By Ryan Brandt
A public meeting in Sauble Beach Saturday had to be held twice because of the overflow crowd. The meeting was held to present independent research concerning the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation legal claim over much of the beach at Sauble.
It became clear by 9:15 Saturday morning that the Sauble Beach Community Centre could not accommodate all those lined up outside for the 9:30 meeting, so meeting organizer, Friends of Sauble Beach decided to hold two back-to-back meetings. In total, close to 600 people attended the two meetings.
Friends of Sauble Beach, along with a number of other community organizations, decided to hold the meeting because the Town of South Bruce Peninsula has been quiet on the land claim issue.
Historian, researcher and retired engineer Craig Gammie presented the Saugeen First Nation claim, section by section, and demonstrated how several scenarios resulted in different borders for the beach land being claimed.
Those attending the meetings were urged to send emails and letters to the South Bruce Peninsula Mayor and Councillors, telling them ‘not to give away our beach’.