A friend of mine in Simcoe was out of power for part of the long weekend due to the near-riot in Caledonia. Thankfully, her power has finally been restored and all is well.
I hesitated to post on this, as I am sure there will plenty of inflammatory comments on both side. Note to all: keep it clean and racial slur free or kiss all your comments on the topic goodbye.
If I have said it once, I have said it many times. The reserve system should never have been invented. Native peoples should have been integrated properly with the rest of Canadian society. Indian culture would have survived easily. One only has to look at Little Italy, Chinatown, Dutch Ghettos or any other ethnic grouping to know this would have been true.
But, hindsight is 20-20, and there is no going back now. We are stuck with an unworkable system that does not facilitate feelings of goodwill. It also does not foster a sense of communal or societal benefit. There is no common good.
I have no solution to the current problems in Caledonia. If the government were to call in the army, we would have another Oka on our hands. If the situation continues as is, the construction company will probably go bankrupt and the people who have already purchased the homes that were to be built on the site will be stuck. Money is not going to solve it either.