Six-hour traffic slowdown planned for Friday on Highway 102

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MILLBROOK - Northbound traffic through Millbrook will be reduced to one lane for much of Friday during a "peaceful protest" being held in opposition to Bill C-45.

Halifax-bound traffic, meanwhile, will be disrupted by being rerouted off the highway at Exit 13A at the Truro Power Centre before being allowed to proceed.

"It will be along the 102, a peaceful protest demonstration/information in regards to Bill C-45," Millbrook First Nations chief Robert Gloade said.

The traffic slowdown will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No demonstrations are expected to take place on the old highway through Millbrook into Hilden.

Gloade said the protest is being held on behalf of aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples alike because of concerns related to the more than 400-page bill, which is set to impact 90 pieces of law, ranging from environmental issues, the fishery and to changes proposed to Canada's health care, employment insurance, among others.

"There will be a slowdown of traffic, both in-bound and out-bound," he said, adding a "significant" number of people will be involved in the demonstration.

Other activities will include native drumming and singing and a sacred fire will be lit.

The Mi'kmaq activity will be held in conjunction with other nationwide protests that stems from the federal government not having fulfilled its duty to consult with the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia or any First Nations across our country, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs said in a news release.

"The Mi'kmaq are rightfully upset," said chief Terrance Paul, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs. "There was no consultation and Bill C-45 will have direct impacts on Mi'kmaq rights and title."


Organizations: Truro Power Centre, Millbrook First Nations, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi

Geographic location: MILLBROOK, Halifax, Canada Nova Scotia

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  • lsimms
    December 28, 2012 - 12:15

    It is not just natives rights, if we take the time to examine the bill I am pretty sure we will find something that affects everyone.

  • Allana
    December 21, 2012 - 07:29

    Many of us have been working hard, waiting for months and counting down the days to travel home for Christmas. I am very disappointed that these people have chosen today to interfere with all of those people who have not done anything to harm or affect their lives. All I want to do is get in my car and drive safely home without senseless delays on the HIGHWAY! These people will delay the drivers during the safest time to travel in the winter > daylight hours. They will go home to their homes and the rest of us will be out on the highways in the dark because of them. Thanks.

  • LZ
    December 20, 2012 - 15:56

    Lenore Zann Proud to stand in solidarity with my Millbrook First Nations constituents - and friends - in their protest against Bill C-45 (a Federal Conservative party bill which NDP Opposition Party leader Thomas Mulcair has also denounced). Let your voice be heard - say "no" to Bill C-45! See you at the demonstration!

  • matt
    December 20, 2012 - 10:46

    on the highway really what will they do next?

  • Todd
    December 20, 2012 - 09:06

    Just hope there is no emergency where a family member living in Halifax must get to New Brunswick in order to see a distressed loved one. It happened to me earlier this year and if something like this prevented me from seeing the last minutes of my father's life... I would literally look to punch the organizer right in the face. I agree with protest from time to time but compromising our civic right to the highway our tax dollar pays for is pure ridiculous. What about ambulance service? Other emergency vehicles? What if it was YOUR loved one you had to get home to see?

  • Shawn McCarville
    December 20, 2012 - 05:43

    So I'm traveling tomorrow. I'm not a fan of bill C45. You're not a fan of C45. How is slowing me and the rest of the travelling public g

  • Country girl
    December 20, 2012 - 04:05

    Wow,this cannot be serious,pretty sure that natives have more than enough "rights" already.

  • stretch
    December 20, 2012 - 00:01

    Is what they are planning to do even legal?! HOW CAN YOU PROTEST BY DISRUPTING A MAJOR CANADIAN HIGHWAY?!!!

  • Valerie Smith
    December 19, 2012 - 23:19

    It would be fantastic if the government would consult any of us citizens for any bills they plan to pass.After all they are supposed to be our employees.