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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
Friday, September 19, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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