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Protest over removal of no-nukes signs

Dec. 18, 2009 at 1:41 PM

EDMONTON, Ontario, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Canadian province of Alberta is being challenged for its removal of nuclear protest signs from private property along roads, the Edmonton Journal said.

In a region along the Peace River in northwestern Alberta, "No to Nuclear" protest signs sprang up after the provincial government recently expressed interest in pursuing nuclear power, the Journal said.

This week, contracted Alberta Transportation crews began taking down the signs from public and private property, citing a provincial law that prohibits signage within 300 yards of a highway right-of-way.

The agency said it sent letters out last week advising property owners of the law.

Meanwhile, store operator Connie Russell told the newspaper she was outraged when crews removed one of the signs from the side of her store in Dixonville Wednesday.

"This is our rights being taken away," she said. "If they're allowed to come and do this kind of crap, that takes away rights from us that we should have."

She called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to complain, and the local detachment confirmed it was being investigated, the report said.

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