Judge cautions De Beers about bloackade lawsuit

DeBeers Attawapiskat diamond mine. (QMI Agency/Handout)

DeBeers Attawapiskat diamond mine. (QMI Agency/Handout)

RON GRECH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:26 AM ET

TIMMINS, Ont. -- A judge urged De Beers Canada Monday to “think twice” before launching lawsuits against demonstrators who blockaded the ice road leading to the company's Victor diamond mine.

Superior Court Judge Robert Riopelle gave the caution to De Beers lawyer Neal Smitheman when he asked about opportunities to determine costs and file for damages.

“I think relationships between you and community members are very good probably right now, but it may sour somewhat if you do something like that,” Riopelle said.

Despite the peaceful resolution to the blockade reached Friday night, Smitheman said it may be impossible for De Beers to deliver all the fuel, equipment and supplies it needs for the year before the ice road begins to melt.


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