Forestry

20/10/21
Author: 
Robert A. Hackett
BC NDP Premier John Horgan on the campaign trail last year. His political history showed him environmental policy is ‘all about cutting deals, not pursuing ideals,’ concludes one veteran journalist. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, the Canadian Press.

The daunting tale retold of social democrats' dilemma--whether to keep trying to reform what two centuries of evidence shows cannot be reformed or to recognize that the task is to replace the global capitalist socio-economic system before it's too late! And no, I don't think that's going to be simple, which reinforces the urgency. The various scientific deadlines for effective, collective action to counter climate disruption impacts (and other systemic crises) mean we are limited to a half-dozen more electoral cycles.....give or take...

        -- Gene McGuckin

06/10/21
Author: 
Ian Mulgrew
RCMP officers carry a woman they arrested at the Waterfall camp blockade against old growth timber logging in the Fairy Creek area of Vancouver Island last May. While law enforcement usually prevails in instances of environmental protests, this week other values triumphed in a B.C. Supreme Court ruling. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORNE /REUTERS file

Sep 30, 2021  

Injunctions have long and often turned the court into a tool for Big Business and Bad Government. This time it didn’t work

Mohandas Gandhi would be proud — civil disobedience won another round in B.C. Supreme Court and the rule of law was defined as much more than simply law enforcement.

Justice Douglas Thompson’s refusal to extend a one-year injunction restricting protests against logging in the Fairy Creek watershed emphasized the impartial status of courts and civil rights are equally important societal values.

18/09/21
Author: 
Stephanie Wood
Mickenzie Plemel-Stronks on the Lomond Grazing Association lease in southern Alberta. Canadian grasslands sequester billions of tonnes of carbon and support hundreds of plant and animal species. Photo: Amber Bracken / The Narwhal

Canada has a huge role to play in the global fight against the climate emergency — simply by not destroying the intact forests, grasslands and wetlands that naturally store carbon. Here’s how the major parties are leveraging everything from conservation goals to restorative agriculture to Indigenous Guardians programs in their campaign platforms

 
Sept. 16, 2021 15 min. read
17/09/21
Author: 
Torrance Coste
Photo top: Nuchatlaht Territory, Nootka Island

September 14, 2021

PROMISES WITHOUT ACTION AREN’T ENOUGH

When journalists interview me about old-growth forests, the hardest question to answer is “what is it like to be in one?” Standing in undergrowth so dense it’s hard to walk through with beams of sunlight piercing the tops of trees that were hundreds of years old before Europeans even arrived on this continent — how do you put this feeling into words?

16/09/21
Author: 
Protect the Planet Stop TMX
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We need YOUR help with direct support of the treesits that are blocking TMX. Non-Arrestable OR Arrestable - you decide. Both are crucial.

 

14/09/21
Author: 
Torrance Coste
Clay Nikiforuk

Sept. 9, 2021

A year after groundbreaking old-growth report, government inaction still drives conflict in B.C.

Every day in B.C., irreplaceable groves filled with the oldest trees in the country are cut down and lost forever. In the year since the province’s strategic review of old-growth management, we’ve seen many promises but very little change in the forest.

14/09/21
Author: 
Rochelle Baker
 Close to 1,000 old-growth activists at the Fairy Creek blockades have been arrested, making it the largest civil disobedience movement in Canada. Photo courtesy of Rainforest Flying Squad / Facebook

September 14th 2021

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.

09/09/21
Author: 
Seth Klein
A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, Alta., on May 25, 2019. Photo by Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

September 9th 2021

Why you should take Mark Jaccard’s platform ratings with a hunk of salt

If there is some good news in this election it is that, finally, every leader and party feels compelled to run on what they hope will be viewed as a credible climate plan, and each of the major parties appears to be presenting a somewhat stronger climate plan than just two years ago.

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