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'I never expected to be called a racist'

Award-winning author and Globe columnist Christie Blatchford's says she set out to write Helpless as a court reporter and by looking at the rule of law in the native occupation of Caledonia. She didn't expect to be labelled a racist.

Photograph by Jessica Bruno, The Hill Times

When a handful of native protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve began occupying a plot of land called the Douglas Creek Estates destined for a housing development on the outskirts of Caledonia, Ont., in February 2006, they touched off a series of events that at their worst would dismantle the rule of law in that small town. The occupiers threw a vehicle over an overpass, vandalized a hydro transformer, and torched a bridge. The land has been occupied ever since.

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'I never expected to be called a racist'

Award-winning author and Globe columnist Christie Blatchford's says she set out to write Helpless as a court reporter and by looking at the rule of law in the native occupation of Caledonia. She didn't expect to be labelled a racist.

Photograph by Jessica Bruno, The Hill Times

When a handful of native protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve began occupying a plot of land called the Douglas Creek Estates destined for a housing development on the outskirts of Caledonia, Ont., in February 2006, they touched off a series of events that at their worst would dismantle the rule of law in that small town. The occupiers threw a vehicle over an overpass, vandalized a hydro transformer, and torched a bridge. The land has been occupied ever since.

  

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

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