Barlow outside the courthouse this morning. Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/ The Telegram.
The Sandy Pond Alliance – which includes the Council of Canadians, MiningWatch, Sierra Club-Atlantic and other groups – is in Federal Court this morning to challenge the federal regulation that allows mining companies to dump their tailings waste into freshwater lakes.
This morning, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has Tweeted:
7:17 am – Just arriving at court house in St John’s. Protest to start soon.
8:27 am – In court. About to start. Court full, all for our side.
8:47 am – David vs Goliath. Our single (very committed) lawyer against a phalanx of lawyers from mining giant Vale, the Mining Association of Canada, and the Attorney General of Newfoundland.
8:51 am – Feisty, very engaged judge. She knows her stuff I think and will not be intimidated.
9:01 am – Issue is whether or not to allow the affidavit of Professor Gibson, respected biologist but also head of the Sandy Pond Alliance.
Follow her on Twitter @MaudeBarlow.
Follow Tweets from the courtroom by CBC reporter @ZachGoudie.