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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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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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Loggers’ association aims to change how British Columbians think about forestry with campaign

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Over the next few months, stakeholders in the forestry sector will embark upon a publicity campaign to change the way British Columbians think about logging.

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Encouraging the province to become more involved in forestry research

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

At their July 14th Meeting, the Strathcona District Board moved that “a letter be sent to the Minister of Forests encouraging the province to become more involved in research and distribution of science-based information.”

As Mayor Martin Davis of Tahsis, who made the motion, explained, “In the last several years there has been a real drop off of participation of Ministry of Forests in providing the research and background that we would hope would be impartial. I think that is a real lack. To depend on the logging companies for our information is really not the best place to be going for this. There should be independent research we can depend on.” 

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