Save Our Old Growth Forest! On Monday July 27, at 6:30am, 60 people walked onto the land that is home to Guelph's Old Growth Forest and the proposed-Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP) site. The workers left and an ongoing camp has been initiated to prevent Drexler Construction from inflicting further harm at the bidding of the City of Guelph. Since then, supporters have come from far and wide to help protect this land for future generations. We have worked together to create a safe and healthy space and have constructed numerous simple structures, a collective kitchen, and a compost toilet. Despite broad public outcry, the City has continued to pursue the HCBP, disregarding the intrinsic worth of an Old Growth Forest, the significance of the Paris-Galt Moraine to the integrity of our drinking water, and provincial and federal regulations concerning the preservation of the Jefferson Salamander and Provincially Significant Wetlands. The City claims to be in consultation with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to determine how it will proceed with the HCBP without harming the Jefferson Salamander. However, it has initiated the first phase of development, the installation of a 4-lane access road and culvert over Tributary A of the Hanlon Creek. This destruction of the land renders this consultation a farce. The City claims responsibility for the preservation of the very land it profits from developing, but it is not possible to do both. It is our responsibility to intervene in the City’s destruction of this vital land. We are demanding that the City: • Listen to public outcry and respect the intrinsic importance of this land by immediately ending this development and terminating their contract with Drexler. • Compensate the skilled labourers of Drexler Construction for lost wages, including those who choose to stand with us. • Publicly apologize to the people of Guelph for disregarding their opposition to this development. There are two important ways you can help: Come visit, and bring your friends and family! Spread the word and come check out a very inspiring and friendly space. Food, coffee, and camping supplies will also be appreciated. Camp Contact: (519) 820-6280 Media Contact: (519) 820- 6239 Help place pressure on the City of Guelph to let the campers stay, and demand the City lives up to their statements of protecting wildlife habitat and concern for the environment. For police to arrest anyone for trespassing, they need authorization of the landowner. In this case the landowner is the City of Guelph, and we need to make sure they don't send in police to arrest people who are defending this land and water that we all need. Please call: Mayor Karen Farbridge 519-837-5643 email@example.com Hans Loewig Chief Administrative Officer 519-837-5602 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Cartwright General Manager of Economic Development and Tourism 519-837-5600 x2820 email@example.com Ward 6 Councilors Christine Billings 519-826-0567 firstname.lastname@example.org Karl Wettstein 519-763-5105 email@example.com Hear the land! Heed the call! HALT THE SPRAWL! NO HCBP!