Woman Chased Indians off with baseball bat
by Adam Liefl, NewsModules, Dec 3, 2009
A woman suing the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) and the province for turning a blind eye to the law in Caledonia says she had to face a group of native protesters at her home with a baseball bat, because the police failed to show up. Dana Chatwell told the court yesterday that in October 2006, a group clad in military garb pulled up, but when police were called, they never showed. She and David Brown have claimed that they lived in constant terror, and even had their house ransacked and pet dog injured all during a 2006 occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates development, which their house borders. Chatwell also told the court that while they agreed to install outside surveillance cameras, that one had secretly been installed by OPP in their kitchen.
'Timbit Grannies' were my police
by Christie Blatchford, Globe & Mail, Dec 3, 2009
On the night almost four years ago that the barricades went up in the small southwestern Ontario town of Caledonia, a native acquaintance of Dave Brown and Dana Chatwell told them there were "weapons in the model home" on the site, including "rocket launchers". The stunning revelation came yesterday from Ms. Chatwell, a 46-year-old hairdresser who was completing her first full day of testimony in the couple's lawsuit. Natives from the nearby Six Nations reserve, protesting against an unsettled land claim, had seized the Douglas Creek Estate, a planned housing development, on Feb. 28, 2006. Ms. Chatwell, Mr. Brown and their teenaged son, Dax, live cheek-to-jowl with the DCE, their property bounded by the occupied land on two sides. The family is suing the Ontario government and the Ontario Provincial Police for abandoning them to the lawlessness that began in earnest about two months later.
On April 20, the OPP launched an early morning raid and were driven off the site by as many as 1,000 native protesters, and the occupation turned ugly and sometimes violent. The family had watched the day unfold since dawn, so excited at first at the prospect of life returning to normal that Ms. Chatwell roused their son, telling him, "Dax, wake up - there's history in the making here". There was too, just not the chapter they expected. They watched as natives poured onto the site, some in masks, others carrying rocks and bats, and then saw the OPP retreating, tails between their legs. Natives also threw up barricades on the main road into the estate at the only entrance to the couple's home. Fires were burning everywhere, Ms. Chatwell told Mr. Justice Thomas Bielby of the Ontario Superior Court, and she learned that natives had also torched a wooden bridge. Despite her growing fear, Ms. Chatwell was busy phoning customers, cancelling appointments at her basement salon.
The family was sitting inside the house, lights off so as not to draw attention, when, at about midnight, there was a knock on the front door. "It was a native guy we didn't know really well", she said, identifying him as Kyle Gee. Mr. Gee, she said, had been drinking ("half in the wind" was her homespun description), and said he was just popping by to "see how my neighbours are". He said he'd been at the "white house", the model home natives used as a headquarters, "and he started going on about DCE (Douglas Creek Estate) and how there was weapons in the model home, rocket launchers. "I was just panicked for the rest of the night", Ms. Chatwell said. "Just panicked. I don't think I slept at all". It was the start of an ordeal that continues to this day.
Ms. Chatwell's lawyer, Michael Bordin, took her through several pocket diaries she kept that are exhibits at trial. While she described the same chaos as her husband, who preceded her into the witness box, Ms. Chatwell was often furious where Mr. Brown was emotional. She told Judge Bielby of low points - the day she had to move her busy salon; seeing Stelco union flags alongside those of the Mohawk Warriors; sending Dax to live with a family she barely knew. The few government officials who visited the house, she said, were intimidated by the natives who would show up to stare at them; the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were so unhelpful that she came to consider them "Timbit Grannies", a group of women who met at the local Tim Horton's and who had police scanners, her only law enforcement. "They were my police," she said. When the Grannies gave her a huge Canadian flag to fly at her home, she did - then fielded calls, from "government people even," begging her to take it down.
She described the day when the natives destroyed a hydro transformer and she wasn't allowed back home. Frantic with worry for the family dog alone in the house, she spotted former Ontario premier David Peterson, appointed as a special mediator, and begged him to walk her home to rescue the pup. "I can't walk up there," she said he told her. "I can't go there." A half-hour later, she said, she spotted him behind the barricades, speaking with native women. By the fall of 2006, she had reached a razor's edge of fury when she woke up to see a Warriors' flag on the sign for her by now-defunct salon. Two nights later, when a group of masked natives pulled into her driveway in a truck, she went after them. "I grabbed a baseball bat and went out screaming and yelling", she said. "I'm in my fricking Mickey Mouse neon green pajamas, acting like a crazy woman."
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