By Chris Pickup
OPP reading a notice to demonstrators Tuesday afternoon, threatening charges for continued illegal blocking of Highway 6 in Caledonia is, given local history, unlikely to bear fruit anytime soon.
No deadline was given and OPP left immediately afterwards.
The Highway 6 bypass between Argyle Street South and Greens Road has been shut down since Feb. 24.
“We are not going anywhere … and our line will stand,” a facebook post notes. “As Haudenosaunee People it is our duty to stand for the water and the land, and for our future generations,” citing solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in B.C.
Probably equally futile is Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett’s request at Queen’s Park for help removing the roadblock. “We respect the rights of a peaceful protest, but enough is enough,” he said. “Tear down this blockade.”
Businesses in both Caledonia and on Six Nations territory are suffering because of the blockade, he added.
Haldimand councillor Bernie Corbett told Haldimand council in committee recently that the Police Services Board is “passionate on the subject of blockades.
“There’s a lot of concern and a letter has gone out to (supt.) John Cain” he said.
Caledonia councillor Dan Lawrence agreed. “It’s an ongoing issue in Caledonia. It’s unfortunate.
“We understand indigenous issues but blocking the road is not helping our community or Reserves; we’re intertwined. We’re collateral damage and Six Nations also.”
With the bypass shut down there is heavy vehicular traffic across Caledonia’s already fragile Grand River bridge, stressing the structure further.
There have also been some nasty accidents in the last several days.