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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.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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