Guelph, Canada – During the summer of 2009 as the city and developers, Cooper Construction and Belmont Equity began installing infrastructure and taking preparatory measures to convert the land into an industrial park, local activists took direct action and occupied the site.
Their action was sanctioned and extended by an Ontario Provincial court judge in early August. Eventually, the protectors of the wetland were ordered to leave and the city was ordered to stop work on the culvert until the minister of the environment at the time, Donna Cansfield, considered the issue. She ruled the city could proceed but her ruling came so late in the construction season that the city and its contractor, Drexler Construction, decided not to resume work on the project.
However, the city and its partners undertook work on other parts of the site and have every intention of resuming their work this construction season.
Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex News Update
April 6, 2010 by hcbpoccupation