Eldred Davis challenging Nalcor injunction
Jim Learning no longer on house arrest
Two prominent members of the Labrador Land Protectors were in court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on August 30. Eldred Davis was there to speak to the charge of violating Nalcor’s injunction regarding Muskrat Falls and a contempt of court charge that arose from him allegedly violating the injunction. Jim Learning was there for the same reasons, in addition to dealing with him being on house arrest.
Davis pleaded not guilty based on a challenge to the validity of the injunction. Davis had his case set over until Oct. 2 to give him time to put together a submission to the court to challenge the injunction.
Jim Learning acknowledged that he mistakenly broke his house arrest but was not at the Muskrat Falls project main gate or anywhere near the project.
A joint submission was been made by Nalcor and Learning’s lawyer to impose a suspended sentence with an undertaking to abide by the injunction. Learning’s house arrest ended upon him signing the undertaking. Learning served 10 days in HMP in St. John’s before being placed on house arrest. He is schedule do be back on court on Sept. 12
Davis, who also served 10 days in Her Majesties Penitentiary in St. John’s before agreeing to sign the undertaking, told the court he does not feel contempt for the court and that he along with other Land Protectors are doing what they feel they must in their heart.
Nalcor’s lawyer, Chris King, said Nalcor is prepared to defend its injunction and will do so before the court.
Justice George Murphy encouraged Davis to speak to a lawyer and to fully understand the process. Murphy gave Davis three weeks to get his submission together and Eldred Davis is scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m. in Happy ValleyGoose Bay Supreme Court to schedule a hearing.
Another member of the group Marjorie Flowers was released from house arrest on Aug. 29. Flowers had been placed on house arrest for close on a month and served 10 days HMP in St. John’s. Flowers’ release came when she agreed to uphold the Nalcor injunction as well as an undertaking she signed in November forbidding her from going within one kilometer of the megaproject. Flowers is scheduled to next appear in court Sept. 12.