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B.C. judge rules against protesters

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Despite being ordered to stop obstructing construction by a B.C. Supreme Court Judge, protesters...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — Despite being ordered to stop obstructing construction by a B.C. Supreme Court Judge, protesters camped out on the Eagleridge Bluffs intend to continue their crusade, according to a story published by the Vancouver Sun.

For nearly a month the protestors have resided in an impromptu tent city on the bluffs overlooking Horseshoe Bay. The Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs is blocking the construction of a 2.4-km section of highway planned to head through the bluffs, which according to the protesters is an ecologically sensitive area.

The stretch of highway is part of a $600 million plan to improve conditions on the Sea-to-Sky Highway from West Vancouver to Whistler.

While rejecting a petition by protesters to cease construction of the $130 million project, the judge issued an injunction to the construction crew.

The protesters have not been ordered to head home, but have been given strict parameters to no longer impede construction. Under the injunction, the protesters have been told to stay at least 25 metres away from the project site and up to 300 metres away during drilling and blasting.

With the ruling of the injunction construction is expected to resume this week, with or without full cooperation from the protesters, according to Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon.

–with files from the Vancouver Sun


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