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A B.C. court has granted an injunction against protesters who have blocked ports in the Lower Mainland for four straight days in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en pipeline opponents.

The B.C. Maritime Employers Association said it was granted the injunction by a B.C. Supreme Court judge late Sunday afternoon and served it to the demonstrators at Deltaport and the Port of Vancouver at 5:30 p.m.

"While we respect the right to a peaceful protest, we need to ensure that our 7000 skilled waterfront employees are able to get to their place of work, safely perform their jobs and continue to support their families," BCMEA president and CEO Mike Leonard said in a statement.

Protesters have been blocking three entrances to the Port of Vancouver since Thursday, when RCMP began enforcing a court injunction granted on Dec. 31 against Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and other members in northern B.C.

On Saturday night, another group of protesters descended on the entrance to nearby Deltaport, which is Canada's busiest port. The group stayed overnight and refused to allow workers into the area to start their shifts Sunday morning.

The Port of Vancouver and BCMEA say the actions have caused "significant impacts" to port operations in both Delta and Vancouver.

The Wet'suwet'en pipeline opponents, who refer to themselves as land defenders, are attempting to block construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline at a worksite near Houston, B.C.

The RCMP enforcement, which has seen 21 arrests so far, has sparked solidarity protests throughout B.C. and across Canada, with demonstrators looking to "shut down Canada" by halting commercial traffic.

Protesters in Ontario have blocked Via Rail train service for three straight days, while freight train traffic has also been blocked in the province.

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3 minutes ago, canuktravella said:

 ya the government needs to clear the way for people going to work and trains and ferries etcetc   pipeline can be fought in court if they want  but otherwise get out of here.  If people dont like oil companies dont drive a car  or use anything made with oil good luck with that tho. Sick of lobbyists protesting   when they just trying to make money on it. Tent city lobbyists are a prime example of causing trouble at price to taxpayers 

Natural gas pipe but, you know, whatever right? 

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31 minutes ago, Ryan Strome said:

 

This is how ridiculous this is. LNG will greatly reduce global emissions yet people are blocking it. More evidence of how uneducated some are. 

Probably the fracking issue.

 

Though nothing like being held up by people and having your serfs out protesting.

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6 hours ago, canuktravella said:

 ok then its not dangerous at all im not sure why they dont want the pipeline then it probably just comes to them being greedy and wanting a money pay out from pipelines so maybe the government shouldnt listen to them

That's ridiculous dude. To completely disregard indigenous history, culture, and land claims while claiming they're all just greedy is laughable.

 

Not everything is about money. There are many indigenous nations with lands claims, and many wish to preserve what they claim are their traditional lands. This has been going on long before the landmark Degamuukw decision. 

 

 

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This might be a silly observation, I'm a little ignorant to all of the complexities of this situation. But why wouldn't they just bypass the Wetsuwet'en reserves? Go around them, and then this way they wouldn't have to pay that First Nation memberships millions. Cut them out of the deal, then we'll see who complains.

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10 hours ago, inane said:

Natural gas pipe but, you know, whatever right? 

Right, sometimes I wish first nation people would just say how much they want from the beginning so we can get on with it. If there going to protest and blockade to stop progress we should put a hault to their cheques right away and see how fast they fold. Our government is weak and allows this to go on too often.

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8 hours ago, canuktravella said:

 ok then its not dangerous at all im not sure why they dont want the pipeline then it probably just comes to them being greedy and wanting a money pay out from pipelines so maybe the government shouldnt listen to them

Why would we listen? I have no problem showing respect to a government who is self sufficient but these first nations people can't manage their own reserves and should have no say in how we manage our natural resources. They want no part in management all they want is free revenue $$$$$$

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1 hour ago, Coconuts said:

 

Not everything is about money. There are many indigenous nations with lands claims, and many wish to preserve what they claim are their traditional lands. This has been going on long before the landmark Degamuukw decision. 

 

this is true, but in this case it looks like what the hereditary chiefs want and what the band members want is clearly at odds. 20/20 elected band councils want this project. Thats pretty amazing, almost nothing gets consensus like that. 

 

There might be some conflict in terms of where the boundaries lie in terms of responsibilities for unneeded land, but in this case we have a very clear statement of what people in the bands want. I think thats why the actual numbers of first nations protestors is quite low against this project. 

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2 hours ago, Warhippy said:

With respect.  No

 

Not everything with First Nations people is about money.

 

using that as your go to is entirely ignorant.

 

Educate yourself on the matter

Its all about the money, as control\power = revenue. Many reserves out there are self sufficient and are not the ones blocking progress its the ones who haven't figured it out yet and want to continue with the old ways of handouts

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