Lower Mainland anti-logging protester tells court he’s choosing marriage over civil disobedience

By Cornelia Naylor
December 3, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada West

Ben Holt

A protester involved in four anti-logging demonstrations that disrupted traffic in Burnaby, Vancouver and the North Shore should be sentenced to 35 days in jail and 18 months of probation, according to a Crown prosecutor. Benjamin Holt, a 52-year-old computer programmer, was in Vancouver provincial court Friday morning and pleaded guilty to three counts of mischief and one count of breaching bail conditions. …Crown prosecutor Ellen Leno said …nothing short of a jail sentence would be appropriate. …He said his five days in jail in October had scared his teenaged children and strained his relationship with his wife.  “I’ve been given a choice,” he said. “I can either continue in civil disobedience or I can continue in my marriage. I enthusiastically choose my marriage.” Holt’s sentence will be delivered some time in January or February.

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