Ontario's no-go zones:
Aboriginal protesters left Sam Gualtieri one blow short of death when they ran away after attacking him in the house he was building in Caledonia, Ont., for his daughter and her fiancé, Mr. Gualtieri's brother Joe said yesterday.Related:
While the province purchased the Douglas Creek site from the developer, builders who now become the target of protest should not look to the province for help, according to industry sources who attended a recent private briefing by John Burke, the deputy minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.If police are avoiding conflict, it ought to be no surprise that they are of no use in resolving it. But the conspicuous avoidance by the province's lawmakers of even the subject of conflicts between parties that nominally depend on the government to broker them guarantees not only that those political and physical conflicts will continue, but also that the justice of competing claims will not receive serious public reflection. Perhaps if one side has disavowed its dependence on the government to resolve conflict, then other sides ought to be disabused by now of the notion as well… but we all know it doesn't work quite like that.
Unless anyone can suggest a more likely explanation, it would seem that the police are there precisely to maintain that dependence from the other sides… even if that means overlooking a protection racket. Certainly the politicians aren't comfortable with the topic, even going so far as to try to shut up the media.