RCMP assess enforcement resources after court reinstates logging injunction in B.C.

VICTORIA — The RCMP are reviewing the department's resources following the temporary reinstatement of an injunction against old-growth logging protests on southern Vancouver Island by the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge refused to renew an injunction last month against protesters in the Fairy Creek area north of Port Renfrew, but Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein granted a stay on Friday until forestry firm Teal Cedar Products Ltd. can argue at a full appeal of the lower-court ruling next month. 

A statement from the RCMP's E Division says the force is examining the court's decision and assessing its resources when it comes to possible enforcement actions in the area, where police have made more than 1,100 arrests.

The RCMP say they have maintained a presence in the Fairy Creek area in support of nearby detachments since the lower-court judge refused to grant a one-year extension of the injunction. 

Teal Cedar says in a statement it appealed the ruling to allow its employees and contractors lawful access to the forest.

Luke Wallace, a spokesman for protest group Rainforest Flying Squad, says people are preparing to spend a second winter in the forest, with their aim to continue to pressure the provincial government on reform of old-growth logging.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 12, 2021.

The Canadian Press


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