Helpless: Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us Paperback – Jul 26 2011
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About the Author
CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD has been a high-profile Canadian journalist for over 25 years, with columns covering sports, lifestyle, current affairs, and crime. She started working for The Globe and Mail in 1972 while still studying at Ryerson, and has since worked for the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and the National Post. She returned to The Globe and Mail in 2002. She is a winner of the National Newspaper Award for column writing.
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The book is really about the hardships faced by the Caledonians at the hands of both the occupiers and the OPP. It is very damning of the OPP, the OPP leadership, Mr. Fantino, and all the other Government officials involved in deciding what was to take place in Caledonia.
The book recounts how the OPP planted cameras in the house of one Caledonia residence to surveil the owner. Also, there was an incidence of planting a GPS locator on an officer's personal vehicle. The officer was personal friends with one of the central homeowners and was in the difficult position of having to do his job, while also act as a friend and counsel. This role was exploited by the OPP to their advantage.
Reading it, you can't help but think of those poor souls living in occupied Europe during the war, the KGB, the SS. The OPP broke nearly every law you can think of, while refusing to serve or protect people who badly needed their help.
It reflected the struggles of the people of Caledonia, Ontario (small town near Hamilton) where the natives of Six Nations took over a construction site and the police (OPP) turned a blind eye to their illegal actions. The Caledonia townspeople living around the construction site were constantly harassed and threatened but the OPP would not give any assistance. Even when there was a blockade, the OPP faced the townspeople rather than the natives.
There was anecdote where the home owner came home from a ball game but the natives would not let him pass their lines. Apparently, he missed a native curfew. Anyway, he got quite upset and drove past their line to his home and then was surrounded by a group of native who forced him into a vehicle and transported him back to the OPP line where he was arrested and spent the night in jail. The victim were arrested and the illegal action was condoned.
There a sections of humour in this book but also segments where one would have a hard time believing that this could happen today in Canada.
Fiction? Not at all. This nightmare actually took place in the town of Caledonia, with members of the Six Nations reserve seizing control of the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision on February 28, 2006. Five years later, the occupation is still going on.
Columnist and crime reporter Christie Blatchford's Helpless is the tale of how the residents of Caledonia had their lives turned upside down - in the name of political correctness gone mad. Blatchford makes it clear right from the start that this book is not about the validity of native land claims, or a chronicle of abuses Canadian officials from an earlier time foisted upon our First Nations. What she is interested in doing is telling a story that few, if any, have had the courage to tell, revealing dark and difficult truths along the way.
Needless to say, there has already been something of a backlash to this book. Some have even gone as far to condemn Blatchford as a racist. Others point to her portrayals of the townsfolk as heroes and the natives as thugs and bullies. While showing several of the residents of Caledonia acting with great courage and patience, only one of the occupiers comes off well - Michael Laughing, a high-steel ironworker who volunteered at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks.Read more ›
The tales of the residents of Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia are so heart-wrenching, so sad, so angering that you only wish this was a tale of fiction. You will find yourself shaking your head, teary-eyed and angry reading about how the OPP and Ontario government abandoned the poor souls caught in the middle of this illegal occupation.
Helpless is truly the perfect title. These people were completely abandoned by the police and the government and the only full record of what happened is in these 276 pages.
It's a cliché to say that this is a must-read for any freedom-loving Canadian, but it really is. If you care about the rule of law, no matter where you live in our great nation, you must read Helpless. You will hardly believe that this could have happened on Canadian soil in the 21st century.
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This is a very well written account of one of Ontario's most shameful native uprisings and occupations.Published 6 months ago by Nancy Bigelow
Christie's book appears to be an honest account of what occurred. The damned McGuinty government got off pretty easy as there appears to be no doubt that the orders to the OPP... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Earl
Anything Christie Blatchford writes is incredible. Gifted and hard working writer !Published 10 months ago by thy fearful symmetry
There are only two books written about the atrocities committed in Caledonia between 2006 and 2013. The Ontario Liberals under McGuinty and the mainstream media managed to keep the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Painter
A chilling indictment of the Ontario Provincial Police and all parties involved in land settlement negotiations with the First Nations.Published 23 months ago by Raymond E. Jonasson
Christie Blatchford's book titled "Helpless" was excellently researched, documented and written. Basically, the book clearly illustrates how the Ontario Provincial Government and... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2011 by Michael P. Maciuk
This book by Christie Blatchford should be read by every person in Ontario. It is a shocking and I believe accurate account of what happened in the Caledonia occcupation by Six... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2011 by colleen dodds
If what you want is a one-sided, ill-researched, and misguided view of what happened in Caledonia then this book is for you. This book is such a right-wing, racist farce. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2011 by Jeremy Morrow
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