Detour defuses blockade – Winnipeg Free Press

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First Nation protest slows traffic, but drivers shrug off delays

By: Bill Redekop
Posted: 12/16/2012

Drivers on the TransCanada Highway west of Portage la Prairie had an extra half hour tacked onto their travel times Saturday due to a First Nations blockade.

The peaceful protest turned into a full-scale blockade when a protester stood in front of a travelling semi-truck and momentarily refused to move.

The protest was without incident up to that point. While Sandy Bay First Nation had threatened to blockade the TransCanada for much of Saturday, an arrangement was struck with RCMP to let protestors occupy one eastbound lane, while slowed traffic used the other eastbound lane.

After the protester stood in front of the truck, RCMP began rerouting traffic around the protest, closing both eastbound and westbound lanes on the TransCanada around the junction of Highway 16. The closures started at about noon.

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