Day 6 of protecting this beautiful and sacred ecosystem. Here we stand, growing in numbers every hour, strengthening our relationships with each other and the land, meeting new supporters and hearing their connection to the land as well, and sharing stories.
Yesterday Peter Cartwright, the General Manager of Economic Development, with Hans Loewig, the Chief Administrative Officer, one uniformed cop and one white collar intelligence officer, and two city employees, all visited the site and dropped a phone book-size motion for an injunction into our hands. They left while ignoring our questions and Cartwright clearly has had a miserable week. This injunction will be heard in court this Tuesday, August 4, at 10am, at 74 Woolwich St., downtown Guelph. Please come and pack the courtroom with us! If this injunction goes through, it would mean that anyone who stays on the site after this court order would thus be in ‘contempt of court,’ and subject to imprisonment.
Also included in the injunction is notice of allegations of crimes of ‘Nuisance,’ the ‘Criminal Offence of Mischief,’ the ‘Criminal Offence of Intimidation,’ and the ‘Criminal Offence of Extortion,’ and ‘Inducing Breach of Contract.’ The City is also claiming ‘Damages in the amount of $5,000,000.00 ($5 million) for conspiracy, interference in economic relations, inducing breach of contract, trespass, nuisance, and intimidation.’ This has instead increased our numbers and support from the general public, and we have consulted with numerous lawyers who are advising us of numerous brilliant strategies. We have some good ideas up our sleeve. Stay tuned.
Also of note is that this injunction has been authorized by the City and Councilors. Interestingly, the same day of the beginning of our occupation, the Council had a secret meeting. So, depending on how you feel about the City of Guelph slapping mostly young and broke protestors with a $5 million lawsuit, perhaps you could write in to them and let them know how you feel.