Reader Letter To The Silo Regarding Motion 103 And Hamilton Protest Rally

Dear Silo, there was a protest rally held at City Hall in Hamilton this past weekend. The purpose was to discuss or protest “Motion-103 “the motion put forth by one Ms. Iqra Khalid to stop as she sees it “Islamophobia.” For many the idea of “M-103” seems almost redundant as hate speech and any sort of hate crime based on religion is already under the “Criminal Code, The Charter of Human Rights & The Constitution.” Some have opined that Ms. Khalid is grandstanding & perhaps they may be correct.

The protest was as it went peaceful & low key. The police presence was minimal and well placed. Directly on site there were six uniforms, but a bit further back there were two mounted units, and further back out of sight behind city hall were three more mounted units.

The speaker at this event was a Muslim woman who was well spoken and exhorted the crowd with slogans, chants & political sayings, touting the Liberal regime and downplaying the Conservative aspect.It was my understanding that there would be both aspects of this motion represented at the protest, but for the near 3 hours I was present I only heard one side of the story [but] perhaps another side spoke later. I saw on the 6:00 pm news, things turned a bit ugly, and the police stepped in to quell any further incident, so who knows.

For many, it seemed a “ family event,” and I saw a few children there, [but] in my humble opinion [this] is no place for kids. In the “ Vietnam” years when the protest was clearly in many cases, a daily event, there never were any children present, mostly due to the fact protests can at any given time turn from something sedate to an angry, ugly mess, ergo no kids. I for one seriously have to ponder the parental abilities of such an action.

There was a few tables set up, all proffering their political views, the Communist Party, ( the mainstay at any protest), a painting table where you could add your hand to a large almost like paint-by-numbers setup where you could if so inclined could add your hand to it. There was a Muslim table set up and two young men who would engage you in conversation about their faith and handed out books & pamphlets, one of them at the time I stopped by, was engaged in a somewhat intense conversation with a Christian young man. Several people were working the crowd by handing out flyers, pamphlets and flash cards with their message on it. The “ Socialist group”, ever present at any event, was handing out small flyers promoting  worker solidarity,” the Marxist group was there too, handing out flyers to combat racism, the “ No Borders Manifesto,” an 18 point small booklet promoting a “ grassroots movement “ to promote the movement to the “ new world.” There were “ Stop the War Coalition,” the “ Know your Rights,” group & “ Hamilton Against Fascism,” and regarding [this]protest it seemed a well-rounded outpouring that way.

As I said, as protests go it was for the 3 hours I was there a peaceful, almost fun event. Later after things went south and everyone had done their barking and bitching sessions, they packed up their wares, printed material and children, and went home to read the tea leaves of the event and to generally pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

Protests are an integral part of the Canadian fabric and should be allowed at all times. The message I received from this one was that the potential for “ free speech,“ could be quashed possibly if this motion is put into a bill and becomes law. Do we have concern?? Perhaps as many feel we do, and it becomes the responsibility of all of us, to be open-minded, observant of what our government says and does. It falls to us to yes question what they tell us so that democracy as we live it will be ongoing and ever present so that we may all move forward with a proper sense of things for all who live and come to this great country we know it.


James R. Charlton

A Reassurance To Muslims In Brant County- MPP Dave Levac

In light of the terrorist attack in Quebec, isolated acts of hate crimes in Ontario and the change of direction in American politics, I want to take this opportunity to take a stance and let my constituents know who and what I stand for. I know many have a sense of foreboding and fear, and I want to assure the Brant community that we are and always will be a place of acceptance, inclusion and peace.

First and foremost, I want to reassure Muslims in the Brant community that I stand with them and support them in this time of fear. We are your neighbours and your friends. You belong here. The city of Brantford, the region of Brant, and the province of Ontario is yours just as much as anyone’s. Ontario does not belong to one group of people, to one race or to one religion. It is a province for all; and at this time, I want to extend this message especially to Muslims who may feel scared or threatened at this time.

mpp dave levac brantI also want to convey this sentiment to any other immigrant, refugee or newcomer to Brant. I will do everything in my role as MPP to support anyone experiencing anxiety and trepidation as a result of their faith, background or ethnicity. As your MPP, I am elected to represent all people of Brant, regardless of religion or country of origin.

Ontario is the most multicultural province in Canada, where half of all new immigrants make their home.
Ontario has been and will continue to be a land of opportunity. We are a prosperous and democratic society built on the hard work of immigrants. At this time, we need to recognize the foundations of our rich heritage and culture. We need to proclaim the values of acceptance, tolerance and multiculturalism in direct defiance of the politics of hate, division, segregation and fear.

As Pierre Elliot Trudeau stated, “A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.” The constitution of Canada protects against intolerance and hate by guaranteeing everyone the freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice. Everyone does truly mean everyone.

Whether you are a multi-generational Canadian, a new Canadian, an immigrant or a refugee, you have the right to life, liberty and security, and the freedom to practice any religion. No matter where you come from, if you are in Canada, you are protected by these rights.

I became an MPP in order to make Brant the best place to live, work, play and raise a family. I believe that this includes making Brant a place of multiculturalism, acceptance and tolerance. I believe that there is no room for hate at all. Love uplifts the soul. We must stand united in defense of this great beacon of hope in the world. Reject hate: embrace love. For the Silo, Dave Levac.

Letter to the Silo: How to catch Wild pigs

*The opinions expressed in Letters to the Silo do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Silo/Mith Media

A thought to remember, Marx said,

“Remove one freedom per generation

and soon you will have no freedom

and no one would have noticed.”

Wild pigs


This is a word to the wise, if you can understand

what’s going on around you…. *


There was a chemistry professor in a large college

that had some exchange students in the class.


One day, the professor noticed one young man,

an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back

and stretching as if his back hurt.  The professor

asked the young man what was the matter.


The student told him he had a bullet lodged in

his back. He had been shot while fighting

communists in his native country who were

trying to overthrow his country’s government

and install a new communist regime. In the

midst of his story, he looked at the professor

and asked a strange question.


He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”


The professor thought it was a joke and asked

for the punch line.

The young man said that it was no joke.


“You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place

in the woods and putting corn on the ground.

The pigs find it and begin to come every day to

eat the free corn.


“When they are used to coming every day, you

put a fence down one side of the place where

they are used to coming. When they get used

to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again

and you put up another side of the fence.


“They get used to that and start to eat again. You

continue until you have all four sides of the fence

up with a gate in the last side.


“The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start

to come through the gate to eat that free corn

again. You then slam the gate on them and catch

the whole herd.


“Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom.

They run around and around inside the fence,

but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating

the free corn. They are so used to it that they

have forgotten how to forage in the woods for

themselves, so they accept their captivity.”


The young man then told the professor that is

exactly what he sees happening in North America .

The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading

the free corn out in the form of programs such

as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned

income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies,

welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.


One should always remember two truths: There is

no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never

hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper

than you can do it yourself.


If you see that all of this wonderful government

“help” is a problem confronting the future of

democracy in North America , you might want to share

this with your friends.


If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life,

then you will probably not share this.


BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut!


Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered.”

Letter to the Silo- Canadians do not support the provisions of “Fair” Elections Act

Letters to the Silo


Dear Silo and the Canadian media- Pierre Poilivere out right lies when he says that Canadians support the provisions of the “Fair” Elections Act.  Who are these people? Can he name some – other then members of his own party who have been brow beaten into submission?    This is the text  of an Email I sent to our Senators on April 4.  To date I have received a reply from four of them – Nancy Raine, Jane Cordy, David Wells, and  Grant Mitchell. The rest of them appear  to be sleeping soundly – or perhaps they have been drugged.

Dear Senators,

A long time ago John Lennon wrote a song to Paul McCartney about the break up of the
Beatles, the greatest rock band the world has ever known, entitled “How do you
sleep? I am not a song writer so I have to use prose and this is my question to you
– How do you sleep? The current government is systematically breaking down all of
the things that made Canada one of the greatest countries the world has ever known.
The latest and perhaps most insidious is the “Fair”  Elections Act.

Presumably you originally got into politics because you felt a calling to help other
people.  If you didn’t and you were just after money, a secure and highly lucrative
pension, power and influence, feel free to junk this Email (like many others you no
doubt have received) and go back to sleep.  However, if there is even the tiniest
shred of conscience and backbone left in you, it is time to wake up.  The Fair
Elections Act is anything but fair, and anyone with any kind of intelligence and
ability to think independently can see that it presents a real and present danger to
democracy in Canada.

It is time to stand up for Canada and oppose this truly horrible piece of
legislation by any means that you have.

Thank you for your time.


Catherine Oliver

Supplemental- Read the Full Document Fair-Elections-Act   Learn more- Bing Search Fair-Elections-Act

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Ontario Green Party say Liberals put party before public with gas plant scandal

The Green Party of Ontario say the Liberals need to stop putting what's best for their party over what's best for the public. image:
The Green Party of Ontario say the Liberals need to stop putting what’s best for their party over what’s best for the public. image:


Queen’s Park – GPO leader Mike Schreiner issued the following statement in response to today’s  Auditor General’s report:    “The Liberal government’s short-term thinking and self-interested political games have cost us a billion dollars and made a mess of Ontario’s energy future.

The Liberal’s gas plant scandal is politics at its worst. Self-interested quick fixes and a third-rate cover up have produced enormous financial costs, paralyzed the legislature and undermined public trust in democracy. The Liberals have put their party before the public.

Ontario needs a long-term energy plan. Instead, the Liberals lurch from one quick fix to another.  They are more interested in buying votes than securing our children’s future.   Without a long-term plan, they’ve failed to site gas plants properly.  They have failed to implement renewable energy properly.

They have failed to pursue conservation programs properly. They have failed to negotiate gas plant relocations properly and now the Liberals are blindly moving forward with plans to waste billions on new nuclear.

After failing to negotiate responsibly on moving gas plants, it is outrageous for this government to commit billions to new nuclear without an independent review of costs or alternatives.

Can we trust this government with our energy future? The Liberal government’s energy planning seems to be driven by what works for the Liberal Party, not for the people of Ontario.  It is important to remember that the Holland Marsh gas plant, located near homes, schools and prime farmland, faced significant local opposition. It was not relocated. It is in a Conservative held riding.

The status quo is broken. We must demand better.  The Green Party will continue to fight for a long-term energy plan that engages communities in solutions that don’t waste money and provides for our energy needs today and in the future.”

For the Silo, Becky Smit

Supplemental- All candidates update from Holland-Marsh-York-Simcoe riding Oct 2011


The Apple Place Norfolk Fruit Growers Association

Wynne won!

Pupatello (L) raises Wynne’s (R) hand in the air during the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention. Wynne is Ontario’s new Leader. image:Mith Media/Silo
Pupatello (L) raises Wynne’s (R) hand in the air during the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention.
Wynne is Ontario’s new Leader.
image:Mith Media/Silo

It’s a cheesy headline. We know. But if you caught Sandra Pupatello’s defeat speech and Kathleen Wynne’s victory speeches you’d understand our motivation- the rosy “aw shucks” and “let’s unite the province” tone were total cheese.

Maybe it isn’t appropriate to run against the mill and spout serious political issues at a time of pomp and circumstance but one thing is for sure: it would have sent a strong message to incumbent conservative ridings. Make no mistake about it. The Ontario Liberals want a majority government. That means winning back key constituencies. That means sweet-heart dealings with municipal governments and the municipalities know this.

Follow the money. In Norfolk County, delegates from council have already met (ahead of the Liberal leadership election) with Norfolker Liberal Dr. Eric Hoskins and the anti-biogas movement from the Delhi area have sent representatives too. So my Silo sense is tingling……an election may be looming. Let’s hope it can wait until the warmer weather, potent democracy needs a strong voter turnout- something that has not been happening over the past provincial and municipal elections.
When the election is called, take a few minutes out of your day and discover what the candidates and parties stand for and use your vote wisely. CP

First Nations reader sends letter outlining FIPA Canada-China trade concerns

November 1, 2012 His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. Governor General

Your Excellency:

I am going to start with this quote i read today “I am a Canadian, free to
speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I
think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, and free to choose those
who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold
for myself and all mankind.” – John Diefenbaker.

Now as a proud First Nations citizen of Canada, I strongly urge you to use
your discretionary reserve powers as the Head of State of this country and
to suspend Stephen Harper as Prime Minister and to dissolve Parliament in
order to preserve and protect our democracy. The method in which Prime
Minister Harper negotiated in secret the Canada-China Foreign Investment
Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and his refusal to have any
debate or discussion on it in the House of Commons is extremely
undemocratic. There are many who believe he no longer nor ever acted in
the true benefit of Canada as a whole, i speak for myself and for my
peoples, as i know many will be, or would have wanted to, sending letters.
The First Nations are only just getting word out with regards to the full
effect this will have on our peoples. We are begging for our
Constitutional Rights given to us through our treaties. I see Elders
crying, these people lead our communities not the false leaders imposed on
us. i cry as i write this…our Elders gave a unanimous decision to reject
any deals to use our lands. We have been closed out of any trade
agreements, some based on technicalities…now to quote from of the
government documents our growing youth population (which is getting
healthier) is excepted to be “400,000” these children are what we fight
for. Our beliefs are that we are here as maintainers or caretakers of this
land. Mother Earth will be here long after we leave, our children’s
children should not have to “maintain” our messes. I was raised outside
the First Nations community, taken away as a child isolated(almost
literally) from people for around 6 years of my life, i had school and i
had my sister but i was forced to spend a lot of time alone, plus
physical/psychological abuse, i am one of the lucky ones. But our
communities are only just starting the healing process, and on top of that
educating ourselves. We need to be able to Listen to our Elders, our
Elders are begging for our Treaty rights and I do know “hear” news of our
tribal leaders asking for the same.

All citizens of Canada have a democratic right to be informed and consulted
on any such far reaching agreements especially when they have the potential
for very dire repercussions as does FIPA. In ratifying this agreement,
which provides communist run corporations the power to sue Canadian
governments at all levels should our laws and policies impede their
expected profits, it is not only completely contrary to the best interest
of Canadians it in fact serves to undermine the very core of our democracy.
By ratifying this agreement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is providing
Chinese corporations the ability to challenge and overturn our laws and
strike down our democratic process and that is without question an attack
on our democracy and our ability to be sovereign country. The vast majority
of Canadians strongly oppose this agreement but their Conservative Members
of Parliament choose to follow party lines rather than to represent their
constituent’s wishes. The people of Canada have lost confidence in the
Harper Conservative Parliament and our elected representatives refuse to
act accordingly. One of the Governor’s General most important
responsibilities is to ensure that Canada always has a prime minister and a
government in place that has the confidence of the people who elected the
Parliament. For the sake of Canada and Canadians, please execute your
duties and suspend Stephen Harper as Prime Minister and dissolve Parliament.

The above is a quote from a fellow citizen, but I have done research.
Everything I have been looking up over the last month with regards to
environmental amendments and First Nation goals are extremely disturbing,
and to mention on top of those are budget indiscretions and the
environmental impact he has allowed to happen. I am not someone that can
sit on the sidelines and not do something or say something when you know
something being done is wrong. What the Conservative government is doing
to Canada is wrong, what he has planned for the First Nations communities
is wrong. This government can not be allowed to continue on with it’s

Lenore Gold
From the Cree Nation and a Canadian Citizen

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