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A photo taken on July 27, 2009 on the first morning of the occupation.

Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex, July 27, 2009

A photo taken from the same place, one year later on July 27, 2010.

Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex, July 27, 2010

And a third, taken from the same area just a few days ago.

Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex, September 21, 2010

Quite a change.

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At long last, we have navigated numerous technical difficulties and have uploaded some videos of our press conferences.

This press conference took place on August 28 in front of Guelph’s city hall.  In attendance were:
* Jim Bogart, Professor emeritus of the University of Guelph, Jefferson Salamander expert, and author of the Jefferson Salamander’s Recovery Strategy (pdf available here)
* Two members of the hoskanigetah of the Grand River
* Shabina Lafleur-Gangji and Matt Soltys, two Guelph residents who have been involved in organizing around the HCBP and were participants in the occupation.

This press conference came just after Liberal MPP and Minister of Natural Resources Donna Canfield gave permission for the City to continue work on the HCBP.  Part of the intent of the press conference was to let people know about the contradictions between her decision and the prior position of the Guelph MNR, as well as the needs of the Jefferson Salamander to survive.

The two members of the hoskanigetah of the Grand River provided information about their perspectives as Indigenous people who live downstream of Guelph.  They also speak about the Haldimand Tract and the Two Row Wampum, two very important things that everyone living in Guelph and the surrounding area should know about.

People from Guelph have been building relationships with the hoskanigetah for a while now, dating back to their opposition to a garbage dump in Cayuga (which you can read about here and here ).  We have been similarly building an alliance in opposition to the HCBP.

Please give them a view and let others know about it.

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At long last, we have navigated numerous technical difficulties and have uploaded some videos of our press conferences.

On August 13, the day we learned of Judge Gray’s decision to grant both the City’s and our injunctions, and our last full day on the site, we held a press conference at the front gate.  Because so much media attention focused on the crux of our legal argument – the Jefferson Salamander – this press conference was organized to provide a broader understanding of why people took this action.

Outlined in the press conference is the relationship between non-Native and Native people and our responsibilities to the land, the City’s shady relationship with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the larger context of climate change, and inspiration from similar land struggles around the Great Lakes area.

Please give them a view and let others know about it.

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More Hanlon Creek Art

A strong message against dead-end development. Will Guelph chop ’til it drops?

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HCBP Art

A piece of art from members of the Bee Hive Collective

A piece of art from members of the Bee Hive Collective

Members of the Bee Hive Collective based in Machias, Maine heard about our fight to stop the Hanlon Creek Business Park and produced this awesome piece of art about the Jefferson Salamander. Check out there posters, they’re an amazing educational tool on a variety of big issues, including Development within the America’s.

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A new friend and supporter made a slideshow of pictures from the land and the occupation, with music recorded at the front gate.  It gives you some idea of the life on the land, and the attempt at a culvert and the 4-lane road Drexler bulldozed. 

Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygUSfOVM5AA

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