Tag Archives: Fairy Creek Blockade

Property being illegally seized at Fairy Creek old-growth blockades, lawyers argue

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kimberly Murray faces a difficult dilemma after her vehicle was towed during an RCMP raid of the Fairy Creek old-growth blockades on Vancouver Island in early August. 

Aside from questions about whether the car was legally impounded, given it was parked outside the RCMP temporary exclusion zone off to the side of the road on Aug. 9, Murray is facing a $2,500 fee to get it back. 

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Down a Road and Back

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In early September 2021, for many reasons, I drove 4 hours to Fairy Creek, now the location of Canada’s largest public demonstration and protest. As of this writing, in  excess of 950 “Forest Defenders” have been arrested. They are peacefully protesting, focused on ending any further clear cut logging of the remaining 3% of ancient forests in British Columbia.   Another reason for the trip: as a hobby geologist I wanted to explore streams and shorelines, trying to understand earthquakes and plate tectonics which have impacted Vancouver Island.

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This Sunday: The Cortes Half Marathon

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Cortes Half Marathon starts at Smelt Bay this Sunday, September 19th, at 8:30 AM.

The idea grew out of the runs that Peter Wrinch, CEO of Hollyhock, made during the pandemic. A friend suggested they organize a marathon. The Cortes Market and Cortes Natural Food Co-op partnered with Hollyhock to sponsor the event. Volunteers came forward from the community.

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Old-growth activists want fewer police powers at Fairy Creek; The RCMP want more

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A slew of legal applications involving the contentious Fairy Creek old-growth blockades are moving forward in B.C. Supreme Court this week as the protest becomes one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Canada.

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Election 2021: NDP should be wary of weak spots in Vancouver Island stronghold

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In the past two federal elections, Vancouver Island has been a stronghold for the NDP, and one campaign observer predicts it will largely stay that way after Sept. 20.

But there are some chinks in the orange armour on the island given the strength of voter concern about the climate crisis and Erin O’Toole bumping up the popularity of the Conservatives, the NDP’s historical nemesis in the region.

There’s no doubt the recent Green Party infighting offers the NDP some advantage this election with climate-concerned voters, said Mark Williams, chair of political studies at Vancouver Island University.

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