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ORILLIA, ON, April 29 – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has announced that the Highway 6 Bypass in Caledonia has reopened, bringing the five-day road closure to a peaceful conclusion. “Ongoing dialogue between the OPP and Six Nations leadership, and among the Six Nations leaders themselves, as well as our own commitment to resolve these matters in the safest manner possible, produced this important result,” said Commissioner Julian Fantino.
“I am encouraged that this situation concluded peacefully, as did the road closures near Deseronto on Monday. The OPP is committed to open communication and a reasoned, tempered approach. In both cases, we were able to safely reopen roadways to traffic without incident.
“I am grateful to everyone affected for their patience; and to Aboriginal leaders and their community members for the critical role they played in the successful resolution of the incidents near Deseronto and in Caledonia,” said Commissioner Fantino.
The OPP priority, through these events and as it has been consistently in similar situations, is to maintain order and preserve the peace. The OPP has no role in addressing land claim issues.
“We have and will continue to do everything we can to keep the peace and enforce the law so that those with the power and the authority to deal with land claim issues can do their jobs,” reiterated Commissioner Fantino.
“I am totally committed to do what is in my power to reach peaceful solutions, however, I am equally unwavering in my resolve to hold accountable anyone who would break the law and jeopardize public safety.
“These situations are a strain, not only for the communities they impact, but also for the officers and resources of the OPP,” said Commissioner Fantino. “The OPP officers involved showed the professionalism and dedication to duty that the OPP has built its reputation on for almost 100 years. I thank them for their work.”
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