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Driver charged in death of Hamilton woman giving water to pigs at protest has first day in court

Driver charged in death of Hamilton woman giving water to pigs at protest has first day in court

A truck driver charged with careless driving causing death turned into due to salvage his first day in court Monday, nevertheless it turned into delayed.

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Stamp Powell, widower of animal rights activist Regan Russell, holds the shirt she turned into wearing when she died. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Stamp Powell is standing exterior a Burlington courthouse, and he’s holding the shirt his wife turned into wearing when she died.

It is a sunless T-shirt with “Respect All Lifestyles” in crimson letters, and a image of a human fist-bumping an animal. The front of the shirt is shredded. The aid is ripped away all together.

This occurred, Powell says, when his wife, animal rights activist Regan Russell, turned into dragged and killed by a transport truck exterior Fearman’s Pork Inc. in Burlington. A Brussels Transport driver is charged with careless driving beneath the Twin carriageway Traffic Act. He turned into due to originate a first look in a Burlington Provincial Offences Act court Monday, nonetheless a justice of the peace turned into absent, so it be been delayed.

“For them, it be some other day at the office, nonetheless no longer for this household,” said Powell, of Hamilton, end to about 30 activists at the courthouse Monday.

Animal rights activists attend a banner memorializing Regan Russell exterior a Burlington courthouse. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Joshua Powell, Russell’s step son, said he’s “extremely disappointed” by the extend.

“It’s already been 454 days,” he said. “Now we have to wait yet again, and as everybody knows, this methodology is intensely slack. I’m expecting some other 60 to 90 days of sitting on my fingers waiting for something vital to happen.”

Russell’s death has galvanized animal rights activists, and made extra visible the battle between activists and drivers exterior Fearman’s Pork Inc.

Toronto Pig Save, phase of the now-international Save motion, has been holding weekly vigils exterior the slaughterhouse the remaining few years. As transport vans pull up with loads of pigs, the activists methodology the vans and give water to the animals, an homage to Leo Tolstoy’s philosophy of bearing survey to suffering. 

Farmers and drivers, meanwhile, train the activists are unreasonable, aggressive and disrupting the meals chain.

Regan Russell often attended demonstrations at a Burlington, Ont. slaughterhouse. (Toronto Pig Save)

“With a hundred-thousand-pound fragment of tools grew to develop into into a driveway, there’s plenty of blind spots,” Tyler Jutzi, co-owner of Brussels Transport, said remaining year. The firm has raised $106,000 for the driving force’s upright and psychological health wants.

“If the driving force turns in and hurts anyone, we salvage viewed the penalties. We determine to haven’t got anybody in internet site visitors, none of them surrounding the trailer.”

“We haven’t got any objection to protesters. They’ve their correct to voice their minds, nonetheless they need to enact it safely.”

Russell, 65, turned into giving water to pigs on June 19, 2020, when she grew to develop into trapped beneath the automobile. Since then, the activists salvage held excessive-profile demonstrations and referred to as for Ontario’s Bill 156 to be repealed.

If convicted, the 28-year-outmoded North Perth man faces a sentence that ranging from a fine to two years in prison. Russell’s supporters salvage referred to as on police to upgrade the worth, nonetheless Halton police train there is not any proof that the driving force had criminal intent. 

Stamp Powell says he’s honest interested to seek for a resolution. 

“Here’s the first day of truly seeing how justice for Regan is going to unfold,” he said. “We salvage been seeking justice for Regan from 10: 21 [a.m.] the day she turned into struck. A minute later.”

Driver charged in death of Hamilton woman giving water to pigs at protest has first day in court