FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Arthur Hadland spent eight hours in a cell at the Fort St. John RCMP detachment yesterday afternoon before being released.
He was arrested earlier in the day for blocking traffic at a protest against Site C, and now faces a charge for mischief. Almost 30 people gathered at the 269 road entrance to construction; protesters also took to the Old Fort road entrance.
The former PRRD director says he wouldn’t ordinarily do something like this, but felt he had to. He emphasized his desire to instead talk about the project itself, rather than his arrest.
“I didn’t do it willingly,” Hadland told Energetic City. “This is about preserving tomorrow, looking after tomorrow. That river has no voice. All those people there were the voice.”
A vocal opponent of the project in the past, Hadland continued to criticize BC Hydro for having ‘no social license’ regarding the project and the small towns it impacts.
“They’re treating our whole region like a colony.”
Hadland, alongside two other local activists who were arrested — Penny Boden and Mark Meiers — are scheduled to appear in court on February 24.
Meiers told Energetic City he was arrested around 3 p.m., at the Old Fort road protest site. He added that he believes BC Hydro has filed a complaint against the group of protesters — however, this hasn’t been confirmed yet on Hydro’s side, according to spokesperson David Conway.