Just over 30-people have been gathered on Silvercreek Parkway South off Waterloo Avenue since around 7:00 am this morning to deliver a simple message – “Life is worth more than money”.
The demonstrators are at the work site entrance of the Howitt Creek Woods. That’s the former Lafarge lands.
With tree removal having already begun on the site to prepare the tract of land for future residential development, the protesters would like to see the tree cutting permit revoked.
Annie Corbin is a spokesperson for protesters. She says the parcel of land has been of major interest to local residents for decades, and over this time has regenerated into an urban greenspace of significant social and ecological value, being the only significant greenspace and natural habitat in this part of Guelph. The woods, creek, and wetlands have been adopted by families and people from all over Guelph who enjoy it daily for a variety of reasons.
Corbin now says the developer has agreed to stop work for the day and has since locked the gates for the weekend. The protesters are remaining on site this afternoon.