Logging company granted injunction extension in Fairy Creek old-growth dispute


A lawyer representing protestors says they are concerned the court’s decision may not protect the right to protest in the area located on Vancouver Island.

On Wednesday, the BC Court of Appeal extended Surrey-based logging company Teal-Jones’ injunction against blockades in Fairy Creek and surrounding areas until September.

The decision reverses a BC Supreme Court decision in September not to grant Teal-Jones extension due to infringement of civil liberties of protestors by RCMP.

A temporary injunction was in place in October until the Court of Appeal hearing.

Since May of 2020, environmental groups have been blocking and protesting on Vancouver Island to protect old-growth trees.

According to an RCMP press release, there are over 1,100 arrests in the area, primarily for breach of the injunction.

In an Interview with APTN News, Charlotte Chamberlain, legal counsel representing the protestors, says they are concerned with the decision.

“We are concerned the Court of Appeals decision may not adequately protect the right to protest legally against the old-growth logging at Fairy Creek and the surrounding areas, she said. “ We received the decision on Wednesday, so we are still in the process of reviewing the decision to determine our next steps.”

Video Journalist / Kitimat Village, B.C.

Lee is a video journalist with APTN News, who shoots, reports and edits stories out of northern British Columbia. As a member of the Haisla Nation, Lee is proud to call Kitimat Village home again after living on Vancouver Island for 18 years. He has a passion for storytelling and looks forward to sharing stories through the lens of First Nations people.