Today opponents of the Hanlon Creek Business Park are wrapping up the "Five Days of Action to Celebrate the Hanlon Creek Wetland Complex' event. A noon hour concert was canceled but the community lunch and rally in front of city hall has just wrapped up.
The press release for this week of action billed today's event in this way, "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."
Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the musical portion of the rally. However, it did not prevent approximately 30 demonstrators gathering to present their case at the seat of the municipal government. Betty K, one of the organizers, was pleased with the event, and the turnout, despite the weather.
"Rallying here and at this time allows us to present our case, and our literature to civic employees as they leave city hall on their lunch break," Betty K said.
"Excluding the 18 day occupation of the wetland complex in July and August this is the most consistent and persistent series of events we have organized." She added, "we need to keep this issue in the media and in the public eye throughout the winter."
The five-day-long event opened Monday when Kelly Pflug-Back attempted to deliver court documents informing the Guelph Police Service of her intention to seek damages for an earlier incident in which Pflug-Back was intimated in a police press release to have been involved in an alleged incident of intimidation and harassment. No charges were ever laid and police subsequently abandoned the investigation.
On Monday police refused to accept the papers from Pflug-Back claiming that they already had copies of them. They subsequently realized their error and on Wednesday they sent a car and an officer to the site of the day's action and offered to chauffeur Pflug-Back to the station so she could file the papers again. She declined the offer, explaining that her lawyer would be looking after it for her.
Kelly Rose Pflug-Back answers questions from the press. Her supporters stand behind her.
At today's rally Pflug-Back spent a few minutes talking to DJ. "The week went really well. My lawsuit is proceeding and we received lots of media coverage all week," she said.
"This will all help to raise awareness of the issues around the Hanlon Creek wetland. It also reinforces the diversity and depth of the opposition to the business park."
The celebration will climax with a drum and dance party at the Guelph Guggenheim tonight. Featured performers include 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.