House arrest for Save Old Growth protester William Winder

By Bob Mackin
Burnaby Now
December 7, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

William Winder

A Save Old Growth (SOG) protester, whose portrait was exhibited in Premier David Eby’s office window, was sentenced to 30 days house arrest and 18 months probation on Tuesday in Vancouver Provincial Court. William Glen Winder, a 71-year-old, retired University of B.C. French professor, had pleaded guilty to charges of mischief and breaching an undertaking to not block highways and bridges. Judge James Sutherland said in court that Winder was sentenced by a B.C. Supreme Court judge to 21 days in jail last February for disobeying the Trans Mountain Pipeline injunction. Two months later, he illegally blocked traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway in Burnaby, gained release on a promise to not block another road and then, two months after that, illegally blocked the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge. “These were not spontaneous, impulsive events,” Sutherland said. “They were planned and coordinated. Furthermore, Mr. Winder had a clear intention to be arrested.

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