Some news about Friday’s hearing before the Superior court of Quebec. Anishinabek of the Algonquin Nation of the Ottawa River Watershed are attempting to obtain a safeguard order to stop the logging operations of Louisiana Pacific in Lac Lucie area, La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve.
The hearing has been postponed to Monday (tomorrow).
ANORW Solidarity will be waiting for you at 12:30 in front of Montreal’s court room (1 rue Notre-Dame, Place d’Armes metro) for a demonstration like we did on Friday. The hearing itself is set to happen at 13:30, in room 14.09.
Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/569127059866235/
Attorneys of Louisiana Pacific and Resolute Forest Products have asked for the hearing to be postponed, claiming that they weren’t ready and that, according to them, 6 logging companies could get involved in the case. There was even mention of involving other companies who are indirectly affected.
Meanwhile, as Tina Nottaway put it, nothing is said about every family, nation, ecosystem, animal and human who are indirectly suffering from the logging.
Furthermore, attorney for the Anishinabek Paul-Yvan Martin claims that the Ministry of Natural Resources has failed to provide him with the logging permits for the area, which would have allowed him to see in advance what companies are involved in the area and thus, to save precious time.
Louisiana Pacific agreed to not cutting trees between midnight Friday and midnight Sunday. However, she said she would still gather the trees that have already been cut, an operation which, in itself, causes a lot of damage to the vegetation and the soil.
This is disappointing, although not exactly unexpected.
That said, we’ve had a great gathering with supporters outside of the court house, and corporate media are starting to show interest for the case. We’ve talked to journalists from La Presse, Le Devoir, Le Journal de Montreal and CHGA FM radio station. That’s not even mentionning the few independent media who covered the event.
Despite these delays, we must persist and show our concern. If you can be there tomorrow, well, be there ; )