May 19, 2004 — Plans are moving forward to replace the bridge that soars across the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall Island and Cornwall, Ontario, near Massena. The high, arching span was built to allow freighters to pass underneath, but the big ships don't use the Canadian channel anymore. The old bridge is expensive to maintain, and Canadian officials announced last fall that a more modest span would make better sense. The bridge links Akwesasne Mohawk territory with the Canadian mainland. It plays a significant symbolic and historic role in Mohawk culture. Commentator Doug George says Mohawks should design the new bridge.