When I walk in the forest along the Eramosa River I see stone fire rings from many years ago. The local historians they tell us they are from the 1930’s and the great depression when indigent and desperate people lived in the woods and tried to survive.

Today again in these same places we have a number of occupied homeless camps in the forest, and that is just in my small part of town. People are trying to survive in the forest in these homeless camps.

These folks are beefing up their camps and will be attempting to spend another winter in the woods. And yet again the camps will be abandoned when it gets cold and the refuse left will be for the stewards of our environment to clean up along with city resources. We can no longer count on the provincial government to assist in any way. It will be our duty and accepted easily as Guelphites. We do it every year.