Hello fellow members and friends,
Joe Johnson and Kevin Yuill both received subpoenas to court on Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 10 am, to a preliminary hearing to determine if the government can charge them for their actions at the Portage Diversion on Monday, April 29th. This hearing comes only one week after the rally. Some RCMP members were quite surprised the system could schedule a court date so quickly when it often takes months to hold a hearing for more serious crimes.
The government is accusing those at the Portage Diversion rally of putting points east of Portage and Winnipeg at risk. The media has reported and we keep hearing many times over how Minister Steve Ashton feels these actions were irresponsible and reckless. What Minister Ashton fails to recognize is that the organizers of this rally would have left at a moment’s notice to ensure no one would ever be at risk. The mediators recorded a conversation in that regard.
Many people feel the government is using Lake Manitoba residents as a smokescreen for other issues facing them such as the hike in the PST sales tax by one percent. Is it not irresponsible and reckless to use the real concerns and fears of Lake Manitoba people to divert attention away from their actions and their shortcomings? Minister Ashton’s actions are unacceptable and the court hearing is bordering harassment, and more…..
We would like to suggest that as many people as possible gather at the courthouse on May 7th in support of the rally at the Portage Diversion. Lake Manitoba residents need to continue lobbying for fair multi-year compensation and for additional drainage from Lake Manitoba. The hike in PST is a real issue for all Manitobans and this should not go unmentioned either. The Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee is in favour of a peaceful gathering and insists that committee members are respectful and peaceful in this process.
Date: Tuesday May 7, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – (arriving at 9:00 AM may draw the media in before the hearing)
Provincial Court, Law Courts Building
Main Floor, 408 York Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0P9
Phone: (204) 945-3454
Parking at the Provincial Courthouse will be a problem and it may be in the best interest of groups to arrange for car pooling or chartering a bus from a common pick-up point outside of Winnipeg. The time frame is rather short so if you have any suggestions please share them with your local groups. As of yet, there are no formal arrangements for car pooling or a chartered bus.
Feel free to share this message with others who are in support of the Rally at the Portage Diversion.
Together we are strong,