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by Sarah Petrescu, Times Colonist, August 1, 2014
Saltspring Islanders have stepped up their efforts to halt the building of a luxury home over a First Nations burial ground on Grace Islet.
About 30 boaters blockaded the main dock on the islet and prevented workers from getting to the job site on Friday morning, prompting a warning from the RCMP.
“The community really came together,” said Joe Akerman, a Saltspring resident involved in the protests. “We’ll continue every effort to stop this construction.”
Earlier in the week, protesters stopped a shipment of supplies from being delivered at the dock by standing in the drop-off spot and then marched through town.