Guelph activist wraps up pretrial for highway protest

August 19, 2010

GUELPH — Activist Amanda Hiscocks Thursday wrapped up her pretrial proceedings connected to a 2008 highway blockade.

She appeared in Guelph’s Ontario Superior Court of Justice representing herself in the case. Her next court date is Sept. 27.

Hiscocks is charged with arson and mischief tied to a protest on Nov. 10, 2008, in which a burning barricade blocked morning rush-hour traffic in the south end of Guelph. The protest was in support of natives embroiled in a land claim dispute near Belleville.

Outside court, Hiscocks declined to make any comments on her charges. The pretrial session was a closed hearing.

Hiscocks did say her position as a volunteer co-ordinator with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group remains unclear. Emails to OPIRG’s board about Hiscocks’ status haven’t been returned and an office staff member said the board had yet to meet about the matter.

An OPIRG staff member, who said she was on parental leave from the organization, was with Hiscocks outside court Thursday.

Hiscocks is now living in Ottawa with her sister, according to bail conditions from charges related to protests at the G20 summit. She was granted bail of $140,000. Hiscocks said six people, family members and friends, will be responsible for that amount if she violates any of the bail terms.

Hiscocks was arrested on June 25, the first day of the G20 Summit, and charged with conspiracy to commit indictable mischief.

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