A 79-year-old grandmother, Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, was arrested Saturday while protesting the Burnaby expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
She’s now facing charges of criminal contempt.
Burnaby Mounties confirmed the arrest – in the 8000-block of Government Street – occurred after Kaufman-Lacusta participated in a worksite blockade.
“[Demonstrators] have a right to lawful, peaceful, and safe protest and the companies have a right to complete their work,” said Cpl. Michael Kalanj.
A court-ordered injunction enforced by police states that citizens cannot “obstruct, impede or otherwise prevent access to Trans Mountain work sites.”
Kaufman-Lacusta was read the court order aloud, police said, but allegedly refused to leave.
She was released on the site and is set to appear in court within a few weeks.
According to the Kaufman-Lacusta, demonstrators are planning to return to the Burnaby site at 7 a.m. on Jan. 23.
“We can’t allow this desecration of unceded traditional Tsleil-Waututh territory, pollution of salmon habitat, and endangering the safety of residents of the area proceed,” she posted publicly to Facebook.