Interview with Dave Schultz, Manager of Communications with the Grand River Conservation Authority

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Dave Schultz is the Manager of Communications for the GRCA, and this interview is about the culvert construction for the HCBP infrastructure, and the City of Guelph's bid to extend the deadline.

Since one of the goals of the July 27 occupation has succeeded - to make it impossible for the City of Guelph to do this infrastructure work by their deadline - the City now wants to have the rules changed. There has been confusion abound about when the actual deadline is, some sources have said September 15, others September 30. This interview clears up some of this, and addresses what is currently happening with regards to a possible extension.

Now that the City got Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources, to support the City's desires, it seems that is not enough. In an article in the Guelph Mercury from Tuesday Sept. 1, HCBP engineer Colin Baker has said that they may hold off on work until they receive the extension, because they are unsure if they can finish the work before the deadline. However, on the ground reports differ, reporting grading machinery being used that same day at the creek. 

How many ways can the City bend the rules? How many public agencies have a backbone? How much does the City really care about protecting the ecosystem, including the habitat of the Jefferson Salamander, Brook Trout, or others who depend on this land?



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