BC Hydro files notice of civil claim against Site C protesters

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — BC Hydro is seeking an injunction and has filed a noticed of civil claim against protesters occupying the Rocky Mountain Fort camp.

The injunction was filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver yesterday,  against Ken Boon, Arlene Boon, Verena Hofmann, Esther Pedersen (also known as Rachel Blatt), Helen Knott, Yvonne Tupper, Jane Doe, and John Doe — as well as ‘all other persons unknown to the plaintiff’ who are interfering with the area.

The claim states the defendants constructed a camp at the Rocky Mountain Fort in November 2015, alleging they didn’t have permission from the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to do so. The camp is located on crown land.

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On Dec. 31, a wood cabin was built, another cabin being brought in on Jan. 12. Stated in the claim, the protesters have been camping in rotating shifts at the site and, as Hydro claims, interfering with and preventing staff from completing clearing work.

In the claim, it is written that signs were placed by the defendants, stating, ‘No Trespassing Treaty 8 Territory’ and ‘Rocky Mtn. Fort Property of Treaty 8 Members’ at the camp.

The case states the Clearing Contractor must complete the work by March 31, 2016, and that the defendants have prevented the Clearing Contractor from doing so by obstructing the path or machinery or starting bon fires in the way.

Below is a copy of the civil claim filed January 19, 2016.

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