VANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court judge says he will make a decision this afternoon about whether to grant the City of Burnaby an injunction to remove a pipeline protest camp outside one of Kinder Morgan’s terminals.
The city has said the camp, known as Camp Cloud, poses a fire hazard and there are safety concerns that include a sacred fire that burns around-the-clock, a two-storey wooden structure and makeshift shower facilities.
Burnaby lawyer Gregory McDade told the judge that while the city supports peaceful protests, the camp violates several bylaws, trespasses on city property and constitutes a public nuisance.
He says the campers ignored an eviction notice issued last month and the camp has grown significantly since a separate court ruling protected it in March.
No one appeared in court on behalf of the protesters, although half a dozen supporters watched proceedings from the gallery.
Camp Cloud spokeswoman Kwitsel Tatel, who is named as a defendant, says in a statement that extinguishing the sacred fire or removing any of the camp’s buildings would be a violation of not only the right to free expression, but also deeply held religious beliefs.