By MPP Toby Barrett
In 2006, a pyramid of tires was set alight on the main thoroughfare of Caledonia, signaling what was to come. The Stirling Street Bridge was torched, permanently ending access to that side of town. A stolen van was thrown off the 6th Line overpass, blocking the Highway 6 bypass around Caledonia. The rail line between Caledonia and Nanticoke shut down. This destruction supported the February 28, 2006 illegal occupation of the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision.
The ensuing 14-and-a-half years has seen continued chaos and confrontation, stand off and stalemate, propaganda war and failed negotiation.