Lower Mainland anti-logging protester sentenced to house arrest, curfew

By Cornelia Naylor
Vancouver is Awesome
February 2, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A BC provincial court judge declined to grant North Vancouver Save Old Growth organizer Ben Holt, 52, a conditional discharge. Judge Gregory Rideout said it was a “significant aggravating factor” that Holt continued with the protests despite bail conditions banning him from blocking traffic. A protester involved in four anti-logging demonstrations that disrupted traffic in Burnaby, Vancouver and the North Shore has been handed a conditional sentence with house arrest and a curfew to be followed by six months of probation. Benjamin Holt, a 52-year-old computer programmer, was in Vancouver provincial court for sentencing Thursday morning after pleading guilty in December to three counts of mischief and one count of breaching bail conditions. The charges relate to protests with Save Old Growth, a group that has organized major traffic disruptions along the Trans Canada Highway in a bid to end all old-growth logging in B.C.

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