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The City  recently put up a tender for a new development contract. You can visit this tender at: http://www.guelph.ca/business.cfm and click on “bids and tendors”

This contract includes creating storm water management ponds, as well as creating roads and a culvert, on the land bordering Downey road, including where the occupation was last summer.

Bidding for the contact ended on April 30th, and we now have Unofficial Bid Results!

Capital Paving Inc.

http://capitalpaving.net/

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Free Public Event

Thursday April 29, 7 pm

Ed Video, 40 Baker St., downtown Guelph

Wheelchair Accessible

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Guelph, Ontario – Thursday April 22, Earth Day:

On Friday April 23 at 1pm, in front of Guelph’s City Hall, Hanlon Creek legal Defendants will be holding a press conference to speak out against the City of Guelph and Belmont Equity’s $5 million SLAPP suit.

Four of the five Defendants will be speaking about what SLAPP suits are and how we believe the City’s legal move comes from a systemic lack of accountability, is a waste of money, and an attempt to protect development interests.

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This event has been POSTPONED due to a family emergency of one of the speakers.  Please stay tuned for future info.

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Find the full article Here on Digital Journal:
Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex will be back in the news this summer

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.

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There is a support page set up for the five Defendants in the City of Guelph’s $5 million SLAPP suit.  Check out their site, learn more, help if you can:  hanloncreek5.wordpress.com.

Also, have a look around this site at the recent news.  We’ll do our best to keep you updated.

Hey Folks. So here is a quick update regarding what we know, and what is happening right now on the Hanlon Creek Lands.

City applies to loopholes in MNR policy to be able to do development this winter, get granted two of their requests:

from the City’s website:

“the City has received a letter from the Ministry of Natural Resources, indicating the City can proceed with two additional construction projects at the business park site in 2010. Construction in the north western part of the business park along Downey Road will begin in January 2010 and includes the extension of existing water and sanitary services, on-site grading, and the expansion of the existing stormwater management pond. This work will cost approximately $2.5 million and will allow the City to market two serviced employment blocks in the business park.

The second project includes construction of a 300 metre section of road north of Laird Road and related site work to the blocks of land east of this road. These lands are owned by Belmont Equity Partners Inc. and this project is expected to begin later in 2010.”

from http://www.guelph.ca/business.cfm?subCatID=2159&smocid=2732

Silt fencing went up in the fall along the lands owned by Belmont Equity. (See the end of the update for some information about Belmont Equity, which is owned by BCC group of companies)

we have noticed no change along Downey Rd, aside from tire marks in the snow…

Contract granted to XTerra for watermain construction:

In October (a mere month after the City announced that it was putting off construction of the HCBP until spring 2010) the City announced a contract for Hanlon Expressway Watermain and Utility Duct Crossing, to create infrastructure pointing directly at lands proposed for the HCBP. To see information about this contract please visit:

http://www.guelph.ca/business.cfm?itemid=78274&smocid=1566
http://www.guelph.ca/business.cfm?itemid=78019&smocid=1566

This construction/destruction is currently going on as I write this, and as you read this.
See “Key Players” for information about XTerra.

City pushes the lawsuit forward:

Not only has the city decided to plow ahead on a lawsuit against protestors, but they have ‘upped’ it to 5 million dollars. In the words of Scott Tracy:

“Remember that scene in one of the Austin Powers movies when the mad genius Dr. Evil asks for a ransom of $100 billion?

The president laughs at the ridiculous request, suggesting it would be as likely as “saying I want a kajillion, bajillion dollars.”

I thought of that scene Wednesday afternoon while considering a media release from the city.

It seems the city and Belmont Equity have renewed their $5-million statement of claim against a group of about 30 protesters who occupied the Hanlon Creek Business Park site for 17 days last summer

[….] Seriously, who at City Hall thought this was a good idea?

I’m sure this announcement has come forth right now in an attempt to head off protesting at the site this summer. But does anyone honestly believe the threat of a financial penalty will dissuade protesters from picking up where they left off a year ago, when even the threat of being arrested was met with a community get-together on the occupied lands?

[….]From my limited time at the site last summer, and similarly limited knowledge of some of the folks involved, I think it’s a fair assumption it would be quite difficult to collect $500 from them, let alone $5 million.

Maybe the city could revise its statement of claim and seek an upset limit of a kajillion, bajillion dollars instead. It’s just as likely that amount could find its way into city coffers.”

from http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/602518

City’s own water supply program manager speaks out against the HCBP:

On February 4, 2010, hydrogeologist and City of Guelph water supply program manager, Dave Belanger, admitted to the Lake Erie Source Protection Committee: “The Hanlon Creek Business Park may represent future potential significant threats [to water quality].”

from: http://royalcityrag.ca/2010/02/20/natural-heritage-strategy-why-what-happens-at-hanlon-creek-still-matters/

HCBP not in accordance with the Natural Heritage Strategy:

In the words of Bob Gordon:

“The Draft Natural Heritage Strategy recently workshopped to the public also raises concerns about developments in and around the Provincially Significant Wetlands in the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex.

Simply put, the draft Natural Heritage Strategy offer greater protection to Provincially Significant Wetlands than does the draft plan for the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex.

The city’s legalistic argument is that the draft plan of subdivision for the land in and around the Provincially Significant Wetlands in the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex has already been approved and that the proposed Natural Heritage Strategy is not applicable to it.

In a purely legal sense that claim is justified. It also entirely undermines the claim that the Hanlon Creek Business Plan is innovative or a model for other communities.

Implicitly, it is an argument that excuses the inadequacies of the protection for the land in and around the Provincially Significant Wetlands in the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex. It is an argument predicated on the claim that the Hanlon Creek Business Park draft plan of subdivision is an old plan and cannot possibly be held to current standards.”

From: http://royalcityrag.ca/2010/02/20/natural-heritage-strategy-why-what-happens-at-hanlon-creek-still-matters

HCBP Buffers not in accordance with GRCA:

While the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) states that Stormwater management ponds and trenches should never be included in Buffers, the City is doing just that, with the proposed buffers not including much more. See: http://www.grandriver.ca/PolicyPlanningRegulations/EIS_Guidelines_August05.pdf for the GRCA guidlines.

Key Player’s information:

City of Guelph info:

Mayor Karen Farbridge
519-837-5643
mayor@guelph.ca

Peter Cartwright
General Manager of Economic Development and Tourism
519-837-5600 x2820
peter.cartwright@guelph.ca

Councilors:

christine.billings@guelph.ca, karl.wettstein@guelph.ca,

bob.bell@guelph.ca, kathleen.farrelly@guelph.ca,

vicki.beard@guelph.ca, maggie.laidlaw@guelph.ca,

june.hofland@guelph.ca, ian.findlay@guelph.ca,

gloria.kovach@guelph.ca, lise.burcher@guelph.ca,

leanne.piper@guelph.ca, mike.salisbury@guelph.ca

XTerra:
934 Guelph Street
Kitchener, ON N2H 5Z6
(519) 569-8770

Cooper Construction LTD: www.coopercon.com

2381 Bristol Circle
Oakville, ON L6H 5S9
(905) 829-0444

BCC Group of Companies: http://www.bccgroup.ca/site.htm
(Belmont Equity is owned by BCC)

we found two addresses for them, not sure yet which one is correct:

1301 Fewster Drive.
Mississauga, Ontario
L4W 1A2

Phone: 905 602 4200
Fax: 905 602 4201
Email: info@bccgroup.ca

second address:

7895 Tranmere Dr #9
Mississauga ON, L5S 1V9

Phone #: 905-677-1253
Fax #: 905-677-6252

When:  Thursday January 28, 7pm

Where:  The Albion, upstairs. 49 Norfolk St., corner of Norfolk & MacDonnell, downtown Guelph. (Please note the last minute location change)

Cost:  Free.  Donations accepted for Hanlon Creek Defenders legal fees

* Please accept our apologies for last-minute location change. We are sorry this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

Aric McBay – writer, activist, and small-scale organic farmer – argues that activists need to think and organize like a resistance movement.  McBay explains how greenwashing derails effective action and why industrial civilization is doomed – and why that’s not a bad thing.  He shares crucial strategic lessons that today’s activists can learn from resistance movements from the past.  Much of this is from his work on a forthcoming book, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet, co-authored with Derrick Jensen and Lierre Keith.

Author of Peak Oil Survival: Preparation for Life after Gridcrash, and co-author of What We Leave Behind with Derrick Jensen, McBay also created In the Wake: A Collective Manual-in-progress for Outliving Civilization (www.inthewake.org).  Aric and his partner run a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) farm near Kingston, Ontario (ww.rootradicalrows.com).

“Industrial civilization is incompatible with life. It is systematically destroying life on this planet, undercutting its very basis. This culture is, to put it bluntly, murdering the earth. Unless it’s stopped – whether we intentionally stop it or the natural world does, through ecological collapse or other means – it will kill every living being. We need to stop it.” – preface to What We Leave Behind

This is a call to attend and speak at the upcoming council meeting, courtesy of LIMITS (Land Is More Important Than Sprawl):

Next Tuesday, December 8, the mayor and council are discussing and
hearing delegations on the city’s budget. A big subject here is the
Hanlon Creek Business Park – the project is tying our city to tens of
millions of dollars of debt, and of course there’s no guarantee any of
that money will be made in land sales anytime soon, if at all.
Currently the city is on the line for $33 million for the HCBP. Debt
financing is a major reason for the recession we’re in, and it’s a
really risky way to run a city – but that’s the way things are being
run right now.

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Things went pretty well last week.  Here’s a wrap up, mainly provided from other news sources:

Activists sue Guelph police for defamation, Digital Journal, Monday Nov. 23

Protester serves papers to Guelph police, Guelph Mercury, Tuesday Nov. 24

We Will Stop This… Again – Ongoing Resistance to HCBP in Guelph, actions take place in Kitchener, Audio from AWOL Radio, Kitchener, Thursday Nov. 26

Rally ends five days of protest, Guelph Mercury, Friday Nov. 27

Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex Celebrations Climax, Digital Journal, Friday Nov. 27