Press Releases

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (All day)
News Release Four BC-based NGOs who made a submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are hopeful that the Canadian government, in Geneva this week to be questioned by the Committee, will seriously consider the human rights and food security impacts of the Site C mega-dam in BC.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (All day)
News Release  Core western toad habitat near Summit Lake, Nakusp slated for harvest VANCOUVER – The BC government has approved logging near Summit Lake, 14 kilometres outside of the Village of Nakusp in the core habitat of the western toad – a federally listed species of special concern. Last week, road building began in core toad habitat but was halted by locals who have blockaded the access road.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (All day)
VICTORIA - The 2016 British Columbia Budget contained little good news for British Columbians hoping for meaningful action on the environment and climate change. “I was hoping for a budget that would really show climate and environmental leadership, instead we have a government trying to move ahead with highway expansion, LNG and the $8.8 billion Site C vanity project,” said Gwen Barlee, National Policy Director with the Wilderness Committee.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 (All day)
Media Advisory Organizations from across Canada are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take immediate action to halt construction of the Site C dam in northeastern British Columbia In an open letter released today, more than 25 organizations, including Amnesty International, the David Suzuki Foundation, and Sierra Club BC, denounced the project for violation of rights protected under Treaty 8, the Canadian Constitution, and international human rights law.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 (All day)
News Release VANCOUVER – An environmental assessment report released yesterday by the federal government shows that the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal must be rejected due to its climate impact, says the Wilderness Committee.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (All day)
Media Advisory VICTORIA – Representatives of the Wilderness Committee and other concerned citizens will hold a creative demonstration in front of the BC Legislature at noon today to draw attention to controversial old-growth logging in the Walbran Valley.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (All day)
News Release Wilderness Committee calling on BC government to rescind contentious logging permits 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. Using art displays on the lawn of the Legislature, activists simulated the controversial old-growth logging that is currently underway in the Walbran.
Thursday, February 4, 2016 (All day)
News Release VANCOUVER – Environmental groups are calling on the BC government and mining companies to commit to better practices and stronger regulations to protect the environment and communities from industrial pollution.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (All day)
News Release Time for BC government to rescind contentious logging permits, says Wilderness Committee VICTORIA – 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. Today’s action – part of a series of “Walbran Wednesday” events – will target BC Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, who has ultimate authority over logging permits in the province.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (All day)
News Release True climate test should spell end for fossil fuel projects VANCOUVER, BC – The Wilderness Committee is cautiously optimistic about new measures announced today for federal assessments of major resource projects, which include a review of associated climate impacts and additional consultation with Indigenous communities. Unfortunately, the additional rules announced today ignore downstream climate impacts of pipelines and LNG projects, which encompass the bulk of the emissions that take place when the oil or gas is burned. “This is an important step forward, but the most significant climate impacts – the ones that occur when the fuels are burned – still aren’t being considered,” said Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee.
 
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