September 02, 2015

Notley falsely claims she's powerless over Stoney "highway robbery" -- Here's what she must do now

Rebel Staff
 

After an accident on the TransCanada Highway, some Calgarians drove down side roads on the Stoney Indian Reserve to get around it.

Incredibly, some reserve residents set up road blocks and charged drivers to pass!

It was an illegal shakedown, what used to be called "highway robbery."

So what was Alberta Premier Notley's response? What about the band's leaders?

They all seem confused about the law, and hesitant to criticize the wrongdoers.

The thing is, the treaty that created the Stoney Indian Reserve is very clear:

Those roads are public, not private.

(Speaking of the Stoney leadership, last year the three chiefs made $2.2 million tax free, and expensed an additional million dollars. So why are so many reserve residents are still living in temporary housing, two years after the flood...?)

I think the RCMP should get investigate this vigilante shakedown.

But that's not all.

Watch to see what I think needs to happen next.

 


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commented 2015-09-04 10:30:39 -0400
If the white farmers were extorting money for passage, it would be a police matter no?
“The government response ought to be the same, shouldn’t it?”, I would agree Erin.
I don’t call this a ‘non story’. I call this lawless behaviour just one more step toward anarchy. Sorry if that sounds like an over reaction. The road wasn’t just blocked, they weren’t just protesting, they robbed people. They demanded money to pass on what sounds like was a public road. If it turns out it was a private road, it would still be highway robbery. Individual citizens of that band, took it upon themselves to take money for passage. The three chief’s took no responsibility either way, and say they will take the money from the individuals who took it upon themselves to steal, and use the money for their seniors. Anyway you cut it it was robbery. Robbery.
commented 2015-09-04 02:48:16 -0400
Instead of emotionally overreacting and letting yourselves get caught up in the drama and partisanship of commenting, think about the larger issues highlighted by this “non-story”. These sorts of actions (road blocking) have become a common theme in many native protests: the Oka Standoff, Caledonia/Grand River, Idle No More, Belleville, protests about murdered and missing native women, anti-hydroelectric dam protests, and anti-pipeline protests, including the latest in northern B.C. directed against Chevron’s Pacific Trail Pipeline, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project, and Shell’s TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline project.
Only, it’s not just native protests. Illegal blockades seem to be increasingly popular methods of protest by just about anybody. Charging road tolls is nothing compared to burning tires (highly un-environmental), blocking public highways, setting railway bridges on fire or causing a $1 million blackout by smashing and burning a hydro substation — all of which happened in Caledonia, in direct violation of court-ordered injunctions and contempt judgments. It also happened recently in Europe, where French and Belgian farmers have been blockading border crossing roads and setting “tyres” on fire to protest low food prices and demand that the EU “harmonize” food prices to “level the playing field”. Some protesting farmers actually dumped dinosaur-sized piles of manure outside government buildings, and set pigs loose in stores. Seriously, see it here: https://news.vice.com/article/french-farmers-are-dumping-manure-on-buildings-and-blockading-roads-to-protest-low-food-prices
How did the French government respond to the situation? Arrest the lawbreakers/vandals? No, it gifted the disgruntled farmers with a $600 million Euro “emergency aid package”. In other words, the government rewarded a specific group of people for breaking the law and causing untold millions of Euros in both economic and property damage (thereby destroying what little credibility there was to their complaints, I would add. And here’s a pure, conservative bias statement: typical liberals, complaining about the price of basic agricultural products being too LOW, LMFAO).
See where that gets us? Nowhere. So I would encourage you to suspend your bias for just a moment, and really think about these incidents. Is it ever appropriate for the government to ignore the law? Should the government be allowed to pick and choose when and where, and against whom, to apply the law in accordance with its own political interests and agenda, or should the public be able to expect that the government will observe the rule of law, and treat all citizens equally? Imagine if the word “native” was removed, and this story was about white, male farmers blocking/charging the general public for access to public roads in order to protest the Canadian Wheat Board’s (former) monopoly. The government response ought to be the same, shouldn’t it?
And that’s just one of SEVERAL issues this story raises.
commented 2015-09-04 01:06:20 -0400
I wouldn’t say it’s a garbage news story, but a few more facts would be helpful. Again, I’d like to know which particular roads within the Stoney Reserve were affected. If they were actually private roads (and there are a few) then I’d have more sympathy for the natives who (otherwise) intimidated motorists and blocked passage in order to pull off what appears to me to be nothing but a shakedown. Essentially, they took advantage of a serious highway accident just to make a few bucks.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that clearly motivated them (aka: “capitalist greed” when old, white, English-speaking men do it). I also strongly believe in abolishing the Indian Act, and transferring full land, mine and mineral rights to native bands that vote in favour of such a change, and have a demonstrated capability to manage their own affairs and interests. Private land owners are much more enfranchised and tend to value, protect and maintain their assets, and for the most part, don’t have to satisfy the government or obtain its approval over private dealings and transactions involving those assets.
Even though “private” doesn’t mean the same thing on a native reserve, certainly the band and its members should be able to control access to roads designated as private. They ought to have the right to control traffic on these roads and restrict access to some degree, but they have no right to interfere with public use and access to public roads and highways.
The question is whether the road is public or private?
commented 2015-09-03 16:47:17 -0400
CHARLETON G – ask’s = So Brinkman why has Edmonton been dubbed the “murder caoital”

Caoital?

I have no idea CHARLETON G – Tell me why Edmonton been dubbed the “murder caoital”
commented 2015-09-03 13:47:09 -0400
Lilo there is more to the story then the spin put on by the cheif in Chilliwack. They took between $2000 and $4000 which they are keeping for ‘youth programs’ They still claim its a private road but will allow free access down another ‘private road’ on the same reserve. Band members are reminding everyone the regular road is also on the same reserve but for now they are being good neighbors and letting us use it.
commented 2015-09-03 13:28:07 -0400
Such matters can be handled differently at the band level . . . kudos to the Soowahlie chief and council.

http://www.theprogress.com/news/323514311.html
Tempers flare as drivers look for alternate route out of Cultus Lake

. . . .drivers were being asked to pay a $20 charge, which infuriated some of them.

. . . “Things escalated quickly,” [Chief] Wallace said. "Everyone was quite upset about the tolls.”

. . . . no other “tolls” will be erected, and the $2,000 collected at the gate over the weekend will be used for Soowahlie elders and children’s programs.

Plans are in the works for new signs, and flaggers to direct motorists to the Sleepy Hollow Road route in the case of an emergency, she added.
commented 2015-09-03 12:41:28 -0400
TERRY ROGERS , PETER NETTERVILLE;
It’s getting to the point up here in the boonies (Chilcotin Plateau), if I want to go hunting, in season, all tagged-up and legal, there’s people telling me I can’t, well, Indians:
“…One of the more legally trailblazing tribes in Canada — the Tsilhqot’in — has just declared the BC Liberal government grizzly hunt as unlawful on traditional Aboriginal lands, the Vancouver Observer has learned.
“The hunt is illegal,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government on Wednesday from Williams Lake in B.C’s interior.
“If [grizzly] hunters come on to Tsilhqot’in title lands, they better check with us,” he added.
The six Tsilhqot’in bands, fresh off an historic Supreme Court land rights victory, sit atop one of B.C.’s fledging recovery of grizzlies. The landmark ruling last summer requires outsiders to gain the consent of First Nations before impacting traditional territories, including its wildlife.
Chief Alphonse says the B.C. hunting licences handed out for the Cariboo Chilcotin district last year and again this year are “not valid.” …”, see: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/tsilhqot-call-grizzly-hunt-illegal-video
As the coddling and double standards applied to the Indians increase, so does the militancy and criminality of the Indians. The police seem reluctant to intervene in Indian illegality, the politicians caving in, lying or silent, the Media Party supporting every thing any Indian does while condemning White Canada. So why wouldn’t I feel the need to take some of my friends with me, like:
Eli Remington
Sammy Colt
Olly Winchester
Johnny Browning
Billy Ruger
Ugo Beretta
Oscar Mossberg
Carl Walther
and Ronnie Barrett, if there’s room in the truck…and I can’t forget Hoyt Buck!
And why shouldn’t I?
Cause and effect!
commented 2015-09-03 12:38:37 -0400
Hey Brinkman, have you read this yet? www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists
commented 2015-09-03 12:29:23 -0400
So Brinkman why has Edmonton been dubbed the “murder caoital” of Canada? Too much HR?
commented 2015-09-03 12:22:04 -0400
The problem with idiots like you is that you think conservatives don’t want immigrants which is BS but it gives lefties like you a false narrative.
commented 2015-09-03 12:19:37 -0400
Brinkman you don’t speak for me and many here.
Vietnamese were our allies in the war. Somalians have been a murderous group. Control of immigration means keeping bad elements out. It doesn’t mean no immigration so put your BS to bed.
Who is Doug?
commented 2015-09-03 12:19:15 -0400
brinkman said, " I’ve already said this is an Ottawa issue – not the Province ", you are way off base, it is actually a Police issue, Provincial.
‘I’ve often suggested to our fearless commander Levant that he really needs to hire a Chief Editor to edit out these non news stories…’ says you. I knew it was sour grapes.
commented 2015-09-03 12:04:57 -0400
CHARLETON G commented 3 mins ago Brinkman many of us want tougher control of immigration. Doug Brinkman claims to be the artist, a fascist and native.

So wrong CHARLETON G – First I am 3rd Generation Irish/English settler thankful to be living in Canada on Treaty 6 territory. I greatly respect and admire First Nations Inuit culture as I do all cultures who make Canada Great and thier home. As one Canuck I think we have lots of room to share with other nations who need our help ie Syria (A REAL NEWS STORY) – In the 70s The boat people of Vietnam after the war ended were the first wave of refuges to Canada I remember.

My employer the Edmonton Sun at the time helped Vietnamese refugees settle into Edmonton by helping them with housing and jobs in thier newspaper. They still work for the Sun today!

As so far as this blaming Rachel Notley for all Ezra Levants rants and woes I’ve already said this is an Ottawa issue – not the Province and its just another Non News story that merits embarrassment for the rest of The Rebel’s staff who produce good researched news stories…

I’ve often suggested to our fearless commander Levant that he really needs to hire a Chief Editor to edit out these non news stories…

I am not Charlie Hebdo
commented 2015-09-03 11:49:51 -0400
Actually Brinkman I was pointing out the disgusting political use by Liberals and NDP to gain political points. You undertook to make a political statement based on your views which I find repulsive. Now who is Doug Brinkman?
commented 2015-09-03 11:49:41 -0400
Actually Brinkman I was pointing out the disgusting political use by Liberals and NDP to gain political points. You undertook to make a political statement based on your views which I find repulsive. Now who is Doug Brinkman?
commented 2015-09-03 11:43:33 -0400
Brinkman many of us want tougher control of immigration.
Doug Brinkman claims to be the artist, a fascist and native.
commented 2015-09-03 11:40:46 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – you are not a very good cop then LIZA – forget about CSIS because they need competent people

Pay attention LIZA
CHARLETON G commented 1 hour ago
I hope the Rebel covers how NDP and Liberals make political points over the death of that immigrant child dying trying to ReachCanada. Drowned in the Agean sea while Harper held him under water. Disgusting.

I responded with CHARLETON G you are in part correct – the NDP along with Harper’s Conservatives, Liberals and Greens joined with Canada’s failing Corporate News Media have all let Syrians down – here’s how I know: Canada’s Government and Corporate News Media failed Syrian Canadian’s Pleas for Help – 2011. October 3, 2015 Edmonton: All eyes on Syria’s refugee crisis long over-due – By Doug Brinkman

Today’s Syrian Refugee Crisis may have been prevented by leaders in the West including Harper when in 2011 and for 9 months Edmonton Syrians rallied weekly with protests and vigils in Churchill Square and Gazebo Park in Edmonton and around the world – There were no responses from either the Harper Government, Corporate Media or by any of the opposition Governments when Edmontonians cried weekly over the deaths of family members murdered by the Bashar al-Assad Government forces.

Edmonton’s Communists and Marxist Leninist (friends of a certain NDP MP in Edmonton) hide behind the fake facade of Edmonton Coalition Against War And Racism ECAWAR . They have refused to condemn Bashar al-Assad killing of unarmed Syrians but instead would argue he was a great leader and blamed Israel’s Zionists and America’s Imperialist for Syria’s civil war.

Since 2011 half of Syria’s population has left thier homes and have tried to find safety in other nations because of the relentless bombing of Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces with weapons brought in from Iran, Russian and China. Bashar al-Assad also had the same diplomatic support from these countries.

How can I say this with knowing… During the first 9 months when Bashar al-Assad began killing unarmed Syrians – I was the only one reporting these weekly stories from Edmonton as a citizen news person while the Corporate News Media ignored invitations by the local Syrian community to attend weekly protests to hear thier pleas for help from the Harper Government.

Today the message to Harper, May, Mulcair and Trudeau is the same as it was to Harper recorded by citizen news media in 2011 from the Syrian Community – They don’t want military intervention, by Canada or NATO – They want humanitarian relief – food, clothing , shelter, medical and refugee status… and peaceful means of pressure applied on the Bashar al-Assad regime to stop killing Syrians…

I’m certain Harper will continue to ignore what Syrian Canadians want from Canada and will likely take our Nation into more wars in the future.

Active Citizenship – Free News Sharing – 9 months of 2011 weekly rallies in Edmonton by Edmonton Syrian Community – 9 YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZgW2MlhC4&list=PLB0D870EB319BBE2C
commented 2015-09-03 11:40:04 -0400
Edmonton has been called the Murder Capital of Canada. HR you say?
commented 2015-09-03 11:39:12 -0400
I like the idea of boycotting the Casino. I also like the idea of rerouting the Trans Canada around the reserve.
commented 2015-09-03 11:37:41 -0400
Edmonton has been called the Murder Capital of Canada. HR you say?
commented 2015-09-03 11:33:55 -0400
I’m glad you think I am so special Brinkman, everyone is begging you to cut the crap. Nobody asked you to repost your opinions on Syria in the thread about the Stoney highway robbery!
commented 2015-09-03 11:31:58 -0400
Poor Brinkman troll! Who I’d Doug moron?
commented 2015-09-03 11:28:37 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – who made you The Rebel’s forum cop ?
I was answering other Rebel’s questions – Hey LIZA ROSIE – I hear they need recruits with CSIS Canadian Security Intelligence Service to manage Harper/ Trudeau’s new SPY ON ALL CANADIAN Bill C51 … You would be perfect for the job!
commented 2015-09-03 11:22:20 -0400
Edmonton is the HEART of the nation when it comes to human rights and human compassion…
Just ask Omar Khadr’s Lawyer Dennis Edney and Edmontonians who have warmly welcomed Canadian Omar Khadr back home to his country Canada.

I’ll open this YouTube as public but for today only – https://youtu.be/5G86zDSWNZc
All other12 YouTubes on Omar Khadr by my YouTube Channel are set as private in the interest of letting Omar get on with his life.

Edmonton’s Active Citizenship – Free News Sharing
http://www.ciactivist.org/Archives.html
commented 2015-09-03 11:16:26 -0400
You are in the wrong thread Brinkman, stay on topic.
commented 2015-09-03 11:14:58 -0400
I’d like to see where this highway robbery story goes from here, Notely shouldn’t be left to go about her business without dealing with this. She’s got to do better than, ‘lets hope we don’t have to go there again’!
It emboldens bullsht.
commented 2015-09-03 11:13:45 -0400
In the case of Syria it’s time for all Canadians to rally for human compassion and open our doors to Harper’s promise of allowing 10,000 Syrian Refugees into Canada ( I think he’s only helped less than a thousand according to news reports) – They can send them all to my hometown Edmonton because we are the HEART of the nation when it comes to human rights and human compassion.
commented 2015-09-03 11:10:26 -0400
Spam? Same post, all over the site.
You’d blame the rash on your arse on Harper!
commented 2015-09-03 11:08:30 -0400
Brinkman according to you an idiot. All I see are Liberals and NDP making political points blaming Harper. I’m glad we are tough on immigration.
commented 2015-09-03 10:53:25 -0400
CHARLETON G you are in part correct – the NDP along with Harper’s Conservatives, Liberals and Greens joined with Canada’s failing Corporate News Media have all let Syrians down – here’s how I know: Canada’s Government and Corporate News Media failed Syrian Canadian’s Pleas for Help – 2011. October 3, 2015 Edmonton: All eyes on Syria’s refugee crisis long over-due – By Doug Brinkman

Today’s Syrian Refugee Crisis may have been prevented by leaders in the West including Harper when in 2011 and for 9 months Edmonton Syrians rallied weekly with protests and vigils in Churchill Square and Gazebo Park in Edmonton and around the world – There were no responses from either the Harper Government, Corporate Media or by any of the opposition Governments when Edmontonians cried weekly over the deaths of family members murdered by the Bashar al-Assad Government forces.

Edmonton’s Communists and Marxist Leninist (friends of a certain NDP MP in Edmonton) hide behind the fake facade of Edmonton Coalition Against War And Racism ECAWAR . They have refused to condemn Bashar al-Assad killing of unarmed Syrians but instead would argue he was a great leader and blamed Israel’s Zionists and America’s Imperialist for Syria’s civil war.

Since 2011 half of Syria’s population has left thier homes and have tried to find safety in other nations because of the relentless bombing of Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces with weapons brought in from Iran, Russian and China. Bashar al-Assad also had the same diplomatic support from these countries.

How can I say this with knowing… During the first 9 months when Bashar al-Assad began killing unarmed Syrians – I was the only one reporting these weekly stories from Edmonton as a citizen news person while the Corporate News Media ignored invitations by the local Syrian community to attend weekly protests to hear thier pleas for help from the Harper Government.

Today the message to Harper, May, Mulcair and Trudeau is the same as it was to Harper recorded by citizen news media in 2011 from the Syrian Community – They don’t want military intervention, by Canada or NATO – They want humanitarian relief – food, clothing , shelter, medical and refugee status… and peaceful means of pressure applied on the Bashar al-Assad regime to stop killing Syrians…

I’m certain Harper will continue to ignore what Syrian Canadians want from Canada and will likely take our Nation into more wars in the future.

Active Citizenship – Free News Sharing – 9 months of 2011 weekly rallies in Edmonton by Edmonton Syrian Community – 9 YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZgW2MlhC4&list=PLB0D870EB319BBE2C