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Old-growth logging protests in the Fairy Creek watershed have broken records for the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. The CBC's Kathryn Marlow takes a deep dive into exactly how many arrests have been made, and what for.
Aired: May 17, 2022
Barry Saxifrage
Canada's forests are being logging faster than they can grow back and are spewing CO2 into our already destabilized climate. Images via Wikimedia Commons, illustration by Barry Saxifrage

May 17, 2022

For the last two decades, Canada's managed forest lands have been logged faster than they have grown back. This imbalance has created a huge — and rapidly rising — new source of carbon dioxide (CO2) pouring into our already destabilized climate.

Ben Parfitt
A recent old-growth clearcut adjacent to the Fairy Creek Valley in Vancouver Island’s coastal forests. Photo by TJ Watt.

Apr. 14, 2022

Despite record government revenues, the province faces a grim reckoning for years of mismanagement.

As hundreds of protesters trying to stop logging of old-growth forests were arrested at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island last year, the B.C. government raked in big money from logging companies.

Scott Doherty, Gary Fiege, Ben Parfitt and Michelle Connolly
The authors say logs from primary BC forests are made into wood pellets by the UK-based energy giant Drax, whose dominance hurts jobs and competition in the province. Photo from handout.

Apr. 14, 2022

A global wood pellet firm is sending BC forests and jobs up in smoke. A coalition wants an investigation.

British Columbia is nearly four times larger than the United Kingdom. But what the U.K. lacks in size it compensates for in reach — a reach that extends deep into the old-growth forests of Canada’s westernmost province.

John Innes and Michael Paul Nelson
An aerial view of old-growth clear-cut logging in the Caycuse watershed on Vancouver Island taken earlier this summer. Photo: TJ Watt.

[Editor: This is an older article but still very relevant.]

July 16, 2021

Ben Parfitt
Logs piled up awaiting conversion to wood pellets at a factory now owned by multinational Drax Group. Photo from

Mar. 7, 2022

Diane Nicholls takes a senior role in a controversial industry she helped regulate. And promote.

At mid-afternoon on Monday, senior staff at B.C.’s Forests Ministry were told that one of their highest-ranking members — the province’s chief forester, Diane Nicholls — was entering a revolving door that would sweep her seamlessly out of government and into the industry her ministry regulates.

Charlie Carey
Aerial spraying of herbicides, like this helicopter seen in the Prince George Forest District, are part of a proposed South Coast Pest Management Plan from BC Timber Sales.James Steidle

Mar. 24, 2022

The five year Pest Management Plan, which covers Squamish to Hope, targets native hard woods and Indigenous medicines and food in efforts to increase lumber output.

A proposed BC Timber Sales Pest Management Plan is gaining attention and fierce push back, as the provincial agency seeks to use aerial and ground spraying of herbicides to increase commercial lumber output.

Judith Lavoie
Nuchatlaht Ha’wilth (Hereditary Chief) Jordan Michael says logging has destroyed old-growth forest and salmon streams on Nootka Island, but the province won’t recognize Nuchatlaht First Nation’s right to manage the territory. Photo via Nuchatlaht First Nation.

Mar. 22, 2022

The nation is in BC Supreme Court to claim title to heavily-logged land the province says they ‘abandoned.’

As Archie Little anticipated the groundbreaking Indigenous title case that began in B.C. Supreme Court yesterday, March 21, he emphasized the phrase supporters are using to describe the legal battle between the tiny Nuchatlaht First Nation and the provincial and federal governments.

Nina Lakhani
Forests, such as this one in Indonesia, do lmore than just store carbon. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Mar. 24, 2022

New data suggests forests help keep the Earth at least half of a degree cooler, protecting us from the effects of climate crisis

The world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures, according to new research.


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