British Columbia

'No Enbridge pipeline' sign stays, says B.C. town

A controversial anti-pipeline sign on the side of a grocery store in Burns Lake, B.C., will be allowed to remain, the local village council has ruled.

Billboard on the side of Gywn's Green Grocer in Burns Lake sparked controversy

Gwyn's Green Grocer owner Gwyndolyn Nicholas will be allowed to keep her sign. (Lakes District Clean Waters Coalition)

A controversial anti-pipeline sign on the side of a grocery store in Burns Lake, B.C., will be allowed to remain, the local village council has ruled.

Last month, the billboard on the side of Gwyn's Green Grocer sparked a controversy with the message, "Pure water. Wild salmon. No Enbridge pipeline."

The village council received some complaints about the sign being offensive, and launched a review. At a meeting last night, councillors decided the sign could stay.

Gwyndolyn Nicholas, who owns the store and put up the billboard, said support has been overwhelming.  

She said initially the municipal government experienced some backlash when the review was first announced — based on some erroneous comments posted online claiming she had been ordered by the village to take the sign down — but since then reaction has mainly been positive.            

"I was walking down to the meeting and I had people honking and stopping me and saying, 'Gwyn, we really support you,' and I've had that all along. I've had people that have come out of their way to tell me how much they support me," she told CBC News.

Enbridge's proposal to build a pipeline to carry crude oil from Alberta to the West Coast has generated considerable division in many communities in B.C.