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TransLink files injunction against pipeline and Indigenous rights protesters

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Feb 19, 2020 at 3:06 pm PDT

FILE - A crowd on the platform at Commercial/Broadway SkyTrain station on Feb. 11, 2019. (Courtesy: Twitter/@carsncars)
Summary

The application comes as another protest is planned for the Commercial and Broadway SkyTrain station

Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver is hosting the event, called "intersection action"

TransLink added the injunction would not block protests on the streets, just at its facilities

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – TransLink filed an injunction application Wednesday with the BC Supreme Court to prevent protesters from occupying any of its facilities.

The application comes as another protest is planned for the Commercial and Broadway SkyTrain station at 5 p.m. in Vancouver.

Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver is hosting the event, called “intersection action,” in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and in opposition to the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipeline projects

“Stop harassing Indigenous communities and land defenders everywhere,” says a Facebook event by Climate Convergence.

“Join us as we continue to mobilize against these two Indigenous rights and climate killing pipeline mega-projects.Let’s keep building the momentum and the movement!”

TransLink said it supports the right to peaceful protest, but notes the safety of customers and staff is its priority.

The transit authority said the application is meant to ensure everyone who relies on SkyTrain can get where they need to go, while its lawyers have listed safety as their prime concern for the injunction.

“This is one of the busiest stations on the system and is a vital link for the more than 25,000 customers who travel through each day,” said Jill Drews, with TransLink.

“We have taken the step of requesting an injunction for all properties to ensure the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on the Expo and Millennium Lines, Canada Line, SeaBus and other TransLink facilities every day can get to their destinations safely.”

TransLink added the injunction would not block protests on the streets, just at its facilities.

The transit authority is not commenting further until the court makes a decision on the injunction.

TransLink also said bus customers should be prepared for delays or detours.