24th June 2019
We had a very successful rally on June 6th, 2019 outside MLA Doug Routley's office. This rally was to protest the type of Forestry practices that are occurring in our province and in particular on our Island. The Old Growth cut down and the clear cutting that is going on is absolute insaneness and is totally unacceptable. There were about 25 that showed up. Doug came out of his office and spent about an hour and a half with us, facing questions and sometimes...anger. The offer was then made by him to hold a meeting with a few from the group.
Our first meeting was held on June 20th with about 15 people in attendance. Those of us who had prepared documents for him turned those in following introductions and thoughts shared by MLA Routley. There is much to discuss and to try to come to agreement on within the group of issues that we want him to go to government with. Sierra Club BC, Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition and Yellowpoint Ecological Society (YES) presented written documents. (I will try to attach those submissions below).
The discussion was great and because of this and because of a variety of issues being thrown out for discussion, there will be another meeting scheduled with MLA Routley fairly soon. I will try to keep you updated as we proceed through the process.