Pictures of Leadership

A councillor should provide leadership by words AND actions, standing with people, and speaking out for them in their darkest hour. Gary has been standing with the people of Caledonia for more than four years:

(Hover your mouse over images to see descriptions. Click here for Gary’s bio & motivation for getting involved.)

  • Gary speaks to 2,000 people at his March for Freedom, Oct15/06Co-founder and Executive Director for Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (www.CANACE.ca).
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  • Organizer of many peaceful protests against OPP policing policies including the one that started it all – the Oct 15/06 ‘March for Freedom’ in Caledonia which attracted extraordinary media attention on the 2,000 people who peacefully marched through Caledonia to protest against ‘Two Tier Justice’ in their town.
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    MPP Toby Barrett speaks at Gary's inaugural March for Freedom,  Oct15/06Guest speakers included MPP Toby Barrett, Ipperwash resident/community leader Mary-Lou LaPratte and Caledonia resident Anne-Marie VanSickle.
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  • Organized a petition and rally at the Cayuga OPP station on March 03/07 to defend Caledonia resident Dave Hartless when former OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino tried to silence him by filing a ‘discreditable conduct’ complaint (eventually dismissed) with his employer – the Hamilton Police Service – for criticizing racial policing policies in his town.
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    Councillor Craig Grice stands with Gary on steps of Cayuga OPP station to support Dave Hartless, March 03/07Current Ward 3 Councillor Craig Grice attended and spoke alongside Gary in support of Mr. Hartless.
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  • Organized the ‘Protect Our Families’ rally at the Cayuga OPP station on Aug 08/08 to demand action when he became aware of more objects being thrown from the Sterling Street bridge onto motorists below. Councillor Leroy Bartlett attended the event and spoke to concerned community members.
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    Gary speaks at his 'Protect Our Families' rally, Aug 22/08Gary later used his Regional News column and legal connections to expose that the OPP had hidden from Haldimand’s Police Services Board and the public that there had been more than 1500 such incidents.
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  • Portrayed with Caledonia community leaders Merlyn Kinrade and Doug Fleming by Caledonia artist Barb Patterson-Tuck in her 2008 award-winning depiction of the Caledonia crisis entitled, ‘Caught in the Middle’. Gary is shown in the lower right-hand point of the maple leaf in the centre.
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  • Caledonia artist Barb Patterson Tuck depicts Gary McHale, Merlyn Kinrade and Doug Fleming in her award winning portrayal of Caledonia's misery entitled, 'Caught in the Middle.'Received 4,821 votes (10% of popular vote) in 2008 federal election in riding of Haldimand-Norfolk as independent candidate running primarily on ‘law and order’ platform highlighting suffering of innocent Caledonia residents. With 1822 votes Gary took nearly every poll in Caledonia — 39% of Caledonia voters chose Gary over high-profile candidates such as incumbent PC cabinet minister Diane Finley and Liberal candidate Dr. Eric Hoskins. See also: ‘Gary in 2008 Federal Election‘ page here on his 2010 Municipal campaign site.
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  • Listed in Wikipedia.org category of ‘Living People’ under ‘Gary McHale.’

Gary leads '2nd Aniversary of Anarchy' rally, Queen's Park, April 20/08 Gary is interviewed following inaugural March for Freedom, Oct 15/06 Caledonia Lions Hall, Jan 14/07: Gary explains why he came to Caledonia and his strategy for opposing racial policing.

A councillor should use his/her resources to research topics of vital importance to his constituents and educate media, business, citizens and other politicians about the issues. Gary and his associates have conducted research and provided education that no other Haldimand politician has even attempted, let alone equal:

  • Gary on Michael Coren Show, June 01/10Participated in hundreds of media interviews regarding Caledonia crisis including a one-on-one  appearance on the Michael Coren Show, June 01/10.
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  • Editor of CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com: written numerous editorials related to Caledonia, Ipperwash land claim lawlessness and human rights issues. Averages approx. 450,000 stories read per month by 18,000 unique visitors that include government agencies across Canada and 138 major corporations in North America. Two year totals (as of July 23/08): 62.6 million hits, 16.8 million files downloaded, 926 GB of data transferred.
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    Listed as an external reference in Wikipedia.org encyclopedia under ‘Caledonia Land Dispute.’
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    Gary cited in Summer 2008 edition of Ryerson Review of Journalism for providing coverage of Caledonia crisis when other media failed.Cited by Ryerson Review of Journalism (Summer 2008 edition) in Disputed Land, Failed Coverage for providing valuable information about the Caledonia crisis when other media failed to cover the issues.
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    Key source for feature article on Caledonia crisis, ‘The Road to Anarchy’ by Western Standard magazine, Sept 11/06.
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  • Regular columnist for Regional News since December 2008. His columns can be read here.
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  • Co-organizer and speaker at various public townhall meetings and legal education workshops in Caledonia and Cayuga, Ontario.
  • Invited speakerGary speaks at Legalized MYTHS report presentation, Cayuga, July 21/08 at University of Waterloo, Nov 01/07 re effects of landclaim lawlessness on residents.
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  • Invited presenter for ’2010 ‘New Directions in Aboriginal Policy’ forum, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, May 05, 2010. Gary’s presentation: The Face of Aboriginal Sovereignty versus The Rule of Law in Caledonia. Co-presentation by associate Mark Vandermaas: Listening to Victims: A Fresh Approach to Healing and Reconciliation. This forum represented the first time that the voices of Caledonia & Ipperwash victims (aboriginal and non-aboriginal) were represented at the aboriginal policy discussion table.
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  • Gary McHale presents 'The Face of Aboriginal Sovereignty versus the Rule of Law in Caledonia' at the 2010 'New Directions in Aboriginal Policy' forum, Mount Royal University, May 05/10Author, CANACE report: CANACE report: Cost of Native Occupations
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  • Co-author, CANACE report: Legalized MYTHS of Illegal Occupations
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  • Gary provided extensive evidence and assistance to Globe & Mail reporter Christie Blatchford for her upcoming book, 'HELPLESS: Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How The Law Failed Us All' (release date: Oct 26/10).Co-author, CANACE report: The Human Costs of Illegal Occupations
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  • Co-author: McGuinty’s Ipperwash Cover-up: the Caledonia Legacy, first published as two-part series by Caledonia-based Regional News, Feb 18-25/09.
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  • Provided extensive assistance and evidence to aid Globe & Mail reporter Christie Blatchford with research for her upcoming book, ‘HELPLESS: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, and How the Law Failed All of Us.‘ (release date: Oct 26/10)

Reports authored or co-authored by Gary:

Co-author: McGuintys Ipperwash Coverup: The Caledonia Legacy Co-Author: The Human Costs of Illegal Occupations Co-author: Legalized MYTHS of Illegal Occupations Author: Cost of Native Occupations

A leader uses every tool at their disposal to fight for their constituents. Despite having no formal legal training Gary has used the courts to startling success on behalf of Haldimand residents:

  • Gary on steps of Cayuga courthouse during hearings for McHale v. R., 2009, June 29/09Convinced a Justice of the Peace to issue 9 charges – Extortion, Intimidation and Mischief – via the private prosecution provision of the Criminal Code against two well known native protesters responsible for illegal occupations and construction site shut-downs in Hagersville, Cayuga and Brantford. Families now live in a finished Cayuga development thanks, in part, to Gary.
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  • Conducted legal research to assist CANACE co-founder Jeff Parkinson in setting a Canadian legal precedent by winning two important Ontario Superior Court of Justice rulings related to the right of citizens to file private prosecutions in Parkinson v. R., 2009 (listed on CanLII as R. v. Parkinson, 2009 CanLII 729 (ON S.C.)), and Parkinson v. R., 2008 (listed on CanLII as R. v. Parkinson, 2008 CanLII 68177 (ON S.C.))
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    100125 National Post reports on Gary's appearance before the Ontario Court of Appeal on Jan14-10The Crown had convinced a Justice of the Peace to dismiss charges of Mischief against two OPP officers for assisting native protesters in blockading private property to keep the legal owner out his Hagersville property even though there was evidence to support the charge. Mr. Parkinson and Mr. McHale were successful in convincing Justice T.D. Marshall to issue an Order of Mandamus to compel the issuance of process for the charges.
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  • Won an Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling on July 02/09 – McHale v. R., 2009 – which severely limited the Crown’s ability to interfere with right of a citizen to file a private prosecution.
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    Gary wins at Ontario Court of Appeal, May 17/10.The Crown and Justice of the Peace had prevented Mr. McHale from presenting evidence against three senior government officials who played a role in allowing a Caledonia occupation to continue. He was successful in using an Order of Mandamus to compel a new hearing, but the Attorney General appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.
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    The Court of Appeal sided with Gary and ordered a hearing of the charges to take place, but the Crown was permitted to stay the charges prior to the hearing instead of dismissing them. Gary has asked the Supreme Court to hear arguments into the right of the Crown to stop private prosecutions before the evidence of a crime is presented.
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    The late Justice Marshall of Ontario's Superior Court recognized the importance of the issues raised by Gary in his ruling on McHale v. R., 2009Of special note in this case is that now-deceased Justice Marshall emphasized the vital importance to Canadian democracy of the issues Gary was bringing before the Court by calling the right of a citizen to bring private charges against government officials ‘a bulwark of democracy.’ He also quoted from one of the fathers of the United States Constitution:
[46] Indeed, Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist Papers at page 78: “Considerate men…ought to prize whatever will tend to…fortify that temper in the courts (independence); as no one can be sure that he may not be tomorrow the victim of a spirit of injustice, by which he may be a gainer today.”
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  • CHTV News, Jan 08/10: Superior Court judge orders Fantino to face charge of Influencing Municipal Official Made Canadian legal history on Dec 31/09 by winning an Ontario Superior Court ruling by Justice David Crane – McHale v. Ontario Attorney General, 2009 – ordering a Justice of the Peace to issue process for a criminal charge against Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino in connection with an April 07/07 email to Haldimand Council which was regarded as a threat by the Mayor and held to be a threat by the court.
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    McHale v. Ontario Attorney General, 2009 was an Order of Mandamus overturning the lower court’s decision not to issue a charge of ‘Influencing Municipal Official’ under s. 123(2) of the Criminal Code against Fantino, and represents the first time that a high-ranking police official has been charged in Canada for such an offence. The Crown withdrew the charge.
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  • Gary and wife Christine on steps of Hamilton courthouse, April 21/10On March 16/10 Gary convinced a Justice of the Peace there was sufficient evidence to issue criminal charges of Obstructing Justice against two senior OPP officers – then Deputy Commissioner Chris Lewis and Superintendent Ron Gentle – who had made an agreement to charge him with an offence in order to appease native protesters after receiving orders from the Commissioner that they should ‘not get bogged down with legal nuances’ in order to lay a charge.
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    Gary successfully fought the charge for two years without legal representation. It was eventually dropped after the two officers were charged with Obstructing Justice in his case.
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  • Featured in CBC National News article by investigative reporter/producer John Nicol, The 2 men who are putting a police chief on trial, Feb 02/10.

A councillor should help residents take their story to the inner circles of power. With the assistance of MPP Toby Barrett Gary has helped victims of race-based policing tell their stories at the Queen’s Park Media Studio on three occasions:

  • Organizer and speaker at Ipperwash Papers news conference in Queen’s Park Media Studio, March 14/07 which exposed how the Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations have no application in Caledonia because the inquiry did not study the issue of preventing violence against innocent residents.
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  • Organizer and speaker at FantinoGate news conference in Queen’s Park Media Studio, April 17/07 re complaints against OPP Commissioner Fantino regarding his threats against Haldimand Council. Not one member of Haldimand council filed an official complaint against Fantino’s attempt to intimidate them into silence, so it was left to Gary to wage a two-year court battle in which a Superior Court judge finally ordered the now-former commissioner to face the above-mentioned Criminal Code charge of Influencing Municipal Official. 
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    Gary speaks at 'Illegal Smokeshacks' news conference, Queens Park, Dec 04/07.Gary was accompanied at the Queen’s Park news conference by longtime Caledonia resident Merlyn Kinrade and 14 year old Pam Dudych from the Sixth Line, who was able to tell her story about living on a street without policing directly to the media for the first time.
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  • Co-organizer and speaker at Illegal Smokeshacks news conference in Queen’s Park Media Studio, Dec 04/07 following violent attacks by Six Nations residents on peaceful citizens protesting against illegal sales of tobacco to Caledonia children. Gary was accompanied by longtime Caledonia residents Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade and Brian Hagan who each presented their views.

Dec 04/07: 'Illegal Smokeshacks' news conference in Queen's Park Media Studio with (L-R) Doug Fleming, Merlyn Kinrade, Brian Hagan, Gary McHale.

Click here to see Gary’s bio and why he got involved in the Caledonia situation.

Gary McHale – your best chance to send a message
that the people of Caledonia deserve better!