Reading the papers, it is noted that the nesting place of Chimney Swifts delayed the tearing down of two, derelict city owned properties on Wyndom Street.
The birds apparently have flown the coop, so to speak.
It reminds us of the late lament of the rare Jefferson Salamander used as the reason to delay the city owned Hanlon Business Park development for 12 months. A handful of anarchists, urban terrorists and fellow travelers took the city to court and were subsequently proved to be wrong in their theory they were saving the salamander.
When will this council decide to get out of the rare species business and get on with the public business?
The question begs an answer: When will the city’s industrial development team announce the capturing of a real business with real jobs in the Hanlon Park? Selling land to a developer does not create jobs.
Channeling Chimney Swift migrations and mythical Jefferson Salamanders may in interesting to city staffers but jobs are what’s needed.
With Ontario’s unemployment figures greater than that of Quebec, it’s time to get off the pot and make Guelph a haven for business and jobs.
Council, get your head out of the sand and start working to promote jobs in the city. All the policies of the past are superficial when it comes to building the economic base of Guelph. Let’s hope the majority get it.