Saturday, 16 March 2013

Algonquin Land Claims Ontario

Negotiators promise accountability with land claims financial settlement

By Desmond Devoy
EMC News - The Algonquin First Nation has no intention of squandering the $300 million settlement they are seeking in their ongoing land claim. The comment was made by... 
It began with a town hall meeting called by that paragon of virtue, Randy Hillier.

Public discusses hopes, concerns for Algonquin land deal

MPP Randy Hillier
Sometimes it is embarrassing, admitting the Randy Hillier is our Member of Provincial Parliament. To his credit, he held a meeting to discuss the ramifications of the current Algonquin Land Claims. To his discredit, he open by saying he'll call the First Nations 'Indians.' He could have asked!

He is not known for his respect for government, nor his respect for those who are different, e.g., aboriginal, gay, in a public sector union, or believe that the environment needs protection!

This the man who is on a government payroll, as an MPP. The misinformation around these land claims is getting worse. The fearmongering, assumptions and outright lies by lobby groups, such as the hunters and fishing groups, landowner associations, with flyers sent door-to-door, have been appalling.
Sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Anglers, Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association, Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations. Lobby groups with much time, energy and money, as well as attitude. People who exploit the land and pollute for their fun, adventure and profit.

Hillier's partner-in-office, MP Scott Reid, sends out mailers that ask for input on issues, badly phrased to read similar to the question 'when did you stop beating your wife'.

Methinks Hillier is the pot calling the kettle black!
""It's important for people to express themselves," he said, but he had concerns that the unions were "expressing falsehoods, not facts." 
While he did not attend the hospital union-sponsored meetings in Perth or Smiths Falls last week, Hillier did urge "anybody who was at those meetings (to) take what was said with a box of salt." 
He also slammed the unions for, what he saw as, putting unnecessary fear into the hearts of seniors. 
"(It is) intolerable that the union leadership would elevate these anxieties," said Hillier."

Public discusses hopes, concerns for land deal

Posted Feb 7, 2013 By Desmond Devoy
EMC News - While the Perth Legion hall is far removed from the flying banners and protests of the Idle No More movement, the ongoing national debate about Canada's relationship with the First Nations peoples still came to the surface last week. Lanark,...

Algonquin land claims tentative deal: What does it actually say?

Posted Feb 7, 2013 By Desmond Devoy
EMC News - Among the many questions brought up for discussion at last week's land claims public meeting, questions about land rights, land access and hunting were very much to the fore. So, what does the deal say, exactly, about all of these issues?...

Negotiators dismiss anglers, hunters claims as "categorically, inappropriately wrong"

Posted Feb 28, 2013 By Desmond Devoy
EMC News - The chief negotiator for the Algonquins of Ontario is hitting back at claims made at a recent meeting that private property will be handed over to the First Nations community. Bob Potts, chief negotiator for the Algonquins of Ontario, speaking...

Private land not to be expropriated in Algonquin land claim discussions

Posted Mar 14, 2013 By Desmond Devoy
EMC News - The chief negotiator for the Algonquins of Ontario is reiterating that the land claims agreement-in-principle (AIP) will not expropriate private property. "No private property will be expropriated," said Potts last week. "They (the...


Red said...

Sad but interesting to read about when the treaties were signed and what was in them. then the history of the treaties and what was taken away. Here whole reserves were taken away. Some govt. official would go out to a reserve and find nobody there and assume the land had been abandoned. He never thought to check where these people were and they might be away visiting or hunting. Sometimes a chunk was cut off a reserve because somebody wanted to buy it. sometimes land trades were made. Most of the official fools of today don't know a thing about the history of the treaties.

Christine said...

This sounds like a mess Jenn...