Hydro goes to court to evict Vancouver Site C protesters

The Vancouver Hunger Strikers. Photo from the 'Hunger Strike for the Peace River Valley - STOP SITE C.' Facebook page

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Site C protest camp outside of BC Hydro’s headquarters filed a petition last week seeking and securing a court injunction for removal of the camp site.

After claiming the camp had grown to the point it represented a health and safety risk for both the public and its employees, Hydro argued in court that those involved in the protest, which began in mid-March, were trespassing on land owned by Hydro and intimidating workers.

That’s something that every protester we’ve heard from, including one identified as Xenoa, has denied.

In remarks we’ve received, he didn’t identify what those places are. But he did note this camp, which also featured a life-threatening hunger strike by defendant Kristin Henry, was not a blockade, and that was a factor in the protesters injunction obedience decision.

This is the second such protester loss, as the company also won an injunction back in February to remove another group camping at the Peace River Site C construction site. That case was another BC Supreme Court ruling that Hydro had proven that protest camp on the south bank of the river was causing irreparable harm and costing the utility millions of dollars in delays.

Meantime, since up to 1,600 workers will reportedly be required at the project site during peak construction season fluctuation.

As the work continues we continue to seek a Hydro update on its workforce accommodation plans, which were earlier said to include project site facilities, long term Peace Island Park recreation vehicle sites, and 40 multi-family housing units in Fort St. John.

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