Fairy Creek protester acquitted of criminal contempt due to RCMP failure to give proper notice

By Karin Larsen
CBC News
February 9, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A protester charged with criminal contempt for breaking the injunction prohibiting interference with old growth logging in the Fairy Creek watershed has been acquitted in B.C. Supreme Court in a decision that could have ramifications for 180 others still facing similar charges. Justice Douglas Thompson found Ryan Henderson not guilty because the RCMP failed to adequately inform him of the injunction. Henderson was perched atop a tripod blocking the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road on Oct. 21, 2021, when an officer read out a short-form scripted version of the injunction that had been prepared by the RCMP. Henderson was then removed from the tripod and arrested. “The RCMP did not transmit sufficient information about the terms of the injunction order, and the information that was delivered via this script was not accurate and clear,” said Thompson in his oral reasons for judgment. 

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