It’s Remembrance Day in Canada, a time when Canadians remember the great sacrifices made by people who’ve served in past wars- this is a solemn event in most cities. Not so in Toronto, last year a group of misguided protesters tried to interrupt the ceremonies and got into a scuffle with the police.
The Toronto Sun’s report on the ceremonies claimed “Toronto does itself proud with uninterrupted Remembrance Day ceremony“. Things were more quiet this year (there was no violence) however, a group of the usual suspects did show up and (as expected) they got belligerent with the police. Then something unexpected happened, instead of their usual tactic of ignoring the protester’s insults and profanity and telling them to go away, the police took decisive action and took them into custody.
One of the arrested protesters claims to be a veteran…
Davin Ouimet (who goes by the name Davyn Calfchild) has been a regular on the professional protest circuit since the early 2000’s when he was being groomed by defrocked United Church minister Kevin Annett. He participated in some squats in Victoria, BC, ran as a 2001 candidate for the BC Marijuana Party, and took the role of a negotiator during the infamous Woodsquat anti-gentrification battle in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Back then he referred to himself as the Reverend Davin Ouimet:
Ouimet also makes the claim that he’s a “hereditary chief”. Like any good monarch, a king needs to go to battle- it’s his claim that he served as a “UN Peacekeeper” in Afghanistan somewhere around 2000 (though he never talks about his experiences there)- he also claims to have been in Yugoslavia. He was wearing a UN beret and carrying an indigenous flag when he was arrested today.
The incident was caught on video, and was classic Davin Ouimet- the police approached him to ask some questions, and he immediately got belligerent. This time he swore at them, said his trademark “don’t F##king tell me what to do”, and implying his right as an indigenous person to be on that land. (His father is from Yemen, his mother comes from Treaty 7 territory- neither nation has special rights on the ceded land in front of Toronto’s Old City Hall.)
Ouimet was arrested, along with Swamp Line 9 arrestee Gary Wassaykeesic and Copwatch Toronto’s Miguel Avila-Aelarde- the three have worked together extensively over the past year.
Only a few hours after the arrests, people in far-left activist circles are sharing the video as ‘evidence’ of what an ‘oppressive’ country we live in. Some have taken that to extremes- Six Nations professional protester Fran “Flower” Doxtador claimed that she watched the video and expressed that she hopes Ouimet will get some ‘vengeance’. And what did she mean by saying “burn some red n whites”- the RCMP?
Ouimet has a history of trying to bait the police, the video clearly shows how he was doing the same today. It’s hard to imagine that a war veteran would know better than to make a scene yelling obscenities at a ceremony for his fallen comrades (and their families). How could any sane veteran do that? What about a chief or a reverend? If he is a veteran, he’s certainly eroding away at any respect he gained earning that title- his behaviour was shameful.
The answer to that last question is simple, if he was alive he’d probably be sitting in the background taking progress reports, planning next steps, and giggling in excitement. Truth is almost always the first casuality of revolution…
Click this link for more of Davin Ouimet’s adventures. Veteran or not, he’s a con-artist, no different from his mentor Kevin Annett…