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CALEDONIA, ON, May 17 /CNW/ - The Caledonia Citizens' Alliance met today to discuss the ongoing land dispute and native occupation at the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia. Ken Hewitt spokesperson for the Alliance, expressed his concern regarding two serious car accidents that occurred on the detour around the road blockade. "Our worst fears were met yesterday," expressed Mr. Hewitt, "A number of people were seriously injured in car accidents as a direct result of these barricades, the time has come to take down these road blocks and move the issue to the board room before anyone else is injured."
Jason Clark, an Alliance member, reiterated a similar message to David Peterson's representatives early this morning asking that it be forwarded to the natives at the blockade. "Enough is enough, people are now getting hurt and those barricades need to come down. Nothing else is acceptable at this point," demanded Mr. Clark on behalf of the Alliance.
With regard to the economic impact in Caledonia, a sub-committee of the Caledonia Citizens' Alliance is meeting with officials of Haldimand County and the Province to develop a marketing plan. The implementation of the plan will be funded by a $50,000 grant from the Province of Ontario.
The Alliance is also exploring the possibility of establishing a program for compensating businesses through the Provincial Government. To date the program details have not been developed. "The Alliance is hopeful that we may be able to provide further details over the coming week," said Andy Fitzhenry, member of the Alliance.
For more information a website, www.caledoniacitizensalliance.com is now fully functional and a phone line 905.765.3993 has been set up to facilitate the communication of information for the citizens of Caledonia and allow for feedback to be obtained.
For further information: Sandy Clark, (905) 765-3993