Winnipeggers detained at oil pipeline protest on Parliament Hill

Three students from the University of Winnipeg were among dozens detained Monday morning during a protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

'It was a really momentous time,' Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie says

Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie and Kevin Settee hold up their court papers after they were ticketed for trespassing at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday. (Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie/Facebook)

Three students from the University of Winnipeg were among dozens detained Monday morning during a protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Close to 100 people marched on Parliament Hill to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. Winnipeggers Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie, Kevin Settee and Clayton Thomas-Muller were detained and ticketed for trespassing.

Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline currently transports approximately 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil and refined petroleum from the oilsands in Alberta to British Columbia and Washington state.

Anti-pipeline protesters gather outside Parliament Hill on Monday morning. (Courtesy Paul Skene)

The company is pursuing a $5.4 billion expansion of the line, which would increase capacity to 890,000 barrels per day.

Lavoie estimated 50 people were detained for about half an hour after crossing a fence that was intended to keep the protesters back. They received a ticket for trespassing and are banned from Parliament Hill for three months, she said.

RCMP confirmed protesters were detained and ticketed, but said they weren't arrested.

Lavoie said they crossed the fence to get the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"It was a really momentous time.… Sometimes you've got to do that in order to get the message across," she said, adding the protesters did some training the night before and planned the civil disobedience.

"We were all prepared and we all understood the legal ramifications of what would happen and going through possible scenarios," she said.


  • RCMP said no one was arrested but protesters were detained and ticketed. An earlier version of the story said the protesters were arrested.
    Oct 24, 2016 2:05 PM CT