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As part of the OPP’s provincial liaison team, born out of the Ipperwash Inquiry, Patterson worked with the First Nations’ people, “building bridges with them,” she said during an interview in her new office at the Perth headquarters of the OPP on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Overall, the tense situation “was challenging, absolutely. There was a lot of dialogue that had to go on. My role was explaining what the OPP’s role was there.” Patterson was quick to point out that she was not alone in Caledonia, and was backed up by “hundreds and hundreds of officers there.” What made her job difficult, in an already tense situation, was the expectation by some that the OPP could simply roll in and solve the problems, to their side’s satisfaction. “It’s not really the OPP’s role to work out he differences in land disputes,” said Patterson. “We were there to make sure that while the government is sorting it out that people stay safe… Nobody has been killed there, thank God, but there has been a lot of heartache for people.” She had had a type of fore- Film crews descend on Perth to shoot movie. — Pages P1 & P11 COMMUNITY Fresh flavours Community – The second annual Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs summer gala in Perth on Saturday night, Aug. 24, was a great success, offering guests local fare in a beautiful country setting – the lawns and restored barns of EcoTay. Proceeds benefit The Table Community Food Centre. Above, serving up something sweet, Nancy Temple (centre) and Hali Burnham of Temple’s Sugar Camp Restaurant, joined by Ludwig Ratzinger of Fine Chocolate by Ludwig. The fundraiser showcased the fine chefs and farmers of Lanark County. Right, the Seed to Sausage station. Barbecue held by Perth town staff for students of Asago Junior High School in Japan. — Page P17 LABOUR DAY Holiday deadlines Photos by TARA GESNER Two men injured in collision east of Perth News - Officers from the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police including Technical Traffic Collision Investigators continue to investigate a two vehicle collision on Highway 43 east of the Town of Perth that happened at about 7:40 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26. A westbound Pontiac Grand Prix and eastbound Dodge pickup truck collided on Highway 43 between Spence Road and Evans Road. 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She attended Osgoode Township High School before heading out to take English Literature at the University of Western Ontario in London. “I always had an inkling about policing,” said Patterson. “You don’t always know what you want to do when you get an arts degree.” However, she has made her readings of Jane Austen and essay writing work for her in her job as the county’s interim top cop. “It has helped me with any oral and written communication skills,” she said. “You’re probably a bit more flamboyant in university with writing…(but in court it’s) just the facts. That’s what the judge wants to hear.” After graduation, she sold insurance, and later helped manage a retirement fund, but, by that time, the call of the police siren had grown too loud, and she was already in the process of applying to the OPP. She was accepted and spent her first 16 weeks at the Ontario Police See OPP page P04 LAST CHANCE FOR 0% FINANCING ON REMAINING 2013 MODELS! 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