2009 10 17 - Rally for Ancient Forests, the Climate and Forestry Jobs

Saturday, October 17, 2009 (All day)
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On October 17, 2009, over 500 people attended the "Rally for our Ancient Forests , the Climate, and BC Forestry Jobs" in the pouring rain in Victoria, British Columbia. It was considered, by one campaigner, to have been "BC's largest environmental rally in the lousiest weather!" Protesters were calling on the BC Government to save old-growth forests on BCs south coast (Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland), ensure sustainable second-growth logging and ban raw log exports.
The Rally and March was organized by the Wilderness Committee  and included speakers such as Eli Enns (Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park coordinator), Gisele Martin (Tla-o-qui-aht tourism operator and cultural/environmental educator), Arnie Bercov (Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada), Valerie Langer (Friends of Clayoquot Sound and ForestEthics forest campaigner), Jens Wieting (Sierra Club of BC forest Campaigner), Jane Sterk (BC Green Party leader), Rob Fleming (NDP Environment critic), Scott Fraser (NDP MLA for Alberni-Pacific Rim), Annette Tanner (Wilderness Committee Mid-Island chapter), Tara Sawatsky (Wilderness Committee Forest and Marine Campaigner), and Ken Wu (Wilderness Committee Campaign Director, Victoria office).

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