Today was another interesting day. Another packed courtroom of a diversity of supporters, and a long day in court. At the end of it the judge clearly didn’t know what to do. The lawyer for the 5 remaining named defendants presented evidence about how the City of Guelph has been blatantly ignoring serious concerns of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), and even though the MNR is not legally binding in this situation, the fact that a self-proclaimed ‘green’ city council and mayor have been ignoring the MNR’s concerns is pretty obscene. To top it off, the City, Mayor and all, have been saying as recent as a few days ago that the “At all stages of the project, the City will continue to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources, exercise all due diligence and conduct ongoing monitoring.”
So to clarify we called to the stand Ian Hagman, District Manager of the MNR here in Guelph, and he confirmed what they have been saying in letters all along – that the MNR’s position is that the City should never have started this construction, nor should the construction continue.
Based on this obvious inconsistency, the judge has taken a few days to think about his position. We will be notified by writing any day this week, or next week, or his decision on the injunctions today.
We will keep you updated and will have more to say on the matter when we are more well rested. Long story short, we are returning to our new home on the Hanlon Creek for another few nights. Things are as they have been since our first day in court.
That was followed by a rally at city hall which had about 120-150 people. It was a relatively huge crowd, with lots and lots of people new to those at the center of the injunction. Tons of support has been pouring in and lots of people are taking on new ways to help. A huge thank you to everyone who came!
Besides that, things are mostly chill on site. Aerial surveillance is alive and well with planes circling over head, and today at the rally several undercovers were noticed hanging out in the back seats of cars parked within sight of the rally. The city has a fight on it’s hands that they have severely underestimated. Support continues to grow way beyond our wildest imaginations, our legal fund is coming along great thanks to generous donations, and this story is set to make national news. On top of that, we have lots of connections afoot to make this a bigger and bigger issue across North America. Little ol’ Guelph is a hot spot these days.
Much love to everyone who has been helping out, from people dropping off food to those praying every day, to the blue heron, the hemlocks, the friendly neighbours and the amazing amount of random strangers we encounter everyday who offer moral support.