Haldimand News – Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer and Caledonia Coun. Craig Grice delivered a starkly worded staff report on land claim issue impacts to Ottawa last week.“Fiscal and social fallout from the situation is catastrophic,” began page two. “All attempts are being made to keep the situation peaceful yet this peace is at serious risk (of) jeopardizing the health and safety of residents (both native and non-native) and the OPP.”
County officials are looking at a short term plan to locate new industrial and commercial development outside the Haldimand Tract, where projects may be less vulnerable to occupation threats. Longer term opportunities within the tract will be identified “once the land claims issue has stabilized to the point where occupation threats are unlikely”, continued the author.
McGuinty has yet to meet with Haldimand County council members and, like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has yet to visit Caledonia.