By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Transport Canada representatives and members of the Cornwall Police are scheduled to discuss the future of a portable shed manned by community activists at the site of controversial chemical tanks on the city's waterfront today.
Cornwall police are seen at the site of a shed being used to house protesters near a waterfront tank project in Cornwall.
Former city councillor Mark MacDonald and a small group of peaceful demonstrators set up shop by the chemical tanks on Harbour Road to draw awareness to the situation on Tuesday.
City cops visited the shed at around 10 a.m. to forewarn MacDonald that a police supervisor would be contacting him via phone later in the day.
"I don't get it, I'm waiting to hear from them," said MacDonald.
He sent a notice to Cornwall police Chief Dan Parkinson, Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger, and MP Guy Lauzon on Sunday, March 30 stating a volunteer civilian group will occupy the main entrance to the chemical storage tank site to make sure the will of the people is recognized.
The last line of the notice says: "Occupation will cease upon news of the timeline for removal of the tanks."
Seaway News contacted Parkinson and he was able to reveal why police are paying multiple visits to the makeshift observation post.
"We are waiting to discuss this issue with representatives of Transport Canada this afternoon to determine their stance with respect to what can be on their property," said Parkinson.
MacDonald vowed that the demonstration will remain peaceful and access to the site will not be impeded. But the police chief wants to hear what the owners of the property have to say to determine whether or not the shed and its occupants can remain at the site.
"If the owners of the property say they don't want something or people on their property, they're entitled to tell them to move across the street or not to gather on their property," said Parkinson.
MacDonald stated he plans to make a statement on Thursday at noon at the portable shed.
More to come.