Contempt of court charges were issued against Ron Plain the spokesperson of the the Aamjiwnaang blockade Dec 2013.
On Dec 21st 2012, members of Aamjiwnaan, began their peaceful blockade of the CN St. Clair spur line. Dozens of demonstrators set up tables, tents and vehicles on and around the track as part of the national Idle No More protests and in solidarity with Chief Teresa Spence. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/12/23/sarnia-cn-rail-blockade.html
After nearly a two-week long blockade an Ontario judge ruled that it must come down, protestors complied and took it down.
Lawyers for CN Rail launched court action against Ron Plain, a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, alleging that he was in contempt of an injunction to disband the protests on the railway tracks.
Ron Plain was charged for failing to remove the blockade that runs through the Aamjiwnaang reserve, and is also within the city limits of Sarnia.
As a result of the manipulation of the legal system by a private corporation I am facing an indefinite jail time, a unlimited “fine”, CN’s estimated $180 to 200k legal fees and my own legal fees. I have several very competent lawyers who want to help but know that taking on CN will be a long expensive process and have asked that we raise funds.
We need your help.
Ron chose to be Idle No More and now needs your help to support his legal defense.
Ron Plain, the Chief of Aamjiwnaang, Chris Plain, and Sarnia Police Chief Phil Nelson were all named in a request for contempt charges by CN. After the blockade came down, all but Ron Plain’s name was removed from the charges. “I’m the only one left…it’s absolutely be thrown under the train,” he says.
My wife and I thank you for this and I can be reached if you want to hear the whole story at email@example.com.