was a brilliant spring day -- clear blue sky, bracing winds -- in London,
Ontario. Several groups answered the free speech call and rallied to the
freedom banner, including supporters of the Canadian
Association for Free Expression, the Canadian
Heritage Alliance and the Northern
We staged a march starting from the Cenotaph in downtown London's
Victoria Park. With our large
Red Ensigns snapping against the deep blue sky, were certainly created a
The London Free Press covered our protest.
We were warning Londoners of a serious threat to liberty in the form of a
proposal crafted by lesbian leader Debbie Lee to make London a "hate
free zone." This would involve a ban on renting municipal
facilities to "hate" groups and surveillance of "hate"
groups. We know that "hate" is a label the politically correct,
the sexual special agenda lobby and the anti-White anti-racists love to
attach to any who disagrees with them.
six months, we've sounded the warning about the threat behind this
legislation. The march was to again highlight the message.
The march went very well. It was peaceful and constructive.
Sadly, London's meddling "hate squad" chose to dog our every
move. Sgt. Don McKinnon, the head of the squad, and his new sidekick Const.
Christine Weston, the blonde with black roots, were busily snapping scores
of pictures of us. They trailed us right around the large park,
photographing us all the way.
Sgt. Don McKinnon
Sgt. Don McKinnon and his new manly sidekick Const.
- Sgt. Don McKinnon and Const. Christine Weston follow
- the marchers every step of the way
I immediately fired off a protest. We are not criminals or haters. Free
speech and dissent are not crimes. You wonder at the waste of manpower. Are
there no youth gangs, drug problems or illegal immigrants that the trusty
two might more profitably pursue on a Sunday afternoon?
London Hate Squad has a sordid history of harassing young White political
activists. It's latest outrage -- prior to today's photo session -- was a
campaign by Const. Weston to contact clients of Melissa Guille, the head of
the London Branch of the Canadian Heritage Alliance. Miss Guille designs
websites. Several of her clients report being contacted by the London cops'
Farrah Fawcett wannabe and being informed that Melissa is being
The same scuzzy tactics were used a decade ago in Ottawa by "hate
squad" supremeo Dan Dunlop, since apparently demoted to a more modest
role as a lowly beat cop. Dunlop used to visit the employers of young
activists and comment on their political involvement. Many subsequently lost
Stopping the development of a political police is one of the key
challenge of free speech activists in Canada.
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION INC.
Canadian Association for Free Expression
Paul Fromm, B.Ed, M.A. Director
April 27, 2003
Jan Richardson, Chair, London Police Services Board, 601 Dundas Street,
London, ON., N6B 1X1 BY FAX: 519-661-1053
Dear Ms Richardson:
I'm writing to you about a very disturbing event that occurred this
afternoon in near the Cenotaph in Victoria Park.
Ours was one of several groups that sponsored a peaceful march to
highlight our concerns about a proposal now before London City Council;
namely, a proposal to declare London a Hate Free Zone. The policy would
deny municipal meetings room to "hate groups" and well as
support some sort of monitoring of such groups. We believe that this vague
policy would infringe freedom of speech.
Our march had been advertised on several websites and attracted about
two dozen persons. Most carried flags and a few had placards; such as,
"Truth is Not Hate."
I was shocked to see across Wellington Street two officers Sgt. Don
McKinnon, Head of London's Youth and Hate Crimes Unit and Const. Christine
Weston. Both were snapping photos of us. We gave an interview and then
marched around the perimeter of Victoria Park, went back to the Cenotaph
and disbanded. We were dogged all the way by the two officers, snapping
To my knowledge none of the participants has ever been charged or
convicted under Sect. 319 "hate propaganda" provision of the
Criminal Code. Ours was a peaceful,. lawful march ion support of several
of the basic rights enshrined under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms --
freedom of speech and assembly.
What were the two officers doing bird-dogging our march and taking our
pictures? This is nothing short of harassment! I have no trouble with the
several uniformed officers in cars who circled our march and kept an eye
on things. I see no problem with the police ensuring that the march would
I have serious problems with peaceful citizens, lawfully going about
their business, being surveilled and photographed. I request assurance
that these photos will be destroyed.
Peaceful dissent is not "hate". It was a beautiful spring
afternoon and it was exciting to hear the wind snap at the Red Ensign
flags we carried under which so many of our forefathers fought for
freedom. It was sad to see people supporting free speech being snooped on
as suspected haters. This is the sort of sad police activity you'd expect
in the old Soviet Union where people merely exercising freedom of religion
would be hounded by the police.
As a Canadian, I expect better of our police.
I await your reply,