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13th March 2019
Editors Note: This is also about saving the Watershed!

After years of public campaigning in the 90s by the Wilderness Committee, other organizations and thousands of citizens like you, the Capital Regional District (CRD) protected several large tracts of forests just north and west of the city as the Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park.

But fast forward twenty years — this legacy is at risk.

The BC Ministry of Transportation is currently considering a new road through the Sooke Hills as an alternative to the Malahat, threatening everything we and former CRD directors have worked towards.

Something does need to be done about the Malahat. But the answers lay in safety improvements, stricter speed limits and enforcement, and massive investments in public transit — not in building another road through important protected forests.

Fortunately, many CRD councillors see it this way and they need our support!

Motions will go before the CRD Board of Directors next Wednesday, March 13, on whether to formally oppose a new highway through the Sooke Hills and to call on the BC government to forgo this idea in favour of real solutions. The CRD’s Water Commission and Parks and Environment Committee have already passed similar motions.

Please email the CRD directors and encourage them to support these important motions!

Write Now!

If you’re able, please attend the CRD Board meeting to show them how much public interest there is in protecting the Sooke Hills!

CRD Board Meeting: Mar 13, 2019, 11am
6th Floor Boardroom, 625 Fisgard Street
Victoria, BC

A sanctuary for wildlife, a buffer zone for our drinking water, a world-class outdoor recreational area and a key asset in the fight against climate change — the protected areas in the Sooke Hills are an example of visionary leadership.

Together we can stand up and preserve this local treasure for future generations.

For the wild,

Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island Campaigner