Plan B protesters settling in for a long winter

Brian McInnis
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The campers protesting the highway realignment in the Bonshaw area are settling in for the winter.

There is a trailer, several tents and a larger tent that has a wood stove that keeps the inside remarkably warm. The stove is surrounded by stones that are heated by the stove and the radiant warmth does wonders on a cold fall day. They also have a small generator. 

Cindy Richards, one of the campers, said Tuesday there will be a minimum of two people on site at all times during the winter and when the snow finally comes they plan to open the private land to anyone who wants to cross country ski, hike, snowshoe or just come out and spend a winter's day around a fire.

Unfortunately they also have to guard against vandalism as they have been bothered by some people in a truck that came onto the property early one morning and an unwanted visit from some people on ATVs. The campers stress there has been no major problems, but they want a presence at the site over winter even though construction will not continue when the ground freezes. But they said it could start up again during a winter thaw and they want to be ready to monitor the construction if that happens.

The campers said people are still dropping by and offering support and friends are always welcome. After the heavy rain several days ago the Peters Road where the camp is located is a quagmire and until that firms up vehicle traffic may be hampered. 

A new camper is a cat Richards rescued from an abusive home in Charlottetown earlier this fall. It has been named Miracle and has been busy keeping the mouse population down near the campsite. It also likes to share its trophies by sometimes bringing dead mice home to the tent.


Geographic location: Bonshaw, Peters Road, Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • heather nelson
    January 23, 2013 - 23:54

    These protesters have the weight of P.E.I. on their make me look and I live in Alberta where this kind of trouble is just starting..God Bless them and their commitment to their province WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS IN CANADA.

  • Sharon Leighton
    December 15, 2012 - 08:33

    It seems a lot of people secretly wish they could spend the winter camping! All that envy! Come on, people, if you want to do it, find a way to do it. These people are trying to make a point, as is their right. Personally, I agree with them, but they'd have the right to make it even if I didn't.

  • Great Job Campers
    December 13, 2012 - 09:30

    Excellent WORK campers - your dedication to the environment and to keeping us aware of the 20 million dollars (minimum) that the Liberals are wasting on a road we do not need is admirable. Ignore brainless critical comments like those from Gohome.

  • Robert
    December 12, 2012 - 19:51

    hey everybody instead of protesting the protesters get a life and those that need a job we have plenty out here in Alberta so come on down ya-all !

  • country boy
    December 12, 2012 - 16:56

    Don't those people recognize that it is over. This project will not be stopped. Just go home and have a merry Christmas.

  • Bonshaw resident
    December 12, 2012 - 15:06

    I completely agree with Chris loaders and making an a$$ of yourselves while the construction company is trying to do their job

  • bonshaw resident
    December 12, 2012 - 14:57

    I agree completly with Chris ....well said free loaders

  • Chris
    December 12, 2012 - 11:21

    I would say someone needs to gather some names and pictures and make a call to the EI office and the Social Assistance people. Must be great to be able sit around a camp site and eat and stay warm(with taxpayers wood). This Protest is nothing more than taxpayer paid for campsite. They will get in the media and few times and let on they are actually doing something and all they are doing is costing taxpayers money plus collecting their EI or Social Assistance. Great country we live in where people get paid by the taxpayers for camping and causing trouble and costing taxpayers even more money.

    • que gillis
      December 13, 2012 - 07:26

      You go and get them vigalante detective boy, the city needs you to do this.

    • Grant
      December 13, 2012 - 18:42

      I have some scams we can run to steal 105 dollars from them, YEHAW, lets get'em.

  • Jeff Cameron
    December 12, 2012 - 11:06

    These people are demonstrating to represent the majority of Islander's. A heartfelt "thank you" to everyone making the effort to keep a presence on site. The majority of us are very grateful.

    • Kyle Simpson
      December 13, 2012 - 07:47

      You really can't speak on behalf of the "majority" if a handful of people you know support the cause.

  • Mary Doyle
    December 12, 2012 - 09:57

    To those of you who are " wondering " whether these people are on unemployment or social assistance, if you are so concerned, why don't you make an appearance, and ask them? What does that have to do with their stand on Plan B? These people are in their rights to demonstrate their concerns, and that they are doing, in a peaceful manner. An act of charity and kindness might be the proper thing to do, as tis the season, rather than so much criticism and ridicule towards your fellow man. As for having the " spirit " of Christmas alive and well, there is obviously alot of it being demonstrated here " around the campfire " all for a good cause. Keep your spirits up folks even when there are those who wish to dampen them. You have raised an awareness of many concerns, especially one's freedom of speech! Kudos to you all and Merry Christmas.

  • Larry Hughes
    December 12, 2012 - 09:20

    I find it ironic that the stones shown in the picture ( R-5 Rip/Rap ) are the very rocks used by TPWKS to filter and trap soil from entering the streams! Wonder where they got them???

  • mra
    December 12, 2012 - 08:06

    @ it's ::: PROTEST

    December 12, 2012 - 07:44

    So dumb. Why waste you time doing something that clearly doesnt matter.

  • LA
    December 12, 2012 - 07:28

    I'm not sure what they are accomplishing at this point...monitoring for environmental abuses? It doesn't say. But congrats on rescuing the cat anyway.

  • Free country
    December 12, 2012 - 07:08

    Considering we live in a free country with freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, it's not really anyone's business what they do for a living. If you don't like living in a country with guaranteed freedoms, China might be a nice place for you move to. There are also several dictatorships around the world you might enjoy living under.

  • TreeHuggers
    December 12, 2012 - 07:04

    How many trees died to build that tent and supply it with wood for the winter?

  • Really?
    December 12, 2012 - 06:49

    These would be the type of people to get restraining orders in relationships. You gotta know when to walk away.

    • intobed
      December 12, 2012 - 10:30

      Quit, you mean. Give up. Run away. Roll over and play dead. It is people like you who allow dictators and bullies to succeed.

    • REALLY?
      December 13, 2012 - 07:55

      @INTOBED Naww dawg. You people are the ones bullying. Getting in the workers way. Trying to shout louder than the majority of islanders who really don't care. The fact that they're staying there doesn't show anything but stubborn ignorance. The project is already in motion, and it's for the best. Have someone you love get in a car accident and see if you still love those 4-6 trees as much as you claim to. *drops the mic, walks off stage*

  • vick
    December 12, 2012 - 06:20

    If their not retired than government should check and see if their on U.I. not available for work or social assistants than nothing can be done! Indepentantly wealthy now tell everyone else how they should live their lives!

  • enough
    December 12, 2012 - 06:08

    This is just what these clowns don't need is media attention.

  • Matt
    December 12, 2012 - 06:07

    Dana jeffrey Is a protester on this . He was a logger or lumber jack for years on prince edward island.

  • David
    December 12, 2012 - 00:24

    I have also wondered what these people do for a living or to pay their taxes. I have assumed they are all welfare or EI(almost same thing) recipients so they have all winter to sit around and drink beer and eat popcorn. Must be great though to be able to sit around and try to get your face in the media and interefere with people who are actually working and supporting their families and paying taxes while these lazy tree huggers gove them grief. Must be great world for these tree huggers. Hope the rest of us keep working and paying taxes or tehse people might actually have to work year round and that would be just to hard on them.

    • To David
      December 12, 2012 - 12:12

      Can you explain to me how welfare and EI are the same thing? Who are you to judge these people? You call them lazy, but do you know them? Who really gives a rats A@& what they do for a living! Kudo's to them for supporting something that matters. It is ignorant people like you who will be to blame for the issues our grandchildren have due to a lack of protection for our environment. If you really knew what HARD WORK was you wouldn't be making your ridiculous comments about being on EI. Tell that to a farmer or a fisherman......see where it gets you.

  • jmurphy
    December 11, 2012 - 23:18

    It it is EI they are sitting ducks.

  • come on
    December 11, 2012 - 21:28

    who actually cares about these protesters anymore

    • intobed
      December 12, 2012 - 10:12

      I most certainly do. They are people of strong ethical beliefs, who are willing to put themselves out there for what they believe in. We need people like this on the Island, instead of just wishy - washy me! me! me! people who have a two minute attention span then get tired of things.

  • don
    December 11, 2012 - 21:22

    ITSABOUTTIME. the care about our island who cares if they work or not. unless you are paying them ?

  • itsabouttime
    December 11, 2012 - 20:31

    what do these protesters do for a living,or are they all retired?

    • Thomas Jacobs
      December 12, 2012 - 00:03

      Why are people so concerned with protestors employment status? Are you saying that the government has failed yet again by allowing unemployment to hit such high levels in the province?

    • Karl Proude
      December 12, 2012 - 06:07

      I don,t know,guess they just have the balls to stand up and fight for something they strongly believe in.Have you never done that befor?

    • quinten
      December 12, 2012 - 07:23

      They smash toys and rob bank accounts while looking for treasure, they also pretend to be cops and secret agents. Some are furbies.

    • Questions?
      December 12, 2012 - 08:09

      I wonder how many of these people are on unemployment or social assistance? I know some of these people need to get a job so I'm not supporting them, tired of it!