Speaking from my imperfect knowledge of Catholic social justice principles, no.
Notwithstanding an overall cordial relationship between the perfectly legal First Nations occupation and the local/regional MNR staff and nice words from the Premier’s office, any above “mid-level grunt” to Deputy Minister decision is 99.99%, unambiguous bad faith (mala fides) and unfair dealings.
- refusing to meet with the occupation, Beausoleil First Nation, and community leaders at one time after 8.5 months opportunity to do so, (delay: force winter occupation),
- breeding distrust between indigenous and settler leaders (divide-and-conquer),
- using the 230 cm of our expected snowfall and -20 C temperatures to drive first nations’ grandmothers out of the park or into the hospital,
- cynically playing “bad cop” to Premier Wynne’s “good cop” (here, here, here, now here),
- threatening to knock the buildings down,
- cutting off all electricity for lights, heat and security in a 193 ha., unsecure wilderness more than 3 months ago,
- refusing to meet with community groups from the Assistant Deputy Minister level and above,
- (so far) refusing the community permission to do volunteer snow removal to keep the 14 km. of ski and snowshoe trails open. This also forces low income families to pay over $1,000 at private ski resorts for a season pass instead of using our already-paid-for trails.,
- showing up late as guests for a spiritual ceremony,
- refusing to allow fallen trees to be harvested for firewood by chainsaw,
- failing to investigate damage done to vehicles (twice), and
- approving the sandblasting/desecration of the Vespra Boys cairn (eg. the Anishinaabe and Medewinin Lodge call field stones “Grandfather”).
I wish Minister David Orazietti and his family all the best for this Christmas season. He and I will be enjoying the warmth, generosity, support and company of our family, parish and community over this very special time in the liturgical calendar. I imagine that the Precious Blood Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie will be as comfortable as St. Mary’s parish in Barrie will be for Midnight Mass next Tuesday night.
We have a terrific new pastor at St. Mary’s who was born in Kenya.
I’ve never had occasion to talk to him specifically about intolerance but this is the first such collection I can remember.
Originally posted on SpringwaterParkcc.org.
NOTE: A very similar article appeared in the Springwater News on January 2, 2014. pdf