Teal Cedar claims Western Canada Wilderness Committee organized unlawful blockade

December 9, 2015

By: Business Vancouver

Teal Cedar Products Ltd. is suing the Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) over a blockade of logging road construction in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island.

Teal Cedar filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court on November 24. Defendants also include WCWC employees Torrance Coste, Dave Cascagnette, Trevor Schinkel and “persons unknown.”

The company claims the Wilderness Committee and Coste organized the blockade, consisting of about 10 people, which has been impeding access to the area where Teal wants to upgrade roads and build a landing pad to support its helicopter logging operations.

The blockade, according to the claim, began on November 9, but the protesters did allow a company contracted by Teal to apply rock surfacing to prevent erosion. They resumed the blockade on November 23 and have allegedly refused to leave.

The company claims that the new roads and helicopter pad can’t be constructed once it begins to snow in the Walbran Valley. If construction isn’t completed, the company claims its conventional logging operations set to begin in spring next year will be delayed in addition to its heli-logging operations.

Teal Cedar Products seeks an injunction to stop the blockade and unspecified damages for the defendants’ “tortious conduct.” The allegations have not been tested or proven in court and the defendants had not responded to the claim by press time.

By: Business Vancouver

Your comments.

  1. Dan Pierce says:

    Where to begin? There’s so much erroneous information in this article I’m not quite sure where to start.
    a) Teal Cedar is not suing WC, they filed for an injunction so they could have the RCMP remove anyone who blocks their operation. Not a lawsuit.
    b) You claim that all the people named in the not-a-lawsuit are WC employees. They are not. Only Torrance Coste is a WC employee. The rest are independent activists.
    c) While there may have been about 10 people witnessing the blockade, only 2 or 3 people were actually involved with blocking the road. Big difference.
    d) You say they resumed the blockade on Nov. 23 and have “refused to leave,” this is also absolutely false. They’ve blocked the road on 2 or 3 separate occasions but most of the time work has gone on unimpeded. And once the injunction came down, there has only been one incident of someone violating the injunction.
    Please get your facts straight before you go publishing stories that aren’t true. It really hurts your credibility when you spread misinformation.

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