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Coal-train protest costs City of White Rock $18,000

Police were out in force May 5 in White Rock to deal with coal-train protesters. - Ron Eves photo
Police were out in force May 5 in White Rock to deal with coal-train protesters.
— image credit: Ron Eves photo

A coal train protest on White Rock beach May 5 cost the city $18,000.

A news release issued Tuesday states the funds cover overtime police salaries and related expenses.

City manager Dan Bottrill noted the amount is 90 per cent of the actual costs, as per the city’s contract with the RCMP.

“We received that estimate from our RCMP detachment stating that this is basically our share,” Bottrill told Peace Arch News, estimating “at least” 15 officers were dispatched to assist with the protest, which was staged by members of the group British Columbians for Climate Action, to block U.S. coal trains from travelling to the bulk-coal terminal at Roberts Bank.

Of the 40 or so people who turned out for the “peaceful civil disobedience,” 13 were arrested without incident and each fined $115.

Bottrill said the tab was disclosed to the city during a closed meeting of council. The decision to release it to the public was made Monday.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin commended police handling of the event, but described the additional policing bill as “painful.”

The city does not receive the fine revenue and is not responsible for the cost of CN officers that assisted.

 

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