Anti-nuclear protest signs removed

For the past several years, debate, discussion, and negotiations have been underway on a controversial proposal to construct a nuclear power plant in Northern Alberta. It appears that a sign mounted on the property of a local business protesting the construction of the power plant has been removed by contractors hired by Alberta Transportation. While Alberta Transportation officials stated that the removal was a mistake, a spokesperson also stated that 26 other signs were in the process of being removed because of safety concerns for passing motorists. The decision to take action to remove the signs follows closely after an announcement from the Alberta government stating that it would not necessarily be preventing the construction of any nuclear power plants in Alberta. Alberta Transportation officials stated that the close timing between the removal of the signs and the announcement was simply coincidental, however Alberta Transportation was unable to provide copies of the work order directing their contractors to remove the signs to local media. Local citizens appear to be outraged by the removal of the signs, and have inquired why anti-nuclear signs are being removed, while similarly sized anti-hunting signs are not.

1 Comment on "Anti-nuclear protest signs removed"

  1. Amanda Winters, University of Calgary Faculty of Law | 22/01/2010 at 12:38 pm |

    So no order (in either official language). Nice work Alberta Transportation.

    The nuclear question is definitely going to be a hot topic in Alberta over the coming months, and it will be interesting to see if there is any more behavior from Alberta Transportation that warrants a critical eye. Hopefully, taking down signs that demonstrate a negative view on nuclear power will be the last infringement on free speech rights we see on this issue but I’m not holding my breath.

    Mathieu – any buzz about this in Edmonton? There’s a bit of dialogue here in Calgary and I’m expecting more to come.

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