Injunctions justify RCMP spending near $50M on resource standoffs, B.C. Mountie says

By Brett Forester
CBC News
January 13, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The leader of an RCMP unit tasked with policing resistance to resource extraction in British Columbia says court-ordered injunctions justify his squad spending nearly $50 million on operations over its five-year existence. “We don’t have a choice,” said Chief Supt. John Brewer, commander of the Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG). “There is a clause in there that says we must enforce that injunction. We try to do it with the least amount of direct contact, but sometimes, when they’re blocking roads, impeding under the injunction, we have to act.” But one legal scholar who writes extensively on injunctions suggests the issue is more nuanced than that. While it’s true injunctions include enforcement clauses, Irina Ceric said they contain baked-in, boilerplate caveats providing police broad discretion on how and when to act. …CBC revealed the C-IRG spent $49.9 million enforcing court orders for pipelines… and old-growth logging between 2017 and 2022.

Read More