Freedom of speech in Canada. Object and you WILL go to jail
Date: Tuesday, March 06 2007
A 78-year-old environmental activist and great-grandmother was given a 10-month prison sentence in B.C. Supreme Court Monday for criminal contempt of court.
Betty Krawczyk had been convicted of contempt after being arrested three times while taking part in last year's protests against highway construction through the Eagleridge Bluffs in West Vancouver.
She has spent 2½ years in jail for previous contempt convictions stemming from anti-logging protests.
A dozen supporters staged a sit-in protest at the B.C. Supreme Court registry on Smythe Street in downtown Vancouver, and another 50 people protested outside.
No one seemed to take Ms. Krawczyk's imprisonment harder than Rona Reimer, a 10-year-old schoolgirl who, with her father's permission, took the day off to attend court.
"She's been like a grandmother to me," Rona said, her blue eyes crying in the rain. "I mean, she's 78 years old. It's terrible what they've done."
When someone handed her a picture of Ms. Krawczyk, Rona stood by herself, looking at it and sobbing deeply.