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Victoria chapter supports rally against logging in the Walbran Valley


Walbran

The Victoria chapter joined the Wilderness Committee action yesterday.

The Council of Canadians Victoria chapter participated in a creative demonstration on Feb. 10 in defence of the Walbran Valley, which is located in the unceded territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation.

A Wilderness Committee media release notes, “Representatives from the Wilderness Committee and other concerned citizens held a creative demonstration at the BC Legislature today [Feb. 10], to draw attention to the situation in the endangered Walbran Valley. Using art displays on the lawn of the Legislature, activists simulated the controversial old-growth logging that is currently underway in the Walbran. …Despite receiving over 7,000 messages from members of the public, the Minister approved logging permits in the Walbran last fall. Logging company Teal Jones began cutting in late October, and is moving closer every day to the Central Walbran Valley, an intact 486-hectare stand north of the Walbran River.”

Their media release adds, “After the art demonstration, environmentalists delivered letters to the Premier, Minister of Forests and other key BC decision-makers, restating their request to protect the Central Walbran Valley.”

On Jan. 4, the Victoria chapter was outside the Victoria Courthouse to participate in another rally against Teal Jones, which was asking the court to deny public access to the Walbran Valley. On Dec. 21, the Nanaimo chapter joined a protest near Duke Point where the logs are offloaded before being shipped by barge to the Teal Jones mill in Surrey.

To see a 10-second Facebook video of the creative demonstration near the steps of the BC Legislature, please click here.

Further reading
Victoria chapter rallies outside courthouse against logging in Walbran Valley (Jan. 4, 2016)