On August 20th, approximately 60 people came together at MLA – Ronna-Ray Leonard‘s, MLA office in Courtenay B.C., placards and speeches at the ready. Local vehicle traffic, regularly tooted their horns in support of the rally participants. The RCMP were also in attendance, however discreetly.Continue reading Courtenay Old Growth Logging Protest
By Carl Meyer, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
A British Columbia legislator says the province’s anticipated strategic review of old-growth forest management is coming by late summer or early fall, and will include “immediate actions.”Continue reading MLA Promises Immediate Actions For Old Growth Forests – After The Review
The night before the Nanaimo hunger strike began, Sabina Dennis had a dream about trees. Mother Earth told her, “Why are you scraping off my skin? Now I am exposed. The sun is harmful to me. My flesh is what protects me from it.” The next morning Dennis read about the hunger strike on the internet. She immediately began a fast, but is very slender and became physically ill after four days. She also reached out to the two Nanaimo men through a mutual friend in Sierra Club BC. Sabina Dennis is one of several environmental leaders planning more forest events.Continue reading Nanaimo Hunger Strike Finished: More Forest Events Begin
It is day ten. James Darling is drinking his raspberry leaf tea. His most recent choices have been green, black (for its caffeine) or lemon grass. Aside from that, his only sustenance is water, salts and some drops that have potassium and magnesium in them. I phoned less than two hours before he and Robert Fuller leave. Last week they demonstrated in from of their MLA’s office. This week it is MLA Doug Routley’s turn. What do the Nanaimo hunger strikers hope to accomplish?Continue reading What Do The Nanaimo Hunger Strikers Hope To Accomplish?
Carl Meyer, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Two people are on a hunger strike on Vancouver Island, demanding an end to logging of old-growth forests in B.C., and Canada’s federal environment minister says he shares their concerns over biodiversity loss.Continue reading Federal Environment Minister ‘Shares’ concerns of Nanaimo hunger strikers