Natives plan to block road today

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WESTSIDE, B.C. — A dispute between a native family and the B.C. Ministry of Highways could turn ugly today, as the Parker-Bonneau family has vowed to set up a roadblock as of noon today.

The family believes that Westside Road is built on their land and that they deserve to be compensated. Otherwise, traffic on the road will grind to a halt this afternoon, claims Parker-Bonneau family spokesman, Reynolds Bonneau.

“We’ve exhausted every possible avenue to keep the road where it is. We’ve failed in that attempt and we’ve failed to get Highways to relocate the road. It’s up to band members and the public to apply pressure on this,” says Bonneau.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Highways is keeping an eye on the situation, but they won’t create an alternate route until the barriers go up.

“We don’t take a proactive role in implementation of blockades,” says Ministry of Highways district manager, Dan Williams. “We’re aware of it and we have our legal people involved. We are prepared to move in when there is an interruption in traffic.”

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