Monday, January 7, 2013
"We seem to be drifting into dangerous waters in the life of the public affairs of this province when courts cannot predict, with any practical degree of certainty, whether police agencies will assist in enforcing court injunctions against demonstrators who will not voluntarily cease unlawful activities, such as those carried on by the protesters in this case"
A judge who issued an injunction order to stop a blockade on a main rail line between Toronto and Montreal on Saturday has criticized police for not trying to stop the protest.
The protest by 15 people, who said the blockade was “to show support for First Nations Chiefs in their upcoming meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper” on Friday, stopped passenger and freight travel on the main line for several hours on Saturday.
In Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown’s written reasons for issuing the injunction, he says police stood by instead of attempting to stop the protest, a situation he suggests could have been resolved through “powers of arrest” without a court injunction.
When Brown decided to issue an injunction, the Ontario Provincial Police “would not assist the local sheriff to ensure the order was served by the time stipulated for the removal of the blockade,” something Brown found “disappointing.”