By Zak Vescera, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
A Vancouver Island union local is behind a letter that sparked an investigation into David Eby’s NDP leadership campaign and complaints from disqualified rival Anjali Appadurai of a double standard.
BC NDP chief electoral officer Elizabeth Cull said she spent weeks investigating the source of the letter, printed on United Steelworkers’ letterhead, that urged members to join the NDP to support Eby’s leadership bid.
Continue reading Why the NDP Cleared a Union Local’s Pro-Eby Effort
Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The BC Green Party has tabled legislation to uniformly protect bear dens, which double as winter nurseries, across the province.
Adam Olsen, Green MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, said the party’s private member’s bill is timely with bears bulking up before their winter hibernation — a critical period for pregnant sows, which give birth to their cubs in the safety of their dens.
Continue reading BC Greens push for provincewide protection for bear den ‘nurseries’
By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
B.C.’s old-growth forests are still in jeopardy despite the province’s pledge to work with Indigenous nations to temporarily ban logging in specific areas, a new report by Stand.earth finds.
More than 55,000 hectares of B.C.’s proposed old-growth deferrals are still at “extreme risk” of being logged, Stand.earth’s spatial analysis revealed. Satellite imagery analysis shows some deferrals have already been destroyed or are in the process of being clear-cut.
Continue reading Old-growth forests remain at ‘immediate risk’ despite B.C. government promises, report finds
On August 17, Cortes Currents published a review of David Broadland’s report ‘Land-use planning on Quadra Island has been undone by the Ministry of Forests.’
Broadland wrote that while all of the other Quadra Island woodlots leave big trees standing, Okisollo Resources fells a substantial number. In ‘before’ and ‘after’ satellite images from one of their cutblocks at Hummingbird Lake, he showed that 35 out of about 50 were logged in July and August of 2019.
Continue reading Cutting Old Growth: Quadra Woodlot holder responds
[From the Archives: A series of programs originally broadcast daily between Dec 13 and 17, 2021]
I mean, I’ve been in cut blocks quite a lot before, I’ve been around that sort of stuff quite a lot, but I’ve never seen it the way I did when I was at Fairy Creek, you know, feeling the misery of the land and the devastation there, like on a very personal level.
Most people are probably aware of the protest and blockade at Fairy Creek on Vancouver island. For over a year, forest defenders have blocked a logging road to prevent logging company Teal Jones from cutting intact old growth areas. For this special feature. I did a little oral history with seven local people who went to Fairy Creek to join that blockade.
Continue reading 2021: Cortes at Fairy Creek: In Their Own Words