One is Caledonia, which according to a recent Innovative Research Poll suggests that this ongoing conflict is very much on the minds of Ontario voters.
Managing director Greg Lyle "won't release details of the private polls, citing client confidentiality" but states that they "have been circulated among government policy makers".
The results suggest respondents see the ongoing conflict in "very simple terms," Lyle said.
"They can't go around and put a blockade up in their neighbourhood and not have the police come take it down and put them in jail," he said.
"They don't see why aboriginals should be able to do that. There is a lot of sympathy for aboriginals . . . but there is a sense that there are basic rules that we should all live by."
I see that as the sticking point. John Tory has said all along that negotiations shouldn't have occurred until the disputed land was vacated. Otherwise this type of 'hostage' situation can be expected to happen again anywhere in Ontario - or Canada for that matter.
The Feds are now picking up some of the tab for expenses (note this report from Fort Frances), which again shifts part of the problem onto the shoulders of all Canadian taxpayers.
However, the general outlook may possibly be more optimistic with the Federal Government's expanded mandate at the talks.
The other big issue of course is Lottogate which David Caplan is obfuscating with protestations of ignorance about the details. (Heh)
Politically this may or may not have traction, but there is little doubt that the Ontario government is so addicted to the lottery cash cow that political fallout may be the least of their problems as they try to shore up public confidence.