This beautiful parcel of ecologically sensitive natural heritage land was ceded to a developer in a controversial land-swap. The developer is now in the process of planning a housing development that would destroy the remaining Grade A Aspen forest and wetlands.
Although this developer had promised not to do any demolition until the development plans had been approved, shredding machines arrived on site on July 13, 2017, and close to 15 acres of Grade A Aspen Parkland were clear cut within a couple of days. We believe that many nesting birds and animals were killed, injured, and displaced as a result.
This destruction of the forest, and what we believe to be cruelty to animals, got the attention of individuals and groups from all areas of Winnipeg. A group of protestors spontaneously took action and surrounded the equipment to prevent further shredding and possible killing of animals. The protest movement continues to grow under the name of Rooster Town Blockade.
These activists are passionate and determined to maintain the blockade until the developer guarantees to halt clear cutting, at least until the development plans have been approved by City Hall. In addition to the negative environmental implications, cruelty to animals, and loss of green space, Metis and Indigenous activists assert there was never consultation with any Indigenous groups regarding the 2009 land swap.
On July 20, 2017, the PWCC and a number of individuals were named as defendants in the developer's attempt to seek an injunction against those participating in the blockade.
As stated above, the PWCC is an ad hoc committee and therefore has no funding available to defend itself against a wealthy developer. We are seeking donations to cover any legal costs taken on by PWCC. Any amount you can contribute is greatly appreciated!
At the first court date on July 26, 2017, the injunction was denied. In preparation for this court date, legal advice and representation was obtained, so legal bills are already accumulating.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this and we hope you can assist us in our goal of raising $15,000 over the next few weeks.
For an historical look at PWCC's efforts over the years, please go to http://www.parkerwetlands.doodlekit.com/home .
You can keep up to date with PWCC by visiting and liking us on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/ParkerWetlandsConservation/.
Visit Rooster Town Blockade's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/roostertownblockade/.
- Shelley Sweeney
- Lawrence Cherniack
- tom hainey
- Robert Bagamery
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