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BC flooding postpones planned logger rallies in Victoria, Vancouver


November 18, 2021
By CFI staff

A provincial state of emergency in B.C. due to disastrous flooding and mudslides has led organizers to call off planned logging rallies in Victoria and Vancouver today.

The “Stand Up BC” rally in the mainland would have began in Merritt this morning, travelling through Hope and ending in Vancouver. On the Island, the rally was planned in Victoria.

In a media statement, the BC Forestry Alliance’s Carl Sweet said the rally will be rescheduled for the near future.

Read the full release below:

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“It is with a heavy heart we have had to postpone the rally in Victoria due to the recent catastrophic flooding throughout the province.

Despite the massive anger we have heard surrounding the B.C. government old growth deferrals announcement, forestry workers will continue to put the needs of their communities first and foremost as they always do.

Our expectation is that the premier and his ministers do the same, halt this old growth deferral process, and do what is right and take a step back for a more balanced, science-based approach to forestry and not bow to the influence and misinformation of special interest groups.

We recognize the over whelming and tough situations many British Columbians are currently facing across this great province. Our thoughts are with the families and communities struggling during this time.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to the hard-working emergency personal, and crews dispatched to repair damaged infrastructure, may their work be completed safely and without incident.

Forestry communities across this province feel an overwhelming sense of frustration with this current government. We will be forging ahead to reschedule a large rally in the very near future to express our concerns with a show of unity by all people affected by the old growth deferrals announced and associated misguided deferral process.

Our voices will be heard!”