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Teal-Jones wins appeal, injunction against Fairy Creek old-growth protests extended

An injunction for Teal-Jones Group against old-growth logging protesters trying to block roads and prevent the cutting of ancient trees in the Fairy Creek area has been extended to Sept. 26, 2022.
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A sign is shown at the entrance to Eden blockade in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew on Tuesday, May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne

An injunction for Teal-Jones Group against old-growth logging protesters trying to block roads and prevent the cutting of ancient trees in the Fairy Creek area has been extended to Sept. 26, 2022.

The Surrey-based forestry company’s application to extend the injunction was initially denied in late September. The judge argued that the conduct of police enforcing the injunction was damaging to the court’s reputation.

An interim injunction was granted in October after Teal-Jones filed an appeal.

Now three B.C. Court of Appeal judges have upheld that appeal, allowing the injunction to be extended until Sept. 26.

In a decision released Wednesday, the judges say that the court’s reputation is not depreciated by the grant and enforcement of an injunction against unlawful conduct.

“The conduct of police does not tarnish the reputation of the court; the court and police are constitutionally independent, The public interest in upholding the rule of law continues to be the dominant public interest in cases involving civil disobedience against a private entity,” the judges wrote.

More to come

regan-elliott@timescolonist.com