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Court date set for Ontario to fight Caledonia ruling

A court date has been set for Ontario to begin its legal fight over whether it can continue negotiating with Six Nations protesters over a land dispute near Caledonia.

A court date has been set for Ontario to begin its legal fight over whether it can continue negotiating with Six Nations protesters over a land dispute near Caledonia.

Athree-member panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear arguments on Aug. 22 onOntario's requestfor a stay of theOntario judge's rulingthat provincial authorities could not resume negotiations until the rule of law is restored at a housing development site.

Protesters have occupied the Douglas Creek Estates construction site near Hamilton for more than five months, claiming the land belongs to Six Nations.

If thepanel rules in favour of a stay, negotiations would be allowed to continue until a final decision is made during the appeal of the judge's original order. A date for the appeal hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Ontario's Attorney General Michael Bryant said the province plans to argue Ontario Superior Court Justice David Marshall had no jurisdiction to order a freeze on negotiations.

Marshall's ruling on Tuesday sparkedincreased tensions at the occupied site, with First Nations protesters erecting a new barricade and hundreds of protesters and Caledonia residents hurling vicious insults at each other.

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