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Four protesters arrested after blocking major intersection on Vancouver-Burnaby border

Save Old Growth protesters also blocked the same intersection on April 18.
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Save Old Growth blocked the intersection of Boundary Road on Grandview Highway again on April 27, 2022.

Update: 4 p.m.

Burnaby RCMP says four people have been arrested as a result of this morning's demonstration. 

In a news release, spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj of Burnaby RCMP said at approximately 9:09 a.m., frontline officers responded to multiple reports of roughly eight protesters blocking the intersection. 

Some left the area once policed arrived, but one man and three women, including one who had glued herself to the road, were arrested for mischief and intimidation by blocking or obstructing a highway. 

Kalanj said two of the people arrested were in breach of conditions not to take part in demonstration type activities. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Original: 9:45 a.m.

Protesters demanding the province end old-growth logging have once again blocked a major intersection along the Burnaby-Vancouver border. 

Save Old Growth says it blocked Grandview Highway at Boundary Road as of 9:10 this morning (April 27). Westbound lanes are disrupted. 

The group says this is its 12th "direct action" on Vancouver highways this month. So far, 86 people have been arrested as part of the protests. 

“This is our future now. People have been writing letters for 30 years, we’ve been signing petitions for 30 years and we’ve had enough," spokesperson Julia Torgerson said in a news release. 

"We’ve only got 2.7% of the productive old growth forests left and they need to be protected, end of discussion." 

Save Old Growth describes itself as “an offshoot” of Extinction Rebellion, the group behind multiple protests in Metro Vancouver and Victoria that routinely blocks traffic on major roads, off- and on-ramps, and bridges in order to draw attention to the issue of climate change and what they believe is government inaction.

The group began its highway-blocking protest campaign in January. 

"Disruptions will continue to escalate until the government acts to pass legislation, as soon as that happens we will be off the highway," notes the group.

With files from Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver Is Awesome