Natives threaten to block road

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VERNON, B.C. — A native family has given the Ministry of Highways until midnight June 25 to solve an ownership issue before barricades are placed on Westside Road.

The Parker-Bonneau family claims that the road into the Parker Cove area was relocated onto their land in the 1960s, but no compensation has taken place.

Family spokesman, Reynolds Bonneau, says that the ministry has been unwilling to negotiate a deal, and therefore traffic will be stopped to force the issue.

“If it becomes necessary, we will physically erect a barricade. We wouldn’t have a manned blockade,” says Bonneau. “All we would do is put up a barricade to prevent trespass.”

The government says it has a contingency plan in place, which would see vehicles re-routed over an old roadbed. However, that would involve building a bridge that isn’t currently in place.

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