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Old growth forest initiative checked by aboriginal title issues

A local government initiative to protect Vancouver Island’s old growth forests may have been checked by aboriginal title issues. 

(Subsequent addition: The Capital Regional District will consider a revised motion on May 26th.)

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Environmental issues in small Vancouver Island communities

In this edition of the Folk U Radio’s Reporters Roundtable, our journalists talk about environmental issues in some small Vancouver Island communities. 

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+1500 homeless in Greater Victoria

By Francois Macone, Radio Victoria,  CILS 107.9 FM, Local Journalism  Initiative Reporter

The Regional Capital District (CRD), in partnership with the Community Social Planning Council and the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, released the results of the 2020 Greater Victoria Spot Count on Friday. It follows previous biennial counts conducted in 2016 and 2018 and is funded by the Government of Canada. As of March 11, 2020, 1,523 people were homeless in the Capital Region, compared to 1,525 on March 15, 2018.

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Greater Victoria’s Common Vision For Social & Ecological Change

By Roy L Hales

According to Paul Cheoketen Wagner colonial society has ruled over this land for the blink of an eye and brought it to the precipice of a climate that is ready to collapse. That’s because we, “have not paid attention to natural law.”  We need to step back and take a look at how we can govern a place that holds regard for every aspect of [life]. For a government that only seeks to profit from the things around it, “will continue upon those lines.” He was one of the speakers at a weekend conference dedicated to finding  Victoria’s common vision for social & ecological change.

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CRD Will Not Expropriate Grace Islet

By Roy L Hales

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Grace Islet is a recognized First Nations burial site, on Salt Spring Island, which Alberta businessman Barry Slawsky purchased in 1990. He was recently given the go-ahead to build his holiday home, providing he puts it on stilts that go over the burial cairns. This prompted a series of protests by First Nations and Salt Spring Island residents. The most recent development in this ongoing controversy was a proposal that the Capital Regional District’s (CRD) expropriate the islet, possibly turning it into a burial park. A decision was reached last night, CRD Will Not Expropriate Grace Islet.

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