Protesters camped out at BC Hydro’s downtown Vancouver headquarters may soon be forced to move.
The company has filed an application for an injunction to try to remove the camp from the Dunsmuir plaza it has been occupying for more than a month.
Campers have been on site since mid-March to protest the Site-C dam.
Today’s filing names hunger-striker Kristin Henry among others, as defendants, the notice of application claiming they’re trespassing on land “owned by BC Hydro,” and claiming the campers are causing damage and intimidating workers.
That’s something protestors we spoke to deny.
BC Hydro’s Simi Heer says the camp has grown in recent weeks, and poses a health and safety risk for both the public and their employees.
“Our security and safety teams have taken steps to attempt to protect a healthy and safe working environment for employees however we’ve reached a point now where we do need to take this action. We want to make sure our office is safe to access by the hundreds of employees, and also the employees and customers and contractors who visit here on a daily basis.”
But protestor Cameron – who’s from Fort St. John near where the dam will be built, says the injunction will only draw more attention to the camp …
“They’re trying to block it, or move it, or shut it down. Perhaps that leads to people’s interests escalating.”
“I certainly hope so.”
On April 7, the utility distributed notices to the camp telling them to take down the tents and tarps.
In February, the B.C. Supreme Court granted BC Hydro a separate injunction to remove protesters from its Site C dam project near Fort St. John.
None of the claims have been proven in court.
The notices in question, hard to miss here they're everywhere now pic.twitter.com/C2LGth62u1— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) April 28, 2016
BC Hydro security, I presume, filming me filming them as court notices r taped around "illegal" campsite @ Hydro HQ pic.twitter.com/vYeQ3Sg1Cx— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) April 28, 2016
Another two posters who were encouraged by fella holding the door to come inside pic.twitter.com/9mb1YIwWMi— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) April 28, 2016