Financial Assistance For Affected Households
HALDIMAND, ON, March 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario government will provide
financial assistance to those households most directly affected by the
presence of protesters on the Douglas Creek lands in Caledonia, John
Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced today.
"The advice that I have received from the Caledonia Community Committee
emphasized the impacts that residents close to the Douglas Creek lands have
experienced," said Gerretsen. "The provincial government recognizes that the
residents have been affected. We share their hope to see the resolution of
this situation. Ontario will continue to support Canada and the
Haudenosaunee/Six Nations in resolving all outstanding grievances."
Using criteria developed by the committee as a guide, financial assistance
to affected residents is as follows:
- $6,000 each for approximately 20 homes in an area considered to be
the most impacted. These are households on both sides of 6th Line
between Argyle Street South and Oneida Road; east side of Oneida Road
between 6th Line and Sterling Street; Sterling Street between the
rail line and Oneida Road; and both sides of Argyle Street South,
south of the location of the former road block and Highway 6.
- $3,000 each for approximately 80 homes in an area considered to be
very impacted. These are households abutting the Southern Ontario
Railway corridor on MacCrae Drive and Braemar Avenue; households on
Thistlemoor Drive abutting the Douglas Creek lands and two residences
on Thistlemoor backing on to the Notre Dame school; west side of
Argyle Street South between Celtic Drive and the area north of the
former road block.
- $2,000 each for approximately 35 households across the street on
Thistlemoor Drive and Braemar Avenue.
"I want to thank the Caledonia Community Committee for the thoughtful and
objective advice it provided on how to design and deliver a financial
assistance program for residents in Caledonia," said Gerretsen.
The McGuinty government has already provided:
- $100,000 to Haldimand County to fund community counselling and crisis
intervention services for native and non-native residents
- close to $1.4 million in financial assistance to businesses that
suffered losses due to disruptions caused by road blockades
- $210,000 to Haldimand County for economic recovery marketing.
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For further information:
For further information: Patti Munce, Minister Gerretsen's Office, (416)
585-6333; Roger Moyer, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Municipal
Services Office, SW, (519) 873-4028