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Green coalition challenges Canadian forestry certification as ‘sustainable’

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The fact clear-cutting at-risk ancient forests continues apace in British Columbia indicates Canadian forestry certification standards assuring consumers lumber products are sustainable are a mockery and need to be investigated, says a coalition of environmentalists.

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The Memorial for Jared Lowndes

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

About a hundred people attended the memorial for Jared Lowndes, who was gunned down by the RCMP outside the Campbell River Tim Hortons’ takeout window on July 8, 2021.  

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celebrities leverage star power to save BC’s old-growth forests

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Pressure on B.C. Premier John Horgan is climbing as national and global celebrities begin to throw their weight behind public campaigns to save the province’s ancient forests.

But Forest Minister Katrine Conroy is adamant star power won’t play a role in shaping B.C.’s old-growth policy.

More than a hundred luminaries from across the political and cultural spectrum signed an open letter to Horgan on Friday calling on him to save at-risk big-tree ecosystems, which make up only 2.7 per cent of unprotected forest in the province, said Nicole Rycroft, executive director of Canopy.

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Fairy Creek Blockade is far from over

The Fairy Creek blockade is far from over and there is still a number of people from the Discovery Islands among the thousands going there. 

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Are DFO scientists too dependent on funding from industry?

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) unleashed a storm of protests, when they announced that salmon farms pose a minimal risk to migrating wild salmon. One of the most telling criticisms came through an interview that the Globe and Mail had with Kristi Miller-Saunders, head of the department’s molecular genetics laboratory at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. Dr. Miller-Saunders is troubled about the assessments and the fact department scientists are depend on funding from industry.

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