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Fairy Creek and Lyell Island: Policing Then & Now

When Justice Douglas Thompson refused to extend an injunction against old-growth defenders blocking a logging road at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island, his decision made headlines around the world.

Justice Thompson referred explicitly in his decision to “enforcement […] carried out by police officers rendered anonymous to the protesters, many of those police officers wearing ‘thin blue line’ badges.” The significance of this language may not be clear to every reader; but the judge’s reasoning was important — to more than just the struggle over the fate of the pathetic remnants (one or two percent) of BC’s old-growth forests.

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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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Election 2021: Activists gather for climate change event in Campbell River

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Twenty activists from Campbell River, Quadra Island and Comox turned out for “Canada is still on Fire – 350.org day of Action” in Campbell River on Wednesday Sept. 8.

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Canada’s drug policy — not drugs — is killing people at record numbers, advocates say

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

It’s mind-boggling communities across Canada must still organize for an annual awareness day to draw public and policymakers’ attention to poisoned street drugs and an ongoing health crisis that has killed more than 21,000 people in just five years, advocates say.

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Terrace protesters confront RCMP about Fairy Creek

Terrace Standard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

On Monday afternoon (Aug. 23) a group of people marched up the steps of Terrace RCMP in solidarity with protesters across B.C., condemning the actions of the RCMP at the Fairy Creek blockade on Vancouver Island.

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