TORONTO - Yesterday the Ontario Superior Court published a decision which made clear the federal government`s obligation to turn over its archival records on Indian Residential Schools to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.
“The First Nations in Ontario welcome this decision and expect the federal government to provide all documents necessary to assist the TRC to complete its mandate,“ stated Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.
The Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Christ Lewis, has taken to YouTube to silence self-righteous racists who are urging the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to apply force against the Idle No More movement’s peaceful protest actions. Only last week, an extremist Ontario Superior Court judge slammed the OPP for not nuking an #IdleNoMore protest.
Lewis makes two things clear in his address. First, through Idle No More, First Nations have the ability to “paralyze this country by shutting down travel and trade routes”. Second, it’s not the job of the OPP or any police force, to solve longstanding, colonialism-inspired disputes between First Nations and the governments of Canada.
“I’d rather be criticized for a decision to not jeopardize, take or lose lives than for taking unnecessary aggressive action that undoubtedly will,” Lewis said.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose Charter rights were infringed when Toronto police mass-arrested 263 protesters during the 2010 protests.
One particular officer prompted the judge’s scathing words. According to the Toronto Star, while arresting Botten, he shone his weapon’s laser beam at her and chanted: “Eenie, meenie, minie, mo, arrest a protester by the toe.”