"Protesting Grandpa" arrested during third attempt to demonstrate against the Trans Mountain pipeline

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      A self-proclaimed “Protesting Grandpa” was arrested for a third time as he attempted to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline.

      Around 3:50 a.m. on July 10, Burnaby RCMP arrested a 71-year-old male at the Westridge Marine Terminal property.

      The man, who was wearing a wet suit and snorkel gear, was alleged to have entered the property from surrounding waters.

      He breached a court-ordered injunction that prohibited demonstrators from being within five metres of a Trans Mountain site. He remains in custody and will appear in court today.

      Although RCMP did not identify the individual, Ontario resident and singer-songwriter Terry Christenson, who calls himself the “Protesting Grandpa”, identified himself in a news release.

      He explained that he was planning to scale a construction crane on a barge at the Westridge Marine Terminal to hang a banner with the words “No Tankers” to draw attention to the potential dangers that a tanker spill would cause on the B.C. coast.

      “My goal today was to send a message loud and clear: This pipeline is a disaster in waiting,” he stated. “I’m calling on everyone to live up to their moral duty to ensure a safe, livable future for our grandchildren and speak up to step up in whatever ways they can to help stop this pipeline.”

      This is the third time Christenson has been arrested, as he was previously arrested in March 2018 and April of this year for scaling trees at both the Burnaby Tank Farm and the Westridge Marine Terminal.

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