Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Protester Arrested during Protest against Construction of Highway in P.E.I

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Protester Arrested during Protest against Construction of Highway in P.E.I

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Protester arrested resisting logging of woods

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NEW HAVEN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, - The interim leader of Prince Edward Island's Green party says she was arrested Tuesday after protesting the clearing of land to make way for the realignment of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Darcie Lanthier said in a telephone interview that she was taken into custody at the construction site about 30 kilometres west of Charlottetown after refusing to leave the area.

Opponents of the $16-million highway project say it will destroy arable fields and an untouched stand of old-growth hemlock, as well as a popular hiking trail and a fishing area.

Lanthier, 50, of Charlottetown said she was released and expects to be charged with resisting arrest and mischief.

RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar said a woman was arrested and will face criminal charges of mischief and resisting arrest.

He declined to release the woman's name but he said she is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Dec. 3.

Blackadar alleged the woman was lying in camouflage gear in front of a tractor before police carried her from the site.

He also said five protesters were issued summary offence tickets for trespassing earlier Tuesday after refusing to leave the fenced-off area.

Lanthier said the protesters want to slow down the project while legal efforts continue in the courts to impose a temporary stop to the work.

"We're just playing sort of a beat-the-clock game here. We're in the courts to try and get an injunction to stop this, and in the meantime the construction is proceeding as fast as possible to do as much damage before they have to be in court," she said.

She alleges that the stands of wood being cut are rare and the province is losing a precious resource.

"Four thousand people signed a petition against this project," she said.

"It's running through a 220-year-old stand of hemlock forest. …

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