In approaching the Surrey Street junction with old Highway 6 (Argyle Street), it was apparent that the perpetrators were in the process of installing a decorative gate to join the two sides of the chain link fence on the north and south sides of Surrey Street. They were in the process of removing the old barricade (e.g., the stolen and vandalized Hydro One tower stub), with two gates at the readiness to attach to the mounts that have been there since earlier in the year. Although the Haldimand County Council unanimously agreed to remove the old barricade blocking Surrey Street, they never followed through on this "threat" to the Six Nations occupants. The result is that once again the reality is that here the laws have no teeth. While there the reporter attempted to flag down an OPP cruiser, and although they slowed down, they did not stop. Therefore I called the OPP and requested that they investigate the matter. An officer visited my home and we had a frank and open discussion about the matter.
Here follows some pictures taken of the site on 25 October 2014 at about 3 pm.
|Looking south from Argyle Street to Surrey Street|
|Looking north along Surrey Street to gate mountings on each side|
|Gate element on right showing "Two Row Wampum" symbol|
|Gate element on left showing "Confederacy" symbol|
|Out with the old and in with the new - old Hydro One tower replaced|
More news as it becomes available.
Update: The installers had completed the left side by 5 pm, while an entourage of about 20 people watched while sitting on concrete blocks of barricade facing the gate.
Update: Pictures of the installed gate, 27 October 2014:
|Concrete blocks still in place, but space for vehicle to enter|
|Full view from the north|
|Right - north gate open for vehicle access|
|Left - south gate closed|
Seeing the gates swing on the mounts, and examining the construction, it would appear that the structural design is more apropos for a 3 foot man gate opening in a fence. It looks as if the two large (30 feet or so) sides will likely warp and twist under the weight and stress. Time will tell, but the structures seem more decorative than functional.
It is not known how much the fence and gate cost the HDI. The funding likely came from the money lifted from various sources (e.g., land developers). The work was completed based on the assumption that ultimately the Province of Ontario will turn over the deed to the Douglas Creek Estates (DCE) to the Confederacy - which is about as likely as the Pope turning Protestant. Since the very act of constructing a fence and gate is a flagrant challenge to both the Provincial and County governments, and the outcome is quite uncertain, the action can be seen as an attempt to consolidate their hold on the stolen property. It could well backfire if the laws of the land were actually enforced - which is a possibility that I doubt the HDI have contemplated since to date they have been able to do whatever they wanted at DCE with impunity. If an eviction order is set in motion ...............