Nanaimo man awaits punishment for causing pair of highway blockades

By Ian Holmes
Nanaimo News Now
January 12, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Derek Menard

NANAIMO — A brief jail sentence is possible for a man at the centre of a pair blockades on the Trans Canada Highway on Vancouver Island last spring. Sentencing arguments for Derek Hugh Menard took place Wednesday, Jan 11 after he pleaded guilty to mischief and intimidation by obstructing a highway last year in Nanaimo and Langford. The 33-year-old scientist and longtime political activist joined several others in briefly blocking Trans Canada Hwy. traffic on April 8. 2022 in Chase River, while he helped orchestrate a lengthy disruption several days later north of Victoria. “Which of course is ironic because this is a protest about climate change and it leads the Crown to submit it’s a very misguided form of protest,” Crown Counsel’s Joel Gold said in reference to idling vehicles releasing carbon into the atmosphere during the incidents. He argued for a two week jail tenure for Menard followed by probation.

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