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Trans Mountain pipeline protesters arrested in Burnaby

Three environmental activists were arrested on the Brunette Fraser Regional Greenway.
Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, 81, was arrested on Oct. 31 in Burnaby, B.C., with two others for violating a Trans Mountain construction site injunction.

RCMP descended upon a Trans Mountain pipeline demonstration on Monday morning (Oct. 31) and arrested three protesters.

The activists were arrested for criminal contempt of court and released to appear in court at a later date, according to an RCMP press release.

The volunteer organization, Protect the Planet, set up tents along the Brunette Fraser Regional Greenway off the 8700-block of Government Street last week, adjacent to the pipeline construction site.

The group said it wants to keep watch over the construction activities, particularly those close to salmon-bearing Stoney Creek.

The three people arrested were Khursten Bullock, 35, Lorne Salter, 76, and Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, 81, according to a press release from Protect the Planet.

It has set up a second camp outside the injunction zone since the arrests.

The Brunette Fraser Regional Greenway-Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail will be temporarily closed to traffic, with a detour, until at least spring 2023.