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Province not liable for blockade damages

The BC Court of Appeal says the province doesn’t have to pay nearly $2 million in damages suffered by a logging company as a result of a First Nations’ blockade.

The case pitted the provincial government, Moulton Contracting Ltd., and several members of the Fort Nelson First Nation against each other.

In December 2013, a lower court ordered BC to pay the company $1.75 million for failing to issue a warning about an imminent blockade to timber-harvest areas in BC’s northeast in 2006.

Justice Risa Levine says the lower-court judge erred in his ruling, noting a clause in the timber licence means the province can’t be held liable for the company’s losses because of the actions of a third party.

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