PAUL SAMETZ points out the weak spot in the 'pipeline' that he and Ian Gordon carried around to show their opposition to Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline project outside the Best Western Inn late this afternoon.

Protesters demonstrate outside Enbridge hearings

About 50 people came out to voice their concerns about the proposed pipeline project this afternoon.

  • Jun. 17, 2013 6:00 p.m.

FOLLOWING UP on Sunday’s protest at George Little Park which saw more than 100 protestors come out to voice their opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline project, demonstrators took their placards to the Best Western where the final round of the Joint Review Panel board hearings are taking place.

About 50 people wore t-shirts that blasted Enbridge and/or carried placards that said a definite “no’ to the idea of the pipeline around 4 p.m. this afternoon, June 17.

The group stood outside the hotel at the corner of Greig Ave. and Kalum St, waving placards at vehicles who drove by, many of which honked their horns in support.

Mikael Jensen from the students’ union at Northwest Community College talked through a megaphone to protestors as they practised some chants against the pipeline while waiting for speakers to come by to say a few words.

People from Kitimat and Prince Rupert came out to join the group, including Prince Rupert elder Joseph Brooks, who banged his drum along with others who had drums.

Neil Maier said he was there for his grandchildren. “It’s all about them,” he said pointing to a young boy crossing the street with his mom.

Police had been present from the beginning of the talks at 8:30 a.m. this morning, walking around the hotel keeping an eye out or standing in the main foyer.

Now they kept their distance and watched the protestors.

Inspector Dana Hart said, from where he was standing at the hotel’s main door, they were there to keep an eye out for anyone who may cause a disturbance but he didn’t expect anything to happen.

Sunday’s demonstration was peaceful and speakers there kept reminding people to stay peaceful and respect others, who would then respect their protest, said Hart.

The hearings are expected to continue this week and into next week with more than 35 speakers lined up to talk to the board.

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