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Land and water in B.C. have a new ministry. We spoke with its leader

By Matt Simmons, The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Josie Osborne seems careful with her words as she talks about her new job. The former mayor of Tofino, turned MLA,  is heading up the new B.C. Ministry of Land, Water and Resource  Stewardship and is the minister responsible for fisheries. But through  her political composure are glimpses of a lifestyle associated with the  little west coast community on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory —  she lives on ten acres with her husband, dog, three goats and chickens  and works out of a brightly coloured tiny house office. 

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Lions Gate Bridge blocked by old-growth protestors

By Charlie Carey, North Shore News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Lions Gate Bridge was blocked Wednesday (April 6) morning by protesters pushing for the end of old-growth logging in B.C.

Save Old Growth protesters blocked the bridge around 8:20 a.m., closing traffic in both directions, however the protest was short lived, as the roadway was cleared around 15 minutes later.

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Critique of Mosaic’s 2022 Forest Stewardship Plan for Quadra Island (P3)

Originally published on the Discovery Islander

“Noise is the amount of disagreement between people who make professional judgements.” This is the definition supplied by Daniel Kahneman, a behavioural scientist and Nobel Prize winner, and his two fellow scientists, Olivier Sibony and Cass Sunstein, who were trying to understand and explain why “a lot of professional judgement actually has no connection to reality.”

Their studies were initially inspired by a survey of 208 federal judges in the United States. On convictions for the same offence that received an average of 7 years incarceration, sentences varied by as much as 50%. Another study found that the value estimates of insurance underwriters varied by 55%, a large enough range that made their assessments almost useless. Psychiatry is particularly “noisy”. So is forestry.

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The Quadra Project: Challenging the way people think about forestry

Prior to embarking upon a literary career in 1985, Ray Grigg taught English, literary history, fine arts and comparative world religions in British Columbia’s High School system. Since then, he has written a long list of books on Taoism, Zen and environmental issues. Grigg was also the author of a column called ‘Shades of Green,’ which ran in the Campbell River Courier-Islander for 15 years. A little over half a year ago, he started writing a series of articles called ‘the Quadra Project.’

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Quadra Project: Further Sierra Quadra correspondence about Mosaic’s Forest Stewardship plan

Originally published on the Discovery Islander

Mosaic has replied to Sierra Quadra’s critique of its 2022 Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) for TFL 47 on Quadra Island. As we feared, all the attention and time given to studying and responding to this document was mostly a waste of effort. Despite Mosaic’s invitation to receive public input, the FSP is almost totally resistant to changes. 

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