Earth Hour takesplace across thecountry and aroundthe world
On Saturday March 27 rom8:30 to 9:30 pm local time, a lot o lights went o. Tis was becauseapproximately one billion peoplein 121 countries took part in theourth-annual Earth Hour. Tepoint o Earth Hour is not to reducepower consumption but to raiseawareness about climate change. Asinvolvement is strictly voluntary, any electrical systems deemed essentialsuch as streetlights and traclights are kept on. In honour o theevent, outdoor musical events lit by LED lanterns and ashlights wereplanned in Fredericton, NB, and thelocal Sears and Wal-Mart promisedto shut down any non-essentialelectrical appliances. Across Canada,other non-essential lights wereturned o, such as Haliax harbourbridges, the majority o externallights on the CN tower, and theexterior lights at the Air CanadaCentre
24’s clock set towind down
Fox television network hasdecided to make the current seasono the hit drama
its last. Teshow stars Canadian actor KieerSutherland and is well known orits “real-time” storytelling approach.Sutherland, who plays agent Jack Bauer on the show, also serves asan executive producer. Reerringto Bauer as “the role o a lietime,”Sutherland also said that the cast andcrew “always wanted
to fnish ona high note, so the decision to makethe eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon.” Te show beganairing in 2001 and will air the seriesfnale on May 24. It currently airs inCanada on Global elevision. Whilethe end o the series is defnite,plans are currently in the works ora eature flm adaptation.
Wizard World comesto Toronto
Crowds o ans ocked to theDirect Energy Centre at ExhibitionPlace in oronto on the weekend o March 26-28 or the frst Wizard World oronto Comic Con. Run by New York based book and magazinepublisher, Wizard Entertainment, theevent is “the culmination o movies, video games, V, toys, comic books,sci-f, horror and antasy – all rolledinto one,” said CEO Gareb Shamus.Around 400 exhibitors showed andsold their wares, including literature,flms, video games, toys and othercollectibles. Actors appeared rom anumber o movies and shows, suchas Ernie Hudson o
ame and various actors rom thesci-f cult hit
. oronto, being the North Americantour’s only Canadian stop, hadorganizers expecting up to 20,000 visitors.
(CBC)-Compiled by Vanessa Szpurko
The confict continues over Hanlon CreekAnother step on the quest or a green campus
An update onthe controversysurrounding thedevelopment o theHCBPTask Force onSustainability seekseedback to increaseits efectiveness
Back in September, the
sat down with two protesters whoplayed an active role in opposing thedevelopment o the Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP). o reresh your memory, the controversialdevelopment o the HCBP wasslated to begin in the spring o 2009.However, the construction site wasmet by a group o protestors whooccupied the site over the summero last year. Protesters acrossGuelph gathered on the projecteddevelopment site, with the hope o reversing the HCBP constructionplans due to our distinct concerns.As outlined on the Hanlon Creek Business Park Occupation website,HCBP development may threatenthe intrinsic worth o an old growthorest, the signifcance o the Paris-Galt Moraine to the integrity o Guelph’s drinking water, theabundance o “brownfelds” andindustrial land that is not in use, andprovincial and ederal regulationsconcerning the preservation o the Jeerson Salamander.Ater a longwinded battle tohalt the construction o the HCBP,the City o Guelph decided thatdevelopment would have to bedelayed until the spring o 2010.Spring has arrived in Guelph, which raises the question: whatis going on with the HCBPdevelopment plans? Te City o Guelph still aims togo orward with plans to developthe HCBP, despite the challengesOn April 6, those in theUniversity o Guelph community with ideas about how to make theuniversity more sustainable willhave a chance to express themdirectly to the Presidential ask Force on Sustainability (PFS).PFS was ormed by U o GPresident Alastair Summerlee, with the hopes o increasingsustainability on campus andhearing viewpoints and suggestionsrom individuals at all levels atthe university, including aculty,students and sta. Kevin Hall, a Uo G proessor and vice-presidento research, chairs the committeeand its fndings go directly to thepresident.In a recent video promoting thetask orce, Summerlee explainedthe need or the continuedpursuit o a sustainable university community.“Te University o Guelph is
and opposition they aced over thecourse o the summer o 2009. TeCity o Guelph’s website reiteratesthat the development o theHCBP will allow or an abundanceo economic opportunities andcontinues to be an essential parto its growth management plan.Additionally, on a ‘myth and act’page on the website, the city debunksseveral o the opposition’s mainconcerns. According to the city, theproject will not contribute to sprawl,it will not harm old growth orests(as they have zoned in protectionareas or old growth tree species),the Jeerson Salamander speciesdo not exist within the region, andGuelph’s groundwater resources willbe protected.In regards to the outcry againstthousands o tree species being lost,the city contends that the 1,688trees proposed to be removed aremostly non-native and invasivespecies, and about 2,500 trees will beplanted to replace those trees set tobe deorested. Te city has worked hard totarget and demystiy the concernslaid out by the opposition, but itmay be doing little to curb ongoingmobilization against HCBPdevelopment. Te Hanlon Business Creek Park Opposition supporters arecontinuing their public outreacheorts to stop HCBP developmentand manage to constantly inormthe public with up to date news orthose ollowing this issue. Morerecently, the HCBP has ocused itsenergy on educating the public onthe ‘Hanlon Creek 5’. Te ‘HanlonCreek 5’ are fve individuals whohave a lawsuit fled against themby the City o Guelph in order to“recover costs associated with stolenequipment and damage to theproperty” o HCBP. Te decision tohold fve protesters responsible orlegal damages was handed over atera legal injunction to keep people o o the land ailed to stop protestersrom occupying the site or 18 daysin the summer o 2009. Te city isclaiming $5 million in damagesagainst these fve individuals.A website has been developedto support the Hanlon Creek 5, andoppose the lawsuit. According tothe website, the legal actions takenby the city rame what are knownas Strategic Litigation AgainstPublic Participation (SLAPP)suits. Many organizations view SLAPP suits as a legal orm o bullying and intimidation, whichthreatens the possibility o citizensto participate in the public policy and decision-making process. Oneo the protesters that received thelawsuit, Matt Soltys, said recently tothe
that the accusedintend to deend themselves on thisissue.“I we ail to serve a statement o deence, we would oreit the rightto ever deend ourselves in the uture[on this issue],” said Soltys.Given these ongoing legal battlesand continued resistance to HCBPdevelopment, it looks as though thecontroversy is not likely to subsideany time soon. Many protesters hopethat this upcoming summer willallow or a resolution that protectsGuelph’s environment withoutintimidating or threatening the liveso those who remain in disagreementtowards the city’s stance in regardso HCBP development.a leader in terms o sustainability,”said Summerlee. “It doesn’t matteri we’re talking about issues that aresocial, economic or environmental. Tere are a number o circumstances where we can quite rightully claimleadership. But there’s always more we can do. It’s or this reason thatI’ve established the task orce orsustainability.” Te task orce has been arecent addition to the university’salready sizeable sustainability-minded community, and the April6 meeting will be the frst o a serieso town hall-style orums wherethose registered to present ideasmay do so to a panel moderated by Summerlee himsel.In a press release that appearedon the U o G website, Hall saidthat the goal o the town hall is tocreate inclusive discussion.“We want to hear romeveryone, students, aculty and sta rom all our campuses, who haveideas about how we can live and work more sustainably,” said Hall.“Whether it’s using less energy and water, initiating social andeconomic changes, or enhancingour teaching and learning practices, we as a university need to look or ways to place ewer demands onthe planet.”Hil Coburn, a ourth-yearU o G student, is not on thetask orce, but her ideas andconcerns will be brought to thetable through designated studentrepresentatives. Coburn is part o Te Sustainability Collaborative, acommends some o the greatadvances the U o G community has made as an environmentalleader, but says there is still a lot o work let to be done.“Tere are a lot o wonderul,inspiring students who are doinga lot o progressive and motivatingthings on this campus…[and]I think the connection betweenrecently created initiative on the Uo G campus which brings all the‘green clubs’ on campus together inan eort combine orces and shareideas, many o which are broughtto the attention o the PFS. Asa student active in the quest or amore sustainable campus, Coburnstudents and administration is ata peak right now,” said Coburn.“Tere are a lot o good thingshappening but I think there’s a loto room or more…we come o asa “green campus” but I think that we can’t slide by on that image without really living up to it.”
I think the connection between studentsand administration is at a peak right now.Tere are a lot of good things happening but I think there’s a lot of room for more.
ourth-year U o G student
Te land that has been zoned to become the Hanlon Creek BusinessPark is one that has inspired contention in the last year.