WINNIPEG – A court hearing on an injunction to end a seven-day blockade at a Winnipeg landfill has been adjourned until Thursday.
The city filed an application Tuesday to the Court of King’s Bench seeking the removal of protesters from the Brady Road landfill.
Dozens of protesters have blocked the main road demanding a search of a different landfill north of Winnipeg where it’s believed the remains of two slain Indigenous women were dumped last year.
The blockade began last week after Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson said the province would not support a search of the other landfill, pointing to a study that said it could cost $184 million, pose safety risks and not have guaranteed success.
A city official said earlier this week the blockade was preventing maintenance work from being done and the city was at risk of violating its environmental licence.
Mayor Scott Gillingham has said he hopes for dialogue with the protesters but the City of Winnipeg must make sure that garbage continues to be collected and there is access through the road.
Jeremy Skibicki has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of the two women — Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran — whose remains are believed to be at the private Prairie Green landfill.
He has also been charged in the death of Rebecca Contois, whose remains were found last year at the city-owned Brady Road landfill, and an unidentified woman Indigenous leaders are calling Buffalo Woman, whose remains have not been found.
The federally-funded study into the possibility of a search warned there are risks due to exposure of toxic chemicals and asbestos. It also said forgoing a search could be harmful for the women’s families.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 12, 2023.