/lindsay.lohan.sentence/index.html

Los Angeles (CNN) — Actress Lindsay Lohan was under house arrest early Friday, authorities said, after she turned herself in early to begin a sentence for jewelry theft conviction.

Lohan showed up three weeks early at a Los Angeles jail to begin serving her sentence, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday.

It was determined that she would serve her time under house arrest because of overcrowding at the facility, authorities said.

She was fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor her movements and ensure she stays at home, except as allowed by the court, Whitmore said. But during those hours Lohan could go out and spend time outdoors with the ankle monitor providing tracking of her movements. (CNN May 27, 2011)

Regrettably this option was not provided to this young woman in Timmins.

http://www.timesonline.com/article/20110225/News/302259885

“In the mid-2000s, the population of the Beaver County Jail in Hopewell Township peaked at more than 400 inmates on any given day.

That has since dropped to an average of about 250 county inmates in the facility. One of the things that helped to lower that number – and with it, the cost of county corrections – is a small rectangular black device about the size of an iPhone.

It’s an electronic monitoring device attached to a band and worn around a person’s ankle; it’s more commonly known, simply, as an ankle bracelet.- New York Times Feb. 25, 2011.

Below is the list of suggested readings, there are more, way more. I am going to add this list to my http://www.theoneonline.ca and also my blog http://www.anorthernblog.wordpress.com

Please call me or respond to this email with TPS comment and I will be pleased to include it in my story. The offer goes to you to Mr. Black and Gilles Bisson, Charlie Angus et al.

Rest assured Marc, my statements if anything are understatements given the deplorable situation of how our legal and policing systems mistreats Aboriginal women and men. They history and literature on this deplorable behaviour by the elites has been well document and this behavior has evolved from the British Colonial administration (1672-1867) in the colonies of Upper Canada, Lower Canada, PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, British Columbia and the Rupert’s Land Territories (1672-1870) to our current Canadian system which celebrated it’s 150th Birthday last year.

But Marc, you must realize that last year a great number of Aboriginal Men and Women across Canada were not celebrating because of a history of systemic discrimination and at times down right harm of Aboriginals in places across Canada and Canadian institutions including here in Timmins “The City with the Heart of Gold”.

https://youtu.be/3uF6YRDdnk0

I hope you don’t mind but I am sharing with you and others my reading list with you, that back my claim that there is something seriously wrong with Timmins Police Services and Aboriginal Community relations.

Did the Timmins Police Department miss or not hear the protests that included Walter Naveau,former Mattagami First Nations chief, were held on the steps of Timmins City Hall as an outcry of injustices in the aftermath of the single day killing of two Aboriginal people in Timmins, Joey Knapysweet, 21 and 62-year old Agnes Sutherland.

And there is still the issue of the six unsolved murdered and missing women in the Timmins area since 1989 and the still unsolved murder of Mario Wesley in 2014.

Mario Wesley was stabbed to death in a house on Windsor Ave on July 28, 2014 and Timmins Police still have no clue as to who murdered Mario Wesley. Photo by Frank Giorno TheOneOnline.ca

Below is the list of suggested readings, there are more, way more. I am going to add this list to my http://www.theoneonline.ca and also my blog http://www.anorthernblog.wordpress.com

Please call me or respond to this article with TPS comment and I will be pleased to include it in my next story. The same invitation is extended to anyone who is copied in this email including Mayor Black, and Gilles Bisson and Charlie Angus.

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/how-canadian-legal-system-fails-indigenous-people-colten-boushie-u-t-expert
The verdict in the Colten Boushie case has provoked outrage across the country and prompted reflection about how the justice system treats Indigenous people. After 15 hours of deliberation, the jury acquitted Gerald Stanley, a farmer, of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Boushie…

https://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/index/articles/215.php
Ignorance is not an absence. Ignorance is a force. It justifies. It silences. It perpetuates.

https://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/public-education/publications.php

http://www.themanitoban.com/2013/08/canadian-justice-system-failing-aboriginal-people/15822/

http://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1421&context=ohlj

When the Law Breaks Down: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and Governmental Defiance of the Rule of Law
Abstract: Comments on Aboriginal peoples, governmental defiance, and the breakdown of law and the balance between law’s roles and limits.
Keywords: Civil disobedience–Law and legislation; Indigenous peoples–Civil rights; Canada

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/justice-system-failing-first-nations-report-finds-1.1321866
Justice system failing First Nations, report finds: Iacobucci urges action to get aboriginal representation on Ontario juries

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Trump is the Aging Rock Star President from Wild in the Streets

These next 10 years will be the last whiff of that population bulge historians call the Baby Boom Generation…an entity that started off with piles of idealism. Some achieved; Some clawed back with age hello civil rights and women’s right.

These old, grumpy boomers are hanging on today with unrivaled privilege…now this may be a generalization…but you have a bunch of old white guys, especially in the USA, and old white gals too embittered about what has transpired in their fantasy lives, and in the US many aging boomers voted for a guy who had no experience at all but was famous on TV — Shit4Brains Trump.

Trump at a rally in 2016 US Presidential Debate. Courtesy of Politifact

Which brings me to the a little known movie in the late 1960s called Wild in The Streets — the height of hippiedom for the Boomers.

Rotten Tomatoes describes Wild in the Streets as a:

A campy satire about a rock star/drug dealer who is elected president once the voting age has been lowered to fourteen. The title song was a big hit in the 60’s and the film itself was well-liked by many critics.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wild_in_the_streets_1968/

Max Frost (Christopher Jones), presidential candidate, in Wild in the Streets acknowledges, the crowd’s adoration. Courtesy American International.

IMDB describes Wild in the Streets as follows:

“A young man gains significant political influence as the leader of a counterculture rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers.”

The connection to real life today is this: Like Max Frost the Rock Star/drug dealer in the quirky movie Wild in The Streets, Americans (albeit with less popular votes than Hillary) elected an aging boomer, Trump. with a fractured mind and morality whose only claim to fame was a failure as a businessman, but a genius on pretend TV which was ironically labelled reality TV.

Trump’s strategy like the political strategy of Wild in the Streets is to collect a band of disgruntled, angry members of society who feel the have been left out. Call this populism if you will or call it appeal to the mob.

Donald Trump, a boomer is the aging Max Frost…the KKK and Neo Nazis are Trumps troopers.

Trump may not have sold drugs…but the list of his criminality is long Trump U, violation of Fair Housing Laws, money laundering (this will come out soon), sexual assault.

Like Trump, Max Frost, in Wild in the Street was a criminal, a drug dealer. Trump is the first criminal ever elected to the US Presidency. Among his crimes was the fraud of Trump U. In New York State you have to be accredited to call yourself a University. And of course the tens of thousands of dollars he stole from those who ponied up the $35,000 enrollment fee. Oddly this criminal was never charged by law enforcement. He did settle a civil suit out of court. Courtesy of Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/06/trump-university-stars-turn-out-be-just-more-donald-trumps-marks/

Begone boomers and let younger people take over..No one over 60 should be president of the USA ever.

For the boomer generation Trump is one last kick at fantasy land.

Let it be quick and let more savvy youth take the reins. They are skilled at detecting twitter bullshit like boomers are not.

Until then Trumper’s troopers and angry old white guys will be a force. These are the last embers of baby boomerism. They are angry kids from Wild in the Streets.

Donald Trump Can’t Handle the Truth : Political Humour by Frank Giorno

A message to Boss Trump from Jack Nicholson – You Can’t Handle The Truth!

Trump you, and your bone spurred heels, just  Can’t Handle the Truth!

Can't handle the truth

Donald “Big Boss Man” Trump Can’t Handle the Truth…so he lies and lies and lies…so much so that he has set many of his pants on fire. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

So you lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie. You lie so much you are starting to resemble a rug! Bad-a -boom.

You are such a liar that you have set numerous of your pants on fire! Badda bing!

You have had to order a supply of fresh, fire proof, Trump pants from Trump clothing manufacturers in Bangla Desh and China. Yep! Trump is lying when he tells you he will force American companies to manufacture in the US and create jobs.

Maybe for others, but not for Boss Trump. Gee Willy, just do as Boss Trump says and don’t worry about the the lying he does. OK? Don’t worry be happy!

Trump wild-eyed, crazy

Trump! Drain thyself.

Hey Big Boss Trump! Liar Liar your nose is longer than a telephone wire. Ba ba ba boom!

Let’s hear the truth about Big Bad, Mad Dog, Donald “The Lying Twit” Trump. Here is a classic by the Castaways that sums it up nicely.

And while Big Boss Trump is being such a wooly bully, attacking war hero John McCain, nice guy President Barack Obama,  and straight talking Florida Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson ; weasely Republican senate majority leader Mitch McConnell; befuddled Attorney General Jeff Sessions; cool as a cumber Republican Senator Bob Corker and many, many, many more. A virtual cast of thousands bullied by President Wooly Bully Boss Trump.

Please add the names of others bullied, by the Wooly-Bully-in-Chief , Trump the Grump right here.

In fact, Big Boss Trump is such a bully, that being his best friend won’t prevent him from bullying you or even firing you, right Mooch? Right Dr. Evil Steve Bannon? Right Paul Manafort, Mr. Russia! Right, Roger Stone-face, international man of mischief! Right Corey Lewandowski! Right, Sean Spicer! Right, right, right, right,

Might as well get the scoop about bullying from….are you kidding me? First Lady Melania Trump is making anti-bullying her life’s calling. Poor gal obviously has gotten first hand, eh? But, give me a friggin break here.

Forget Melania, let’s go with the classic bully song from Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs — Wooly Bully!

Uno, dos, tres, quatro! Holy Shit! Mexicans and Muslim extremists all rolled into one, Mr. Trump, oh no!

Murder by 2nd Amendment: America’s largest mass murders made possible by NRA by Frank Giorno

Such great sorrow in America…deepest sympathy to all those who died and their families in this unbearably senseless and preventable tragedy.

This photo from Rolling Stone Magazine’s coverage of the Las Vegas second amendment murders depicts the terror concert goers experienced during the largest massacre of Americans by a mass murderer. Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine

These 58 deaths in Las Vegas should be known as murder by 2nd amendment. For it was the shooters 2nd amendment rights that permitted the right to purchase an arsenal of weapons to slay 58 Americans. Imagine of those 58 deaths occurred at the US embassy over sees, what the reaction would be?

Think about the majority Republican Congress and the strident comments they would be making about stopping terrorism, restricting immigration, building a way, curtailing people’s civil liberties by torturing those responsible and tapping phones and spying on social media.

Sadly, the cowards in the Republican party will act sad and decry the crime, but the will stand by the National Rifle Associations distorted and incorrect view of what the second amendment says about who may own guns.

The 58 murders in Las Vegas and the shootings every where in the United States really are brought to you by the NRA and their 40 year record of helping people like Steve Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, obtain an arsenal of deadly weapons by fraudulently asserting everyone’s right to guns of all sorts including rapid fire machine guns and military assault rifles.

Thanks to the NRA instead of a well regulated system of gun purchases, you have total gun anarchy.

And this is despite recent polling showing that Americans overwhelmingly want some form of control on guns to end gun anarchy that NRA has promoted and bullied lawmakers into achieving.

Majority of Americans Support Gun Control: Time Magazine

Donald Trump supports NRA absolute right to guns. It is no coincidence that since this  deadly and divisive President assumed centre stage there have been at least four or more deadly shootings since June 2016.

In fact, since Trump took over the presidency in January, 2017 there have been 273 mass shootings already in 275 days according to the Gun Violence Archives.

Gun Violence Archives Mass Shootings in America

The NRA and its executive leadership should be viewed as accessories to mass murder, by literally handing those guns to murderers like Paddock who bought his weapons legally.

The NRA has since the mid-1970s been forcing US lawmakers, through what amounts to bribery, in the form as major cash donations to candidates running for office to support their extremist view of the 2nd amendment.

This is democracy? The majority want gun control, but money bribes by the NRA bullies politicians into denying the majority what they want — gun control, not gun anarchy!

Las Vegas native and late night host Jimmy Kimmel put it this way:   Since the 58 dead and 500 wounded were murdered by a rich American gun owner as opposed to a non-American,  Trump, McConnell and Paul Ryan – the Republican party, will do nothing “because The NRA has a money belt clipped around their balls.”

Remember 2nd Amendment says “…for the purposes of a well regulated militia the rights to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Second Amendment to the US Constitution

I guess current American conservative gun advocates do not speak English very well, because their interpretation of the 2nd amend is predicated on the erroneous view, that the first clause in the amendment is irrelevant, and has no bearing on the second clause — “the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Conservative legal scholars have argued that the for purposes of maintaining a well regulated militia was a meaningless and hollow preamble, and should be disregarded.

Now an example of a preamble that does not relate to the second part of the 2nd amendment would be something like ” Wasn’t that a great ball game last night,  the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

In my understanding of the English language there is much weight and relevancy to the fact that the founding fathers wanted a well regulated militia, and for that purpose, for the purpose of a well-regulated militia, the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.

Why? Because the USA of 1784 did not have the military might of Britain, France, Spain, Germany and it necessarily depended on well armed citizens to come to the aid of their country if invaded.

The founding fathers certainly did not want guns to go into the wrong hands, that is why it was a well-regulated militia.

Not complicated at all, if you understand the English language.

In other words you can buy arms to participate in a well regulated militia. And you can screen those who purchase arms for purpose other than maintaining a well regulated militia.

After all, there were many people in the newly founded USA of 1784 that the founding fathers did not want to own guns like British spies, possibly slaves who wanted to rebel, Native Americans who wanted their lands back, and others who posed a serious risk to the foundation of  the young US.

I doubt Steve Paddock bought  the arsenal of weapons , without background check, without restriction, so he could serve in a well regulated militia.

Police in Las Vegas said, Steve Paddock, the shooter who mowed down 58 innocent Americans, lawfully purchased a varied of weapons at gun stores. Thank you NRA for making this mass shooting possible. Photo Courtesy of Slate.com

Yet even the Supreme Court of the United States have become so politicized over the 2nd Amendment that conservative judges voted to refuse to hear gun control challenges after the Sandy Hook mass murder of school children and teachers by a mental disturbed young man who loved to go shooting at a gun club.

Nice guys, eh? 26 people killed at Sandy Hook, many young children and SCOTUS doesn’t give a whistle about their lives snuffed out as such a young age.

Suffer the little children, SCOTUS would rather you die to protect the NRA myth of absolute gun rights for all. Gun Anarchy! Or Gun Control.

Please send an email, a letter – Hell if you are close enough tie a note to a rock and throw it through the NRA’s window, and tell them how you feel about The NRA allowing gun anarchy in the USA.

58 dead in Las Vegas; 49 dead in the Orlando night club shooting;26 Dead in Sandy Hook; 9 dead in a church in South Carolina;  20 Dead in Aurora movie theatre shooting etc etc etc.

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the 18 people killed by Charles Whitman at University of Texas from a clock tower in 1966. Since then 1,000 people or more are killed by guns each year in the US.

Since 1966, approximately 50,000 Americans, and that is a conservative number it’s probably way higher.

50th anniversary of first modern mass murder by gun in August, 1966

Thanks to the NRA, once an organization of hunters and responsible gun owners up to the mid-197os, when it was hijacked by extremists, the Americans have suffered unbearable sorrow at the hands of legally sanctioned gun anarchy.

NRA, this mass murder in Vegas is for you, for all you do to guarantee, people like Steve Paddock, can buy the most vicious weapons unchecked. Way to go guys! Thanks to the NRA gun anarchy reins supreme.

Mass murder thanks to the NRA, and its ass kissing conservative lawmakers have made mass killings, and indeed all gun murders an American Ritual….where everybody loves to Shoot Shoot.

And Trump wants to ban Muslims? And Trump wants to build a wall against Mexicans.

Please!

Walt Kelly’s perceptive comment voiced in the Pogo cartoon strip. Courtesy of Pinterest

In the words of Pogo the cartoon character “I have seen the enemy and the enemy is us.”

Well not “us” but the NRA and Donald Trump and that ilk of fear mongering bigots and distorters of the intent of the 2nd Amendment.

Sometimes I wonder, if some Americans actually speak the English language…but that is another story for another blog.

The ridiculousness of the SCOTUS  leaving out the first clause of the 2nd amendment calling for a well regulated militia, is not only poor English but it is maniacally insane and poor legal interpretation.

End Gun Anarchy with thoughtful and necessary Gun Control.

Simple as that.

Donald Trump, Mike Harris and why draining swamps is not a good idea! By Frank Giorno

As an environmentalist, I take a strong exception to Trump’s smug declaration that he is going to drain the Washington swamp.

Trump talks of swamps as if they are bad and need removal or draining.

Even in the metaphorical use of the term, it is obvious, Trump knows nothing about swamps and how important they are to the functioning of an environmentally sound planet and local environment. He also knows nothing useful about how governments work and the value of civil servants.

Trump wild-eyed, crazy

Trump! Drain thyself.

And what Trump calls the “Washington Swamp,” he really is referring to a highly skilled, competent civil service corp of talented people, who have sworn to serve their country and protect the nation’s institution and values.

Serving his country is a concept that the money-crazed, self-promoting, money-grubbing, narcissist, like Trump, has never practiced in his entire life.

If John F. Kennedy’s philosophy was summed by up the phrase, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” then Donald Trump’s philosophy can be summed by by something like this – ” Ask not what your country can do for you, but what your country can do for me!”

Free rides paid by taxpayers to promote Trump’s businesses in New York, Virginia, Mar-a-Lago are the very real examples of the Trump Doctrine of self-enrichment at the public’s expense.

Swamps, bogs, marshes, fens, slews are so important in generating plant, wildlife, bird, fish, reptilian, amphibious and insect life on our planet. Something Trump can’t or won’t grasp.

What is it with fascists and neo-fascists and draining swamps! You may recall that Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, also gained some notoriety by draining the Pontine Marshes – in that case, it was lauded because it helped eradicate the malaria health threat which was savaging Italy.

But in North America, we do not have that problem. Wetlands not only generate species diversity, but they provide protection against flooding from storms and hurricanes, because the cattails and other marsh and swamp vegetation slow down the speed of flood waters.

Those torrents of wildly raging, flood waters we see on TV, are quite often made possible, because civil authorities, in their full blown ignorance, drained swamps and cleared marshlands — wetlands if you will, that helped prevent flooding.

The Charles River Study by the US Army Corp of Engineers (1965) concluded as much when they examined the flooding issues in Boston, Massachusetts.

That classic study is referenced on page 9 of the National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration document Wetlands: A Restoration Guide.

NOAA Guide to Restoring Wetlands

I learned about this when I was the research director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, back in the 1980s, and was fighting along  side the inspirational Jim Richards of the Oshawa Second Marsh Defense Association to save Oshawa Second Marsh from being drained and turned into a harbour that was never really needed in the first place.

Swamps, bogs, fens and marshes contain a wealth in diversity of  species of flora and fauna. They support and contain plants that could hold the secret for curing one of the many debilitating diseases out there.

Getting rid of the metaphoric Washington swamp is also unhealthy, because by doing so, you lose a lot of talent, skill and know how…look at how incompetent Trump’s Washington swamp replacements have been.

Let’s start with his firings during his campaign in 2016: Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort.

Since he assumed the presidency, Trump has hired and fired the follow Swamp-Replacer, Michael Flynn.

He has hired and demoted Kelly Anne Conway; Steve Bannon, the not- so- bright, former editor of Breitbart News, with its open pandering to racist and white, Christian, supremacist sentiments in America.

Recently, word out on the Washington street is, that Donald Trump has the axe ready, and poised to chop his suffering, lamentable spokesperson Sean Spicer.

Trump would be better served if he just shuts up, stops his maniacal late night tweeting, and reins in his insane grandiosity; and  starts listening to experts for once in his sorry, bankruptcy ridden-life – six at last count. Will his presidency be his seventh bankruptcy?

Failure to listen to advice, in his businessmen days back in the 1980s and 1990s, cost him his reputation as a smart deal maker, as author Harry Hurt III points with overwhelming evidence in the must read book “The Lost Tycoon”.

Harry Hurt III if you are reading this please write a sequel — “The Lost President.”

I went through a very similar draining and culling exercise,  while working as a civil servant at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (1989-2000) after the election of Ontario’s proto-Donald Trump-like, Mike Harris in 1995.

During that tumultuous, Harris era, talented civil servants  were laid off  by Mike Harris, in his mad pursuit to pare down Ontario’s expenditures, so he could hand out cash to Ontario voters, and to keep his commitment to a 30 percent tax cut.

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Former Ontario Premier, Mike Harris, was the Donald Trump of his day (1995-2002). His policies destroyed the Ontario Conservative Party which has not been returned to office over the course of 15 years and 4 elections. This photo shows Mike Harris, testifying at the Commission of Inquiry into the Killing of Dudley George, headed by Justice Sidney Linden. Photo courtesy of CBC

Imagine the humor I felt, when I received a cheque for $200 in the mail from the Harris government, several months after I was purged out his government when my job as Senior Water Quality Communications Advisor was abolished…I had seniority and that was the only way to expel me from the Ontario’s not so civil service (at least it wasn’t under Harris).

I returned the cheque, and told Harris “no thanks, I would much rather be employed.” NOW Magazine ran my letter at the time.

Many fine civil servants, from the Assistant Deputy Minister level to the grunt level, like me in the Communications Branch of Ministry of the Environment, got axed.

Like Trump, Environmental protection was diminished under Harris, and the cuts to water quality inspectors – cutting  staff  by a third, resulted in the seven deaths at Walkerton due to residents drinking contaminated drinking water, concluded a Commission of Inquiry into the Walkerton tragedy.

Like Trump, Harris played a racial identity card to galvanize his base. Harris’ racism was aimed at Ontario’s First Nations, and the killing of Dudley George, two days after Harris took power in September, 1995, is an example of this.

I do not accuse Harris of racism lightly, I merely quote the findings of Justice Sidney Linden in his report into the killing of Dudley George.

CBC coverage of Justice Sidney Linden’s Findings on Ipperwash

In his final report on the Ipperwash Inquest into the Killing of Dudley, George Justice Sidney Linden said: “that he didn’t believe Harris, when he claimed he never made a racist statement about the occupiers, during an informal government meeting with provincial police just hours before George’s death.”

A CBC online report on Justice Linden’s findings states: “Harris acknowledged during his testimony that he wanted the occupation brought to a quick end, but denied he said, “I want the fucking Indians out of the park,” as former Ontario attorney general Charles Harnick alleged during his own testimony.”

“After carefully assessing the evidence, it is my view that Michael Harris made the statement,” Linden wrote. “I agree with Premier Harris’s characterization of the statement … as racist.”

“Harris’s sense of urgency, in contrast to the “go-slow” approach of police,”created an atmosphere that narrowed the scope” of potential peaceful resolution to the occupation, Linden said.”

“The provincial government could have appointed a mediator or negotiator at any time, but did not,” Linden wrote. “The premier could have urged patience, rather than speed.”

“Linden also found Harris and Harnick misled the legislature about the so-called “dining-room meeting” involving government officials and police, and by doing so, contributed to the appearance of inappropriate interference and a lack of transparency by the government.”

Like Mike Harris 22 years-ago, Trump has expressed his racism through the anti-Islamic Executive Orders, and anti- Black, dog whistles, nudges and winks, that galvanized support from bigots like Steven Bannon and the KKK and his deplorable base.

Both Harris and Trump played the divisive politics of the divide and conquer, that plays to the worst prejudices of their  political base.

In Harris’ case, the province-wide teacher bashing broadcast of the fall of 1996, paid for by taxpayers money, will go down as another low point in Ontario’s recent history, along with his involvement in the dynamics that led to the killing of Dudley George, and the gutting of the Ministry of the Environment that resulted in 7 deaths of Walkerton residents from drinking contaminated water in May, 2000.

Yes, I am proud to this day, at being gutted by Mike Harris, around May 20, 2000 just as the seriousness of the Walkerton situation was exploding in his face.

Ironically, I was the Senior Communications Water Quality Communications Advisor, – but Harris and his minions would not listen to my advice to preserve Ministry integrity and undo his cuts to MOE enforcement staff.

Sound advice from within rejected.

I was hardly the only one advising Harris to reconsider his disastrous course. Many senior, life-long civil servants in the Water Resources Branch, like the manager of the Drinking Water Section and the ADM of the Environmental Science and Standards Division; and the ADM of the Operations Divisions, which included the regional inspectors, did the same.

But Harris chose to listen to ass-kissing, sycophants, that he could really do more with less – those voices Harris rewarded with promotions.

When I was approached on many occasions  to put out press statements that Great Lakes Water Quality had improved despite the Harris cuts, I said give me the scientific proof first, otherwise I cannot say Ontario’s water is doing better with less environmental protection.

This was sound advice to the Harris government, because if later, a rash statement like we are doing more to protect the environment with less money being spent,was proved to be a lie – it would destroy the Conservatives Party.

And this nonsense that Harris promoted that the environment was better, cleaner, greater despite the 30 percent cut in inspection staff was, sadly, proved to be a lie, with the tragic, preventable loss of seven lives, as a result of the tainted water in Walkerton, that Justice Dennis O’Connor attributed to the lose of provincial oversight over the operation of that municipal water system.

I am proud to say I resisted Harris and for that –  my position as Senior Water Quality Communications advisor was abolished in an MOE reorganization that was taking place as people were dying in Walkerton, in May, 2000.

Like Harris before him, Trump loves playing to his base by  bashing of  perceived foes – like environmentalists and condemning the media as the enemy of the people.

But Trump plays to a global audience bashing friends and foes alike over free trade and other issues like Canada, NATO, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Japan while praising suspect nations like Putin’s Russia, Turkey under Erdogan and he even said nice words about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un – this all defies logical explanation, leading many to wonder about Trump’s mental health.

Like Harris before him, Trump lives in the delusion of his own thinking, and then uses bully tactics to get his way. They both deny responsibility for their failures and blame others instead.

Both Harris and Trump have had deleterious  impacts on their government’s health

Harris Health Care Cuts

Both Mike Harris as Ontario Premier and Donald Trump have had a deleterious impact on health care.

care policy. Harris in Ontario made  deep cuts to health care. In the US, Trump is obsessed with dismantling of Obamacare which according to some polls is more popular with Americans that Trump – 56 percent want Obamacare left intact, while only about 35-44 percent support Trump.

Harris’ policies, resulted in the deaths of eight known people in Ontario — Dudley George, on day two of Harris’ take over as Premier two days after Labour Day in 1995; and the seven people who died from drinking contaminated water in Walkerton in May, 2000.

The final report into the deaths in Walkerton caused by tainted drinking water

CBC News Highlights of the Walkerton Inquiry Final Report

Trump we know has killed many people in Syria with his “showboat” air raid on a Syrian air strip and the dropping of “the mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan.

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-airstrike-20170406-story.html

Instead of draining swamps, metaphorical or real, I suggest the American people drain Trump, before he drains the nation, and drains the Grand Old Party, the Party of Lincoln – The Republican Party.

Republicans, especially take note your very survival is at stake.

Mike Harris, Ontario’s Pre-Trump Trumpster, resigned in 2002. Some say he resigned in disgrace as a scandal was roiling over the deaths in Walkerton, the killing of Dudley George.

He also left his wife and his alleged adherence to Conservative family values in 2000 in order to pursue a relationship with Sharon Dunn, a former a CBC news reader who was previously married to millionaire John Sikura. Sikura died, in a still, unexplained, fiery car explosion in 1992.

The Resignation of Ontario Premier Mike Harris

Despite professing to adhere to family values, Premier Mike Harris dumps wife to pursue relationship with former CBC News Anchor

There is no doubt Ontario’s experience and disgust with Harris’s policies and behaviour, left the Ontario Conservative Party, irreparably damaged, and it has never returned to power in the intervening 15 years since he quit and turned the reins over to Ernie Eves in 2002, barely three years after winning a huge majority in the 1999 election. The lack of Conservative Party success at the polls has occurred, despite some woefully weak Liberal Party governments since that party took over control of the Ontario government after the 2003 election.

The Conservatives have failed to form another government either under John Tory and Tim Hudak.  Time will tell in 2018 how current Conservative leader Patrick Brown will do against  the hugely unpopular Kathleen Wynne Liberal government in the next election.

Simply, Harris did to the Conservative Party in Ontario what Trump is doing to the Republicans in the United States.

The so called “Trump effect” that many political and media analysts predicted – declaring  a Trump domino effect across the globe electing fascist, anti-Islamic parties in Austria, the Netherlands and France, countries that all had elections after Trump squeaked into the Presidency in the November US election.

In fact the Trump EFFECT has turned out to be the Trump DEFECT.

Voters have shunned extremism in those three countries, the way Ontario has shunned the post-Mike Harris Conservatives over the course the last four elections over 15 years.

Those three European nations, seeing what havoc and damage Trump is doing to the US opted to vote for centrists parties instead of loonytoon, far right weirdos like him.

A word of advice, based on my experience and Ontario’s experience with pre-Trump Trumpster Mike Harris — Trump drain thyself.

Republicans pay attention. Act now or destroy your own party.

As the typing exercise invented by typing instructor Charles Weller in 1918 puts it —

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party. “

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party

Listen to my homage to Edwin Starr’s classic  “War” … I called it “Trump!”

What is he good for! Absolutely Nothing…Say it again.

Edwin Starr was talking about the Vietnam War and how it was destroying the US of the 1960s and the 1970s.

I’d say Trump is doing the same, destroying his country from within, while Putin and the Russians are attempting to destroy the US from outside, as former Obama NSA advisor James Clapper said earlier this week.

I say Trump! What is he good for? Absolutely Nothing! Say it again.

And neither was Mike Harris for Ontario.

Almost 20 years later his party is paying the price for Harris troubled regime.

Political Commentary: “You reap what you sow – Trump sows disrespect and hatred; What! We should respect him! LOL. Get real.”

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Speaking on CNN, Paris Dennard, a paid Trump strategist, said the media and people in general have to show Trump more respect. Problem is Trump spews disrespect and hatred to others with ever word he utters. Its hard to respect a man who has built a political career on disrespecting, name-calling and inciting violence against opponents. You reap what you sow.

Yesterday, CNN had a panel discussion, where political commentator Paul Begala trashed Trump, calling him “a big needy baby” among other things.

Paris Dennard, a Trump strategist on the panel, just made me howl with laughter, when he chided Begala, and all anti-Trumpers for showing a lack of respect for President Donald J. Trump.
LOL…show Trump respect? Come on Paris! I know Trumpenstein pays you to be his ass kisser, but really don’t you think Trump started disrespecting others before the others fought back and disrespected him?
 
Trumper has made his entire career as a belated politician heaping nothing but scorn and disrespect to President Barack Obama starting immediately after Obama won the presidency in 2008.
I don’t believe President Obama ever did anything to deserve the disrespect shown by this ignorant buffoon named Trump.
Ever hear of Trump leading the birther movement? What greater disrespect could Trump throw at President Obama than to declare he was not really an American, and that he might even by a Muslim, even though America was built on religious freedom.
 
Ever hear the “Lock her up ” chants at his rallies?
 
Ever hear Trump call Madam Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary?”
 
There is a saying in Christianity, “You reap what you sow.”
 
Trump has sown fields, after fields of disrespect and incited violence against a protester in Louisville, where now, even one of Trumps own supporters now wants Trump to pay for his fines and penalties and legal costs, because he said he never would have assaulted the protesting woman if not told to do so by Trump.
 
Paris Dennard, you have the gall to chide Paul Begala, and insist we all must respect this man, who only sows disrespect.
Go talk to your minister Dennard, I think you are missing a very basic and crucial truth about life.
Trump has disrespected hardworking men and women in the US Civil service, calling them the swamp. Only to hire his own gang of Wall Street thugs.
He has made fun of a journalist with a disease and mimicked him for laughs.
 
He ridiculed the family of an American soldier who died in Iraq.
 
He has disrespected Americans of the Islamic faith with calls for an Islamic ban on immigrants. He has called people of  Mexican origin murderers and rapists – bad hombres.
 
He has disrespected the American media and started first to bash them because it played well with his base, base, really base supporters.
He has called the media the enemy while blowing loving kisses to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He disrespects U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and America’s First Nations by calling her  “Pocahontas!”. This is being respectful????? A double disrespect in one hate-drenched phrase.
He wrongly accuses President Obama of having wiretapped him, a claim that FBI head James Covey said is wrong and unsupported by the facts.
 
Frankly, I can see now why Melania looked so unhappy that moment during the inauguration.
 
So please Mr. Paris Dennard, spare us your lecture about respecting Trumpster and pay attention to what your boss is doing to America.
 
You can start by removing you lips from Trump’s ass.
 
If you did so, you would see more clearly what a disrespectful man, and hate filled man your boss truly is, and why it is important for all Americans, and American allies to treat him with the utmost contempt and disrespect he is treating others.
 
That is all Trumper ever shows people, even his allies like Canada….disrespect, bullying and ignorance.
Look at his language in raging against Canada’s dairy industry and NAFTA. 
 
Christ said treat people they way you want to be treated.
 
Paris, Trump disrespects people, and what do you expect, they should respect him.
 
Get real Dennard!
Listen to Aretha Franklin, and maybe, just maybe, you can learn about RESPECT!

A Northern Blog: The world seen through northern eyes — “Katelyn Malo and the World’s Biggest, Tiny Art Festival : Why its great to live in a smaller city!”

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Katelyn Malo, holds up a tiny 5 inches by 5 inches painting by Michelle Brazeau, one of the entrants in the Tiny Art Juried Art Exhibit that will run at Malo’s Black Spruce Art Gallery from May 2nd to June 30th, 2017. Deadline for submissions is April 20th at 5:30 pm. Photo by Frank Giorno

Here is the beautiful thing about living in a smaller community like Timmins.

You get to meet really neat people like photographer and gallery owner Katelyn Malo.

Katelyn will hosting the Tiny Art Exhibit in Timmins at the Black Spruce Art Gallery 40 Pine St. S. from May 2 to June 30th. All entries cannot be bigger than than 5 inches by 5 inches and the framing cannot exceed 10 inches by 10 inches.

Sculptures are welcome as well as paintings, photographs, and other visuals. Sculptures can be 6 inches by six inches in size.

I first met Katelyn about five years ago when she published a book titled Timmins: Portraits of a Hometown.

Back then, I invited Katelyn to talk about her book of amazing photos at Timmins Voices, which I was hosting at Christopher’s Coffee House back in 2012.

Today, she continues her photography, while operating the Black Spruce Gallery and Framing store. She has held so many great exhibits. I can’t list them all here. Go to the Black Spruce Gallery website Black Spruce Gallery Timmins

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Katelyn says the Tiny Art Exhibit has been a real laugh…so much fun. Here Katelyn is holding Michelle Brazeau’s 5″x5″ entry. Photo by Frank Giorno .

This Miniature or Tiny Art Exhibit as I refer to in my article — it is a great idea.

And I will submit 4 pieces, 2 ink drawings and 2 photos.

The other neat thing about living in a small city like Timmins (41,000 at last count) is that you really get to know a person and also their family.

I met Katelyn’s father Dr. Larry Malo (originally from Toronto by the way) at the Timmins Voices event for Katelyn in 2012.

Two years later I stumbled onto his property around December 2014 or 2015 taking photographs for the Christmas Bird count — an annual Timmins event.

As I was snapping away at birds on this property in mid -Timmins, a kindly owner opened the door to inquire who might be taking photos on this Dec.23rd?

We had a good laugh. Dr. Malo, actually helped me identify the bird a scarlet something grosbeak or nuthatch of something.

He even grabbed a pair of binoculars so we could look closer at the bird to better identify it.

Fast forward to August, 2016. I am lieing on top of a gurney at the Timmins District Hospital ready for my stomach hernia operation. The nurse comes by and says the anesthesiologist will be by in 5 minutes. I was expecting a female doctor who interviewed my the previous week, but instead I hear “Hello” from a masculine voice.

It was a smiling Dr. Malo — ” Are we ready for this operation?” he asked.

“I want you to count from one hundred backwards to zero,” he said.

I don’t think I made it past 97. I was out and a few seconds later… or so it seemed to me, I asked the nurse when the operation would begin…she laughed, and said it was over 30 minutes ago.

So not only have I got to know Katelyn, but her father, Dr. Larry Malo, also has been a positive factor in my life.

Not sure what the odds of this happening in Toronto are. Any one know?

Enjoy the story about Katelyn’s Miniature or Tiny Art Juried Exhibit (see the link below) and stay tuned for more on the Tiny Art Exhibit. I will be at the opening.

Black Spruce Gallery is holding the biggest, tiny art event ever

Artist submission deadline is Deadline is Thursday, April 20

TimminsToday.com

 

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