- Regional News, Gary McHale, June 23/10: Two years after fatal crash: Is #6 by-pass safe? Lawsuit shows OPP recorded 1500 incidents between 2003-2008 never reported to public or Haldimand’s Police Services Board.
- Aug 23/08: Protect Our Families Rally at OPP Cayuga
UPDATES 2118 EST Aug 09/08:
- Editorial by Gary McHale, CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com – No One Has Died Yet: No Thanks to OPP.
- New OPP Press Release, Aug 09/08: MISCHIEF
- Hamilton Spectator, Aug 09/08: Rock thrown at window hurts passenger
Yesterday, at 1235, the Mayor of Haldimand sent an email to the OPP, Michael Bryant, Indian Affairs, MTO, Toby Barrett and Diane Finley warning that the Highway #6 By-Pass at Sterling Road was not safe due to objects being thrown onto the Caledonia by-pass highway below. In addition to the regular bypass traffic, the highway is now being heavily used by residents due to the closure of the northbound lane of the bridge in town for repairs.
From: xxxxxxxx (Mayor’s assistant)
Sent: July 31, 2008 12:35 PM
To: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’; ‘email@example.com’; ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’; ‘email@example.com’; ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’; ‘email@example.com’; ‘Toby Barrett (firstname.lastname@example.org)’; DL-COUNCIL; DL-SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM; JANIS LANKESTER
Subject: Highway #6 By-Pass at Sterling Road, Caledonia – NOT SAFE
Sent on behalf of Mayor Marie Trainer,
Residents have been complaining about the damage caused by people throwing items off the Sterling Street bridge onto the Highway #6 bypass. Could someone please advise of any precautions taking place so that no one is injured or killed as a result.
Sent: July 31, 2008 2:46 AM
To: xxxxxxx (Mayor’s assistant)
Subject: By-Pass NOT SAFE
Again this morning crap thrown off Sterling St. Bridge onto by-pass.
This is the 4th time in the last two weeks.
2 reports, one car missed one car hit.
MTO – OPP should be warning people before someone gets hurt or killed.
I became aware of the situation this morning when a resident contacted me. I then called the Mayor’s office to confirm the story and ask if the public were going to be notified. Her assistant confirmed that the Mayor had sent the email above, and were waiting to hear from the OPP about whether or not they were going to issue a press release.
I was advised by the Mayor’s office at 1125 today that the OPP will be issuing a press release shortly.
Many thanks to Mayor Trainer for her concern and leadership, and for her office’s cooperation.
OPP news release
The Haldimand Detachment of the OPP has now issued a press release:
- Haldimand County OPP, Aug 01/08: Police Seek Your Assistance
OPP & town vehicles not permitted even though land is not Six Nations
Caledonia’s bridges have been a favourite tool of native protesters to terrorize the public, and the Ontario government and the OPP have permitted them to take control of the surrounding area and deny policing to residents who are not part of the reserve.
The Sterling Street bridge is actually on 7th Line which is an extension of Sterling Street running west into the Six Nations Reserve. There used to be a bridge across the railway tracks connecting Sterling to 7th Line, but was burnt down by native protesters in 2006.
You can see by the shaded area on the Google map that Six Nations actually begins on the west side of Oneida Road. The occupied Douglas Creek Estates is the large, empty area just south of Thistlemoor Drive between Highway #6 and Argyle Street.
Google Maps: Sterling Street, Caledonia, ON
‘Dancer’s’ family lives on 6th Line, near the other bridge over the bypass, just out of view at the bottom of the map.
Be sure to see the links below for stories on how native protesters and reserve youths have thrown objects at vehicles travelling on the bypass below.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
- CANACE report: The Human Costs of Illegal Occupations (see Dangerous Highways)
- CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com feature: Dangerous Highways