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Argyle Street reopens in Caledonia after repairs

OPP say they're investigating a "serious" three-vehicle crash that took place in Collingwood, Ont., on Tuesday evening. Don Mitchell / Global News

Another roadway that is a part of protest tied to a land dispute in Caledonia has reopened, according to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Traffic along Argyle Street now has access to Highway 6 after municipal work crews finished repairs and a safety evaluation of the roadway on Wednesday night.

Obstacles on the road were removed on Tuesday as a “goodwill” gesture for a “supportive” community according to a spokesperson for the protestors, Skylar Willams.

Another thoroughfare affected by the dispute, McKenzie Road, remains closed between Fuller Drive and York Road due to significant damage.

Argyle, along with Highway 6 and McKenzie Road, had been closed to traffic since October after a group from Six Nations set up a blockade tied to a dispute over the McKenzie Meadows housing development.

Read more: Barricades removed on two Caledonia roads tied to land dispute

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The group, which calls its members “land defenders,” renamed the site “1492 Land Back Lane,” claiming the project is on unceded territory that belongs to the Haudenosaunee.

In early August, OPP began arresting demonstrators on the site after a judge issued a pair of injunctions — one that prohibits people from trespassing on the construction site and another that prohibits blockades from being set up on roads in Haldimand County.

The group is seeking a dialogue with Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, as well as Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Greg Rickford, Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs.

The group’s occupation of the development was at its 217th day as of Feb. 18 and Williams says there’s still “minimal” communication with the federal government over the issue.

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