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Praise for Fifteen Days:
"Learned more about the performance of our soldiers from reading Blatchford's book than I did from being on the ground for short stays... Bravo Zulu, Christie Blatchford."
— Major-General Lewis MacKenzie (ret'd) in The Globe and Mail


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About the Author

CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD has been a high-profile Canadian journalist for over 25 years, with columns covering sports, lifestyle, current affairs, and crime. She started working for The Globe and Mail in 1972 while still studying at Ryerson, and has since worked for the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun and the National Post. She returned to The Globe and Mail in 2002. She is a winner of the National Newspaper Award for column writing.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada; Reprint edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385670400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385670401
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,070,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doobie Pagoda on July 12, 2011
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There can never be any mistake about what Christie Blatchford thinks. She lays it all out with consummate skill, giving the reader all the important details necessary to form an opinion.

This is the story of the native occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates lands in Caledonia, Ontario, and the appalling failure of the Ontario Provincial Police to uphold the law. Canadians probably already have a pretty good idea of the main figures to blame for this shameful episode--thanks to Christie's excellent newspaper columns that she wrote during the Brown-Chatwell lawsuit--but this book reveals things that we never got to read about in the newspapers.

For instance, we learn that the person the OPP placed in charge of its Aboriginal Relations Team (Ron George) was the cousin of Dudley George, the native man who had been killed at Ipperwash. Did it not occur to the people who appointed him that he might have divided loyalties?

It's also clear who Christie considers the heroes: Gary McHale, Superior Court Justice David Marshall, and many other heroic residents of Caledonia.

If you want to see the depths to which political correctness can reduce civil society, read this book. The OPP adopted a double standard for policing the aboriginal occupiers, leaving non-native Caledonians with no law, no protection, and no rights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Rauber on December 2, 2013
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The story of Caledonia is told with very little bias, a good reporter she is, and in enough detail to really make understandable what has happened in this conflict, the role of the police, abysmal, and government, lily livered, and the cost of two tiered justice. Heaven help us in Canada!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blake Giberson on February 10, 2013
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Something I'm really interested in and always enjoy reading this authors books and news columns. She is very precise in her acoount
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By Joe-Anne S. on April 5, 2015
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The people that died for freedom and secure future would turn over in their graves
Thank you for bringing the facts to the publics attention
It's time everyone gets treated equally
1st immigrants 2nd or 3rd
1 law for all
Animosity breeds insecurity
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2 of 30 people found the following review helpful By MIkeron on November 18, 2010
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So the cost of printing and distributing this book is less than two dollars? That's why the digital edition is almost the same as the hardcover? That's pretty sleazy. I was sold this thing on 9.99 best sellers. I'm going to download this from a torrent website.
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