Someone planted a Canadian flag fastened to a long branch into the topsoil heaped on the Dunnville Shopping Centre property last week.The national emblem was driven home less than 48 hours after representatives of Calloway REIT concluded their first meeting with Six Nations. Calloway REIT is the owner of the property where a 90,000 square foot Wal-Mart is planned. Smart Centres is the company steering development of the project at the corner of Taylor Road and North Shore Drive.
When news that the property owner was asked to speak to Six Nations spread around town, people began to worry about losing Wal-Mart. Some were angry, others disappointed.
It’s upsetting, said Mayor Marie Trainer. In a recent telephone conversation with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada minister Jim Prentice, she told him it was time to start dealing with the criminals and radicals. The Mississaugas of the New Credit near Hagersville have a lot of land claims and they are peaceful, she said. Why not deal with those who are peaceful first, she continued.