Cornwall Island residents want buildings demolished

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Cornwall Island

CORNWALL, Ontario - Residents of Cornwall Island have voted in favour of demolishing the former border checkpoint and other structures, according to the results of a plebiscite released Monday.

The Mohawk council of Akwesasne released the results of the vote, which wrapped up Saturday.

A whopping 96 per cent of the 189 votes cast agreed the former customs checkpoint on the island should be demolished with labour and services from Akwesasne.

Similarly, 85 per cent of voters said they supported the demolition of the Peoples Fire building on Cornwall Island. The building has been the site of demonstrations in the past and is located adjacent to the main road that runs through Cornwall Island.

Shannon Burns, spokesperson for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, said Monday there is an appeal period that lasts until May 5 at 1 p.m. concerning the results of the plebiscite.

After that the results will be forwarded to the Mohawk council.

"Council will take the results and then they'll decide what happens next," she said.

Geographic location: Cornwall Island, Ontario

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  • spiritbear1
    April 29, 2014 - 06:17

    Lets be serious a population of over 10,000 and only 189 people voted how is that a consensus? Some were not allowed to vote online. anonymously.