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article imageHanlon Creek Opponents Plan Week of Events Special

By Bob Gordon     Nov 21, 2009 in Environment
Opponents of the Hanlon Creek Business Park recently announced "Five Days of Action For the Hanlon Creek: A Week of Events to Celebrate the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex," commencing on November 23.
The week opens up with an event at the Guelph police station. At 1pm on Monday, November 23rd, Kelly Pflug-Back will be serving the Guelph police department with a plaintiff's claim on behalf of herself and Julian Ichim regarding the Guelph police's alleged defamation and negligence in their investigation of Ms. Pflug-Back and Mr. Ichim.
Pflug-Back believes the lawsuit is significant because it delivers the message to the police "that they are not tools of the developers and the political establishment." On Wednesday she told DJ, "it is important to stand up to this abuse of power for future activists who will face the same kind of repression."
On Tuesday events move to Kitchener, to the headquarters of Xterra at 954 Guelph Road. Folks from Guelph and Kitchener will be dropping off letters notifying them of the contentious history of the HCBP, and the associated environmental and social problems that have made it the most well-known environmental issue in the region.
On Wednesday the action returns to Guelph for a public rally.
According to the media release, there will be:
an educational rally at the site of the next round of proposed construction. We will have a friendly presence, a press conference, and will offer informative flyers to drivers as they stop at red lights. Warm drinks, baked goods, banners, and good folks will be present. The more people the better!
Thursday's event is planned for the Xterra office in Kitchener. A noon hour information session and demonstration will take place.
This is a non-confrontational rally that is an opportunity to demonstrate our strength in numbers. Come hear from allies upstream of us in Kitchener/Waterloo and other guest speakers, about connections between the HCBP and environmental issues throughout the Grand River watershed.
August 10  following a full day in court arguing over injunctions  opponents of the Hanlon Creek Bus...
August 10, following a full day in court arguing over injunctions, opponents of the Hanlon Creek Business Park held a rally at Guelph city hall.
Friday there are a pair of events planned for downtown:
Come down to city hall for free lunch and a noon hour concert and jamboree. Call it a hullabaloo, a hootenanny, or a kerfuffle, but be there. This will be another opportunity to learn about what’s going on locally and how to get involved in this ever-expanding community effort. Sidewalk chalk, street theatre, and ye olde town crier may all make an appearance.
Friday evening the week wraps up with a party at Guelph Googenheim featuring the Hanlon Creek Drum Ensemble, Prince Bamidele Bajowa, Josh Cold Killbert, Sebastian Butt, Tigre$$$$, and Wolk. Cover is five dollars and all proceeds go to legal bills outstanding from the summer hearings.
Betty K is a grandmother of a certain age. She is also involved in organizing the week of action. She told DJ that, the full agenda of one week of events is "important. It demonstrates our ability to organize events in different communities over a full week." She believes it is valuable because "it keeps the issue in the public eye through the fall and into the spring.... And it lets us flex our organizational muscle."
A detailed agenda is available at the Occupation blog, hcbpoccupation blog.
Ian Findlay  Ward 2 Councilor  City of Guelph
Ian Findlay, Ward 2 Councilor, City of Guelph
Ian Findlay Campaign
The mayor, councillors and city staff have all been personally invited to join in the celebration. Only Ian Findlay has replied, but he sounds interested:
Thanks for the invitation. This is very exciting.
Perhaps we could meet on Monday in front of the Police station, say around 2. Do you think this would be the best place to get spit at?
I'm hoping that i will be luckier this time and be able to catch a nice horker right in my mouth. Maybe Kelly and I could discuss future job opportunities together.
I hope you'll be there. Should be fun.
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