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11th May 2019
Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan ValleyPublished on May 6, 2019Re: Question Period: Can we justify the continued logging of old-growth?

I asked the Minister how he can justify the continued logging of coastal old-growth. Watch his response.

Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley
Published on Mar 27, 2019
Re: Question Period: Campbell River Watershed - YouTube

Today in Question Period, I asked the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Strategy what precautions have been taken to ensure there is no risk to Campbell River's water supply given that a landfill site located within its watershed may be allowed to accept demolition waste, construction waste, land-clearing waste and contaminated soil.

Adam Olsen (MLA)
Published on May 8, 2019

Re: The BC NDP government continues to stubbornly defend clear-cutting high productivity old-growth forests. The defense that has been vocalized by the Minister of Forests is that he has a clear understanding of the value of old-growth for biodiversity, but he balances that with an understanding of the economic value of clear-cutting old-growth. While talking about managing old-growth, cut blocks continue to go up for auction by BC Timber Sales (BCTS). One such auction near Port Renfrew is highly contentious and in recent days BCTS and the Ministry of Forests have been backing away. I have received thousands of emails from British Columbians demanding a new approach to managing old-growth. The desired approach does not include cutting it until there is no more to cut. Old-growth forests are a non-renewable resource and so sustainably managing them would look more like what the Port Renfrew community is doing by transitioning away from harvesting lumber to harvesting experiences. Instead the Minister of Forests continues to double-down on his commitment to cutting old-growth forests, and in this instance he uses children's enjoyment of curling as justification for a lack of alternative economic vision for coastal and forest-dependent communities.

A curling rink roof or sustainable old-growth? - YouTube