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SIERRA CLUB BC REACTS TO POLICE VIOLENCE PDF Print E-mail
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SIERRA CLUB BC REACTS TO POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST OLD-GROWTH FOREST DEFENDERS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

Sierra Club BC statement in response to police violence against old-growth forest defenders on Vancouver Island

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 24, 2021

Sierra Club BC is deeply disturbed by the increasingly aggressive tactics deployed by the RCMP and captured on video in Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek). These acts of violence come less than two weeks after the B.C. Supreme Court found the RCMP’s use of exclusion zones, which place certain areas off-limits to protesters, members of the media and observers, to be unlawful.

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Sierra Club BC reacts to police violence against old-growth forest defenders on Vancouver Island PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 10:31

 

 
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Sierra Club BC reacts to police violence against old-growth forest defenders on Vancouver Island 

Sierra Club BC Executive Director Hannah Askew and Senior Campaigner Jens Wieting offered the following statement to media.

August 24, 2021

Sierra Club BC is deeply disturbed by the increasingly aggressive tactics deployed by the RCMP and captured on video in Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek). These acts of violence come less than two weeks after the B.C. Supreme Court found the RCMP’s use of exclusion zones, which place certain areas off-limits to protesters, members of the media and observers, to be unlawful.

“Once again, in ways that echo the police raids on Wet’suwet’en territory in 2019 and 2020, the RCMP is being deployed to violently protect corporate interests. This is a shameful abuse of power that militarizes the police against Indigenous youth and other land defenders that are choosing to act as the provincial government fails to uphold their promises on Indigenous rights, climate action and old-growth protection,” said Sierra Club BC Executive Director Hannah Askew.

The B.C. government made an election promise in the fall of 2020 to implement the recommendations from its own Old Growth Panel “in totality.” Delivery of this promise would have resulted in a solutions-focused path to protect at-risk old-growth forests like Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek) across the province and assured concerned citizens that the provincial government was acting in the public interest. The violence we are witnessing is the direct result of government inaction and broken promises.

“The images of police violence against peaceful protesters seeking to save some of the last ancient forests on the planet from destruction for corporate short-term profit would be shameful for any country in the world calling itself democratic, at any given time. The fact that this is happening during the rapidly escalating climate and extinction crises of 2021 makes this political failure even more unbearable,” said Sierra Club BC Senior Forest and Climate Campaigner Jens Wieting.

Almost a year has passed since the B.C. government committed to protecting endangered old-growth ecosystems yet almost all at-risk forests remain open to logging.

“The lack of action, funding and proper timelines for the implementation of B.C.’s Old Growth Panel recommendations is resulting in battlegrounds like Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek), where land and water defenders are putting their wellbeing on the line to do what Horgan’s government promised to do. We are calling for an immediate halt to the violence against youth and others courageously standing up for our collective future, and demand that all levels of government act swiftly and meaningfully to protect old-growth forests in this time of climate emergency,” added Askew.

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We're calling on the B.C. government to end police brutality and unlawful exclusion zones in Ada’itsx (Fairy Creek), protect at-risk old-growth ecosystems, and provide funding for Indigenous-led conservation solutions and a just transition for forestry workers.

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Lies, guitarsand a few facts about Fairey Creek b PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 01 August 2021 12:25

By David Broadland April 6

As arrests at Fairy Creek Rainforest begin, arm yourself with some truth about what's actually happening. The injunction was obtained by inaccurate, self-serving descriptions of the impact of the blockades by the company.

 

IF THERE'S ONE SITUATION in which you would expect a company's accountant to be accurate about the numbers, it would be in a sworn affidavit in which the company is seeking a high-profile injunction from the BC Supreme Court. Right?

Not these days.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 August 2021 14:28
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IMPERATIVE TO END OLD GROWTH LOGGING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 23 May 2021 09:05

 

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goal 15: protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably MANAGE FORESTS,

combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Project 

 

FOR YEARS, BRITISH COLUMBIAN GOVENMENTS HAVE IGNORED INTERNATIONATION OBLIGATIONS INCURRED AND COMMITMENTS MADE ABOUT SAVING OLD GROWTH FORESTS NO END THERE IS SO LITTLE LEFT THAT NOW THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE IMPERATIVE TO  SAVE THE LITTLE REMAINING INTACT OLD GROWTH FOREST IN  fAIRY CREEK. HORGAN HAS EMBARKED UPON  SUPPORTING THE TOURIST INDUSTRY YET, AT THE SAME TIME, HE IS WILLING TO DESTROY BC'S ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE.

A END LOGGING OLD GROWTH LOGGING 

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COMMITMENTS THROUGHTHE CARACAS DECLARATION THE FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON PARKS

 

Through this intention to be "mindful of this Declaration" the member states. through its Ministries of Environment and Forests have made a commitment  tomove from logging old growth to second growth"[relocated from primary to secondary forests (Report on implementation requirements of the Caracas Declaration, Mar. 1992)

                

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Protesters add new blockade to stop old-growth logging near Port Renfrew PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 11 December 2020 10:11

 

 
A group of forest activists have created a new blockade along Bugaboo Creek, near Port Renfrew, where logging company Teal Jones Group is working to clear cut another section of old-growth trees on the southern part of Vancouver Island. (Facebook/Fairy Creek Blockade)

A group of forest activists have created a new blockade along Bugaboo Creek, near Port Renfrew, where logging company Teal Jones Group is working to clear cut another section of old-growth trees on the southern part of Vancouver Island. (Facebook/Fairy Creek Blockade)

Protesters add new blockade to stop old-growth logging near Port Renfrew

Bugaboo Creek protesters demands B.C. to immediately stop old-growth logging on Island

A group of old-growth logging protesters near Port Renfrew have added a new blockade at a nearby site.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2021 18:46
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