TransLink files injunction in advance of today's anti-pipeline protests

Feb 19 2020, 3:16 pm

TransLink has filed an injunction ahead of an anti-pipeline demonstration planned to take place at Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station this afternoon.

“We understand a protest is planned for this evening near Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station,” said TransLink in an email. “This is one of the busiest stations on the system and is a vital link for the more than 25-thousand customers who travel through each day.”

The transit authority said it has filed an injunction application with BC Supreme Court today “seeking to prevent protesters from occupying any TransLink facilities.”

Today’s demonstration is being held by Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver in order to “mobilize against […] two Indigenous rights and climate killing pipeline mega-projects – the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline and the Coastal GasLink pipeline.”

“Let’s join coast to coast protest against occupation of Wet’suwet’en by RCMP and keep building the climate justice movement,” reads the group’s statement.

While TransLink said supports the right to peaceful protest, it says “the safety of our customers and our staff ” remains the priority.

“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,” said TransLink.

Despite this, the injunction “will not prevent protests from blocking municipally and provincially owned roadways.” As such, “bus customers should be prepared for delays and detours.”

With files from Eric Zimmer