Protester Mark Jaccard – a Nobel Peace Prize winner – is removed from the BNSF tracks Saturday in White Rock.

Protester Mark Jaccard – a Nobel Peace Prize winner – is removed from the BNSF tracks Saturday in White Rock.

A good day to be a Canadian

Editor:

I was one of 13 people arrested this past Saturday for an act of civil disobedience on the BNSF line by the White Rock pier.

Editor:

Thank you, White Rock police.

I was one of 13 people arrested this past Saturday for an act of civil disobedience on the BNSF line by the White Rock pier.

I broke the law because I wanted to make a moral statement about the need to stop burning coal in order to protect our future from climate change.

I want to express my deep appreciation for the conduct of the White Rock detachment of the RCMP on Saturday. They treated all of us with the utmost respect and courtesy. They were candid and forthright in their communications throughout the day. They worked hard to ensure public safety while also accommodating our sincere effort to make a political statement through dignified public protest.

My interactions with the White Rock detachment and the community this past weekend have increased my appreciation of the strength and resilience of our society and its ability to protect and value free expression.

Saturday was a good day to be a Canadian citizen.

Kevin Washbrook, Vancouver