Tag Archives: Steve Thomson

Environmentalists Bring Walbran Valley Crises To BC Legislature

The ECOreport reposts a story about how environmentalists bring Walbran Valley crises to BC Legislature

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

VICTORIA – Representatives from the Wilderness Committee and other concerned citizens held a creative demonstration at the BC Legislature today, to draw attention to the situation in the endangered Walbran Valley.

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Targeting BC’s Minister of Forests

The ECOreport reposts an article about how environmentalists are targeting BC’s Minister of Forests as they try to save the Walbran’s old growth forest.

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

Environmentalists at the Wilderness Committee are increasing their efforts to stop old-growth logging in Vancouver Island’s Central Walbran Valley, with a decentralized “phone blitz” today urging the BC government to address the issue.

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Wilderness Committee Is In Court

The ECOrepot reposts an account of why the Wilderness Committee is in court this morning

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

VICTORIA – Lawyers from Ecojustice representing the Wilderness Committee is in court this morning, seeking to prevent or constrain an injunction application being brought by logging company Teal Jones.

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BC Legislature Asked To Protect The Walbran

The ECOreports reposts the story of how Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA, Scott Fraser, presented 5,300 postcards during afternoon session. BC Legislature Asked To Protect The Walbran

Press release from the Wilderness Committee

The Wilderness Committee delivered 5,300 postcards to the BC Legislature today, calling on the provincial government to reject logging permits in the central Walbran Valley on southwestern Vancouver Island. The cards, which are individually signed by British Columbians, will be delivered this afternoon during a session of the Legislature by MLA Scott Fraser, whose Alberni-Pacific Rim riding encompasses the Walbran Valley.

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An Old Growth Forest Grove In Cutblock 4424

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia’s environmental community has been calling upon the provincial government to set aside plans to log in the Walbran Valley for months. The city of Victoria joined the chorus in July, passing a motion against this project. Everyone appears to have believed the Walbran was an old growth forest.  Yet on September 18th, BC  gave Teal Jones approval to start logging the first cutblock. Now, as the Surrey based logging company prepares to commense operations, the existence of an old growth forest grove in cutblock 4424 has been documented.

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BC Government Approved Logging the Walbran

Some of the oldest and largest red cedar and sitka spruce trees in Canada may soon disappear. This is because the BC Government Approved Logging the Walbran Valley

Press release from the Wilderness Committee

VICTORIA – Today the British Columbia government approved a contentious cutblock in the central Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. The central Walbran is one of Canada’s most important stands of unprotected old-growth rainforest. Logging company Teal Jones received a new permit from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to cut endangered old-growth trees.

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BC’s fire situation appears to be improving

By Roy Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the number of active wildfires increased to 240, of which 17 are classified as “active fires of note,”the province was no longer covered by smoke. Port Hardy’s evacuation order has been rescinded. There was rain in some of the most critical areas last night and today. Aside from Whistler, which is still “5” (moderate), the province’s Air Quality Health Index has dropped to 2’s and 3’s. BC’s fire situation appears to be improving.

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Cabinet Removes Land from Agriculture for the Site C Dam

Is Doublespeak Government Policy in British Columbia?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In addition to being one of the province’s most promising agricultural areas, the Peace River Valley sits on the Montney shale formation and location of the proposed Site C Dam. A Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson recently informed the ECOreport that the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) makes the decisions regarding land zoned for agricultural use . “The ALC is an administrative tribunal – arm’s length from government – and government does not interfere in that independent decision-making process.” He did not mention the fact two weeks prior to our interview, Cabinet Removed Land from ALC for the Site C Dam.

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98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone

The ECOreport radio interview with Ross Muirhead, of the Elphinstone Logging Focus,  about 500-year-old Douglas Fir in a cutblock: 98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1“98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone ” is an ECO Radio interview broadcast on CKTZ (Cortes Island Community Radio) , CJMP (Powell River Community Radio) and CFSI (Green FM – Salt Spring Island Radio).

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Grace Islet’s Salvation Is In Sight

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Grace Islet’s Salvation is in sight. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource, announced the Province is partnering with local First Nations and the Nature Conservancy of Canada to preserve the First Nations burial site.  Though negotiations with the owner have not concluded, many are are celebrating a victory.

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