2013 marks a milestone for Canada’s environmental movement. It was the Summer of ’93 when thousands of concerned Canadians, and citizens from countries the World over manifested in the forests here, on Vancouver Island, at Clayoquot Sound to engage in the single biggest campaign of civil disobedience the country has ever known.
Dubbed the “War in the Woods” by a largely hostile corporate media, the thousands had come, prepared to lay their bodies and their liberty on the line to protect the forests of the Sound from the odious practice of clear-cut logging.
Stripping forests at an industrial rate has been, and continues to be, the mainstay of British Columbia’s “forest management strategy.”
This Summer of ’13, the Friends of Clayoquot Sound have organized the Clayoquot Wild Weekend to:
“Honour and celebrate the courage of the blockaders FOCS is holding a “Clayoquot Wild Weekend” from August 8th to 11th. The Clayoquot Wild Weekend will also be a time of reflection and planning as we gear up to confront the ongoing threats to the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.”
Emery Hartley is a natural born and raised Vancouver Islander whose fascination and enthusiasm for nature led him to a University degree in Environmental Science and an ongoing activist career with the Friends of Clayoquot Sound. The Friends first formed in 1979 with a mandate to protect and conserve the priceless ecosystems of the Sound and its surroundings.
Emery Hartley and friends for the Sound in the first half.
And; last week I brought you some news of Don Staniford’s legal reversal in BC’s Supreme Court of Appeal. Don had won judgement in defence of a suit launched by Mainstream Canada, a subsidiary of transnational fish farm behemoth, Cermaq.
The judgement transcends the case in point, and is a travesty for both British Columbia’s environment and the very concept of a free society. Don is out of the country now, (having been asked to leave by Canada’s government in dramatic fashion on the court house steps) but has continued his campaign against the destructive practice continued by Cermaq and its subsidiaries in Europe, Chile, and Canada.
Don Staniford censored by BC’s “permanent injunction” against global truth-telling in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our city in the coming week. But first, getting wild with Emery Hartley and friends with Clayoquot’s Wild Weekend.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/