TOPIC: FAIRY CREEK

1 year into injunction enforcement at Fairy Creek blockades, 100s of protesters await trial

In the year since RCMP began enforcing an injunction against protests near the Fairy Creek watershed on Vancouver Island, 403 people have been charged with contempt of court, 49 people have either pleaded or been found guilty and one person has been acquitted, a CBC analysis has found.

Fairy Creek protesters' bid to have charges stayed is 'simply not the way justice is done': Crown lawyer

A lawyer for the Crown says a court application asking for a stay of proceedings against those arrested at old-growth logging protests on Vancouver Island is flawed and has no chance of succeeding.

David Suzuki apologizes for saying pipelines could be 'blown up'

Environmentalist David Suzuki has issued an apology after saying last weekend that "there are going to be pipelines blown up" if government leaders neglect to take action on climate change.

Alberta premier says environmentalist David Suzuki incited violence with pipeline comment

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is standing by his accusation that environmentalist David Suzuki was inciting violence with comments made at a climate change protest on Saturday.

Fairy Creek documentary makes its debut at Whistler Film Festival

The documentary Before They Fall, directed by Cam MacArthur, is about the Fairy Creek blockades and the protection of B.C.'s old-growth forests.
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Before They Fall doc about Fairy Creek

Cam MacArthur is the director of the documentary Before They Fall, about the Fairy Creek blockade and the protection of B.C.'s ol-growth forests. Rande Cook is an artist and Ma'amtagila hereditary chief featured in Before They Fall.

Fairy Creek protesters vow to stay in the woods, despite bad weather and court injunction

Rain, wind and hail have pummelled the forests of southwest Vancouver Island, where anti old-growth logging protesters are camped out. Some have left since the summer, but those who remain have rain gear and campfires and say they’ll stay until the forest is protected.
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What B.C.’s new old-growth maps may mean for Fairy Creek

Torrance Coste, national campaign director for the Wilderness Committee, takes a closer look at the old-growth maps released yesterday by the province, and how they line up with approved logging plans that the Fairy Creek protests are seeking to disrupt..
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B.C. premier sounds off on Fairy Creek protesters

John Horgan, premier of British Columbia, discusses the Fairy Creek protests, old-growth logging, and Indigenous rights and titles.
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U.S. to reopen land border to fully vaccinated Canadians; the power of forests and trees

Fully vaccinated Canadians will be allowed to enter the United States at border crossings for non-essential in early November. We discuss what travellers should know ahead of the opening with U.S. immigration lawyer, Len Saunders. In our 2nd half, we talk about the power of forests and trees in B.C. with Suzanne Simard, the UBC Professor mentioned in an episode of the popular television series, Ted Lasso.

Judge grants temporary injunction at Fairy Creek, citing economic harm to logging company

Lawyers for Teal Jones appeared in court Friday to argue for an interim injunction against old-growth logging blockades on southern Vancouver Island, while the company appeals a Supreme Court decision that put an end to its original injunction.
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The fight over old growth forests continues in B.C.; how a Sudanese student went from a refugee camp to a university campus; and experts weigh in on the future of the Conservative Party

All sides in the old-growth logging dispute are digging in deep after a British Columbia Supreme Court judge refused to extend an injunction against protest blockades on southern Vancouver Island. More than 1,100 people have been arrested at blockades near Fairy Creek. Matt Galloway speaks with Patrick Canning, one of the lawyers representing protesters. He also speaks with Cliff Atleo Jr., an assistant professor who teaches Indigenous governance and resource relationships at Simon Fraser University, and Ken Wu, executive director of Endangered Ecosystems Alliance. Also, world leaders at a UN Conference approved the 1951 Refugee Convention 70 years ago. This created the framework for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). To mark the milestone, the UNHCR has a new podcast called Forced To Flee. It tells the stories of a few of the more than 82 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. One such story is that of Mary Maker. She left South Sudan as a child, and now has a theatre scholarship at the University of Minnesota. We'll hear from her, as well as Gillian Triggs, Deputy High Commissioner for Protection with the United Nations Refugee Agency. And, the federal election may have ended, but Conservative leader Erin O'Toole is still campaigning — only this time it's to keep his job. O'Toole will meet with his caucus next week for the first time since election day. Three experts joined The Current to talk about the party's future. Ken Boessenkool is a professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, Katy Merrifield is the VP of Wellington Advocacy, and Dennis Matthews is the president of Creative Currency.
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The fight over old-growth logging continues in B.C.

All sides in the old-growth logging dispute are digging in deep after a British Columbia Supreme Court judge refused to extend an injunction against protest blockades on southern Vancouver Island. More than 1,100 people have been arrested at blockades near Fairy Creek. Matt Galloway speaks with Patrick Canning, one of the lawyers representing protesters. He also speaks with Cliff Atleo Jr., an assistant professor who teaches Indigenous governance and resource relationships at Simon Fraser University, and Ken Wu, executive director of Endangered Ecosystems Alliance.

Protesters against old-growth logging dig in as company appeals denial of court injunction

A decision by a British Columbia Supreme Court judge refusing to extend an injunction against old-growth logging protesters did little to release pressure in the dispute as all sides hold steadfast to their positions.
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B.C. judge ends injunction against Fairy Creek protests

Protesters on Vancouver Island are celebrating a court ruling in their favour after a B.C. Supreme Court judge denied an application to extend an injunction order against their logging blockades in the Fairy Creek area.

Judge ends injunction against Fairy Creek protests, citing 'substantial infringement of civil liberties'

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has denied an application to extend an injunction against old-growth logging blockades on southern Vancouver Island, writing that the actions of RCMP officers have put the court's reputation at risk.

Fairy Creek protest on Vancouver Island now considered largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history

RCMP have made 882 arrests at the Fairy Creek old-growth logging protest so far, surpassing the 856 arrests at Clayoquot Sound almost 30 years ago.

During final day of hearings, RCMP seeks search and access powers at Fairy Creek to safely enforce injunction

The RCMP says it needs more powers to search and exclude people at an old-growth logging protest area on Vancouver Island where over 1,000 arrests have been made since mid-May.

Fairy Creek protesters aren't terrorists, lawyers argue during third day of hearings on injunction

The B.C. Supreme Court heard today from lawyers who say people from all walks of life with concerns about protecting old-growth trees from logging on Vancouver Island are being treated like terrorists by the police and a forestry company. This marks the third consecutive day of hearings related to police enforcement at the blockades.

Activists confront Singh over NDP's environmental stance on Fairy Creek, TMX

NDP Leader Jagmeet was challenged by a small group of young environmentalists on Thursday following a media availability in Toronto over his positions on old-growth logging at Fairy Creek in B.C. and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. 

Forestry company asks court for one-year extension to Fairy Creek injunction amid ongoing logging protests

Hundreds of people have been arrested in the Fairy Creek area since May when the RCMP started to enforce an earlier B.C. Supreme Court injunction against blockades erected in several areas near logging sites.

Climate change cited as reason to deny injunction extension over logging in B.C.

Public concerns over climate change should play a large part in deciding whether a B.C. forestry company is granted an extension to an injunction against protests over the logging of old-growth forests, a court heard Wednesday.

Fairy Creek protesters sue logging company after vehicles towed, $2,500 demanded for release

Protesters at the Fairy Creek logging blockade are taking logging company Teal-Jones to court alleging their vehicles are being illegally impounded, while fees of more than $2,500 are levied for their return.

How B.C.'s newest war in the woods shows the complex web of environmental politics

Vancouver Island's Fairy Creek blockade — which could soon become the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history — is representative of the complex way environmental issues could play out in the federal election. 

Victoria councillors propose bylaw changes after pets reportedly treated for opioid poisoning

Reports of pets being treated for eating opioids have spurred two Victoria councillors to propose bylaw changes that would give animal control officers the power to seize any pet they suspect of ingesting drugs, and to take them to a veterinarian to be treated.

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