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Photo of old growth tree hauled down BC highway goes viral

The tree was cut down between March of 2020 and mid-August before being transported by Western Forest Products.

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A photo snapped on Vancouver Island of a massive spruce tree on the back of a truck has caused worldwide vexation.

“The reason I took that photo has a lot to do with what’s going on at Fairy Creek,” Nanaimo resident Lorna Beecroft said in an interview with the Western Standard.

“We need to do a better job of logging. We’re not logging sustainably. If we have to log an old growth that won’t come back for hundreds of years, that is not sustainable… And our logging practices have changed so much that we’re not even providing good jobs anymore. There’s too much machine processing, too much clear cut because of the machines.”

As of Thursday, it had been shared more than 15,000 times on Twitter and 18,000 times on Facebook with angry comments as far away as Europe.

The tree was cut down between March of 2020 and mid-August before being transported by Western Forest Products.

After the tree was harvested it was sent to a log sort in Coquitlam to be stored in water until it was sold and transported to Port Alberni for processing, according to an email sent to the Western Standard from Tyler Hooper, the Ministry of Forests Public Affairs officer.

The tree was transported a month before the Special Tree Protection Regulation came into effect on September 11, 2020.

According to the ministry, the regulation’s purpose is to protect exceptionally large trees of all species throughout the province, and a tree of this size might well be illegal to harvest under the regulation today, with potential fines of up to $100,000.

“We need to really look at the legislation that was passed because apparently it doesn’t have much in the way of teeth,” Beecroft said.

“There are easy workarounds and it is possible that trees like this one could still be harvested today, depending on where they are and what species they are.

“In Nanaimo we have a wharf called ‘Assembly Wharf.’ Every few weeks to a month, a massive ship comes in with cranes to pluck log loads out of the water. They fill those ships seven, maybe eight truck loads high… Entire forests at a time.”

Protests — at Fairy Creek and nearby Cayacuse — began about 10 months ago when a dozen people tried to stop road construction and logging in the headwaters of the Fairy Creek watershed.

However, an injunction — authorizing the removal of anyone obstructing logging crews’ access to the cutblocks and worksites of Teal Ceda — was granted April 1, with RCMP arresting several people this week.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. James Taylor

    July 2, 2021 at 11:45 am

    The lady quoted said “cutting down old growth is not sustainable”. This person has no clue that old growth must be removed—it will either happen by way of natural processes (like wildfires) or by human intervention. Either way the old growth is destined to to AND that is how the forests are sustained.

  2. Left Coast

    May 29, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Today there are more forests in North America than at any time in the last 150 years.

    We watched in the 1980s when Enviro-loons pretty much destroyed the Forest Industry in Oregon . . . driving nails in trees, burning equipment & the Fake Owl story.

    Where I used to live in South Surrey a mile from the White Rock beach, area was completely green with standing timber. In my yard I had 5 Douglas Firs with over 200″ around the base, plus a dozen trees in the 100″ area. About 15 acres with only 10 homes . . . today there are 500 narrow houses with tiny yards & a Townhouse complex. Of course ALL the trees had to go. Now just a sea of roofs . . . and NO ONE PROTESTED or even Complained.

    They tell us the world is about to end because of CO2, yet the all-knowing Politicians keep bringing in 100s of thousands of NEW Emitters every 6 months.

    While saving old growth forests is nice, they too will eventually die . . . was this the case with the tree on the truck?

  3. Baron Not Baron

    May 28, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Why are our forests gone to foreigners, over a handful of dollars (that have no value anyways)?

  4. Baron Not Baron

    May 28, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Look up biofuel – they even burn animals. probably we are next. Shame

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NDP support holding strong across Alberta

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

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The UCP would be gutted and Rachel Notley back as premier if an election were held today, an exclusive new poll done for the Western Standard shows.

The Mainstreet Research poll shows Notley’s NDP currently has the support of 41% of Albertans with Jason Kenney’s UCP well back at 25%

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The upstart Wildrose Independence Party collect 11% support in the new poll, with 5% siding with the Alberta Party, with the Liberals and Greens at 1% each. A total of 14% of voters were undecided.

Wildrose leader Paul Hinman polls best among people who are refusing to get vaccinated. When they were asked, 34% chose Wildrose, 29% for the UCP and only 2% for the NDP.

If the undecided are removed from the poll, the NDP checks in with 45%, the UCP with 29%, the WIP with 13% and the AP with 6%

In that poll, the NDP is also leading in Alberta’s two major cities. In Edmonton, the NDP has 62% support with the UCP at 21% In Calgary, the NDP leads with 48% support and the UCP at 31%.

Rural areas seem split. Northern rural areas favour Kenney 34% to 29% for Notley. Southern rural areas like Notley at 32% with Kenney at 29%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

“Things are looking pretty grim for Kenney,” said Mainstreet CEO and President Quito Maggi.

“It’s 18 months until the next election, and that can be an eternity, but numbers in this realm for the better part of a year, with no positive movement, shows the trouble he is in.”

Maggi said he was a little surprised by the lead of Notley in Calgary, normally a Conservative bastion.

“It speaks of the personal unpopularity of Jason Kenney himself. The policies of the NDP probably aren’t supported in Calgary but they are willing to vote for the candidate that will defeat Kenney,” he said.

Maggi noted Kenney is now getting it from both sides of the political spectrum and the WIP is taking enough to leave Notley with a majority victory. He predicted an NDP victory would only be by one or two seats.

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Mar- gins of error are higher in each subsample. 

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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People not getting COVID jabs a diverse group

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Canadians against getting a COVID-19 jab are not just a group of crazed, anti-vaxxers, says a leading epidemiologist.

Four million Canadians who’ve declined a COVID-19 are an assorted lot, said the executive editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal Of Health Sciences .

“The unvaccinated are a diverse group,” Dr. Raywat Deonandan, of the University of Ottawa, told Blacklock’s Reporter.

“They include the hardcore anti-vaxxers. They include the vaccine-hesitant who are just afraid of the vaccine.”

“They include those who want to get vaccinated, but can’t get time off work or get child care. And they include the apathetic. The apathetic tend to be the young people who think the disease is not serious to them. Vaccine passports really do well on that group.”

Speaking during a webinar with a federal union, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, Deonandan said he generally supported domestic vaccine passports, likening them to a driver’s licence, but strongly opposed mandatory immunization of young children.

“Vaccine mandates are controversial,” said Deonandan, adding compulsory shots for children under 12 “just creates far too much distrust in the population and doesn’t rub people the right way.

“I have a small child. I’m not happy about injecting him with strange things. I will if his mother agrees. But it does not fill me with comfort to do so. I get it.”

Deonandan said he thought compulsory vaccination for federal employees was legally defensible, but acknowledged it would draw protest.

“The weakness is our democracy,” he said.

“Our biggest value is our freedom and our democracy. That is the thing that’s our Achilles’ heel here. Authoritarian governments do better with COVID because they control the messaging and compel behaviour. We don’t want to be that. So we need to empower the citizens to think more rationally to their own ends.”

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Freeland says Canada has to stop cutting business taxes

The Liberal Party has proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes mainly on corporations.

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has to put a stop to cuts to corporate taxes, calling it a “race to the bottom.”

Blacklock’s Reporter noted the Liberal Party proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes, mainly on corporations.

“Part of building an equitable recovery is strengthening international tax fairness, ending the global race to the bottom in corporate tax and ensuring that all corporations, including the world’s largest, pay their fair share,” said Freeland.

“We will stem the world tendency to reduce the corporate tax rate.”

The Party’s August 25 campaign document, Asking Financial Institutions To Help Canada Build Back Better, proposed an increase in the corporate tax rate from 15 to 18% on banks and insurers with revenues more than a billion dollars a year.

It also proposed an unspecified Canada Recovery Dividend to be “paid by these same large banks and insurance companies in recognition of the fast-paced return to profitability these institutions have experienced in large part due to the unprecedented backstop Canadians provided to our economy through emergency support to people and businesses.

“The allocation of this dividend between applicable institutions will be developed in consultation over the coming months with the Superintendent of Financial Institutions,” continued the document.

It would be “applied over a four year period.”

Cabinet estimated all new taxes, including a new charge on tobacco manufacturers and tighter collections on offshore accounts, would generate $4,241,000,000 next year and nearly twice as much, more than $8.2 billion, by 2025.

The figures were calculated by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

“Big banks got a windfall,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters August 25.

“So as we rebuild we’re going to ask big financial institutions to pay a little back, to pay a little more, so that we can do more for you.

“Big banks and insurance companies have been doing very well over these past many months. Canada’s biggest banks are posting their latest massive profits of billions of dollars.

“Everyone else had to tighten their belt. We’re going to ask them to do a little bit more.”

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh said September 21 he expected cabinet to raise corporate taxes with support from his caucus.

“People are worried about who’s going to pay the price for the pandemic,” said Singh.

“We don’t believe it should be small business,” said Singh. “We remain resolute that it should be the ultra-rich.”

The New Democrat platform proposed a general increase in the income tax rate on all large corporations from 15% to 18%, not just banks and insurers, and a hike in the top federal income tax rate from 33% to 35% for individuals earning more than $216,500 a year.

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