Protesters against old-growth logging gathered in front of the courthouse on Blanshard Street March 4. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Protesters against old-growth logging gathered in front of the courthouse on Blanshard Street March 4. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Four weekend protests may affect Victoria traffic

A march against logging of old-growth forests may disrupt traffic Saturday

Four separate rallies are planned for Victoria this weekend and police are warning there could be some disruptions to traffic.

In a statement, Victoria police said outdoor assemblies are not prohibited under public health orders so long as steps are taken to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19. All organizers have expressed that attendees must adhere to physical distancing and mask-wearing regulations.

VicPD said the only protest they expect to cause traffic delays is a march and rally against the logging of old-growth forests on Saturday.

READ ALSO: Greater Victoria residents rally to protect old-growth forests at B.C. legislature

Saturday, March 27

  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and 2 Spirited (MMIWG2S) Takes Back Canada: Centennial Square at noon
  • The Last Stand, mass mobilization rally and march against logging of old-growth forests: march through downtown and rally at B.C. legislature building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 28

  • Stop Trans Mountain: Draw the Red Line!: Dallas Road from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Victoria’s Rally Against Anti-Asian Hate: B.C. legislature building from 2 to 4 p.m.

VicPD also reminded participants and organizers that fines for breaking COVID-19 gathering orders were more than doubled Thursday from $230 to $575.

READ ALSO: B.C. more than doubles fine for breaking COVID-19 gathering orders


 

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